Coffee And Grits

I may have to renounce my Northern heritage as I eat grits and coffee for breakfast this morning. If only I had some cheddar cheese in the house.

I’m in the process of cleaning out my kitchen cabinets trying to get the house ready for having squirrel/rat traps placed in the attic. Apparently you need to make sure to remove any tempting foods so that the squirrels/rats won’t attempt to eat my food instead of the food in the traps.

I’m also using this an opportunity to literally clean house.

Today’s Daily Challenge
The next time you eat a fruit or vegetable, beans, or grains today, quiz yourself on how it grows.

When we buy fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, and grains, we usually see them in a store, after they’ve been harvested and/or processed. Knowing how our food grows and what it looks like in its whole, natural state gets us much more connected to what we put into our bodies. Having a connection to our food translates into a greater appreciation for nature and what it gives us, and can make us more mindful while we are eating.

Silly, I don’t grow these, I buy them from the store.

At Least I’m Not Dealing With Traffic Today
My commute from Perimeter Mall to Virginia-Highland took over ninety minutes. By the time I arrived all I wanted to do was sit in George’s, and have some beer and food.

Jenka, I hope that Goin’ Costal was good; is this the “new” The Shed for you?

I had a good time at George’s, who received a bit of grief last night because their credit card system was broken. I had two beers and a chili burger before cashing in my chips early.

Upon returning home I promptly unwound and passed out well before 10:30pm.

Will The Falcons Win Tonight?
Probably not.

Because I am spending the day at home I will probably wander out and watch the game (probably the first half) tonight. I’m thinking of heading up to meet my boss at Benchwarmers, which will give me an opportunity to do some grocery shopping for tomorrow’s potluck lunch at work tomorrow, on my commute home. Or I might do my grocery shopping when the critter guys are done (assuming they ever arrive) and head out in East Atlanta for a late dinner and some football.

Today’s Personal Project
Enjoy myself.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – okay, though I am wondering where the critter removal guys are
Current Music – listening to John Gruber’s “The Talk Show” podcast — for the first time since he abruptly moved the podcast to another network about eighteen months ago.
Website Of The Day – Who knew that there was a whole website devoted to Grits?
Mode Of Transportation To Work – n/a
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – 214 pounds (November 18)

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

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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12 Responses to Coffee And Grits

  1. Well the workers are here now and I’m nervous. There’s a bit of destruction of rotted wood (from a ceiling leak when I first bought the house) that’s being taken care of before the critter problem is addressed. One thing I’ve learned about this house is that one problem seems to beget another. I hope that is not the case today.

  2. Barb says:

    “One thing I’ve learned about this house is that one problem seems to beget another.”
    Corrected to:
    One thing I’ve learned about ANY HOUSE is that one problem seems to beget another.

    your house isn’t that special Paulie – all houses have issues, and rarely does this not happen.

    Great news! The outlets in the basement now work with the light switch as Allan had originally intended. It was a little work, but nothing super terrible (according to his dad). Now we just have to re-prime & paint the area of the wall & ceiling that had to be removed to get to the wiring. Guess what I get to do tonight?

  3. Man it’s nervewracking to hear people demolishing parts of your house even if you know it’s necessary and will be improved.

  4. steve says:

    Would you rather the work or the critters? I thought so.

    Lovely to see you last night. A decent crowd or a 3rd Wednesday.

    We’ve just returned from the vet where Farley, Izzie and Brownie all got the once over. All but Brownie passed with flying colors. Brownie has heartworm and will begin treatment after a 30 day regimen of antibiotics. Then he is on strict “No activity” for 60 days. This will drive him nuts and probably us as well. I guess we’ll ease him into crate life over the next month.

    Fence repair and a hay run. I love days off!!


  5. I’d rather have the money. 😉

  6. There is a lot of loud work going on out there! It really is making me nervous.

  7. I thought that I’d be super-productive today but the noise from the work is extremely distracting. 🙁

  8. Martha says:

    Oh Boy, Brownie on strict cage rest for 2 months! I’m not sure who I feel more sorry for…that will be ‘interesting’ for everyone. Are you guys going slow kill or the 2 shot route? I’ve been down that road will more than a couple of fosters, good thoughts heading your way.

    Barb is right, you and your house are not special…all of us home owners have ‘issues’…mine were bad enough I decided to pretty much rebuild…you can’t ‘not spend money’ if you own a house but regular maintainance can keep the cost down.

  9. I realize that I’m spending money in a chunk that could have been spread over years, but that doesn’t make it any more comforting.

    I am thankful that I am able to afford the repairs (next on the list is getting someone out to paint the iron work and soffet — including the new wood being installed today). Next month I’ll be bringing in a plumber to return all of the interior faucets to fully-working status.

    And then some day I’ll consider doing the *really* expensive fix.

  10. Jenka says:

    Are you asking about Goin’ Coastal because I went there on a Wednesday? No, I was just having dinner with a friend. Until you asked that I hadn’t even thought about Slider Night in MONTHS. I now go to the Shed most Fridays.

  11. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Yeah, I wondered if going out Wednesday night was your routine and you now hit up Goin’ Coastal instead now that you’re all upscale living north of Ponce.

    House update: They’re still working. I guess I’m getting my money’s worth?

    Going Out Update: I’m thinking that I’ll stay in for the Falcons game now. I have all this food out (to be stashed somewhere while trying to trap vermin) and am thinking it may be wise to cook some of it instead of just taking it all somewhere else. However, this will put a major hitch in my plan to buy food for tomorrow’s potluck. Oh well, maybe I’ll just buy something instead of making something for them.

  12. Barb says:

    busy day at work, I’m being an accounting person today. fun times…….

    So glad they are still working away, if they would have done it quickly, you would have wondered if you got your money’s worth.

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