This weekend was packed full of activity, some of it entertaining, some notsomuch. What I failed to do this weekend is pack for the getaway to Raleigh that will be happening at week’s end.
When I arrived at the office this morning I also discovered that I failed to pack the shoes I planned to wear today; I wore flip-flops on my drive in because I didn’t want to boot myself up until I arrived at the office. I suppose one of the perks of being a software developer is that I can wear flip flops in the office and no one will look at me weirdly.
Today’s Daily Challenge
Stand, shift your weight to the right and lift your left leg for thirty seconds, then switch sides.
As we age, our sense of balance becomes weaker, which can lead to a feeling of unsteadiness and increase the risk of falls. By taking a moment for this challenge, you can help to rebuild and enhance your sense of balance.
Considering I am standing at work these days this shouldn’t be too hard.
Not Quite What I Hoped
I made it down to Piedmont Park very early on Friday afternoon (traffic was inexplicably not completely shitty). Had I a lawn chair and a desire to sit in line for ninety minutes I could have sat with the thirty-or-so folks already queued for the Lyle Lovett concert and had an awesome seat when we were admitted, instead I chose to roam.
My intent was to sell / give away my extra ticket to the sold out show (I did eventually give it away but not the way I desired). I tried posting a photo of my t-shirt on Twitter and hoping someone would recognize me as I walked around Piedmont Park. That didn’t happen.
As I wandered around the park I decided to get a beer and dinner. With limited walking choices (I didn’t want to wander too far afield) I headed over to The Nook, a bar which used to be The Prince of Whales, and a location I hadn’t visited since the change of hands.
The Nook hasn’t changed much of what I remember The Prince of Whales having (bar configuration perhaps?). I had a Bell’s Two-Hearted Ale, and appetizer portions of their “Redneck” Totchosâ„¢ (Trade Marked? Really?) and smoked wings. The food was good, unhealthy as could be, but good nonetheless. Now that I think about it, I must have been overcharged unless The Nook is charging $7+ for a pint of Bell’s Two-Hearted. Oh well.
From The Nook I wandered about the park before conceding being a loser and handing over my extra ticket to the Ticket Alternative Will Call desk with the instruction to give the first person asking about tickets a freebie.
Lovett and his band were the only act, scheduled to play a two-plus hour set. I stayed, wandering about since I had no lawn chair, for about ninety minutes before deciding to head out. It’s not that I wasn’t having a decent time, but I just couldn’t relax and wanted to get away from the crowd.
ITP Flickr Pic
“Faces In The Fountain”
One of the benefits of flying solo at a Botanical Garden concert is that you can roam around and take photos (with your cameraphone as “real” photographic equipment is verboten for concerts).
This is one of the fountains inside the botanical garden.
Clean Up Weekend
Did you miss it? This weekend was the annual weekend in which I get the wild hair up my ass to do enough yard work to make my front lawn look nice(r).
On Saturday morning, dressed in a long-sleeved t-shirt and now-tight ripped jeans, I took out the lawnmower and pushed it around for awhile, resurrected my string trimmer and cleaned up the edges of the yard, took a shovel and shoveled the grass/dirt from the curbside street, and did a little cleanup of the “flower” bed that sits in the front yard. When I was done two-and-a-half hours had passed.
Yes, I did. This certainly won’t last long so if you want to see it you’ll need to drive by soon. And before you ask, I’ve yet to tackle the holly bushes…
After a long, cleansing shower and an unintentional nap I spent the rest of Saturday making tough choices about some of the things I own, but probably shouldn’t any longer. I have another box ready for Goodwill. At the rate I am going I should have pared my possessions down to my desired amount by 2016.
Look Read Who’s Cooking
If you consider opening a can of beans and heating that on a stove then I cooked both nights this weekend. You’ll have to be satisfied with reading about this however as I took no photos of my efforts.
After visiting the local Publix (and seeing the cutest nerd-girl, who paid me absolutely no attention) I returned home with the fixings for Emeril Lagasse’s Andouille and Chicken Jambalaya, a recipe I’ve made many times in the past. When I used to cook frequently this was a meal I could make to perfection (imho) on auto-pilot. Last night’s rendition was a little harder to recreate and a little more burned than the old concoctions, but satisfying nonetheless. Even better, this meal keeps on giving as I still have enough for lunch today and tomorrow.
Just Call Me “The Music Man”
In addition to cooking I did something else yesterday that I haven’t done in far too long — listen to music. While doing some weekly computer backups I realized that I have nearly 10,000 songs in my iTunes library (almost all legally obtained, I might add) so I decided to have a musical revival. I cranked up the volume and let iTunes randomly play songs from my library for nearly six hours before I finally decided to change the day’s audio track to podcasts. I have to admit, it was great fun revisiting music I had long forgotten about, and in those six hours I don’t believe that I heard a single song that made me cringe or think about skipping.
Today’s Personal Project
Lavanderia y estudiar noche (badly translated “laundry and study night”)
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – fat, foot still hurts, trying to improve my mental state
Current Music – listening to the Mountain Goats concert from this year’s Newport Folk Festival as recorded by NPR
Website Of The Day – FootCare MD explains my Peroneal Tendonitis.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing except yard work
Morning Weigh-In – 219 pounds, will check next time I am in LA Fitness
Foot Mileage – 0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 6 (0 cardio)
Days Of Bed-Making – 3
Vegetarian Meals – 26
Carnivorous Meals – 46
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