2013 In Review: The Nice

Overnight I thought of more “Naughty” but that was yesterday’s topic, so let’s move on

Today’s Daily Challenge
Hold your hand out palm up, stretch the thumb to the side, then bend it so it touches your pinkie.

Fingers and thumbs work hard all day, especially if you spend a lot of your time at a keyboard or your work involves using your hands in other ways. This challenge helps give your thumbs a nice break and can help to increase their range of motion.

(I need to start attempting more of these challenges)

2013: The Nice
This list may contain more specific items than yesterday’s but you know that drill here.

And Now I Know Why I’d Never Seen It
The other day I was informed about a Charlie Brown “New Year’s” special. I’d never heard of this! While at the lavanderia I heard the show on the television, so I decided that when I got home last night that I’d watch it on Netflix (Netflix’ stock is up over 450% from last year, can someone explain how I missed their rise AGAIN?!?! If I only had some investing balls this year I’d be much, much wealthier.)

I now know why I had never previously heard of this. The New Year’s special was made in 1986 (long after I stopped watching Charlie Brown specials on television) and was to say, as politely as I can, not as “catchy” as the specials of my youth.

Speaking of Charlie Brown and Netflix, it appears that all of the Charlie Brown content currently on Netflix (and be warned, it’s not their best) will be taken down on January 3, 2014.

Hope To See You At Cheddarhead!
I have a feeling that I’ll be arriving stag tomorrow, well I will have the kringle with me at least. If that’s the case then so be it.

As of now I am planning on “running” trail.

Here’s to hoping that you make it there, either to the hash, to the end, to bowling, or all of the above. And if you see me (and specifically if you are not someone who I know reads this space) please say hello.

What’s Next?
I’m not 100% sure, though I have a few ideas kicking around in my head.

I am 100% sure that there will be a blog post tomorrow.
I am 100% sure that I will be eating breakfast out instead of making biscuits, eggs, and bacon as I’ve done in past years.

What else? I don’t’ know, though I do expect to shake this space up a bit in 2014.

Won’t you come back tomorrow and find out with me?

Today’s Personal Project
Make it to the Gringo Star (with openers Turf War) show tonight at The EARL and enjoy the hell out of it.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – so ready to move on.
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – Once you get past all of the nonsense on their website Forbes’ article about “Eight Simple Ways To Be Kinder To Yourself In The New Year” is pretty good. IMHO. YMMV.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
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 – on hiatus
Carnivorous Meals – on hiatus

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]

This entry was posted in My Daily Life. Bookmark the permalink.

13 Responses to 2013 In Review: The Nice

  1. Barb says:

    Feel free to come by the house early tomorrow, I made a bunch of “hockey pucks” for breakfast. there will be people there cooking brats & setting up whatever they do to set up. A hockey puck is a is half an english muffin with a sausage cheese mixture on top of it. You make it ahead of time & freeze it, so it sort of looks & feels like a hockey puck. I will bake them in the morning, and if you are lucky, you could get some eggs with it too. We have PLENTY. Sauercrotch & his wife Purple Peter Eater (or something like that) are coming in for the hash & will be staying with us.

  2. Steve says:

    HEAT!! We have heat! It apparently finally got to Debbie yesterday as she sat and waitied on the HVAC guy to complete his work. I suppose after 3 days of shivvering, it has to be expected. While he was not able to completely finish yesterday, he was able to get the heat running and has already returned this morning to wrap things up.

    I realize the blog ain’t what it used to be, but I certainly enjoy your daily therapy session with us. I think 2014 will be a turning point in our lives- for you, a decision will be made to fish or cut bait on your house. Debbie and I will have to see how her job situation works out, as the fat is long gone from the bank account and is now starting to cut into the meat. It’s our goal to stay on the farm, but we may have to cut our losses. Stay tuned.

    May you and all the blogosphere have a wonderful 2014!


  3. Barb says:

    from George Takei on FB this morning –
    I think that is very good advice.

  4. Barb says:

    and – I gues I’m into sharing FB info today – here’a a website to look at.

    Since I know Paulie can use a crock pot, (and so can I), I’m definitely going to try some of these recipes. We all need to eat at home more.


  5. Debbie says:

    I’ll be skipping Cheddarhead to ring in the new year from horseback. Trying to kick the new guy into gear so hopefully I can sell him sooner rather than later. The game plan is to take both of our boys foxhunting on Saturday – that will be interesting! Hope Cheddarhead is a blast and easy on your yard Barb. Go Steve to bring home the bowling crown!

    Looking forward to the holidays being over! I’ve got quite a few leads to chase for contract work, so hoping that will pan out with some paying gigs tout suite!

    Yay for heat. I was so chilled yesterday between it being 58 in the house and going riding for a couple of hours that I was fairly crabby by the time Steve got home.

    Our HVAC guy may be good, but he isn’t quick! He’s still puttering around up there and moving into hour 3 for today.

    I tried the daily challenge and it kind of hurt. Guess that means I should keep doing it.

  6. Steve says:

    Well, he seems to be a bit of a perfectionist, so let him play. I’m good with that.

  7. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Our office internet is being naughty today so I reply via iPad.

    Glad to hear the heat has returned to the Moreland Day Spa. Debbie, you will be missed tomorrow.

    Barb, I just may show up early — you never know. And, I will be checking that website out directly.

  8. Barb says:

    Luckily for us Debbie- we have lots & lots of wood chips out there, the yard should be ok.

  9. Jenka says:

    I don’t believe in new year’s resolutions, I believe in making whatever changes you need to make when they become necessary. But I’m enjoying reading how everyone is taking stock of their lives for the past year. 2013 was definitely MUCH better than 2012 for me, even with the divorce finalization. MUCH. Hopefully 2014 will continue the trend. Happy New Year, everyone!

  10. Brother Ronnie says:

    Happy and HEALTHY New Year to all the ITP readers and thanks for giving my brother (Paulie) the support he so deserves. I wish I were closer to you Paul, but you know I’m a phone call, or Apple Message, away when ever you need me.
    Happy New Year!

  11. Looking at the website Barb linked to today, maybe it’s because it’s lunchtime and I’m hungry, but damn that stuff looks good!

  12. Barb says:

    some of the recipes looked good, I might try the Cincinnati chili one, see if it even comes close Skyline’s taste.

  13. Martha says:

    It is amazing how much work I can get done when there is no one in the office.

    I want to wish you all a safe, happy and improved new year!! I’m glad everyone of you is in my life, I count myself very lucky to know you all.

Comments are closed.