Sun, Sun, Sun Here It Comes

For a couple of days, until this warm front ushers in some rain.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Make your bed today.

Making your bed creates a more restful, welcoming environment and makes your bedroom feel neater. This can help lower your stress level and create more calm when you turn in for the night. You may even sleep better, which can leave you more refreshed and happy the next day.

Seriously? Of all of the easy things I should be doing. I sure am spending a lot of time in bed recently (unfortunately alone), I should pay it a little more love.

Perhaps I Had A Misunderstanding?
I arrived Six Feet Under in Grant Park a little before 6:00pm with plenty of time to enjoy the Eventide party which ran from 5:30pm to 9:30pm.

“I’m here for the Eventide party.” I said with a smile to the gorgeous young hostesses.
“Would you like a table or sit at the bar?” one replied without asking me to show my ticket nor providing me with details about the party setup.

I was confused, so I headed to the far side of the bar (perhaps even the same seat as the last time I was there celebrating with ITP-Reader Jenka and friends).

I ordered an Eventide beer and quickly realized that the room was filled with a lot of great looking people, some of whom had been drinking since 1:00pm I heard them exclaim loudly, but it wasn’t really a “party” at all but rather a chance to purchase Eventide beer on their official kickoff sales date.

In an previous email I had been informed that there were two Eventide glasses to be handed out to each participant. However, I need more beer glasses about as much as I need more plumbing problems or nights in bed alone, so I never inquired as to where to get them.

I did chat with a nice enough Eventide employee (a dude whose name escapes me at the moment because he was a dude), purchased one Eventide beer, and drank it before relinquishing my seat at the bar and exiting Six Feet Under.

On any other night I might have eaten at Six Feet Under, but I have been eating way too much fried food of late, and I figured that the kitchen would be slammed by the influx of extra patrons there for the “party.”

Since I was looking dapper in my black/gray sweater and long overcoat my first thought was to head out for dinner and another beverage, perhaps at The Shed (a place I’ve not been in ages) or in the village. However, the cost of doing so as wells as the thought of eating more of the ham for which I have already paid changed my mind; funny how scheduling the payment of a $3500+ credit card bill can make you more cognizant of your finances.

ITP Flickr Pic
“Always Nice To Work On Problems I Can Actually Solve”
Always Nice To Work On Problems I Can Actually Solve*
The astute ITP Reader will notice that one of these is incorrect. There were ten problems on the whiteboard and I took a shot that encompassed the eraser, unfortunately that also encompassed the only incorrect answer on the whiteboard. I didn’t realize this until after I took the shot, nor do I possess the Photoshop skills to fix it in “post.”

As I look at the photo I’m skeptical of its authenticity since some of the numbers are clearly drawn differently (look at the eights). And if you look at this photo closely you can see the spots that plague my iPhone’s camera lens currently.

Is It That Time Of Year Already?
For as long as I can remember (well, for the last fifteen years) I have been going to the same dentist, twice a year (on a good year, more on the not-so-good years). For years my cleanings/checkups occurred in June and December, but for some reason last year they shifted into July and January. Today is that January day.

I’m not overly-concerned with my visit today, as I’ve not experienced many dental woes since July, and it’ll give me a chance to take the pulse of the office that is situated right next to where the Braves new stadium is to be built.

Wish me well regardless.

Change (Re)Begins Today
With the brutal cold behind us for now it’s time for me to stop doing what I have been the last few days, returning home and getting under the covers.

No, today I shall be returning home and returning to the task of getting rid of shit with the mindset that I will someday in the near future be living in a much-smaller abode.

Side Note: This March will be my fifteenth anniversary in the ITP Estate. Holy. Fucking. Hell.

It’s time for me to decide about which things I cannot live and get rid of the rest.

Today’s Personal Project
Maybe go for a walk tonight (though I honestly don’t know if I have the proper attire in my bag)
Stay out of bed until I plan to go to sleep.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – good (by my ever-lowering standards)
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – There has been a lot of recent talks about the movies no longer on Netflix. If you want to see a list of the things that have arrived, and more importantly what is “hot” on Netflix, check out Instant Watcher.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – Oops, I failed to check. Let’s say 215 pounds.

Foot Mileage – ~0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 0 (0 cardio)

Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0

January Goals
– clean my basement to the point where I could have people over
– hire a plumber to fix all of the sinks at the ITP Estate
– walk no fewer than 75 miles
– have European trip plans in place, if not carved in stone

2014 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
– 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
– Sell the ITP Estate (tentative)

2014 Goals: Unmeasurable
– Continue to 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)

Books I’ve Read/Heard In 2014

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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8 Responses to Sun, Sun, Sun Here It Comes

  1. I just received an email from Eventide. Here is where their beer can be purchased as of today.

    Six Feet Under
    Cypress St – (Eventide Team will be present Friday 1/10 from ~730pm to 930pm)
    10 Taco Mac’s (all as of 1/10) – (Perimeter, Prado, Metropolis, Decatur, East Roswell, Mall of Georgia,Canton, Cumming, Duluth, and Peachtree City)
    97 Estoria
    Argosy – (Mat and Nathan will be onsite for meet and greet event 1/8 from ~6pm until)
    KirkYard Pub
    My Friend’s Growler Shop
    Brick Store Pub – (We’ll be here Thursday night)
    Square Pub – (We’ll be here Thursday night)
    Barrel & Barley
    The Porter – (We’ll be taping a keg on 1/10 starting at 6pm)

  2. Steve says:

    So was it really a party or just a “come on”??

    Still a bit nippy this morning, but not bad. I’m dressed up as my boss is getting a very nice award today and there will be a reception hosted by the president of the bank.

    The gas man did cometh yesterday… 300 gallons at 2.45 a pop. Ouch- turn down the thermostat and put on a sweater!

    I will be making an appearance at George’s tonight. Depending on if I think I brought enough clothes, I may or may not run.

    Martha, the pics of the house are exciting.


  3. Barb says:

    How long does 300 gallons last Steve?
    you are just having a fun birthday week money wise, aren’t you?

    I just finally bought part of our April anniversary trip to the islands plane tickets – got the Delta ATL to San Juan portion, waiting on the Seaborne San Juan to St. Croix part. Hopefully Wayne can come up with some sort of “deal” for that part. I think we are going to come backt o San Juan a day or 2 early – I’d like to explore a little there before we come back to ATL.

  4. More of a “come on” since my one beer was $5. Hell, maybe I’ll swing down to George’s tonight. We’ll see.

  5. Steve says:

    Barb, it’s something we can’t really get our hands around yet- theoretically, the new furnace should be more efficient, but that’s only one of two, and of course, if we are still in the Arctic, then it might not last long!!

    Southwest now flys direct from ATL to San Juan, not that it does you any good now.

  6. Barb says:

    yes – but Southwest is actually more…… just by a few $$. And – the arrival time is too close to the Seaborne flight departure I need to get to St. Croix.
    And lastly – I need/like my Delta FF miles, flying first class is worth it to the west coast in another year or so.

  7. Jenka says:

    Was my Yay! Divorce! party the last time you were at 6FU? Geez. The staff practically know me by name there. Plus I know one of their Super Regulars pretty well (Martha: Falkner, obviously).

    When I got home from work last night the temp in my apartment was right around 60 degrees. Yikes! I turned up the heat. I am not looking forward to my power bill next month.

    The problems on the whiteboard would have been solved by different people. One person puts up the addition problem, someone else comes up to solve it.

    Barb, I went to Puerto Rico a couple years ago. The old section of San Juan is really interesting!

  8. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I don’t get out that much, well at least in the hood. I’ll meet you there (or practically anywhere) if you need a companion, though a woman as attractive as you probably is never hurting for someone with whom to drink/eat.

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