Prior to passing out on the couch while intermittently watching the Packers go down in defeat (though I missed nearly the entire first quarter because in my mind kickoff occurred at 9:00pm) I typed up the message I wanted to deliver to my neighbors regarding the tree work. The original plan was to handwrite the notes (seemingly more neighborly) but in the end my handwriting proved to be such a disaster that I printed out the note and signed it.
Now the waiting begins.
Speaking of waiting, I’m still waiting on a statement of work and estimate from the critter guy! I’m baffled by this since his (company’s?) rating on Angie’s List was very high. I hope that I didn’t misread the email address I gave him, but even if the email address is wrong he has my phone number and can call me. I’ll give him until the end of the day before calling him, and if I get no response I’ll try somebody else.
Today’s Daily Challenge
Sit in a chair, bend forward with your head and arms down, and hold for a count of ten.
Our back muscles can become tense and achy during the day, especially if we spend much of our time sitting at a desk. This challenge gives a good stretch to the muscles of the lower back and can help to relieve feelings of stiffness.
If You Try To Force Art You Get Nothing But Fart
I rode the train into midtown last night and headed over to the High Museum of Art after dropping off my goods in my car.
As is custom I was underdressed for the occasion (and I wonder why I don’t impress the ladies).
Regardless I wandered about the High, avoiding as much of the slow-poke crowd as possible, and took in the “Go West” as well as some of the “Paris On Peachtree” exhibits. While I was impressed with most of the “Go West” art I dare say that it’s a good thing that Remington was such a good sculptor as his paintings were not exactly masterworks. I also couldn’t help but feel as if I saw much of this work a few years ago when my (seemingly former since I haven’t been able to hang out with them in forever) photography buddies and I drove up to the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville for the Ansel Adams exhibit.
Both exhibits are worthy of a revisit from me at a time when I am really in the mood to look at art and there are a lot fewer people milling about.
Hell, I Should Have Shown Up Looking For Trivia
I was in midtown after all…
Having bailed out of the High I couldn’t decide what, or how much, I wanted to eat for dinner. So instead I drove straight home and fed myself sausage and cheese with wheat/rye bread I baked on Saturday and drank a bomber of IPA from Pensacola Beach Brewery (whose website is claiming to be hacked — nice). I followed dinner up with a few spoonfuls of High Road Craft Ice Cream (bourbon burnt sugar).
Put Off Until Tomorrow What You Could Have Done Today?
(unless you are talking about voting, of course)
I was supposed to do laundry today. Instead I chose to ride MARTA to work (full trip) and got lazy by riding the train all the way to the nearest stop to work. Since there is nothing on tonight’s agenda perhaps I’ll feel a little more adventurous and jump off the train early and walk back to the Jackmobile (though I’m not sure if my Chuck Taylor’s are the best footwear for such a decision).
Tomorrow will be a HUGE day for me! Not only will I be doing the laundry that I put off today, but I’ll finally get around to getting a much-needed haircut tomorrow evening.
Today’s Personal Project
Read about dissolving a Georgia LLC. That, and call my mother.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – fat, nervous, alive
Current Music – silence at the moment but I plan to listen to some pre-released albums that I am going to review in the near future.
Website Of The Day – I’ve long-since stopped watching “The Simpsons.” I just fell off the bandwagon years ago (with many television programs actually) and never returned. I saw that last week’s opening chalkboard gag paid tribute to Marcia Wallace (who voiced some of the characters and passed away last week). this is a list of all of the chalkboard gags used on “The Simpsons”.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – MARTA
Exercise (b)Log – walking, ~2.0 miles
Morning Weigh-In – 215 pounds (November 4)
Foot Mileage – ~5.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 0 (0 cardio)
Days Of Bed-Making – 0
Vegetarian Meals – 5
Carnivorous Meals – 6
Marta Rides To Work – 2
Bike Rides To Work – 0
– clean my basement to the point where I could have people over
– hire a plumber, an animal ridder, and a tree person to work on the ITP Estate
– dissolve Sharpened Stone, LLC
– follow up on some critical life details
– 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