Hello, February. If not for that one day you contain (and my constant lack of couplehood) you are a month I like a lot.
Today’s Daily Challenge
Eat complex carbohydrates like whole grains, starchy vegetables, or beans, at two meals today.
We all need substantial amounts of carbohydrates each day, but much of what we consume are known as simple carbohydrates. Simple carbohydrates include white bread, pasta, pizza, sweets, and soft drinks; they can give a quick energy jolt but then lead to a quick crash. Complex carbohydrates, on the other hand, are broken down more slowly. By getting more of these types of foods in your day, you’ll have a steadier energy level.
Last Week’s Big Three Scorecard
I won’t even go into last week’s list because the Snowmageddon threw everything out of whack.
This Week’s Big Three
Important week in my life this week.
- Do an exercise routine at least three times.
- File Sharpened Stone’s paperwork.
- Pack my suitcase.
Find our more about #3 tomorrow…
Sum Of Dis And Sum Of Dat At Dim Sum
After getting my ass up to a very crowded LA Fitness in Brookhaven Saturday morning to ride a stationary bike for an hour I headed up to Chamblee for the Chinese New Year celebration.
Camera in tow I met up with a bunch of coworkers at the grocery store and we had a fun time watching the festivities in what turned out to be amazing weather.
Post-show we carted up to Oriental Pearl, too late to cash in on our lunch reservation however, and after a relatively long wait the feeding began.
Dim Sum was the order of the day and doing the ordering were the owners of the grocery store from which we had just departed. I’ve eaten dim sum many-a-time, and tried just about everything that was put in front of me with the exception of the chicken feet; I just can’t get past knowing what those are enough to put them into my mouth.
With a belly overstuffed with chow (I had no Chow Mein, but did have Chow Fun) I drove home to take a good couple-hour nap. I spent the rest of Saturday researching some new project to which I’ve been assigned at the office.
ITP Flickr Pic
Some people are idiots. After the team laid out all of the strips of fireworks for the Chinese New Year celebration they handed out packets of fireworks and punks to people the crowd. And because people with fireworks can’t seem to help themselves they started lighting them and throwing them on the ground. One idiot got his (I’ll assume it was a “he” because most idiots are men) lit pack close enough the the cache on the ground and then all hell broke loose by starting the chain reaction. These guys tried in vein to stop the fireworks from blasting, but their attempts were futile. In minutes all of the fireworks were gone — before the celebration even started. The organizers put out whatever stash they had left for the actual celebration, but it just wasn’t the same the second time around.
Who Would Have Thunk It?
That the Bruno Mars / RHCP halftime show would be the best part of the Super Bowl last night. Hell, I thought all of the commercials were terrible as well, including that puppy dog / clydesdale Budweiser commercial that every one thinks is so great.
Hello Beer, My Old Friend
For nine days I had one, singular beer. I think this is the longest stretch of (drinking) abstinence (okay, it wasn’t true “abstinence” since I caved once) for me since I started drinking again in the early 1990s. I wanted to go to a brewery tour on Saturday but after the day of Chinese New Year festivities all I really wanted to do was go home and relax. So I did.
I started drinking again yesterday, and it’s going to take some time to get my beer legs back under me. I also knew that I needed to be careful yesterday because the police would be out in force post-Super Bowl, and I was right. I saw three Brookhaven cops lined up near the intersection of Clairmont and Buford Highway as I started my journey home last night.
Happy Birthday Bro
You can call him “William”.
You can call him “Bill”.
You can call him “Ronnie”.
Unlike me, you can probably call him late for dinner.
Today is my brother’s birthday! I’m happy to announce that I believe that I will get to meet up with him in Florida on our mother’s birthday later this month.
Ronnie, your card is somewhere between Georgia and New York — not that you care when it arrives, of course.
Today’s Personal Project
I need to process a lot of paperwork tonight. Sure, this was supposed to be done last weekend, but let’s just say that it didn’t happen.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – okay, though I have a ton of shit to do.
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – It’s the year of the horse. You know, I’m hung like a horse — a seahorse.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – Friday = nothing; Saturday = stationary bike, 65 minutes; Sunday = nothing
Morning Weigh-In – I’m somewhere in the neighborhood of 220 pounds; that is a bad neighborhood for me.
Foot Mileage – 0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 0 (0 cardio)
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0
– have European trip plans in place, if not carved in stone
– 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
– publish an app to the iOS AppStore (new)
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