Sign Of A Boring Day

One sign of a boring day is that the most interesting thing that happens to you is that you try a new laundromat. After turning over my tax paperwork to my tax preparer and before driving home to whip up a dinner consisting of a Velveeta “jambalaya dinner” mix I stopped into Medlock Laundromat to wash and dry my clothes. I didn’t have a large amount to wash so I felt okay trying this tiny laundromat tucked into the same strip as Melton’s App & Tap (which I surprisingly did not patronize) at that amazingly-awkward intersection. The washing machines at this laundromat were expensive (my three loads wound up costing me $10) and I was lucky to hit the laundromat as people were leaving otherwise getting dryers would have been an issue; I doubt that I will return to Medlock Laundromat.

The “plan” was to wash clothes and then go for a walk around Medlock Park. That plan fell through because of multiple reasons not the least were I wanted to cook something at home and I needed to do some coding work. I spent the rest of the night doing that.

Odds and Ends: Yesterday I noticed that it looks as if Last Chance Thrift Store has gone belly up. Part of the Wal*Mart clean out? Also, I may still be fat but my weight has been helped some by the closing of the Chinese buffet that used to be on Scott Boulevard and was one of our old Federal Holiday lunch meet up restaurants.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Sit up straight in a chair, extend your legs, cross right leg over left, switch sides, and repeat.

It takes a lot of different muscle groups to make this scissor move successful! The leg motion requires you to engage muscles in both your inner and outer thighs. The move also calls on your core (can you feel those abdominal muscles working hard as you scissor your legs?). A strong core helps with everyday activities like bending or twisting and can help prevent back pain.

As I write this blog post I am sitting leaned way back in an office chair with my feet on my desk.

Schooled On Twitter
Another highlight of the night was Apple’s releasing of Xcode 5.1 and iOS 7.1 (see, I told you it was a boring day). Attempting to download iOS 7.1 to my iPhone failed miserably (probably due to volume) but I had no troubles downloading Xcode 5.1. The first launch of Xcode confused me because I saw no mention of iOS 7.1 and when I tweeted this curiosity I was promptly schooled by another user. No matter how much you think you know about a topic there is usually someone out there who knows more.

ITP Flickr Pic
I suppose another highlight of the evening was finding this photo that I took on Saturday and forgot to post yesterday.
“Not A Bad Way To Spend A Saturday”
Not A Bad Way To Spend A Saturday
Obviously I took this while on the VIP brewery tour of Three Taverns Brewery and if you look closely you can see the Jackmobile’s ass in the background.

If All Goes To Plan The Busiest Part Of My Social Week Begins Tonight
Because the iOS Developers Meetup has shifted to the second Tuesday of the month (from the third) the likelihood that this meet up will occur on the same week as the CocoaHeads Atlanta Meetup (which is on the second Thursday) has increased dramatically. It is happening this week.

Throw in tomorrow night’s Brave Combo concert at Smith’s Olde Bar and I have three nights of activities planned. Somehow I need to find ways to exercise and put in extra work hours? Yeesh!

Oddly I’ve yet to schedule anything for Friday and Saturday nights.

Speaking of scheduling, I am so on the fence of what to plan for March 22-24 weekend because there is so much going on — camping with Black Sheep, camping with ITP-Readers, Georgia Craft Beer Festival. Of course I could also work on my house, or if the weather is nice get some exercise. Oh well, this is a problem I can solve later.

Today’s Personal Project
Get out of work early enough to go to tonight’s iOS Developers meet up. I don’t have a good feeling about being able to pull this off today.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – okay, wish I could just get my body to stop hurting (in the bad way, I’m okay with the lingering soreness from Sunday’s racquetball).
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – Ever wonder what happens to shopping malls when they lose their usefulness? The folks at Dead Malls have.
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 – 3 (3 cardio)

Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0

March Goals
– 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

  1. “Johnny Carson” by Henry Bushkin
  2. “Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative” by Austin Kleon

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8 Responses to Sign Of A Boring Day

  1. Steve says:

    A busy day around the office yesterday, which is always good.

    When I got home, Debbie informed me that shen she drove to Megan’s to ride, she left the tack room door on the trailer open and it was now my job to ride my bike along some of the route to find what had blown out! Always up for a challenge, I set out and discovered much trash and car parts, but nothing that looked like it came from her trailer. The only thing she could specifically identify that was missing was a blade piece to her clippers. No joy.

    I finally got a hold of someone at the doctors office to ask where the FMLA paperwork was. She apologized and said it would be in soon. She also advised me (at my asking) to expect 2 weeks of recovery. I put that in without so much as a peep from my management. Have I said lately how much I like working here?

    Fencing party date!! What does everyones calendar look like for the weekend of April 12 and 13? The next weekend would be Easter, and that may be possible as well.

    While I can indirectly thank “Brave Combo” for my charming bride (it’s where Saddle Sores figured out I was OK and then introduced me to Debbie) I don’t think I’ll be attending.


  2. bob says:

    Paulie come camping on the 22nd weekend. We all know what will happen if you go to beer fest or go camping with Black Sheep. Come camping with us and you have the potential to not overindulge AND get some exercise, win win.

    Steve, we will be out of town that weekend of April. I think I’m free Easter weekend though.

  3. I’m now fighting a psychosomatic illness thanks to my boss emailing me this morning telling me that he is ill, this after telling me that one of his daughters was throwing up at his place on Sunday (and hung out with him all Sunday afternoon). I shouldn’t be sick, but the mind is a funny thing.

    I’m a “maybe” for that April weekend as I have a theater ticket for that Saturday night.

    I think it the Brave Combo show will be a blast, you will be missed.

  4. Barb says:

    April 12-13 is open for us right now. BUT Allan might be on a new shift, so we won’t know his work schedule until Thursday 3/20. That is the day he gets to bid out & get away from his asshole captain. I would assume there wil be some sort of beverage drinking that evening too, as we pack to go camping. (or, maybe we will pack the day before, so any drinking won’t get interupted.

    Paulie – you should come camping with us. Mtn biking at Dauset is fairly easy, flowy trail, it is a really fun ride (not a ton of climbing, so that makes me happy). I think there is some decent hiking to explore right there too. Allan was thinking about inviting Dean, but I told him he had to clear that with Laura. (LOL)

    Brave Combo, I haven’t bought a ticket yet, Allan has to work, not sure if I will make it. Driving down to Smith’s Old Bar on a weeknight….. Any idea if the show still has tickets available at the door?

  5. Doesn’t appear to be sold out, $18 at the door, early show — doors open at 7pm.

  6. Steve says:

    And apparently, we’re now a beer mules’ mule- Debbie’s passenger to Tallahassee was bringing back some FL beer, then left it in the truck- it is now in my car and may be delivered back to her later this week. Glad none of this is illegal!

  7. Hmmm, I wonder what was available in Tallahassee that I couldn’t get in Clearwater/Dunedin.

  8. Steve says:

    I think it’s in the trunk of my car. I’ll go check.

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