I Just Couldn’t Do It

Another (near?) freezing cold morning in late March in Georgia. I just could not convince myself that it was worth leaving the warmth of my bed this morning so I slept in, late, until 7:20am. Had I not forced myself to get out of bed then, I was on the brink of taking the day off from work, which would be bad since I am already short-changed on my vacation given the length of time I have worked for this company.

Today’s Personal Project
Either go to LA Fitness tonight and try to lift weights, or eat at either The Shed or The Argosy before going to the Caitlin Rose show at The EARL.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Say thank you to someone at least one time today.

Gratitude is great for you and the person who receives your appreciation! Research shows that grateful people take better care of themselves, and that gratitude lowers stress and boosts the immune system. Appreciating others also builds community and improves relationships, because it’s hard not to smile when someone sincerely thanks you.

I’d like to thank someone for going out with me. However, my path never seems to cross with those that are able and willing to date me (and for whom I have mutual desire).

Oh well, instead I’ll have to thank you, ITP-Reader.

Returning To The Weeds
I have not been the most productive sort of late, hence yesterday’s mention of needing habit changes.

At work I need to deliver a document revision (which should have been completed yesterday) and am under pressure to get some bug fixes into a future release.

My recent routine if wakeup, (go to LA Fitness), go to work, go to dinner and/or drinks, return home and pass out, only to do it all over again the next day is rote and not getting me where I want to be — well read, extremely knowledgable and confident about my vocation, in great shape/health (though I hope the LA Fitness part does eventually). The easy answer of “cut out going out to dinner and/or drinks” is probably the right solution, but it’s the only time I get to socialize out in public (forget about trying to talk to people in the gym, that not only interrupts their workout, it also interrupts mine).

I know, quit my whining.

92.3? Now That’s Funny.
It wasn’t until the other night that I found out that Atlanta has a 24/7 radio station which is dedicated to comedy. That’s right, 92.3 FM now plays comedy bits, 24/7

Apparently the radio station was launched by the behemoth Clear Channel on October 29th of last year. And I just found out about it? That just shows you how often I listen to, or scan radio stations, these days.

But as the AJC reported upon the channel’s launch “The 92.3 signal is pretty weak and doesn’t reach much beyond the Perimeter. You can sample the national feed here online.”

ITP Flickr Pic

Adages About Time
They say a stopped (analog) watch is right twice a day. They also say that time flies.

Well, my stopped watch has been right twice a day for the past few days and a new, identical watch is flying its way to me currently. Why am I so wasteful in purchasing a new watch instead of getting the battery replaced in my current watch? Because the battery replacement would cost about $15 (estimate from past replacements) and the brand new watch cost me $52. Yes, that’s $37 more but I’m willing to fork over the extra cash for a brand new, unscuffed model; the old, scuffed model will be donated to either someone who wants to spend $15 for a new battery, or Goodwill, whichever comes first.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – Feeling as if I am on Life’s Treadmill at the moment, going nowhere. Also wondering if my body is deciding to throw me another health-related curveball soon.
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – I’ve failed at providing you with a photo, so go look at some of the world’s iconic photos at World’s Famous Photos. I will be for inspiration.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – treadmill, 60 minutes of Galloway Method (roughly five miles of jogging)
Morning Weigh-In – sadly, 212.3 pounds

Foot Mileage – ~3.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – ~42.0 miles
Gym Visits – 6.5 (6 cardio)

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Meals – 38
Carnivorous Meals – 33

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
  2. 60 Mountain Lion Tips – by David Sparks and Brett Terpstra

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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11 Responses to I Just Couldn’t Do It

  1. Steve says:

    A fairly quiet day- no foster dog, as she has bronchitis and is back at the vet. Debbie wanted a new printer so you can have wireless printing while staying at the Day Spa. And it looks like I’ll be “batching” it next week while the mizzus heads off for spring break with her friend Meg and kids. A week at the beach does sound like fun.

    I wish I could say I manned up and rode to the Capitol yesterday. Bob, how was it?


  2. If I do wind up at The Shed tonight:

    – I hope I run into some interesting people

    – I will probably sign up for their next wine class All You Ever Wanted To Know About Pinot Noir But Were Afraid To Ask for $50 at 3pm on Saturday, May 18th. Wanna get an early drunk on with me that day? 😉

  3. Steve says:

    Since when is 3PM an early drunk? You can’t drink all day unless you start early.

  4. Touché.

    We could always start well before 3pm, but that might ruin the finer points of the wine tasting…

  5. Steve says:

    It does kinda defeat the purpose.

  6. bob says:

    The ride to the capitol was COLD. Good times though, I read that there were 1000 people but I think it was a little lower. The smaller crowd from Roswell and the cold temps meant that only real riders showed up so the motorcade was able to keep a faster pace. We made good time getting down there. The speeches were quick and we were on our way to beer stop #1 by noon. Great times all day in spite of the cold.

  7. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Bob, I was so pre-impressed with your conviction to ride yesterday that I made a donation to you on Sunday. 😉 Well done!

  8. bob says:

    Thanks! And thanks for the donation! I’m getting close to my goal, I may have to bump it up to $500.

  9. Steve says:

    Not going 12 mph would have certainly made it more enjoyable and easier to stay warm. Remember, there is not bad weather, only bad clothing.

  10. Well, I found out that I could reserve a spot in the wine class by simply sending an email, so I did!

  11. ITP Lurker says:

    Watch batteries are $8 at Bowers Watch and Clock on Cheshire Bridge, or free if you like their Facebook page. Dont get fleeced by the East Atlanta jewelry store that bases battery prices on the retail price of your watch.

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