On The Sidelines

Twice this week I will be attending a “Field Day,” once today after work with some old Twitter friends, and once on Friday for work. Due to my ailing foot, I will be a spectator for each. One of yesterday’s failed projects was to make a doctor’s appointment.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Learn about signs and symptoms of depression.

Although we typically pay close attention to the health of organs like the heart and skin, misconceptions about mental health mean that we may not give the brain the attention it deserves. Depression is a very common and treatable illness that affects millions of people each year – and it has its own signs and symptoms, just as heart disease and skin cancer do. By learning what depression looks like, you will have the tools to potentially recognize it in others or yourself.

I believe that I am well-versed in this topic.

Feeling A Little Better Physically
It was a strange weather weekend in Black Mountain.

On Friday the weather was beautiful, with only a hint of rain. As you may have read I made it up to Asheville with little difficulty and pulled into Starbucks to buy my Neutral Milk Hotel ticket online (note to self: you still need to locate that credit card!) before heading over to Black Mountain.

Saturday started warm, until mid-morning when a cold front moved in, bringing rain in the late afternoon, and then fierce winds throughout the night. Thankfully I did the best job I ever have of securing my tent’s rain fly and suffered no wetness nor damages throughout the night.

On Sunday I was suffering from sunburn (put the sunblock on too late apparently), chills (from the temperature?), and sneezing fits (dust, grass, cold?) and was near the brink of feeling miserable and not relishing the four-hour drive back to Atlanta.

I’m a little better today, though I am still consuming Alavert to combat the nose.

Other than the weather the weekend was a blast. I got to hang out with the Raleigh Royalty, listened to Ben Sollee play a concert, did a zip line into a very chilly lake, drank some beer, ate a bunch of vegetarian food, and realized that I could have met my perfect match — but only realized that I should have talked to her when I discovered that she had packed up her tent and took off in her vehicle (a Jeep) very early Sunday morning, just as I have from a few hash camping weekends.

ITP Flickr Pic
Nothing. I seriously need a photography reboot.

Am I Really Going To Buy Another iPod?
In the future hipsters will be carrying around iPods the way they covet vinyl records today. Until then I am considering buying yet another iPod (of the 160GB variety) to replace the 120GB variety I stupidly took out (and dropped) bike riding one day, and to carry around my entire music collection.

Music is one of the many things that I am trying to reintroduce to my daily life. My “goal” is to listen to an entire album each day (when possible) for the rest of my life (a period which shortens with each breath I take).

Currently, the technology I possess doesn’t have the capability of offering all of my music to me where ever I am. And though it may be “the future,” “the cloud as a storage/delivery mechanism” is a joke today even when wifi is available.

Besides, my beloved AAPL could always use another sales boost…

Also On Tonight’s Agenda?
A Quick look at the calendar has shown me that tonight is the Titus Andronicus show at The EARL. I have a ticket. I guess it’s going to be a late night tonight.

Today’s Personal Project
Make doctor’s appointment for my foot.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – sad, not technically depressed, but sad
Current Music – silence
Website Of The Day – I’ll be sinking my brain daily into NSScreencast to provide myself with more development skills. Winds of change?
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 – 20
Carnivorous Meals – 15

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

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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17 Responses to On The Sidelines

  1. My right food it starting to hurt in the same place as my left (without the treadmill incident). This makes me think this is a footwear issue, but I have been wearing about twelve different pairs of shoes over the last few months…

  2. Steve says:

    I’m fighting the good fight with one of 2 pool pumps- disconnected it, replaced what I thought were the leaking seals, and replaced it, only to find it still leaking, and the other pump now leaking in sympathy. Please note- if the next house we purchase has a pool, you have permission to shoot me.

    After my conference call, we drove over to Megan’s farm (Debbie’s trainer and riding buddy) to see her new foal. No bigger than Farley, in fact, not quite as big, but very cute and wobbly!! Only 3 weeks old.

    As I had taken my MTB, I rode the dirt roads back home. The GPS was useful, but only when it got enough signal to download the maps- otherwise, it’s just a line in the dirt! I managed to find my way back home 21 miles later. An adventure, fir sure.

    Anyone finishing yesterday’s ToC stage has my utmost respect. 110 degrees and the last 5km was in excess of 20%. Staff was pushing riders into the parking lot once they had crossed the line under their own power… it was incredible.


  3. Barb says:

    I’ve got the ToC DVR’d, last night after work turned into an adventure.

    I decided to get some exercise & walk over to Sally’s house to pickup a couple tomato plants, taking the long way around & about the neighborhoods. We decided to go visit Franco (a neighbor & GUTS friend) & check out his garden. Ended up having a couple beers in his backyard, and then Sally decided she would walk with me home, since it was such a nice night. Got a call from some Monday night hashers, they were going to be walking by my house soon. Sally & I were almost there – so that was pretty funny, running into people on the sidewalk. I decided I ought to go check out the hash ending (couldn’t talk Sal into it), got some good latin food at a place called Presto, might have to go there again. Realized I don’t know many hashers anymore. Finally got home after 9:30 or maybe even 10pm.

  4. Steve says:

    You must have known someone as they knew to call you!!

    Sorry that your “food” hurts Paulie.

  5. Debbie says:

    Aaaaanndddd, it’s possum #8 for the Brown Man. Blech.

    Our next house – no pool, fewer possums.

    We need to look for a Slacker weekend in June. Y’all throw out some dates and we’ll see what works!

  6. Steve says:

    I’m so proud.

    I strongly suggest the weekend of the 15th. I may be working every other one!!!

  7. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Stupid Freudian slips… The food hurts going in *and* coming out. TMI? 😉

    That weekend is Father’s Day and since I am not one, I am free that weekend.

  8. Barb says:

    okay- I knew less than 10 of the 40 people there.

    June 15th – that Saturday Allan has to work.
    June 1st – there’s a slight chance my youngest brother may come to town, Allan promised him a new (to him) bike as the one he rides is a piece of crap & doesn’t even fit him right. I’m making Allan come thru with his promise, so Tom may drive down to pick it up.
    June 8th – Allan works Sunday, so we’d have to leave Sat. night.
    June 22nd- that’s open as far as I know.
    June 29th – Allan works Sunday, so we’d have to leave Sat. night.

  9. Steve says:

    The weekend of the 22nd may work for me as the equipment we were going to migrate has been delayed.

  10. Steve says:

    40 people on a Monday night!! Wow.

  11. I can do the weekend with the 22nd as well.

  12. Steve says:

    We can celebrate the first day of summer!! Pagan sacrifice of a virgin optional. (like we could find one).

  13. Barb says:

    oh yeah – Steve & Debbie- please tell Allan about all the “fun” with the pool, since he wants to put one in someday, and I know it would be more trouble & $$ than its worth.

  14. Sadly I’m the closest thing you people have to a virgin…

  15. Steve says:

    The thought crossed my mind, but I wasn’t going there.

    If you use the pool, it isn’t that much work, but considering how much we use it, it’s far more trouble than it’s worth. And I’m not even considering the operating costs.

  16. Stacy says:

    YAY! Are all ITP readers welcomed? *grin* 🙂 I can make either day!

  17. Andrew says:

    Titus Andronicus at the Earl, Josh Ritter at the Variety Playhouse. Great night for shows, terrible scheduling. 🙁

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