Dejá Vu! (kinda sounds like “April Fool”, doesn’t it?)
I caved to peer pressure yesterday. “Let’s go to the Braves game tonight!” my boss said, but soon caved when I told him the price of tickets still available (I didn’t want to spend that much either). Let’s go to Taco Mac and watch some of it then.
It’s at that point I should have declined, but I didn’t.
I tried my best to be good, drinking one large beer, eating some chips and queso, and ordering a (barely healthy) grilled chicken wrap with (completely unhealthy) french fries. In other words, I failed at my desire to change my bad drinking and eating habit.
Today I try again.
Today’s Personal Project
No alcohol. Eat better. Do laundry.
Today’s Daily Challenge
Save money by unplugging appliances that aren’t in use.
Pulling out plugs can boost your bottom line and improve your financial health! Many homes have dozens of appliances that gobble energy even when they are off, which wastes your hard-earned money. Bonus: Doing this challenge is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint, as well.
I have a couple of things that I could unplug, but truth be told, my household uses most of the appliances that I have plugged in (“to the mains” as they say in Britain) on a daily basis.
What Today’s Blog Was Going To Be Called
“All About Ni(c)k”
You’ll see why momentarily.
ITP Flickr Pic
While driving to happy hour on Friday I got stuck near this Arby’s sign on Chamblee-Dunwoody and Peachtree Industrial.
I was tickled by Nick’s attempt to get Amanda to go to the prom with him. (I wonder if it worked?) For anyone who knows my dating history, or more accurately my lack thereof, it should come to no surprise that I didn’t go to my high school prom because I never went out on a date while in high school.
Not much has changed.
I Like Saving Money
I have been spending money like its going out of style (not only on beer/food, very little on house repair), so I like when I get the opportunity to save money on something that I plan to buy anyway.
Such was the case thrice in the past two week’s with iTunes Gift Cards.
Two week’s ago I heard that Staples had discounted iTunes Gift Cards, a $25 card was selling for $20. I bought two.
Last week I heard that Best Buy had discounted iTunes Gift Cards, a $100 card was selling for $80. I bought one.
Last Friday while in QT I saw that they had discounted iTunes Gift Cards, a $25 card was selling for $20. I bought one.
What the hell am I going to do with $175 in iTunes credit you ask?
* tv series (I buy “Top Chef,” “The Layover,” and “Mad Men” currently)
* iOS apps
* Mac applications
* music (though I don’t buy much more any longer)
Over time I am certain that I will erode that entire $160 credit.
You know, there really should be an app telling you where these sales are…
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – mixed
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – On Saturday I bought the Nik Software photography editing collection. Nik Software, now owned by Google, is a leader in photo editing software (specifically plug-ins), and the price of their suite has been reduced to $149 USD. All I have to do now is take photos again…
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – weight lifting
Morning Weigh-In – sadly, 212.3 pounds
Foot Mileage – 0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 1 (0 cardio)
Days Of Bed-Making – 0
Vegetarian Meals – 2
Carnivorous Meals – 1
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
- 60 Mountain Lion Tips – by David Sparks and Brett Terpstra