Morning all. This being the anniversary of one of the darker days in our country’s history I wish I had thought to wear my NYC Firemen t-shirt.
Today’s Daily Challenge
Take three deep breaths before starting to eat one meal today.
Many of us are in such a rush that even when we make time to sit down and eat, we dive right in and don’t give our food the attention it deserves. By taking just a few extra seconds to center ourselves and calm down, we can get more pleasure from the food and be more mindful while we eat.
Okay, sure. Why not.
I got to watch a liveblog for most of yesterday’s Apple announcement. Unfortunately what was announced was almost verbatim to what had been previously leaked. Neither the 5C nor the 5S are compelling enough (even with the 5S’ improved camera) for me to cash in my iPhone 5 and extend my AT&T contract another two years. I have no immediate plans to stop developing for the platform, but this current release of iPhone hardware just didn’t thrill me.
Don’t be surprised if you read in this blog that I have done a little profiteering and cashed out on my Apple stock. A smarter version of me would have done so when the stock eclipsed the $700/share price, I may wait until the price climbs over $500/share again. If only I still had the shares I sold at $230 and $320 respectively. 😉
Home Is Where The Mess Is
This evening I have do a chore for the greater good of the neighborhood and a few for the selfish good of yours truly.
Last night I returned home to find that the City of Atlanta’s Sanitation Department managed to break a bottle on my street very the mouth of my driveway. I managed to sweep it up into a small pile in the center of the street but could not find a way to scoop it up. Tonight I will attempt to finish the job.
Tonight I will also try to do a few tasks solely for the greater good of me. Due to neglect my basement has become a complete mess. Ideally I’d like to have it ready for company or parties at all times, though neither of those activities occurs to great extent these days. Regardless, it is my desire to clean up the area so that I can watch the big screen using my AppleTV. While performing cleanup duties I also hope to identify at least one box’s worth of stuff to donate to Goodwill.
Today’s Personal Project
Try to figure out how to toughen my feet. Start cleaning up my basement.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – Meh. Very concerned about the mass of fat that is my lower torso. Doing things to rid myself of this (in too slow of a time), but also doing things to help it remain.
Current Music – listening to a recent KEXP “Music That Matters” podcast
Website Of The Day – 9/11 Memorial. Now if we could only manage to figure out a way to regain the freedoms we lost since that day twelve years ago…
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – I check again some day. For today I’ll just call myself morbidly obese
Foot Mileage – ~4.75 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 0 (0 cardio)
Days Of Bed-Making – 0
Vegetarian Meals – 10
Carnivorous Meals – 13
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