Nothing better than working a half day to start a long weekend. Oh wait, I probably should have taken the entire day off today.
Today’s Daily Challenge
Take ten minutes to tidy up your desk, kitchen table, or countertop.
A chronically chaotic or disorganized space makes it harder to do everyday tasks, making you feel like you’re always running behind. Simply clearing one small physical space can help clear mental space, allowing you to do things more efficiently.
I don’t need ten minutes, I keep a tidy desk. In fact, my workspace is cleaner than ever since I have been clearing out my cube of personal items for some reason *wink wink, nudge nudge*
Where The Beer And The Antelope Roam
Last night the drinking club ended up at 5 Seasons Brewing in Sandy Springs to celebrate a birthday. While there I had too many beers (for my current fat condition) and an antelope (or so I was told) burger with sweet potato fries. There were five of us in the group, and even with a birthday dessert and a round of drinks (supposedly) comped because our food took over thirty minutes to arrive at our table, our bill was $180, which was split three ways because we paid for the birthday girl and we are stupid men and didn’t require the other girl at our table to pay either. Jeez, I need to stop going out; it’s expensive and I am not getting much return on my investment.
My antelope burger was good, but probably not as good as it could have been. For one, it was served on some odd onion flatbread, which I thought paired with the meat okay, but made it harder to eat. Second, and most importantly, I ordered the burger “medium” and there was not a speck of pink in the burger delivered to me. I would have sent if back if not for the fear of having to wait another thirty minutes to get a replacement. What is the point of asking it how I would like it cooked if your cooks can’t deliver? Nearly every place I go seems to have this problem. Am I just not going to fancy-enough restaurants?
While at 5 Seasons we witnessed a private party being held on their patio. It was one of the strangest (and remember, I am a computer programmer) collection of people I have ever seen assemble. When I inquired with the waitress she told me it was a singles mixer, which I highly doubt since many people arrived as couples, and maybe ten percent of them also had children with them. I didn’t have nearly enough alcohol to go outside and ask someone directly.
ITP Flickr Pic
“The Many Faces Of InsideThePerimeter”
I have been trying to decide on a new pair of eyeglasses. I ordered five frames from Warby Parker, they would be images #2-#6 if you start from the upper left corner and scan across, then down. Image #1 (upper left) is my current set of glasses.
Please ignore the model, he is not important. Related: Why wasn’t I issued an upper-lip at birth?
In last night’s mail there was another envelope from the company that performed the lab tests for my physical back in January — this one was a collections notice — for a bill I should have never received because my insurance company is supposed to pay it.
Three times in as many months I have had a phone conversation with my insurance company and they have ensured me that they would handle this issue. That is the story I heard again today, in fact I was even conference called with the collections agency this time. I will believe it when I stop receiving envelopes from the lab company.
The system is broken.
Remembering Memorial Day
Somehow this coming Monday is Memorial Day, one of the Federal “biggies” holidays in the states because many of us do not have to go to work. I have no plans. Having said that, having no plans may be the best thing for me as I should probably work in or around the house. Yeah, I think that I can scrounge up a chore or two that needs attention…
How about you? What’s going to keep you busy this weekend?
Today’s Personal Project
Get home, pack, and hit I-20 East before the rest of this city does.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – frustrated on sooooo many levels
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – I’m headed to Banjo-B-Que 2013.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – umm, crap
Foot Mileage – ~3.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 0 (0 cardio)
Days Of Bed-Making – 0
Vegetarian Meals – 29
Carnivorous Meals – 33
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