I’m not actually in Seattle today, but the weather we’ve had the past few days is what I expect to see if I were.
Today’s Personal Project
Really take care of Sharpened Stone today (it’s due by Friday)
Today’s Daily Challenge
Replace a sugary snack with fruit.
Sugary treats may taste sweet, but when it comes to your health, fruit can’t be beat. Sweets give you an energy spike but then you crash and burn, because your body absorbs the refined sugar so quickly. Although fruit has natural sugar, the fiber slows down its absorption so your blood sugar level stays steady. Fiber helps keep you fuller longer, too. Finally, fruit is loaded with natural vitamins and minerals, a claim that cellophane-wrapped snacks can’t make.
I don’t eat many sugary snacks, but since I do happen to have an apple at hand today I will attempt to eat it instead of anything else today.
On my drive home I stopped into the Kroger on Briarcliff/Clifton to pick up some pork and veg(etables) to make as a “I don’t love you, but will feed you regardless” Valentine’s Day lunch for my coworkers tomorrow. While there I picked up a few other niceties to add to my dinner concept for last night — roasted chicken and winter vegetables.
I struggled mightily roasting the chicken and vegetables for dinner. I relied upon a thermometer shoved into one of the chicken’s breasts to let me know when supper was on, but I think that, even with a turn about mid-way, the uneven cooking of my 1950s gas oven caused me grief. I swear one side of the chicken was perfectly cooked while the other would sent Gordon Ramsey into rage.
Because of the weather, my need to take care of some household chores, my failure preparing dinner in a timely fashion, and my desire to be a homebody last night I decided to skip the Old 97s show last night.
I’ve Been Accused Of Being Simpleminded
And now I have the app to back it up.
For a long time I have been trying to introduce mind mapping into my workflow. I’ve relied on iOS apps MindNode (which ironically got an update today — the day after I decided to use another product), and iThoughts HD to get the job done.
Yesterday I discovered SimpleMind from Simple Apps. Simple Apps has done something that none of the other mind mapping apps have accomplished — delivering a compatible version of their product on iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac. I possess products that run three of those platforms, and look forward to being able to work on my mind maps regardless of the platform I have in my hands at that time.
Beer, It’s What’s For Dinner
Well, maybe it will be what’s consumed with dinner tonight. After work I’ll be joining some coworkers for beverages before ITP-Coworker Chrissy ditches us to go play team trivia with other people. I assume that we’ll be haunting Taco Mac, but you know what happens whey one assumes…
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – fair, ready for the sun to reappear.
Current Music – listening to this week’s “Sound Opinions” podcast
Website Of The Day – If you think that you will miss the pitter-patter of rain when it goes away soon you can always swing over to Rainy Mood to get today’s feelings back.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – checking again Friday
Foot Mileage – ~2.5 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 4
Days Of Bed-Making – 0
Vegetarian Meals – 14
Carnivorous Meals – 17
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0
– 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