Yesterday I activated the new debit card for my Transportation Savings Account and found out that I have $845 in it.
I started saving at $60/month back when I thought that I could convince myself to ride MARTA daily again. After a year or so of not doing that I dropped my contribution down to $1/month solely to keep the account active and not lose the money.
Today’s Daily Challenge
Jump rope with a real or imaginary jump rope for thirty seconds.
Aside from making you feel like a kid again, jumping rope is a great workout for your heart and lungs. Not only does it burn energy and fat and tone your muscles, it’s also good for your brain. By raising the heart rate, jumping rope pumps more blood to the brain, feeding it more oxygen and nutrients for increased alertness and mental focus.
Don’t envision me doing this, it’s not a pretty picture
I’ll Thank Last Night For My Commute Home Today
Let’s talk about the things that were all happening in town last night at about the same time of day:
- Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football game
- Atlanta Braves baseball game
- Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
- A play at the Hertz Stage (my event)
- Lecture at Woodruff Arts for Atlanta Celebrates Photography (where I ran into my friend Lee who was attending the lecture)
There were probably even more things about which I do not know.
I should have thought through my commute yesterday and taken MARTA, but I didn’t. Using my in-depth knowledge of this city I was able to get to midtown in a half-decent amount of time only to hit gridlock on 14th Street. I was not late for my play, but I cursed every idiot on the road along the way.
Today, when there are far fewer events with which to deal, I have taken MARTA. The commute “in” was fine, I hoping the commute “out” will be fine as well.
Oh, and I spent $42.50 of that $845 by loading twenty more rides onto my MARTA Breeze card.
From Midtown To Downtown
Perhaps I should have thought about parking in downtown this morning instead of in the lot along the East/West line in which I parked. The reason I didn’t is that I didn’t want to be toting around my iPad and laptop through downtown later when I go to Theatrical Outfit to see “The Guys” tonight.
The plan is to ride MARTA to my car and then drive into downtown in order to go see the play. And if traffic into downtown looks abysmal I could dump off all of my belongings and hop back on the train since I have so much MARTA money to spend!
Anyone want to go down to the airport or Decatur on MARTA with me this weekend?
Small Weekend Plans
Other than tonight’s play and the Surfer Blood show at Terminal West on Sunday night I am free.
Sit down for this:
I do plan to start working on/around the house tomorrow and Sunday in preparation of bigger things.
I also plan to finish that “important document” (now a Will btw though I should start thinking about that one of these days) and send it on its way as well.
Today’s Personal Project
Laugh heartily as I watch at all of the suckers who are fighting traffic to downtown just like I normally would be as I pass them in the train.
You know traffic will be nonexistent tonight now, right?
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – ready for the weekend
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – Have I linked to Little Big Details before? Don’t ask ITP-Reader Barb, she skips this section.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – MARTA
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – I check again some day. For today I’ll just call myself morbidly obese.
Foot Mileage – ~33.1 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 0 (0 cardio)
Days Of Bed-Making – 0
Vegetarian Meals – 34
Carnivorous Meals – 32
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