Back On The Bandwagon

I’m feeling better, not perfect, but better today.

Today’s Personal Project
Limit my beer intake at tonight’s Corb Lund show at Smith’s Olde Bar

Today’s Daily Challenge
List two ways you can nurture yourself without spending money.

When we are stressed, many of us have dreams of relaxing getaway vacations or spa visits, but our wallets have different ideas. Thinking of free ways you can nurture your mind or pamper your body will help you the next time you want to unwind and need (or want) to do so on a budget.

  1. Read a good book.
  2. Take a nap.

For me item #1 usually leads to item #2.

Back To Training Myself With Stanford’s “iOS Development” Course
Stanford is in the process of releasing this quarter’s CS193P course via iTunesU; this quarter’s course focuses on developing for iOS6. In order to keep my programming chops I’ve decided that I will take the class in near-real-time. Unfortunately I missed the deadline for signing up for the Public access to Stanford’s “Piazza” forums, so I’ll just have to be satisfied doing the coursework alone.

I love programming. I want to do it until the skill is either no longer necessary (see also: “blacksmithing”) or I die.

RealiTV Update: The Taste — I’m A Man Who Knows Faces
I have a skill at recognizing people’s faces. Often times I can also remember from where I “know” the person, though sometimes I cannot.

Last week Tamara and I watched the first episode of “The Taste” and one of the contestants was a woman named Ninamarie Bojekian. “I’ve seen her on TV before.” I told Tamara. “What a minute, she was a contestant on “Rocco’s Dinner Party” a few years ago!” I followed with shortly thereafter.

A quick Google search proved my hunch, Ninamarie Bojekian was indeed a contestant on “Rocco’s Dinner Party.”

So if I see you and I cannot remember from where I know you, then just consider yourself unmemorable. I kid. I kid.

As for “The Taste,” I’m still trying to get into the show. Last night was the first episode in which people get kicked off and I’m not sure if I like the way in which that is done or not.

ITP Flickr Pic
Poop! I’m out of shots to post.

I Guess A Bad Workout Is Better Than No Workout
This morning I finally made it back to LA Fitness. My workout was far from the best I’ve had since rekindling my workout juices at the beginning of the year, but considering I have not been able to work out since last Friday I won’t complain too much.

Okay Fat Ass, It’s Time To Improve Your Diet
Even though I have been able to get myself back into the gym I’ve allowed my diet to remain atrocious; this needs to change today.

Last night I left work late (7pm, after watching a Stanford iOS Development class) and was famished. As I drove home the only thing which seemed to satisfy my hunger thoughts was “Chinese buffet.” Sad, I know.

You’d think that when I arrived at Grand Buffet II at Lindberg only to find it closed that I would have taken this as a sign to not eat at a Chinese buffet. No, I took this as a sign that I should drive up Buford Highway and eat at King Buffet instead. Unfortunately for me, they were open. It was perhaps the worst plate of Chinese food that I have ever eaten. Maybe that is the real omen that I should no longer eat at Chinese buffets…

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – better; still bummed about my weight
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – Did that Dodge Super Bowl commercial about farmers make you want to find one of your very own? Thanks to a commercial I saw on TV last night I fount that you can do so at Farmers Only (and Google provided another alternative with Dating for Farmers).
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – checking again soon?

Foot Mileage – ~2.5 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 1

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Meals – 6
Carnivorous Meals – 7

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

February 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
– drink a lot less alcohol

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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12 Responses to Back On The Bandwagon

  1. Steve says:

    So staying out of Chinese Buffets is a good idea? NO!!

    Twas a long day for me yesterday. A Games BoD meeting which I left at 9:45 and they were still talking, though nothing of substance. Home just before 11 and finally asleep by 11:30. Needless, the 04:50 alarm was not enjoyable.

    Word on the street is Barb has a new Subaru heading for the Garage Mahal. Congratulations! It can be all yours in another 48 months!!


  2. Wow, Barb has left the Honda building… In the immortal words of Bitch With an Attitude “I DON’T KNOW WHO YOU ARE ANY MORE!” 🙂

    I napped when I got home and then watched two hours of “Storage Wars” before finally falling asleep again.

  3. Barb says:

    Paulie – have you noticed the prices of the new CRVs? They aren’t the $18,000 car I bought back in 1998. When the used 2012 CRV at Carmax was $29,000, I decided maybe I should really consider the Subaru. And – we aren’t getting rid of the old car, she’s been good to me. Allan will start driving it to the firehouse & parking the Tundra.

    Soon, hopefully next week – they will have a Crosstrek with the features I want come in. I put a $1000 deposit on it, so they don’t sell it out from under me. I used my IMBA Subaru VIP program discount – didn’t think I could, but they started including the Crosstrek as of 2/1/13. Made the whole process really easy, 2% below invoice. And – since these are a popular car right now, I think I got a better deal than the old haggling way. (not sure if I really did, but I’m going to keep thinking I did.)
    It was funny, I thought I’d go with the Forester, but after driving both, I actually liked the Crosstrek better (its a little smaller). If you want a Forester, now is the time to buy, they have plenty and are really willing to wheel & deal on those. The new 2014 is coming in next month.

  4. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    You know that I am just teasing…

    Congrats. I look forward to seeing how you like it over time. I know that prices have skyrocketed since I bought in 2002. I think I paid $22,500 (or so) for my fully-loaded V6 Accord.

  5. Steve says:

    Very cute! I don’t know if I’ve noticed one before, or just thought it was a new Forrester.

  6. Not too shabby. Which color are you getting? What is a IMBA Subaru VIP program?

  7. Martha says:

    Through the power of Google I give you – International Mountain Bicycling Association! Congrats on the new car. Mine’s only 2 years old but I can’t help but think about what I want next (I don’t like the redesign of the Escape, so I’m at a loss).

    I’m hurting a bit today, thank goodness I’m teleworking. Went to a puzzle swap party (Oh, yes I’m living the life)…well what I thought would be 60 minutes of awkwardness with people I didn’t know, turned into a late night of red wine. Ugh…it was a lot of fun.

  8. Wait a minute, Barb is not a Mountain Biker!!! *ducks* Okay, she is far more of a mountain biker than I am…

  9. Barb says:

    Paulie – we give money to IMBA every year, they do a lot to keep trails open all over the country. Even if I really don’t ride those trails very often. I suck at mountain biking anymore, I’ve developed this damn exercise enduced asthma, so it sucks (literally) to ride anything very hilly.

    And – if you do ever want to buy a Subaru, you have to be a member of IMBA for at least 6 months to be eligible. It doesn’t cost much, I think we “donate” $50 or so, and I think it is tax deductible, you get a magazine BIKE or Bicycling, and a pair of socks.

    Color is going to be red, I kind of wanted the darker blue, but the red is coming in first. I’m fine with red.

  10. Steve says:

    I see there’s somebody in need of a smack, and I think Barb is just the woman to give it to you!

    Martha, do you find working a jigsaw puzzle relaxing? Debbie and I were working one for a couple of weeks and it was more frustration than anything- I think we have used it as a fire starter, since we could never finish.

  11. Martha says:

    I do Steve, it’s one of the few things I do where I can shut out things going on around me. Work has been incredibly stressful lately. That being said this current puzzle may put an end to it all! I hope not since I picked up 3 new puzzles last night.

  12. Stacy says:

    Barb – woo hoo! I never thought I’d drive a red car either, but it was the one on the lot that worked out the best. And now I love it. Be prepared for idiots to tell you: “well, red cars get more speeding tickets than any other color.” I respond like a friend of mine (who’s a Hall County Sheriff) told me: “sure, we ticket red cars. And blue ones. And gray ones. And whatever other color is doing something wrong. The nice thing about red cars being “so noticeable” though is that they’re often in less accidents. Easier for a person to see coming, or in that quick glimpse over a shoulder.” Awwww yeah. 🙂

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