Ouch, Ugh, Ouch

Yesterday I must have found a few more muscle groups about which I’d long forgotten, for today I am quite sore.

Of course I didn’t let the benefits of my workout last too long, because nearly immediately after my workout I drove from the North Lake area out to Lilburn to pick up Tamara and eat a fattening Mexican lunch at a place called Los Hermanos.

The gluttony continued yesterday with stops at the Euclid Avenue Yacht Club, Porter Beer Bar, One Eared Stag, and finally dinner at The EARL.

I passed out on the couch watching my recording of The Taste.

Today’s Personal Project
Take some photographs today.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Prevent eyestrain by checking your reading light.

You use your eyes so much that it’s easy for them to become tired and strained. Although reading or working in low light or with glare does not damage your eyes, it can cause eye strain, headaches, reduced concentration, irritability, and tension. Proper lighting can also make reading and doing close-up work more fun and pleasant.

Most of my reading is done on devices which are back-lit, but I get where they are coming from, or as I would say, from whence they come.

Apple Finally Figured It Out
No, I’m not talking about Apple’s announcement of the 128GB iPad, I’m talking about the Atlanta episode of Anthony Bourdain’s “The Layover.” Yesterday I received an email alerting me that they found out that the Atlanta episode wasn’t, that the error has been corrected, and I should redownload the Atlanta episode.

As Not-Yet-Seen On The Atlanta Episode Of “The Layover”
I’ve yet to actually see the Atlanta episode (which is now in my possession) but have heard about many of the places Bourdain visited from those who have seen the episode. One of those places is the Buford Highway Farmers Market on Buford Highway (duh!) just outside I-285.

This place is amazing, think “Your Dekalb Farmers Market without the annoying people.” True, I was there on a Tuesday afternoon, things may be very different on the weekend. The produce looked incredible, the meats and fish too, and the selection of things about which I have never seen (or could read in many instances) was mind blowing. Perhaps the only drawback is the market’s location being so far from the ITP Estate. However, if I play my cards right I can hit the market on a circuitous route from work back to East Atlanta; the key will be having a well-defined shopping list in order to make the stop not last over an hour.

I can see more crowds and higher prices in the market’s future as more people discover this gem, but I will return regardless.

ITP Flickr Pic Video
And now for something completely different…

I purchased an iPhone app called Cycloramic which takes a video while vibrating the phone 360°. The video is not great, and there is no sound, but the programming behind it is quite novel. This was Tamara and me at the Silver Skillet last Saturday morning.

If you can’t see the video player (as I can’t in my browser) you can watch the video here.

Goodwill Taketh Away, Goodwill Tried To Giveth Back
I did have time to kill between finishing my work out and meeting up for lunch. So, with box in trunk I drove over to the Goodwill in North Lake and gave a way a box load of crap fine resellables. I also managed to knockout another task, one which ITP-Reader Bob reminded me of while tailgating on Sunday, put some much-needed air into the Jackmobile’s tires.

With correctly-inflated wheels I started the drive up Lawrenceville Highway out to Lilburn — but I still had a lot of time to kill. I should have stopped into the Home Depot I passed along the way in order to pick up a couple of items for the house, but instead I stopped into another Goodwill.

I really don’t need anything from Goodwill, but I was there to see if anyone had donated a bag that I could use to replace my aging messenger bag, or if I could find one of the 1970s NFL glasses that were given away by gas stations (one of the two things I allow myself to collect — the other is money), or if I could find a vintage paint-by-numbers painting that someone had donated after the passing of a relative (because seriously, who has done a paint-by-numbers painting in the past forty years?). I found none of these, which is good for my wallet, and even better for my decluttering efforts.

Reeling It Back In Today
Though I won’t get to the gym again today, and meal arrangements with Tamara have already been made — Mary Mac’s Tea Room for lunch and The Original El Taco for dinner (a kid-friendly establishment where we can meet up with some of our old friends who have procreated) — I do plan to return to eating sensibly and not drinking (a lot?) today.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – okay, feeling fat because of yesterday’s digressions
Current Music – silence
Website Of The Day – A lot of To Do (aka “Getting Things Done”) schemes are complex. Do It (Tomorrow) tries to simplify things by giving you two lists — things to do today, things to do tomorrow.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – n/a
Exercise (b)Log – workout at the gym
Morning Weigh-In – checking again soon? Yeah, like February 1! 🙂

Foot Mileage – ~14.8 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 10

Days Of Bed-Making – 3

Vegetarian Meals – 40
Carnivorous Meals – 46

Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0

January Goals
– lose five pounds
– walk/run no fewer that 100 miles
– read at least one book
– dissolve Sharpened Stone, LLC
– take at least one box of things to Goodwill
– post at least ten photos in the blog

2013 Goals: Measurable
– Get my weight down to 190 pounds so that I can wear a 36″ waist pants comfortably
– Completely read ten books, audio books permissible
– Dissolve Sharpened Stone
– Save $500 for the sole purpose of donating to charitable organizations of my choice
– Completely run at least one 10k
– Fix all (or at least most) of the things which are wrong with the ITP Estate

2013 Goals: Unmeasurable
– Simplify, simplify, simplify
– Continue backing up all data, including the off-site storage
– Do not create a solution for something which is not a problem
– Eat smaller portions
– Start, and continue, to make my own bread using my bread machine as well as using the technique outlined in Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking
– Read and discard magazines during the month in which they arrive (even digitally)
– Take two real vacations, perhaps one abroad
– Take a more proactive approach to meeting women (read “stop being such a pussy”)

Books I’ve Read/Heard In 2013

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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13 Responses to Ouch, Ugh, Ouch

  1. Stacy says:

    Ack! What happened to your head?

  2. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    It’s the only way I could figure out how to lose weight. 🙂

  3. Steve says:

    So you went to Taquiero Los Hermanos in Lilburn? We had heard a rumor they had closed that outpost. That is Debbie and my favorite restaurant!! We hit that (!!) in Tucker before meeting y’all for the hockey on Sunday.

    This phone app has me curious. You said it vibrates? Is the camera standing up on it’s own and turning?

    My double workout Monday came crashing down on my quads during my Sufferfest session last night. I might have made it halfway through before throwing in the towel.

    Georges tonight, but if it’s raining, doubtful I’ll run.

    And did everyone get a tornado warning on their phone about 8:15 this morning?


  4. Stacy says:

    Wait! How did you get a tornado warning on your phone, FP? Is it an app? I got a tornado warning by watching a friend’s Facebook posts out in Douglasville….thinking the phone would be far more effective in the future!

  5. Steve says:

    I haven’t a clue!! Another guy and I were having breakfast and I had just pulled out my phone to sign on to FB (since the thought police took away access across the corporate network!!) and it went off. My friends as well… magic, I ‘spose.

    Alerting by cell tower would make a whole lot of sense- anyone just passing through would get it and not have to be signed up. I know the Weather Channel has such an app, but a generic would be even better.

  6. Martha says:

    I hit the gym for the first time in a couple of months last Monday, I could not beleive how sore I was for the rest of the week. I finally went back today, hopefully it will not be a repeat of last week.

    I’m working from home today, I’m really glad I do not have to fight traffic today. I’m guessing just the threat of these storms will have traffic all sorts of FUBAR.

    Enjoy another day off!

  7. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Yeah the phone stands in end and vibrates in a circle.

    That Los Hermanos is alive and well, though the same cannot be said about the rest of true shopping center. I wondered why you and Debbie did not partake in tailgating vittles.

  8. Steve says:

    What a bizzare little app.

    That shopping center has always been like that- things come and go, but when I heard the rumor that TLH had closed, it was a shock. Glad we got bad intel.

  9. Debbie says:

    We used to eat at the one in Tucker multiple times per week, love that place. They have 4 or 5 locations now and we try to hit one whenever we can – like on Sunday!

    I also got the tornado warning on my phone – I think it may be a Verizon thing. I also think it was about 4 hours premature, but the wind is starting to whip now. The ponies are tucked in the barn and we’re hunkered down (aw typing that made me miss Larry Munson, sniff).

    Y’all be safe out there.

  10. Stacy says:

    I have Verizon and I’m still not getting warnings. Huh! Guess I know how they feel about me. 😉 I’m going to have to check in on that though. There’s gotta be a severe weather app out there.

  11. Martha says:

    Jerry gets the weather warnings on his (Verison) phone as well.

    I may bag my outside run today for tomorrow’s trainer ride, looks like North of here is already a disaster area. AJC.com is reporting over 100 cars overturned on I75 in Bartow County. It just got darker here and the wind is really picking up.

    I’ll repeat what Debbie said be safe out there!

  12. Jenka says:

    I have Verizon and got zero warnings.

  13. Barb says:

    I’ve been busy as shit today- no time to check the weather or know what is going on with it……. jsut heard a huge accident & tornado up on our Bud plant bike ride…. they like to get hit up there.

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