I Wish That I Could Roll Back The Clock

To the time prior to my Raleigh trip — the last time I felt decent. Don’t get me wrong, I had a spectacular time in Raleigh, it’s just whatever plague I acquired (hopefully just on the return trip home) has given me discomfort and has raised concerns.

Today’s Personal Project
I should probably put this at the end of the blog (before the stats) since my personal projects seem to be referencing things inside of the blog lately.

Oh, I though of one that doesn’t (directly). I need to get all of my biking gear collected and give the Black Jack a once-over tonight — assuming that I can still ride on Saturday.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Get on hands and knees, engage abs, raise knee to chest, lift thigh out, and kick leg back.

This exercise helps to stabilize your spine and strengthen your core. A strong core protects your back from injury and helps you with everyday activities that involve bending or stretching. You should also feel a good stretch in your thigh as you move it to the side.

It’s all about the core. Unfortunately my core is letting me down these days.

Not Quite The Same
After leaving work last night I snaked my way back toward East Atlanta. The plan was to stop in at The Shed for some sliders and roasted Brussels Sprouts before heading home to change for going out again.

I made it down to The Shed around 7:30pm and was pleased to take the last available seat at the bar. Things were a bit slow-going, but I eventually got a beer (with a shitty pour) and ordered two sliders — one bone marrow, one fried green tomato — and my Brussels Sprouts. The bone marrow slider was a complete disappointment with a meager piece of marrow sandwiched inside of a “full-sized” slider bun, the fried green tomato slider and Brussels Sprouts were as good as ever.

With Mandy’s departure there was someone behind the bar that I didn’t know, and who seemed to spend a lot of time ignoring me; she was pleasant when she finally got around to paying me some attention. I ate my sliders and the small bowl of popcorn (which was only given to my just before the arrival of my food) and then asked for my check.

My eyes opened widely when I was presented my check. On one side of the fold sat a charge card receipt for the (assumedly) correct amount of $16, while on the other side sat one for over $52. I called over the bartender and asked her to correct this. All I saw her do was crumble the incorrect receipt and print out my itemized receipt. I’ll be keeping an eye on my credit card statement… 🙁

Still Not Back To Normal
I made it home in plenty of time to change and head out to Drunken Unicorn. But it was cold, real cold, and I am still not feeling as lively as I’d like to be. So, you know what’s coming here, I stayed home.

Staying home was alright however, as I got to nestle in my warm bedding and talked on the phone with my mother (who is concerned that I have not kicked this cold yet and am still coughing and feeling chest discomfort) for awhile.

ITP Flickr Pic
Sorry, I’ve nothing for you today.

Seeking Nerdvana
Tonight I’ll be sneaking out of the Perimeter Mall area to attend the monthly meet up of the Atlanta Cocoaheads. Yes, this is another nerdy group in town. Yes, I know that I most likely will never meet a single woman attending these meet ups. However, I am trying to start to do some professional networking and who better than a Mac/iOS developer group do so with?

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – Frustrated about my health. I may be to the point of calling my doctor and making an appointment (or following whatever directions are prescribed). Note: Depending on what I find out this may cancel my Tour de Pike riding.
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – Thinking about sneaking away for a vacation? I certainly am. Yesterday I heard about this intriguing trip-planning site called Trip Tuner.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – treadmill jogging/walking, 60 minutes
Morning Weigh-In – sadly, 213.6 pounds

Foot Mileage – 0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 2 (2 cardio)

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Meals – 19
Carnivorous Meals – 20

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

  1. Pages 1.7 for iPad (Timestompers Guide) – by Sean Wells

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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14 Responses to I Wish That I Could Roll Back The Clock

  1. I’m losing it.

    I just *finally* remembered where I saw the website I was planning on selecting today (in my pocket for tomorrow). Also, I just recalled a bit about the brain being a funny thing that I had planned on writing up.

    I guess my brain really is funny since it completely forgot about these two things until now.

  2. Also, I tried many Vatican/Pope jokes on Twitter yesterday; they were really good jokes (imho) but they all bombed.

  3. And today is “Pi Day” for all of you numbers folks. I’m only a pseudo-numbers folk so I don’t associate March 14th with “Pi Day” because for me 3/14 is .214285714 and not 3.159.

  4. Barb says:

    We had a nice nothing planned evening again last night, decided to make some mussels in a white wine garlic sauce for dinner – very tasty. mussels are really inexpensive, we need to make them more often.

    Looking forward to the “new” 44 mile route Saturday, just wasn’t feeling the 66, hell, I may not be feeling the 44 once we are are out riding. But – with the beautiful weather that is supposed to be happening, I hope to be fine.

    It looks like we now have 2 camping outings for April, the BRAG Spring Tune Up 4/5-4/7 & now we are going to Tsali for some mountain biking 4/20-4/22.
    Anyone that wants to come to Tsali – we will be camping at Tumbling Waters with the long lost now VA resident Material Girl & his wife.

  5. Martha says:

    Cold? You want to talk cold? Ugh, bootcamp was freezing this morning (I mean it 32 degrees, wind)…I’m just now feeling my fingers and toes again.

    So I spoke with a different mortgage person yesterday (just getting options), he pulled my credit report, the good news my credit scores for TransUnion and Equifax are in the high 700s, the bad news, I don’t seem to have a credit score for Experian?? I tried to call them last night but you can’t speak to anyone unless you have (i.e. buy) a credit report #. (I tried the pushing 0, the message told me I couldn’t speak to anyone unless I had this number)…I tried to pull my free copy but it’s not available at this time? Something strange is going on…this is probably something I need to make the time to sort out.

    If you’re not feeling well and it isn’t getting any better, call the doctor…that is what they are there for…there was some nasty stuff floating around this winter.

  6. For some reason I keep thinking that “Today will be the day I feel 100% and have rid myself of this cough and chest discomfort.” even though I’ve been feeling this for nearly three weeks. In my defense I am no longer coughing up phlegm each morning (sexy, no?).

  7. Steve says:

    The 33 option will still be viable before we do the bonus miles, so just come on out and ride.

    I learned yesterday that I will be working a Para-cycling event in Greenville on 4/20-21. Always enjoy watching those amazing athletes. No excuses not to get out and ride when you see these folks.

    It was grass cutting night at JEFDSDR. We fired our landscaper last fall as an unneeded expense and now just need a normal sized mower- we have a 21″ push and the 6′ tractor attachment. Something in between would be nice, and I might not be able to wait until we sell M&D’s place and take that mower. Ugh.

    Maybe a ride to dinner tonight…


  8. Steve says:

    No credit report? Very odd.

    3 weeks Paulie? Sounds like Dr. Martha is right on the money.

  9. Nearly three weeks, but like I said I thought things were getting better when I stopped coughing up phlegm. And this week I was able to manage five (slow) miles on the treadmill…

    My love of doctors hasn’t been increased with the latest physical report and the arrival of bills from them recently. Not that this should stop me from seeing doctors, but since I keep thinking that I will be better “soon” it has made me reticent to run to them.

  10. Martha says:

    Sexy? No! 🙂

    Sounds like today is the perfect day to call the doctor.

    Oh, Tsali sounds like more fun that BRAG STU…I can probably only justify one trip right now…At least until we get the house reno sorted out.

    You are so right Steve, every person that tells me they can’t/don’t exercise because they are too tired, don’t have the time, too out of shape…I just want to pin their eyes wide open and make them watch these amazing people!

  11. Barb says:

    Tsali (Tumbling Waters) is cheap camping, $18 a night for the site. Sites are very small, 1 big tent or 2 little tents max. NOC isn’t too far away, you could always get a cabin for Jerry (hahahaha). STU will be fun for the people to hang with, not for the camping in an open area in a park.

  12. Jenka says:

    The Mandy replacement is Elizabeth, who was Mandy’s friend and roommate. She’s really nice, but I think she stopped working in the restaurant industry a couple years ago to do real estate and only came back because Mandy’s gig at the Shed was such a sweet deal. So my point is I think she gets in the weeds more easily. She’ll get the hang of it eventually. I bet that slip was just left over from the previous check.

  13. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I should have known that you would have the info, Jenka. 🙂

  14. Well, going to see the doc first thing in the morning (no appointment, going to just show up). Will probably try to blog prior to the visit and confirm my Friday night / Saturday plans afterward.

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