Holy Shit, I’m Going To Europe!

Last night I purchased my ticket to Brussels! And I managed to shave off a day of my journey! (ehem, when I checked the itinerary I booked I found out that I booked my return travel on the Monday following the hash rather than the Tuesday as I originally intended). While Cap’n Moneybags didn’t spring for Business/First Class I did spent $200 more to get “Economy Plus”, go ahead, call me a sucker, I don’t care; if I’m going to spend nine hours in a metal tube I want it to be a little more comfortable than the sardine-sized passenger space in which I normally travel.

I now have two months to figure out what the hell I am going to do during the days before the hash.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Stand in a doorway with your hands on the frame and lean forward. Hold for a count of fifteen.

You will feel this posture-improving stretch in your pectoral (chest) muscles. If your shoulders slump when you sit, you may feel pain in your neck or back as a result. This move will ease the pain while straightening and balancing your spine and upper body.

I’m A Stand Up Guy
Remember yesterday’s title “Did You Get The Number Of That Truck?” well, even with that I went out for a walk after work. At the time I felt fine, had little difficultly completing the 4.75 mile route taken, had not pain sucking down a couple of cold ones with dinner, but when I went to bed…. My hips and legs have not felt so much pain since the bicycle accident.

I’m finding that the pain is greater when I sit or lie down, so today I’m returning to standing at my desk while I code.

I’m Booking The Rest Of Summer Too
Hey friends, I want to have fun with you. As we’ve all found out as life marches on is that the Spring/Summer/Fall time comes and goes way too quickly. I’d love to hang out with you all some more, camping perhaps, riding bicycles perhaps? Whatever, I’m game. If you have a similar desire I’d sure like to know so that we can plan something. Hell, I’ll even put a shared calendar on this site (if I can figure out how) to facilitate planning.

And what’s going on with you?

ITP-Reader Martha, how was Twisted Ankle?
ITP-Reader Steve, how are things on the left coast?

Today’s Personal Project
Rest, and if I feel up to it head to 529 for the Moving Units show.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – aching, physically
Current Music – Listening to Uncle Tupelo’s “No Depression” album on Spotify. I’m loving Spotify and wish I’d not spurned it for as long as I had.
Website Of The Day – Via a podcast I listened to yesterday I heard about GeekDad. I qualify for half of this at least.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car, though I seriously considered the train today
Exercise (b)Log – walking, ~4.75 miles
Morning Weigh-In – Someday?

Foot Mileage – ~15.9 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 3 (3 cardio)

Marta Rides To Work – 1
Bike Rides To Work – 0

May Goals
– have European trip plans 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
– go away two of the weekends

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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9 Responses to Holy Shit, I’m Going To Europe!

  1. Hey Amazing Race fans (I must admit I didn’t watch the season that just concluded), I heard that Amazing Race is moving to Friday nights! No more delayed starts thanks to sports!

  2. bob says:

    There is an event coming up that will allow you to camp AND ride your bike for a solid week. There is even beer drinking involved, sounds like a win win to me 🙂

  3. Oh if only I had the vacation awarded to others who’ve spent seventeen consecutive years with a single company… As for me I still only get three weeks, two of which I’ve just committed to Europe, so I need to spread the rest out.

  4. Steve says:

    Geeks everywhere at a Cisco conference. Fortunately my afternoon was free, so the missus and I walked to Fishermen’s wharf and then cable car’d back. Windy but nice. Today is starting slowly but will be back at the conference later.


  5. Barb says:

    Steve- did you go find the Cable Car Museum yet? If I remember correctly, it isn’t too far from where you are staying.

  6. Barb says:

    We need to plan a camping weekend (especially up at JAckrabbit Mtn), but BRAG is up first.

  7. Steve says:

    Not yet Barb, but its on the list. This morning, breakfast at Mama’s in Telegraph Hill.

  8. Martha says:

    I’m ready for a bike ride, I haven’t been on my bike at all this year.

    TA was, well, challenging this year. Much of that was my own doing, I didn’t train at all for the race but the weather was a big contributor to my suck-tackular finish as well. I think it was around 45ish degree at the start, then it rained and was pretty windy on the ridge. I felt that hypothermia was a real threat so I just had to keep moving. Lucky number 7 it wasn’t 🙂

  9. Steve says:

    But you did it! Well done. That actually sounds like a Paulie training regimen.

    Breakfast at Moma’s, then an uphill walk to Coit Tower. I left the missus heading for Ghiridelli (sp) square and I’m in an IP Multicast class. Yippee.

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