Another Month In The Books

Can’t say that May was that great of a month for me, with my constant foot injury keeping me away from LA Fitness, and me failing just about all my goals. Had I known, I could have returned ITP-Reader Terri’s crutches to her last night, but I was unaware that she was joining ITP-Betsy and me in our trip to EAV.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Share three small things that made you happy when you were a child or teenager.

Being an adult has its fun moments, but it can be full of responsibility and stress, too. By reliving the small events that made you truly happy, it can help you remember and appreciate the simple joys that life can offer. From here, you can keep an eye out for other small things or plan activities that can bring fun and cheer to your days.

That was far too long ago for me…

If I Had To Describe It In A Word, That Word Would Be “Crowded”
I made it to Edgewood Retail District for the David Sedaris reading at about five minutes until six. I had no intention of cutting it so close, but work and Atlanta’s traffic conspired against me.

Parking at Edgewood Retail District, shitty on a good day, was predictably bad; I wound up over by Target. I weaved my way over to Barnes & Noble and within minutes realized that the building was far too crowded for my taste. The likelihood of seeing Sedaris, or perhaps even hearing him if his reading were not amplified, seemed low. So I left immediately.

Money For A Better Cause
Even though I had purchased Sedaris’ latest book in Kindle format I considered purchasing a physical copy and having him sign it. This obviously went out the window as you have just read.

Knowing that I was to meet Betsy (and Terri as an added bonus) at Holy Taco for the benefit I decided to put a portion of the money I had earmarked for the book to the cause.

The outing was fun. The three of us stayed at Holy Taco for a drink, chatted up some acquaintances, saw some of the village stars (local business owners), and then headed out.

From Holy Taco we walked over to the East Atlanta Farmers Market, and then over to SoBa for dinner.

ITP Flickr Pic
I wore this King of Pops t-shirt around Banjo-B-Que last weekend. At least one person knew the brand and gave me props.

The Only Concrete Plan Is To Hang With ITP-Reader Stacy
Tomorrow night I will be joining ITP-Reader Stacy for dinner at and the to see “The Book Club Play” at Horizon Theatre.

Other than that, my weekend is open-ended. Some medical issues may rule out any bike riding I was considering, so I may spend time in the yard and at the keyboard doing work. We’ll see.

Today’s Personal Project
Forget about all that ails me.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – concerned
Current Music – silence
Website Of The Day – I have nothing today.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – checking tomorrow (perhaps)

Foot Mileage – ~17.3 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 0 (0 cardio)

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Meals – 36
Carnivorous Meals – 45

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
  4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy — by Douglas Adams

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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15 Responses to Another Month In The Books

  1. Barb says:

    Allan & I plan to join Martha down at Silk Sheets for a portion of her 80 mile ride. (we are planning on 50ish). Since Allan is back to work at his normal firehouse, he probably won’t get enough sleep, so we will be starting our portion a little later. Still haven’t figured out an exact time, I’m thinking maybe 1030-11 at the church. How does that sound Martha?
    I also heard Cochran Mill park is now charging for parking?

  2. I wish that I could commit to ride, but I’m just not sure my body is going to let me without great pain.

    Is Cochran Mill a state park or a county/city park? Well, I just looked at the state park list and don’t see it there.

  3. Martha says:

    Cochran Mill Park is part of Chattahoochee Hills and as of May 1st, it is $5/day to park there for non-residents.

    Paulie, come out early and do an easy 30 with me. Start the month of June out right, you know you’ll feel better for doing it. We can even warm up with some imaginary hula hoop moves! 🙂

    Logan is doing much better, the bleeding has stopped and he’s resting at home today. He goes back to the vet tomorrow and if all goes well he’ll have his stitches removed next week.

    Nothing made me happy as a teenage, I was a pretty miserable kid to be around.

  4. Stacy says:

    Sweet! I totally heart being the concrete plan! 🙂

    Tonight, I’m checking out Yacht Rock Review at the Park and tomorrow I’m going to get up and walk the Beltline in the morning with the hopes of getting enough calories burned that I can make a pig of myself at dinner. I noticed there is beer and cheese soup on the menu. That and corn dogs. SOLD!

    Last night I thought of you because I ended up doing laundry and hitting the LA Fitness simultaneously. Something to consider! The Ansley Mall has both right near each other (tanning salon too but now we’re getting too Jersey Shore). Makes for real convenience!

  5. Barb says:

    I wonder how much that $5 charge will affect (is that right? or is it effect?) the use of the park? Since I don’t go down there that often, it wouldn’t bother me that much (or meet somewhere up the road & carpool?), but I’d have to remember to have $5 with me.

    Paulie – you should ride with Martha……. (or us, but we are going further that you would probably want)……just saying.

  6. It’s not that I don’t want to ride, it’s that I’m not sure that I’ll be physically capable. I have some “things” going on which may make riding impossible — one of those “things” is the uncertainty of my left foot. I am able to walk but not run, so I don’t know how pushing/pulling a pedal will feel.

  7. Stacy says:

    Barb – affect is correct. 🙂

    Affect = verb
    Effect = noun

  8. Barb says:

    I thought I was right, but always need to check with my grammer girls………

    Paulie, if you can walk, I’d think you’d be fine, but I’m no podiatrist. As to the other “things”, I won’t even go there…….. 😉

  9. Beth/Size says:

    I hope the turnout at Holy Taco was great — Angela Riley is a graduate of DHS and her mom is our media clerk. We’ve had a few fundraisers for her here at the school as well. Small world!

    Totally off topic but I am interrupting this blog to ask about a camping coffee pot — I know many of you camp and am looking to buy one since the ones we brought on our last trip didn’t work very well. Any suggestions? We used a french press but it was annoying and a pain to clean. I can’t go camping without coffee — especially with 2 kids in tow!

  10. Huh, small world indeed. Angela is a sweet gal. I heard she was able to send text messages last night, hopefully that is a sign that she’ll make a complete and swift-as-possible recovery.

    I have two camping percolators (in addition to being in possession of Martha’s). The one I use often is a smaller, aluminum percolator that works well-enough for camping. The one I rarely use is a larger, Coleman camping percolator (think “that blue spotted metal” type) that can’t seem to keep its coffee grounds contained; thus coffee made with that percolator is always on the “chunky” side.

  11. bob says:

    You could always get one of these for coffee.

    Not cheap but work great.

  12. Steve says:

    Wow… checking in on the blog and time to go home! Where has the day gone? Barb, let me know about SS… I might just get a wild hair and join you if I can get away for a spell. I ran a little last weekend and the evening in Philly, but my bike has dust on it, I’m sure.

    The pool was a fail. I’m looking at other options which include a lot of dirt and a front end loader. Can you say “putting green”? OK, “putting green with a diving board”.


  13. Barb says:

    Steve – we are planning on being at the church 1030-1100. (unless Martha changes it for some reason.)
    Beth – Little Easy has that Coleman coffee maker that Bob posted – they love it.

  14. Beth/Size says:

    Thanks for the info on the coffee pot — I saw the Coleman one online but didn’t want to fork over the $$ for it unless someone could vouch for it. Now I can explain to the Squid why we need one since he doesn’t drink coffee. We had 4 pots between our group this past weekend and none of them really worked. Thankfully bringing beer was less of an issue since you just throw that in the cooler. Yay for getting random info on Paulie’s blog!

  15. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    If I can use this blog to facilitate me getting a girlfriend then I am glad that someone else is benefiting from it. 🙂

    Happy Weekend everyone!

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