Today’s Daily Challenge
Write down one skill you’d like to improve that can help you in your career or volunteer activities.
Too often we get into a rut, performing the same repetitive tasks and doing only what’s required to carry out the basic functions of our job. If you want to move ahead – both professionally and personally – it’s important to step back. By thinking about what you’re doing and how you can do it better, you open yourself up to new learning opportunities and experiences.
Finishing the job. So many projects in my life are half done and since my life is more than half dome it’s time for me to start finishing them.
Sock It To Me
I left the office early so that I could get an hour on a treadmill or bike at LA Fitness before heading to the CocoaHeads Atlanta meet up. My timing and choice of clubs were perfect.
Inside the changing room of the North Druid Hills location I discovered something very problematic — I had failed to pack athletic socks yesterday. It was my good fortune to find that this LA Fitness’ store carried socks, and reasonably-priced ones as well. I bought a pair of standard cotton ankle socks for $2.30 and dumped the change received into the tip jar.
I managed sixty minutes of pedaling at LA Fitness. This morning my left foot, you may remember this as being the problematic foot from last year, is hurting a little, but not enough to be overly-concerned at this time.
No Good Deed Goes Unpunished
Even when you are your own punisher.
With a workout completed and a shower under my belt I headed out to the mean streets of Druid Hills so that I could make it down to Kirkwood by 7pm. From the get go I was pissed when I realized that my left-turn lane from North Druid Hills to LaVista was not getting a green arrow. I sat through two full cycles before the eight cars ahead of me and I made it onto LaVista. As I had the night before I used my detailed knowledge of side streets to get me to my destination on time.
The meet up was good, I think that others are starting to recognize me at the meeting (even with the salt, salt, salt and pepper beard), though I managed to ruin the benefits of my workout by eating two slices of Pizza Hut pizza and a glass of Mountain Dew.
Side Note #1: Little known fact – cold pizza and Mountain Dew is the “Breakfast of Programmers”
Side Note #2: I want to believe that I coined the joke in Side Note #1
Side Note #3: I’m not a fan of Pizza Hut pizza
One other thing I learned last night is that Big Nerd Ranch is moving out of their current World Galactic Headquarters in a few months into their new office space over by Arizona Lofts — even closer to the (current) ITP Estate!
Let’s Do The Muscle Thing Again
I have a fully-packed bag of goodies in my gym bag today for an afternoon session of weight lifting. Let’s see if I can make my arms so sore that I can’t lift them over the weekend.
Speaking of weekends, this is one of the emptiest (in terms of commitments) that I’ve had in a long time. There is literally nothing on my calendar for this weekend!
Perhaps I’ll use the weekend as a springboard for house cleaning, outdoor chores, and cooking, all before Sunday’s football watching.
Today’s Personal Project
Second weightlifting session of the week on tap before I consume anything poured from a tap.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – good, slightly concerned about my foot
Current Music – silence at the moment as I just wrapped up watching the latest “Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee”
Website Of The Day – Ever wonder how big or small these new fancy-pants cameras are? Check out Camera Size Comparison and you may just have your questions answered.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – stationary cycling, 65 minutes (last five were cool down)
Morning Weigh-In – Oops, I failed to check. Let’s say 215 pounds.
Foot Mileage – ~13.2 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 2 (1 cardio)
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 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