Busier Than A Beaver

Oh boy, partially-sleepless nights galore as I wake up with my mind racing about code that needs to be written. Unfortunately none of my work is going to net me a $2B purchase by The Facebooks. Once again I had a weird dream (without exercise even!). I am cursing myself for not remembering what the dream was about, in addition to not recording the lyrics and melody that popped into my head last night.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Set a timer for five minutes, grab a trash bag, and look for things to throw away or recycle.

When unnecessary items pile up here there, the result is a cluttered space, which can interfere with your day-to-day life and productivity. Taking a few minutes to cut the clutter makes it easier to find things and helps to reduce stress.

Huh, cleaning out your house — what a concept! I plan on tripling the time and doing it for fifteen minutes tonight because either tomorrow or Saturday I will be making a pitstop at Goodwill.

The Haves And The Have Nots
As I drove from Virginia Highland toward East Atlanta I saw that a (new) restaurant, Sweet Auburn Barbecue, has occupied the space vacated by Pura Vida. I hesitate to call the restaurant new since it’s been inside the Sweet Auburn Market for some time and they also have a food truck; but, I’ve never tried either of those so it’s new to me.

Originally I passed Sweet Auburn Barbecue because I didn’t react in time and as I drove toward Little Five Points I convinced myself that I should go to Fox Bros. Bar-b-q. As I drove down Elmira not finding any parking I gave up on my Fox Bros dream and back-tracked to Sweet Auburn.

I had the brisket plate with fries and Brussels sprouts w/bacon. With my food I drank a Monday Night Brewing Drafty Kilt (11.5 ounce? wtf?). My meal was $14.50 plus another $0.75 because I chose the Brussels sprouts, the beer was $5. When you factor in tax and tip the evening came out to what I’d normally spend elsewhere, which is a habit that I need to curb.

Would I go back? Perhaps.

Smacking The Blue Ball Again
(insert your own tasteless joke here)
Tonight my boss and I will be taking our reserved racquetball court and pounding the ball around for awhile. I am going to try not to ruin my workout with another expensive evening out, but you know that I am weak.

When I return from Austin I will also try to start supplementing these workouts with weight lifting and (real) bike riding.

It’s A Small Town After All
Speaking of my boss, apparently ITP-Reader Bob knows someone who dives at the Georgia Aquarium and she knows of my boss who dives there as well.

Today’s Personal Project
Start making a list of things I want to do while OTP next week.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – rushed
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – Perhaps eating barbecue in Atlanta is a preamble for my trip to Austin next week where I know I’ll be tracking down the la Barbecue food truck while I am there.
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 – ~10.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 9 (9 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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7 Responses to Busier Than A Beaver

  1. Barb says:

    My getting rid of things to go to Goodwill is getting tougher, I decided to get rid of some plates that haven’t moved out of my cupboard for years, and I was having a tough time finding more things to add to that box from the kitchen. I should have grabbed some cycling water bottles or old coozies from the garage, but didn’t think of that until after I got here to work. I do have an uncomfortable hammock & a bag of clothes in the car, so that’s enough to make the trip there at lunchtime today worth it.

    Allan is working all weekend, so I’m single all weekend – anyone got anything going on? Trying to figure out a plan to keep myself busy & not get sucked into watching a marathon of Scandal episodes.

  2. Steve says:

    We survived the night and the removal of the catheter. Dr. Debbie isn’t feeling well and probably caught something in the damn hospital – it’s full of sick people.


  3. Barb says:

    when I took JoAnna to the emergency room that time last fall, I had to get out of there. That waiting room was the scariest place ever.

  4. bob says:

    Too funny Paul, did you ask your boss if he knows Janeine? It is a small world indeed.

    Glad you survived the first night Steve, did you get any sleep? Sorry Debbie is not feeling well. You are right, hospitals are pretty bad places for some really nasty germs.

  5. Add me to the good news Steve, too bad Debbie. I kept seeing articles yesterday about people getting sick in hospitals. I thought it best not to spread the news then.

    Yes Bob, I asked, and he does know her. This big city is a funny small town.

    Barba, I’m working Saturday. 🙁 I am thinking of going to Decatur Saturday night, Eddie’s Attic specifically.

  6. Debbie says:

    I think I’m battling allergies rather than anything from the hospital petri dish. And being nice for hours on end is rather exhausting. 😉

    Other than the one man in the waiting area that Would. Not. Shut. Up. it was really a pleasant experience. The staff are extraordinarily nice – they issue you a beeper and a card with a tracking number so you can see where the patient is in the process. They recognized me by name when I walked up to the desk and could not have been kinder or more accommodating – Remarkable!!

    I need to do the back a week thing and we need to rent a dumpster. Preparing to move is a great motivator for clearing the clutter! Until I bought the house in Tucker, I moved almost annually for nearly 15 years, it kept my tendency to hold onto crap down to a minimum!

    I also know someone who volunteers and dives at the aquarium – John Batson. Throw his name into the mix – before long we’ll be having a block party.

  7. Barb says:

    Debbie- allergies are starting, but my Allegra is working pretty well so far. And, being nice is hard, I’m with you.
    And, moving every year really did help with not having too much extra crap.

    Gina & George Houlditch are my friends that volunteer (& I think dive) a lot at the Aquarium, for the block party.

    I’ve gotten Saturday taken care of for something to do, now I just need to work on Sunday. 😉

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