Taco Mac was my safe haven for last night’s powerful storm.
I’m about to be in a meeting (after fighting some tough traffic) so today’s blog will be even shorter than yesterday’s.
Today’s Daily Challenge
Take 5 minutes today to unplug from technology and enjoy the scenery instead.
Just as your email inbox gets too full, so can your brain! Smart phones, laptops, and TVs all add to audiovisual clutter that our brains must then sort through. Even though these gadgets provide entertainment, they also add stress and can increase the levels of cortisol in the bloodstream. Over time, higher levels of cortisol can damage the heart, cause high blood pressure, and suppress the immune system. Taking time to unplug and enjoy the scenery allows you time to recharge the most important device: you.
I was without power last night so I’m ahead of the “unplugging” curve. Even with that is still managed to entertain myself via iPad…
Thanks To ITP-Reader Martha For The Head’s Up
Fellow East Atlanta “BBQ Steve” is the star of this Big Nerd Ranch video “Cocoa Got Blocks”. This video may entertain only those as nerdy as yours truly, but I want to share the love.
ITP Flickr Pic
“Riding The Storm Out”
I arrived back in East Atlanta last night to find that most of my neighborhood, including my house, were without power; this happens far too often. The day’s heat combined with the lack of power allowed the temperature in my house to raise to a sweltering 89°F by the time I arrived home. So, I grabbed my iPad and a camping chair and waited for Georgia Power to perform their magic.
Happy Father’s Day
It is well documented that I have failed to become “fathering material.” However, that doesn’t stop me from wishing those who have procreated a Happy Father’s Day this weekend.
As for me, I will be using one of the upcoming fifty-one “Happy Never Fathered A Child Day” Sundays as an excuse to buy myself a new 13″ Apple MacBook Air.
Today’s Personal Project
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – foot still hurts
Current Music – silence as I am about to make a conference call
Website Of The Day – nothing today since I’m already late…
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 – 15
Carnivorous Meals – 18
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
- Amazing Things Will Happen: A Real-World Guide on Achieving Success and Happiness — by CC Chapman