Gonna Be A Frustrating Day

So far (8:49am):

1. Body not taking kindly to something I ate (or drank) yesterday.
2. Work is flaring up and it’s coming straight at me.
3. Was looking forward to attending CocoaHeads Atlanta tonight, only to find out it’s been moved to next week.

Gonna try my hardest to get through it.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Plan to drink a full glass of water before you begin your next restaurant meal.

Visiting a restaurant can be fun, but for most people, it means eating way more than they would if they were at home. Drinking a glass of water before your meal helps to fill your stomach and can help curb your eating. Bonus: Water is free and keeps you hydrated!

I should do this prior to every meal. I should also learn to eat more slowly as well.

I Found A Dollar, But It Didn’t Make Me Holler
If nothing else my nearly fifteen years in East Atlanta will provide me with a lifetime of stories. On Wednesday morning I went out to check to see if the garbage men had ever made it to my street (they had not) and when I looked down in my yard I found a crisp, $1 bill.


Okay, it was just a buck, but still, how often can one claim that they found money in their front yard?

I Have Cavities
Thankfully none of where where found in my teeth yesterday. 😀 That’s right, I received a stellar checkup and am now good until July.

On my journey yesterday I also managed to swing by Wells Fargo and deposit a few checks (Wells Fargo’s mobile app gets railed for not having “deposit by photo” yet). Banking is interesting, however it must get a bit boring working inside a bank these days. Upon my entry I was greeted by no fewer than three people welcoming me to Wells Fargo, and upon my exit I received a couple of “Thank you, have a great day!” salutations.

ITP Flickr Pic
Rats! My first failure of 2014.

The Lure Of Living Dangerously
Well, not really.

As I sat an banged away at the iOS tutorial I was working through yesterday my boss sent me a text asking if anyone had gone out after work. “Well, I’m still here and am open to doing something”, I replied.

And that’s how I made my first trip to Taco Mac in 2014.

Last night I had three beers, including two stouts since the weather is just right for stout drinking, and ate the majority of a fiesta chicken nacho plate.

And I wonder why my body is messed up today?

I Suppose He Saved Me $2
As I stood pumping gas at QT this morning, with the full intent of walking into the store to buy a cup of coffee afterward (which would have been thrown at whoever was responsible for the asinine traffic near Marist that was so bad I U-turned and went to work a different way), a guy pulled in behind me to wait for me to finish.

This QT has approximately sixteen pumps, a couple out of gas, but many of which were available including the one directly in front of me and this guy decided to wait.

I could have been a dick, finished my pumping and walked into the store to buy my coffee, but I am not a dick, so I got into my car an pulled away. My first thought was to park closer to the building and get coffee, my second thought was to save the $2 for QT’s less-than-stellar coffees and head straight to work.

Can’t go blowing that $1 I found all in one place, you know.

Today’s Personal Project
Get out of work early enough to drive to tonight’s CocoaHeads Atlanta meetup. I’ve just been informed that the meetup has been pushed back a week. Perhaps tonight I’ll go home and start gathering things for Goodwill since that obviously did not happen last night.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – good, though I wish my body weren’t messed up
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – As has happened more times than I’d like it to I have found two things I want to do that occur on the same day. If I don’t make a road trip out to Athens to see/hear Cracker and Camper van Beethoven I may wind up going to the Atlanta Winter Beer Fest.
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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18 Responses to Gonna Be A Frustrating Day

  1. bob says:

    I once found an empty little baggie with cocaine residue in my driveway, does that count as found money?

    I made my way downtown yesterday at lunch to the Georgia Dome to pick up Monster Truck tickets. Ticketbastard wanted $8 a ticket! I saved $40 by driving down there, I think my pre lube big beers at the CNN center should be paid for 🙂

  2. Barb says:

    Very cool finding a dollar.

    Suntrust has that mobile deposit feature – but many times I’ve tried, it doesn’t seem like my photos (says they can’t read them). They look perfectly good to me, I know some handwriting is interesting, and the ATM can read them. So, who knows…… it hasn’t seemed to be that great of an addition.

    Felicia & I played Suzy homemaker last night, we made some individual sized chicken pot pies to put in the freezer. We will test them out soon, the recipe specificaly says they need to be frozen first to be their best, or we would have had them for dinner last night. The only bad (or good depending) thing about them is they have to be baked for about an hour, so it won’t be a quick convienent dinner, but that’s ok.

    I am also making the crockpot Cincinnati (aka Skyline) Chili today for dinner. I hope its close to what Skyline tastes like, I’ll let you all know tomorrow.

  3. Bob, more and more I find myself not going to events because of the ludicrous “handling” charges by whatever service is selling the tickets. I may be “cutting off my nose to spite my face” but I can’t stand feeling as if I’ve been ripped off.

    Since I’ve decided not to go out to Gwinnett on Saturday night I might kick off a crockpot creation before meeting my friends for breakfast and photography. Of course that means that I’ll need to have all of the ingredients before Saturday morning, so there’s that.

  4. Barb says:

    We want to go to Book of Mormon at the Fox, but haven’t taken the time to go down to midtown to the box office. If I remember correctly, a $65 ticket had almost $20 in fees, I don’t want to see that play that bad. I’m hoping maybe one day we are free, the day of the show, we might just go down & see what they have available.

  5. martha says:

    I found a gun in my driveway (that was actually fired at the police, while living is the classier Grant Park)…top that 🙂

    I worked from home yesterday but that didn’t keep me immune from the drama. There was a water main break “somewhere” in North Druid Hills, that meant NO WATER for our entire complex. CDC sent everyone home but our office is still open (however, they are checking with the county since no water might be a bad thing if there were to be a fire). So I’ve spent the last two days fielding emails and phone calls from staff on ‘what to do’. Even though I’ve sent several, detailed emails laying out the options. *SIGH* Might be another 48 hours….

    I had to stop by QT earlier this week, when my low tire pressure light came on, I guess so did every other light in Atlanta (it was the cold weather to be sure)…lines were 4 deep at the air hose. Some folks where great, others…well not so much, I tried to be as quick as I could, while waiting I checked all the tires to see which one it was (all of them) removed the little covers, etc then I wait to put them back on after I moved away from the pump…other just sat in the car adjusting seat belts, mirrors…AGHHHH!!!!

    Tell me about these buildings called banks??? ING (Capital One 360) also has the option of taking a picture or scanning a check…personal checks seem to be okay but anything commercial (like a dividend check) never seems to work for me.

  6. Barb says:

    Martha – it started with just the commercial checks not working, but the last couple personal ones didn’t work either. I was annoyed, but I needed some cash anyway, & there is a Suntrust at Publix, so I got some groceries & got over it.

    My low tire pressure light is on, I forgot to take care of it last night, I’m planning to go home for lunch, I’ll fix it then, I just need to find the tire gauge to tell me how much I need. GarageMahal does have an airhose for these type of things, I know that shocks all of you.

  7. The dental hygienist also mentioned having her car’s light come on this week as well. I guess one of the benefits of owning a nearly-twelve-year-old car is not having a “low tire pressure” light? 🙂

    The cold weather has created a new, minor, problem with the Jackmobile however — the pistons that keep the hood open when I go to check the oil don’t work well now. I found this out the other day when the hood nearly conked me in the head! The Jackmobile is not equipped with one of those bars that you stick into the underside of the hood in order to keep it open. I guess Honda never planned for this car to last thing long or to have its hood opened in such cold weather?

  8. Barb says:

    hmmm Paulie- my 1998 Honda has that bar to hold the hood up.

  9. martha says:

    I don’t even try anymore, I just drop it in the mail…thankfully, I don’t get many live checks.

  10. Steve says:

    Finally checking in- “excitment” after George’s last night. I got home, let the dogs out, walked the Brown man and thought I’d go check on the pool mecchanicals. Walked over and noticed water- yep, a bathroom pipe had burst. Moved junk around in the room to find the cut off valve and it was stuck. I gently turned it with a set of pliers and it failed!! I ran out into the pasture where the well and county water live and cut off the whole house. I have spent the morning buying the necessary pieces and have put it together- now just waiting for it all to set up before turning the water back on.

    A nice crowd for Wedenesday. I picked up some new shoes at Phipdippides and asked for the “Sally Brooking works at Sandy Springs” discount and got 10% off. I think that means I owe Sal a beer. Felt pretty good running the Inman loop.

    Paulie, you know the ATM’s now read checks? Probably a much better camera, or at least takes a better look at the check- never had a problem with those.


  11. I don’t get that many checks (I had four collected this time due to odd circumstances) so I don’t mind popping into a bank to check on my money. 😉

    In the late 1990s, early 2000s I was “modern” when I had a NetBank account and could mail them in — then NetBank went out of business.

  12. Barb says:

    I thought you just said you are a member of the Atlanta Track Club & you get 10% off. I didn’t know that there was a Sally discount. LOL

    Bummer about the pipe freezing Steve….. I just shut off the heater in the bathroom in the garage when I went home at lunch to get the chili cooking. it has been running for 4 days or so.

  13. Steve says:

    I didn’t realize when I cut out the leaking/broken part, there was more to it. I turned on the water at the main, but had the valve closed at the pool house. When I saw that wasn’t leaking, I opened it up and promptly got a spray from the other broken pieces. That will wait for another day.

  14. Jenka says:

    Sorry about the pipes, Steve. I thought it would be safe in an apartment building, but we got a couple urgent emails from the management saying that a couple pipes had burst in my building (on Tuesday). So I dripped the faucets, etc. Fortunately I just used the water to water my plants. I’m SUCH an environmentalist!

    I also have an old (2003) Honda. I wonder if my tires need air? I’d have no way of knowing!

  15. martha says:

    “no way of knowing” … really? Isn’t that what they make air pressure gauges for??? That should be one of those ‘regular’ thing you check, like your lights. I won’t get all sciencey but generally if there is a big dip in the temps your tires will need air.

    Thankfully, no plumbing = no problems at Knott Street and everything seem just fine here on East Side as well. I haven’t been in the crawl space but if I know Mango, I bet he did a nice job insulating the pipes down there.

  16. Jenka says:

    Hey, if there’s no fancy tire pressure alert system on the car, then there’s no problem, right? It’ll be FINE.

  17. Exactly! I don’t check the air and let any out when it’s over 100°F either.

  18. Barb says:

    I’m with Jenka on the air pressure thing….. if I don’t know, it isn’t happening.

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