After a insanely code-productive Saturday (indoors?!?!) I had a blast hanging out with ITP-Reader Jenka on Saturday night.
Today’s Daily Challenge
Quiet your mind by looking at an object from nature.
Our lives are so busy that we often disconnect from the natural world. Slowing down to pay attention to small details helps us feel more at one with everything around us and can redirect our focus, if even for a minute. Making time for quiet reflection can reduce stress, lower blood pressure, improve concentration, and reduce anger and frustration. Breathing deeply while you do it will also lower your heart rate and renew your energy.
Winner, Winner, Pastrami Dinner
I met up with Jenka for a pre-show dinner at the Wrecking Bar, she ordered the pastrami sandwich (what I considered ordering but didn’t because I never copy someone else’s order — it’s a “me” thing) and I ordered the burger; these were two of the three menu items recommended by the bartender. I’ll never admit it, but I think Jenka order the better item. Oh shit, I guess that I just did admit it. 🙂
After dinner we headed to the Ferst Center on the campus of Georgia Tech to hear Ira Glass (host of This American Life) speak. Being the “Atlanta-savvy” drive I claim to be I managed to get us there in no time by taking a series of back roads to avoid the main arteries which I assumed would be swamped by NCAA / Braves traffic; oh, Jenka navigated as well.
Apparently there was a pre-show meet-and-greet that I failed to discover when I purchased the tickets. Pity, it might have been fun to meet Glass in person and have my photo snapped with him. I’m sure Jenka would have enjoyed meeting him as well.
Jenka has seen Ira Glass lecture previously, this was my
cherry buster maiden voyage. Glass spoke and answered questions for well over two hours! I was thrilled and thankful that I skipped the many other fun-sounding options — biking/camping, Muse at Centennial Park, Trombone Shorty at Terminal West) for this event.
I dropped Jenka off and briefly considered heading to The EARL for the Little Tybee show, but I was tired and headed home for a good night’s sleep.
ITP Flickr Pic
I was honest when I told Jenka that I didn’t remember where the seats were located.
Somehow I had forgotten that when I purchased the tickets (five-six months ago?) that I was able to get two seats in the front row.
Sunday, Lazy Sunday
If “fuck around on the internet all day” were on my list of chores for today I’d be having a hell of a productive day.
I tweeted at about 12:45pm EDT yesterday, this after nearly five hours of sitting in front of my computer. Okay, I’m being a little harsh on myself because in that time I also:
- Baked, photographed, and ate a slice of bread (Verdict: WIN!)
- Decided to give myself another day off from exercising (Why? Shit, I don’t really know.)
- Drank a pot of coffee and beer (Not together of course; I’m not an alcoholic but I cannot seem to go a day without drinking — liver be damned!)
- Listened to six album’s worth of new music (Some of which I cannot disclose yet, one of which will be reviewed on Tuesday)
- Imported, processed, and uploaded three photos to Flickr (Including the one in today’s blog)
- Attempted to shoot using my Nikon V1 with Nikon DSLR lenses attached (Verdict: LOSS — it requires manual focusing, something I am very bad at doing)
- Decided to go to the Braves game (It was such a gorgeous day)
- Decided not to go to the Braves game (It got too late to shower and get there by first pitch)
- Wrote the first draft of this blog (You’re welcome.)
Let The Downsizing Begin!
This weekend I started my “Spring Cleaning” initiative in addition to the “Spring Training” initiative I started on Friday.
I spent a good amount of yesterday wrangling things that should no longer be a part of my life; many of which were clothes that no longer, and may never again, be the correct size for me. So if you see some of the local hipsters and homeless looking rather unfashionable (think Macklemore & Ryan Lewis “Thrift Shop” WARNING: FAR FROM SFW), you may rightly thank me. Huh, I guess Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were part of the big lineup at Centennial Park on Saturday night. Who knew?
There are some items that I’d rather sell than donate. Have you sold anything independently? What’s your reselling venue of choice — Amazon, eBay, Craig’s List, EAV Buzz? If I am smart I can use this as an opportunity to set up my “photography studio set up” and vastly improve my product photography.
The Anniversary Crasher
Thanks to a text from ITP-Reader Barb I was officially invited to crash the double-anniversary dinner at East Atlanta Thai & Sushi, sparing me the trouble of playing paparazzo.
Dinner was really good and up until what you will read about next had put the cap on a great weekend.
From The Department Of Why Am I Being Tested?
Around midnight last night I went to brush my teeth and noticed the water pressure was not up to its normal standards.
Upon investigation I found at least one of the culprits — a small drip in one of my water pipes. Greeeeeeeat. Seriously, how does this shit keep happening to me? Add this new problem to my plumbing woes of:
- The infamous waste line problem.
- The non-functioning sink in my “second” bathroom. It hasn’t worked in years and since I live alone so I never considered this to be critical to fix.
- The leak in the sink drain in my guest bathroom that I discovered a few weeks ago when I poured water down its drain.
- The leak in the sink drain in the basement bathroom that I discovered about a month ago when I used that bathroom. (note: I rarely use this bathroom these days so didn’t consider this to be an emergency.)
- Aged water heater that needs to be replaced.
And these are the problems about which I know.
The irony in this new discovery is that it happened just a couple of hours after talking about house repairs with my mother on the telephone and her telling me that she hoped that I didn’t experience any new problems for a long time.
Do you know a fantastic plumber / plumbing company? I need this new leak fixed ASAP and get quotes on fixing the rest.
I know that I can’t go back and change the past nor can I assume my life would be wonderful if I had never purchased this house, but this house has caused me much grief over the past fourteen years.
It is time for me to either fix everything and, when I am finished downsizing either sell the house or I can talk to someone about selling the house “as is.”
It is now 2:00am and I am getting tired. Unfortunately I think this turn of events has ruined any chance of me going to the gym tomorrow morning.
I don’t think that I can do this any longer…
Today’s Personal Project
This section will now be the last thing since it usually pertains to something about which I am blogging.
Do some demolition and line up a plumber to come fix the water leak.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – depressed because of the house
Current Music – silence
Website Of The Day – Yesterday I was introduced to Sauce Magazine. I don’t have the foggiest idea where I will find the time to read it, but it does look interesting.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – sadly, 212.6 pounds
Foot Mileage – 0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 4 (2 cardio)
Days Of Bed-Making – 0
Vegetarian Meals – 13
Carnivorous Meals – 8
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
- The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business — by Charles Duhigg