I wanted to go to the gym this morning and attempted another cardio workout, but last night’s fun and frivolity combined with a 9am meeting this morning did me in.
Today’s Personal Project
Pack for my Raleigh trip.
Today’s Daily Challenge
Lessen symptoms of eyestrain by giving yourself a one-minute eyelid massage.
Our eyes are busy! Between working at a computer, reading, or doing crafts or close work, it’s not hard for them to develop eyestrain and muscle tension. Massaging the muscles around the eye can help provide some relief from sore muscles. Bonus: Taking a moment to relax and focus on yourself is good for your well-being.
This is something I really should do more often.
Fun, Somewhat Fun, Sleep
After work I drove down to Virginia-Highland to enjoy a pint (or two) at George’s for Third Wednesday. The runners ran and I sat at the bar, looking at the pretty women. I chatted with ITP-Reader Steve as well as ITP-Lurker Claire for awhile before braving the cold and annoying drivers as I headed to The Shed for Mandy’s farewell.
I arrived a little after 8:00pm super hungry and was initially disappointed to see how fucking packed the bar area was (that Mandy is a popular young lady!). There were so many people that I could neither tell if ITP-Reader Jenka was still there, nor figure out a way to wedge myself in to the bar (something I care not to do). I would have driven home if not for my hunger and lack of desire to eat whatever leftovers have been aging in my refrigerator, so I decided to eat alone at a table.
As I entered the building I saw former-cheftestant Kevin Gillespie and his wife eating dinner (they live in the neighborhood and are soon to open “Gun Show,” Gillespie’s new restaurant in Glenwood Park). I may be overestimating his look, but I believe that Gillespie recognized me from Saturday night’s Southern Food Tour event where I asked him a couple of questions. Because Gillespie and his wife were trying to have dinner I chose the “high road” (not all do) and didn’t bother them.
I sat at my table (did I mention that I was alone?) and ordered up a Wild Heaven beer, two sliders — chorizo, lamb meatloaf — and two sides — roasted brussels sprouts, roasted parsnips/radishes. Did I mention that I was hungry? The food was really good, including the unexpected demitasse of tomato soup that was delivered to my table.
It was about 9:30pm when I finally returned home and I was supposed to do some work. I’ve learned that I can no longer pull all-nighters, but recently I’ve discovered that I can’t even pull half-nighters any longer. I was sound asleep by 10:00pm.
ITP Flickr Pic
Nothing today. I need to start taking photos again.
Fun Night Of Recorded-TV Watching Planned
I’m headed over to ITP-Reader Betsy’s tonight for some Top Chef: Seattle watching. I am going to be a good boy tonight and resist the temptation of beer/wine (it’s odd, no sad, that I went through four years of college consuming no more than five beers — didn’t expect that, did you!?!? — and now I struggle to go more than two days. I just love beer and wine that much…).
Betsy and I have slowly been making our way through this season and I expect that we’ll be knocking off another two or three episodes tonight.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – meh, disappointed I had to skip the gym, disappointed that I couldn’t partake in the fun at The Shed (not that Mandy and I were close or anything), hoping shit at work doesn’t stir today
Current Music – silence
Website Of The Day – Yesterday I wondered why no one kept a map of food truck locations in Atlanta (other than the Atlanta Food Truck Park, of course). Someone does! It can be found at Food Trucks Map, which is unfortunately only sparsely populated, which I think speaks more about the food truck culture in Atlanta more than the mapping service.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – Friday’s weigh-in was 211.6 pounds
Foot Mileage – ~2.5 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 9 (1 cardio)
Days Of Bed-Making – 0
Vegetarian Meals – 15
Carnivorous Meals – 33
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