Hope all of you who celebrate Christmas had an enjoyable day yesterday. I spent Christmas Eve drinking at my boss’ condo with him, another coworker and a friend of our working community. Given that I cannot drive like Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, or perhaps because I think I can, I chose to spend the night on his couch. This may sound extreme, but the plan was to convene for dinner again on Christmas, so I packed a change of clothes “just in case.” Martha, I saw your comment too late on Tuesday, hope you had a good go of it yesterday.
For Christmas Eve and Christmas we dined like royalty. The four Christmas Eve participants did a fair bit of grocery shopping we went to — Aldi, the Buford Highway Farmers Market, and Kroger (This was an emergency trip when I realized that the cork in the wine bottle that I was opening wasn’t going to behave as it crumbled and I would need cheesecloth through which I’d have to strain it. Fear not, the wine was still wonderful! I tested a corky sinful before walking the two blocks to Kroger.) On Tuesday we dined on spiral-cut ham with vegetables and a traditional Ukrainian tuna and egg salad. On Christmas we cooked chicken and salmon, with which we ate leftover ham, some beets, carrots, green beans, etc.
Today’s Daily Challenge
Sit on the floor facing a chair, rest your arms on the seat, round your back, and count to ten.
This yoga-inspired challenge gives a gentle stretch to the muscles in your neck, back, and arms. The slow breathing as you stretch also helps to relieve stress.
I could use some stress reduction.
Damn, These Guys Are Industrious
8:30am and the work has already started. Good thing that I dragged my fat ass out bed early enough to move my car from under my carport (which is to get painted) and drag out the ladders they left behind on Saturday. Silly me left them in a visible location believing that Santa Claus wouldn’t abscond with them to help him reach some of his taller chimneys, so I put them into my basement.
ITP Flickr Pic
Hmm, might have wanted to take a photo or two for the blog.
Work At Home
While the men work on my house for the next two days I shall be working from inside of it.
Of course the problems that kept me from seeing “A Christmas Carol” still lurk, which is why I’ll be working from home instead of relaxing about while the painters paint.
Today’s Personal Project
Stop worrying so much, or if I can’t stop worrying, do something about the problem.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – fat and hurting, trying to convince myself that all is well
Current Music – none, though I’m listening to the sound of elves working on my house.
Website Of The Day – If you still have a few shekels burning holes in your pocket then check out Amazon’s Year-End Sale.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – n/a
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – too fat
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