Early afternoon yesterday I was feeling outstanding, however decline occurred as the night went on and I’m back to suffering today. Today I have a runny nose and a cloudy head.

Funny that.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Admire a piece of art, either in person, in a book, or online.

As we hurry our way through life, it’s important to slow down and pay attention to beautiful things around us. The ability to appreciate and be moved by art is a uniquely human trait, and something we often take for granted! And looking at art has been shown to have a positive effect on emotions and lessen anxiety.

I’d point you to Inside The Perimeter’s Flickr stream, but you’ve probably read this space long enough to know that there hasn’t been much “art” posted there in some time.

What’s In Your Wallet
Yesterday I received my new wallet from Atlanta’s Plywood People, an organization I heard about recently.

Unfortunately I didn’t read the specifications of the wallet well enough as there was no way that the current contents of my wallet would fit into this new one.

What’s in my wallet?

  • Driver’s license
  • Auto Insurance card
  • AAA Membership card
  • Breeze card
  • Work ID
  • American Express
  • Visa
  • Transportation Savings Account Debit card
  • Health Savings Account Debit card
  • Health Insurance card
  • Taco Mac Passport card
  • $500 in cash, margin of error 100%
  • Condom no one would believe me, and besides it would’ve expired by now

That’s a lot of stuff, never mind the occasional inclusion of my High Museum Membership Card as well as an untold amount of credit card receipts.

ITP Flickr Pic

Service Battery
I opened this ancient MacBook (Early 2008) during a meeting yesterday afternoon and it immediately shut down. “Huh, I didn’t think I was that low on battery.” I thought.

I took the MacBook back to my desk and plugged it in, only to see that the battery was at 0% and there was a “Service Battery” warning appearing.

For those who’ve not encountered this before, “Service Battery” is a euphemism for “Your battery is on its last legs, you may want to start scrounging up $120 now.”

After letting the battery charge again fully, something the white MacBook’s battery stopped doing earlier this year, prodding me to sell it, I closed the lid and went home.

This morning the battery “still had” 89% charge left, and for some reason when I plugged it in to charge it back to 100% there was no “Service Battery” warning.

I’m skeptical, though happy.

Today’s Personal Project
Get better, part 2

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – meh
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – If you are looking to admire “art” spend some time poking around the vast archives of the Digital Public Library of America.
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 – 7
Carnivorous Meals – 5

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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10 Responses to Relapse

  1. Steve says:

    “margin of error- 100%” That cracked me up. My dad used to keep a nice bundle in his wallet- I was always impressed when he would start peeling off $100 bills.

    Debbie apparently had a wild ride at the fox hunt yesterday. She is apparently sore on top of sore today. I suggested she quite literally get “back on the horse” but she wasn’t too keen on that idea.

    News from the midtown area- the Panera they have been working on in the next block opens today!! I love me some Panera.


  2. Steve says:

    And sad news- Peachtree Bikes was a part of that fire that also took out Felini’s and La Fonda in Buckhead last night.

  3. Where will that Panera reside? Other than Starbucks that’s one place I’ll go and suck off their wifi teet whilst eating/drinking.

    In unrelated news: I’m going to start trying to put myself into the Christmas spirit by listening to Christmas songs from here until the 25th.

  4. Whoa, I’d not heard of this fire. Off to read about this…

  5. Barb says:

    I need cash for the weekend – that wallet talk just reminded me. I wonder if they have Suntrust banks in WI?

    Soup was good, and I better like it – Allan has made a TON of Turkey soup. We made some wild rice & noodles on the side, and added the soup to that – worked out quite well. Plus, to freeze some of it, it won’t take up as much space. Paulie, if you want some, come on by, I’ll give you a big to-go container (or you can eat it at my house, either is fine).

    I have enough clothes laid out for Green Bay for about a week- we will be gone 2 days. I’m having so much fun looking at all my sweaters, ski clothes, etc. Now I just have to decide what I’m actually going to take tonight & get it packed, we leave Saturday morning.

  6. Steve says:

    Suntrust is a local bank, so I wouldn’t expect to find anyone with a comparable ATM without a bonus fee.

    The Panera is just north of us, between 11th and 12th on “our” side of the street.

  7. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Barb, looks like you’ll luck out on Sunday’s weather as that is predicted be the “warmest” day with a high of 21° F and a low of 16° F.

  8. Martha says:

    Plywood People had a christmas shopping deal going on in Cabbagetown a couple of weekends ago. We swung by, I bought some soaps but that was about it. Going to sit down this weekend and figure out gifts for Indiana. I *think* I’ve convinced Jerry to keep things between us, simple this year. The house is our christmas present (for the next 30 years).

    Funny (black comedy funny) story. When my dad was *having* his heart attack and I was on the phone with 911, his biggest concern was him giving me the wad of cash he had in his pocket. I’m like “really, this couldn’t wait until I’m finished giving these guys directions”…that was Carl for you. 🙂

    Paulie I can drop you off some soup this weekend. We still have leftover turkey and I’m not sure either of us can look at it any longer.

  9. bob says:

    I read about the Peachtree bikes fire last night, really sucks for them but I’m sure they will make out with insurance. I read somewhere it may have been a christmas display that started it.

    Barb, you are bringing enough clothes for a week and Allan still wants to wear shorts I’ll bet 🙂

    I may be bailing on the Snake Creek pre-ride that I have been looking forward to for 4 months, just don’t want to do 34 miles in the cold rain. I’ll have to just discover the course while racing in January. I may go cross racing in the mud instead.

    Speaking of wallets, mine usually grows to Castanza size before I clean it out. Usually once a year.

  10. Barb says:

    Allan will probably have shorts for Saturday night, but he will wear long pants for the game. He’s crazy, but not stupid.

    Allan was so depressed that he wasn’t working in Buckhead anymore last night with that fire, they never get fires down there. I”m sure the shop will be okay insurance wise, the worst part is all the people that have their bikes in there for repairs, that part will be “not fun”.

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