I’m starting to feel the
affects effects impact of the pollen and while I am not going to root for rain today, it would be nice for some of this pollen to get washed down the drains.
Today’s Daily Challenge
Take five minutes to clean your hairbrush: Pull out excess hair, swish in soapy water, and rinse.
Dirt, hair gel, spray, skin flakes… when we think about what goes from our scalps to our brushes and then back again, we can all agree that hairbrushes have a dirty job. Giving your brush a little love helps cut down on germs and grime. Bonus: Cleaning your brush extends its life, which can save you money.
It would take me five minutes to find a hairbrush at my house. My short hair and a lack of a female companion in the past decade has made hairbrushes a rare sighting in the ITP Estate. I do own combs but rarely need them as well, though others may disagree.
A Good Night Of Nerditude
Even considering it took me over an hour to drive from Perimeter Mall to midtown last night I had a very good evening.
I arrived at Hypepotamus just in time for the beginning of the iOS Developers meetup, at which I saw an old friend Sean and was able to catch up a bit. The evening’s topics were very interesting, but I was in “coding mode” and worked on my code while listening to the night’s presenters.
Post-meetup a group of us walked around the corner to Cypress Street Pint & Plate where I had a couple of pints and an order of fish ‘n chips (pity that I can’t remember that I am trying to lose weight when I order food) and chatted with a couple of the guys who were at the meeting.
Sadly I would have to take my iOS development skills up five levels in order to be on the same level as the people who attend these meetups. One of the guys I chatted with last night worked for both NeXT and Apple before moving to Georgia. Yeeesh! (as one of my ex-girlfriends would say.)
I Almost Took Myself Out To The Ball Game
If the weather had guaranteed to be as perfect as it was on Saturday I’d be “sick” today and headed to the Braves’ “Businessman’s Special” (yeah I know they are now called “Businessperson’s Special”s but I still call it by the old name). Alas the weather is iffy so I am at work instead.
I generally don’t remember my dreams nor do I have many premonitions. However, last night I dreamt that the ATM was not working at the QuikTrip at which I planned to stop for gas this morning. This particular ATM has been functioning every time, perhaps except for once, that I need cash. I wanted to get cash for today so that I can settle up with my coworkers for last weekend’s camping trip.
The ATM was not functioning.
Speaking of QuikTrip it appears that they are building another QT on Chamblee-Tucker at I-85 South catty-corner to an existing, farily-large QT! Business must be really good.
Just think, if the ATM is malfunctioning at one of these, all I have to do is walk across Chamblee-Tucker to try the ATM at the other.
But not a “go to a ball game” Dayskipper…
Because of my packed post-work agenda combined with my need to get out of work early today I decided to give myself the day off from working out.
The shirt I am wearing is feeling a bit snug today in the upper-torso, shoulder region. Could I possibly be adding muscle? Seems improbable, especially since I can’t seem to reduce the fat in the lower-torso.
ITP Flickr Pic
“Items May Be Larger Than They Appear”
If you are old enough to remember shooting film then you are old enough to remember those accidental shots you didn’t remember taking until the roll of film was developed.
This shot appeared on my iPhone the other day after my trip up to Fort Mountain State Park. I have no recollection taking it.
Yesterday I went to the Horizon Theatre‘s website to buy some tickets. I remember deciding that I wasn’t going to purchase season tickets this season because they were redoing “Waffle Palace,” a play I saw last season. I was very close to purchasing two tickets for the next play to be performed, “The Book Club Play,” and then aborted the process because I felt that I was feeling too optimistic.
I will definitely be going to see “The Book Club Play” when it’s being performed, I just need to give myself some reality checks once and awhile.
A Busy Night Ahead
Had I skipped work and gone to the ballgame I might have felt a bit like Ferris Bueller. Had I thought of this before arriving at work that would have been all I needed to actually take the day off from work and go to the ballgame.
After work (or the ballgame ;)) I will be headed to Virginia-Highland in order to get a haircut (I definitely won’t need a hairbrush then) and perhaps grab a beer at George’s Bar for “Third Wednesday.” From there I plan to swing by my buddy Mike’s house, drive to the westside and hopefully hookup with ITP-Reader Terri’s crowd at 5 Seasons Brewing for a pre-show beer or two.
Show? What show?
Every year or two I reconnect with my misspent youth when Bob Mould shows up for a concert.
Bob Mould? Who’s that?
Mould was a member of the seminal early 1980’s band Hüsker Dü, put out a few solo albums upon their breakup, formed Sugar, and put out more solo albums upon their breakup.
Ring a bell? Yeah, I didn’t figure that it would.
Suffice to say however that I have been listening to Mould’s music since 1983 (that’s thirty years kids!) when he was a member of Hüsker Dü, a band whose music was once described as “mind mutilating” by my then-girlfriend.
The show will be at Terminal West with a full band (most likely including his former Sugar bandmate David Barbe), which reminds me, I was supposed to pack some earplugs for tonight. Oops.
Today’s Personal Project
Remember that I am trying to lose weight.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – things are starting to look up, now if I could just find a date
Current Music – listening to a “Pink Floyd Cover Story” podcast from Coverville
Website Of The Day – I have been known to attribute quotes to the wrong people so Quote Investigator will be a valuable resource for me.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – treadmill running, 60 minutes (Galloway Method)
Morning Weigh-In – checking again on Friday
Foot Mileage – 0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 7 (3 cardio)
Days Of Bed-Making – 0
Vegetarian Meals – 24
Carnivorous Meals – 23
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