It was kind of a strange weekend, even for me.
I felt a little bit like a winner on Friday when I called my physical therapist’s office and they determined that the service that my insurance denied payment for was incorrectly entered by them. The PT’s office assured me that they’d correct it today. I’ll be checking up on this during the week to ensure this doesn’t turn into another “Lab v. Insurance” fiasco.
Today’s Daily Challenge
Promote healthy eyes by eating one lutein-rich food, like spinach, corn, carrots, kiwi, or grapes.
These fruits and veggies don’t just look pretty on your plate. They also contain a pigment called lutein, which accumulates in the eyes and helps to prevent cataracts (a clouding over the lens of the eye) and macular degeneration (damage to the macula, the center of the retina). By getting your fill of lutein, you can help protect the long-term health of your eyes.
You know I can handle these eating challenges.
I’m Not A Winner
On Friday afternoon I left work and headed for Terminal West for the second time last week. I made the trip much easier than I had the night before and found parking in a lot from which I could walk to the venue. Things were looking good.
My plan was to try the restaurant, Stationside, which is a companion to Terminal West. I was not alone in this idea as I had to queue up in order to place a food order early after its 8pm opening time (and I was hungry). I was a little nervous at the limited selection of the menu, but I chose to try the Philly Cheesesteak which was good and rather large so I was not entirely disappointed. Unfortunately this was the best part of my evening.
The band on Friday night was Steep Canyon Rangers, a bluegrass band out of Brevard, North Carolina that I like. Unfortunately the band is also appreciated by a lot couples, many of which could not stop talking for nearly the entire show. I kid you not! There was one couple that each and every time I glanced in their direction they were talking, at least until the next to last song when they were making out. Don’t think that I didn’t wander the room looking from a respite from chatter; I could never find one.
With dinner I ordered a Fat Tire which got me two entries into the giveaway of a Fat Tire cruiser bike that night. For some reason I felt that my chances of winning were really good. I kept waiting for the drawing, thinking that it would occur while the band took a break, then thinking it would occur after the concert. I was wrong on all accounts. I never saw the drawing occur so I assume that I was not the winner.
ITP Flickr Pic
I have let the well run dry again. It’s not that I’ve lost my desire to shoot, it’s that I have so many other commitments (and I have given up on concert photography) and I am not seeing anything that I feel is worth my time to photograph.
I’m A Winner
I never expected to be a winner on Saturday because nearly every turn I took during the day produced failure. I picked up a coworker and drove us up to Southern Poly for Atlanta Code Camp. I was hoping the day would be nerdy and beneficial for both of us. During the day she and I attended four one-hour sessions, each of which let us down either because the presenter was unprepared/bad or the subject matter wound up being completely inappropriate for our skill set — “C’mon, you are all C# developers. Right?” said one presenter, to which I shook my head in disagreement.
At one point the only highlight of the day was the turkey sandwich I was given for lunch.
The conclusion of the day consisted of a gathering of those of us who made it through the entire day, and prizes were given away. To my surprise my name was called near the end and I walked away with a USB-powered second screen that I hope will be handy when I try to develop user interfaces. Unfortunately my coworker was not as fortunate.
There was a after-party at Dave & Buster’s that we were going to attend, but on the walk back to my car my coworker said she was tired and asked if I could take her home. Geez, we weren’t even on a date and I was getting the blowoff! :/ It was only 6:00pm by the time I got her home, so I considered calling ITP-Reader Barb to see about roller derby or heading to Dave & Buster’s solo, but in the end I decided to eat dinner and return ITP for a quiet night home alone.
My first thought for Sunday was to make my first real bike ride since March. I talked myself out of that pretty early.
But my foot still hurts. (More on this tomorrow.) In fact, I’m under the impression that I might have to live with this pain for some time because it refuses to abate. If it persists like this through Labor Day I might seek the opinion of a second podiatrist. My throat is still bothersome as well, but at least I think I am seeing small signs of improvement.
I spent all of Sunday at home doing mundane chores — cleaning, cooking, lawn mowing, paperwork processing, along with some pleasure activities — video watching (episodes of “The Office”), book reading, coding. Given the perfection of the weather I probably should have spent more time outside.
Want to hear something odd? I did not drink any beer Saturday or Sunday. What has happened to me?
Today’s Personal Project
I really need to do laundry tonight.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – okay, though I really miss the days of getting out of bed and exercising
Current Music – silence at the moment but that’s about to change
Website Of The Day – Yesterday I read half of a quick-read (which says a lot coming from me) about simplifying one’s life. The author also keeps a blog called The Other Side of Complexity.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – I meant to check this morning. Perhaps I’ll wait until September 1.
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
– 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
- Who Am I: A Memoir — by Pete Townshend