The past two evenings my Number One fast was to write out my Christmas cards so that I can drop them into the mail. Guess what I’ll be doing tonight.
Today’s Daily Challenge
Eat one food that’s rich in zinc, such as chicken, yogurt, milk, fortified cereal, or oatmeal.
Zinc is an essential mineral that boosts your body’s immune system and nerve function. It also helps to heal wounds and is critical for maintaining your senses of taste and smell.
Deposit Paid, Work Scheduled
Yesterday I coughed over 25% of the cost for the painting of my house and living room ceiling repair. I’ve also scheduled the work to begin next Wednesday, December 18th (Wow, is Christmas that near? Looks like I won’t be able to slim down to fit into my “fancy” clothes for my annual trip to for “A Christmas Carol” on December 23rd.); it’s to be completed on the 20th. Given that I’m having exterior doors painted and inside work done I suppose that I’ll need to be home each of those days (and bundled up if the doors have to remain open for extended periods while they dry!), thus burning up three of my precious vacation days that I was hoping to carry over to next year. I was also planning on having a really long “weekend” by taking off on the 23rd, but that’s not going to happen now.
I will say, while I am dumping more cash on this job than I expected the company I’m dealing with is on it. The woman working their office called me on schedule, emailed me all of the information I needed for the job, and just responded with a receipt for my deposit. I’ll wait until the job is complete to reveal the company’s identity.
Oh Look! Traffic Is Horrible (AGAIN)
A quick look at the traffic map last night convinced me to eat dinner at the office and wait it out.
For dinner I consumed the remains of the pork that I made for lunch. When I finally go tired of puttering around the office I braved traffic and hit the roads around 7:30pm. Things weren’t too bad on the surface streets, but suffice to say that I was ready to be out of the car by the time I pulled into my driveway.
I took this shot as a potential new background image for my laptop.
I’ll be going out tomorrow night for a coworker’s going away gala (happy hour / dinner / karaoke), so I think I’ll be super low-key tonight. I think that I’ll spend the evening watching a couple of Christmas specials (“Year Without A Santa Claus” anyone?) and writing out my Christmas cards of course.
My goal is to get out of work early enough to beat some of the traffic tonight — wish me luck with that.
Today’s Personal Project
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – pretty good, working on correcting all that is wrong with me
Current Music – listening to a KEXP “Music That Matters” podcast
Website Of The Day – Rankin/Bass were responsible for much of what makes me happy about Christmas time. Go back in (internet) time and look at their website The Enchanted World of Rankin-Bass; I’d say that this website was last updated some time during the late 1990s.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car, because I didn’t feel like waiting for MARTA in sub-30°F temperatures.
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – ??? pounds (December 9)
Foot Mileage – ~0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 0 (0 cardio)
Days Of Bed-Making – 0
Vegetarian Meals – 13
Carnivorous Meals – 20
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, 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
- 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