No, not that type of marathon…
Today’s Daily Challenge
Have one source of protein at lunch, such as chicken, tuna fish, tofu, peanut butter, or beans.
By the time lunch hour comes, our bodies are ready to rev up again! Protein-rich foods help you power through the rest of the day, fill you up, and give your body the energy it needs. And with so many delicious choices, making a protein pick is easy.
This Week’s Big Three
I don’t know why it’s so hard for me to remember to include my top three tasks that I want to complete during the week. Regardless, here are my Big Three.
- Submit Important Document #1. This will happen tonight.
- Read two documents this week — the owners manual for my chainsaw, the directions for dissolving a LLC in Georgia.
- Create a box of things to take to Goodwill at week’s end.
On Saturday night I attended the first of two Neutral Milk Hotel shows at The Tabernacle. I knew at least two others attending the show that night, but oddly no one (myself included) reached out to make plans, so I went solo. I nearly made a huge mistake by not eating before the show and was thrilled to find that The Tabernacle sells lousy hot dogs and pretzels. I chose to get in the middle of things on the floor as if I were 20-25 years younger (I was not the only old fart down there however) and paid the price via foot pain. Oooops. The show blew me away! On a Saturday night expect to pay through the nose to park — I paid $10, lots closer to The Tabernacle were charging $20.
On Sunday night I attended the second of two Neutral Milk Hotel shows at The Tabernacle. On this night I chose to sit, and I’m glad that I did because there was one idiot on the floor bouncing and dancing wildly that I am sure I would have punched had he been in front of me the previous night. Did you know that downtown parking is cheaper on Sunday nights? I paid $5 to park at the same place it would have cost me $10 the night before.
Regardless of which night you go to The Tabernacle expect to get completely screwed on beer sales. I paid $11 for a Sweetwater (24oz?) each night; perhaps I have a problem.
I removed my woe-is-me section for the day.
You are welcome.
The scary thing about this shot is how goofy I look, and I’m not even drunk! 🙂
“The Office” Marathon
It was cold in the ITP Estate on Saturday so I felt little compunction to get out of bed. And with wireless throughout the house why should I? I started that morning watching my daily episode of The Office. I was about 1/3 through Season 9 (the last season) and got completely hooked. Episode after episode I convinced myself that whatever pressing need that I should be taking care of could wait until Sunday (and I was right).
I have successfully watched all 201 episodes (hour-long episodes are counted as two) of “The Office” and am glad that I did. I will miss having “The Office” around, but completely agree that it was time to wrap up that franchise.
You Can’t Make This Shit Up
On Saturday I was attempting a NY Times crossword puzzle from a few years ago. One of the clues that I was having much difficulty answering was the title of a popular song from 1966. The clue read “Walk Away, ______” and I had some of the five letters that comprised the answer. Eventually I gave up and looked up the answer which was “Renee”.
A few minutes after finishing the puzzle I was listening to some music on the iTunes Radio “Neutral Milk Hotel” station that I was listening to in order to get pumped for the show and heard a Belle & Sebastian song being played. When I went and looked up the song (“Piazza, New York Catcher” btw) using the SoundHound app I read the following lyrics:
I wish that you were here with me to pass the dull weekend
I know it wouldn’t come to love, my heroine pretend
A lady stepping from the songs we love until this day
You’d settle for an epitaph like “Walk Away, ReneÃ©”
The sun upon the roof in winter will draw you out like a flower
Today’s Personal Project
Clean out my filing cabinet at home. Sure, I had ample time this weekend to accomplish this task, but hey, I was “busy”.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – fat, wearing jeans that should be much looser than they are, trying to plan how to become unfat
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – I know, I’m weird because I love typography. That’s why I am sending you to Practical Typography today.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – DANGEN! I forgot to weigh myself again.
Foot Mileage – ~10.1 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 0 (0 cardio)
Days Of Bed-Making – 0
Vegetarian Meals – 36
Carnivorous Meals – 32
Marta Rides To Work – 5
Bike Rides To Work – 0
– clean my basement to the point where I could have people over
– hire a plumber to replace my malfunctioning faucets
– submit to important documents, neither of which I can talk about at this time
– walk no fewer than 75 miles
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
- Still Foolin’ ‘Em: Where I’ve Been, Where I’m Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys? — by Billy Crystal
- Unstuff Your Life!: Kick the Clutter Habit and Completely Organize Your Life for Good — Andrew J. Mellen