And I gotta stop using the word “gotta.” 😉
Today’s Daily Challenge
Stand with your hands on your hips, jump, and cross one foot in front of the other 10 times.
The jumping in this challenge forces you to engage muscles in your backside, thighs, calves, and even abdomen. It also gets your heart rate up in a hurry, which gives you some quick energy. Finally, it brings a good balancing exercise to your day as you work to stay steady while landing your jumps.
Yeah, that’s so not happening for me while wearing this cast.
This Boot Ain’t Made For Walking
I drove into midtown last night to have dinner with ITP-Reader Stacy (more on this next). I parked near The Barrelhouse and hobbled across the street to Barnes & Noble where I read for about an hour (I’ve started re-reading The Complete Sherlock Holmes, though I am unable to link to the actual Kindle book that I am reading) before Stacy made her way into midtown at our appointed time.
The cast is cumbersome, especially trying to get in and out of the Jackmobile in confined spaces, but I am trying to get used to it. This will all be worthwhile if my foot heals (anytime) soon and I am able to get back to exercising.
I also learned this morning that I have to think about the order in which I get dressed. It is imperative that my pants be on prior strapping myself into the cast unless I desire to unstrap myself, put my pants on, and the strap myself in again — just like I did this morning…
This Medium Was Well Done Because It Was Not Well-Done
Stacy and I met at The Barrelhouse for an entertaining evening and to use up my Scoutmob “dinner for two” coupon. This was my first visit to The Barrelhouse so I was unaware as to what I should expect. The space, a bar with restaurant seating, is decorated with unfinished dark wood, rather an odd look for a new establishment (perhaps they were trying to make it look like the inside of a barrel?). The staff was extremely friendly and efficient, bringing Stacy and me everything we asked for as well as things we didn’t (like a steak knife so Stacy could cut her Patty Melt sandwich).
My deal allotted us three four-ounce beers, a shot of dill pickle soup, an entree each, and a shared red velvet brownie with a scoop of cream cheese ice cream.
The Dill Pickle soup was “interesting,” served in a mildly-hot shot glass and meant to be slammed. The soup was too warm and thick for me to be consumed in a single shot, so I sipped it leisurely. As a soup I was not impressed, but I think it would make an excellent chip dip or sandwich spread.
As mentioned Stacy ordered a Patty Melt sandwich and I ordered the “Rebel Yell” burger which had bacon, chipotle pimento cheese, and fried pickles — cooked “medium.” To my delight the burger came out with some pink in the middle and was delicious. The accompanying fries were “steak” fries and had a generous covering of salt and pepper.
The dessert was also delicious, consisting of a generous chunk of moist, dense red velvet “brownie” and a scoop of cream cheese ice cream.
Parking cost me $5 but I would definitely return even if I have to pay for parking.
Many thanks to Stacy for joining me, it’s nice to spend time with a good friend.
As a side note, I should mention that I saw my first Google Glass in “the wild” last night at The Barrelhouse. This should not come as too much of a surprise given the bar’s proximity to Georgia Tech and Atlanta’s Advanced Technology Development Center.
ITP Flickr Pic
I have nothing for you. I should have asked Stacy to send me the photo of the dessert we ate last night and titled this section “ITP-Reader Stacy Flickr (or whatever) Pic.”
Yesterday I renewed my season subscription for Theatrical Outfit, securing my great seat for another year!
While on the phone yesterday I also committed to two, yes two, tickets for their performance of “The Gifts of the Magi” this coming December. Why do I continue to set myself up like this?
Today’s Personal Project
Make that appointment to bring the Jackmobile to Peach Auto.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – Okay, all things considered. Dangen, I just shifted my leg and my foot hurts again.
Current Music – listening to Mikal Cronin’s latest release MCII; it’s quite power-poppy good! Cronin will be playing The EARL on Sunday June 23rd; I will be in attendance.
Website Of The Day – .
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 – 1 (1 cardio)
Days Of Bed-Making – 0
Vegetarian Meals – 13
Carnivorous Meals – 16
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0
– 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
- 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