Back Under The Gun

Big demo next week needs much attention today, and unfortunately Sunday, and probably some of tomorrow.


The demo I am working on is going to be presented at a trade show in early May. I think once this one is in the can I am going to go out of town for a couple of long weekends in order to decompress.

I love my profession, I just wish I were 10x better at it so I didn’t have to spend so much of my life getting my projects working.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Share one new way to enjoy whole grains at breakfast.

New options for whole grains have been appearing in grocery aisles, and many of them can be easily added to your morning meal. Unlike grains that have been processed and refined to make starchy products like white bread, whole grains are left all or mostly intact. Refined grains are digested quickly, leading to a rise and crash in blood sugar, while our bodies take much longer to digest whole grains. A breakfast that includes whole grains will help keep your energy levels up until lunch.

I have no insight on this.

Owie, I’m Sore
My boss and I smacked a racquetball around last night for over an hour and my arm, shoulder, and back are feeling the ramifications today.

Post-racquetball we headed over to Taco Mac where I had one twelve-ounce beer and an order of chips and queso with carne (that’s beef, 🙂 ) as we watched the Hawks win at some game I was told is called “basketball”. By the time I arrived home I had just enough time to hang up my wet clothes and go to sleep.

Yesterday was a long and tiring day, I know because I think I only woke up three times during the night.

Take Myself Out To The Ball Game
I am considering going to tomorrow night’s Braves game.

Before I came to the sinking conclusion that I’d be spending the better part of my weekend in the office I had considered joining the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild for a tour of a brewery in Macon tomorrow afternoon, and since I can’t do that, I might treat myself to some over-priced baseball and Sweetwater beer. Fuck, I might even splurge by buying the best seat available and keep score during the game.

Today’s Personal Projects
Book my fucking plane ticket to Brussels already!
Go to 57th Fighter Group for a few post-work drinks and then head home for a little rest.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – nervous
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – Earlier in the week I stumbled across Gone With The Wynns, a young couple who have been touring the United States since 2011.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – racquetball, ~1 hour
Morning Weigh-In – Arg, I keep failing to jump on the scale

Foot Mileage – ~0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 4 (4 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
  3. “Chaos: Making a New Science” by James Gleick
  4. “What’s So Funny?: My Hilarious Life” by Tim Conway

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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5 Responses to Back Under The Gun

  1. Barb says:

    weird coincidence, a Parothead friend said something about going to 57th fighter group for Happy hour tonight. If you meet a guy tonight named Bo, let me know.

    Pork butt has been on the Egg since last night, checked it this morning, its was at 173° this morning, needs to be 195-200 by this evening. Looking good. Should be a beautiful evening to sit outside on the deck & breathe in the pollen.

    I started planting veggies last night, but managed to pick up too many Romas, and one pack of tomatoes that isn’t labeled. So, I’ll be going back to Pikes tonight to exchange. (that’s what I get for taking Allan with me, I get distracted)

  2. bob says:

    Good luck on the demo, I hope all the time and stress will be worth it. Tell your boss you need a raise or you will smack him with your racquet 🙂

    Crazy Travisapolloza birthday weekend in store. Today is cupcakes with the classmates followed by dinner at Lucky’s (and a pub crawl afterwards for me), tomorrow is baseball team photos followed by baseball game followed by birthday party at Chattahoochee Nature center followed by dinner at Laura’s parents followed by bowling. Sunday morning is Roswell Mayor’s ride on the tandem followed by Braves game.
    Damn, I’m tired already.

  3. Barb says:

    go Bob go! I totally forgot about the Roswell pub crawl, Mastergator reminded me too late. Sounds like fun.

    I think Sharon & I are going to go check out the Arabia Mountain Path bike trail, it looks like you can get 30-40 miles now, if you want. Then we may go to the Inman Park Festival, I guess I’ll be packing a bag since I’ll be gone all day.

  4. Steve says:

    Athens tomorrow night and Roswell Sunday and I’ll be home painting the fence!! Waiting on a noon conference call before I go get some paint and a sprayer. Finished up weed whacking this morning, but still need to bleach the mold in some places before painting.

    The fog/mist is finally burning off, so I better get at it! Have a great weekend everyone.


  5. Barb says:

    the SRAM car was at my house today, some guy named Jose was with TJ, they are working Athens & Roswell, together. Jose had some sort of trailer he didn’t want to deal with in Athens, so its in my backyard for the weekend.

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