It seems as if IT didn’t get the Internet up and running again after yesterday’s scheduled power outage. Internet? Who needs the Internet these days? So, I am relegated to blogging from my iPad this morning.
Today’s Personal Project
Go to LA Fitness tonight. If time permits, go to the bank this afternoon.
No Daily Challenge Today
It’s too difficult to get this when I am blogging from my iPad.
No ITP Flickr Pic Today
Because I am a terrible man and haven’t taken any new photos.
As Weekends Go I Gave This One A ‘B-‘
On Friday night I chose to hit up Vintage Pizza with some coworkers for pizza and brews. I considered going to the Hey Marsailles / Little Tybee show at Vinyl, but the unpredictable nature of the weather forecast combined with my wearing down from the morning’s five-mile (Galloway Method) run convinced me otherwise. I fell asleep home, alone and way too early for an eligible (47 year old, read “still young”) bachelor on a Friday night.
Saturday’s weather forecast didn’t brighten my spirits much. After making myself some (frozen) biscuits with a (relatively fresh) egg and cheese omelette I planned out my attack on the day. “I’ll sort clothes, drive to the LA Fitness on North Druid Hills for a run, do laundry at the laundromat in Toco Hill, hit up REI, and then go get dinner. Hell, if I hear back from Smith’s Olde Bar that the Modern Skirts farewell show hasn’t sold out, I can do that too!” I said aloud (which I can do, because I live alone, so that is acceptable behavior). Surprisingly, I almost did all of it. I did sort clothes. I did go to LA Fitness, but wound up doing much more biking because it felt as if the treadmill was going faster than advertised and I couldn’t keep up (older ITP-Readers: think “George Jetson”). I did go to Toco Hill and do laundry, reminding myself why I stopped going to that laundromat. I did go to REI (read below). I did eat dinner out — crappy Chinese buffet; Christ, do I ever need a dinner companion. I did not go out to Smith’s Olde Bar, mostly because they never answered my question.
Sunday’s main task was to replace the hard drive in my aged MacBook with a SSD. The day started with a hiccup when the bootable USB I created a few weeks ago didn’t boot. While creating a new bootable USB I realized that I needed a Torx screwdriver in order to remove the old hard drive from its tray. Luckily I own Torx screwdrivers, finding them was a bit of a challenge. *Finally* with new SSD installed and bootable USB created (including the error the Internet told me to ignore) I was up and running again. A good three hours later I had all of my requisite software downloaded (don’t get me started on how shitty slow my AT&T U-Verse has been lately) and installed, and I was back at Square One. Ugh. I spent most of the day kicking around, listening to podcasts, eating some of the loaf of bread I (and my bread machine) made, spending money online, and waiting for The Amazing Race to start. Sounds a treat, doesn’t it?
A Man Squeezes Into A REI
I know better than to visit REI on the weekend, especially when dividends are distributed. But I forgot. By the time I realized my error it as too late and I had committed.
The plan was to but a new pair of shoes, Keen Austins if you must know, but I quickly realized that shoe shopping there on this Saturday was going to be a hassle. i had also discovered that REI doesn’t stock the color of Keen Austins that I want, so trying the on, even just to see how they are sized, seemed like a bad idea. So instead I blew a portion of my dividend on a map case for my bicycle and surprisingly pocketed the difference in cash. Even better, the map case was fully-priced so I was able to use the 20% coupon when purchasing it.
At Least The Second Tray Hasn’t Reduced The Pussy
So far not a single woman has asked me about my availablity whilst I get in or out of the Jackmobile. Magic tray my ass!
It may not be fully known that I have a soft spot in my heart for cats (not that I want to own one) and do not mind that the local ferals (hahaha, auto-correct turned my misspelling of “ferals” into “freaks”) use the Jackmobile as a safe-haven, kind of a home base if you will. As I understand it, cats like to sleep with their backs against something so that they are not attacked from behind.
In times of rain, when the Jackmobile is parked safely and dryly in the carport, I often see paw skid marks created by paws sliding down the windshield (windscreen for anyBrits out there). This morning the indicators of feline napping were present. I am glad to see that this second bike tray has not taken the safe haven from them.
Now if I could only train then to keep squirrels, rats, etc. away from the ITP Estate…
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – fair, though I wish that I had gotten up and worked out this morning
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – I am seemingly incapable of providing you with interesting photos, but Flickr Hive Mind doesn’t seem to have that problem.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – Friday = 60 minutes of treadmill; Saturday = 15 minutes of treadmill, 90 minutes recumbent stationary bike
Morning Weigh-In – sadly, 212.3 pounds
Foot Mileage – ~3.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – ~42.0 miles
Gym Visits – 5 (5 cardio)
Days Of Bed-Making – 0
Vegetarian Meals – 34
Carnivorous Meals – 31
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