It’s said that our sense of smell is the most efficient at taking us back to distant places and times, but the scent of moisture in the air must be combined with the constant winds we’ve had recently in order to transport me to my days wandering Florida beaches before thunderstorms arrived back in my younger days.
Today’s Daily Challenge
I’m jumping ahead to tomorrow so that I can read your answers in the comments. I had a really bad day yesterday.
List three ways you can cheer yourself up the next time you have a bad day.
Everyone has a bad day from time to time, the kind when nothing goes right. It’s how we react that can make all the difference. If you have some methods for improving your mood at the ready, you can use them next time a no-good day comes your way.
Angry Man, Part 1
The “Three W’s of Anger” — Women, Weight, and Work. The first two of these you have heard me whine about constantly, the third, with the exception of having to put in too many hours, has been a safe haven.
Until this week.
Because I don’t wish to be out of work anytime soon I will limit my complaining to say that decisions have been made this week with which I did not approve. On a positive note I am refusing to work any more weekends…
Winds of change?
Not Angry Man
I made it down to Terminal West in time to score a parking space and catch the act that I was really there to see — My Jerusalem; yes, that’s right, I was there for the opener.
While walking about I ran into ITP-Reader Terri and her friend Betty and chatted for awhile before moving close in to hear the band better.
My Jerusalem put on a great set after which I walked over to the merch table and shook the lead singer’s hand (Yes ITP-Reader Lisa, you read that right; he was no frail man…) and told him that I enjoyed their set and had seen them at The EARL back in November (where I was one of fifteen as my blog detailed the following day). Even though I don’t need any more t-shirts I ponied up $20 for a white My Jerusalem shirt to support the band.
Peter Murphy, the night’s headliner, took the stage and performed really well. At 11:15pm I decided that I had had enough and returned home to pass out.
Angry Man, Part 2
Sometimes it’s the little things in life that culminate in anger — like being in the “50Â¢ Only” line, realizing you don’t have 50Â¢ getting out of your car to get change while holding everyone else up; or not paying attention while all of the cars ahead of you move forward, jeopardizing the chances of those behind you to make the light.
Or sometimes it’s the little things you do to yourself — like leaving the house late, forcing yourself to go to the only ATM between you and word, only to find the Loomis guys have it blocked off so that they can work on it.
It’s been a frustrating week.
I Need Full Release
This weekend is going to be fun, even if it proves to completely crush my hopes and dreams. Tonight I’m going to midtown to do a little post-work drinking, tomorrow night I’ll be going to The Midway Pub for ITP-Reader Terri’s birthday bash, and Sunday may find me at the Mets, or as you would call it “Braves,” game.
I also hope to make at least one trip to LA Fitness since I’ve not been back since hurting my foot (which still isn’t right) last Sunday.
Today’s Personal Project
Get out of the office as early as possible.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – angry, but you knew that
Current Music – silence though I really could use a dosage of hard core to exorcise this anger from my soul.
Website Of The Day – I’m sure that I’ve pointed you to the documentary Winnebago Man before, but this man’s anger trumped my tenfold.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – 210.4 pounds
Foot Mileage – ~3.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 0 (0 cardio)
Days Of Bed-Making – 0
Vegetarian Meals – 2
Carnivorous Meals – 4
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0
– return ITP-Reader Marthaâ€™s coffee percolator to herâ€¨- return ITP-Terriâ€™s crutches to herâ€¨- not get sickâ€¨- lose three poundsâ€¨- exercise at least twenty-five of Mayâ€™s thirty-one daysâ€¨- finish at least two of the books I am readingâ€¨- take at least one box of things to Goodwillâ€¨- post at least ten photos in the blogâ€¨- drink a lot less alcoholâ€¨- prepare a house repair plan and budget
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