When I witnessed the weather conditions the Giro d’Italia rode in yesterday I was certainly happy that I never became a professional cyclist. As the men road up the Italian alps they encountered rain, sleet, and snow flurries on the ascent, and wet, treacherous roads on the descent. Kinda sounds like that Muscle Mountain Mania all those years ago, just at a much higher altitude.
Today’s Daily Challenge
Plan to ask for details on how a menu item is prepared the next time you go out to eat.
Healthy eating can be harder when you’re in a restaurant, especially when you’re not sure what went into the preparation and cooking. The menu does not always provide these details, so it’s useful to ask. Meat and vegetables that have been battered, fried, or sautÃ©ed are higher in fat than most poached, steamed, baked, or grilled dishes. Foods with cream- or mayonnaise-based sauce or dressing also have more fat than toppings like salsa, yogurt, or herbs. Knowing more about a dish can help you make an informed choice about what to order.
What I would like is for people to cook my burgers to the doneness that I’ve requested, and not “well done” regardless.
I Guess That I Was Tired
After playing racquetball last night and making the requisite “ruin it all” stop, this time at Taco Mac, I got home and hung up my wet clothes. Surprisingly the house wasn’t brutally hot (by my standard) so I opened the bedroom window and placed my box fan within it to draw in some of the (slightly) cooler night air. Before I knew it I was waking up to the sound of my alarm clock. The only two bad things to come from this deep sleep was that I neither brushed my teeth nor took my nightly dosage of medication before passing out.
Working On A New Photo Workflow
I may have mentioned this before but I am planning on leaving my laptop in the States when I travel to Europe. It’s not that the MacBook Air is cumbersome in any way, I’d just like to limit the amount of things that I will be packing for this trip.
Because of this I will be practicing a new photo workflow (who knows, this may mean that photos appear more often in this blog again) involving my Nikon 1 V1 to shoot the photos, the iPad’s Camera Connection Kit (geezus Apple, are you ever going to release one of these with a Lightning Connector end?) to import the best ones onto my iPad, and apps — Lightroom or Snapseed perhaps — to edit them. When I can locate WiFi it’ll be a simple task to upload the images to Flickr for sharing.
Needless to say, I have little experience with all of the processes listed above, with the exception of the upload, so it’s going to be a fun learning curve over the next two months.
The Sound Of Silence
I used to defend Twitter as a social media platform by declaring “It’s great, when you have a question or need you tweet it out and people will answer you.” For instance, about four years ago I took a trip to Nashville and asked Twitter to suggest vegetarian restaurants at which I should eat (this was back when I ate vegetarian twice a week) and within minutes I had a handful of replies. This behavior has not been the case in the past six months or so and I may have found out why this morning.
According to Twitter I have 978 “Followers”, about which I admit two things:
1. That number is rather high for an unknown individual who is also not a beautiful person.
2. A good number of those accounts are follow bots, or abandoned accounts.
This morning I received an email from Twitter (SPAM to be precise) which tried to encourage me to use the service more by highlighting some of my recent tweets that have either been favorited, or replied, or retweeted. From this email it appears that from my 978 “Follower” pool the average number of times that my tweets get viewed is twenty-five. [insert crickets chirping sound here] Hardly a recipe for social success.
A Miss “K” Update
I heard from Miss “K” yesterday and she is loving her Washington (state) life. She told me that she has whole heartily taken up mountain biking (she never mentioned an interest in cycling while she lived here) and that she is absolutely loving it. Oh to be twenty-five again…
While it certainly disappointed me that she moved away (I’ve not been bowling since!) I am glad that she is happier out there and wish her the best.
Today’s Personal Project
It’s lavanderia miÃ©rcoles. Spanish speakers, am I to capitalize the days of the week the way we do in English? I cannot remember. Bob, why don’t you Google this for me. 🙂 I’m happy to say that the impetus for doing laundry tonight is that I’ve run out of clean workout shorts.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – not bad
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – Yesterday I heard about Atlanta Cycling Festival, which will be held from June 7-14. Huh. Check it out, there seems to be something for everyone.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – racquetball, ~90 minutes
Morning Weigh-In – 216 pounds (2014-05-26)
Foot Mileage – ~25.5 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 6 (6 cardio)
Marta Rides To Work – 1
Bike Rides To Work – 0
– 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
- “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