As Thursdays go yesterday wasn’t overly special. As documented in yesterday’s blog post my day didn’t start off cracking-well including the discovery of potentially-shirt-ruining spots on my favorite “fancy” shirt.
Today’s Daily Challenge
Tense and relax each group of muscles, from your toes up to your head.
Tensing and relaxing your muscles helps you understand what complete relaxation feels like. This can make you more aware of when you might need to relax muscles when they tighten in response to stress. As you relax your body, your mind also relaxes.
Food & Alcohol: My Mortal Enemies
Since it was the last day of my work week I went out for lunch with one of my coworkers. We tried a new (to me) place called Dickey’s Barbecue Pit on Roswell Road at Abernathy. I know what you are thinking, “How is it possible for Paulie to have lived here nearly nineteen years and I’ve never noshed on a Dickey’s?” I guess I can only reply that I’ve never seen one, and if I had I might not have been feeling that curious. The food was good, I had the “two meat / two side” plate I configured with the following — cheddar sausage, smoked brisket, waffle fries, and jalapeño baked beans — and washed it all down with a mixture of sweet and unsweet iced tea (there’s still a bit of Yankee in me). Oh yeah, there was a kinda-sweet biscuit as well. By meal’s end I was quite stuffed so I skipped the opportunity to make my own “ice cream” cone.
After doing laundry last night I hopped into Atlanta’s shitty traffic and decided to head straight home because I wasn’t feeling particularly hungry and am trying to drink less alcohol.
When I arrived home I decided I better eat something for dinner so I made some frozen biscuits and heated up a can of Hoppin’ John (that I bought when I was camping recently). There is less Yankee in me every day…. Oh, I managed to consume two beers again prior to passing out sometime around 9:30pm.
A Missed So Long
I kept an eye on early afternoon traffic so that I wouldn’t be sitting in too much of it as I traveled to the lavanderia. By 4pm things were starting to become clogged so I bolted out the door.
What I failed to remember was that yesterday was one of my coworkers final work day in Atlanta. She, who is (now was) part of the Taco Mac drinking group has had enough of this city and has taken a transfer to “greener” pastures in Denver.
Even though I am terrible at good-byes I wanted to say good-bye and wish her well, but I was too preoccupied with traffic and forgot.
A text message is the same as a personal gesture these days, right?
Tomorrow’s Daily Challenge
Write down one word that describes what you want your day to be like.
Writing down one word can help bring clarity and focus to how your day will unfold. Deciding what kind of day you’ll have will also empower you to create the day you want! It’s believed that people who look on the bright side and take control of their lives – their emotions included – tend to be healthier.
For A “Smart” Person I Can Be Completely Clueless
ITP Estate Repair Phase 3 starts today. But exactly when it is supposed to start I am uncertain because I never asked. When I agreed to let the project start today instead of its intended day of Wednesday I should have followed with the question “And when I can I expect you to arrive on Friday?” but I did not. I’ll assume, and yes I know the old saying, that they will be on the premises no later than 10am; at least I hope that is the case since I need to get out of the house for a noon appointment that I made when I thought today would be the day they were finishing, the project, not starting it.
Do I Know It’s Christmastime?
I haven’t decorated for Christmas in over a decade. As a solo I find it more depressing to put up a tree because there will be no presents under it (c’mon, I’m not about to wrap my own presents!) and no one with which I can share the memories.
My living room is even more barren this year as I’ve moved just about everything from it so that the workers can repair the living room ceiling. About the only things remaining in the living room are the sofa (no place to move it, really) and the tv rack (because I cannot move that fucking 32″ tube TV without fear of giving myself a hernia).
Today’s Personal Project
Fight off whatever is starting to work on me.
Must. Not. Get. Sick.
Too. Much. To. Do.
Must. Not. Get. Sick!
Hope to see some of you on Sunday, and others on Monday as well.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – bordering on crummy, I hope I’m not coming down with a cold
Current Music – listening to Sound Opinion’s annual Christmas show podcast
Website Of The Day – Need that final push to Christmas via some bizarre Christmas song? Sound Opinions will hook you up here.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – n/a
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – 213 pounds (December 15)
Foot Mileage – ~0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 0 (0 cardio)
Days Of Bed-Making – 0
Vegetarian Meals – 21.5
Carnivorous Meals – 29.5
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