Or at least is starting today. I had a late start this morning (stupid comfortable bed) but that didn’t stop me from dropping into LA Fitness for sixty (Galloway Method) minutes.
Today’s Personal Project
Limit myself to two beers at happy hour. I’d say one beer, but who am I kidding? And if I jokingly said no beer, then what’s the point of going to happy hour?
Today’s Daily Challenge
Reach out to someone you have looked up to in the past and say thank you.
Connecting with someone who inspired you in the past can energize your thinking, because it takes you out of the moment and helps you remember that time in your life. This may help you project to a future time and inspire you to make changes or work toward goals.
I actually tried to do this yesterday. However, I keep forgetting that I accidentally set up two LinkedIn accounts and can communicate with only a portion of the people I know since I have forgotten the username/password for one of those accounts.
Theatre Me Not
I should have never looked into the plot of “The Whipping Man.”
“Oh, I hear it’s rather depressing.” said one coworker when I mentioned my evening’s plans. And with that and seeing a tweet from Atlanta INtown Paper about their review of the play I was one my way to canceling my plans.
It is an uneasy, dark, disturbing look at a peculiar moment in the American South, at the close of the Civil War, when the United States as a nation almost ceased to be.
reads one passage of their review, and reading
The play begins in near darkness as a cry of pain pierces the air: Caleb, the scion of a Southern Jewish family, has dragged himself home on a near dead horse, nursing a gangrenous leg. The horse drops dead, and Caleb (Jeremy Aggers) will soon follow, unless part of his leg is amputated.
This grisly task will be performed by Simon (Keith Randolph Smith), the dilapidated plantation’s foreman, and John (John Stewart), the only other person around. Simon and John are newly freed slaves; they’ve been raised as Jews themselves, and Simon seems more devout than Caleb, whose hideous wartime experiences have left him doubting the existence of God.
Back to the amputation. Are you squirming? I was, because for a horrible moment I thought we were going to witness that onstage. We don’t, but Simon, like a Greek chorus, tells us the gruesome, graphic details of what will happen to Caleb if they don’t operate (without anesthesia, except for lots of liquor). Then the curtain of charity is drawn over the scene, figuratively and literally.
was all it took to keep me away.
I’m finally escaping the chasm of darkness which has loomed above me for three weeks, why subject myself to this subject now?
Instead I joined coworkers for a Thursday happy hour at Twisted Taco.
Dropbox Is Dropping The Ball
Sometime during the week I heard of Dropbox‘s new Mac client. I have been a fan of the cloud-sharing service for years so I immediately upgraded.
What a mistake.
At first I was dismayed at the changes they made in the menu dropdown, sure it looks nicer, but it moved critical functionality and data one more step away. But then the real problems started.
The problem started with the app losing its ability to sync — it’s killer feature. Then, the menu bar item would be hung, showing only a OS X “spinning beach ball” the Mac’s equivalent of an hourglass every time I hovered over it. Finally, my MacBook’s fan started making noise as if the laptop were trying to launch itself from my lap. This never happened with any 1.x install of the application.
The only solution is to whack Dropbox over the head with the UNIX “killall Dropbox” and then restart it. This is far from an ideal situation from a company whose service upon which I’ve come to rely.
I am not the only one experiencing grief, the Dropbox forums are littered with similar stories and pleas for Dropbox to fix their software.
A Wet Weekend Ahead?
Things don’t look great for this weekend, unless of course you are like me and have a ton of indoor chores to accomplish. At some point I may find myself at a lavanderia, but I think most of the rest of the weekend will be spent inside listening to podcasts and audiobooks whilst I work.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – a little better, wishing the weekend’s weather forecast was sunnier
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – Could this be my birthday trip? Vermont Bike & Brewery Tour. Could I possibly tack on a visit to the Canadian Maritimes with it? I don’t know, but the concept intrigues me.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – sadly, 213.6 pounds
Foot Mileage – ~3.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – ~42.0 miles
Gym Visits – 3 (3 cardio)
Days Of Bed-Making – 0
Vegetarian Meals – 28
Carnivorous Meals – 29
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
- Pages 1.7 for iPad (Timestompers Guide) – by Sean Wells