You Gotta Have Friends

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 beer selection was good, not great, but offered me many options. For my sampler I had a New Holland “Monkey King Saison”, a Terrapin “HopZilla”, and a Wild Heaven “Let There Be Light”.

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.”

Unfounded Optimism
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

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

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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18 Responses to You Gotta Have Friends

  1. Debbie says:

    While Steve was at his Games meeting last night, I met a friend and had a fantastic dinner out. I love that the little town of Senoia has a fabulous high end restaurant. The owner/chef of my favorite (now closed) Newnan restaurant is now the chef at Founders in Senoia and is doing a jam up job. My Tastings of Pork entree was outstanding – roasted pork loin, seared pork belly and house-made italian sausage, hot damn!!

    This morning I found one of my Keen sandals in Brownie’s lair. That damn dog – he must have snuck in the back door at some point and snagged it. Lucky for the Brown Man’s physical well being, there are no teeth marks in my relatively new and much loved shoe. We recently made the decision that Brownie will be a permanent resident at the Day Spa (I know Barb and her co-workers will be pleased that the Brownie stories continue.), but I swear he’s making me regret it (some)!

    I’m off to take my Dad to the doctor to have some skin cancer removed. Bleck.

  2. Barb says:

    I had to google what google glass is………
    (the link doesn’t work (I’m guessing its my work computer)

    I need to get the CRV over to Peach Auto to get an oil change, and get the emmissions done (my car won’t pass with out some Lam magic)

    My opt out of Ad valorum (sp?) was done yesterday, I paid an extra $74.74 & the tag fee of $55 to not have to pay the $343 bill I received, so I paid $129 instead. Why you wouldn’t opt out, I don’t understand. all I needed to do was bring my bill of sale with the sales tax I paid. Next year & all the years after I just pay the $55.

    Oh, and my Verizon problem with my contacts has gotten worse. I’ve managed to multiply my contacts multiple times in my phone, now I have 2500 contacts. after a long conversation with an IT guy at Verizon, we have determined I have to manually delete all these extra contacts. I guess I’ll do a couple letters a day.

  3. Debbie, that dinner sounds amazing too. You mention of pork reminds me that I once again forgot to bring in my Fox Bros leftovers — anyone want to guess what I’ll be eating for dinner? 🙂

    What happened to the people who were to take Brownie? I think Brownie needs his own Twitter feed that I can follow (in addition to chronicling his exploits here of course).

    Good luck with your dad.

  4. Martha says:

    I really think Brownie and his adventures needs to be the subject of a children’s book. I’d offer to help but I don’t have a creative bone in my body.

    I finished Under the Dome yesterday, it was a pretty typical Stephen King book…I accidentally brought another SK book yesterday but it was on 2.99 so I didn’t care too much.

    So if anyone is looking for a Tarzan horn for their car, they maybe on on the curb by my house this weekend (#hespentmoremoneyonthatdamnjeep) 🙂

  5. Barb, Google Glass is the “wearable computer” “head’s-up display” that looks like really nerdy eyeglasses (speaking of which, I still need to place my order with Warby Parker — more on this tomorrow).

    When I take my car to Lam I want to ask him to make sure that it will pass emissions as I think I plan to keep the Jackmobile another year — hell, it has two unused bike trays at the moment, why not?

    Good luck with those contacts, Barb.

    Good luck with Jerry, Martha. 🙂

  6. Steve says:

    You had to Google “google glass”… that cracked me up.

    I got an email from South Side Cycling Club- of which I am a member, and they mentioned the Beck’s ride Saturday, and I got a free admission ’cause I’m in the club!! Martha, we need to have a plan.

    Brownie’s forever home is somewhat in flux- Debbies’ niece and soon-to-be husband are currently living with Debbies sister, so no permanent residence. When that changes, we may revisit this, but he really needs to be out and about- how else can he add to his bucket (and expensive shoe) collection!! He cracks me up.

    There needs to be some exercise in my future tonight… maybe a nice ride. No Georges.


  7. Martha says:

    Yippee!! Ride starts at 8, I’ll try to be there by 7:30, my plan is for the 60 mile route. I’ll see if anyone from Grant Park wants to ride as well. That’s all the plan I have??

    I’ll be on the trainer tonight, I really need to start running but the humidity is just killing me.

    Oh, speaking of the trainer, I’m an idiot. For six months I’ve been beating myself over the head because I’ve been so much slower on the trainer…I failed to take into account, I went from a mag to fluid trainer, guess when, six months ago. While giving some advice to my cousin, I discovered the difference. I’m feeling a little better about myself now.

  8. Steve says:

    Educate me. I don’t know what the difference is besides noise level…

  9. Martha says:

    Fluid trainers use progressive resistance, which means the faster/harder you pedal, the resistance becomes more challenging. Unlike a mag trainer where the resistance is whatever you set it to…you can’t ‘overpower’ the trainer.

  10. Wish I could join you all, have fun.

    To satiate myself because I can’t cycle I am watching the Tour de Suisse on BeIN TV at my desk. 🙂

    Speaking of George’s, I won’t be there tonight, but have designs of dropping in next week for “Third Wednesday.”

  11. Debbie says:

    I don’t know about a children’s book for Brown. His primary exploits are larceny and hoarding! I’m not sure how to spin that into acceptable kid’s reading material. 🙂

    As for his forever home, that dog is so dang happy I just hate to think of him confined. Plus he gives Steve and I a good laugh a few times a week!

  12. Steve says:

    F’er. I cannot find a video feed for Tour de Suisse that doesn’t give me a dead end. What’s that link?

    I know “back in the day” a wind trainer was a more realistic resistance. I didn’t know a fluid trainer would give you the same deal. Might have to look into that to increase my “Suffering”.

    07:30 at the Toyota Dealer, and 60 sounds fine.

  13. Steve says:

    Two words- Oliver Twist!

  14. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I have satellite TV, no link.

  15. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Oliver Twist? Don’t spoil it for me, I am only about 33% done reading it. 😉

  16. Steve says:

    I don’t think I ever read it, but I know it’s a story about a kid criminal.

    Satellite!! Bastard. 🙂

  17. Barb says:

    Oliver Twist was made into a movie not too many years ago, we saw it as a sneak preview for free. Interesting story……..

  18. Barb says:

    and, inc ase you are wondering, I’m up to G. I hate when work gets in my way of deleting way too much shit out of my phone.

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