Why were there so many people on the road at 6:00am this morning? WTF, it’s dark outside what’s with all of the go-getting?
Today’s Daily Challenge
Save money by unplugging appliances that aren’t in use.
Pulling out plugs can boost your bottom line and improve your financial health! Many homes have dozens of appliances that gobble energy even when they are off, which wastes your hard-earned money. Bonus: Doing this challenge is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint, as well.
I wish my scale were plugged in, I have used that in a long time.
I arrived at East Decatur Station about thirty minutes before the tour and decided to pop into The Corner Pub for a “food base” and pre-beer-tour beer (I had a Blue Tarp Brewing Amber — I’d score it a “C+”). To my surprise I knew the bartender, who didn’t recognize me, as some else who used to frequent The Gravity Pub back in the olden days of East Atlanta Village.
At the prescribed time I wandered over to Three Taverns only to find a small group of beer nerds standing outside. Seems as if there was a miscommunication and they didn’t know that we were coming. Yeesh. The small group, perhaps twelve, consisted of two women and the rest were men. Once inside with a beer in hand I mingled inside the space before the owner/brewmaster took us on the tour (yes, I went on this tour). By the time the tour ended the place was open to the public and was filled with attractive twenty-somethings who were there to lavish in the beer as well as the abundant sunshine. Two more beer “samples” and the realization that I was going home alone led me to go home alone rather quickly.
I spent the rest of the afternoon napping off my early drinking and then coding (unfortunately on a work-related project) for the rest of the night.
Yesterday was another beautiful day outside that I spent inside. I was not too phased by the loss of the hour in the wee hours of Sunday morning, so when I awoke I started right into more coding. Throughout the morning I was either coding, cooking/eating (eggs), or backing up data. I finally got out of the house (and in to traffic) around 3:30pm to go to my boss’ house to meet up to play racquetball.
During my trip to Dick’s Sporting Goods on Saturday I purchased a new racquetball glove and some grip tape in order to reduce the damage I did to my hand on Thursday evening. The new setup worked well, but I still managed to re-aggravate the spot on my palm. I also managed to give myself a bit of a blister on the bottom of my left foot, compounding the pain that foot has with last year’s tendonitis remnant and some toe pain due to a nail clipping fiasco seven days or so ago. I’m a fucking mess.
After beating ourselves up for awhile we headed back to my boss’ place where we grilled up some burgers and sampled some beers that I had picked up in Florida a few weeks ago.
I’m As Ready As I’m Going To Be
After getting home last night I gathered up my computer and all of the financial information that’s been sent to me over the past two months in preparation for meeting with my tax preparer this afternoon.
2013 wasn’t an especially financially busy year for me (in fact, due to the thousands of dollars I spent repairing the house I wasn’t especially generous with my charitable donations last year) so the paperwork gathering wasn’t too bad. Of course I am assuming that I remembered everything that I needed to gather…
Today’s Personal Project
Visit a lavanenderia, or maybe even a laundromat.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – meh, wishing my body wasn’t so feeble
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – DEDPXL is the latest incarnation of Decatur photographer Zack Arias’ work. If memory serves me right Arias’ studio is now very near Three Taverns brewery.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – Arg, I keep forgetting to jump on the scale
Foot Mileage – ~3.9 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 2 (2 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