Today turned out to be my last visit to the podiatrist — unless my pain, which still lingers, increases. The doctor did not prescribe any further physical therapy so my time there will be coming to an end soon too.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Write for five minutes about 1 thing that’s stressing you, so you can think about it more clearly.

Multiple studies have shown that writing about a stressful situation lowers stress and improves mental clarity in dealing with the problem. When something is making us anxious, we can get stuck in a cycle of repetitive thinking that is unproductive and actually stresses us out even more. Writing can break that cycle by giving you something to do, by allowing you to vent and get your problem out of your head and onto a piece of paper. Once there, you may be able to deal with it more objectively and with a bit more clarity.

I’ve been doing this for many years now — it’s called “Inside The Perimeter.”

Same Old, Same Old
Lunch with my office visitor at Chuy’s provided me with dinner as well which i ate inthe office. Because of the horrendous traffic last night I also sat and had a few beers with my boss at Taco Mac in order to wait it out.

ITP Flickr Pic
Nothing to show today.

I Need To Crack This Sleep Pattern
I wasn’t home more than an hour before I nodded off to sleep only to awake again some time after 2:00am. As I did the night before I managed to get back to sleep by 4:30am and catch a couple hours of additional sleep so that I would not be a zombie this afternoon.

I need to figure out how to break this sleep pattern especially since I will be in unusual surrounds next week and be expected to be mentally sharp each day.

When The Lights Go Out
It was odd to see that one of my compact fluorescent light bulbs in my bedroom floor lamp had burned out during the night (I often doze off with the lights on). I replaced the dead bulb with another bulb from that fixture and it was even odder when I watched that build flicker a few times and then also burn out not more than a minute later.

How does one safely dispose of compact fluorescent bulbs?

Today’s Personal Project
Read at least two chapters in the iOS development book in predation for my class next week.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – uncertain
Current Music – listening to CNN because that is what is on the television in this break room.
Website Of The Day – Unfortunately I won’t be able to attend both performances by Cineprov this weekend at the Plaza Theater but I will be there for Saturday night’s Joel Hodgson show.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – I forgot again…

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

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Meals – 4
Carnivorous Meals – 16

Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0

August Goals
– 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

  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
  7. Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life — by Steve Martin

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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18 Responses to Dismissed

  1. Barb says:

    where are you going next week?

  2. Martha says:

    You can take the bulbs to Lowes, they have a bin right at the front door. Best Buy may have one as well.

  3. Next week is the iOS training course at Big Nerd Ranch. I’ll be checking into the “ranch” on Sunday evening and will be there until Friday afternoon.

    Thanks Martha, I’ll add the dead bulbs to my collection of items to recycle.

  4. Barb says:

    oh yeah – forgot about your Nerd week……

  5. Steve says:

    The cold finally won out this morning as I tried to drag myself into the office. Didn’t happen. Probably better not to infect my coworkers.

    So is BNR a “sleep away” camp?

    Notes from Utah: One the assistant judges saw Jonathan Devitch (great cycling photog) trying to herd sheep out of the road before the peloton came along. I think the better picture would have been cyclists and sheep, but that may not have been safe. 😉


  6. Martha says:

    okay, now that I have a minute…our shower is not working! I got ready to hop in an there is no hot water, and when I say no hot water I mean there is no water at all coming from the hot tap…all the other faucets in the house work and there doesn’t seem to be any loss of presure. I’m going to assume the pipe is clogged. Of course I have back to back meetings all day today, so I can’t have the plumber come out until tomorrow (maybe). I guess we’ll be showering at the gym for the next day or so.

    On a positive note, we got the apprasial, it wasn’t as high as we were hoping but the numbers look doable…So now I’m just waiting on stuff from the bank.

    If you’re interested in sleep tips, let me know. I tried just about everything until I finally broke down and had a sleep study. I’m actually doing much better, so I think the current treatment is working.

  7. Steve says:

    So the water runs into the tub but doesn’t divert to the shower head? Is that a little pull knob on the end of the spigot into the tub, or some other type valve? And is there any water coming out of the shower head?

  8. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Will do Martha, thanks.

  9. Martha says:

    No, there is only cold water in the tub/shower…there is no water (just a trickle) coming out of the hot water side. However, there is hot water at the both the kitchen and bathroom sinks. So I don’t believe it is the hot water heater. Also the fact that there is no presure loss (of the hot water) at the other faucets leads me to think that it isn’t a broken pipe.

    The pipes are really old, there may have been some work in the 70 or 80s…the one pipe I had replaced was pretty full of sediment. I don’t want to do a lot, like I said we hope to be replacing everything in the next few months. I just hope it can be a quick fix.

  10. Steve says:

    Sounds like the HW valve for the tub/shower might be toast. Or there is (should be) a cutoff valve for each of those lines, probably in the crawlspace. If you can close that, and take apart the hot at the tub, you might be able to fix it. Go to a real hardware store- not HD or Lowes.

  11. Martha says:

    Yeah…that’s not going to happen. I’ve done my fair share of plumbing work and everytime, after 8 trips to the hardware store and half a day wasted, I end up calling (or wish I had) the plumber anyway….

  12. I have a really good plumber.

    Oh wait, no I don’t.

  13. Barb says:

    hahahahahahaha – Paulie just made me laugh

  14. Steve says:

    That guy did do some work for you Paulie… was he no good?

    Martha, I understand. My last plumbing endeavor involved digging up a leak- I know I can at least do that much. No need to pay a plumber to dig!!!

    And Tour of Utah had to pull the plane down because of icing, so the online coverage is the 2 talking heads.. just… talking.

  15. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    He was good, but he worked for a firm so I can’t recommend “him”.

  16. Martha says:

    Actually, my last plumbing job involved a lot of digging, and I still called a plumber. I needed a new service line from the meter to the street. I’m going to use the same guys.

    So I thought about using the Pauie Plumbing method but I didn’t feel like showering at the gym for the next 4 years.

  17. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Showering at the gym and using laundromats have really lowered my water bills — just saying. 😉

  18. Claire Drogula says:

    Esta has her money for your used Mac. I am out of town no kids or husband this weekend at penland school of crafts–yeah !! Can you coordinate pick up of Mac w darrell? His cell is 404-660-8003,

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