Not Getting Things Done

I have many tasks on my plate, some of which are time critical as well, most of which are not being addressed. I blame no one but myself and need to figure out a way to carve out time each day to work on these issues. Many of these issues would not even exist had I not made poor decisions along the way like creating my own LLC. Which reminds me to start getting things going so I can escape the boundaries of the City of Atlanta as soon as possible.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Brush your tongue when you brush your teeth today.

Teeth and gums aren’t the only places in your mouth that collect food particles over the course of the day! Nope, your tongue is also a willing host of icky debris. Brushing your tongue helps to banish bacteria, and this can prevent decay in nearby teeth. A tidy tongue also helps put the brakes on bad breath.

I remembered reading this yesterday, so I did so this morning. 😀

Traffic Seems Bearable, Is School Out For Spring Break?
I left the office a little after 7:00pm last night and traffic was so “green” that I decided to skip eating dinner in the work neighborhood and drive directly home. While I didn’t clock the drive I was certainly home in less than an hour.

Because of this good fortune I also decided to whip up a bachelor’s dinner of bread, frozen meatballs, pasta sauce from a jar, and parmesan cheese from a canister; call it a “meatball sub without the sub roll.” I’m trying to eat some of the bread that I baked Sunday before it’s so dry that its best use would be for croutons or meatloaf filler. Oooh, meatloaf, I haven’t made one of those in some time…

You’d think an early night at home would afford me the time to sit and watch a little television (either actual television or something streamed over the internets). You’d be wrong. Once I was done wolfing down my meatballs mounded on bread it was back to the computer to attempt to solve some more of my work issues before falling asleep some time around 10:00pm. I keep trying to convince myself that all of this extra work, which involves teaching myself new iOS skills, will “pay off” some day. I hope that I am right.

I Guess I’ll Have To Show Up In Person?
A couple of weeks ago my medical insurance company mailed me a letter informing me that they would not be covering one of the procedures performed by the physical therapist I saw last summer. Ugh. Yesterday I decided to call the PT and discuss the matter with them, the only problem is that I cannot recall the name of the place that performed the physical therapy. I searched the paper from the health insurance company, they did not identify them (just imagine if I had been going to two or more PTs at the same time!). I searched through my calendar, but for all my appointments I put “Physical Therapy with Jessica” and never identified the company for which Jessica worked.

Maybe I’ll treat myself to lunch out today and pay them a visit in person…

More Battery Shortage
Perhaps the only thing I really dislike about the Jambox bluetooth speaker that I purchased a handful of months ago is its battery life, more specifically the way its battery dies almost instantaneously after announcing that it has “less than 1/4 full” battery life remaining. This behavior exhibited itself this morning on my commute in and I was left to attempting to listen to the radio (unlistenable) and spend some quiet time driving. I was hoping the latter would inspire some coding creativity, but alas it did note.

Shearwater Tonight!
I don’t know if you are familiar with the band Shearwater but they are performing at The EARL tonight and I will be in attendance (this probably means that I’ll be very sleepy tomorrow). I’ve seen Shearwater perform a few times (I’m pretty sure I’ve seen them more than once) and am looking forward to this performance even though I am unfamiliar with anything that they have released recently.

Today’s Personal Project
Complete, Xerox, and mail off Sharpened Stone’s LLC paperwork to the City of Atlanta.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – meh
Current Music – silence
Website Of The Day – Craft beer is a big business, don’t believe me, believe this infographic from Online Business Degree.
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 – 5 (5 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

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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16 Responses to Not Getting Things Done

  1. Barb says:

    Good for you – eating at home. I haven’t made a meatloaf in a while either, might have to put that on the list. And – you can put it in the crockpot to cook, so it will be ready when you get home, or if you want to watch it cook all day at work. (the grease that comes out doesn’t look that appetizing, but just scoop it away & the meatloaf tastes just fine)

    I went & did 2 yoga classes last night since Allan was at work, a basic flow class (good workout without seeming like it would be) and my usual yin class. (long stretches). I can really feel it today.

    BTW – Allan is all pissy, the bid that was supposed to take place today & tomorrow just got pushed off yesterday until April. The City is so mis-managed. He’s stuck at that firehouse for another month.

  2. Hmm, the Jambox charged completely already so I guess that I shouldn’t be too hard on it.

  3. martha says:

    Ugh Barb, that sucks for Allan, sorry.

    All things considered Day/Night One went pretty well. The movers, Lowes and hell, even Comcast all showed up and did what was needed.

    We have a temp certificate of occupancy, the contractor needs to add a small railing to the front and back steps…that’s it.

    Corey and his crew will still be in and out over the next couple of days wrapping things up but all the major stuff is finished.

    I’m taking Nibbles to the vet, another trip to Lowes, then I’ll hit Kroger. I’m really looking forward to cooking in the new kitchen.

    The only issue…the smoke detectors keep chirping, we changed the batteries but that didn’t work. So I was playing with them yesterday and thought I had it fixed. I guess it was only a 12 hour fix, since they started going off again at 3 am.

  4. Barb says:

    Martha – when that happens with the smoke detector at 3am, you didn’t just call 911? That makes firemen so happy. Are they carbon monoxide detectors too?

    Glad everyone showed up like they were supposed to yesterday. Railing, yeah, need those to pass the inspection. We got lucky with our garage to have a nice inspector, he wanted us to build stairs off the back of the garage, but we told him a deck was going in right away (which totally wasn’t true). He signed off on it.

    Camping this weekend at High Falls State Park – anyone joining us? Weather is looking like it might be ok.

  5. Steve says:

    Well done Martha!! My first apartment was a little one BR and the smoke detector was outside the closed bedroom door. About 02:00 the F’er went off and I freaked. I dropped to the floor and crawled to the door to check the temprature of the knob. Nothing. Opened the door and the damn battery was low.

    All the animals were quite surprised to get breakfast at 05:00 this morning- Izzie and the Farls are loose in the house and Brownie is on patrol on the grounds. I think we’re secure, unless thieves carry buckets with them.

    I did not send out a notice for Third Wednesday, but it is, though I shant be there.


  6. bob says:

    Camping this weekend! Maiden voyage of the camper too, can’t wait! Come join us Paul, the weather is looking real good.

    Ride to the capitol was fun, it was cold but I have all the clothes to keep me warm so I had a good time. The only problem was my boss and his boss were there and these guys can NOT ride in groups. They were all over the place, I had to throw some elbows a few times to avoid hooking my handlebars. Lesson learned, these guys will have a bubble around them next time we ride.

    Martha, congrats on being moved in to the new/old house.

    Barb, that sucks for Allan. I’ll try to not mention it this weekend.

  7. Steve says:

    Bob, that’s one thing that always scares me in that kind of “come one, come all” event. Reminds me of my track racing days!!

  8. Hmm, just booked rental car for trip in two weeks. Between it, hotel, conference, meals (alcohol), and gas perhaps I should consider selling my Brussels Rego too? And call me crazy if you will, but I decided to (nearly) double the price of the car rental by getting the insurance. I just have a feeling about this…

  9. martha says:

    Thanks everyone. I’ll be so happy once we have things ‘liveable’ and I can relax a bit. The living room is about finished…it looks so bare, I guess we need more stuff. 🙂

    The alarm just started chirping…it didn’t actually ‘go off’ (thank goodness). Looks like the ‘fix’ works for about 11 hours…it is starting back again.
    The guys will be over tomorrow, I’m going to make sure they have another look.

    all the steps have a railing, the inspectors wants a second railing, thinks the one there is too big and a kid couldn’t grab on to it. Like I care, nobody put up a railing for me when I was a kid and I turned out just fine!!!

    oh my god, I just realized Jerry ran the dishwasher…I’m sitting right across from it and didn’t even notice until is started to drain…so quiet.

  10. Jenka says:

    Paulie, do you not listen to NPR?

    Barb, saw your comment from yesterday. HEH. Technically I’m not opposed to camping, but this weekend I’ve got to move all the crap that I’ve been storing for free at my ex-husband’s house for two years because he is a total push-over and just let me leave shit. Now he’s selling the house so I have to get it out.

  11. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Selling the house? What a concept!!!

    Yes, I listen to NPR but the reception this morning was a little less than stellar for me.

  12. Jenka says:

    The NPR reception has been really scratchy and horrible for MONTHS.

    Paulie, you’ll be interested to hear that he’s selling the house without doing any of the renovations it needs. And it needs a LOT: the entire house needs new plumbing and electrical, AND it needs a new roof. Realtor is confident he will break even. It’s a good market to sell.

  13. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Whoa. If you know the realtor and are willing to share the info I wouldn’t mind getting his/her name.

  14. Jenka says:

    Absolutely: Melissa Wakamo from Red Robin Group. She rocks.

  15. Michelle says:

    Paulie, I just set up a LLC in Colorado for my consulting business. (I needed it in order to work remotely for my job, which right now is about one day a week.) What were the problems you’ve encountered? I’ve never done this before so any advice would be welcome.

    Martha, I’m so excited to hear that you are moved back it!


  16. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I think my problem is that I set it up within the City of Atlanta. Also, I did it myself, I might’ve consulted somebody else to set it up. CoA is forcing me to have a business license and file sales tax paperwork.

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