My Mundane Life

Different day, same life.

Today’s Personal Project
Knock off three things on my To Do list.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Write down a positive health change you’ve made, and reflect on how you overcame any challenges.

We all need positive reinforcement, and what better source than from ourselves? By focusing on one change you’ve made to better your health and remembering the hurdles you overcame, you remind yourself that you can take on other things, too! Being successful at one thing can set the stage for others.

If you don’t know what mine has been then you haven’t been paying attention.

Giving Tomatillos Another Try
Last night was lavanderia night. For some reason I wasn’t really in the mood to eat immediately after finishing my laundry, so I didn’t walk down to Las Tortas Locas for some tacos. Instead, I decided to drive down to the hood.

My first thought was to (finally) try The Argosy but then I decided to wait. Pizza at Grant Central East sounded good, but I talked myself out of that because I feared that I would eat too much.

I haven’t been to The Midway Pub in quite some time (well at least to eat, Tamara and I had drinks there in January); the weather was nice, I could have sit outside on the patio to avoid the smoke. However I’ve come to realize that since someone has blocked the parking lot which sits next to Midway I don’t want to go to Midway; parking is too much of a hassle and I don’t want to be wandering alone in that area for fear of thugs.

I decided to give Tomatillos another try. This time I ordered a tofu burrito with roasted garlic, and some chips and salsa. The burrito was predictably wet (I let them put rice and pinto beans in it) but was really off-putting was the saltiness of the tofu, which I am assuming had been marinated in soy sauce. Pity, because except for the saltiness everything else was really good.

My First Workout “Read” Book Complete!
As I jogged on the treadmill yesterday I was able to complete my first audiobook that I started since working out.


I’ve mentioned the book, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business — by Charles Duhigg, before; it’s about identifying and changing habits. I thought that it was an interesting “read” for the treadmill.

While I am just starting to get my workout groove again I am thrilled at the thought of knocking out some “reading” while exercising.

ITP Flickr Pic
Nothing today.


Getting $3 Sliders Whilst I Can
I have a feeling I’ll be burning the 7pm oil tonight at work as I attempt to get some things done by deadline. Because of this I just might treat myself to some $3 sliders tonight. Of course I should have thought of this while picking out clothing this morning so that I could look a little better whilst presenting myself in public tonight.


Still Looking For A Ira Glass Companion
I should really come to the conclusion that I will never go out on another date and stop purchasing two tickets for events (by and large I already have stopped doing this). So now I am in possession of a second ticket, which unless a miracle occurs in the next few days, will go to waste.

Admitting you have a problem is the first step in recovery, at least that’s what I am told…

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – fair, but way late again!
Current Music – listening to a KEXP live concert podcast featuring Iron and Wine.
Website Of The Day – Leave it to industry to create another standard for labeling packaging for recycling. How 2 Recycle (sic) has the explanation for the new labeling, unless the packaging has the “Store Drop-off” label (like the little airbags put into shipping boxes by Amazon, which lead me down this road); in that case you’ll find information about that label at PlasticBagRecycling. What a fucking joke! The cynic in me is certain that this new labeling was pushed by the paper and plastic industries in order to confuse the consumer to the point of just throwing everything out again, thus selling more product.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – sadly, 212.3 pounds

Foot Mileage – 0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 2 (1 cardio)

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Meals – 4
Carnivorous Meals – 2

Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0

April 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
  3. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business — by Charles Duhigg

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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18 Responses to My Mundane Life

  1. Barb says:

    My recycling consists of putting everything in a bin & the people that pick it up figure out how to sort it.

    My evening tonight will be getting stuff ready for BRAG Spring Tune Up. Allan is working Thursday & we will leave friday miornign when he gets home, so tonight is the planning/packing time.

    Also found out yesterday that our RAGBRAI team Team Wimpy was sold a while back & the new owner didn’t include my brother on any sort of team correspondence so far, so Tom doesn’t think we will have a spot on that team. I wasn’t thrilled with the southern route this year either. (Its too far from mom & dad & that would just cause trouble being in the state & not seeing much of them). So – trying to think of another vacation idea.

  2. CoA will accept aluminum, paper, cardboard, magazines and plastics labeled with #1 or #2.

    I didn’t even know that you could sell a RAGBRAI team. Vermont in July? 🙂

  3. Barb says:

    well – the bus was sold, which really is “the team”, and the ride organizers know the team name, so they get “in” with a certain # of members.

    Hmmmm – Vermont in July, that wouldn’t be a bad birthday trip.

  4. Jenka says:

    I put off getting a ticket for Ira Glass and now all the good seats are taken. Can I take advantage of your extra ticket?

  5. Martha says:

    Working at home today sans Jerry hanging about…I’ve been able to get so much more done. 🙂

    I even managed to restart my food journal…enough is enough, it’s time to get serious about getting back in shape.

    Barb I got an email the other day about different multi-day bike rides all over the country, I’ll see if I can find it.

    Still trying to figure out what I need (heck, even when I’m leaving) for this weekend ride. Paulie, are you going?

  6. Jenka, you’re in. Send me an email so I can contact you.

    I’m not going to ride/camp this weekend. Need a coffee percolator? I think I can help you. 🙂

  7. Jenka says:

    SWEET! Thanks!

  8. Barb says:

    Martha – you really don’t need much – bike clothes, clothes to hang out in (probably will get cool in the evenings, so bring something warm) sleeping stuff, snacks, beverages of choice, maybe some sort of food to eat before you start riding in the morning – there is plenty of food at rest stops, but not everyone wants bananas & PB&J. There is a coffee company that sets up, so you can go get coffee from them, for a few $$.

    and -if you want – Sharon might carpool with you…..

  9. Stacy says:

    Hey Paulie, if you ever have extra tickets to Horizon, I’d love to join you for a show again. Either just pay you for it or bring back our brisket dinner tradition on me! 🙂 In fact, it’d be really nice to just PLAN that sometime. I feel like it’s been 80 years since I’ve seen your face.

  10. Martha says:

    Thanks Barb, I was going to put that question out there.

    Coffee in the morning will be awesome! What about dinner? Does everyone go somewhere? I’m hesitant to arrange a carpool, since I have no idea when I’m planning on leaving…

  11. Jenka: Fired you a text message.

    Stacy: Will do.

    Barb, Martha, other riders: Have a fun weekend. If I hadn’t already purchased the tickets I’d be joining you.

    Unrelated: I heard Trombone Shorty and his band are playing Terminal West on Saturday night too. It’s free show, but I think you need to RSVP to get in. I’d love to see Trombone Shorty again but I already have plans, and I avoid free shows like the plague.

  12. Barb says:

    Martha – there is some probably crappy concession set up at the park/camp, but we will go into Madison for the “free” happy hour (from 4-6, but I’ll bet they run out way before that) then find dinner somewhere in town.

    Paulie – with it being Final 4 weekend – if Terminal West is anywhere near downtown – it will be a MADHOUSE.

  13. Oooh yeah….

    The Ira Glass show is at Georgia Tech (Ferst Center), plans will have to be made accordingly.

  14. Steve says:

    Wow.. these busy days stink. 2PM and just checking in on the blog.

    Nothing much to report. Farley (and I) really misses Debbie. He went on walkabout last night for about an hour- probably back in the compost eating horse poop. I had just gone out to look for him and he wanders up, hanging his head… poor boy.

    Sounds like the STU (and I always read an F into that…) is coming together nicely. I hope y’all have fun and the weather stays clear.

    Our anniversary is this Sunday, so I think a nice dinner somewhere is in order. Maybe even some sushi!


  15. Jenka says:

    So, just for clarification: does this mean I am a miracle? 🙂

  16. Barb says:

    hey Steve – since its our anniversary Saturday, and we get back from Madison Sunday probably afternoon, and if you don’t go out of sushi in Newnan, maybe, if you wanted some company, we might join you on Sunday night?

  17. Steve says:

    Sunday sushi sounds super!! 😉

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