I have no recollection of quelling the morning’s first alarm. I awoke about fifteen minutes prior to the sounding of my second alarm.
Today’s Daily Challenge
Learn about sugar alcohols in food.
Long gone are the days of just a few sugar substitutes – now food manufacturers have nearly a dozen sweeteners to choose from when creating their products. Becoming familiar with the names of the sweeteners can help you identify them on a nutrition label. Knowing their pros and cons allows you to make a more informed choice about your food.
If it’s sweet then it’s for me.
Hey, At Least I’m Wasn’t That Guy
I scampered out of work early yesterday in an effort to beat traffic into midtown. I won. I left the office near Perimeter Mall and pulled into the parking lot on 5th/Spring (to which I had the “pleasure” of paying $9 to park for five hours) at about 4:30pm.
With nearly two hours to kill prior to the start of the Atlanta iOS Developers Meetup I didn’t know what to do. The obvious answer would have been to wander over to the 5th Street LA Fitness and get some exercise, but instead I found a branch of my bank, pulled out some cash, and pulled into Cypress Street Pint & Plate.
By the time I arrived the four guys at one of the bar’s corners were smashed, talking shit about Tampa, the University of Florida, and something related to the business that supports me. I, not wanting to be sucked in, kept my mouth shut. Over time the guy closest to me, two bar stools away, wound up putting his head down on the bar for a little “nap”. I had no idea when these guys started drink and less desire to find out.
I like Cypress Street a lot. Tuesday night is apparently “Beer Geek” night and last night they were tapping a special keg of something, the bartender was friendly and attentive, and they offer pints of Sweetwater IPA for $3 at all times. As a bonus I noshed on some half-priced appetizers — fried mushrooms, pimento cheese with toast — as my dinner.
By the time I left Cypress Street and wandered into the basement of the Biltmore I was glad to be sitting and listening to presentations for a few hours before having to get back to my car.
Whole Lotta N00bs In The House
There was a good turn out for last night’s Atlanta iOS Developers Meetup, including a lot people attending for the first time. One of the first-timers was a guy named Scott who I follow on Twitter, we met in real life for the first time last night; Scott is the husband of the women I mildly freaked out at the career fair in Raleigh when I introduced myself to her. Another first-timer was a woman who mentioned that she was going to start another iOS developers group for women only. While I understand the desire for women’s-only gyms, it seems odd and wrong to me to segment the software development population based on gender, and it’s not because I think it’ll hurt my chances to meet women (you can’t get any worse than I am today).
The topics last night were about Bluetooth, something I’d like to learn more about but have little available bandwidth for at the moment, and a beginner’s lesson about the use of notifications, delegates, and blocks. I knew much about the beginner’s topic and for the first time felt confident enough to interject a few things. ** pushes nerd glasses back up bridge of nose **
Though it sounds as if I probably won’t see any of you down at Smith’s Olde Bar tonight I have a ticket and am planning on attending. Hell, even if no one I know makes it I’ll have a fun time listening to the polka stylings of Brave Combo (always chuckle at that URL).
Hey, if you are in Raleigh, North Carolina tomorrow night Brave Combo will be playing The Pour House.
Today’s Personal Project
Try to get some exercise before tonight’s Brave Combo show.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – miffed about work and my personal life
Current Music – silence
Website Of The Day – I find it humorous that a website called No Recipes posts recipes, but this one for baked beans looks so good that I might have to try it soon. Go watch the slideshow on that site, but don’t do it if you are hungry.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – I don’t want to know, which means that I need to know
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