I will probably hate myself this afternoon but I just could not convince myself to ride MARTA today. Yesterday’s commute to my car took 1:15 in part because I walked to the Sandy Springs train station instead of Dunwoody because I felt as if I needed an emergency pitstop along the way. I did, Wendy’s was my oasis. The other thing that kept nagging me was that it was 30° F this morning, which obviously requires a substantial coat especially if you plan to stand on an outside platform awaiting the arrival of a train, but it’s supposed to get up into the mid-60° F range today which is too warm for the morning jacket.
So I drove.
Eh, this also gives me the opportunity to stop at LA Fitness if I want to get a bit of a workout in before heading over to ITP-Reader Betsy’s house for “Tasty China Night”: Take 2.
Today’s Daily Challenge
Do yoga’s bow pose to open up your chest and strengthen back muscles.
The bow pose is an excellent way to stretch and open up the chest and shoulders, and it can feel great if you’ve been sitting at a desk for a long time. It also helps stretch and strengthen back muscles. Strong back muscles are less likely to get injured when you’re doing everyday tasks that involve bending, lifting, or twisting.
“Bow”, like so many words in English, intrigues me because of the different ways it can be interpreted.
Hooray For Alliance Theatre
I called the box office yesterday and they were more than helpful in exchanging my Hertz Stage ticket for one next Thursday night. While on the phone I took the opportunity to renew my season subscription for the 2014/2015 season. 2015? Man, that’s a scary thought.
BNR Moving Day
If I were an employee of Big Nerd Ranch I would be involved in the office-moving preparations I saw happening last night before the CocoaHeads Atlanta meet up. But I’m not, and am only slightly feel slighted by this. BNR is moving its office from begin east of the Pullman Yard to the west.
The crowd was small and the presentation short so I felt okay joining the even-smaller group who migrated to Thinking Man Tavern afterward.
Sadly my efforts to employe the knowledge gained last night have already failed miserably and I’ve given up on the technology for now.
A Lot Of Ends To Tie Up
So many dangling tasks that I want to complete by the end of the weekend:
- Apparently I didn’t file some tax paperwork with the City of Atlanta for my completely unprofitable business, Sharpened Stone LLC. Note to Self: Shut down Sharpened Stone this year, move out of the City of Atlanta, or both.
- I need to take care of other paperwork with Sharpened Stone in an effort to avoid any penalties.
- My health insurance company sent me a note telling me that they were not going to cover one of the procedures performed last summer by the physical therapist I saw in conjunction with my tendonitis treatment. This is the second time they’ve done this, I need to call the physical therapist to get this cleaned up.
- I have two boxes of crap that need to find
theretheir way to Goodwill.
- I want to secure a rental car for my Austin trip, which is shockingly only three weeks away now.
With the weather being questionable I should have plenty of time to take care of all of these, and even perhaps slip in a trip to a brewery for a tour tomorrow.
Today’s Personal Project
Teach myself an iOS skill that I don’t currently possess.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – fair
Current Music – listening to NPR Music’s “All Songs Considered” podcast in which they previewed their trip to Austin for SxSW this week.
Website Of The Day – SxSW — South by South West. Reminds me of my Twitter joke from four years ago when I made up a fictitious ExSE music showcase that takes place in Macon, GA.
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 – 4 (4 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