Oops, I Missed It Again

You may be thinking that I didn’t get my Christmas cards written out last night. You’d be 2% correct in that case for as far as I know I have but a couple more cards to prepare and place into the mail.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Take three minutes to read tips on talking to your doctor.

Taking an active role in your own health care is important, but it’s easy to feel tongue-tied or even overwhelmed during a doctor’s appointment, especially if it’s a hurried visit and there is a lot of information to absorb. By reading up on the best ways to prepare, what to ask, and what to do later, you can become a more effective partner in managing your health.

I wonder why they chose three minutes.

Oops, I Missed It Again: CocoaHeads Edition
After consuming pork stuffing as my dinner, oh yes I did, and before starting my Christmas Card routine I checked Twitter. And then I saw this get tweeted by the Cocoaheads Atlanta account:

We’re at BNR office tonight talking about Cocoapods. And eating pizza.


Even though the monthly meetup is in my calendar I completely forgot about it last night. To make matters worse I would have loved to been involved in a discussion about Cocoapods (it’s really nerdy, you probably don’t give a hoot.)

ITP Flickr Pic
“All Locked Up”
All Locked Up
During my outing last weekend I snapped a shot of this closed bar in midtown. I wanted to take more photos of it, but never could get the composition I wanted.

Oops, I Missed It Again: Yacht Club Edition

On my drive to work this morning (too cold to even consider MARTA) I was listening to Alton Brown podcast. In this “episode” Brown interviewed a woman who mentions The Euclid Avenue Yacht Club.

This got me to thinking “Hey, it’s December! I wonder when the Yacht Club’s Gingerbread Trailer Park’ contest will occur this year? I sure would like to see that.”

The answer: last Saturday.


Of course my plate was mega-full last Saturday, but it still would have been fun to drop in to see it.

Go Away, Little Girl
Tonight, Friday the 13th, I’ll be joining a cast of coworkers to help send off one of our own who has decided to seek greener pastures in the arid plains of Denver. She’s actually transferring within the company so I’m not sure how much of a raise, if any, she’s getting.

This soon-to-be-departed coworker started as a temporary receptionist eight years ago, and has worked her way into the project management team. She’s also one of my drinking club so it’ll be a bit sad to lose one of our members.

While it’s certainly not in my future I certainly understand why people move to Denver (or perhaps Colorado in general).

Weekend Blog Maintenance
I know that very few of you check this space on the days we call “the weekend.” However, if you do and you find it missing fear not! I’ll be migrating the blog to use the latest update of WordPress and because of this there may be some dead internet air time.

Today’s Personal Project
Improve my attitude. Have a fun time at tonight’s going-away get together, even though I am not in a partying mood.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – angry with myself
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – A couple(?) of weeks ago at Eddie’s Attic Jamie Lynn Spears included parts of her more-famous sister’s song “Oops, I Did It Again” in one of her songs. I am okay about having missed this performance.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
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 – 15
Carnivorous Meals – 21

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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7 Responses to Oops, I Missed It Again

  1. Steve says:

    As Debbie was cleaning up the kitchen last night, she discovered Satchmo had found a bag of chocolate on the floor of the pantry. Had it been just milk chocolate, we wouldn’t worry much, but it was really good 70% and we were a bit concerned. He appeared fine but after I went to bed I suppose his body decided it wasn’t such good stuff and managed to expell it all, and his dinner as well. When I checked on him this morning, he was no worse for wear.

    I guess we need to start thinking about buying some Christmas gifts. I still have smallish nieces and nephews and Debbie’s family is attempting to fill the void the Chinese left in the population boom.

    We still have a sweet and shy foxhound for your Christmas gifting pleasure- we can gift wrap him if you’d like!

    Have a great weekend, everyone.


  2. Barb says:

    I don’t think Terri & Betsy & their gang participated in the Trailer Park house event this year, I saw no mention of it on FB.

    I’ve bought a couple little things for Allan, since we said weren’t doing presents, but they are things I would buy him any time of the year. And I bought my self a couple clothing items, I told him I will wrap them up & they can be from him & I will like them! No idea what to do for Allan’s parents & my parents, I guess the Botanical Garden visit will be considered presents.

    Sorry Steve – no dogs for Christmas presents at my house.

  3. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I meant to head over to Goodwill on foot last night (traffic sucked — again!) to look for a Christmas sweater. However, I got sidetracked by helping out a coworker debug something and by the time I left the build it was too damn cold to walk considering the sweater I was wearing.

  4. Martha says:

    ‘Improve my attitude’… I need to work on this one as well, at least here at the office. It’s been a tough go here lately, I’m not really sure if/when it is going to get better…Whoop, already failed for the day.

    No big plans this weekend, we are going to help out at the Grant Park Tour of Homes on Saturday before heading to a party and the plan is to check out the tour ourselves on Sunday…that’s it.

    Colorado does seem the place to be these days, I’ve know a few folks that have or are planning to move there.

    I’m trying to get myself back to a semi normal workout schedule, I tried out the bootcamp class at the gym yesterday. It wasn’t bad. Going to try to make that, plus meet with the personal trainer once a week, then toss in a little yoga, running and riding…I maybe the rare individual that actually loses some weight over the holiday (lord knows I cannot afford to gain another pound).

  5. Barb says:

    oh, I forgot to mention – the Hyox party is Saturday night, this time the hotel is up here near Galleria at Cumberland. Of course, no idea what/where the party is, we get on the Fur Bus & get to be surprised, I’ll update you all on Monday.

    I realized yesterday my parents will be here in less than a week. Trying to figure out what all to do to keep them entertained. DVRing a few shows I think they will enjoy, the new singing competition show on is The Sing Off, (acappella – sp?) I know my mom will like that one.

    Improve the attitude – we definitely need to do that here at work. Our new office isn’t any better than the last one – boss bought stupid desks that no one likes (cutouts & a tray for the keyboard). When we asked him why – he said they were cheaper. Big shots will be here next week to “inspect”, we all agreed we won’t say anything, unless we are asked.

  6. I thought that I was going to be good at lunch instead I ate a big slice of pizza, some mini garlic rolls, and drank a Coke. Normally I’d get two slices with a Coke. I am waaaaay stuffed. “Being fat” is about as rewarding as “getting old.”

  7. Barb says:

    Felicia & I got pizza last night – I think I could eat pizza almost every day. tehre are so many different topping options.

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