Feeling The Love In The Air

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.

Carbs, huh.
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.

  1. Do an exercise routine at least three times.
  2. File Sharpened Stone’s paperwork.
  3. 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
“Premature Firecraculation”
Premature Firecraculation
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 DayIt’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

February Goals
– 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

  1. “Johnny Carson” by Henry Bushkin

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11 Responses to Feeling The Love In The Air

  1. martha says:

    It was a pretty uneventful weekend here. Jerry and I celebrated the five year anniversary of the day we met on Friday. Honestly, I would have bet you $100 we wouldn’t have lasted 6 months…just goes to show. We went to Drafting Table, I was disappointed, they were having an off night, but still nice to get out.

    There was talk of a SCT bike ride on Saturday but the weather never really warmed up enough for me. Barb went, I’ll let her tell you about it.

    Then I woke up yesterday with a dry, nagging cough. At first I thought it was just from the heat going a bit wacko the night before, it must have been 85 degrees in the bedroom when I woke up. It got worse as the day went on, mostly just the cough, a few body aches, but that might just be from all the coughing. I’m staying at home today. No need to expose anyone else to this.

    Jerry went to Midway to watch the game but came home at half time, we sort of watched the rest on line but by that time, it really wasn’t much of a game.

    Went by the house, they have all the drywall up, still a lot of taping, mudding and sanding to go…its so cold and damp, it takes longer than normal but we are still on track.

  2. Steve says:

    Let’s see… helped Debbie’s friend Meg move from Gwinettia to Ralph McGill Place (culture shock). Tried to get into 6FU for a thank you dinner, but it was slammed. Ended up ad Daddy Dz for some good ‘cue.

    Rode for an hour yesterday in the beautiful weather! Amazing to go from 9 degrees to 70 in 5 days time.

    I was sort of hoping the Bronco’s would at least be competitive yesterday, but they only had 5 decent plays they strung together as far as I could tell. Shame.

    And ditto on the commercials.

    Happy 5 years Martha!!


  3. And what about the news of Philip Seymour Hoffman? Man, I figured that he was going to be the DeNiro of my generation. Sad.

  4. Steve says:

    Just say no. Debbie read that he had been clean for 23 years… that’s a shame.

  5. Barb says:

    congrats on 5 years Matha – but hey – why would Jery get rid of his sugar momma?

    I was shocked that PSH was only 46? I thought he was older.

    Silver Comet Trail – start riding at 1130 Saturday, I thought would be wet & maybe a little slushy, but nothing like what we encountered. But, we were there, and once we got started, it was a goal to just keep riding. Sarah, Bob Bender & I realized not even a mile into the ride it was going to be treacherous. We went 19 miles out to the Brushy Mountain tunnel, because we thought it might be pretty still with snow & ice. we were not disappointed. Were were so proud of ourselves that no one crashed. I think we might have averaged 8 MPH on the way out. The return trip was very different – just a little wet, and almost no slush left. But, Bob & I were beat, I think the stress & tension on the ride got us, so it was no blistering speed back to the cars either.
    Mexican food afterwards was sooooo good. Betsy & Susan had tried to plan a run to end at the same time as us out there, but they got done at least an hour earlier than we did. I’m glad I did the ride, it is something I didn’t even know needed to be on the bucket list.

  6. bob says:

    I really enjoyed the half time show, first time in a long time that there was a performance instead of a lip sync.

    Saturday was race #2 of Snake Creek, I was able to shave 25 minutes off my time and broke the 5 hour mark. I think I’m in 13th place so no podium for me but dammit I’m going to get that belt buckle! One more race and I’ll have it.

    Sunday before the game was spent on my marathon bathroom remodel. I am so close now, just some sink plumbing to do, set the toilet, and finish the trim and call it done.

    This week I need to clean out the garage too since on Saturday we are bringing home the pop up camper we bought at the RV show last week.

  7. Steve says:

    Camper?!? Do tell, Bob.

    We have always wanted to get something like that, but haven’t pulled the trigger yet.

  8. Barb says:

    Bob – I can’t believe you guys got a pop-up, but I suppose it is a good idea especially with Travis. We wnat to get something a little bigger than a pop-up someday, but it isn’t in the budget right now.

  9. Steve says:

    From CNN:

    10. And of course, the pillorying

    The beating the Broncos took on the field was nothing like the ones they took on Twitter.

    Use the promo code PEYTON when ordering a Papa Johns pizza & when it’s delivered to your house, a Seattle DB will take it from you & eat it.

  10. bob says:

    I have wanted a pop up camper for years, we went to the RV show and they had some really deep discounts. Got a small trailer but it has everything we need, double bed, queen bed, toilet/shower inside, outdoor shower, gas heater, A/C unit, water heater, small fridge, and awning. We bought it from Peco camping in Tucker and pick it up on Saturday, we had to make an appointment to pick it up and they said to give them about 2 hours and they will go over every little part and show us how it works. Pretty cool of them to do that.
    Now we just have to figure out where we are going to store it, not sure if it will fit in my garage or not.

  11. Steve says:

    You can always store it at the day spa!! 😉

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