Oh Hai!

Been a very busy day already!

Today’s Daily Challenge
Swap one refined carbohydrate for an unprocessed one, such as eating fruit instead of a cookie.

Carbohydrates aren’t the enemy – you can find them in healthy and unhealthy foods alike. The difference is that carbs like fruits, veggies, whole grains, and beans, which are full of nutrients and digested slowly, are unprocessed. Refined or processed carbohydrates (like white bread, soda, sweets, etc.) are digested quickly and offer nowhere near the nutritional punch of their unprocessed carb cousins. Making a swap lets you experiment with a new, healthier kind of carbohydrate.

What if the cookie has fruit in it?

Getting My Hopes Up
Upon arriving home I barely recognized the ITP-Estate. For my money the guys did a helluva lot of work apparently made my “neighbors” much happier, as well as anyone who has been dying too see my two boob hollies trimmed as well.

The front yard looks amazing(ly empty) and the back looks much better. Admittedly most of the requested work was in the front of the house. The men even chopped up the fallen huge limb, now it’s up to me to get some exercise by clearing it away.

If I just sink $15-20k more into this house perhaps it would be quite livable…

ITP Flickr Pic
It was too dark last night.

Recently I’ve passed The Promenade at night a lot, looked down its passage, and thought “That’s cool. I should take a photo of that.”

On Monday night I finally did.

Not Getting My Hopes Up
I saw two striking women on MARTA last night. One, clearly out of my “league” and probably too young. The other not.

Neither even looked at me so this part of my life doesn’t change. And I’ve once again given up hope.

Unrelated: I need to make time to contact the animal removal people today.

Today’s Personal Project
Hopefully have a beer with ITP-Reader Steve at George’s.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – weird
Current Music – silence
Website Of The DayKnow Your Meme’s “Oh Hai!” entry.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – 215 pounds (November 4)

Foot Mileage – ~4.5 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 0 (0 cardio)

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Meals – 6
Carnivorous Meals – 8

Marta Rides To Work – 3
Bike Rides To Work – 0

November Goals
– 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

  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

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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6 Responses to Oh Hai!

  1. Steve says:

    That stream of consciousness writing just tripped me up- women on MARTA and animal control… funny.

    Pictures!! Gotta have them. And I know you won’t get them today, unless you double back to the Highlands for your haircut.

    I cannot remember the last time I ran, either Wednesday night or at home. Let’s just say it’s been at least 2 months. Tonight may be interesting. At least my achilles doesn’t hurt very often anymore.

    So Martha, what’s the status of the temporary housing?


  2. I’ll take some photos and post them Friday — not even my wild yard can regrow that quickly.

  3. Martha says:

    We are sorted for housing…we’ll be crashing at KKGB (Kat’s) house in EAV. I think in the end, this will work out better. My anxiety was pretty high, living in my boss’ house, the dogs in an apartment…

    Of course we have to pay now, but we did the math. Between not having to pay for doggie day care and a storage unit, it works out to just a few hundred a month (John also cut us a good deal on the place). PLus the dogs will still have a yard and we’ll be close to our house to keep an eye on things.

    Sometime thing just work out for the best.

    Is it just me or did Paulie almost sound positive about his house, well at least the yard. What I wouldn’t give to only spend $15-20K for some home improvement.

  4. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Hooray for friends with rentable houses! 🙂

    Martha, you’ll wind up with a nearly-new house. After $15-20k I’ll have a critter-free house with functioning plumbing, and *maybe* some other handy work done if I am lucky.

  5. Barb says:

    yeah- Paulie did sound a little positive….. what’s wrong? LOL

    You could spend a few thousand, do all the work yourself, & just get a room in the basement that looks like a bedroom. At least its almost done, I’m getting tired of it, at least Allan is at the firehouse today so I get the night off.

  6. If I had the talent to do the interior plumbing I would.

    One bathroom sink was my first homeowner repair failure and hasn’t worked since.

    The basement bathroom sink needs to be replaced completely.

    The “master” bathroom sink needs to be returned to a sink with water pressure.

    The kitchen faucet leaks. I bought a new faucet at Home Depot, but things look a mess under the sink.

    My biggest fear is creating another monumental plumbing problem like the “professional” plumber did with that basement sewer line.

    I *did* replace a shower head a couple of weekends ago! LOL

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