That One Nice Spring-Like Day Was Nice

Instead of going inside LA Fitness yesterday to lift weights I took advantage of the beautiful weather to walk 5.4 miles around Dunwoody with the remaining members of the drinking club. And then we ruined it all by going to Firebird and having some dinner and beers while watching some hockey (and curling!) on Firebird’s many television screens. Oh well, I guess it’s better than not getting exercise and only going for dinner and beers.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Share one way you manage a bad mood.

From traffic jams to disagreements with family members, there are lots of little things that can sour our mood. Luckily, there are many things that can also help pull us out of it, including exercise, laughter, music, social support, and more. By sharing how you bid a bad mood goodbye, you may help others find their way out of a funk – and get some good ideas yourself.

I sulk until I reach a tipping-point at which time I explode with anger.
And then it’s gone.

Probably not the solution they wanted.
And not 100% true.

“Match Game 2014″…
… or “How Is It Possible To Have So Many Mismatched Food Containers?”

On Friday while walking through Target I found myself in the kitchen cleaning/organization aisle and stopped at the food storage container section.

It had been awhile since I purchased new “disposable” containers and the small ones that get used the most look a little worse for wear after numerous microwave cycles whilst containing plastic-staining contents.

“New year, new containers.” I thought with a Grinch-like smirk. So I bought some.

No purchase of new food storage containers should go without also pulling all of your current stock out of whatever cabinet/cupboard in which you store them and playing the “Match the Lid to the Bottom” game. Amazingly I managed to have more than my fair share of mismatched halves.

The two that baffle me the most are the almost-new large rectangular (9″x13″ perhaps) bottoms for which I could find no top mates. I’ve recycled all of the rest of the misfit container halves, but have kept these bottoms (for now) as I search for their tops. I can’t help but think that these tops are just hiding in some little-used section of my kitchen cabinetry waiting until I ditch the bottoms to appear.

ITP Flickr Pic

I Have To Get Things Done Tonight
Tonight I need to get out of work in time to miss the angering traffic buildup that will inevitably get in front of me on my journey to midtown for the monthly iOS Developers Meetup. In a perfect world I’d be able to get out early enough to perform my weightlifting routine at the midtown LA Fitness before heading to the meetup, but I don’t see that happening.

I probably won’t allow myself to follow the guys (and it usually is only guys at these things) to Cypress Street Pint & Plate afterward because I need to get home and start working on this week’s “cleaning / cleaning out” room project — the master bedroom. Truth be told, my master bedroom will be one of the easier rooms to tackle because I am fairly certain that all of its furniture will follow me to where ever I move, and the things I will get rid of from this room are almost entirely clothing-related.

Today’s Personal Project
Attend the iOS Developers Meetup tonight.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – okay, foot’s a’hurting, spread Tiger Balm on it this morning.
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – If you are from the United States and this is the first time you’ve heard of PBS then shame on you. Regardless, you should check out PBS’ website (and their mobile apps) because you can stream some television shows via them. I’m kinda a sucker because I just shelled out thirty shekels to iTunes for the ability to download the third season of Sherlock (related: Avoid watching that Elementary crap; Lucy Lui as “Watson”, WTF. Apparently some people like it though, it gets eight stars out of ten on IMDB.)
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – walking, ~5.4 miles
Morning Weigh-In – Oops, I failed to check. Let’s say 215 pounds.

Foot Mileage – ~18.6 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 4 (2 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

  1. “Johnny Carson” by Henry Bushkin

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14 Responses to That One Nice Spring-Like Day Was Nice

  1. It’s going to be a crazy-busy day for me today, that’s why today’s post was a bit brief.

  2. Barb says:

    Don’t be saying bad things about Elementary – have you actually watched it? Johnny Lee Miller is a great Sherlock, and Lucy Lui is fine as Watson. Its entertaining enough.

  3. I’ve not watched it because I’m opposed to a female Watson, and generally opposed to watching the American rendition of British television — “The Office” being the notable exception to that rule.

  4. Just had a less-than-satisfactory online chat with a Customer Representative from the company that hosts this blog. Come May this blog may be moving to a different web host (I’m paid up through April).

  5. Barb says:

    well – I’d say it is an American interpretation of a series of books written many, many, many years ago.

  6. Steve says:

    Buses, Trains, and Automobiles! Got to the bus this morning with pleny of time but no bus. Did they think today was an extension of the holiday? After giving them a 5 minute grace period, I pulled the plug and drove to College Park. Once on the train (which should only make me 10 minutes late) the operator made announcements of a disabled train ahead and we would be waiting. Several times we waited at stations with the doors open! I think we were stopped as much as we were moving. Ugh. The day is off to a great start.

    Managed to get about 18 miles on the road yesterday. Lovely day! When I got back, I managed to paint the new stake bed pieces for the trailer before retiring for a malted beverage.

    Paulie, what is on your schedule this weekend? We have a need for some barbecue in Tucker and perhaps introduce you to someone… 🙂


  7. Well, I’m supposed to be in Athens for a show on Saturday night and potentially going to the Atlanta Winter Beer Festival on Sunday. I’ll know better tomorrow or Thursday.

  8. Martha says:

    7:30 and already 7 comments…you guys are on it today.

    Yesterday was lovely, we managed a trek to Sweetwater with the dogs, 4 miles later, 3 of us were beat, 1 was still ready for some more…

    I got home just in time to meet up with Jenka for coffee and a chat at Drip in Glennwood Park.

    I do like the BBC Sherlock…Elemetery is okay, but never really got into it. I watch Downton Abbey on the PBS website but the quality is never very good…I’m not sure why (I stream from Hulu and Xfinity…not the best but way better than from PBS).

  9. Barb says:

    7:30 Martha? what time zone are you in?

  10. Ha! That totally slipped by me.

  11. Steve says:

    I saw that too, but if you notice, the timestamp on the blog is a bit off anyway.

  12. Huh, the timestamp is fast. The timeserver that feeds the blog appears to be wrong. Perhaps this is another reason that I should switch platforms.


    Sorry, rant over.

  13. Steve says:

    And sometimes, it’s not just the timestamp that’s a bit off!! 🙂

  14. Barb says:

    where’s the like button fo Steve’s comment?

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