I came in this morning to find that my attempt to jam too much stuff into my refrigerator at work (yes, I have one, it’s one of those dorm style refrigerators) was a bad idea. Apparently some time during the night the door popped open slightly. Good-bye leftover coleslaw, I just can’t trust that you won’t make me sick now. At least everything else that is in the refrigerator should be alright.

Today’s Personal Project
Think of a personal project to do today.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Pledge to wait two minutes before responding to a post, text, or email message that angers you.

When we humans feel threatened, our first biological instinct is to act fast and think later. Unfortunately, the immediacy of electronic communication means that this instinct can get us into trouble – in other words, it’s all too easy to quickly write and send an emotional response that only leads to more bad feelings. Taking time to cool off means you’ll be able to answer more carefully and rationally.

This is something that I am trying to do more often.

Semi-Happy Valentine’s Day
After a tough day at the office I headed into Virginia-Highland to get my hair cut. I was early (fearing Presidential Traffic) so I popped into Taco Mac for a beer.

I contemplated going out stag for dinner and even thought about heading to The Shed (but feared that I’d creep out ITP-Reader Jenka by showing up), but in the end decided the best plan for me was to head home.

Dinner last night was some leftover chicken and vegetables, heated with two frozen biscuits. While the food was cooking I decided that there was no need to deprive myself of Valentine’s red wine so I pulled out an old bottle from my stash (a 1998 Bridlewood Vineyards Syrah) and treated myself to a couple of glasses as I watched television.

ITP Flickr Pic
The well has run dry. Bugger!

I nearly stopped and took a photo of an apartment balcony that was decked our in red and white, obviously someone who was looking to make an extreme public display of affection. However, I chose to keep moving along.

Note that does not say “Hungover.”

I heard yesterday that Theatrical Outfit has extended the run of its play “Fly” until March 10th. “Fly” is the play I saw (and liked) last Saturday night. If you like semi-musicals with dancing, you should totally go see this play.

Oh Man, Tomorrow May Be Awesome
I’m really hoping that tomorrow’s weather forecast is wrong, because I have plans that I don’t want to get cancelled, dammit!

Tomorrow night I’ll be at the Goat Farm for The Southern Food Tour Launch Party which is a sold-out event.

Here is a description of the event:
Join Southern Food Tour on Saturday, February 16th, at the Goat Farm as we celebrate an evening of food, drinks, film and music highlighting Southern food heritage. A ticket ($45) will include a pig roast from chefs Ford Fry and Kevin Gillespie, beer from Monday Night Brewing and signature cocktails from American Spirit Whiskey as well as a preview of our short film and music by Blair Crimmins and the Hookers.

And here is a description of the food and drink which will be served:
Highlighting the varying regions of the South – from barbecue to Cajun to the Classics. Featuring: Pig roast done two different ways by chefs Ford Fry and Kevin Gillespie, Gumbo by Adam Evans, Executive chef at The Optimist, Tamales by E.J. Hodgkinson at JCT Kitchen, and Chicken Biscuit Sliders by Buttermilk Kitchen.

I cannot wait!

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – sore (physically), miffed (mentally)
Current Music – listening to a KEXP music podcast
Website Of The Day – Even with my rest days no one should accuse me of being a sloth. However, if I were as cute as some of those shown on Slothville I might not mind it too much.
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 – 5

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Meals – 16
Carnivorous Meals – 21

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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14 Responses to Dang!

  1. Dang, I’m starting to feel run down after this morning’s workout. The last time this happened I got sick.

  2. Steve says:

    A fairly quiet VD around here. Sushi at a new place we had never tried. They were completely slammed but still did an awesome job. We were seriously impressed and will be back!!

    Already up and on my day off chores. Recharging the bateries on the gate so the cable guy doesn’t surprise Debbie again. Already fed the horses and cleaned up after Lola- a sweet girl, but still a puppy.

    Planning on attending H5 tonight to celebrate Afterbirths birthday which ends in a zero! Maybe we will see some of you there. And of course 57th FG is where I met the love of my life, so it’s always a special treat.


  3. Barb says:

    busy, busy day here, might go to Hash Happy hour to celebrate Afterbirth’s 60th birthday tonight, if I can talk JoAnna into going with me.

    Wheelhopper is Sunday in Marietta, (hint, hint, near our house) and at least this year it isn’t going to be raining, but its gonna be damn cold.
    Come on out, if I have to ride in teh cold, you should too.

  4. Martha says:

    Ahhh, I could look at those cute baby sloths for hours….

    Well last night was nothing special. We had planned on an early dinner, Jerry had to drive home from Alpharetta at 5:30, so we were a little later than planned. We ate sushi and had a couple of drinks…we where home by 8:30. Don’t envy our exciting life!

    No plans for the weekend…I’m a little lost right now, not spending all day riding or running. I might start work on a new raised bed for the spring garden? Or buy a ton of mulch, fun times!

    The dinner tomorrow looks really intersting, is it being held outside? Looks like it will be chilly but dry by the afternoon.

  5. Funny, I just found this via a Twitter post:
    Ten Reasons To Date A Harriette

    I’ve never been to the Goat Farm for an event. I’m hoping that it’s indoors. My fear was that I saw little snowflakes in the forecast which always manages to mess things up in this city…

  6. Jenka says:

    You should’ve stopped by! They were busy (can’t imagine why?) so Mandy wasn’t able to chat all that much.

  7. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Okay, next time I read/hear that you are there I will drop in.

  8. bob says:

    Speaking of harriettes, check this out Paulie (it was on Facebook)


  9. Wow, that’s awesome! If she were meeting President Clinton I’m sure she would have identified herself as “Hide the Salami” 😀

  10. Barb says:

    I saw Mary on the new last night, found out from Beth that she was Teacher of the year at her school, that’s why she ggot to do the introduction of the Prez.

  11. Even cooler!

    I had a dream that I accidentally ran into President Obama while he was here.

  12. Mary says:

    Hey Paulie! I thought someone might catch that! It was the COOLEST day ever! My 15 minutes of fame. Then I jumped in the car and met Beth and the kids in the mountains. We only had minimal internet service through our cell phones which now that I’m back seems like a good thing. I’ve seen that turqoise sweater everwhere now!

  13. Many congratulations to you! I am proud to know a Teach of the Year. 🙂

  14. Barb says:

    is Paulie taking President’s Day off from blogging?

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