It was too warm (and I was too disinterested) to go up into the attic to clean up this weekend. I’ll be doing that tonight and probably Wednesday night, with hopes of finishing that task by the end of this coming weekend.
Today’s Daily Challenge
Read guidelines for when to have an eye exam.
Eye exam guidelines are different for everyone and depend on your age, family history, and whether or not you have a chronic disease. Making a visit to the eye doctor at the right time means that he or she will have the chance to find any problems early on, when they are most treatable.
I’ve had more eye exams than sex with other partners in the last decade, which is probably why I am going blind.
This Week’s Big Three
Yeah, this is probably the most inconsistent section of this blog…
- Gather all tax-related paperwork in preparation for appointment with tax preparer next Monday.
- Clean all of the shit (literal) and other detritus from the attic.
- Schedule an appointment with at least one plumber to get an estimate on repairing all of the sinks at the ITP Estate (note: still not ready to tackle major plumbing problem, that’s another task).
On Saturday afternoon I met up with ITP-Readers (?) Betsy and Terri for a lovely dinner at The Argosy. There was a bit of confusion as I arrived because I only expected to dine with Betsy so I had to abandon the table for two at which I had been seated and waited for a larger one to open. All was well however as I was seated before the ladies arrived. The three of us split pork belly kabobs, the cheese plate, and a pizza.
Only Betsy and I had tickets for the Alejandro Escovedo / Peter Buck show at The EARL, but as I lucked into buying a ticket to hear Escovedo in Kansas City four-plus years ago so did Terri on Saturday night — from a person who Betsy knew no less.
It was All-Star (for people like me) night at The EARL on Saturday. The crowd, consisting of mostly “old people” included members of Magnapop and Apples In Stereo (I recognized Robert Schneider), and also less well-known dignitaries such as the guy who owns Decatur CD, the guy who used to own Ella Guru, former hasher Asshole, and my friend John.
The show itself was a blast, I really enjoyed the sets performed by Buck and Escovedo. Although it was an “early show” (and non-smoking!) starting at 8:00pm we still didn’t exit The EARL until about 11:30pm.
I know that coding is my career but because of the way things have been lately I seem to be obsessed by it (you’d think that’d I’d be much better by now…). After my trip to the lavenderia yesterday morning I headed into the office for a few hours to try and wrap my head around this major snafu that my last project is experiencing.
With a modicum of success I left the office after about three hours to get some exercise in the beautiful weather. Unfortunately my planned two-hour / approximate-seven-mile walk was shortened significantly due to unforeseen bodily issues (let’s just leave it at that).
I drove the Jackmobile (who exhibited a new strange behavior this morning that might be tied to my last repair) to Kroger where I picked up some items to eat before heading home to start coding again. I think that I finally gave up around 11:00pm.
Huh, That’s New…
After putting items into the trunk this morning I closed the trunk only to watch the brake (?) lights stay on longer than they normally would. I watched with interest and dismay, and then they went off. I swear while sitting in the car letting it warm up the brake lights came on again without me pressing the brake.
Faulty new switch?
Faulty ground wire?
Time for a new car?
Today’s Personal Project
Submit my expense report paperwork for my Raleigh trip so that I get reimbursed.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – meh, I wish things were very different
Current Music – silence
Website Of The Day – A lot of buzz on Twitter about something called “The Academy Awards” last night. As I understand it had something to do with movies. Here’s Paste Magazine’s (are they still in Decatur?) list of the fifty best movies of 2013. I’ve seen exactly zero of these.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car that keeps disappointing me
Exercise (b)Log – Sunday = walking, ~3.9 miles
Morning Weigh-In – Arg, I keep forgetting to jump on the scale
Foot Mileage – ~3.9 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 0 (0 cardio)
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0
– have Austin CocoaConf trip plans in place (new)
– exercise no fewer than twenty days (new)
– ride my bike no fewer than five times (new)
– 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
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