Surprised to find out it’s me, aren’t you.
Today’s Daily Challenge
Quiet your mind by looking at an object from nature.
Our lives are so busy that we often disconnect from the natural world. Slowing down to pay attention to small details helps us feel more at one with everything around us and can redirect our focus, if even for a minute. Making time for quiet reflection can reduce stress, lower blood pressure, improve concentration, and reduce anger and frustration. Breathing deeply while you do it will also lower your heart rate and renew your energy.
I tried connecting with the natural world yesterday, see today’s photo to see how well it went.
Out And About
With productivity in mind I headed up to the Perimeter Mall area on Saturday morning. While there I deposited a check at Delta Community Credit Union, picked up a few shirts at my “local” dry cleaner, and spent a few formative hours in the office doing work. On Saturday afternoon I was lured by the warmth and sunshine to go for a walk. I drove to the the Brookhaven LA Fitness, changed clothes, and then went for what turned out to be a 6.1 mile walk (if you believe Map My Ride).
On Sunday morning I left the house to go get gas, do laundry, and eventually meet up with my boss for some racquetball smacking at the Brookhaven LA Fitness. We may not be good players, in fact we are not even keeping score, but this change of pace in the exercise routine is working out well as I am rather sore today.
P’Cheen Is P’Gone
After kicking around the office for a few hours on Saturday I wound up spending a lovely afternoon with ITP-Reader Betsy and Gary. While drinking some drinks and awaiting our pizza’s arrival we started talking about local establishments. It was at that time that I fond out that P’Cheen has closed.
P’Cheen is one of those places that I really liked when it first opened and always figured that I would frequent. But I didn’t. And now it’s gone.
ITP Flickr Pic
I spent some time at Shady Valley Park (think “off Buford Hwy, near Green’s Package Store”) and was hoping to get a bit of a nature walk in before meeting up with my boss to play racquetball. I was stymied.
5c Or Not 5c, That Is The Question
Another imperfection with my iPhone 5 has started to show. This weekend when taking photos of white things I noticed two areas of the camera’s sensor that have appeared to have died. It may be time for a new phone (in-con-ceivable!).
I am considering wandering over to the Apple store today and plunking down the full cost for an unlocked phone, my only decision is whether or not to save $100 and get an iPhone 5c (a pretty-color one that is really an iPhone 5 in disguise) or an iPhone 5s (the “new” higher-tech model).
Regardless of the model I choose this phone is meant to be a place-holder until the iPhone 6 is available sometime later in the year. This is also why I plan to pay full price ($549 for the iPhone 5c, or $649 for the iPhone 5s) for an unlocked phone. Buying an unlocked phone will give me two short-term benefits as well:
- While traveling around Europe this summer I can buy SIM cards and use them because an unlocked phone is carrier agnostic. Suck it, AT&T!
- Unlocked phones have higher resale values and when the time comes for my to buy the new and fancy later in the year (perhaps getting the cheaper price by renting my soul to AT&T for another two years) I have a better chance of recouping some of my loss.
And if I act now I might even be able to get a few shekels for my barely-acceptable iPhone 5 from Gazelle.
Today’s Personal Project
Make a decision about my cell phone.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – sore in a physical way, which I’m okay with today
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – It’s highly unlikely I’ll win my NCAA bracket, but I should follow Blogging the Bracket.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – Saturday = walking, ~6.1 miles; Sunday = racquetball, ~1 hour
Morning Weigh-In – Arg, I keep forgetting to jump on the scale
Foot Mileage – ~10.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 7 (7 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
Oh yeah, Friday night’s outing at Ormsby’s was fun, at least until I put on my cranky pants and left. 😉 While there I threw darts (alone) and was surprised to remember how much I enjoy doing that. For the most part the volunteers were nice, but after a while I started feeling like the outsider I am.
As I was leaving I saw two young people doing some photography nearby (I was on the top of a parking deck when I saw them). To my astonishment the photographer was using what appeared to be a constant-light ring flash attached to a tablet that served as the camera. Oh the kids today…
Camping was fun, High Falls State Park is only an hour or so drive, we will definitely go back. We were in the world of large motor homes, makes our tent camping seem so inadequate. Dauset Trails were only 6 miles down the road, worked out perfect, Allan & I rode both Friday & Saturday. Sunday morning it looked & seemed like rain, so we got everything packed up & it started raining about 5 minutes after we were all done.
Camping was awesome! Maiden voyage of the camper went off with no real problems (except Laura coming down with a bronchial issue and getting no sleep), although we have started quite the list of extra crap we need to purchase for the camper. Very pleasant weekend, nice to hang with the Groves and see Mark again. Vivi on the trail a bike on the Dauset trails was a sight to see, she is a trooper.
Got home and the sun was out so decided to button up the camper quickly and get out to Blankets creek for another ride. Great times ensued, riding a single speed on the south loop was actually fun, I thought it would be miserable.
I really need to get some road miles in before the Tour de Cure and BRAG. Paulie, dust off your bikes and lets go ride!
Getting the bike in riding condition was the one thing I failed to do this weekend. Perhaps I’ll make that a priority for tonight.
Back from a whirlwind weekend in Colo. skiing was a success on Friday, however, my roomate and former ski instructor was unable to join us as his airline lost his bag on a direct flight to the Springs. WTF, O? They were as astonished as he. As for the possibility of renting equipment, he’s at least 6’4″ and admitted to having a size 15 foot. Rental boots? Prolly not.
It was a productive meeting of the NTC. I’ll be on the team re-writing the Level C officials seminar material. Whoopee. Nothing else earth shattering that I can speak of.
Dinner (on USAC) was pretty good Italian with enough wine and Lemoncella (sp?) to make it really good.
The only real event for the weekend was Debbie losing her phone while at the horse show in NC. Fortunatly, insurance will cover it- now toget back all her numbers.
I’m dragging a bit this morning as I didn’t get to sleep before midnight and was on my normal 5:45 bus. Ugh.
Allan has had no problem renting size 14 ski boots in the past.
and Debbie – I spent some serious time with the Verizon Back-Up Assistant portion of their website a while back – so all my phone#s were in there when my phone went wonky. Hopefully whoever is your provider will have something like that.
I really need to get on the roadbike – maybe this weekend the weather will cooperate.
I think I’m backed up as well, even though I know I haven’t replaced all the numbers in my phone since I swapped it a while back.
I “think” I’m backed up, but I’ll know for sure tomorrow when the new phone arrives. What a pain in the ass.
Glad y’all enjoyed High Falls; it’s a pretty area.
Other than losing my phone I had a blast at Katherine’s 60th birthday celebration in NC. Lots of laughs, fun rides and nice dinners. I can’t believe she’s turning 60, but she’s doing it right!
Verizon Back-Up Assistant. It’s magical. I got a new phone last month and when I switched, all of my contacts and photos and text messages and wallpaper were exactly the same.
Jenka – I didn’t realize it would save my photos & texts too – that’s extra cool!