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…
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
– 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
- 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