I Am A Winner Again!

I could get used to this, especially if all of my other maladies would subside.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Give your neck an assisted side stretch for ten seconds on each side.

If you stand for long periods or spend most of your time at a desk, it’s likely that your neck needs some TLC. This stretch can prevent injuries and help relieve pain, stiffness, and soreness. Another bonus? It can help you de-stress.

I’m back to standing at my desk (I sat yesterday because I was tired) so I will try this.

Foot, Stop Failing Me!
Yesterday morning I arose early and left the confines of The Perimeter to do something I’ve not done in far too long, take a long pre-work walk. My hope was that I could kickstart my fitness by walking again before chilly temperatures returned. Unfortunately my quest ended before it even started.

At a traffic light near the office I instinctively flexed my foot and experienced a sharp and bothersome pain (see also: the past four months), convincing me that going out for a long walk would probably be a bad idea. Sucks.

I am fielding suggestions for awesome podiatrists who take Cigna health care. So if you know of any, please shoot me an email.

Winner, Winner Pizza Dinner
Eschewing laundry I played the good friend role and took a coworker who has no car home last night. Our coworker with whom she normally commutes is currently out of town and this city’s public transit is abhorrent (unless you are near a train station) so I drove her home.

My good deed also allowed me to head south on I-75 so I could join ITP-Readers Stacy and Barb along with Aaron for team trivia at Mellow Mushroom in midtown. The team with which Barb and I sat in are quite good so I was not surprised that we finished first last night. My sole contribution was knowing the names of the four Gordon Ramsay television shows aired by Fox.

Barb and I shared a pizza which was large enough for us each to take leftovers. My two slices will be lunch, or perhaps lunch and dinner. Stacy and Aaron were generous enough to allow Barb and I to profit from some of the past victories so my evening of pizza and a beer cost me a mere $6.

I had much fun and hope to join them again occasionally in the future.

ITP Flickr Pic
I should have taken a photo of the pizza ITP-Reader Barb and I ordered at Mellow Mushroom.

Bye, Bye, Dick
For the past few years I have been listening to, and contributing to (financially) to “The Story” with Dick Gordon. Though I admit to having trouble keeping up with a fifty-minute podcast that is produced five days a week I have done my best. Unfortunately I won’t have to try so hard starting some time this fall.

Yesterday Dick Gordon announced via email that he will be retiring from the show soon and moving back to his native Canada. This is a loss to all of the listeners of “The Story” but Gordon’s decision is for all the right reasons, and aging mother and two daughters, all of whom live in Canada.

I am certain that Dick Gordon is not an ITP-Reader, but if for some reason this post lands onto his desk I wish to thank him for all of his work and wish him well.

Today’s Personal Project
Tonight I shall conquer laundry!

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – okay, though I want to be better (health-wise)
Current Music – listening to a CBC Radio 3 podcast
Website Of The DayBuzzFeed? I’d never heard of it until last night. Thanks, Stacy!
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – Checking on Sep 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

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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11 Responses to I Am A Winner Again!

  1. Barb says:

    I probably didn’t give you time to take a picture of the pizza….. it was tasty!

    My big contribution to the trivia was knowing what state the amusement park Cedar Point was in……. I thought that was a super easy question, but one of my much smater than me at trivia teammates didn’t know it – SCORE! I helped the team! And – first place is $50, that’s a good amount to spend on pizza & beer!

    It was fun, I do miss going to trivia. My friend Gloria plays at North River Tavern on Tuesday’s, but I try to go to yoga on Tuesdays. Hopefully I can make going on monday’s a more consistent thing.

  2. My answer about the Ramsay shows:

    “Hell’s Kitchen”
    “Kitchen Nightmares”
    “Hotel Nightmares” (actually called “Hotel Hell” but we got credit)
    “Master Chef”

  3. Stacy says:

    I tried taking a picture of that pizza…but it didn’t turn out too well: flash was off and Barb’s hand was already digging in. For her second piece even, I think (just kidding Barb!)

    Thanks for coming out, guys! That was a blast. I still can’t believe we Van Burened ourselves though! And wait, Dick Gordon’s moving to Canada, Paulie? Is that because he’s Muslim?

    One of my favorite side effects from trivia are the personal jokes that can go on for years. 😀

  4. Barb says:

    Stacy – you just made me laugh, and no one else will get those jokes!
    And – I don’t see that tag line on the buzzfeed website……. I think that dude made it up!

  5. Steve says:

    Oh boy, more secret handshakes!!

    Cedar Point is outside Cleveland, is it not? Or somewhere in Northern Ohio??

    I successfully managed to get the lawn mower restarted and finished the yard. I think Debbie just bogged it down and it backfired, causing the smoke. Then we left the key on, so we had to charge the battery!! Bottom line- it’s running again and I get to cut the Ben Hillton tomorrow!

    Exercise tonight is a must. The achiles has limited my mobility, but I think a bike ride will be alright.

    WE will appear at Georges tomorrow evening as we are picking up boxer Maggie from her forever mom while she goes off for Labor Day. More bedlam in the house!!


  6. Barb says:

    yes Steve- its in Ohio. I guess since I like roller coasters I know that, it is supopsed to have the BEST roller coasters there. I’d really like to get a bike ride in tonight as well.

    tomorrow night we are having a very mini bike maintenance night, Robin Red Breast has a nail in her tire & wants Allan to teach her how to change it. And, Paulie might bring his squeaky brakes by.
    Steve – not sure if your new chain & cassette are in at Cycleworks (or whatever Allan ordered for you), if they are, we either need to get the assistants to go get it, or that will give us an excuse to go ride in Roswell soon. Not sure if TJ is even back from CA yet….

  7. Steve says:

    Oh I forgot to mention I caught a glimpse of TJ in Saturdays’ coverage. I was sort of speed watching it yesterday and a couple of riders went down and there comes TJ putting the chain back on and looking at the wheels to make sure they were OK. Woo Hoo!! I didn’t think they would have TJ as the jumper.

  8. Barb says:

    I heard you were giving TJ shit about being the jumper on FB from Mary…….

  9. Steve says:

    I just asked the question, as it looked like he was sitting in the jumper seat. For as many races as I’ve watched or worked with him, I’ve not seen him do that, that’s all.

  10. Whew, hectic day.

    Yes, I shall be there tomorrow night Barb mountain bike in tow. I forgot what I am supposed to bring (other than beer), salmon?

  11. Barb says:

    yes- bring a piece of salmon – I’ve got everything else covered.
    Robin won’t get here until 7:00-7:30pm, but anytime after 5pm is fine.

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