Oh Yeah, I Promised A Blog Post Today

Happy Memorial Day, ‘mericans!

Today’s Daily Challenge
List two places where you can enjoy a one-person retreat.

Although heading out of town for a retreat or spa resort visit may be appealing, most of us don’t have the time or money to take our relaxation to that level. By identifying a few places where you can recharge, you’ll know where to head when you need a little break that’s just for you.

Me? Why should I know about one-person retreats? Oh, yeah, because I am terminally single.

  1. A hike in any of our State Parks
  2. A library

I Went To A Barbecue Festival And I Was The Pig
I had a decent time over in Evans, GA for the Banjo-B-Que Fest though it may have been another occasion where a partner would have taken the experience to another level.

I ate a lot of food, even by my gluttonous standards; I was at a barbecue festival for god’s sake! (though this doesn’t explain why I sought out a Chinese buffet for lunch on Saturday) On Friday afternoon/night I had a pork sandwich, a brisket sandwich, and a small sampling of baby back ribs. On Saturday evening I had a sausage sandwich, and later a “Cuban” pulled pork sandwich. On each night I had a homemade soda from Hillbilly Bob’s Homemade Soda.

Though I initially intended to make the weekend beer-free, I caved nearly immediately when I found out that the festival had an amazing selection (Goose Island, New Belgium, Southern Tier, Lazy Magnolia, Monday Night, and Red Hare) — for $3! I did manage to curtail my consumption by limiting myself to three tickets, one for Friday night, two for Saturday night.

ITP Flickr Pic
“Chatham County Line At Banjo-B-Que”
Chatham County Line At Banjo-B-Que
On Friday night I got to see one of my favorite Bluegrass bands, Chatham County Line from Raleigh, NC perform at Banjo-B-Que Fest in Evans, GA.

The Ivy Has It
Yard work sucks.

After returning home from Evans yesterday I lounged around a bit before forcing myself out to the backyard for some ivy pulling. My goal, which I really didn’t come close to meeting was to rid two sections of my backyard of English ivy — that pervasive weed that will overtake anything in its path.

After a hour or so I gave up. Sum total of my work, three bags of ivy vines and some limbs trimmed.

Nearly A Very Expensive Dinner
Last night I had no idea what I wanted to eat. After a failed attempt to eat at Fellini’s in Candler Park I headed to Decatur to eat at Twain’s. I parked on the street as I have for years and upon entering Twain’s read the disclaimer about parking being reserved for “displaced residents” but paid it no never mind. After eating a really good Reuben sandwich, some fries, and an awesome bowl of smoked golden beets (all washed down with 12-ounces of beer) I left. I was nervous when I found that my standard parking spaces were now “Permit Only” and felt fortunate when I saw no parking ticket nor boot on the Jackmobile.

Oh Decatur, you’ve made a normally shitty parking situation even worse.

Today’s Personal Project
Start losing weight.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – fat
Current Music – listening to a “Roderick On The Line” podcast
Website Of The DayMemorial Day History.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – N/A
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 – 31
Carnivorous Meals – 39

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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4 Responses to Oh Yeah, I Promised A Blog Post Today

  1. Martha says:

    Sounds like you had a nice weekend. I just got back from the emergency vet…Logan popped a stitch or two, we’ve been trying since Friday to manage it but two mornings in a row of waking up to a scene from out of a Quentin Tarantino movie persuaded me to take him in… He’s fine, drugged up with an impressive bandage, and he’s not bleeding all over the place.

    We were going to head south for some State Park action but think we might want to stay closer to home to keep an eye on him. I may sneak off to Sweetwater for a quick run later.

    I had a great ride on Saturday with Barb, Michelle, et al, 60 miles and a super hot run yesterday (note to self, there is NO shade on the Belt Line, however trees have been planted).

    Anyway, thanks for the blog today and I hope everyone is having a happy & safe holiday weekend.

  2. Looks as if the role of Lazy ‘merican is suiting me. It’s 9:40am and I’ve yet to do anything — shower, make coffee, eat breakfast, whatever — and no plans to do much else.

    I need to write code today (on a paid holiday?!?!?), perhaps I’ll do that later.

  3. Debbie says:

    I spent the weekend doing yard work and not much else. Still more yard work on tap today as I put together and fire up the weed eater I bought on Friday.

    Between slaying all the fire ants in the yard and knocking the weeds back, the Day Spa may look half decent soon.

    I’m glad Logan has stopped slinging blood all over. His FB pics are the definition of pitiful.

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