Tired Tuesday

One thing I’m really tired of is receiving “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” emails.

I’m back in the office today and really wishing that I weren’t. I woke up dead to the world and only wanted to go back to sleep. Today is going to be a rough day.

It might have something to do with going out for a late dinner with my boss (and having a really strong margarita) at La Parilla (uninspired Mexican) in Toco Hill Shopping Center, and following that up with a couple of Fat Tires at Benchwarmers while we watched that boring football game last night.

Someone bring me coffee! STAT!

Speaking of coffee, yesterday I ordered my Starbucks “skinny peppermint mocha” (hey, don’t judge) “for here” for the first time and was given the drink in a real mug! Nice.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Stand with knees bent, shift weight to one leg, step other foot behind you, then switch sides.

This exercise helps to strengthen the muscles around the knee, and stronger muscles means that knees are less likely to get injured from everyday activities. The moves also help to give your balance a little boost.

Huh, I have to think about this one.

Saying “Yes”, Saying “No”
The last few weeks have provided me with many decision-making moments.

  • Painting the house — yes — a no-brainer, even though the cost of doing so is much higher than I budgeted.
  • Seeing “A Christmas Carol” at the Alliance Theatre — no — the cost of the ticket I want is $77, and frankly I don’t want to spend that much money on one performance.
  • Portland InterAmericas Hash 2015 — yes — though I have no idea what my life will be like come September 2015 I have purchased a registration for this event. Hey, I saw some names I recognized already on the list…
  • Seeing “A Prairie Home Companion” next year at The Fox Theater — no — tickets for this with fees run around $90, see my “A Christmas Carol” logic.
  • CocoaConf in 2014 — yes — I chose Austin over DC (Raleigh was nixed because it’s the same weekend as LEAF) even though Austin is a CocoaConf “Mini” (no workshop, one track instead of three) while DC will be a full CocoaConf. I’ve always wanted to visit Austin, Texas so this will be my opportunity.
  • New iPad – sadly, no — I’m diverting too much of my “expendable” income elsewhere.

If money were no object then these moments wouldn’t exist because I’d say “yes” to them all.

ITP Flickr Pic
A photo? Cool.
(Don’t get used to this).

“My First Effort”
My First Effort
Here is the loaf of bread that I baked yesterday. I must say that although it requires a good bit of work (patience) the loaf is phenomenal.

Almost looks good enough to eat, doesn’t it?

For those wondering, the black spots are some fancy-pants black salt provided in the kit.

Stop The Snow, Stop The Snow, Stop The Snow
I’m not sure exactly when it started happening, but I have dandruff; bad dandruff like “Ally Sheedy in The Breakfast Club” dandruff.

What to do?
What to do?
What to do?

Last night I stopped at Kroger and bought some Head & Shoulders shampoo in an effort to see if I can minimize this embarrassing malady that has sprung up from parts unknown.

If it’s not one thing it’s five others, right?

Missing My “Steffi Graf”
I am a routine-laden person (see also yesterday’s “Daily Challenge”). Apparently so is, or should I say was, the woman I called “Steffi Graf.” When I’d be driving to work in the 7am hour I’d see the same woman (who looked like former tennis star Steffi Graf to me) running up (or down, depending on how late I was) Highland Avenue.

Same time.
Same stride.
Same ponytail.
Same, same, same.
I was intrigued.

I never dared say anything to her, even that one time we were both waiting for a light to change, she stretching on the corner, me seated in the Jackmobile, for fearing that I would appear creepy.

It dawned on me this morning that I’ve not seen my “Steffi Graf” in a couple of months. Cold, rainy weather never her stopped her in the past. I’m wondering if she’s moved on. Perhaps she’s found her “Andre Agassi?”

Today’s Personal Project
Start cleaning the basement, gathering things for Goodwill.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – worn out
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – On last week’s “The Splendid Table” I was introduced to The Kitchn. I find it interestng. (see what I did there?)
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
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 – 3
Carnivorous Meals – 3

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

December Goals
– clean my basement to the point where I could have people over
– hire a plumber, and 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

  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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9 Responses to Tired Tuesday

  1. Martha says:

    That sounds like a backward lunge…it’s a great exercise but you will feel it in your quads the next day.

    I bet your dandruff is just dry skin, work it from the inside and outside. Drink lots of water and eat healthy fats in addition to a deep condition once or twice a week. Logan use to have really bad, flaky skin, we changed his food, it took a few months but it made a huge difference. (side note, a friend of Jenka and myself swears that acupuncture cured her dandruff…YMMV)

    Jerry’s youngest brother lives in Austin, we need to make a trip out there, hopefully sometime next year. I’ve never been either and if I have to go to Texas, that’s pretty much your best option.

    I’m glad your followed your instinct, that would have been creepy 🙂

  2. Barb says:

    thanks for the reminder – I really need to send in our rego money for Portland – I’ve wanted to visit Portland for a long time (and do some wine tasting out there). So, I’m thinking that will be a longer vacation than just a hash weekend.

    What kind of bread did you bake? it does look very nice.

    And – its dry skin season, why would your scalp not be part of that? I actually have some prescription strength shampoo I use occasionally, since I can have major issues if I don’t stay on top of it.

  3. The rest of my skin isn’t all that dry so it seemed strange that my scalp. I’ll try those suggestions, Martha. Thanks.

    The bread is a standard “white bread” loaf. The kit I purchased appears to have enough raw ingredients for two loaves. I think that I’ll mix up another batch to make another loaf this coming weekend.

    I’ll probably extend the Portland trip as well. But that’s almost two years from now so I have time to plan. 😉 Up first is that trip to Austin (April) and then the BIGGIE trip to Europe in July.

  4. Steve says:

    The bread looks awesome!

    I re-upped my officials license last night and had to do 2 new things- criminal background check and take the USOC SafeSport course on harrasment/bullying and abuse. If that isn’t a downer I don’t know what is. Sad we live in such a world.

    Austin sounds like a great town. I’d love to go see the bats that live under the bridge. And I want to go to Portland, or for that matter, the Pacific NW. I’ve only been to the airport in Seattle on my way to Whistler to ski. More time (and money)

    Apparently, today is charity Tuesday?? At least that seems to be the email topic of the day.


  5. Steve says:

    What WHAT??? Europe in the summer? When did this get planned?

  6. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Going to Brussels for the hash, around other parts of Europe while I am there.

  7. Barb says:

    Steve – where ya been? All the July birthday kids are going to Brussels for our 49th birthdays! Well, it wasn’t really planned as that, its for a Euro hash, but it works out nicely!

    Austin was the site of the worst InterAm back in the learly 2000s, town was okay, but that hash gave me a bad taste. Missed the bats, but I think that’s okay, not a huge bat fan.

    Portland will be extended before the hash weekend (not after), so keep that in mind, you are more than welcome to join us in our wine touring & whatever else. I can’t wait to drink some Pinots from the Willamette Valley.

  8. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Thanks Barb, I will most certainly join you all for Pinot tasting.

    I will most likely be partaking in Austin’s music and barbecue scene so I thin that I will be alright. 🙂

  9. Barb says:

    I’ve got until the end of Dec. for the $209 price for Portland – trying to figure out my funds for all teh vacations I need to pay for. (first up, St. Croix this April, and damn that Brussels plane ticket isn’t cheap)

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