The Light Might Not Be An Oncoming Train

But it’s still charging toward me quickly.

Speaking of charging, turns out that the asshats who stole my boss’ wallet did not shop locally but instead availed themselves of ill-gotten gains near Lenox.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Find out about walking groups in your area.

Walking is more fun when you do it with others! A group helps keep you motivated, provides opportunities to meet new people and socialize, and makes a walk more safe if you’re strolling at night. Plus, if people are waiting for you, you won’t want to let them down.

I used to be the walking group in “my area.” Once the weather warms a bit more and the pollen goes away I will be again. And as for “others” I rather enjoy walking while listening to podcasts or audiobooks.

Still Super Busy
I worked until 7:30pm before hitting a good “breaking point” at which time I headed back to East Atlanta, ate dinner at Tomatillos, crashed on the couch until midnight, wrote code until about 3:30am, and the returned to sleep until getting off the couch at 6:30am.

There’s nothing like being a forty-eight year-old teenager…

ITP Flickr Pic
Ugh, I had a good (albeit short) run there.

Hopefully With 100% Less Theft
Headed back to LA Fitness tonight for some more racquetball smashing.

Don’t Look Now
I’m still reporting March Goals below. Ugh, I hate being so busy that I can’t manage this site properly.

Today’s Personal Project
See yesterday.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – still harried, yesterday I completely tore my demo app apart and had to rebuild it with a slightly different architecture.
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – I’m looking for royalty-free icons for the app I am writing (for work, not personal). Currently I am scouring Shutterstock and iStock. Have you better alternatives?
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 – ~0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 1 (1 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 The Light Might Not Be An Oncoming Train

  1. Steve says:

    I hope the app starts coming together soon. I know how frustrating it can be.

    We scoped out the fenceline last night and think it should be a fun project. Things you might want to bring with you:

    gloves- while the old boards are weather worn, the new lumber is unfinished
    crowbar/flatbar- I have several and one BF crowbar to help pull the boards off
    screwgun- boards we’ve replaced have generally have been screwed in-
    I have them but you may have a favorite

    I have circular saws, chop saw, and framing nailer, so I think we should roll right along.

    Looks like folks are coming down Sunday, but we’ll be working Saturday as well.


  2. I’ll be down on Sunday (at what time?) with gloves, flatbar, and hammer. I have no screwgun but I think I have a “Yankee screwdriver” that I inherited from my father.

  3. Barb says:

    Hey all – finally checking in. Haven’t read thru the older posts yet.
    Sitting in the San Juan airport waiting for flight.

    Steve, send me an email with what we need & what day. We can come Saturday &/or Sunday, or maybe both? I’m guessing we should bring the generator, compressor & air hose as well as the other stuff?
    Is the pool warmed up yet?

    St. Croix was fun, but different than I expected. Barely saw the beach(es). Too much to type up, I’ll have to tell you all about itin person.
    San Juan was very rainy yesterday, but we still explored.

  4. Martha says:

    What is a screwgun? I mean I can take a guess, but I’ve never heard that term before.

    I’ve really got nothing to add to the conversation today…except to say, group projects for school suck, I’d rather just do it myself (and it looks like that is what is going to happen)…

  5. Steve says:

    I refer to my battery powered drill as a screwgun- I think a drywall installer has a specific tool that does nothing but drives screws called a screwgun.

    Barb, we borrowed a generator from Megan, thinking you guys were only coming down Sunday. I have the compressor and hose.

    The pool is giving me fits! I have more of the black mold, I’m not sure the chlorinator is working like it should, and Igor, the automated pool cleaner is on strike. I’m ready to fill it in.

  6. When the battery died in my battery-powered drill a few years ago I chose to donate it to Goodwill instead of paying the ridiculous cost of a new battery. So, I can’t help in that area.

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