I Feel Dirty

I got so swept up in the excitement of getting prepared for my Advanced iOS Programming class that I did the one thing I never expected to do again — request my Facebook password so that I could join the Facebook group associated with the class. I knew that Facebook had never deleted my account, something apparently harder to do than curing cancer or abolishing the national debt, so I knew that it would be possible to log in again once I remembered the email address I signed up with initially. Ick, I feel dirty. It should be duly noted that I have absolutely no interest in logging in often and checking walls, or any of the other time-consuming activities that led me to “delete” my account in the first place.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Learn about signs and symptoms of prescription drug abuse.

Although most people take medications the way their health care providers prescribe them, more people than ever are taking prescriptions for nonmedical reasons. Some commonly prescribed drugs (such as narcotic painkillers, anti-anxiety medications, sedatives, and stimulants) can lead to addiction if misused and can be very dangerous, often leading to short- and long-term health consequences. By checking this list, you’ll see what the symptoms of prescription drug dependency look like.

Star Sighting
Due to circumstances beyond my control I wound up working until 7pm last night. Because of this I decided to stop for dinner along the way home even though I had tons of tasks that needed to be accomplished at the house.

I’ll credit a photo I saw on my coworker’s wife’s food blog, Review Atlanta, for helping me to decid to swing by Mezcalito’s Cocina for my meal.

As I entered Mezcalito’s I saw ITP-Readers Terri (aka “Star Whore”) and Pat sitting eating. Oh, if I only carried Terri’s crutches everywhere I go… I stopped by the table, chatted briefly (they had already had food in front of them so I didn’t wish to delay them), and requested some suggestions.

After much deliberation I went with the chips and salsa appetizer and an order of fried chicken with mole for my entree. Have I mentioned my theory that fried chicken is the new bacon (read “next big thing”)? And for my drink? A Coke. I’m one step closer to drinking water with my meals.

I need to stop eating out.
I also need to stop working until 7pm.

ITP Flickr Pic
Still nothing. I still need a major change in habits.

Continuing To Drain My Health Savings Account
My poor HSA. Between doctor visits for the flu or injured foot and physical therapy I am putting a major dent into it.

I am writing today’s blog post from bed because after looking at my arms this morning it appears the poison ivy/oak that I mentioned yesterday is spreading, not abating. Prior to heading into the office I’ll be swinging by Dr Nick’s office to see if they’ll give me a steroid shot to kill off this mess as soon as possible. It’s hard enough meeting women while I struggle with low self-esteem and a casted foot (though this has started many conversations with strangers), I don’t need the unsightly signs of poison ivy/oak to make matters worse.

Today’s Personal Project
Return to LA Fitness for some weight training.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – meh, tired of needing medical attention
Current Music – listening to the “Generational” podcast; they’ve recently changed part of their format and I may be abandoning this podcast soon.
Website Of The Day – I get a chuckle out of AsapSCIENCE’s YouTube channel.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – 219 pounds, checking again this afternoon

Foot Mileage – 0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 6 (0 cardio)

Days Of Bed-Making – 3

Vegetarian Meals – 20
Carnivorous Meals – 38

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
  6. So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love — by Cal Newport

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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14 Responses to I Feel Dirty

  1. Barb says:

    I don’t know why you think FB is dirty but not Twitter? I find them similar.

    I ordered some pills that Sani recommended for PI, of course (thank God) I haven’t gotten any since then. I want Allan to try them, he does more yard work than me & gets it much more often. He also has doctors at Hyox than can write him a prescription when he needs it, though I think the steroid shot is the best & quickest solution.

    I played Susie hoomemaker last night, made homemade pesto. On the list tonight is make more refrigerator pickles. The herbs, cucumbers & green beans are okay with all the rain we’ve had, the tomatoes, not so much. Still have not gotten a single tomato.

  2. Jenka says:

    Barb, I saw your post on FB about the pesto. I make my own pesto, too, so if you ever want to get rid of any excess basil, I’m your girl!

  3. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I only follow companies on Twitter and have found it a great way to get help from them using it. On Facebook I was only connected to individuals.

    Doc prescribed Prednisone that I will be taking over the next week.

  4. Barb says:

    Paulie – no shot?

    Jenka – I have 2 basil plants that are about 5 feet tall. I picked 6 cups of basil & you can’t even tell. Come on by, I’m barely off 75, I’ve got plenty to share. I’m freezing it in small containers (without the cheese) so I never have to buy store bought pesto again. And – do you have any secret recipe to pesto? So far I think its good, but I feel like it could be better, but no idea how it could be.

  5. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I was expecting a shot, but they gave me pills instead.

  6. Jenka says:

    Sweet! When in general is good for you (like, evenings or weekends or whatever)? I’m pretty busy all the time so it’s best for me to make a date. Nah, I swap out various things, but pesto on the whole is pretty basic. A lot of times I use half basil, half parsley. And I’m always using different nuts, I think I’ve used every nut imaginable. Once I used pumpkin seeds, that was actually pretty good.

  7. Barb says:

    Most evenings I’m home, you just need to tell me when you can get to Marietta, and I’ll see if I’m home. The gate isn’t locked, so if by chance you were in the neighborhood & we weren’t home, that’s fine too. The basil is in planters just behind the back deck. My oregano has gone crazy too, actually all my herbs are doing quite well. You really can’t miss them.

  8. Steve says:

    Class. And today with a slight case of vertigo. Not a favorite. I brought my bike and plan to ride it the Comet on the way home.

    – FP

  9. Martha says:

    Probably one of the worst cases of PI I ever had was when I was unemployed 10 years ago (so no health insurance). I had a job interview, it was the middle of summer but I was wearing a high neck blouse and long sleeves…but you could still see it on my neck, face and hands. I really considered just canceling the interview. It was noticed and everyone had to come in for a look. In the end it worked out, since it was with CDC, I think someone gave me a prescription and I got a job offer.

    Drain away your HSA, that’s what it is there for, it’s use or lose so use it.

  10. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    The Comet is on your way home?

    Glad to see the ITP Readership continue to help one another out. 🙂

  11. Steve says:

    In class at the Galleria. That’s why lunch is at TC on Friday- hopefully.

  12. Barb says:

    Steve – I’d come join you, but I bet your class gets out before I can get out of work tonight. I couldn’t get over there until 5:45 or 6pm, I know that would be way too late. Plus, Felicia is flying in at 3:30pm or so, I asked my assistants TJ & Mary to pick her up since that time totally doesn’t work for me to leave work.

  13. Steve says:

    I’ll not tell them they are now considered staff. Yeah, I hope to be riding by 5 from milepost 0 parking lot, or whatever they call that. If only my head would stop spinning, I could stay upright.

  14. Martha says:

    Sorry about the vertigo, Steve, as an intermittent sufferer, I can sympathize with your plight. Hope it passes soon.

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