The painting crew worked from 8:30am to about 5:00pm yesterday (with at least one break for lunch). There is seemingly still a full day’s worth of work today so I’m hoping that they can wrap it all up and complete the job to my satisfaction (I’m paying a fair sum for this, I want it done right).
Today’s Daily Challenge
Seek something new to praise in a person you’re close to.
Most of us think to offer praise when something exceptional happens, but there’s no reason why we can’t offer kind words on a typical day! By offering a bit of unexpected praise, it shows that we’re paying attention to that person’s actions, which can help strengthen the relationship. Bonus: Making others feel good boosts our own mood, too.
I am going to take this space to praise you, the ITP-Reader, for making it worth my effort to do this on a nearly daily basis. Even with all the shit that has happened to me in my lifetime and all of the whining I do about it, you have put up with me. Thanks.
I didn’t feel comfortable leaving the house yesterday (and was hoping I could today, but that doesn’t appear to be possible) with the workers all about. Besides, I was working all day yesterday and plan to do so again today in an effort to correct some of the software we have out in the field.
You’d think that I’d be itching to leave the house as soon as I possibly could last night, but instead I stayed at home and tried to do a bit of catching up on stored video content. I think being out all day Christmas Even and for the most of Christmas Day convinced me that spending a night at home alone was a good thing. Now if only I had done some reading….
“Cops” Is Recorded Live In East Atlanta
Shortly after the crew left yesterday I popped out to get the mail and bring the Jackmobile back under the carport (it seemed safe, though I could possibly check to see if any paint dripped on it last night).
As I was walking to the car I heard a helicopter (“ghetto bird” in our hood’s lingo) and some sirens. From their increasing sound I knew they were headed my way so I stopped and watch the procession of police fly up Flat Shoals Avenue in cars and some in a helicopter.
One of my East Atlanta neighbors caught the procession on video.
And to think I would have missed all of this fun had I been in the office yesterday.
One Year In, And I’m Finally Making An Appearance
Apparently Blue Tarp Brewing is celebrating their one-year anniversary with a party tonight. I plan to make my first trip to the brewery to celebrate with them.
Today’s Personal Project
Be responsible tonight.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – still trying to put things in perspective
Current Music – silence at the moment as I wait to hear the arrival of the painting crew. HARK! I hear them now!
Website Of The Day – Whenever something is going down in the hood I know where to turn, “The Buzz”, which is a far better news source than any of Atlanta’s media outlets.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – n/a
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – too fat, I’ll try again next year
Foot Mileage – ~0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 0 (0 cardio)
Days Of Bed-Making – 0
Vegetarian Meals – on hiatus
Carnivorous Meals – on hiatus
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