Icing Is For The Birds

In a word — “OUCH!” The pain from the ice is almost worse than the pain it is trying to cure. My recovery has been slow at best. I return to the podiatrist tomorrow morning for a follow-up visit.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Give yourself a scalp massage.

The human head is a very sensitive place! Your scalp is covered in nerve endings that make it very responsive to touch, so a nice massage can provide stress relief and a moment of relaxation. Scalp massage is also good for relieving a tension headache.

I’m game.

Out On A Limb
More accurately, up on a roof.

As I tried to be lazy on Saturday afternoon by doing nothing more than watching old episodes of Arrested Development on Netflix I kept hearing animal activity up on the roof (seriously, it must be too hot for animals to be in the attic now…

I went outside and no fewer than three squirrels abandoned my rooftop.
I went back inside.
I heard the noises again.
I became furious and no sooner than you could say “Fuck you, you fucking fucks!” I was on my roof with a pole saw cutting down any limbs that came near my roof.

The process was hot (and have I ever mentioned my fear of heights?) but my ire was up and I was determined to remove my house as a convenient cut-through for the squirrels who migrate from tree to tree. (side note: this tree pruning/cutting activity was the first of many that will occur over the next six months as I plan to make it much harder for the squirrels to get to my attic next winter.)

Over the course of maybe two hours I sawed down about ten limbs and cut them into bite-sized chunks that the City will haul off from my curbside.

ITP Flickr Pic
I have nothing…

Did You Feel It?
Yesterday was a strange day — I took home leftovers from a restaurant! Mind you, it’s not that I limited my intake, it’s more that I had eaten more than a sufficient quantity and literally could not stomach the rest.

At which establishment did this occur? Fox Brothers BBQ. I met a coworker and his friend at Fox Bros for dinner and even though I starved myself by eating nothing more than some almond butter and coffee for brunch I wound up taking home some ribs.

I don’t know who I am any more!

It’s WWDC Day!
Coding, coding, coding, keeping Paulie coding, RAW HIDE! I spent many hours this week performing self-training. I’ve still so much to learn…

You know that I am a nerd, right?
You know that I am an Apple fanboy, right?

How I wish that I were in San Francisco today for the start of this year’s Apple World Wide Developer Conference.

But I’m not, I’m inside the perimeter (or at least currently close enough on the outside to see the perimeter). Oh well, I’ll try to make the best with what I have.

Today’s Personal Project
Make an appointment to bring the Jackmobile in to Peach Auto for routine service. I’ll be taking a long car trip in a few weeks and need the Jackmobile to be in tip-top shape.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – okay
Current Music – silence, though I need to start listening to some of the new and upcoming releases that I’ve been given access to by PR firms. Yippee!
Website Of The Day – I follow Chow Down Atlanta on Twitter and am often jealous of the places she eats.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – not checking

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

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Meals – 9
Carnivorous Meals – 14

Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0

June Goals
– get my foot to stop hurting
– return ITP-Reader Martha’s coffee percolator to her

- return ITP-Terri’s crutches to her

- not get sick

- 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

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14 Responses to Icing Is For The Birds

  1. Barb says:

    I was lazy this weekend – Saturday we slept in until after 10am (that never happens) then headed up to Lake Allatoona for a day of drinking. I did go SUPing & a little swimming, but that was it for exercise. Good times with some friends we rarely see, but I’m not going to keep being a stranger, it is fun hanging at the lake at their houseboat.

    Sunday I got to run some errands for Allan in the morning, he’s at a brand new firehouse (that really isn’t even done, so why they moved in, who knows? oh yeah, its the City of Atlanta) & needed a few things from Home Depot. By the time I got that done, it was rainy. I went & saw Identity Thief at a cheap movie theatre – it was funny, worth the $1.75, but I’m glad I didn’t pay full price for that one.

  2. Has Allan moved out of that west side fire house? Have they closed that one down, or are they renovating it?

  3. Steve says:

    Wow, what a great weekend. Over too soon for sure.

    Saturday, I got out of bed early and rode 34 and met Debbie for breakfast. Note to self- do not expect to ride very well if you don’t eat carbs the day before! Holy crap, that ride dug into stores I hadn’t used in a long time. After a quick nap, the missus and I did laundry- horse laundry. I think the count was 12 blankets, several sheets and some shipping pads. We now only have 2 horses, so I don’t know why we have som many blankets, but they are all clean and as soon as they dry, they’ll be put away.

    Sunday we were up and at the Botanical Garden at 10. Someone who writes THIS blog was a no show, but other than that, and that we felt out of place without children, it was a nice visit. Lunch at Mary Mac’s and back to the day spa we rolled.

    Hoping everyone has a great week!


  4. Oh yeah, I nearly ventured up to Marietta on Saturday night to go to B*tch Fork’s roller derby match, but alas I was worn out from physical labor and didn’t want to travel “that far” away from home.

    I was indeed a “no show” for ABG. I was skeptical about the weather and then got all into a coding project and lost track of the time. By the time Steve emailed me a “Where the hell are you?” email I was still unshowered.

  5. Barb says:

    Allan is filling in at station 28 for a month or two, he was/is having issues with his captain at 38, so he talked to the battalion chief about a transfer, but they haven’t figured out a permanent solution yet. Station 28 isn’t too far from 38, its off South Cobb inside the perimeter a ways, but its a little quieter neighborhood. (which wouldn’t be bad, except the place doesn’t have cable yet, doesn’t have wifi yet, doesn’t have any workout eqpt yet, etc. Good thing Allan likes to read books).

    We had planned to go to the roller derby bout, but a day at the lake sounded better.

  6. Martha says:

    Why does icing your foot hurt? It shouldn’t…

    I spent a lot of this past weekend in the saddle, not as much as I should but I still got 80 miles in…Saturday was really nice, I rode by myself at SCT, I think it was my fastest ride this year. Yesterday I was due for another 50 but I was riding with the big boys and my legs gave out after 30. Plus we saw the storm clouds start to roll in, it was good we stopped when we did. It was still a hell of a drive home in the storm.

    We did manage a little fun Saturday, hit Oakland Cemetery for Tunes in the Tombs (or some such thing) had a couple of beers and saw some friends. It was pretty crowded, I think the planners were a bit unprepared/overwhelmed.

    Barb, what did you think of the SUP? Was that your first time?

  7. Icing body parts always hurts me, my body doesn’t like the cold.

    I had heard about Tunes at the Tombs but never considered going — that seems to happen to me a lot more than it once did.

    Bummer to hear about Allan and his Chief. I know that he was enjoying being in a house that actually fought fires.

  8. Stacy says:

    Steve and the missus did it the right way: my friend and I had brunch first with plans to hit the Botanical Gardens after. Yeah… not so much. At least the patio we were on had a gigantic umbrella we were positioned under when the torrential rains came. Was definitely disappointed not to go – but hopefully the weather will be better this upcoming weekend instead.

    As for no photos? Would have loved to see one of your huge pile of wood at the curb!

  9. You know, I considered taking a shot of the two piles of branches and naming the photo “Got Wood?” but I was exhausted and sweaty so I never did.

  10. Barb says:

    the SUP is very fun, it was my 2nd time, I had only done a demo thing at the Chattahoohee last year. it takes a little getting used to, my balance isn’t that great & I need to sort of concentrate, but I do have to say, I’m better than Allan at it. He gave up……. hahahahaha.
    They have 2 different boards, and 2 different paddles, I decided there is a difference in boards & paddles on how confortable you feel. I’d have a hard time buying one. I definitely think it could be a good workout.

  11. Martha says:

    Oh, if anyone is interested I’m riding down in Newnan next weekend. My coach signed me up for the Beck Cycling Boys and Girls Club Fund Raiser on Saturday. I’ll be doing the 60 mile option. (and now I have a real excuse for not attending a wedding that day).

  12. Steve says:

    Oh really? I think Debbie is working a horse clinic on Saturday. Might have to look into that.

  13. Martha says:

    it’s only $25 ($30 day off), I was going to wait, figured I’d rather just give the extra $5 to the charity instead of Active but they only charged me $10 and no fee??? No idea but I’ll take it (and give the money saved to the BAGC).

  14. Barb says:

    hmmmm – I might be interested in that ride, let me think about it.
    Allan works early Saturday morning, so I could feasibly get up early (since he wakes me up getting up)

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