It’s been a long, long weekend already for me. Because of Miss K’s pending departure we spent the better parts of Saturday and Sunday in the office trying to work through the feature she’s like to wrap up prior to heading to the Northwest.
I’m in the office today (it’s suppose to be a paid holiday), and through some scheduling confusion I’ve missed the conference call that I initiated yesterday. I have decided to use my presence in the office as the impetus to work on some personal coding issues and then get my ass either outside or inside at LA Fitness to do some exercise.
Today’s Daily Challenge
Name a sport or exercise you’d like to learn or take up again.
Being active is good for so many reasons! When you move that body, you lower your risk of coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, stroke, and certain types of cancer. Being physically active also improves your outlook, keeps your mind sharp, gives you more energy, and helps you sleep. By taking time to think about what you used to like (or would like to try), it may put you on a path to more regular activity that you really enjoy.
Does cycling count? I certainly can’t claim that I’ve done much of it since the Great Accident of February 2011.
How about hashing? Is that a sport?
A Night At The Bird
After working far too many hours Miss K, I, and my boss headed over to Firebird for some beers, food, and Olympics. While we sat there a group of twenty-plus twenty-somethings showed up and sat around one very long table. As I age I see the extreme lifestyle gaps getting large between me and that age group. What’s funnier is that our table’s twenty-five year old (going on thirty-five) even said she felt old when comparing herself to them.
For the most part they were a nice, but loud, group of young adults.
ITP Flickr Pic
“Through The Portal”
While up in Raleigh, NC I was taken to the Marbles Kids Museum, as you are when you are visiting friends with small children. There is a portal that takes you above the sidewalk, this shot shows you one of downtown Raleigh’s pocket parks.
Dearest Hertz (Car Rental, Not Theatre), I Am Trying To Give You Business
This weekend as Miss K departs Atlanta for the Northwest I will be departing Atlanta (temporarily) for warmer temps and to celebrate my mother’s birthday.
I think that I’ve driven the Jackmobile enough mileage over the years and he’s shown that he doesn’t want to do much more in the way of long-distance trips; as has been the case all too often in the past four years reliability has not been guaranteed. So, at least for this trip (as well as the one I’ll be making to Austin, Texas in about six weeks) I’m going to rent wheels. Sure, renting a car is more expensive, but at least this way I’m (almost) guaranteed to make it to my destinations on time.
My plan is to rent from the local (to work) Hertz pick up / drop off location, but I am currently unable to log into their website and my patience is growing thin. After I wrap up this blog post, and before I begin my day’s journey I am going to try and chat with them to find out what is wrong, and if we cannot figure this out I will seek another option.
Today’s Personal Project
I am going to work my way through an iOS tutorial book I purchased at the end of last week.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – getting better, though more things on my aged body are hurting today — if it’s not one thing it’s five things more.
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – Through a link posted by tech journalist Andy Ihnatko I have found News From Me, a blog written by Mark Evanier.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – Oops, I failed to check.
Foot Mileage – 0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 3 (3 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
- “Johnny Carson” by Henry Bushkin
- “Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative” by Austin Kleon