Apparently I’ve lost my super power of being able to not drop things. Last night was one of the most frustrating nights in the kitchen that I’ve ever had.
My goal upon returning home from work and walking was to crumble some bacon (cooked on Sunday morning) into small bowl and top it with two fried eggs. Dinner! As it turned out my non-stick pan has lost its super power of being non-stick so I wound up taking the eggs out of the pan before they were completely cooked because they were sticking. On my walk to the microwave to “finish” the eggs I managed to knock the bowl out of my hand and watch it flip 180° (that’s pi radians for you mathematicians) and land on the kitchen floor. The bowl was spared destruction, the meal on the other hand was a total loss.
After cleaning up my mess I decided to try again. This time I put some vegetable oil into the pan to keep my final two eggs from sticking. Instead of sticking, while moving the pan around one of these eggs slipped its way half-way out of the pan into the burner, making even more of a mess.
My meal, no matter how delicious, was less satisfying due to my frustrations and additional required cleanup (not that my kitchen couldn’t use a good cleaning).
Today’s Daily Challenge
Squat with your toes pointed out, and punch across your body while turning your head and torso.
This challenge is a triple threat! It works the muscles in your core as you twist from side to side, it gives your arm and shoulder muscles a good stretch, and it raises your heart rate as you throw your punches.
I should, but I doubt that I will.
Spiders Out, Splinter In, Splinter Out
After eating and doing some cleaning I allowed myself to watch a little football (Seriously? The Panthers beat the Patriots? What has come of this world?). I guess I had the cleaning bug, and seeing a spider in the corner of the living room who has been there a while and had been making quite the mess on my hardwood floor, led me to getting out the vacuum. No, I’m not afraid of spiders. I find the Shop-Vac is a perfectly good spider removal tool, especially when said spider is in a hard-to-reach location. And it must have been a daily-double night because I got one in another corner as well.
My spider slaying came to an end when I felt a sharp pain in my right big toe. At first I wondered if I had missed a spider and had been attacked, no I don’t know why I was doing all of this barefooted, but such was not the case. Instead I managed to put a tiny shard of glass into my toe. WTH? Luckily with little work and a little more pain I was able to extract the offending intruder.
ITP Flickr Pic
Irony? Not Irony
The other day I looked out into the back yard and saw that one of my neighbors’ trees had dropped a limb back there — about a week after all of the tree work was done. Irony?
In front of a different neighbor’s trash this morning was a familiar sight, a patio chair that I discarded sometime within the last year. Apparently they were the ones who claimed these chairs and this one has either broken or served its purpose (no, I didn’t investigate). Not ironic, but it made me laugh.
Thursday. Thursday! THURSDAY!
I know, today is Tuesday. However, if all goes to plan the critter company will be on site (that’s fancy-pants lingo for “my house”) to start the critter removal process. This day couldn’t come soon enough as I heard those fuckers up there this morning.
It’s A Birthday Day
I know, I’ve been bad about announcing birthdays. See also: “This Week’s Top 3” on Mondays.
But today’s a special birthday because I don’t believe that the birthday girl is still an ITP-Reader and I’m interested to see if she returned today seeking a birthday wish.
HA! BE GONE!
No, just kidding. Today is (former?) ITP-Reader Betsy’s birthday and since I don’t do the Facebooks or the Instagrams or the Snapchats this is the only place I can say happy birthday. Oh sure, I could call her or send her a text message but this is so much easier.
And Betsy, if by chance you are reading this today, I want to let you know that I’ve yet to watch any of Top Chef New Orleans, so if you want to get together to watch this just let me know and we’ll work out some time.
Why would anyone stop reading this space?
Don’t answer that.
“A” And “B” Are Gone, Onto “C”
Normally on the third Tuesday of a given month I try to make it to midtown for the monthly meetup of iOS Developers. Coming on the heels of CocoaConf Atlanta this meeting should be well attended.
In less-than-normal situations I’d try to see if a friend celebrating a birthday wants to get together, though I’m certain that Betsy has many people making this offer to her.
Instead of these I will be heading to Dunwoody Tavern with coworkers for happy hour. The occasion? To spend the $25 in bar cash that we won playing trivia a couple of months ago. The money won’t go far (barely a beer for each of the participants) but the evening will be enjoyable nonetheless.
Today’s Personal Project
If possible get an hour’s worth of exercise.
Make it possible to get my two hours’ worth of software development education.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – conflicted
Current Music – silence at the moment. I think today is going to be a punk rock day
Website Of The Day – While watching football last night I saw this funny re-imagining of NFL logos as European soccer teams on Football as Football. I actually love the Jets logo.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – walking, ~5.5 miles (WOO HOO!)
Morning Weigh-In – 214 pounds (November 11)
Foot Mileage – ~13.0 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