I Was Hoping To Be In Training Today

I lobbied to be sent to Big Nerd Ranch for a week’s worth of “Advanced iOS Development Training” which would have started today and lasted through Friday. My request was denied because of the “timing as it relates to my current schedule” thus I will be in the office all week instead. Dangen. Well, I do plan to take a half-day on Friday, you’ll find out why later in the week.

Of course if this is the worse thing to happen to me today then I should be okay with everything…

Today’s Daily Challenge
Stand instead of sit three times today.

People who sit most of the day tend to have larger waists than those who spend less time in a chair. A larger waistline increases the risk of developing illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. When you stand, you engage many more muscles, which requires physical exertion.

I’m a certified sitter.

Not Exactly A Stellar Saturday
Because I knew that I was going to The Shed for the wine class Saturday afternoon I didn’t venture out much on Saturday morning. I considered getting brunch somewhere, but I was feeling lazy so I stayed in and finished off my cheddar-cheese Chex Mix as “brunch.”

I showered, and left the house around 2:40pm for the 3:00pm class. On my way to The Shed via backroads I came across ITP-Reader Jenka out walking her dog. Unfortunately I knew that this meant she was skipping the wine class. It was nice to see a friendly face along the way as I stopped and exchanged pleasantries with her.

The class itself was alright, though I felt strange being one of the only singletons there. In fact, I may have been the only one at my six-person table had not two guys joined my table right as the class was to start. Over a ninety-minute period or so we were served six tastings of pinot noir as well as four courses of food (see below). To my astonishment I was a little more tipsy than I expected to be at the end (seriously, I hadn’t consumed that much wine) and instead of heading out for more fun I made a stop at Morelli’s for two scoops of ice cream before heading home for a nap.

The plan was to recuperate for awhile, and weather permitting, drive over to Twain’s in Decatur to hear Gringo Star perform at 9:45pm-ish. The plan went pear-shaped as I got way too comfortable on the couch and spent the entire night there, either watching some recorded “Modern Family” episodes or napping.

ITP Flickr Pic
“My Afternoon at The Shed (food)”
My Afternoon at The Shed (food)
This was the food served at Saturday’s wine class.

Top Left: flank steak with caramelized onions
Top Right: beet salad
Bottom Left: lamb with asparagus and mushrooms
Bottom Right: bacon with caramel

Not Exactly A Stellar Sunday
The streets may have been alive on Sunday, but there was no way that I was venturing out to walk them. You know what they say, “When Mother Nature deals you a shitty hand and you have laundry to do, make clean laundry.” And so I did by shifting my plan to do laundry tonight to yesterday afternoon.

But first since it was around lunch time I made a stop at a Chinese buffet for a mega-meal (which turned out to be the only one I ate yesterday) before heading to the lavanderia.

Fortunately I was able to dodge the raindrops and was home again by 3:00pm. I spent the rest of Sunday catching up on podcasts, doing some coding, putting laundry away, vacuuming the dust from my bedroom floor, and generally being a bum.

Mow, Mow, Mow The Lawn
The shitty rainy weather we had this weekend combined with an already-filled social schedule for the majority of this week I am going to make an attempt to skip out of work early tonight so that I can return home and mow the weeds to a uniform level.

Today’s Personal Project
Not update my resume. Okay seriously, get home in time to mow my lawns.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – apprehensive
Current Music – listening to some music sent to me by a PR firm. It’s very “dancy” so I’m not too sure how many times I will give it a listen.
Website Of The Day – While it won’t occur until November I’ve paid for some of my own iOS training by signing up for CocoaConf Atlanta.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing; that changes today
Morning Weigh-In – craaaaaaap, I forgot to weigh-in this morning

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

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Meals – 25
Carnivorous Meals – 25

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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13 Responses to I Was Hoping To Be In Training Today

  1. bob says:

    Tour de Cure was Sunday, I wasn’t going to let a little rain in the forecast scare me away. I hooked up with some people and we were flying through the first 55 miles (over 18 mph average). Then the bottom fell out, holy crap did we get some rain. Rain was going sideways, wind was insane, roads were starting to flood, it was definitely an adventure.
    I feel sorry for the organizers as the end of the ride party was all washed out, I just rode straight back to my truck, changed, and left.
    I also felt bad for the new riders, lots of new riders come out for this and it was one hell of a ride for them.

    Good times were had though, I’m ready for BRAG!

  2. Barb says:

    Bob, I don’t think I could have done it- the thunder was so loud Sunday morning, it would have been tough for me to get started.
    I’m pretty good at sleeping thru storms, but not this one, I was just waiting to hear a tree come down or sirens, etc.
    So – I spent the day cleaning out the DVR, did absolutely nothing.

    Saturday Cheese Spread & her hubby were in town, we went to Red Hare so they could try that beer, then had more Cheesy people over for dinner. It was good to catch up with the WI folks.

    Sunday Allan worked, he got to hang out with some secret service folks since the Prez was flying into Hartsfield. He said that was a interesting experience, not that they did anything special really, just had to be ready for something, just in case.

  3. Martha says:

    Ran Twisted Ankle on Saturday, Becky’s Bluff hasn’t changed a bit. It was sad not to see the regular crew there this year. Bob, your wife did awesome, it was great to see her out there. The rain held off, but it was so humid, the rain would have been welcomed. The course was pretty sloppy, not sure how I didn’t bust my ass coming down from the ridge.

    I came home showered and nap, then we went to Mezcalito’s for dinner. They did a great job on the space and the food was pretty good, I had enchilada with a brown mole sauce. The only down side, screaming kids (you know that high pitched screech toddlers make???) …

    I almost went outside for a ride, then I’d look at the radar and see red…so I just did 30 on the trainer. Man, I forgot what TA does to your quads…

    I’m going to throw this out here now…I’ve got 80 miles on the schedule for Saturday, if anyone would like to ride some or all I’d love some company. Or if you know of a ride let me know, the only ones I’ve found are in Hartwell and Savannah.

    Logan is doing better, he seems to have a lot more swelling than last time, but he managed to but a little weight on his back leg this morning. Thank god we don’t have to carry him outside.

  4. Bob, I can’t figure out if you are a fool or a stud. I’ll go with stud. Hoping that you met you contribution goal for the ride as well.

    Twisted Ankle was last weekend? Geez, I am so out of the loop.

    Martha, I’d ride with you Saturday if not for the fact that I will be a good two hours east of Atlanta (Evans, GA) for a festival — more on this later in the week!

  5. Barb says:

    Allan is working Saturday – I can probably ride with you, but not sure if I could ever do 80 at your pace…..

  6. Steve says:

    Bob, we were down there for the horse show at Bouchart Farm (Cedar Grove and Cochran Mill). Saw all the OTB as we went in about 10:45. Meghan (Debbie’s trainer) was supposed to ride at 11:45 but was delayed while the course was reset from the previous class. She was literally ready to enter the ring when the announcer called a weather hold- 1 minute later, all hell broke lose. I have been in some massive rainstorms, but I think that one takes the cake. I knew a lot of those TdC folks were still out there and hoped they were able to find shelter. Ugh.

    Still fighting the good fight with the pool pump. replaced the bearing, remounted it and it won’t hold a prime. Very odd. Trying to think off a way to clear the lines but not having any bright ideas.


  7. bob says:

    Thanks Paulie! I did raise over $500 so I will get another Tour de Cure jersey.

    Laura did say she did well at the twisted ankle but her age group was difficult, I think she would have finished 2nd in the 40 group.

  8. Martha says:

    Barb, that would be great, I’ll take whatever distance you want to ride. You are a far better cyclist than me, I’m just strong, my technique sucks.

    There seemed to be a pretty decent size group of women to all come in within about 3 or 4 minutes of each other. I would have won all the age groups above me…too bad I’m not that odl…yet!

  9. Jenka says:

    Yeah, I just couldn’t swing that wine class OR the beer fest. Pixie and I had a nice walk and then we had lunch at Vickery’s. It was funny how you pulled up just when my dog was taking a crap on the sidewalk. HEH.

    I was at 6FU yesterday afternoon and wanted to go to the Braves game. Turned out one of the owners wasn’t using his tickets (it was really rainy yesterday) so he gave them to me! Awesome free seats and 755 club access. Rain? What rain?

  10. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Sounds like someone is living life right. I just found out that they actually played yesterday, I thought the game was rained out.

  11. Stacy says:

    That food looks amazing! Your review of it?

  12. The food was outstanding. I really enjoyed each course for its individual merits. My favorite course was the lamb with asparagus and mushrooms (oddly, this is my least-favorite photo since it’s not as sharp as the others).

    For the record my two scoops of ice cream were pumpkin butter pecan and chocolate chocolate chip.

    For the complete nerds in the audience, Morelli’s is also using a Square Stand, which only elicited a “meh” from the girl working it.

  13. Barb says:

    so, it looks like I figured out a vacation trip to the Norfolk / VA Beach area in August to visit some friends that live there. I’ve never been to that part of the country, anybody know of anything that we “must” do?

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