I’m at the office early to make the 8:00am phone call that fell through yesterday due to a scheduling snafu.
Today’s Daily Challenge
Avoid snacking while preparing one meal: drink water, chew gum, or crunch on plain veggies instead.
When you’re feeling hungry and/or stressed and are busy in the kitchen, it’s all too easy to nibble on whatever’s nearby. The problem is that you may be all filled up by the time you sit down to eat! Taking steps to keep from snacking as you prep can help you avoid taking in extra calories.
I need to start eating much, much better. At least this is what I am gathering from the multitude of problems that my body has experienced (and is still experiencing) lately.
What A Difference A Week Makes
About this time last week we (in Atlanta) were getting prepared for the catastrophic ice storm that was heading our way (which would result in my social activities for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights getting canceled), I was trying to come to grips with the new project on which I’ve been assigned, the Jackmobile hadn’t surprised me with its brake switch problem, and I had no idea that I was going to lose my comrade Miss K at the end of this week.
Today I am trying to come to grips with having to devote a lot more effort to keep two projects going, as well as getting my shit together for my trip to Florida at the end of this week.
Off The Rails
By lunchtime yesterday I had enough of working on my day off, so I left. I tried to figure out what sort of lunch would make me happy and I chose Indian buffet.
After lunch I made the executive decision to not return to the office, and since I had a bellyful of food exercising was out of the question as well. As I walked to the Jackmobile I figured that it was high-time for me to get the disgusting salt/sand/dirt that had stuck to it off before long-lasting damage occurred (and to make look like less of a slob to those driving near me). Because of the bike rack I am always reticent to go to a machine carwash, and let’s be honest those really don’t do that great of a job cleaning off this type of grime, so I headed home to do it myself.
I washed the Jackmobile.
The Jackmobile looks good, not great because I can never get the rims to shine again and I did absolutely no work inside the car, but it looks as good as a twelve year old car that’s been rammed on its back bumper and has been losing its clear coating for years can look.
If Adult Napping Were An Olympic Sport I’d Be A Multi-Medalist
Back inside after performing my chore I laid down on the couch and promptly took a two-hour nap. When I woke up I was amazingly refreshed. If only I used this refreshed feeling to do something productive.
Hertz Is An Interesting Company
As I mentioned yesterday, I am trying to rent a car from the local-to-work Hertz office for my trip to Florida this weekend.
By last night Hertz managed to get its reservation login system back online and I started a long, and frustrating process by using the Hertz app on my iPad.
I started by getting a feel for the prices offered to AAA members. The prices proved to be agreeable to me, so I logged in with my work/personal Hertz Gold Member Plus account only to find the per-day price associated with my company’s discount code was higher than that I saw for a AAA member. I never found a way to apply my AAA membership discount code while logged in, so I logged out and started the process over as a “guest” so that I could get the better price.
After getting all the way to the point where I could reserve the car I was presented with a dialog telling me that there was no network connection and the process was cancelled. [side note: my iPad has been having difficulty keeping cellular and wifi connections in the house lately]. I would have to start over again. In frustration I shook the iPad in anger, only to see this…
I picked up my MacBook Air and went through the entire process again, this time securing a vehicle for my trip, or so I think, I’ll find out on Friday when I go to pick up the car.
Today’s Personal Project
Make it to tonight’s TechCrunch Meetup.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – fair
Current Music – listening to the latest “Release Notes” podcast
Website Of The Day – TechCrunch is a technology blog, one that I should read more often.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – Car washing. Wait, is that really exercise?
Morning Weigh-In – Oops, I failed to check. Let’s say 215 pounds.
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