Given that I shall be out of the office all of next week things here are kinda crazy, hence I have another quickie today.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Strengthen the backs of your arms with five chair dips.

Can you feel the back of your arms working to push you off the chair and back on again? This challenge calls on your triceps and helps to bring strength to these muscles. It also gets your heart rate up, giving you a quick burst of energy.

Winner, Winner, Fried Chicken Dinner
At the last second one of my coworkers asked me if I had plans for the evening. She (is married) is part of my drinking club, and normally rides to and from work with her roommate (another of my drinking club) who happened to ditch her.

“Want a free fried chicken dinner?” I asked.
She said yes.

Because I was paying for dinner (which was expensive, $50/person — though I didn’t tell her how expensive) she refused the money I offered for the six-pack of beer we brought with us.

The dinner was really good (though not worth the cost), consisting of four courses:

  1. Salad: H&F bread turned into croutons topped with skinned locally-grown tomatoes and shaved red onion. Actually, cucumber was also included though I asked for no cucumbers on my salad.
  2. Appetizer: A play on a Mexican sopaipilla (normally a dessert) where the ice cream was chèvre cheese and the fried breading was drizzled with tupelo honey.
  3. Entree: Deliciously fried check breast and wing, served with a side of a grit cake which was topped with pan-fried okra tossed in Schezuan (sp) peppers.
  4. Dessert: “Birthday” cake, which consisted of a brownie topped with marshmallow “icing” and when served tableside had a flaming almond liqueur poured onto the plate.

We were slow eaters and didn’t finish eating until some time after 9:15pm. By the time I returned to East Atlanta after dropping off my dinner companion at her apartment (near I-285/Powers Ferry) it was nearly 10:30pm.

ITP Flickr Pic
This was the only course for which there was sufficient light to take a photo.
Fake Sopaipilla
This is the fake sopaipilla I mentioned above.

So. Much. To. Do!
Before I head to my nerd sleepover camp on Sunday night.

I have to contact Darrell about selling my MacBook, do laundry, go to the bank and take care of some business, study, and my one “fun” event of going to The Plaza Theatre tomorrow night to see Joel Hodgson (MST3K) perform.

Today’s Personal Project
Get my shit together so I can have some piece of mine next week…

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – harried
Current Music – silence
Website Of The Day – Looking to buy something online but want to wait until it’s on sale? Check out The Price Geek to see if they can be of assistance.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – Checking again when I return from Big Nerd Ranch.

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

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Meals – 18
Carnivorous Meals – 8

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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7 Responses to Hurried

  1. Barb says:

    I know the feeling about feeling crazy at work – I’m on vacation next week, my co-worker that is my partner on teh dick’s Sporting Goods account called in sick, so I’ve got extra work plus get all the shit done for next week.

    Then – my IT geek friends- what would cause my 2 screens to decide to be just one screen in the middle of the 2? So, I got to spend a bunch of time with our IT people on the phone – it is finally fixed about 30 minutes later. it didn’t take that long, getting someone on the phone was the time consuming part.

  2. Steve says:

    Skinned tomatoes? That seems like a lot of work for… something you would normally eat. Sopapillias! Not something you see very often- at least where we tend to eat, but always a favorite. A savory version, maybe not.

    Barb, I have 3 screens and when I got a new laptop back in the fall, it took a week or more for them all to get in sync. And I still have trouble sometimes when I work from home and hook back into my dock- he’ll swap them around, so you can go from 1 to 2 to 3.

    I doubt I’ll join the nekked Wheelhopper tomorrow, but it should be a good day. Anyone else riding this weekend?

    Paulie, you’re going to stress no matter how you slice it, so just get on board.


  3. Martha says:

    No riding for me this weekend, two days of running. In addition we will be doing some cleaning/purging…we got the appraisal back, the numbers work…so we are moving forward. It looks like we may close in about a month. Still not sure when we will start the actual construction or when we need to be out of the house but might as well get started.

    We have a working shower again. It took forever, and cost a bit more than I would have liked but I think most of what was done can be kept, and not totally wasted during the renovation.

    I’ve been doing some 9-minute workouts, 5 days a week, as part of my new weight loss plan. It’s all body weight stuff, like the chair dips, man I’ve been sore this week. It’s working (along with the meal plan), I’ve lost 17% of my goal weight loss in two weeks. That sounds way more impressive than if I said the actual number of pounds lost.

  4. Steve says:

    Great job Martha! 9 minute workouts? Interesting- may have to look into those.

  5. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Nine minutes? I can do almost anything for nine minutes. 😉

  6. Jenka says:

    As Martha knows, we do 9 minute workouts at Crossfit all the time. It’s 9 minutes to total and complete suckage, but it gets the job done.

    WHEW, what a week I’ve had! New boss started on Monday. His nickname is The Hurricane and it totally fits! I’ve had zero downtime. One week in and I could already use a vacation.

  7. Claire says:

    Esta loves her new MacBook! Thank you!

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