I Have A Lot Of Work To Do

Last night I found out that I have a lot of work to do in order to get myself in a position to change work when I want to do so. I’m not looking, but I also never say never.

Yesterday’s Daily Challenge
I liked yesterday’s challenge more than today’s.
Plan to start your next restaurant meal with a salad.

Eating in a restaurant can be fun and delicious, but it’s also an all-too-easy way to eat huge portions. If you start out by filling up on salad, it’s a win-win: you’ll get healthy veggies, and you’ll be much less likely to eat all of your entrée. Remember, you can always take the leftovers home!

This is not the case for me in my current state of obesity, I shouldn’t be starting my meal with a salad, my meal should be a salad.

WTF, Mother Nature
When I left the office the wind was blowing pleasantly and the skies were blue. “Cast be damned! I’ll walk to MARTA, ride the trains to Chamblee and hobble down to Peach Auto. Worst case scenario? I’ll catch a cab at the MARTA station.” I thought nearly-aloud.

Worst case scenario indeed.

By the time I arrived at the Chamblee MARTA station the skies had become more than ominous, they started dumping copious amounts of rain. Even with my big-ass “golf” umbrella there was no way that I was going to hobble down Chamblee-Tucker in that weather.

So I looked for a taxi cab.
And I looked some more.
I looked for a designated taxi stand.
And I looked some more.
I gave up and called for another Uber car.

My second Uber ride of the day was okay, but not as illustrious as getting picked up by a Lincoln Town Car by a guy wearing a tie. 🙂

The Jackmobile is fine; next step, see if it passes emissions.

Paulie’s Got A Brand New Bag
Since February (4th to be exact) there has been an item on my To Do list to “Transition Bags.” At the end of January I acquired a new gym bag (you know, for the gym I was frequenting before this stupid foot injury in April) as well as a new messenger bag to use as my briefcase.

Both of my old bags are old; the gym bag was a purchase made in the mid-1990s. I am a loyal and adaptable soul so I have been reticent to discard the old bags in the name of “this year’s model” learning to live with their deficiencies instead.

The tipping point for the messenger bag came this week. During one my uses late last week one of the zipper pulls snapped, but not completely. On Monday afternoon I went to zip the pocket closed and the pull snapped in half completely, and deposited a metal shard into my left index finger. I was able to extract the shard from my fingertip using some tweezers and though it still seems a bit tender I don’t think it’ll need any further medical attention. My last tetanus shot? February 27, 2011 — the day of the bike wreck — so I should be okay there. Now I am trying to learn how to best use this new getup and all of its different pocket configurations.

ITP Flickr Pic
Taking this photo was harder than I imagined it would be.

I was hoping the bandage, selected randomly from a big box of bandages in my medicine closet, would lift my spirits; it only partially worked.

I’ll Be Loitering For A Bit
After I leave work I’ll be hobbling through Virginia-Highland, getting a haircut, and then across the street to George’s for a pint and perhaps some dinner.

I’m hoping that Mother Nature is less of a bitch this evening.

Today’s Personal Project
Place my order for new eyeglasses.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – wishing that I were dressed to impress so that I might have impressed
Current Music – getting myself prepped for Sunday night’s Mikal Cronin concert at The EARL.
Website Of The Day – You know that I love food. You know that the little television I watch these days is either sports, realiTV, of food based. While looking up something I saw on a food-based show yesterday I found TV Food Maps. Can you say “ROAD TRIP!!!”? I knew you could…
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 – 19
Carnivorous Meals – 25

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
  5. Amazing Things Will Happen: A Real-World Guide on Achieving Success and Happiness — by CC Chapman

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7 Responses to I Have A Lot Of Work To Do

  1. Stacy says:

    Weather permitting, I should be at George’s tonight too (ie: if I can walk, I’ll be there). Since you’re not on Facebook, I will inform you here instead that today is actually National Martini Day! I may or may not show up after already downing one at Highland Tap across the street. 😀

    Re: meals as salads….. yesterday I was looking for that option and decided to Google to compare calories in fast food restaurants. HOLY COW. Though some are really pretty good (Subway Club = only 140 cals!) some of the supposedly really healthy ones with fruits and nuts and stuff? More than a Big Mac fries! It’s sad.

  2. Martha says:

    I’ve been searching for a ‘healthy’ and non-processed snack option for the office. The go to is nuts, but I don’t like nuts…today I stumbled upon a recipe for roasted chick peas. I’m going to give it a shot.

    That storm was crazy. I was sitting on Moreland, just before Memorial when it started, it knocked the traffic lights at the intersection out, most people behaved, treated it as a 4-way stop. (it really wasn’t as much of a cluster fuck as it could have been). Further down at the not so major intersections people on Moreland just blew through all the blacked out lights. By the time I got home (maybe 10 minutes) the worst had passed but it was enough to knock our power out. I ended up going for my run (there wasn’t anything else to do). That is when I found the problem. A huge tree, was across Woodland down by the creek. That’s when I figured the 8:15 estimate was going to need to be reevaluated.

    Power came back sometime around 2-2:30…it was not a restful night’s sleep.

  3. Steve says:

    I was on the bus heading home. I could lean into the aisle to look out the windshield and could see nothing but white from the spray of the trucks alongside. Glad I wasn’t driving.

    I think because a lot of folks have other things on their schedule, we’ll postpone the Summer Slacker #1 until July 13. Does that work better for everyone?


  4. I’ll put that on my calendar Steve.

  5. Martha says:

    I think the 13th will be fine. We’re going to make a quick trip north, sometime next month but I think it will be closer to the 4th.

  6. Stacy says:

    July 13th is SHARPIED on. 🙂

  7. Barb says:

    July 13th, we will in in FL with a bunch of old crazy FL hasher friends doing something called the Boat Hash. It will take place at Captain Hiram’s in Sebastien, FL. Should be an inerestingly good times, with lots of shenanigans.

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