“The Plan” is to return to LA Fitness early tomorrow morning (a Saturday?!?!?!) to my work-local location because I will be meeting my RPS/Flickr photog friends for some Photoshop knowledge sharing at an office near Perimeter Mall (turns out two of this group work no more than a half-mile from my office).
Today’s Personal Project
Kick this short cough that remains from my sickness… two weeks later.
Starbucks Posts Calorie Counts (At Least This Is The First I’ve Seen This In Georgia)
And it ruined my morning trip to Starbucks because I wound up changing my order to a less-delicious beverage and nixed the idea of picking up a slice of cake.
That’s right, I’m one of those people — a Starbucks customer, and I like it! I stopped into the Perimeter Mall Area location in order to be near some of the area’s pretty people and to get some coffee. The location was packed (not surprised at nearly-8:00 on a Friday morning) so I got my drink to go — at least I looked good ordering, paying using my iPhone, and picking up my order like a champ.
Today’s Daily Challenge
Sit in the butterfly pose with the soles of your feet together.
Yoga helps to promote flexibility, good posture, and relaxation, and it’s a type of exercise that doesn’t put stress on the joints. The butterfly pose in particular tones the hips and pelvis, and helps the thigh muscles become more flexible. Breathing deeply during the pose stimulates the relaxation response, which helps you feel calm and centered.
Piece of cake.
All Dressed Up And Nowhere To Go
My definition of being “dressed up” is significantly more casual than most; it usually entails wearing a really nicely-pressed shirt, jeans, and some “adult” shoes. In the colder months I’ll accompany my attire with outerwear that lacks any mention of hashing, or racing. Being “really dressed up” for me entails wearing a suit, or a sport-coat and khakis; this rarely happens.
I was “dressed up” yesterday, looking better than I do on most days, with a nicely-starched Ralph Lauren Polo button-down and a new coffee-colored sweater-fleece.
The problem I had last night was two-fold:
- I didn’t have a dinner destination in mind, nor did I have a dinner partner.
- My recent money/calorie saving “I should really eat the leftovers I have at home” philosophy kicked into high gear because of #1 and I wound up driving straight home and eating leftovers.
The Flood Of Bills Is What Is Causing Me Stress Now
Two days ago I received a $133 from my primary care physician for a visit that I made last March. I went to the doctor’s office to settle up, but their internet connection was down.
In last night’s mail there was a bill from the lab company for $457 (!!!) related to the blood work done during my physical back in January of this year. I about hit the roof for two reasons:
- I was informed that under the new health insurance policy we are allowed to get one physical a year performed at no cost to us.
- Upon inspecting the bill I noticed the “Important Notice” which read that my “insurance company declined payment stating that the patient could not be identified or was not eligible for benefits on the date the services were rendered” WTF???
I will be wasting part of my day having discussions with Human Resources as well as my insurance company in order to resolve this matter in way that I do not have to pay for this bill.
What a bunch of bullshit.
ITP Flickr Pic
Perhaps rabbit, perhaps.
I May Have To Make A Return Trip To My Doctor
I am anxiously waiting for this short-cough and all to get out of my body. Not only will I be a smidgeon happier when this happens, it will let me know if the chest discomfort I have been suffering for nearly two weeks is not connected to the illness and will require further investigation.
Seriously, this getting old thing is starting to get old. I may have to start throwing my money to the wind so that I can enjoy it while I can enjoy it.
Hmmm, I wonder when the Apple Store in the mall opens? Don’t be silly, I already know that…
I Read That Everybody’s Pizza Is Closing
There is an article in today’s AJC mentioning that the Everybody’s Pizza in Emory Village is closing. While I don’t/didn’t eat there much, mostly because I’ve seen their prices increase significantly, I am saddened by this. I’ve had many fun evenings at that location as well as in the previously-closed location in Virginia-Highland.
The Weekend Is Coming! The Weekend Is Coming!
Other than doing the aforementioned Photoshop training I really don’t have much on my agenda this weekend. I will most likely treat myself to a nice dinner at a local yet-to-be determined restaurant tomorrow night.
If the moon and stars align I may try and get out on two wheels Sunday. I’ll be in no shape to keep up with any of you all, so I may attempt a solo journey.
Or… I may attempt to start “House Repair 2013” with some minor cleanup and preparation for the real work which must ensue in the coming months.
OH YEAH! Also coming this weekend is the start of Daylight Saving Time (at least in the United States). Don’t forget to set those clocks ahead at the non-existent 2:00am on Sunday morning, lest you be an hour late for church (or whatever) on Sunday.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – pissed
Current Music – listening to a recent Coverville podcast and being reminded just how much I loved Led Zeppelin’s music.
Website Of The Day – Are you an Evernote user? I have been and on-again, off-again user for a handful of years. I’m trying hard to become a on-again user again.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – weigh in again today
Foot Mileage – 0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 0 (0 cardio)
Days Of Bed-Making – 0
Vegetarian Meals – 9
Carnivorous Meals – 12
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0
– 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