Going To Try To Make This A Great Friday

It’s Good Friday and since I’m not a religious type the best thing that has happened was the lack of traffic thanks to all that have taken the day off from work.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Add a dark green vegetable to a meal today, such as spinach leaves in a sandwich or salad.

When it comes to veggies, the darker the better! Dark green vegetables are powerhouses of nutrition, bursting with nutrients such as vitamins A, C, E, and calcium. They are also a great source of antioxidants, which protect against disease.

Would fried spinach count? I seem to eat a lot of fried food these days.

In A Carmina Burana Baby
Last night I attended the performance of Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” that was put on at Emory University. Look it up on YouTube and you’ll be amazed how familiar Orff’s piece is to you.

“But Paulie, you’re not a classical music person…” I can hear you say.

Au contraire mon frère. which means something in French like “On the contrary, my brother.” Classy, right?

The reason I was in attendance last night was because my boss, and a former coworker were singing. Apparently Emory’s choir has a hard time getting enough students to perform the piece so the university allows volunteers to sit in on the class for free(?). Hank (my boss) and Bill (my former coworker) have been attending practice every Monday night for the past three months preparing for this week’s performances.

Once the elderly man seated three seats from me figured out that the squeaking of his hearing aid was going to drive us all nuts the performance was pleasurable.

I wanted to take a photo of the orchestra and choir once the performance got underway but was afraid to turn my phone back on for fear of it making noise, especially after I scowled at the man wearing the hearing aid.

Post-performance I joined the two tuxedos for a late dinner and beers at Brick Store Pub. While at Brick Store one of our party (not me) was complimenting our waitress, who he rightly pegged as a (younger) Téa Leoni look-alike

Hey I Know You…
As I was leaving Brick Store I was pleasantly surprised to run into some old hashing friends you might know as well. Apparently there was a Full Moon Hash last night and the on-after for this group was held at Brick Store. The folks I recognized were “Stupid Is As Stupid Does”, “Colonel Clit”, “Hot Pocket”, and “Busted Cherry”; there were a couple of others at the table whose face I knew but have no idea what the person’s hash name is.

While I’ve decided not to hash on Easter I realized that I really do miss it and will be making a conscious effort to start up again even though I know that I will probably know very few of the participants. I have to practice for Brussels, you know.

I Might Have To Double Up My Checkups
I’ve been having a lot more difficulty with near focusing lately. It may be time for me to bite the bullet and get my eyes check twice yearly in order to keep a current prescription on hand. It may also be time for me to bite the bullet and start wearing glasses at all times.

It’s a good thing my appearance can’t be hindered by the addition of glasses.

Today’s Personal Project
Not drink beer and eat an unhealthy dinner.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – fair, expecting a long day at the office
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – If I’m going to make this European trip I need to start doing some research on sites like Explore Brussels.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – Arg, I keep failing to jump on the scale

Foot Mileage – ~0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 3 (3 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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8 Responses to Going To Try To Make This A Great Friday

  1. Barb says:

    Being the not good catholic that I am, I was thinking I should try to not eat meat just for the hell of it for Good Friday. My co-worker said that in New Orleans everyone just doesn’t eat meat on Good Friday, doesn’t matter if you are Catholic or not. Maybe I’ll go find some broccoli cheese soup for lunch.

    Funeral yesterday was very nice, anyone driving on Roswell Rd in Buckhead was screwed, as the fire trucks blocked a lane in front of the church. So sad, and the triplet little 7 year olds were so adorable, I hope they all get thru this as well as is possible.

  2. Martha says:

    It is a good Friday. My communte only took 15 minutes and the estimate from the tree guy came in WAY lower that I thought it would for all the work that needs done. If anyone wants some cherry or pecan wood, I’ll let you know when the work starts.

    Twice a year? I think the recommendation is once every two years for a ‘healthy’ adult (unless you wear contacts then it’s once a year but I still stretch it out to two). Not seeing well close up…that just you getting old, buy some readers at CVS and stop fretting.

    Interesting group for a Thursday night…sounds like fun. I miss some of those guys and hashing as well.

    I haven’t figured out my plans for this weekend, I have 3 things to do Sunday and nothing for tomorrow…

  3. Barb says:

    We just got an offer to go to the Steeplechase tomorrow. Never been……
    Now I have to figure out an outfit, a hat, and a picnic basket full of food.

    Plus, need to get food & drinks for our Sunday SCT Easter ride.

    Its going to be a busy friday night now.

  4. Cool. I’m not much of a Steeplechase person but I’ve seen photos over the years and it looks as if people have a good time.

    On Sunday I’m meeting up with Hank and Bill for brunch somewhere.

  5. Steve says:

    Barb, look for a photographer that resembles “The most interesting man in the world”, he’s one of our PC experts I’ve been working with all week. Say hello to Mike- and he says you can see the outfits at photosbysoto.com.

    A quiet night last night- a little yard work, and some quality TV time. Nothing tomorrow, but Sunday, we’re coming “to town” where I have to work a bit and then hopefully going to the Botanical Gardens and then to Brunch with a friend and her kids. May be a mistake, but what the hell.


  6. Jenka says:

    What Martha said. I’ve never heard of anyone getting their eyes checked (you misspelled that, BTW) twice a year, every year. Get some readers from CVS, then on your next check-up you might get a bi-focal prescription.

  7. bob says:

    Paulie is getting bi-focals! You are old!! Ha ha!…………..says the man who has been wearing them for a year 🙂
    Actually they are great for working on the computer, you are able to bring in to focus what you are looking at. Not so great for other things like riding. I now have 3 pair of glasses, progressive, single vision, and sunglasses (contacts too). Got to have the right tool for the job, I switch between them often.

    Have you seen this? http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20140417/BLOG56/140419289/1172/The-Pinterest-of-beer Good idea for a similar app.

    Saturday is more house work, I can’t wait to finish this damn project and sell this house.
    Sunday morning will be a long ride followed by dinner with the inlaws. Tour de Cure will sneak up on me if I don’t build up some miles.

  8. See, I can’t even see my screen in order to use proper grammar!

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