When Last We Met
I am a bit out of sorts, being out of my normal surroundings yet again.
On Friday night I hung out at my boss’ place where Miss K prepared the best shaslick she could given the tools at hand (ideally she wanted a charcoal grill and skewers, instead she cooked the pork directly on the grate of a gas grill). The shaslick was really good, especially paired with the cabbage prepared two ways (one hot, one cold) by Hank and one of his daughters.
Given the amount of alcohol consumed it was smart of Miss K and me to have packed everything into my rental and sleep (separately) at Hank’s. I promised Miss K that I would take her to the airport on Saturday. I fulfilled this promise, but failed on the one about pronouncing her name correctly — I just couldn’t do it.
On The Road Again
After dropping Miss K off at Hartsfield at 6:30am on Saturday morning I pointed my rental car (a 2014 Chevrolet Malibu) south and made the long drive to Clearwater. I can say with certainty that the Chevrolet Malibu won’t be the Jackmobile’s replacement. It’s a good thing that I am not a fast driver because I saw a lot of revenue being generated by state and local police up and down I-75. In my rental I tooled along listening to podcasts via the audio-input jack (and occasionally via Bluetooth when I plugged into the USB port and it immediately took control of the audio system), stopping only once to fill up my tank at Waffle House and the car’s tank at a gas station located at the same exit.
I pulled into my mother’s driveway at almost the same time as my brother and sister-in-law did; they were just getting out of their van as I pulled into the driveway.
It was nice to be under the same roof as my mother and brother; it’s been a very long time since that has happened.
I think we had a good time hanging out before heading to a local Italian restaurant which was “slammed”. Florida is “in season” and we were there on a Saturday night when they were clearly training new staff so the service at this small restaurant was almost comical. The food was good and even better for me as my brother and sister-in-law picked up the tab.
I’m A Two-Time Winner!
As is our tradition my mom and I went to the local bowling alley for breakfast, where she also spent some money on lottery tickets. I’ve long-since given up asking her not to buy any for me because she’s never honored my request. In this instance I won $12 ($8 really since $4 was required for the purchase), I turned the winning tickets over to my mom and told her to reinvest the winnings later.
I, being the “good” son (a joke between my brother and me), joined my mom at bingo last night. Not only did I get to yell “bingo” I got to do it twice! My grand winnings totaled $45 and a bag of bingo markers — all of which was donated to my mother as part of her birthday fund. I didn’t leave completely empty handed, err stomached, however as I got to eat my mom’s slice of free birthday cake because she is diabetic.
Today’s Personal Project
Celebrate my mother’s birthday.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – not bad
Current Music – silence
Website Of The Day – Guess what I found in Clearwater, Florida. Skyline Chili. If my mother agrees I plan to drag her there for lunch.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – n/a
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – Will check again soon
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