Another For The Books

Another month, July — inarguably the best month of the year, comes to an end. July was another month of this year dashed by injury and subsequently I am more of a man than I desire to be.

I look forward to tomorrow, the start of August, as I hope it will be the month where all things start to head in the right direction. I also look forward to tomorrow because the Jackmobile and I will be headed in a northeasterly direction as we make our way to Raleigh for an extended weekend of rest and relaxation (well, as much rest and relaxation as can be had around two young boys).

Tuesday Boredom
Work is a bit on the hectic and stressful side currently — we are trying to support a new product as well as “sunset” the one I worked on for 2.5 years to get it out the door in January. Because of these I spent the majority of my day sitting in meetings, only to leave the office around 7:30pm after sending out my last email.

Because of my late departure I wasn’t very active last evening — getting home in time to gather up some things for my upcoming trip before passing out on the bed.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Take two minutes to think about a good deed you did for someone else.

Doing good deeds or performing random acts of kindness releases feel-good hormones, also known as the “helper’s high.” Even better, kind acts can also help to manage stress and depression, as well as lessen feelings of isolation. Recalling a good deed can help you re-live that happy moment, and it may also inspire you to do another good deed today!

ITP Flickr Pic
“I Told You That You Weren’t Fooling Anyone”
I Told You That You Weren't Fooling Anyone
This was the scene of the crime when I arrived home from work last night.

I Know Insects Are Important
I just wish that they’d stop trying to inhabit my house.

This morning I swear I saw a spider run from a bag I placed onto the head my bed to the stack of clothing I had at the foot of my bed. Unfortunately I didn’t get any closure on this issue as my complete tearing apart of my stack of clothes revealed nothing.

Ever get the feeling that you are losing it???

Final PT Today?
I have a morning PT appointment, the last one officially scheduled for my tendonitis recovery. I won’t go back to the podiatrist until next Tuesday, and I suppose then I will be instructed whether or not I am to continue with PT.

Therapy has been helping, but as with the hip injury I think my course of therapy will run out before the pain is completely removed.

Today’s Personal Project
Today’s plan was to go to the Braves game tonight. However, weather may put the kibosh on that. I still need to pack for my weekend tonight as I plan to beat the rest of Atlanta onto the roadways tomorrow.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – fat, and concerned that my eyesight is started to decline at a seemingly rapid pace; I might need to start wearing glasses full-time.
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – I shouldn’t think about food as much as I do, but it’s hard when you know of cool blogs like Food52.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – will check on my home scale tomorrow morning

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

Days Of Bed-Making – 3

Vegetarian Meals – 27
Carnivorous Meals – 48

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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13 Responses to Another For The Books

  1. Barb says:

    I got to get up early to get Felicia to the airport.
    Big accident at 285 & Camp Creek, plus an accident on the connector going into town at University. (back up looked pretty back as we went southbound) Big decision was which way to go to get back up to Marietta to work? I picked the 285 & Camp Creek way, I think it only added 10-15 minutes, I’d like to think it was the better choice.
    So, I’m tired this morning, I don’t get up at 6:15 hardly ever.

  2. Martha says:

    Bugs have been bad this year, I think the rain has 1) increased their numbers and 2) pushed them inside looking for a dry place to hang out. For us, it’s been the ‘palmetto bug’ (aka american cockroach, bleck). Pretty much every morning there is at least one on the kitchen floor or in the bath tub. These are the stupid ones that end up on their back and can’t flip back over.

    We went to the game last night, we had great seats but it still didn’t make the game any more exciting for me…maybe I need to start drinking again. I probably didn’t help that it my first ‘low-carb’ day… to be honest, it wasn’t as bad as I thought but I could still feel it by the end of the day.

  3. Steve says:

    Barb, that 285 North drive to Marietta last week was the same every day- a tiny bit of slowing south of 20, then slow and surge from just south of the river all the way to Cobb Parkway. Never an accident, just on-ramp slowing and normal traffic. Glad to be back on the bus.

    Martha, why are you going low-carb?

    I need to figure out a way to adjust the blade height on the mower- I need a 3.5 setting- I used 4 at the Ben Hillton and it barely took off a half inch- if I were to use 3, it would take over an inch, which would be too much on that lawn.

    Dinner at the Brake Pad in CPk- Debbie needed a good burger fix. Home and putter around.

    No Georges for me-


  4. Martha says:

    Steve, I’m giving carb-cycling a try. The plan I’m trying is just two low-carb days a week. I’m not 100% convinced of the ‘science’ behind it but it is adding some structure to my eating (which I desperately need). I really need to lean up a bit (I never did lose my winter weight this year) to reach my goals for the fall.

    It will be a process but I need to commit…

    Why don’t you just wait until the grass is .5 inches taller? I should only take like one extra day to grow that much… 🙂 But seriously, it’s been like living in a rain forest this summer…

  5. Barb says:

    I got some home grown tomatoes from a co-worker’s neighbor (since I still have none, she brought me some) so I may be bringing some for a caprese salad appetizer Saturday.

    Meeting Saddle Sores (aka Katherine) for lunch to get her mtn bike back to her, Allan had to replace the fork after realizing it couldn’t be fixed & its been the garage for way too long. Next up is get Dumb BUF’s bike fixed (headset issues), then we will be back to just our own in the garage I think.

    I really, really, really wanted to go ride tonight after work, but the weather doesn’t look like it will cooperate.

  6. Steve says:

    TWC said the rain is supposed to be gone by lunch- I haven’t looked at the radar lately, but I’d like to get a ride in as well.

    I can’t think of any work my bikes need, so I won’t clutter up the shop with my rides.

    The grass is so thick, if it gets too tall, you’re emptying the catcher every pass- and you must use the catcher. Zoysia even looks great when it’s high- no one can tell it needs cutting, but it can be a job.

  7. Martha says:

    Steve, not sure what the forecast looks like further south but in-town there is an 80% chance of t-storms starting at 5pm…

    The grass in our front yard is much different than the grass/weeds in the back. The front yard can go much longer between cuttings and still look okay. The back yard has turned into a jungle with all this rain…Nibbles will refuse to go out if it isn’t cut. So whatever Nibbles wants, Nibbles gets…

  8. Steve says:

    I have finally surrendered to the pressure that is Apple and I now own an iPad. Had it not been free, I would have never, but free is good- it was an incentive from the class last week

    You’re welcome Paulie.

  9. Free doesn’t help my bottom line… 🙂

  10. Barb says:

    Debbie’s going to steal it from you…….

  11. Martha says:

    I’m thinking I might get Jerry a table for his birthday…probably not a iPad…maybe a Fire but most likely something in between.

  12. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Look into the new Google Nexus 7 tablets announced last week. They are supposedly very nice and run about $230.

  13. Martha says:

    Thanks, I’ll check that out.

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