All Dressed Up, Nowhere To Go

Such was the case last night as I felt that I was looking fairly sharp and wanted to go somewhere for dinner. Part of the problem of being undesirably terminally single is being in the mood to have a nice dinner but not feeling like eating alone.

Last night I decided that I didn’t want to go to The Shed alone (and I’m avoiding alcohol until tomorrow afternoon, and I know that I would order beer or wine at The Shed) and wound up at Tomatillos instead. For the first time I boycotted Tomatillos’ burrito and got a taco plate — which I think for me is a much better option even if I did eat fried catfish with some chips, salsa, and a Coke.

From Tomatillos I headed home where I goofed around on my iPad before passing out in bed some time before 11pm (10pm?).

Today’s Daily Challenge
Share one way that you get whole grains into your day, such as eating oatmeal or whole wheat bread.

Whole grain foods offer many health benefits. Their high fiber content means that they are slowly absorbed by the digestive system, leaving you feeling fuller longer. Studies have shown that they may aid with heart health, lessen the risk of stroke, and lower blood pressure. Sharing a whole grain idea may motivate someone else to try a healthy new food – and you might come away with a whole new appreciation for a new whole grain!

When I purchase bread I always get one of the whole-grain or oat-bran varieties. Now that my fancy-pants bread making kit has been delivered perhaps I’ll make my own.

Recharging Day
With a weekend trip planned one of the many chores that I need to accomplish today is recharging all of the batteries in my portable devices (iPhone, iPad, cameras, etc). It’s not that my trip is taking me somewhere devoid of electricity, but I’d rather have everything starting out at 100% than think about it later.

Today might also be the day that I wander over to the Apple store in Perimeter Mall and buy myself a new battery for my aged MacBook.

A Figurative Wrench In My Plans
As I commented in yesterday’s blog I found out that Neutral Milk Hotel tickets for their October 26th Atlanta show at The Tabernacle go on sale at noon tomorrow. Tomorrow I will be driving from Atlanta to Black Mountain, NC for LEAF. Looks like I’ll be taking the laptop and working a pitstop at Starbucks or some other place that I can get wifi so that I can attempt ticket purchasing.

You might think I’ve gone off the deep end, but I never thought that Neutral Milk Hotel would get back together again and perform; this is the same way I felt about Jane’s Addiction back in the late 1990s.

ITP Flickr Pic
Nothing today. See today’s “Website of the Day” to see what I spared you from seeing. 🙂

Tomorrow’s Blog May Be Brief, Late, Or Perhaps Both
As I mentioned tomorrow is a travel day and given that I want to be in civilization at noon I may be forced to leave the ITP Estate rather early. This may cause tomorrow’s blog to be rather brief, or rather late, or both.

Today’s Personal Projects
Drop off shirts at the dry cleaner.
Swing by Target for snacks for the weekend.
Recharge all batteries.
Pack the Jackmobile for tomorrow’s journey.
Call my mother.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – okay, though nervous about some things that are going on with me (this seems to be a recurring theme)
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – Today I am wearing a shirt I received as an employee of Intergraph. I worked at Intergraph in Huntsville, AL from December 1992 – December 1995, so this shirt is nearly twenty years old… and I still fits me.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – checking tomorrow

Foot Mileage – ~3.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 0 (0 cardio)

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Meals – 9
Carnivorous Meals – 14

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

May Goals
– return ITP-Reader Martha’s coffee percolator to her

- return ITP
-Terri’s crutches to her

- not get sick

- lose three pounds

- exercise at least twenty-five of May’s thirty-one days

- 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

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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14 Responses to All Dressed Up, Nowhere To Go

  1. Barb says:

    I decided to make a chicken casserole for dinner last night, I do have to say it came out pretty good (with plenty of left overs, a 9 x 13 pan is a lot of chicken casserole). Since I never use a recipe, I need to try to remember what all I put in there. And Paulie – if you ever want to venture to Marietta, just give me a heads up, we almost always have enough for an extra person (or two or three)

    I also went & replanted some seeds in my garden, I think all the rain messed up a lot of it. It’s too late to start the lettuce & spinach again, so I planted more green beans, and also this time some yellow ones (I was told they are really good, & I like colorful veggies). I filled in the missing spaces with more corn seeds, planted some sunflowers, planted more cucumbers, zucchini & squash. If they don’t grow this time – I think I will give up on the seeds for this year.

  2. Barb says:

    I’ll keep my survey going here, should I buy a lemon, lime or key lime tree? (I don’t know if I can even find a key lime tree, but it sounds good)

  3. Can any of those survive in our climate? My father planted many citrus trees with success in Florida…

  4. Barb says:

    We will put it in a big pot & it can go into the garage or mud room in the winter.
    I’ve got 1 big pot & the little rolling thing that came with the Egg. Just thought I should try growing something in it.

  5. Gotcha.

    FYI to commenters: It appears that it’s time for email notifications to stop again — this right after I renewed with the blog’s service provider…

  6. Stacy says:

    I have a friend who has a lemon tree and it does fabulously. She has it in a pot where she moves it indoors when it’s cold, but outside when it’s warm. Very nommy. 🙂

  7. Steve says:

    Been in meetings all morning. This work stuff has got to stop!!

    A small crowd at George’s last night and no fried cheese curds!

    Moving tonight (unless the mizzus has already done that!).

    Off tomorrow and work on Saturday- anyone going to the Tour de Fat on Saturday?

    Safe trip Paulie and our best to the NC folks.


  8. bob says:

    Paulie have fun in NC and say hey to the Beebes for me!

    I will be at the tour de fat on Saturday, bringing out the cruiser for the parade. Should be good times.

    Next Wednesday the ride of silence coincides with the 3rd Wednesday George’s night. I plan on being there.

  9. Martha says:

    I hear you Steve, if I wasn’t already busy enough, one of my DM is on short term disablility so I’m covering for her as well…

    It looks like Saturday will be another rainy day, I hope I can get a ride in and we might check out the Grant Park Tour of Homes (we’re voluntering Sunday).

    Get a lime tree, lime are more expensive at the store. We didn’t plant much this year, since we have no idea where we’ll be. This time last year, I already had tomatoes, right now my plants aren’t even a foot tall.

    Finally seeing the doctor tomorrow, hope we can start to figure out why I’m so tried all the time.

  10. Steve says:

    Martha, what’s the timetable for the construction?

  11. Barb says:

    I’m leaning towards a lime tree….. though we eat enough fish that a lemon tree could be useful too. Good point on limes are more expensive at the grocery store. An old hasher friend (Opie) in FL suggested a cocktail citrus tree, but then he said they don’t really grow the variety all that well. Since I’d probably never find one in GA anyway, I’ve decided to not think about it anymore.

    Not sure about the Tour De Fat – sounds interesting & Allan isn’t working….

  12. Martha says:

    Well, we still don’t have a start date (we’re hoping by mid-June)…having a little trouble touching base with our mortgage guy.

    Once it starts we are looking at 75-90 working days (so 4ish months)…are hope is to find a cheap, short term rental in the area. Jerry works just off 75 by the River and I work just off 85 and N Druid Hills, so if we can’t stay in the ‘hood somewhere central for both of us…

  13. bob says:

    “Finally seeing the doctor tomorrow, hope we can start to figure out why I’m so tried all the time.”

    Martha, that is how baby rumors start 🙂

  14. Martha says:

    That’s the one thing I’m sure is not the problem!

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