I’m in the process of reinventing myself (A—-gain). Last week may not have been as pivotal as I had hoped, but it is what it is, and I’m not ready to accept defeat just yet!
Today’s Daily Challenge
Add one type of legume to your shopping list, such as chickpeas, black beans, or lentils.
Legumes are little powerhouses: They are a good source of protein, contain healthy fats, offer plenty of fiber, and are high in minerals like folate and iron. They are very versatile and can take center stage in soups, stews, side dishes, or salads. Best of all, their tastes and textures add dimension to mealtime for very little money.
Great, now I’m craving hummus.
Back At It
While I only took three days off last week it seems as if I was away much longer than that to me.
CocoaConf was great. Over the three days (one full-day workshop and two conference days) I met a lot of talented developers, three who have written books that I own, and was exposed to a lot of new (to me) information; I also ate way too much food — including some potentially-diabetes-inducing desserts.
My reinvention is partially-comprised of dedicating at least two hours per day to studying software development so that I can remain gainfully employed until I am deemed irrelevant. Oh come now, we all know that I’ll never be deemed irrelevant…
To my delight the warning about having to pay $5/day to park was not true — each day my parking was validated! Now what should I do with that “free” $15?
Having the conference in Atlanta and being able to return home each night was nice, but I kinda felt as if I missed out a bit of the “post-class” interactions at the hotel. That being said, I did stay late on Saturday night and was introduced to some anime that I’ve begun watching (btw- this is not part of the “reinvention”).
- I’m closing in on fifty; I still have twenty months until then, mind you.
- I’m single. (As an aside this morning I read one of my blog posts from 2006 in which I wondered if I’d ever have another girlfriend — I’m like fucking Nostradamus!)
- I read comic books (or graphic novels) on my iPad.
- And now I watch anime.
Yes, I’ve become that guy.
And I’m okay with this.
ITP Flickr Pic
Ha! I’ve not reinvented myself that much.
Related: I suck.
It’s Kinda Quiet Up There
I’m not fool enough to believe that cutting back the trees has eliminated my squirrel/rat problem but things have been much better.
Today I’ll be agreeing to getting the work done by the critter removal company, including adding a half-iPad’s worth of new gutterguards. Whoever buys this house better enjoy the expenses I’m now putting into to it, especially since I’ll probably still wind up selling it for a net-loss.
How ’bout Them Gators? Or J-E-T-S JETS! JETS! JETS!?
Look who has no need to watch football any longer this season! Good thing I have all that book-learning to do.
Today’s Personal Project
Begin the begin.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – lost, scared, getting ready for whatever is left
Current Music – listening to Gashcat’s “Reunion” album (who I’ve now just read have broken up (news from May!), so I guess that they are reinventing themselves as well).
Website Of The Day – At CocoaConf I heard of Bests. You can check out my (work in progress) bests here
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – 214 pounds (November 18)
Foot Mileage – ~7.5 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 0 (0 cardio)
Days Of Bed-Making – 0
Vegetarian Meals – on hold until December
Carnivorous Meals – on hold until December
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, 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