The weather has been blah and so have I. Further, my whole respiratory system feels as if I have been snorting Ajax for the past week.

Again I am packed for a LA Fitness visit, let’s see if I can make it tonight. One of the major factors in last night’s decision to skip was that I left the office at 7pm, which had I worked out would have gotten me home around 10pm, without have eating supper or performing any of the chores that needed to get done last night.

Today’s Personal Project
Go to LA Fitness, but only if I am 100% healthy enough to do so. The last thing I need is a relapse.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Add one new whole grain to your shopping list, such as oats or whole-grain pasta.

Whole grains have it all! They lower the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and stroke. Whole grains also help you manage your weight, because they contain high amounts of fiber. Fiber is digested slowly, so you stay feeling fuller longer.

I’m not a huge fan of whole-wheat pasta, but I could potentially attempt to make a loaf of bread containing oats. Oh, I wonder if I can add (un)cooked quinoa to bread?

My New SSD Is Here, And I Have No Time To Install It
My new SSD arrived in the post yesterday and I have no time to deal with it. I am too busy using this (personal) laptop at work (and externally backing up frequently). I was hoping to have the new drive installed by Saturday morning when some of my Flickr/RPS buddies are getting together to do some Photoshop tutorial / knowledge sharing but that clearly won’t happen. Besides, I have to learn how to use this graphics tablet I purchased some number of years ago with Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 that I downloaded from Amazon last night.

Adobe v. Apple, It’s So Damn Silly
Apple, whose bravado has been kicked down many notches in recent months, seems to be a right pain in the ass with whom to deal. My extremely limited experience of submitting one iOS has gone well, but then again I am not a MEGACorp like Adobe (or Google for that matter).

The other night I went to download Adobe Photoshop Elements from the Mac App Store (this way I pay once and am able to download it to any machine I own). What I found was Adobe Photoshop Elements 10, which was released in 2011, selling for $80. “Certainly Adobe has released a newer version since 2011.” I thought aloud (I live alone, I often speak to no one). And I was correct.

I surfed over to Amazon and found Adobe Photoshop Elements 11, released late last year, selling for $71. And luckily, Amazon now has a software download service that I could use to download and install the app immediately. It’s unknown to me at this time whether or not I can ever install this download on another computer, but for now this seems to be a great solution for me.

ITP Flickr Pic

I’ve Gone Crazy For Nuts
I am on a nut kick. After purchasing some from Kirkland Signature’s Cashew Cluster with Almonds and Pumpkin Seeds from Amazon as well as picking up some salted, roasted almonds from the clearance endcap at Target the other day I have been making nuts a large part of my breakfast routine.

You are what you eat!

I am living proof.

RealiTV Update: “The Taste?” More Like “The Fix.”
Last night I decided to reward myself for getting my tax paperwork in order for tomorrow’s meeting with my tax preparer by watching the penultimate episode of . I’ve been following this hackneyed RealiTV show which has seemed to rush itself toward its finale in record time all season. (I don’t expect it to comeback for a second season.)

Last night the show reminded me why I am frustrated with RealiTV. Only four of the contestants can make the finale and three had already been determined. For the fourth spot it was down to a guy who has been quiet the whole time, who in last night’s episode produced a “taste” that was voted by one judge as his favorite, and by one as his least favorite, and a woman who has been cocky the whole season and has some seemingly trumped-up story about living out of a bag for eight months two years ago, who in last night’s episode produced a “taste” that was voted by one judge as his least favorite. I would think getting one positive vote and one negative vote clearly beats out only getting one negative vote, but this woman is “much better television” so she was put into the finale.

I’m considering not even watching the finale next week.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – feeling as if I need to update my resume, you know, just in case
Current Music – listening to some live-streaming CBC Radio 3. I miss being routinely introduced to new Canadian music.
Website Of The Day – You may know John Hodgman from “The Daily Show,” or from his books, or even from the Apple commercials in which he played “PC.” However, did you know that he is also a judge, well, a fake judge on the internet who has his own podcast called Judge John Hodgman?
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – weigh in again Friday

Foot Mileage – 0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 0 (0 cardio)

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Meals – 7
Carnivorous Meals – 7

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

March Goals
– not get sick
– lose two pounds
– walk/run no fewer that 50 miles
– lift weights at the gym no fewer than eight times
– finish at least two of the books I am reading
– take at least one box of things to Goodwill
– post at least ten photos in the blog
– drink a lot less alcohol
– prepare a house repair plan and budget
– return ITP-Reader Martha’s coffee percolator to her
– return ITP-Terri’s crutches to her

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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11 Responses to Blah

  1. Barb says:

    I’m back!
    CA was an awesome time. lots of wine tasting & purchasing. I need to go thru my receipts to figure out what all we spent, who owes who what, what futures I bought & wonder when they will be shipped, etc.

    San Fran is a cool town, wish we had a little more time to spend there, but a day at the end of each trip gets us a little more of the city each time. It is so crazy steep hilly in parts, it amazes me that people that ride bikes in some parts of that town. Just walking is tough enough at times.

  2. martha says:

    No workout for me either last night. I got a call from my Uncle, just as I was leaving work. Him and my two aunts would be driving through Atlanta, on their way to Indy and wanted to know if I could meet them for dinner. Sure, they were leaving Macon, going to grab a hotel closer to Atlanta then call me…no problem. I figured I could do something before I needed to meet them. As I pulled into the driveway, they pulled in right behind me. I run into the house, screaming at Jerry to clean up the house, or at least hide everything..

    Anyway, we took them to the Gleenwood for dinner, but it was after 8 by the time we got home, there was no way I was doing my workout. Hoping I’ll have the energy to make it up today.

    Even if you can’t do your planned workout, go to the gym and spend a little time walking on the treadmill, it shouldn’t wear you down and will get the blood pumping just a bit. Might even make you feel a little better.

    Most of the bread recipes I’ve seen you would cook the quinoa first.

  3. Welcome back, Barb. Glad to hear that you had a great trip, I thought you would spared this ridiculously cold (for March in Atlanta) weather but I guess not.

  4. Martha, I should consult that fancy-pants artisan bread book I keep meaning to read…

  5. Barb says:

    The weather out there was AWESOME, mid 60-mid 70s & for the most part sunny each day. Even San Fran was nice, more sun than we ever expected there.

    Funniest story from the weekend – I have learned that I need to go to the mall to see what is in style. The young sorority girls are really stupid, there were groups of them at some of the wineries on Saturday, all dressed up in their strapless very short dresses, with the tallest cork wedge heels I’ve only seen at the shoe stores, but never actually worn by anyone. Most of these wineries are more gravel than paved. Watching them walk (& occasionally fall down) was soooo funny. And, the poor guys that were with them, trying to help them walk, and with those shoes all the guys were so much shorter than the girls. We had some good laughs.

  6. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Too funny Barb. I am always amazed how much alike groups of young girls/women look these days whenever I am around them. Who am I to talk however, I am certainly no fashion plate.

    But what the world really wants to know is if Allan wore long pants in First Class… 😀

  7. Barb says:

    of course not to the long pants – why would you think he would?

  8. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I didn’t. I just thought the mandate from Steve was funny.

  9. Barb says:

    like Allan would EVER listen to Steve…….. come on……. LOL

  10. Debbie says:

    Steve just called from Breckenridge and reports lots of snow and sun.

    Glad you had a great trip Barb! Too funny about the fashionistas! I’m sure those shoes seemed like a good idea at the time.

    Last night’s wind was outrageous. The door that is still not complete let a lot of it in the house. Brrrrr.

  11. Martha says:

    I’m so past the point of choosing to look cute over being comfortable…most will learn, eventually.

    Wind has been bad here, a few big branches down but nothing damaged and nothing my little chain saw can’t handle.

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