First off, thanks for talking me back from the ledge.
I have my four medications (two pills, one ointment, one eye drops) plugged into OmniFocus to remind me when to use each. This is the only way I’ll remember to take/use these on their prescribed schedule.
Today’s Daily Challenge
Avoid impulse purchases by unsubscribing from one retailer’s email list.
Long gone are the days when we grabbed our wallets and went to the store to buy things. Now the temptation to shop comes right to us as we sit on the sofa – often many times a day! By unsubscribing from one store’s email list, you’ll avoid seeing their offers and won’t be as likely to respond to a “deal” for something that you may not even need.
I’ve done this in the recent past, it’s quite a rewarding feeling.
Out Of Stock, Not Out Of Luck
Another set of prescriptions in hand, another trip to Target.
The other night I hatched a plan to resurrect my love for my living room. Wha, whaaaat? With my behemoth, eleven-year-old 32″ (4:3) CRT television being the anchor (literally) of my living room entertainment I realized that I could purchase a Roku 2 and hook it up to the tv using composite (think “red/white/yellow” — admittedly nearly the worst of all connections). Now my entertainment options have expanded greatly! In addition to Dish Network’s standard-def package, my DTV Pal digital-to-analog tuner, and the hardly-used DVD player, I now have the Roku 2 connected as well to give me a lot of videos from the internets. Actually, the Dish Network receiver is connected directly to the tv, and the DTV Pal and Roku 2 go into the DVD player’s inputs and then to the tv (I get fantastic stereo sound this way too!). Who’s rocking like it’s 2001 again? THIS GUY!
I’ve had a Roku 3 (two of them, actually — long story) for some time but because it “only” has HDMI output it was useless for the A/V museum that is my living room. The same is true for my AppleTV (and you know what an Apple fanboi I am).
The plan was to buy the Roku in Target since I had twenty-five minutes to kill while awaiting my filled prescriptions. But as my luck would have it Target was sold out of the Roku 2. With the weather being so nice and my legs not affected by the eye issue I walked my fat ass over to Best Buy. Wha, whaaat? My effort paid off because not only did Best Buy have a slew of Roku 2s, they had some (accidentally?) priced at $10 lower than the MSRP. At the cash register the price rung up for the full MSRP, I politely corrected the cashier, and saved the $10.
I’ve connected everything and have linked my Roku to my Amazon Prime account and watched a Season One episode of Sherlock, and followed that up by playing some Pandora radio. I’m loving it already.
Not Much Else To Report
When walking from Target to Best Buy to purchase a Roku is the highlight of your day you know that you’ve had a low-activity day. Of course I did eat a late breakfast at Majestic Diner, who were having many of their booths reupholstered while I was there, so there’s that.
The remainder of my day and night were spent at home, either watching videos or working on code, all the while following my medication schedule. The sole break in this exciting day was making myself dinner at home — a bowl of shell noodles with spaghetti sauce.
Another Day, Another Doctor
I was hoping for a miracle when I looked into the mirror this morning. A miracle I did not get; some of the affected area appears to be entering its final stage but there is still significant swelling.
When you read this I might either be on my way to the eye doctor, or have been there already. Or perhaps I’ll be filling out the eight pages of new-patient paperwork that I printed at home yesterday. You know, I second-guessed my purchase of a laser printer but now I am glad I have it.
Let It Snow? Let It Snow? Let It Snow?
Mid-50s and sunny to brutal cold with a chance of snow (believe it when I see it) the next day. When did I move to Denver?
Today’s Personal Project
Go to work. Actually make it home if we really have any accumulation this afternoon.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – meh at best
Current Music – silence at the moment though I wish I were listening to something
Website Of The Day – If you are a born-again Roku user like me then Roku Channels (.tv) might interest you as well.
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 – ~18.6 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 5 (2 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