A Day Of Mixed Emotions

Like mostly everyone else my condolences go out to all whose lives have been altered by the bombings that occurred in Boston yesterday. I don’t understand how humans can continue to hurt other humans — especially those that they do not know.

I also have anger, anger toward the person(s) responsible, and anger toward the television “reporting” which continues to advertise just how much coverage your heinous act can garner based on how much damage it creates. It doesn’t help when fear mongers like CNN use the headline “TERROR at the Boston Marathon” either.

I also have fear, fear that we the people are about to lose another chunk of our privacy and freedom because of an act like this, an act that cannot be stopped as has been proven time and time again. Don’t be surprised when more video cameras are installed, or each bag you try to take into Piedmont Park for The Peachtree is searched “for our safety.” I wish that I were being paranoid, but the government has proven to be excellent at knee-jerk reactions. Well, that didn’t take long –> Bombings Prompt Increased Security Measures In Atlanta.

This morning I ran sixty minutes on the treadmill (Galloway Method) for my health and in part as a tribute to those who cannot run today.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Eat one food rich in vitamin E, such as cooked spinach, almonds, asparagus, or peanut butter.

Vitamin E plays a part in the formation of red blood cells, and it helps keep blood from clotting inside of blood vessels. It also strengthens the immune system, so getting sufficient amounts of this vitamin means you’ll be more likely to fight off any bacteria and viruses that cross your path.

No problem, I eat almonds like they are going out of style.

Think Pink
A few weeks ago I bought two new “sweat” towels, the kind that are like chamois. This purchase brought my collection of such towels up to six sweat towels and two bath towels. Yesterday I went to the lavanderia after work and washed all of my clothes.

Did I mention that the two new “sweat” towels were orangey-red, just like one of the bath towels? Did I mention that I wash all of my workout clothes in one load, a load that uses cold water and doesn’t get fabric softener added?
Did I mention that last night’s load of workout clothes contained a white shirt?

Want to venture a guess where I am going with this?

I watched in dismay as the white suds turned a shade of pink. I knew immediately what the outcome would be. I now have a white shirt with pink splotches, well at least until I take it to Goodwill with a lot of the other stuff I am planning on donating.

ITP Flickr Pic
“Soon To Be Rainy Fort Mountain”
Soon To Be Rainy Fort Mountain
On Saturday I headed up for a night of camping in Fort Mountain State Park near Chatsworth, GA. The sunset that night may have been spectacular, but I was too comfortable sitting around the campfire drinking. I made it to the overlook on Sunday morning when the weather was becoming much worse.

I Want To Nerd Out Tonight
Today is slated to be a busy one. In addition to the work I have to perform at the 9-to-5, I am also going to try and get out early enough to attend the Atlanta iOS Developers Meetup at Hypeoptamus and then grab a pint or two with the nerds at Cypress Street Pint & Plate. I want to sink myself deep into the world of software development hide from the ugliness of the real world for awhile.

Upon arriving home tonight I need to dig into more coding for work (I have a deliverable in a few weeks that needs major attention).

Someday I hope to carve out the time to start my Spring Training in earnest.

Today’s Personal Project
Make it to tonight’s iOS Developer Meetup at Hypepotamus.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – mixed
Current Music – listening to an “Ideas” podcast from CBC Radio
Website Of The Day – To tell me if it’s going to rain I have been using the iOS app made by the makers of Forecast for some time.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – weight lifting
Morning Weigh-In – need to check again soon

Foot Mileage – 0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 6 (2 cardio)

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Meals – 23
Carnivorous Meals – 21

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

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9 Responses to A Day Of Mixed Emotions

  1. Martha says:

    I left work early yesterday, just feeling ‘off’, not really sick (though I was burning up when I left yesterday) so I was home, watching MSNBC when it happened…just horrible. After about an hour of coverage, I turned off the tv and went to bed. We were in Boston last summer, its an amazing city, the people are tough and resilient…I just know next year’s marathon is going to be bigger and better than ever!

    I’ve already ‘defriended’ one person on FB for posting gruesome photos from yesterday. I have a feeling there will be more. More often than not, tragedies such as this bring out the best in people, I don’t know what possessed him to do such a thing.

    All my workout towels are white…bleach is my friend.

  2. Barb says:

    I’d wash that shirt again with the colored stuff, it may look like a “tie dyed” one that you bought that way?

    We sauted some spinach with dinner last night – so I’m covered on the vitamin E challenge. We cooked a turkey breast on the Egg too, damn that thing does a good job on making turkey (& chicken) moist. Soooo good. Turkey like that shouldn’t just be for holidays I’ve decided. And – some leftovers is another good thing.

    FYI – bike maintenance night is Wed. at Mango’s – sorry to compete with George’s. So, if your bike needs help (or you just want to hang out) come to Mango’s house.

  3. Hope you are feeling better today, Martha.

    I’d love to come to bike maintenance night but tomorrow is booked with a haircut, maybe a quick stop at George’s, and off to Terminal West for the Bob Mould show.

    Let me know if you need company to help eat the next turkey breast cooked on the egg. Hehe.

  4. Barb says:

    BTW – question for the grammer experts.
    Why is hanged correct & not hung?
    (when reading a story about someone that comitted suicide, I just feel like they hung themself sounds better than hanged). Ive seen it that way numerous times, so I figure that hanged is correct, I just can’t figure out why.

  5. Stacy says:

    Hanged v. Hung: I was taught that “hanged” is really only used in the case of intentionally putting to death. Hung is used for everything else. So whether executing someone else or yourself, it’s hanged.

    (this is also why I have issues with the line in “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia” where they “hung an innocent man.” No, no. They hanged him.)*

    *I know I need help.

    I do agree it sometimes sounds better the other way though. 🙂

  6. Steve says:

    I haven’t really commented on yesterday’s events until now. I was absolutely dumbstruck upon hearing the news, as I suppose we all were. As I can’t begin to put my mind in the place of whatever a$$hat(s) did this, I would just hope that someone in law enforcement gets to them before the general populace of Boston- I think a slow, painful death would be far too merciful.

    As a participant, official, and organizer of large, publicly attended events, I feel particularly offended and insulted. I know I will be affected, just as we were in ’96, and 2001. Even if we give up some of our freedom to help prevent such atrocities from happening again, you know they will find a way. Bastards.

    Prayers continue.


  7. Barb says:

    thanks Stacy.

  8. Funny (finally), on my phone I read Stacy’s comment before reading Barb’s and couldn’t for the life of me figure out how “hanged v. hung” came up until I was able to read the site’s comments.

  9. Barb says:

    just me asking questions over here…..

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