Sadly I’m not talking about my weight. Today is December 2nd, which means we’ve somehow knocked out eleven of the twelve months in 2013. Wow, my head is spinning.
As of yesterday I’ve started some new routines involving carving out time for iOS development, reading (work and pleasure), and exercise. Let’s consider this getting the jump on those New Year’s Resolutions a month early. Speaking of which, don’t bother seeing how I’ve done on those 2013 resolutions — it ain’t pretty.
Today’s Daily Challenge
Mix it up: Do one thing differently today, such as walking a new route or eating in a new spot.
Routines are an important part of life, but sometimes things can get a bit … routine. Seeking out new experiences has been shown to increase happiness and well-being, and can even boost creativity. By starting small, you may find that it’s fun to fill your day with even more mini-adventures.
Huh, maybe I’ll try something different — like getting exercise, or taking a photo, or both! Hmmm, I didn’t expect this rain. Somebody should learn to look at a weather forecast.
I’m back after taking an extended break (by my standards) from blogging. Truth be told, I’ve been having my doubts about this space lately, but have decided to carry on. As always I am thankful for those of you who read, and especially those who comment. I haven’t checked my stats in years but I can assume that blog readership is down since the advent of Facebook and Twitter,
The extended weekend with the Raleigh Royalty, as well as the extended-family to which I don’t belong, was quite the fun time. Thursday was feast day and I certainly did my best to see to it that few leftovers were available on Friday — turkey, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, crescent rolls, stuffing, wine, pumpkin pie, apple pie — you name it, I ate it.
On Saturday we all (seven adults, four children) went out to Dave & Buster’s to spend the afternoon playing games and collecting tickets. Secretly I went along only to practice so that I can school my coworkers next Monday during our annual
Christmas Holiday party. You know, Dave & Buster’s is more than a little manic but I had fun, especially when I saw the look on one of the younger boy’s face when he realized that he just won 250 tickets (sadly, that really doesn’t amount to much in Dave & Buster’s trade).
My iPhone Photography Future Is Spotty
On Thursday I took a photo with my iPhone 5 and thought I saw a spot. Yesterday I confirmed my belief. It appears that some dust/crap has snuck its way into my iPhone’s case and lodged itself in front of the camera lens. Dangen!
I suppose that I could attempt to unscrew the band that hold the phone together and attempt to do some surgery, or more than likely I can live with this until I can justify purchasing a new iPhone in 2014.
ITP Flickr Pic
Nope, didn’t happen. Need to make new lens collage today so that I can mail the test frames back to Warby Parker.
Let The Wallet Emptying Continue!
Hopefully by the time you read this I will have had a company come out and make an assessment on painting all of the iron work, carport, and soffit, as well as one for repairing/replacing the damaged ceiling in my living room and foyer.
As I’ve mentioned previously, next on the list is complete-house sink repair, and then seeing about biting the bullet on the major plumbing repair. Who knows, by the time I am ready to sell this place I might actually like it again. Figures, huh.
I Think The Eyes Are Losing It
One of today’s tasks is to go to midtown and get my annual eye exam. I should learn to schedule this on a day that the High Museum of Art is open so that I could treat myself to a museum visit.
This year I’ve been finding myself grabbing my glasses to do more reading/typing (like now!) than I have previously. Old age? Probably.
Today’s Personal Project
It was going to be go out and get exercise, but in this rain…
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – bummed that it’s raining, anxious to hear how much this painting job will cost me.
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – I’ve always been fascinated by people who can/jar/preserve. Food In Jars is a blog dedicated to that.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – N/A
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – ??? pounds (December 2)
Foot Mileage – ~0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 0 (0 cardio)
Days Of Bed-Making – 0
Vegetarian Meals – 2
Carnivorous Meals – 1
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0
- clean my basement to the point where I could have people over
- hire a plumber, as week as a painter 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