Best Of Intentions

Intentions, yes.

“I am going to eat dinner at Argosy and then head home to write code, oh, and don’t forget to call mom tonight.” I said to myself as I parked the Jackmobile in East Atlanta Village.

Now you are probably guessing that I hooked up with some beautiful lady and we spent the night in the village drinking before heading back to the ITP Estate for some passionate love making followed by a tandem shower in the one working shower.

You’d be wrong.

Instead I ate dinner, alone, returned home, alone, and pretty much passed out on the couch within a half-hour, alone.

And that is how I continue to help the world from becoming overpopulated.

And continue to not have a scheduled flight to Brussels for this summer.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Set a reminder for today to look away from your screen and blink twenty times in a row.

Staring at a screen dramatically lowers the number of times you blink each minute. When your blinking rate slows, your eyes aren’t refreshed as often with newly produced tears. This results in dry and uncomfortable eyes. Blinking more can help make your eyes feel less tired at the end of the day, a common issue for anyone who spends hours looking at a screen.

I’ve been doing a bunch of screen staring lately and it’s not all been YouTube videos.

Looky there, it’s like watching one of those old-time Super 8 movies…

Waxing Poetically
The amazing functionality of the human body has once again moved me to verse

Oh ball of dirty wax,
Which fell from my ear,
With you in my body,
How was I able to hear?

Oh ball of dirty wax,
The size of a pea,
If you had been on my eye,
I’d be unable to see.

Oh ball of dirty wax,
I’d like to know,
How was it possible,
That you were able to grow.

For the second time in a year (if not six months) a pea-sized ball of ear wax dislodged itself from whatever kept it in my ear and fell to the ground when I tilted my head. My left ear feels like a new man, but my right ear is feeling a bit dejected because it didn’t shed a ball of wax this morning.

Feel free to add more stanzas in the comments.

Eating On The Cheap
Too funny, my mind is so tuned toward this morning’s event that I typed “Eating” as “Earing”.

Call me “Paulie the Sandwich Guy” because both last week and this sandwiches hand-crafted in my very own cubicle have been my lunch. That’s right, the guy who blows beaucoup cash nightly on dinner has taken to eating on the cheap at lunch. I may also be taking measures to reduce my caloric intake by not eating the daily special from the cafeteria on the ground floor of my office building. Saving money? Consuming fewer calories? I don’t know who I am anymore!

Today’s Personal Project
Let’s see, there may be something along the lines of an airline ticket that I should take care of today.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – amazed, and nervous about this demo on Thursday
Current Music – silence at the moment though I feel another hard core music day coming
Website Of The DayThrillist’s list of “Five New Atlanta Pizzas To Try”. Man, those look so much better than a sandwich.
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 – 5 (5 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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6 Responses to Best Of Intentions

  1. Barb says:

    isn’t this just a TMI post.

    I just found out I have the beginnings of carpal tunnel in my right hand/wrist from my doctor when I just in passing asked if I might have a pinched nerve. This wrist guard thing makes it really hard to type.

    Had dinner last night with Dean’s parents – you can totally tell where he gets some of his personality from.

  2. Oh come on, no points for being clever?

    I wondered if I offended (hard to do to hashers) everyone to the point of not commenting.

    Sorry about the carpal tunnel, it’s something I think about often. My father had surgery in the late 80s/90s and it didn’t look fun, of course medicine has improved a lot since then.

  3. Steve says:

    I was side tracked this morning starting a free online course- Intro to Computer Science from Harvard. It’s very, very well done and I think this might be something to keep up with.

    Last night was light the burn pile night and I damn near set myself aflame getting it started. Thinking I was letting the starting fluid sink in for a moment, when I finally ignited the pile, there was a bit of a flash and small boom! Debbie and I were both a bit suprised- those darn fumes are volitile!! I believe the pile is no longer burning after the rain last night, which would be perfect.

    There must be exercise tonight!


  4. How are you taking that course, Steve? I might be interested in taking some refresher course, you know, using my infinite free time. 🙂

  5. Steve says: is the website… this would be elementary for you, but it’s a refresher for me. I was never a code-monkey. And this is all recorded, so you can do it whever you have time- many others are live.

  6. While I have a lifetime’s worth of coding experience much has changed since I took courses like this so it could be beneficial.

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