A Marathon Of Fail

As days go I can’t rack up yesterday as one consisting of much winning. My greatest accomplishments were not getting fired, leaving early enough to beat a lot of traffic to midtown, and making it to the monthly Atlanta iOS Developers meetup.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Move measuring cups to a prominent spot in the kitchen, such as near snacks or next to the fridge.

Knowing the serving size of a food is only useful if you can actually measure out that amount when it’s time to eat. By keeping your measuring cups close by, you’ll be more likely to portion out the right amount of food.

Mine have been there for years. Perhaps the addendum to this task should be “and use them for measuring out your servings!”

Moving On
Though I just may have made it midtown with ample time to do a workout at the nearby LA Fitness I veered left and went into The Barrelhouse for a few beers. I was abstaining from eating because there was mention of free pizza and soft drinks at the iOS Developers Meetup. While sitting at the bar I received an email informing me that the free food/drinks fell through, so I promptly ordered two, $2 tacos and a $4 side of roasted Brussels sprouts (the Brussels sprouts never materialized so I was not charged for these). While I was eating my tacos I received another email informing me that another company had picked up the free pizza/drinks campaign and there would be free food after all.

The night was a moving (non-emotional for me) experience:

  • We found out that come February the meetings would be moved from the third Tuesday of the month to the second Tuesday of the month.
  • I found out that the group’s leader was heading back to work for Turner, after a much-talked-about departure not much more than six months ago. Apparently the startup for which he left Turner is “pivoting.”
  • I found out that one of the frequent speakers, and a developer with whom I was trying to associate, is moving his family to Missouri because it’s closer to family and his wife got a job up there.

Since the first presentation of the evening went on longer than expected I moved onto to home before the second presenter started, and I had a chance to decide to go to the on-after at Cypress Street Pint & Plate.

Early To Bed, Not Too Early To Rise
Arriving home at 9:00pm should have provided me with ample time to do many things around the house. Perhaps it was finding out that the City of Atlanta neither took my garbage nor my recycling yesterday (I know, Monday was a holiday, but Tuesday is my day!) ticked me off and sent me into a bad mood.

With the house being chilly (are we experiencing another polar vortex?) I got under the covers to work. Before long my eyelids were heavy and I was out like a light, in a fully-lit room no less.

The inevitable happened around 3:00am — I was wide awake. So I made the best lemonade out of the lemons I was being dealt and worked a two-part iOS tutorial which may help me with a personal project in the near future. Yay me!

By 4:30am I was tired again. I slept until 5:00am, when the first alarm trigged. I turned that alarm off and went back to sleep until the second one triggered at 5:30am. I promptly turned that alarm off as well and gleefully slept until 7:00am.

Here coffee, coffee. Heeeeere, coffee, coffee!

ITP Flickr Pic
I have ideas, I just need to devote time and execute. (see also: iOS development)

Who’s The Cool Kid That’s Mentholated?
That’d be me.

The past two days I’ve taken to using Tiger Balm yesterday (which ran out yesterday), and CVS’ Tiger Balm ripoff today on my left foot. While I’m not sure if it’ll help my foot stay warm and limber, I am fairly sure that my current “aroma” will make it even that much harder for me to attract a woman — unless of course she’s into the “injured” type.

Today’s Personal Project
Go to LA Fitness for a weight lifting workout and then return home to clean my bedroom.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – okay
Current Music – silence, though I could use some pick-me-up music.
Website Of The Day – Should I be ashamed or proud to say that I’ve been to all but one of “Atlanta’s Best Craft Beer Bars” as listed by Thrillist?
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing (boooo! hissssss!)
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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11 Responses to A Marathon Of Fail

  1. Related to some degree: I keep failing to find a discount code for the upcoming performances of “Citizen Twain” by Val Kilmer at Center Stage; the play runs from Feb 13-16. I will skip the Feb 14th date for the obvious reason that I have no need nor desire to be out on Valentine’s Day.

  2. Steve says:

    Sounds like the IOS developers can’t keep it together. I guess that Apple stuff is just a flash in the pan! All hail Microsoft!! 😉

    I was feeling a little puny yesterday and not feeling any better today. Just a cold, I guess, but still more annoying than anything.

    I got forms from the oncologists’ office yesterday. When is the medical profession going to move into the 20th (not even 21st) century? A .pdf to hand fill out? Really? Actually 17 pages, a lot of which don’t apply, but still…

    In other weird occurances from the weekend, somehow the horses knocked one of the tank heaters out of the tank. It landed in such a way to melt its way back into the tank (just a bare heating elements) and now requires ingenuity to repair the new holes in the tank. Oh. What. Fun. We still have not found the owner to the anvil.


  3. Barb says:

    Steve – Allan still wants the anvil, why, I have no idea, but he thougth it was cool.
    Also, we told TJ about borrowing the generator for the fence repair job, he said no problem, & he’d help too if the dates work out.

    some doctors at least send you the pdf form by email, so you can at least type in all your answers (so they can read it?) but you still have to print it & hand it to them (or email it back & they print it)

    Very boring day & evening for us yesterday. Watched Justified was the highlight of the day, I love that crazy show.

  4. The people who were supposed to originally by the pizza/drinks was a large consulting/contracting firm here in town. Pity for me that they backed out. However, I did learn a little more about the company that eventually bought the pizza.

    After posting the blog post I saw the photo on my app that I took to remind me which website to use as today’s WotD. I hope I remember to use it tomorrow.

    I’ve invested in a Mac (and iOS) app that allows me to edit PDFs. I even have a JPG of my signature that I can drag and resize into the appropriate place.

    Now if I could only get an app to write the blog posts for me…

  5. bob says:

    Making time to work out or forcing yourself to go to the gym is tough. Sunday I did 3.5 hours on the mtn bike, Monday I set tile all day. The last thing in the world I wanted to do was go to my crossfit class on Monday night. I forced myself to go and felt awesome afterwards. It’s like running or riding, when you really are not motivated to get out is when you have your best run or rides.

    Speaking of tile, the bathroom project is progressing nicely. I grouted the tile last night and it looks pretty good for not knowing what the hell I am doing. On to drywall repair and paint…………

  6. Barb says:

    Bob – you had to go to Crossfit- you paid big bucks to join that cult!
    Glad the project is going along nicely.

  7. Steve says:

    Barb, thanks for checking on the generator. I have one friend who does metalwork, so I think I’ll offer it to him first, assuming it’s rightful owner cannot be found. He may already have something like that and may not need a second one, so Allan is still in the running.

  8. Barb says:

    Steve – he really, really doesn’t need it -but you know Allan, he’d take it.

  9. Jenka says:

    Electronic health records are actually a quite contentious issue in the health care community. Because health records are protected by HIPAA and also *must* be accurate, the health care community is moving incredibly slowly towards electronic health records. Only a handful of hospitals use them now, and even they use paper as a back-up. We talk a lot about this when we discuss health care policy at work.

  10. I completely missed this anvil discussion. Has Wile E. Coyote been around your place?

  11. Steve says:

    Someone left their anvil in the middle of Gordon Road. So big that Debbie couldn’t lift it into the car.

    Jenka, I get the importance of electronic records, but I wouldn’t even consider these records. name/rank/serial number kinds of crap over and over, then sign the release at the bottom so you don’t sue us.

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