I had a good weekend with Saturday being as full as full could be and then the rest of the weekend, well, notsomuch.
Today’s Daily Challenge
Eat one food that’s high in quercetin, such as orange, grapefruit, apple, onion, or parsley.
Quercetin is part of a group of plant pigments that go by the name of flavonoids. Flavonoids are antioxidants, which can help prevent or repair cell damage that can lead to disease. Quercetin behaves like an anti-inflammatory in the body and may help protect against heart disease and cancer.
An apple a day…
Big Day On Saturday
I arose very early on Saturday so that I could make it out to the DragonCon parade at the appointed meet up time of 9:00am. I had been advised to ride MARTA to downtown so I made sure to budget at least an hour for MARTA’s inability to run an efficient train service, especially on the weekends. To my surprise MARTA was running smoothly and I was in downtown in no more than thirty minutes.
With time to kill I stopped into the downtown Starbucks for a coffee and pumpkin bread before walking up Peachtree to the parade route. After meeting my friends, closer to 9:45am than the appointed 9:00am, I guided us nearer the start of the parade in hopes that the crowds would be smaller (it’s off Peachtree and further from any train station so I was hoping fewer people would make the journey). I was only marginally correct and as you will see from my photos I wasn’t able to get the greatest position for photography.
From the parade my friends and I found our way up to Marietta for some bowling — a request of my friend who is an apparent bowling nut — at the newly renovated Brunswick Lanes on Delk Road. The renovation is very nice, in fact the alley might be too nice to host a Cheddarhead again. I managed to bowl much better than the recent fiasco afternoon at 300, but then again that’s not saying much.
Around 5:00pm the three of us made our way to meet up with our boss at Dunwoody Tavern. My boss, a Clemson graduate, wanted to watch the Georgia v. Clemson game so we picked a place and decided to meet early enough to get a seat when the scene changed from Alabama/Virginia Tech fans to Georgia/Clemson fans. To my surprised Dunwoody Tavern was nearly completely empty at 5:00pm! In fact, when I pulled into the parking lot I worried that the place was closed since there were so few cars present. Incredibly I stayed at Dunwoody Tavern until the end of the Georgia/Clemson game at a little past midnight.
It was no surprised that I slept late on Sunday and never got my groove on all day long.
ITP Flickr Pic
My position for the DragonCon parade was less than ideal, in part because I waited forever for my friends to arrive. Because of this my shots aren’t as ideal as I’d like, but I did the best I could with the situation at hand.
Oh Labor Day, Oh Labor Day. You Make Me Such A Slacker
I wasn’t nearly as productive yesterday as I had hoped to be. Waking up to the sound of rain ruled out any yard work or cycling, so I saw no need to spring out of bed. The weather outlook also made the likelihood of my attend the Mets v. Braves game unlikely (good move on my part, the Braves won 13-5).
I spent the day doing little things, minor cleaning, a smattering of cooking, some video watching, and some reading. At day’s end I didn’t quite feel as if I made the best of my day off.
Has It Really Been A Year?
While speaking to my mother last night discussing Labor Day activities, I realized that it’s been a year since the Jackmobile was rear-ended by some asshat in the lavanderia parking lot while I was inside doing laundry.
Man, where does the time go?
Happy Belated Birthday
ITP-Reader Martha celebrated a birthday this weekend and I was too self-involved to mention it on the blog last Friday (seems to happen to me a lot lately…). I hope that you had a wonderful day. I have a birthday present for you, it assists you in making coffee when you are no where near electricity. 🙂
Today’s Personal Project
If my legs are up to it I shall either go for a walk or head to LA Fitness for some cardio.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – okay I suppose
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – While listening to a podcast yesterday I heard about this blog All the Buildings in New York on which a guy posts his drawings around New York City.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – SONNABITCH! 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 – 2
Carnivorous Meals – 2
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0
– exercise no fewer than twenty days (and I’m starting on Day 3 so I have my work cut out for me)
– clean my basement to the point where I could have people over
– hire a plumber to replace my malfunctioning faucets
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