At A Snail’s Pace

I am battling poor health again. Something has been working on me the past two days resulting in a scratchy, sore throat, and some unmentionably ugly phlegm.

Gooooooooood Moooooooooorning!

Because of this I’m moving at a snail’s pace today. (I know, it’s hard to see the change.)

Today’s Daily Challenge
Share your favorite healthy hot drink.

Liquid calories can add up fast when we’re downing a cup of our favorite toasty beverage. Luckily, there are so many options out there that are healthy, tasty, and satisfying! By sharing your favorite, you may introduce someone to a new drink – and you may get some new ideas yourself.

Favorite unhealthy hot drink would be hot cocoa (chocolate), favorite healthy drink would have to be green tea.

Traffic At A Snail’s Pace
During the meeting in which I sat until 5:30pm yesterday I took a gander at traffic via Google Maps. What I saw was red, a lot of motherfucking red. I convinced myself that I should stay at work late and complete the mandatory ethics training that I needed to complete by this Friday.

By the time I finished the training and goofed off a bit it was 7:30pm and I decided to brave the traffic. Fortunately for me by that time the side roads had opened up a bit and it took me a little more than an hour to complete my Perimeter Mall to East Atlanta route. At least I was able to use this time to listen to about ninety minutes of the Johnny Carson audiobook I purchased recently (I listen on 1.5x speed).

With podcasts aplenty downloaded I spent the remaining awake hours in bed.


ITP Flickr Pic
I attempted to take a photo of a snail that I saw in the carport this morning, but the photo didn’t come out very well.

Yep. I just tried to edit it and it’s crap.

Oh well.

Nine Months To Settle? That’s A Snail’s Pace
Halla-Fucking-Luya! The other day I received a letter in the mail from the lab company stating that I owed them $0.00. This will be the document I throw back in their face when I inevitably receive another bill from them in via snail mail (see what I did there?) in a few week’s time.

Forgive me if I don’t rush back to the doctor next month to try and get a physical. I will in due time but I’m in no rush to potentially start this whole process over again.

Do It Again? Wait That’s A Groundhog Not A Snail!
I have a feeling that tonight’s “activity” will mimic last night’s as I try to recover from this illness.

Today’s Personal Project
Get better. I really hope to feel better by tomorrow.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – meh
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – The UK seems to be the bosom of snail-trail-named businesses. I present to you Snail Trail Handweavers and Snail Trail VW Camper Rental. I wonder what Atlanta’s “Snail Trail” has to say about all of this…
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 – 5
Carnivorous Meals – 4

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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12 Responses to At A Snail’s Pace

  1. Barb says:

    I just wish my cough would go away, its 85% gone, but it is still there being annoying. I’ve got to stop taking NyQuil &/or other nighttime cough medicine, I feel so groggy/foggy in the mornings. But – I am sleeping very soundly because of those things.

    Paulie – We are making tukey soup tonight, if you want to brave traffic, I’m sure it will be good for what ails you. We will be making 2 pots, one with wild rice (Allan’s choice) and 1 with noodles (my choice). There is PLENTY of stock, as we used 2 turkeys as the base this year. I have also found that getting mexican chicken soup at your favorite cheap mexican joint is good for the sore throat as well.

  2. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Thanks, Barb. I will see how I am feeling later and get back to you. I nearly stopped off for some pho last night but I wasn’t hungry enough to stomach it.

  3. martha says:

    Jerry always goes for mexican chicken soup when he’s feeling under the weather. Caramba’s over in the Pencil Factory Lofts is a favorite of his.

    I’m so glad I’m working at home today, traffic was just awful yesterday and I’m sure it wont be better today.

    I bought green tea the other day, I’m going to make an effort to drink more of it…as a matter of fact I might grab some now.

    I had a my first personal training session today, not bad, I ran with Sharron before so since I was already warmed up I got to workout out the whole 30 minutes. Paulie, if you ever want to join me, I get 3 visitor passes each month. I’d even get up early to meet you.

    I left a message with my doctor yesterday regarding my medication/weight gain. I’m not sure if it went through (I filled out an online form) if I don’t hear back by this afternoon I’ll try again. I mean I know I haven’t been a pillar of health and restraint the last few months but 10 pounds in 3 months is just crazy.

  4. Steve says:

    Ummm… soup! It seemed we ate all day yesterday, with an anniversary breakfast, lunch and then Debbie cooking steak tacos.

    My second attempt at one of my new Sufferfest videos- Violator. All about sprinting! I did 30 sprints in 3 sets before I threw in the towel- now if I can make it through the other 34!! They are longer intervals with less break- this should be fun!

    My weekend might include a trip to Nashville to work on a problem- which I just learned has been going on since they moved in last Spring! No rush, huh?


  5. Barb says:

    Steve – anniversary breakfast?? huh?

  6. Steve says:

    We celebrate anniversaries with the bank. One guy had 15 years and the other had 25. They put on a nice breakfast buffet for the department.

  7. Barb says:

    ohhhh. that’s kind of nice. I wish we’d do breakfast stuff here, instead of lunch.

  8. Jenka says:

    Just checking in. Had a fantastic Thanksgiving, but it was sooooooo busy, and drinky, and eat-y. This week is all about spinach salad and working out. Definitely doing the Beltline 10K on Saturday, if anyone’s up for it.

  9. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    If I could do a 10k I would. However, I’m fat and on the mend and the weather is supposed to stink so I shall pass. I do hope that the weather cooperates for I have a huge afternoon and evening planned for Saturday.

  10. martha says:

    If the beginning of the week is any indication I think the only activities that the weather ‘cooperates’ with are sleeping and sitting in traffic.

    Jenka, remember what I said about ‘anything can happen’? Well I busted my knee (yes the same knee I busted walking the dogs a couple of weeks ago) hiking at Stone Mountain Sunday. I’m pretty sure ‘racing’ should not be in my near future.

  11. Jenka says:

    Martha, let me preface this by saying that I hope your knee feels better soon and there aren’t any lasting issues. That said: HEH! Yep, you did say “anything can happen,” and then, unsurprisingly, it did.

    And by the way, “racing” is exactly what I’ll be doing. It’ll be slow, but it’ll get done. Slowly.

  12. While I am feeling *much* better I think it’d be in my best interest to head straight home after work and get a good night’s rest.

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