I Could Use A Vacation

And though I’ll be skipping town this week it won’t be the relaxing vacation that I require.

Unfortunately the cast is still on. I was instructed that if “I had no pain” that I could shed it today, but “no” is a strong word and I can’t honestly say that I had “no” pain this morning. I’d rather wear this GD thing for another few days and shed it permanently instead of getting rid of it too soon only to have to wear it again in the near future.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Add one choline-rich food to your shopping list, such as salmon, eggs, chicken, tofu, or chickpeas.

Choline is an essential nutrient that is used by the brain and nervous system. Studies have shown that people who have a lot of choline in their diets may have a sharper memory, and that a lifetime of eating choline-rich food may help lessen the risks of brain changes that can lead to dementia. Bonus: choline-rich foods are also packed with other healthy nutrients, so your whole body benefits.

I wonder if the vitamin supplements I’ve started taking contain choline.

ITP Confessional (aka ‘Last Week’s “Big Three”‘)
So, how did I do with last week’s “Big Three”?

  1. Take the Jackmobile to Peach Auto to get a once-over for my trip to Florida at the end of next week. –> DONE!
  2. Order my new eyeglasses from Warby-Parker. –> It took me until last night but, DONE!
  3. Take a box of stuff to Goodwill. –> FAIL!

Oh well, two out of three ain’t bad. I have to admit one of the driving factors for purchasing my glasses yesterday is so that I could honestly mark the task as complete today. I plan to box up some shit and donate it this week.

I Blinked And I Missed Saturday
One of the reasons that I failed taking a box to Goodwill is because I don’t have any flipping idea where Saturday went. I woke up early, puttered around the house, figured out how to install the iOS 7 Beta on my new iPod Touch, talked to my mother on the telephone, went out for lunch (and am ashamed to admit where but you can guess the one place I shouldn’t be going in my overweight condition), returned home and took a nap, watched some “The Office” and “Arrested Development,” was stunned when I realized that it was 7:30pm, decided that work wasn’t going to happen, watched more Netflix, went to sleep.

ITP Flickr Pic
Not a thing to show.

Sunday, Busy Sunday
I woke fairly early yesterday morning. Instead of making a pot of coffee, perhaps because the house was so warm, I gathered my things and headed out to the lavanderia. Fortunately the locals who frequent this particular lavanderia have other things to do on Sunday morning (church?) so the place was fairly empty. I guess the coffee I purchased at QT hadn’t kicked in by the time I put my laundry into the dryers because I put four quarters into a dryer clearly labelled “Out of Service” and pressed the start button; the loud noise that the machine made caused the attendant to come over and look at me askance. Luckily no damage was done, and the attendant even gave me four replacement quarters.

From the lavanderia I headed up to my work area where I filled a cooler with ice before heading to Target to do a little shopping. I had received a text message from the pharmacy earlier and refilled my current prescription with a simple text reply.

Around noon I arrived at a coworkers apartment where she was having a get together. While there we grilled out and sat around shooting the shit. It was a fun time, but by 4pm I was ready to move on.

I killed a few hours at the ITP Estate before heading up to The EARL around 9pm for the Mikal Cronin show. What a show it was! The two openers did fine jobs but never resonated with me. Cronin’s band’s set was amazing, and by the time they were in full swing half of the crowd had exited the building and there was plenty of room for a gimp wearing a cast to stand around and not worry about anyone running into him. By night’s end I was thrilled to have seen the show even if my back did hurt because this may have been the first time I’ve stood for hours since hurting my foot.

This Week’s “Big Three”

  1. Prepare for my trip — hotel reservation for my driving layover on my way down (DONE!), charge/pack camera gear, select/pack clothes, etc.
  2. Purchase my ticket for this Fall’s LEAF, prices go up on July 1.
  3. Perform at least five hours of personal mental training — book reading/listening, programming, etc.

I Need Some Plumbing 101
Just when I thought that the ITP Estate’s plumbing couldn’t get worse, I have another leaky bathroom sink. I think that it’s time for me to start learning how to do some of the “easier” projects so that I can tackle them.

Today’s Personal Project
Keep my calorie intake in check.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – faaaaaaaaat
Current Music – listening to last week’s Sound Opinions podcast
Website Of The Day – I’m considering going to The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum for the Project Mahjonng exhibit some time this summer.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing… fucking foot
Morning Weigh-In – I think if I am to check any time soon I will get severely depressed

Foot Mileage – 0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 1 (1 cardio)

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Meals – 23
Carnivorous Meals – 33

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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20 Responses to I Could Use A Vacation

  1. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Oh yeah, the frames I ordered were “Reynold” which I think was photo #4 in the set of photos that I posted a while back.

  2. Steve says:

    Wow. 4 days off and I could use 4 more. Saturday was full of chores while Debbie, he mom and sis went Estate Sale-ing. The exit sensor on the gate has failed and I’m going to need a metal detector to find the damn thing. A quick email to the company should help. A late lunch and some cruising of the north end of the county in the afternoon was fun. Waited a while for the super-moon, but as our East facing views are limited, we gave up.

    Sunday started off very cloudy, but I decided I better get up and ride. 20 miles and some sprinkles told me I was done. Debbie’s college friend Meg came down and we cooked salmon on the grill with some veggies. Sat around all afternoon waiting on the sun to come out. Finally.

    Watched Nik Walenda walk across the canyon. I can’t imagine, but hey, everyone needs a hobby. FYI- the broadcast was on a 10 second delay in case the worst happened. I wonder what the plan for the anchors was at that point?


  3. Barb says:

    Saturday evening was the Seersucker & Big Hat party out in Conyers, it was quite a success. If you go to my FB page, you can see the pictures that Terry tagged me in, then I think you can get to the whole album on his page from there. It is so nice to have a real photographer at a party, we get good pictures that way.

    Plenty of drinking & sleeping in the camper made Sunday a pretty lazy day. After our breakfast of biscuits & gravy (had to continue the southern theme) we headed home for a afternoon of napping.

    I missed the whole Nik Wallenda thing, somehow I was DVRing 4 shows at the same time, which meant no channel surfing. Allan laughed that I had 4 shows, but at least 2 oe 3 of the shows he was interested in.

  4. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I think it’s more if a career than hobby for that family. 🙂

  5. Martha says:

    Good weekend all around. I rode on Saturday, it was a perfect day, did 66 miles on the SCT, rode out to Rockmart and back. It was a good ride, manged a decent clip (for me), a solid 2 hours at 17 mph.

    Met some friends at The Family Dog, in ViHi/Morningside…nice place, I can’t say the food won me over…but it was fun. We even went next door for some frozen yogurt.

    Hit the trails on Sunday, I could feel all 66 miles…so what do I do? Two laps of the Yellow Trail at Sweetwater…I’m a gluton for punishment. I spent the rest of day cleaning house (ugh, I mopped floors, they were gross) and sitting on my ass.

    The super moon, wasn’t really that super. NdGT said ‘Okay to call last night’s Full Moon “super”, but only if you’d call a 13-inch pizza “super” compared with a 12-inch pizza. ”

    I went in for my sleep study results this morning. The good news, no sleep apena or restless leg syndrome…the bad news…well, were not quite sure what the problems is so its been tossed into the Circadian rhythm sleep disorders pot. For example the average person has 15 sleep arousals an hour (where you switch from one sleep stage to another), I hit around 65…I also actually woke up 19 times. Some of this could be because of being in a sleep lab but the are high enough to suggest something is wrong. I also got no Stage 3 sleep (deep sleep)…but there seems to be some disagreement as to if that is really a problem.

    So she gave me a perscription and recommened a UV light…I go back next month…let’s see if any of this helps.

  6. Steve says:

    A UV light? Curious. Do you sleep with any kind of noise generator? (I mean, besides Jerry 🙂 I kind of get the Circadian rhythm thing, but that should come and go. If I remember, there was a study of folks left in a cave for 6 months without reference to a clock- their bodies settled on a 25 hour day. I normally have a period of a week every few months where I don’t sleep very well and that’s what I think is going on.

  7. Barb says:

    Martha – that’s very interesting – I hope they can figure something out.

  8. Martha says:

    Not really, we have the ceiling fan on, actually Jerry is pretty quite.

    The UV light is for the mornings when I get up, since I wake up before sunrise this ‘should’ help align my ‘clock’ and the medication is suppose to ‘promote wakefulness’, I have no idea what that really means….

  9. Debbie says:

    We also had a Brownie story from the weekend. One day last week I noticed that he had a new shoe in one of his buckets. It was a boat sized, knock-off Nike with a sock tucked into it. We assumed it belonged to Uffe, our Dutch neighbor in front, so on our way out Friday night, Steve casually set it on Uffe’s trash can. (trying to avoid the walk of shame.)

    I was on the tractor mowing Saturday morning when Steve is at the gate waving this big boat of a shoe around. As Uffe said to Steve, “Cinderella tried the shoe, it did not fit Cinderella.” So he returned it to our gate post. Brownie has “his” shoe back and we can at least be comforted that he doesn’t steal from people we know.

    Martha – speed would “promote wakefulness” or so I’ve heard.

    Barb – the photos are fantastic!

    Paulie – Youtube has videos on just about every kind of how-to, I’m sure there are plenty on plumbing. Much more interesting than reading how tos.

  10. Steve says:

    Paulie, you never said what part of the sink was leaking…

  11. Martha says:

    Debbie, I think the meds are kicking in, and speed may be a good comparision (not that I’ve every taken speed) I’m very very ‘awake’ right now….

    Paulie, I have a basin wrench you can borrow…most plumbing (inside the house) really isn’t that difficult to fix.

    Oh Brownie…If I ever end up missing a shoe, he will be my first suspect.

  12. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    It’s seeping from where the drain meets the sink. I might just need to snug up the nut.

  13. Steve says:

    Yep. go ahead and snug your nuts… 🙂

  14. Barb says:

    snug your nuts…… that’s funny!

  15. I’ve been trying to find a pretty woman who will help me snug my nuts but have had no luck… 😛

  16. Steve says:

    Maybe your nuts are too tight and that’s why it’s leaking…

  17. I’ve never tightened this sink. I can’t say that it’s never leaked in the fourteen years that I’ve been in the house (the wood was already destroyed when I moved in) but I think I would have smelled it previously if it had. My house is falling apart; it’s probably 58 years old, so I have about a ten-year head start on it…

  18. On a completely different note: I am bummed because I was salivating over the thought of having a cheeseburger for dinner tonight, and then I remembered that I probably won’t allow myself to have a dinner tonight. I’m too effin’ fat.

  19. Steve says:

    Sorry, I got nuttin.

    And I was making a joke about your nuts being too tight.

  20. Oh, that’s very different! Nevermiiiind. 🙂

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