This weekend was interesting as I mixed in some new things to the old. Alternate title for today’s blog was “Big Gimpin'” since my foot has taken a turn for the worse.
Today’s Daily Challenge
Kick your left leg and clap your hands under your thigh, then repeat with your right leg.
This quick exercise is a triple-threat: it forces you to engage muscles in your backside, thighs, and abdominals! The high-kicking and clapping also adds a few moments of cardiovascular activity to your day, making it a great way to get a quick energy boost.
Perhaps I’ll save the leg kicking challenges until I am back to 100% (or so) health.
Friday Night Lavanderia
Friday was a weird day.
I went out and did a six-mile walk on Friday morning (a bad idea in hindsight) and was doing alright until just before lunch when I had what could best be described as an allergy situation; I started to sneeze, have a runny nose, and a scratchy throat. I went to lunch and upon return popped a Alavert, a non-drowsy OTC allergy pill. I was sleepy around 2:00pm and am certain that I fell asleep at least once during my afternoon meeting. I left work around 4:30pm and promptly drove my car to a little-used portion of our parking garage and proceeded to take about a ninety-minute nap.
Upon waking I decided that I should just head home, but instead rallied myself to the lavanderia and got my laundry done. Dinner that night was a Jarrito’s mango soda and most of a bag of honey-bbq Fritos both purchased at the lavanderia.
When Life Gives You No Parking It May Be Nudging You To Try Something New
I was feeling much better on Saturday but also feeling lazy and I didn’t get out of bed and moving until 10:00am or so (very late for me). I decided that I should go get coffee and brunch so that I’d be hungry again when I met up with ITP-Reader Stacy later that afternoon. I drove the Jackmobile to East Atlanta Village to go to Joe’s but there was no parking; I thought about going to Drip in Glenwood Park, Inman Perk Coffee in Inman Park, and San Francisco Coffee Co. in Poncey-Highland, before remembering Hodgepodge Coffee & Gallery located just blocks from the ITP Estate. As an added bonus I remembered that there was a Scoutmob for Hodgepodge and used it to save about five bucks! I quite liked Hodgepodge, where I had coffee (duh), a “breakfast pizza,” and purchased a pound of coffee beans as well. Perhaps the only downside to Hodgepodge is their limited hours, closing at 5pm each day. Yes, I shall return if they are open when I need a coffee fix.
When I got home a buddy of mine sent me an email inviting me to a bar I’d never been to before called Napolean’s Grill on LaVista near Clairmont. Wanting to keep the “try something new” vibe going I met up with him and another of his friends. I though that Napolean’s was a neat little joint, though a bit out of the way for my routine.
From Napolean’s I was supposed to make another stop before heading down to Little 5 Points to meet up with Stacy. However, upon seeing the slew of shitty traffic due to construction on Saturday afternoon I decided to play it safe and head to Little 5 Points early.
My early-bird arrival paid off because no more than fifteen minutes after I arrived, Stacy did as well. We used the extra time to have a beer at Euclid Avenue Yacht Club before walking up to The Wrecking Bar Brewpub for dinner (I had the pastrami sandwich this time) and then back to Horizon Theatre for “The Book Club Play.”
The play was rather entertaining and if you find yourself in need to try something new I suggest that you check it out.
I Don’t Know Where The Day Went Yesterday
I do know that my foot has been hurting since Friday, however.
Yesterday was another lazy morning. I decided that I was going to go out for lunch and settled on an old favorite — Fellini’s Pizza in Candler Park. I had my “usual” a salad (no onions), a Sicilian slice with two toppings (sausage and green olives this time) and Coke.
On my drive home I saw that my friends Mike and Sandy have a contract on their house (well done, kids!). This makes two weeks in a row that I’ve seen my friends move; the previous weekend I noticed that Stacy’s and Andy’s house is for sale and came to find out that they’ve already purchased a new(er) house in Atlanta and have moved. Both of these houses are in a “better” neighborhood and neither has the monumental issues that my house does, so I’m not surprised that Mike’s and Sandy’s has sold and I assumed Stacy’s and Andy’s will soon as well.
Once I arrived home I was to never leave again. My foot and the threat of rain kept me from doing much. My great “accomplishments” for the day were backing up my data and watching hours of video on Netflix.
Big Week Ahead
I’m trying to rally myself back into being a productive member of society. Depending on what I hear from my primary care physician (all attempts at getting recommendations for podiatrists failed) this week about my foot my contributions may come in the form of spending quality time writing code (instead of watching Netflix). I’m planning a getaway to Florida to visit my mother at the end of the month so I need to get myself back into health and leave for vacation with a clear mind by having my work completed.
Today’s Personal Project
Make a doctor’s appointment for my foot.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – hurt
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – I recently heard a podcast interview of Jerry Monkman, the guy behind EcoPhotography. Check out the site, there is some good work on it.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – I dunno any more
Foot Mileage – 0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 0 (0 cardio)
Days Of Bed-Making – 0
Vegetarian Meals – 2
Carnivorous Meals – 2
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0
– get my foot to stop hurting
– return ITP-Reader Marthaâ€™s coffee percolator to her
â€¨- return ITP-Terriâ€™s crutches to her
â€¨- not get sick
â€¨- finish at least two of the books I am reading
â€¨- take at least one box of things to Goodwill
â€¨- post at least ten photos in the blog
â€¨- drink a lot less alcohol
â€¨- 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
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy — by Douglas Adams