Okay, Let’s Try This Again

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

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

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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23 Responses to Okay, Let’s Try This Again

  1. Andrew says:

    Was your 2nd diagnosis the same as the first? Just curious about the first clinic and “lower cost” healthcare.

  2. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Pretty much the same diagnosis, thought they also prescribe some anti-bacterial treatments.

    The walk-in clinic was good, it’s WellStreet, location on Poncevwhere Blockbuster used to be. As with many Americans I have no idea how much I am paying for each if these visits.

    Btw- if you are keeping score at home I am currently at the Waffle House near Sxott Blvd.

  3. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Hey, this doctor is locate where Adam’s Garden of Eating used to be!

  4. Barb says:

    at least by having that old TV in your living room, and thiefs might see it & figure why bother?

    We made a crockpot full of chili last night, a day early I guess for this winter storm we probably won’t have. Yes, I’m the opposite of all the crazy planners, I assume it won’t realy happen & then I’m surprised when it does.

    I also have an eye doctor appt this afternoon, over in the Paulie work neck of the woods at the Woodhams Eye Clinic. I’m going back to my lasik doc to see if there are any new things we can do to help me see, I REALLY don’t want to have to start wearing glasses again.

  5. Barb says:

    Adam’s Garden of Eating……… oh, I remember that place well

  6. Steve says:

    I forgot to use AGoE as a reference point, but “our” eye doctor is indeed built on Adams “grave”. I still miss it.

    So the Roku is providing streaming? Or do you have to download thingss to it?

    I’m “working from home” and waiting on the blizzard. I convinced the boss that since the bad part was going to be South, I could get to work and maybe would have trouble getting home. He bought it. Debbie reported it is already sleeting, though it’s really hard to see.

    Felt good enough last night to do 40 minutes of Suffering. A friend, who can post some off the wall stuff, posted about doing intervals on his trainer and feeling light headed and weak. He meant it as a joke, because that what happens when you do intervals, but people were all alarmed. I think he might have had to pull it down.

    Hope the eye doctor works for you.


  7. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Roku is all arresting via apps. They have the biggies — Netflix, Amazon, YouTube (on version 3) — and a bunch of lesser knowns.

    At the eye doc now…

  8. Doctor done, all but the paying… He says that there is nothing more for me to do except keep on the course on which I’ve been set.

  9. Dammit, still having difficulties putting $116 eye drops into my eye.

  10. Steve says:

    Snomageddon has begun at JEFDSDR. That is all.

  11. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    All good in the high rent district of Dunwoody.

  12. Barb says:

    my boss is sending us home, but I am off at noon to see teh eye doc. I guess I better call Dr. Woodhams to see if they are closing early.

  13. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Good idea Barb. Starting to snow here now. Glad I went this morning.

  14. Even this damn yankee has to admit that things look bad on the roads right now. I should have gone home after the eye doctor, not driven up to Perimeter Mall.

  15. Steve says:

    I TOLD you MARTA would be a good option today. We just came back from lunch and got behind every driver who never learned how to drive in the snow. Arrgh. There might be a quarter inch on the ground, but the roads are clear in the sunny spots and covered in the shade.

  16. I’ve not seen a train run in over an hour.

  17. Steve says:

    Really? The rails only have a problem in an ice storm.

  18. Martha says:

    I just heard there is a fire at the MARTA station (I don’t know which one)…

    I’m still at the office, I’m hoping that all the rookies will get off the road soon and I can drive home in peace.

  19. bob says:

    Martha, have you not seen this?


    You are not going anywhere for a while.

    Paul you might as well leave your car and take Marta home.

    I came home from the office before any of this crap started, charging up the lights for a bandit night ride tonight!

  20. I can’t take MARTA home. I’m hoping that Taco Mac stays open because I can walk there later, though I doubt that I’m supposed to be drinking alcohol while I’m all hopped up on medication.

  21. Steve says:

    READ THE DIRECTIONS ON THE MEDICINE!! Most likely you cannot drink!

  22. Man, being on on drugs is really no fun now.

  23. Barb says:

    I up and running at home, trying to work, I don’t know if I’m made to work at home (well, when Allan is home).
    And – I’m impressed, the weathereman was right. Its very nice snow, not sure about people calling it a blizzard, but its nice looking snow.

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