Common Side Effects

These are the “common side effects” of the Fluticasone spray that I am to start using today.

Nasal irritation or burning
Sort throat

Holy shit, those sound worse than post-nasal drip causing difficulty with swallowing! If I didn’t fear dying due to choking or lack of oxygen I’d never start using this stuff.

I wouldn’t be surprised if death is not one of the “uncommon side effects.”

That being said, I hope this shit works well (especially in conjunction with the Allegra-D that I’ll be taking for another week) so that I can avoid another round of doctor visits.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Find out one new piece of information about someone you have a close relationship with.

By asking someone in your life about his or her interests, dreams, and memories, it will help strengthen your relationship. Not only are you demonstrating that you care, but you are more likely to share information about yourself. What book are you reading? Who taught you to ride a bike? This connection and sharing of personal experiences creates trust and helps to maintain healthy relationships.

I got nuthin for this one.

In Memory Of An Old Friend
When I first moved to Atlanta I had very few friends– as you do. I knew Bill, who was a coworker and coincidental neighbor in Huntsville and is the reason I landed in Atlanta. I knew Tamara, a wonderful Canadian who happened to be married to Bill at that time. When those two got married (in Atlanta) I was introduced to Bob, who was friends with them and was also contracting to BellSouth.

Bob, a native Pittsburger and was a mountain of a man. Bob was 6’8″ and “husky” was apparently a good enough goalie in hockey to be considered for the USA Olympic team, though injury curtailed that. Bob was the only person I’ve ever known to consume two liters of diet soda daily, put hot sauce on everything, was a Carnegie-Mellon graduate and whip smart, had and infectious smile, and a high-pitched voice like a Bugs Bunny monster.

When I moved on to contract to Georgia Pacific I saw Bob only occasionally. And when I made my way to the company that was eventually purchased by my current employer I lost touch completely.

Yesterday Bill forwarded me a link to Bob’s obituary. He died in 2005, though the from the obit I am not exactly sure of the cause of his death.

In a bit of irony I was just describing Bob to my fellow Big Nerd Ranchers last week. I can’t honestly say that I will miss Bob, because he’s been dead for nearly eight years and I am just finding out. Nonetheless I feel a sen

Haircut And Salad.. Two Bits!
Or whatever I spent…

With the exception of the power outage at the corner of Highland and Amsterdam my commute in from the hinterlands to the highlands was not that bad. I was in and out of Nadine’s Triple Crown in short order and on my way to purchase salad fixings.

I decided to change things up a bit by heading to Trader Joe’s for my salad needs (probably should have remembered that there is Whole Foods on Ponce). I purchased standard fare salad fixings, with a loaf of (unfortunately unsatisfactory) bread. Once I finally arrived home I made my salad and then pretty much went to sleep shortly thereafter.

ITP Flickr Pic
“Roasted Beets WIth Feta”
Roasted Beets With Feta
Yesterday I showed you the plancha burger with these beets hiding in the background. I am a beets lover and this bowlful was too good to ignore.

West Side Story
Tonight will mark the first of two nights for me at Terminal West. Oh, I’m not playing there, I’ll be attending concerts.

Tonight’s show will be Superchunk. If you weren’t into the indie scene back in the 1990s you may have never heard of Superchunk. I forgive you.

I’ll be attending the show with my old friend Mike, who will undoubtedly know far more Superchunk songs than I will. I won’t be surprised to see our old friend Mark who was the biggest Superchunk fan that I have ever met.

Today’s Personal Project
Remember that To Do list I referenced yesterday?

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – Feeling like I have waaaaaay too many things to do. Need proof? I just received an email from the USPS telling me that my “mail hold” ends tomorrow. I thought that I had correctly scheduled this hold for last week while I was out of town, but I was wrong.
Current Music – listening to this week’s MacBreak Weekly podcast
Website Of The Day – I have nothing today and am too busy to scour the internets. What have you been looking at recently?
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – too fat

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

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Meals – ?
Carnivorous Meals – ?

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
  8. Who Am I: A Memoir — by Pete Townshend

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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6 Responses to Common Side Effects

  1. Barb says:

    Good job on eating a salad last night!
    We were bad, decided margaritas sounded good, so bought cheese dip & made guacamole & chicken enchiladas to go along with the margaritas.
    I really need to stop eating like I’m still on vacation…….

    If rain doesn’t happen, maybe we can go for a bike ride tonight. Heard lots of thunder last night, but we didn’t get any rain at the house.

    Never heard of Superchunk – but that isn’t shocking.

    If you want to experience total Cobb County suburbia & join me, I think I’m going to the Marietta Square Friday night to hear a friend’s band A1A – all Jimmy Buffett music all night long. I haven’t done the Buffett thing in a long time & a friend asked me to go.

    Also – Saturday 4pm we are going to go watch some roller derby at the Marietta Civic Center. Didn’t make it the last time, so this time we are planning on it.

  2. I’m going to some nerdy thing on Saturday up in that area. If it proves to be a dud I’ll contact you and join you for roller derby.

  3. Martha says:

    So do you want cash or a check?

  4. Is that a question for me, Martha? 🙂

  5. Barb says:

    don’t give him a check, he will never get to the bank! hahahahaha

  6. Steve says:

    Good afternoon all,

    On break between sessions. An easy session this morning- I think we were done in an hour. Apparently there aren’t many registered for this event, but we carry on, just the same. The weather is always the big question when you work a track event. Although the word is this track dries quickly, rain can play havoc with the schedule. Looks great at the moment, but you just never know.

    Barb, please thank Allan for his work on my CX bike and just let me know the damage ($).


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