I know, enough about “goto fail;” already!
Today’s Daily Challenge
Vary your stride as you walk somewhere today, switching from short, peppy steps to long, slow ones.
Changing the length of your stride strengthens muscle groups in your legs, ankles, and core that don’t get used when you walk normally. And because you’re engaging a greater number of muscles than are necessary for regular walking, you’ll get your heart rate up and burn more energy. Plus, who knows when you might have another chance to pretend you’re a tiny dog and a massive giant?
Perhaps I’ll try this on my jaunt to the MARTA station this afternoon.
I Should’ve Known Better
I made it over to LA Fitness for racquetball last night and things were sorta okay. The actual smacking of the ball, which we did for about thirty-five minutes was fun, but I made a rookie mistake.
I should’ve taken into account that my racquet is at least ten years old and that its handle would then start to disintegrate as I used it. At first it was comical as my hand turned blue, but then when I also developed a blister on my palm it became less comical. I should’ve known that my tender hand needed a glove as well; it’s not like I didn’t wear one while playing racquetball, baseball, or golfing in the past.
So today I am bandaged with a rosy and sore palm (insert your own jokes here) and have an addition “to do” item of swinging by a sporting goods store for a few necessities before the next time I take the court.
Partial Fail At Taco Mac
We ruined the racquetball workout at Taco Mac (c’mon, you knew this was coming). I ordered a burger and had two beers. Even though I drank two beers I only received one Brewniversity credit. I ordered my second beer and was informed that they no longer had it in stock, even though the iPhone app said they did. “Well, I’ll take one of these” I said without consulting my list, “And if you don’t have that I’ll drink a Coca-Cola.” Our waitress, a playful young lass came walking to our table Coke in hand. “Oh come on. Really?” I said. “No, I brought this out as a joke to see what you’d do. Here’s a free Coke for you, your beer is on the way.” Well played, young lady. Well. Played.
An Hour By Train
On average it takes one hour for me to go door-to-door when I employ MARTA for transit. This morning’s trip (to work) was average, hopefully this afternoon’s trip (to home) won’t be any worse.
I chose MARTA today for three reasons:
- I still have a backlog of “transportation savings” that I am trying to consume.
- Look outside your window Atlanta. I see rain (this morning) which means “traffic”. Besides, even when the weather is beautiful Friday afternoon traffic stinks.
And the real reason is that there is rumor of Tasty China arriving at ITP-Reader Betsy’s house tonight and I want to be in the neighborhood early enough to consume some of that.I’ve just been informed that this has been postponed. Priorities. Two out of three ain’t bad. 😉
First Use Of My Georgia Craft Brewers Guild Membership
Tomorrow afternoon I will be putting my Georgia Craft Brewers Guild membership to use at Three Taverns Brewery a few blocks from the Avondale Estates MARTA station (and near the Paste Magazine office). I’ve had a few bottles of Three Taverns beers but this will be my first official trip to their facility (I was in the building they are in when it was occupied by a previous company).
Today’s Personal Project
Limit myself to the one (non peanut butter and chocolate) PopTart that I’ve eaten for breakfast.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – sore palm, foot hurts slightly, too much work, other than that okay
Current Music – silence
Website Of The Day – As a “Man of the Internet” I possess (too) many domain names. One of the domain names that I need to renew I am considering transferring management to Hover since I’ve heard good things about them (mostly through podcast ads).
Mode Of Transportation To Work – MARTA
Exercise (b)Log – racquetball, 35 minutes
Morning Weigh-In – Arg, I keep forgetting to jump on the scale
Foot Mileage – ~3.9 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 1 (1 cardio)
Marta Rides To Work – 1
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