I’m Just Here For The Food

Not really. I did hear that Alton Brown is going to be playing an early show (5pm) at Smith’s Olde Bar with his band (it’s a warmup gig for a larger tour next year) on Friday, October 11th. Unfortunately for me I’ve already ponied up for the Cheese Festival that same night.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Stand and step forward with your right leg, extend your left leg behind you, and raise both arms.

This challenge is a triple threat! It helps to strengthen your core as you engage the muscles in your midsection to complete the stretch. It provides a quick way to work on your balance as you count to five on each side. And finally, it offers a nice stretch to the muscles in your shoulders – ones that often become tight and inflexible.

I think I need to stretch a lot more than I am today. Right now my right foot’s tendon is starting to act up. It’s probably a great time to retire the shoes I’ve been walking in recently. If only there were an activity that I could do in which my shoes would get destroyed, oh I don’t know, by slogging through swamps perhaps…

What Is “Who’s Kicking Ass Again?” Alex
Last night I joined ITP-Reader Stacy along with non-ITP-Readers Aron (aka “Yassir Creamer”) and Bill (whoa, that was odd to type) (aka “Bunny Banger”) for some Mellow Mushroom team trivia. Because ITP-Reader Barb was absent due to getting a massage I wondered about calling our team “Massaging Our Egos” last night, but I never suggested it.

Even with only four teams competing last night’s victory was not guaranteed, in part because of a gaff made by Bunny and me on a question on which we wagered seven points. In the end “Supermodel Tenant” prevailed! The kids have another $50 in house cash in their coffer.

I shared a medium Holy Shitake! pizza with Aron last night and somehow managed not to order a beer.

One Veggie. Two Veggie. Three Veggie?
Did I really eat three vegetarian meals yesterday? You betcha!

For breakfast I ate a couple of scoops of almond butter (as I do).
For lunch I ate a veggie burger (sans fries 🙁 thankyouverymuch).
For dinner I ate a vegetarian pizza.

Whoa, who the fuck am I?

Doing The Math Spoils The Fun
I am not naive but I do expect some truth in advertising. When Scoutmob sent out an email including a “Hand Picked” offer for brunch at East Atlanta’s Argosy I was ready to jump on it.

And then I read the description:

– Two piping-hot mugs of joe to kick things off
– Two brunch entrees, each served with a side of fresh fruit (pro-tip: there’s no better way to start the day off than with the extra-hearty steak and eggs)
– Two Bloody Marys or mimosas, plus refills for a mere $5

For $29 (tax and tip not included), “Regular Price” $58

$58? What? No way!

I then tried to do the math, which is a little hard because neither the coffee or alcoholic drinks are listed on the online menu. But let’s try anyway.

Let’s assume coffee is $3, which may be a bit high; two of these would cost $6.
The highest-priced brunch menu item is $14; two of these would cost $28.

So far we’re at $34, $24 to go. Are you to tell me that a Bloody Mary or Mimosa is $12? I call bullshit.

Now $29 may be a fair price to pay (Remember to factor in tax and tip! And they ptobably expect to be tipped on the “Regular Price” as well.) for what you are getting, but the slimy pricing tactics have really turned me off purchasing any more of Scoutmob’s deals.

Today’s Personal Project
Take me out to the ballgame? I am supposed be going to tonight’s Braves game. When I looked at the weather yesterday it was predicted to be much nicer than it is currently. Pity I didn’t pack my laundry as a backup plan.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – my feet hurt, my waist is too big, but I’m trying to get passed these
Current Music – iTunes Radio, my Hüsker Dü channel playing Echo & The Bunnymen’s “The Cutter” — ONE OF MY FAVORITE SONGS EVAH!
Website Of The Day – I’ve been rediscovering Mac websites. Today’s rediscovery is MacStories.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – walking, ~5.0 miles
Morning Weigh-In – I check again some day. For today I’ll just call myself morbidly obese.

Foot Mileage – ~27.9 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 0 (0 cardio)

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Meals – 29
Carnivorous Meals – 28

Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0

September Goals
– 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

  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

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14 Responses to I’m Just Here For The Food

  1. Martha says:

    Jerry and I have been dedicating more of our workout time to stretching/yoga. It’s really starting to make a difference, especially for Jerry…the most in(un)flexible person on the planet. I’m hoping when I am ready to start running again, my Gumby like flexibility will help to prevent those common injuries.

    I can suggest the 10 Minute Solution Yoga for Beginners. It’s a great tape and the 10 minute workout (there are a total of 5, you can mix and match) break things up into manageable chunks.

    (seriously if Jerry is doing yoga 3x a week…anyone can)

    Missed yesterday’s post, I was at Clifton Road most of the day for a meeting and I have to head back over there again this afternoon.

    For the first time since I moved to Knott St, I had food delivered. I was so beat and was still working at 7pm…I just couldn’t face trying to fix dinner. If it was just me, I would have made do with a bowl of cereal or something. The offerings on Zifty are still a little sparse but Mezcalito’s did hit the spot. It won’t be a regular thing (it did cost $50) but in a pinch, I see this as a viable option now.

  2. You know, I’ve never had food delivered. It’s not that I don’t want to have it delivered, it’s a “neighborhood safety thing.”

    I want to try yoga, I just need to get myself on that.

  3. Barb says:

    The masage was awesome – BTW.

    Tonight should be an early dinner with ITP-Reader Steve (aka FP) at of all places – Tasty China. Seems so appropriate before he goes to a Scottish Games meeting, doesn’t it? The things he has to do (like roadtrip way north) to just get water bottle cages on his cross bike.

  4. Steve says:

    Well I had a post written about cutting a branch that fell across the fence, Izzie getting shocked by the hot wire and Sadie being sold, but I guess I didn’t send it.

    Ready for TC tonight!!


  5. Steve says:

    You folks that can have food delivered should really appreciate it. I don’t see that happening any time soon at JEFDSDR. The feed store does deliver for $15 and that is a bargain when you order hay!!!

  6. Barb says:

    Sadie was sold? what’s up with that?
    I’m not a fan of dleivered food – it usually is pretty cold by the time I get it, that doesn’t thrill me.

  7. Barb says:

    Paulie- get out of the office early, get to my side of town about 5-5:15pm or so & you too could go to Tasty China.

  8. Stacy says:

    I’m a huge fan of delivered food! Martha, ever use Grub Hub? They’ve been great! My order was 10 minutes late one time and they gave me a $10 credit just for that…whaaa? Nice. 🙂 It helps to get you out of the funk of Chinese and Pizza and thinking that’s all that delivers. Of course, if TASTY CHINA delivered to me, I’m not sure I’d care about anywhere else.

    One of these days at trivia we’re going to learn that when we don’t know an answer and it has anything to do with a country, we need to put down The Netherlands/something Dutch.

  9. Martha says:

    Speaking of trees… Rob and Melissa finally sold the house next door and I got a chance to meet the new neighbors last week. They seem like a really nice couple. Added bonus, he’s a landscaper. He’s already started digging up the front yard (that has been neglected since the house became a rental). We have also discussed removing a tree that sits, almost on the property line (technically it is on my side of the fence). We are planning on doing this together…it’s not a huge tree but it isn’t an nice tree and it is going to be in the way once construction starts and he’d like it gone so there will be more sunlight in the back. Now I just got to get an couple of extra folks on hand for the actually cutting down.

    Nibbles got shocked by an electric fence once…it seems that she is finally starting to forget about it, I caught her trying to dig under that same fence Sunday (it is no longer hot).

  10. Steve says:

    The tree that lost the limb was another odd one. Apparently a crabapple- the dead limbs were quite brittle and the only part that had been viable was the part that broke off- due to the weight of all the little tiny apples. Neighbor Mike likes to cut down trees, so I expect this one to be gone shortly.

    Sadie has been on the block for a little while now- since we didn’t breed her, we’re just getting her off the payroll. Debbie said I’d like the buyer- a cute blond in a Mercedes convertable(!!). No bargaining on price 😉

  11. Steve says:

    Guess I shouldn’t have mentioned going to TC to the mizzus. She is now quite jealous- and pissed because Brownie had his way with a garbage can this morning… all over the front yard. That boy…

  12. Jenka says:

    Martha, there are other delivery options, too. From what I understand, Zifty is the most expensive. Haven’t tried Grubhub but there’s another one (the name escapes me right now) that is also supposed to be better than Zifty.

  13. Barb says:

    Bring Debbie some cold chinese food home (for tomorrow?)

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