Jeepers Wally, my morning is already swamped with work. We have a visitor at the office from India who is working on the project I am supporting, so it is my task to work with him.
Today’s Daily Challenge
Do a spine-strengthening stretch.
Many people complain of low back pain as they age, and sedentary lifestyles can contribute to weaker muscles in this region. This is a great exercise to strengthen the muscles along your spine in your lower back. This can help prevent pain during everyday activities or when you’re exercising.
More stretching sounds like a good thing for me.
Riding, And Swimming, And Cavorting, Oh My
And you thought that my absence from the Day Spa would mean that I wouldn’t ride or swim, didn’t you…
On Saturday the gang and I headed out for a near-eleven-mile ride on Raleigh’s abundant pedestrian/cycling friendly trail system. The kids were champs, pedaling their hearts out and being rewarded with hash browns and sodas at McDonald’s at our turn-around point. My foot behaved for the ride, though soreness set in afterward. As if that weren’t enough exercise for one day (which apparently it was not for the kids) we also went swimming at the community pool to which ITP-Readers Lisa and Randy belong — I also managed a nap in a shady corner whilst there.
Saturday evening was for adults only. The torrential downpour which started just before we were to head out put the kibosh on the original plan of wandering through Raleigh’s downtown area. Instead the three of us settled at a local favorite restaurant, Humble Pie, where we shared numerous courses of tapas and two bottles of wine.
On Sunday “the family” went to the science museum because it was determined that the dinosaur bones located there might be the only thing in Raleigh older than “Uncle” Paulie (kidding, though we did actually go to the science museum).
I left Raleigh, stopping at the beer store for two six packs of beer I cannot buy locally, around 5:30pm on Sunday and stayed overnight at a hotel in Anderson, South Carolina, completing my journey yesterday morning. I knew that I had stayed at this particular hotel previously, and if I were Rain Man I would have remembered whether the room assigned to me on Sunday night was the same one in which I had previously slept.
Today’s Personal Project
A lot of iOS studying.
Try to figure out why food seems to get stuck in my throat more often then I ever remember it happening previously. I’m trying not to be a hypochondriac, but it concerns me a bit.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – okay, though I have so much to do (in addition to figure out how not to die from suffocation from food getting lodged in my throat)
Current Music – listening to last week’s “Sound Opinions” podcast
Website Of The Day – Nerdist will be way too geeky for most of you, but for the nerds out there it’s right on target.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – checking tomorrow morning because I forgot this morning
Foot Mileage – 0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 0 (0 cardio)
Days Of Bed-Making – 0
Vegetarian Meals – 3
Carnivorous Meals – 14
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0
– still TBD
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
- Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life — by Steve Martin