Marathon Weekend

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.

No problem.

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.

  1. Submit Important Document #1. This will happen tonight.
  2. Read two documents this week — the owners manual for my chainsaw, the directions for dissolving a LLC in Georgia.
  3. Create a box of things to take to Goodwill at week’s end.

Music Marathon
On Friday night I joined my (our) friend Kevin for the Vintage Trouble at Terminal West. This was a fun show even if the musical stylings of Vintage Trouble isn’t exactly my taste.

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.

ITP Flickr Pic
“Hello, Ladies”
Hello, Ladies
This shot was taken by one of ITP-Readers Lisa’s and Randy’s sons using my Nikon D300.

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’m done!

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, Reneé”
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

October Goals
– 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

  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
  9. Still Foolin’ ‘Em: Where I’ve Been, Where I’m Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys? — by Billy Crystal
  10. Unstuff Your Life!: Kick the Clutter Habit and Completely Organize Your Life for Good — Andrew J. Mellen

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11 Responses to Marathon Weekend

  1. Steve says:

    Let’s see… a little ride in on Saturday, followed by a nice evening at the Garage Majal with Michelle and Drew, and a special guest appearance by Marty and Sal. We may have to get a BGE just for the quality of steaks produced. Tasty!

    Some yardwork on Sunday- cutting my “cyclocross course” out of the big pasture (now I just have to practice!). There was also dog shuffling- seems both fox hounds (Debbie picked up an extra she took to the horse show Saturday) have found homes and will be picked up this week.

    Jenka, you must be pleased with the World Series- now a best of 3. Haven’t seen the replay of last nights’ final out, but the audio on NPR of the entire stadium saying “WTF” was pretty good.


  2. Barb says:

    Saturday was a busy one, just doing things around the house & yard.

    Sunday was a lazy day, Allan was working on a sanding project off & on, & then we spent the majority of the day watching DRVd TV, and football.
    Falcons are sucking this year, so that game got turned off fairly quickly & we went back to the DVR.
    I’m sort of caught up on TV now, is anyone out there watching Amazing Race this season?

  3. Martha says:

    Well it is official, I just registered for my first class as a Nittany Lion…because I just don’t have enough to do right now.

    Another uneventful weekend. I did manage to make it to the home crawl for 2 stops. I was heading to the third when I thought it better I just go home. Things start going downhill at the third stop…if I remember correctly. It seemed like a small group this year, or at least smaller than what I remember.

    Party number two was also fun and it was just across the street. Apparently, lesbians, LOVE River Song, they were the only people that got my costume. 🙂

    Looks like we’ll be moving soon, the fridge gave out this weekend. The house wants us gone…if I stay there much longer, there will be little in the way of demo to do because I’m going to burn it down! We went at checked out the condo this weekend…we didn’t have a key but it’s on a nice quite street, only a couple of blocks from the park. It will be fun.

  4. Barb says:

    Martha – how’s the parking situation at the condo?

    On the Home Crawl – do you know where it ended? I”m jsut wondering, since I rarely know people at the hash anymore, but you just never know.

    and lastly- why are you taking a class “at” Penn State?

  5. Martha says:

    I ‘m not sure where it ended, stops 1-3 where Wil U Suck, Surly T. and C.Bean…

    I think we will be okay with 2 cars, there is one off-street spot, several visitor spaces and on street. We just need to find a place to store the jeep, with the pod, dumpster, construction trucks space will also be limited at the house. Jerry wont drive it much in the winter anyway.

    I’ve applied (and been accepted) to a Graduate Certificate program in Applied Stats. It’s only 12 credit hours over 4 semesters, work should pay for most if not all of it.

  6. You just can’t shake the Big Ten, can you… 🙂

  7. Steve says:

    I saw the pics of your costume Martha and wasn’t quite sure what it was- still not. And glad to hear the condo will work out- if you’re in midtown and work from home, maybe we can get together for lunch!!

  8. Barb says:

    aren’t they like the Big 16 or something like that now?

  9. Jenka says:

    Steve, I’m okay with the Series so far, we’re tied at 2-2 with game 5 tonight. I went to a friend’s house to watch on Saturday so at least I wasn’t at a sports bar. Last night’s game was awesome.

    Martha, I was wondering what a Nittany Lion was, but I guess that’s Penn State’s mascot? It’s a good school, have fun with your certificate program. What the hell was your costume from Saturday night?

  10. Martha says:

    River Song, for the love of God, River Song….from “The Pandorica Opens” and “The Big Bang”, Season 5

  11. Barb says:

    I still don’t know what that means…… LOL.
    but – I looked it up, its a Doctor Who thing, Allan might have figured it out.

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