In my office we have what I consider to be two types of coffee — good and bad. Unfortunately the person who started the pot currently brewing chose to make the type that I consider to be bad, so now I will have to wait for the percolator to make hot water again so that I can start a pot of what I consider to be good coffee. My patience will be rewarded with a more pleasing cup of coffee for me, and a blog post for you.
Today’s Daily Challenge
Plan one activity you can do with a friend this weekend or next week, and put it on the calendar.
Social connections are critical for our emotional health – friends are literally a life-saver! Studies find that people who have strong social relationships are happier even in old age, regardless of their physical health.
I’m much better at planning activities for myself. Weather permitting I do plan on being out at Chomp and Stomp this Saturday.
On a related note: I have really fallen out of touch with the people I call my friends.
I couldn’t help myself yesterday. After a long(ish) and unproductive day of work I joined my boss for drinks. We wound up at his old stomping grounds, Outback Steakhouse, where I quaffed a couple of Monday Night Brewing (how apropos) Eye Patch IPAs and noshed on an order of short-rib steakhouse nachos while we chatted at the bar.
Even though the nachos weren’t large, there was enough food (and certainly calories) to be considered “dinner.” But nooooooo, I had to finish of my meatballs and rice Sunday night leftovers when I arrived home. And I wonder why I don’t lose weight.
It must not have been much past 10pm when I passed out, sleeping poorly most of the night. I find myself unusually well-rested, of course as I typed that I yawned. LOL.
The City’s Worst Roundabout
The “Man” is keeping my ‘hood down again by constructing what I consider to be the worst roundabout that I’ve ever seen (keep in mind I’m an American whose yet to travel abroad so my sample is limited).
It started out with the City removing what I considered to be one of the cooler parts of East Atlanta, the old “Welcome to East Atlanta” marker off of Flat Shoals.
“We’ll build a roundabout to make traffic flow better.” said the City.
“Monorail! Monorail!” (Simpsons reference) said I.
What has been constructed is the most constricted roundabout that I’ve ever seen (see that early disclaimer) which is “designed” to be driven over (!) by larger vehicles that cannot handle its tiny turning radius.
Are you shitting me?
Fortunately I shan’t be dealing with this nonsense on a daily basis since my route to MARTA for train travel takes me in a different direction.
Side Note: Do all my photos look dark to you? This photo may be a difficult one to examine given that the only light was coming from the fire. I noticed yesterday that the photo I put up seemed a bit dark and I can’t determine that’s because I initially edit on a much larger (and brighter?) screen or if the photo just looks darker on this laptop.
Important Question: Over Or Under?
Does your toilet paper come out over the roll, or under it? If you are a bidet user then I suppose your answer is “neither.”
My toilet paper is “over” and I’ve never understood why anyone would be and “under” person. Educate me.
It’s All For Jenka
I’m a New Yorker by birth, thus it is not in my constitution to root for any Boston team; the Bruins are okay because most Americans don’t give a shit about hockey, Atlanta has lost its second NHL team, and I doubt that I will ever see my beloved Islanders play for the Stanley Cup again. But, if it’ll make Jenka happy I’ll root for the Red Sox to win the next game of the World Series and finish up this agonizing baseball season already.
Oh, I feel dirty. 🙂
Today’s Personal Project
Do the activities I mentioned yesterday, because I failed to do them last night.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – surprisingly good
Current Music – nothing at the moment
Website Of The Day – Need a lift? Lyft ridesharing is coming to Atlanta.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – MARTA
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – 213 pounds (October 21)
Foot Mileage – ~10.1 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 0 (0 cardio)
Days Of Bed-Making – 0
Vegetarian Meals – 38
Carnivorous Meals – 33
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