Tick, Tick, Tick, Tick

Oh, you thought I’d be making a nailing pun today, didn’t you.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Check out the “salty 7” and learn which processed foods contain the most sodium.

Our bodies need a bit of salt to work properly, but many of us take in way more than we need on an everyday basis. Too much sodium ups the risk for high blood pressure, stroke, heart attacks, and kidney disease. By familiarizing yourself with the “salty seven,” you can make healthier choices when you shop, prepare food, and order in restaurants.

I read “salty 7” and all I can do is think about pirates. ARRRR!

Ticked Off
Well it happened again…

I was out late on Friday night seeing Turf War at The EARL (side note: Turf War did not play an encore set, marking only the second time in my concert-going history that this has happened at a show I attended), getting home some time well after 12:00am.

I woke early on Saturday morning and headed into the office where, after taking some time for personal matters (like getting on top of my income tax preparation) I worked until about 3:30pm. I left the office (slightly successful) and headed to The Marlay House for an early dinner. After a few beers and food I had just enough tine to take a nap before heading to Theatrical Outfit to see the play for which I had a ticket. When I woke again it was too late to go to the theatre. Holy crap, I need to change my lifestyle.

It’s not to say that there was anything wrong about staying home on Saturday night, I did manage to do more work, but I hate missing the concerts and plays for which I have already paid.

Nailed It!
You were right.

Yesterday I drove down to the Moreland Day Spa and joined ITP-Reader Barb and her hubby Allan in helping to get the fences on ITP-Readers Steve’s & Debbie’s farm mended. The four of them had accomplished quite a lot of work on Saturday but there was still a full-day’s worth of work ahead of us. Because I can’t be trusted with a saw and shouldn’t be trusted to measure I gladly accepted the job of nailer using Allan’s neato Rigid 3.5″ Palm Nailer. I kid you not, if I even slightly consider remaining a home owner, or buying another home at some time in the future, I will purchase an air compressor and one of these bad boys.

We finished the fence mending around 4:30pm and then proceeded to shower and eat a wonderful dinner.

While waiting for a shower to open I saw a teeny-tiny tick on my leg, and promptly killed it. I thought little of this because we had been in a horse pasture all day.

When I arrived home after watching the end of The Masters at the Day Spa I promptly passed out. Suffice to say my body is not used to an entire day of manual labor.

Later that night Steve sent me a text alerting me that I should check for seed-sized ticks, apparently I wasn’t the only one to whom they were attracted. I checked my body thoroughly again and was pleased to find nothing.

My pleasure lasted until some time after midnight when I awoke from slumber. I felt a small marching occurring on my right are and lo and behold found another goddamn tick. I promptly dispatched this one as well and gave myself another thorough search. I think I am now tick-free, only time will tell.

Does anyone know the biological benefit of these insects? I’ve failed to come up with one.

The Clock Is Ticking On My Demo
I have to show my “working” demo today at 2pm. I say “working” because, like all demos showed at this stage there is a little more than a little smoke and mirrors happening under the hood. As you well know I’ve put in a lot of hours getting this demo ready for today and I think it will be okay, as long as the person to whom I am presenting understands that there are a lot of missing pieces that should be in place by next week.

Today’s Personal Project
Lavanderia night. If there are any ticks on my clothing I hope they drown.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – sore (physically), nervous
Current Music – silence
Website Of The DayThe Masters, more than a tournament, a tradition. (They can run with that slogan next year if they so desire)
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – Sunday = manual labor
Morning Weigh-In – Arg, I keep forgetting to jump on the scale

Foot Mileage – ~0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 2 (2 cardio)

Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0

April Goals
– 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

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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9 Responses to Tick, Tick, Tick, Tick

  1. Barb says:

    Allan & I have not found any ticks. Guess they don’t like us. Good weekend of manual labor, too much pollen, but I’ll recover eventually. My eyes itching are my biggest problem.

  2. Debbie says:

    I found a couple crawling on me – practically a daily occurrence. We have a major infestation of them. I don’t know if it’s the deer population or some other factor, but I won’t miss that aspect of living on the farm.

    We will have a palm nailer in short order. That thing ROCKS!!

    I’m sure our four horse residents are taken aback at their newly sturdy enclosures. They never took advantage of the dilapidated state, but I’m sure they were just lulling us into a fall sense of security and planning a grand adventure.

    Pressure washing has started. In preparation for it, I went out the front door to grab some things off the porch and there was a little snake right in front of the door. If this was Brownie’s idea of a joke, he is in BIG trouble. It didn’t even really startle me – I’ve become inured to being surrounded by snakes.*

    Good luck with your demo! And thanks again for coming down for the festival of manual labor. I’m a bit sore and stiff today, too, and I have a truck load of boards to haul to the dump. Joy.

    *at least the ones the size of shoelaces.

  3. Martha says:

    Steve and Debbie, I’m so sorry I didn’t make it down. My ‘school work’ took much, much longer than expected (so did everything I tried to accomplish this weekend), I looked up and it was already 1 pm…I owe you one 🙂

    On the bright side, I/we did get a lot accomplished this weekend. We are offically done moving. I still had a few things at the condo (that we never used). My boss put it on the market so we really needed to get the stuff out.

    We watched an awful movie, Mama, on Saturday…mostly because we were both to stubbon to shut it off…long story.

    Yesterday, Faulkner and I drove up to Sloppy Floyd for the TA training run. Not my best run, the pollen was worse up there than in town. I really, really need to get some runs in before next month.

  4. Steve says:

    Brownie is one funny dog. I wouldn’t put it past him to leave you a snake. He must feel at home- little does he know…

    Thanks again to all the fence menders! Many hands make light work, but I know it was still some long days. After you all left, I loaded the trailer full of the trash boards so Debbie could have smoething to do today!

    I found 2 ticks last night and one this morning, and remember I had on long pants. They are akin to mosquitos in their uselessness.

    That palm nailer does rock. I plan on getting the framing nailer repaired, since it most likely an O ring that blew out- an inexpensive fix.

    Trying to stay awake here.. I might be dragging a bit.


  5. bob says:

    Sorry I missed the fence mending party, we were spending the last weekend of vacation in Nashville. My brother drove over from Memphis and we toured our way around. Nashville is fun but down town was really crowded, there was some cheerleading competition in town and a hockey game so Broadway street was packed.
    The touristy stuff in Chattanooga was really fun, I had never seen Ruby Falls or Rock City, definitely something to check out if you have half a day to kill. We stayed at an RV park, it is about as far removed from camping you can be and still sleep in a camper. It was pretty bad but served a purpose since we were rarely there. Next time we will stay in the state park just north of Chattanooga. I’ll be back to ride the trails, there are some really good mtn bike trails there.

    Be careful with ticks, I got bit while in Jackson a few weeks ago and they still have not fully healed. I also developed a rash and have been on antibiotics for the last couple weeks, not fun.

  6. Steve says:

    Bob, you and Martha both got a pass this weekend. And I actually think we might have been tripping over one another with too many people.

    At least so far, none of the ticks we have encountered have had anything nasty- Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever or the like.

  7. Steve says:

    Oh, and look at Fall Creek Falls SP. I remember camping there as a kid and swimming in the pool created by the falls and having a great time.

  8. Barb says:

    where is Fall Creek Falls State Park? (I know I could look it up, but I’m lazy)

  9. bob says:

    Fall Creek Falls is about an hour or so north of Chattanooga. Next time I go I will stay at Harrison Bay state park, it is about 30 minutes north of Chattanooga and looks pretty nice too.

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