First, let me thank everyone for making me feel special. I’m sure Prince Paulie will have a great time having his birthday be July 22nd, and some day, long after I am gone, it’ll be a king’s birthday.
My 7am PT will make this a brief posting.
Today’s Daily Challenge
Eat one food today that helps to protect your teeth, such as nuts, milk, or crunchy produce.
Every time we eat, we expose our teeth to potential decay – and some foods are better than others at treating them right. Firm and crunchy produce contains a lot of water, which helps to immediately dilute the food’s natural sugars. Fruits and veggies also prompt you to make more saliva, which further helps to wash away bits of food. Milk, cheese, lean meat, and nuts are believed to help put the minerals calcium and phosphorous back into tooth enamel.
I have a Milk Bone with my name on it for later.
What A Fun Birthday
Three meals, none of which were bought by me. As you know, breakfast was supplied by IHOP. My lunch yesterday was bought by two coworkers, and my dinner by two different coworkers! I find having incriminating evidence about your coworkers comes in handy some times… (kidding)
After work the two dinner companion coworkers and I headed into the westside were we attended the Monday Night Brewing tasting. For my $8 (I supplied a tie, remember) I had four, 8-ounce tastings (and left with two unused tickets) of Monday Night Brewing’s beer. We sat amongst the hipster crowd, drinking beer, playing tabletop shuffleboard, and one of us may have tried (unsuccessfully) to chat up the woman working the front desk.
Once “Last Call” was called we three headed out to dinner. My initial plan was to go to The Spence for an incredibly expensive dinner made by Richard Blais himself. Instead, we three went to Blais’ flagship Flip Burger Boutique. The three of us ate burgers and shared sides. My funny moment of the evening was when I noticed a cake on another table with “Happy Birthday” candles on it. As we were getting to leave, and they to light the candles, I started clapping and “Happy Birthdaying” in that annoying Applebees fashion. They heard me, turned and laughed. I then motioned that it was also my birthday and raised a glass in toast the the birthday girl. For the record: Their table had four women and four men, there was no way I was going over to try and mingle (and get a piece of cake).
After a day of fun and overconsumption I returned home where I passed out watching an episode of Season Four’s “Arrested Development.”
If It’s Not One Thing
As you know, I’ve been fighting tendonitis since the end of April. What you may not know if you’ve not seen me during the past week is that I am also fighting an outbreak of poison ivy (or oak). That’s right, two hours of yard work occurring nine days ago has left me with a disgusting mess on my arms and legs. This is yet another strike at home ownership.
ITP Flickr Pic
Nothing to see.
Or It’s Something Else
Today I start working on divorcing myself from the mound of goo that I call a “waistline.”
Today’s Personal Project
Start improving my appearance.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – meh
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – Now that the birth has occurred I’ll send you to Royal Baby Watch.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – 219 pounds (or more after yesterday)
Foot Mileage – 0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 6 (0 cardio)
Days Of Bed-Making – 2
Vegetarian Meals – 19
Carnivorous Meals – 36
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0
– get my foot to stop hurting
– return ITP-Reader Marthaâ€™s coffee percolator to her
â€¨- return ITP-Terriâ€™s crutches to her
â€¨- not get sick
â€¨- finish at least two of the books I am reading
â€¨- take at least one box of things to Goodwill
â€¨- post at least ten photos in the blog
â€¨- drink a lot less alcohol
â€¨- 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
- So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love — by Cal Newport
Still in class. A quick MTBs ride last night on a road I don’t normally ride and now I remember why- 3 fast dogs
“Pinelake Hash# 1355 — Cheese Nips and Stuck on Wood”
Related: Stacy, sorry I didn’t make it to Mellow Mushroom. I was soooo tired.
It was sort of entertaining being stuck in a smaller airport for a stupid repair that I know would have taken 5 minutes in Atlanta. Some very small minor part was missing, and had to be replaced before we could take off.
The gate agent was hilarious (they work for multiple airlines since no one airline has enough flights in a day there). She told us all exactly what was happening, why it was taking so long, and we could see the plane right out the window, so we knew she wasn’t making anything up. She said she had even offered to climb up & screw it on herself, but they had to wait for an official mechanic to do it. I got home about 2 hours late, but felt bad for all the folks that were missing their connecting flights.
Paulie – I had a Millstream beer (local Iowa made) while I waited. It wasn’t too bad.
Steve – I think Allan has friday off for a lunch meetup.
and – my brother has decided to send me food pictures from RAGBRAI (to make me jealous that I’m not there). So far a slice of peach pie, a hamball on a stick, and some cookies. I told him I only needed the hamball, as that was something I’d never seen! LOL
Hamball? I don’t know what that is but I think I’ll pass…and welcome back!
Sad day today, I got a message from my neighbor Andy (I think some of you guys have met him)…Barney has been in declining health for awhile, really bad artritis and he’s in a lot of pain. So Andy will be taking him in for his last vet visit today. For those of you that don’t know, I ‘found’ Barney about 10 years ago…and by found, I mean he showed up in my yard and tried to follow me into the house. Andy offered to keep him for a couple of days while I tried to figure out what to do with 100 pounds of doggie, well Andy made the decision easy for me.
I’m going to miss the big doodle bug…
Friday may work- we might work through lunch to get out… may have to play it by ear.
Martha, I’m sorry for your loss. Never a lot of fun.
I’d never seen (or heard of) a hamball before either.
Today Tom he is wearing a Wheelhopper jersey, he says everyone is yelling ON ON at him. (of course he’s never hashed, but I told him to just yell it back)
I KNOW!!! Right? (re: hash) Though it may look like I have to back out. I can’t seem to get a hold of Stuck on Wood! Since it’s really HER hash, ending at HER house (mmmm pool), I’m all like: hey…. if you don’t need my help…. 😉 But dang if I don’t like the little Cheese Nips gif that came with the email.
Sorry you couldn’t drop by Paulie, but totally understand – it was a last minute invite afterall. But so happy to hear you had a great birthday (it sounds). Whaa? No pic of the FLIP burger? Which one did you get?
I ordered the “smaller” which consisted of three — rBQ, Butcher’s Cut, Fried Chicken — two-bite (or so) burgers.