Can’t explain, but I needed to get that off my chest.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Take a 5-minute gratitude walk: Stroll outside or in your home and note what you’re thankful for.

We tend to see the same things day after day, taking people and objects in our lives for granted. But when we stop and really study everything around us, we often recognize that there is a lot to be grateful for. Taking a gratitude walk in your everyday environment can give you a lasting emotional health boost.

I’m getting closer to walking again (for much longer than five minutes). I can’t wait until I can.

Plus And Minus
I forced myself over to LA Fitness and did my 90% workout (I have to drop about 10% of my exercises because they involve movements detrimental to my foot’s healing). It feels good (mentally) to return to the gym and work out and I am sure that I will someday see the physical improvements as well.

I decided to ruin some of my workout by hobbling over to Tilted Kilt for a few beverages and dinner with my boss.This being my birthday month (You did know that it’s my birthday month didn’t you?) I thought that I was going to get something for free (I’m a member of their “Kilt Clan” or whatever it’s called) only to find out that I have to return on my actual birthday in order to do so. That’s not going to happen because one of two things are probably going to happen on that day (a Monday):

  1. I will be out of town because I skipped town for a long weekend. I am considering renting someone’s cabin or using the “coupon deal” I bought for two nights at a North Carolina cabin.
  2. I have decided to hasten my training and have signed up for the Big Nerd Ranch class that is being taught that week. Doing so might jeopardize my attendance at the Lyle Lovett show on the Friday of that week however.

This Ice Pack Really Packs It On
On my return home Monday night I stopped at QT for a drink (non-alcoholic) and to put air in the Jackmobile’s tires. While there I noticed that the price of gas had dropped to $3.319 per gallon, but I didn’t need gas then so I didn’t get any.

After QT I went to the Walgreens that stands beside it and purchased a reusable ice pack, one that has a holder that you can velcro closed so that it stays on your body. Because you have to freeze the gel pack I didn’t have the opportunity to use this ice pack until last night. Man does it ever work well! After about twenty minutes or so of wearing it I returned the gel pack to the freezer for future use.

ITP Flickr Pic
I have nothing for you again…

I Missed It Again!
On my drive in this morning I decided to take advantage of the cheap(er) gas prices and fill up so that I don’t have to find gas on my drive to the westside tonight. As I pulled into (a different) QT I was miffed to see that the price has “skyrocketed” back up to $3.419 per gallon.

Could I Have Found A More Nerdier Meetup?
This being the second Thursday of the month there will be a meetup of CocoaHeads Atlanta. I really want to start attending CocoaHeads meetups regularly (it’s called “professional networking” something that is interesting me greatly these days), but I am going to skip this tonight.

“Why?” you ask? Because tonight is a one-time-only meetup being held by Dreamhost — the host of this-here blog — at Ormsby’s. Unfortunately I have a feeling that this might be the biggest “sausagefest” in town, not that programmer meetups are great places to meet women either…

Aw man, I just saw that tonight’s CocoaHeads Atlanta presenter will be “BBQ Steve.” DANGEN! Even though I signed up for a ticket for the Dreamhost meetup I might reverse my decision not.

Today’s Personal Project
Have fun, but not to much fun, at tonight’s meetup.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – getting better (work excluded)
Current Music – listening to today’s stage of the Tour de France
Website Of The Day – If you are a typeface nerd like me then you might enjoy this five-minute short stop-motion video “The History of Typeography”.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – strength training
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 – 2 (0 cardio)

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Meals – 10
Carnivorous Meals – 13

Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0

July 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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8 Responses to Grrrr

  1. Stacy says:

    It is amazing what the difference in location makes when it comes to QTs. I “pass by” two on my way to work every day: the one at I-85 and Chamblee Tucker and the one at Peachtree Industrial at Winters Chapel. The former is consistently at least 5-6 cents more expensive per gallon than the later. Going to guess proximity to the interstate and visibility from the highway have a lot to do with it.

    I hate when places send you a birthday treat you can use ONLY on your birthday. Really? Really? If you want me to spend my exact special day with you, you better be giving me a full meal.

  2. Steve says:

    Could you ask your blog host what’s up with email notifications? thankyouverymuch.

    After a long day on the sofa, er, I mean in my office, a quick nap then a trip to scenic East Point for a session on the mower. While the grass looks great uncut, it was still as think as can be and if I didn’t cut it, it would have to be cut in two passes if it got any taller.

    And even though I worked from home, I didn’t even watch the Tour (it was a time trial stage- boring). Yellow jersey wearer Chris Froom almost beat the world champion at the time trial. That is impressive- Red Bull and the yellow jersey both give you wings!

    Now down to business- who will be joing us for the Summer Slacker Series? I have one confirmed- Paulie, the gimp. Martha? Jenka? I have not heard a confirmation from Michelle and Drew, and I guess if they came down they might not be riding.

    What say all of you?


  3. The QT at which I stopped was the one at I-85/Chamblee-Tucker, the one I was at on Monday was at Chamblee-Tucker/Peachtree Industrial, perhaps that’s the issue?

    Will do my best, Steve, though I am sure they’ll pass the buck.

    I’m definitely in for Saturday. I’ll be there ready for drinking, eating, and dominoes.

  4. Barb says:

    I’m starting to think Froome is not riding clean….. Has he had an off day yet?

    We forgot how gas is 20-40 cents more in FL, we should have refueled before we entered the state last Sunday.

    We wanted to go bike riding this morning, but damn it’s hot& humid. I think we will go to the beach instead.

    We are ecstatic that Chantal has seemed to disappear, we really thought she was going to mess up our boat hash plans Saturday. Not that we couldn’t make adjustments & do a very fun pub crawl, but the boats would be more fun.

  5. Jenka says:

    BBQ Steve! I have such a brain crush on that guy. Tell ‘im I said “hi” if you go.

    I’m out for Summer Slacker. I’m *supposed* to go to Savannah to visit my friend Kath, but although that’s currently up in the air I have alternate plans on Saturday. Thanks, though!

    Braves game tonight. Let’s hope it stops raining!

  6. Martha says:

    We have a couple of the resuable ice packs, they’re great. Pretty much a must have for anyone that might ever over do it (which is me all the time).

    I usually get gas either at the QT on Buford Hwy. or the Kroger by my house. Price is usually the same, unless I have a lot of Kroger points but the Kroger is usually a fluster cluck, unless I go early on the weekend.

    Last year when I was in Indiana, gas prices were out of control, (some issue specific to the area and distribution). E85 fuel was closer to normal (it is also more available in the midwest) but I never seemed to be an E86 pump around when I needed gas.

    I’m not sure about Saturday, I need to ride but it looks like I’m alone in that endevor…then I have to go to the Braves game at 4:30…so I’m not sure. Maybe I can get someone to ride Silk Sheets with me, then swing by after.

  7. Steve says:

    Martha, I’m sorry work has gotten in the way. Are you coming to Cheesy Yellow TdF on Sunday? I’ll drag you around the mountain if you are.

  8. Martha says:

    I’m planning on being there Sunday, but of course I have a run scheduled for that day.

    I’ll figure something out.

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