The first cut of the season is usually my worst cut of the season; the yard is filled with leaves and Sweetgum balls (because I hate raking — jeez, there really isn’t a part of home ownership that I enjoy) and though I thought I’d buy a new blade (or get the one currently on it sharpened) I never did so it was like mowing with a baseball bat.
But I did it, two hours’ worth, and all of the
grass is weeds are currently at the same height. Yay me!
Today’s Daily Challenge
March in place for two minutes, lifting your knees as high as you can.
Stronger muscles help maintain balance, and this challenge tests your balance while exercising both thighs and glutes. Working these muscles can make you feel less wobbly during your daily activities or other exercise. If you start to fall, strong legs help you regain your balance.
Why don’t I throw a two-minute temper tantrum instead? A temper tantrum seems as if it would burn more calories.
Maybe I’ll do this at the lavanderia tonight and further solidify my “gringo loco” status.
No Matter What Time In The Afternoon I Leave Work There Is Traffic
Holy Jeebus! I decided to skip out of work early yesterday (3:30pm) because I am salaried and I needed to get home to mow. When I looked at Google Maps at 3:15pm the downtown connector was already fucked thanks to a southbound wreck. So, I took the Eastern Arc.
Taking I-285 East/South to I-20 West is far from ideal, but when traffic is already red from GA400 into downtown and this route is still green it seems like the best plan — except real-time traffic is far from real-time. While I never came to a stop on my way home, it was close at times, it did take me over forty-five minutes to make the circuitous route. And with gas prices being what they are I’d like to take as many direct routes as possible.
As you have read I managed to make it home with plenty of time to get my lawn chores done (well, in a sort-of half-assed manner).
Here’s Something Unusual, I Couldn’t Finish A Beer!
Naturally you are thinking this must be the nth, where n is some large number, beer of the night but you’d be wrong because in this equation n = 1. That one beer I tried to drink last night was a 10% ABV IPA that I purchased in Florida. I just didn’t enjoy the taste, and after making multiple attempts to not “waste” the beer I finally gave up and poured it down the drain (yes, that still-broken drain).
Today’s Personal Project
Oh yes it’s laundry night, oh whatta night.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – proud that I did my lawn maintenance even though I know there is much more ahead of me still.
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – After once again using a cheap (and probably dull razor) I am finally considering looking into joining Harry’s.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – pushing a lawn mower around for two hours
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
– 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
- “Johnny Carson” by Henry Bushkin
- “Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative” by Austin Kleon
- “Chaos: Making a New Science” by James Gleick
- “What’s So Funny?: My Hilarious Life” by Tim Conway