Booked Up

While at Terminal West last night I pulled out my iPhone, as you do, and took a peek at my calendar. Wasn’t I surprised to see that I already have something planned for at least one of the two days for every weekend between now and August. So much for an impromptu getaway to the mountains, or camping, or whatever. Admittedly most of the planned activities could be skipped, with the exception of those weekends in July when I’ll be away, but still.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Post your most recent grocery store receipt on your refrigerator door.

Your grocery bill can serve as a visual reminder of what’s inside in your refrigerator and pantry. When you’re aware of the produce and other groceries in your kitchen, you can save money by cooking and eating what you have on hand instead of buying prepared foods or take-out. Using food soon after it’s purchased also helps avoid waste and clutter from forgotten or expired items.

This would be easy for me to do this week as I just went to Kroger the other night. For other weeks this may be an impossible tasks because I visit the grocery store so infrequently these days.

Ugh, A Third Act?
After waiting out traffic, waiting to pay my $5 to park at King Plow, and then getting inside Terminal West for the show I needed a beer. I bought a beer from the bar and rather than standing around inside I headed to the smoker’s deck upstairs and to the back. To my knowledge I’d never been to Terminal West when it stays light later, so I snapped a few photos of the areas surrounding it.

While outside I heard a singer/guitarist take the stage and start to play. I knew that the opening act was Lydia Loveless so I assumed this guy was a late addition to the bill. “Ugh, a third act? I won’t get home until very late tonight now.” I thought. After a few songs I went back inside only to realize that the singer/guitarist was none other than Rhett Miller, lead singer of the Old 97s. Turns out that Lydia Lovelace couldn’t make it to the show so Miller was putting on a bonus acoustic set to fill that time slot.

Even though I know very few Old 97s songs I’ve gone to see them in concert at least three times now. The band is very entertaining and really puts their hearts into their sets. It also doesn’t hurt that Miller’s handsomeness draws out many an attractive young lady as well — not that I was able to parlay that into anything.

The show was over by 11:00pm and with a bit of deft driving I was in bed by 11:30pm.

ITP Flickr Pic
“Other Side Of The Tracks”
Other Side Of The Tracks
(does this shot look a little crooked to you?)
Taken from the back porch of Terminal West. In the distance you can see the apartment building in which my friend Maigh used to live. Once while I was visiting I met her neighbor Meg, a strikingly beautiful young woman who in long hindsight may have been interested in dating me but I was too dense to pick up on this.

A Different Kind Of Concert Tonight
Tonight I’ll have to wait out traffic (because I didn’t want to deal with MARTA with a threat of rain) before heading into downtown to go to the Tabernacle for the Manchester Orchestra show. Unlike last night’s show I will know most of the songs Manchester Orchestra performs because I’ve been a real fan of theirs for a long time.

If the band name “Manchester Orchestra” seems familiar it may have something to do with the facts that they are from Atlanta and I have been writing about them since seeing them open for two other bands at Smith’s Olde Bar on March 7th, 2006.

Here’s what I wrote then:

Manchester Orchestra : I liked their set enough to buy their EP at the show. That should indicate how much I enjoyed myself. The band was tight and into their set. I kept watching the lead singer rolls his eyes to the back of his head as if he was going to go into convulsions. Their set ended with a really nice song that could fit into a Bright Eyes CD without notice; that might be my only critism, we already have a Conor Oberst.

What a pompous ass I was back then. 😉

side note: As I was looking for that initial post I started looking at the names of the people who used to read this blog and leave comments. I’ve scared away quite a few apparently.

A Busy Weekend Ahead
You already know about my plan to hear music again tonight.

Tomorrow I will be on the ball from the get-go. I have a ton of cleaning to do around the house, ITP-Reader Martha’s new abode to visit, and if the weather holds I may even try and sneak over to the Candler Park Music Festival to hear Trombone Shorty and his band perform. For either financial or time reasons I’ve been unable to this band perform again since my first time seeing them at Variety Playhouse back in 2011.

Sunday, whose weather forecast seems to be bouncing back and forth from “Perfect” to “40% chance of rain” will be another day of chores, including some lawn mowing if the weather forecast is closer to the “Perfect” end of things.

Today’s Personal Project
Wait out traffic tonight by doing something other than going to a bar and drinking.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – okay, minor aches and pains keeping me from being much better
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – I almost wish that I were an independent contractor so that I could use co-working spaces like Opportunity Hub, Roam, or Strongbox West.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – 216 pounds (2014-05-30)

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

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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14 Responses to Booked Up

  1. Steve says:

    The plan last night was to actually get my road bike on the road for the first time since surgery, but I was really pooped (as I have been all week) so I puttered around instead. There will certainly be bike riding this weekend around the various chores on the schedule.

    Martha, I don’t know the protocol for a home remodling party. I feel a gift is appropriate- maybe a bottle of wine to celebrate.

    Looking forward to seeing the blogosphere in person tomorrow.


  2. Oh, some follow up that I forgot to include:

    1. I’ll be wearing the pink! But only because I accidentally washed two white socks and three white wristbands with some workout gear that continues to bleed out its re color.

    2. Lunch was a smashing success. The chuck steak was sublime and would have made awesome tacos.

    3. By the end of this weekend my bicycles will be ready for riding. Now if Mother Nature would comply…

  3. Barb says:

    Well – Allan finally got the official memo – he is moving the airport as a provisional lieutenant. He’s in class for the next week too, then BRAG, so I “get” to see him every night for about 2.5 weeks. Can I survive?

    We might try to throw a minor party next friday, but he has to get done with this class first. He has to learn all there is to know about the airport & that kind of crap.

  4. Debbie says:

    How does Allan feel about the move? I know airport isn’t great, but lieutenant is good.

    I hear pets are a great remodeling party gift – Brownie or Tate, take your pick! 😉 They are both on my last nerve this week.

    Really looking forward to seeing the house!

    For various reasons, I lost my momentum on preparing the Day Spa for listing, but I’ve got a to do list for myself this afternoon, oh boy!

  5. Barb says:

    He wasn’t all the excited about the airport, but it is something different, and the thought of sleeping all night is appealing. The last couple weeks have sucked for sleep at his current station. And- for me I like it, we can actually plan something for the mornings he gets off work, without saying I have no idea if we can, Allan may have to sleep.

  6. Steve says:

    When I heard the rumor on the street about the new assignment, it sounded like a good news/bad news situation. They do think enough of him to give him the new rank, so that’s a plus. The airport duty- not so much.

  7. I know that the airport won’t have the “excitement” of his current house, but it won’t have the Captain (?) that he bid to get away from either. Sleep is overrated. 😉

    Martha, I wish I could bring some feral cats as a house(re)warming gift but the supply has lessened greatly around the ITP Estate.

  8. Barb says:

    He already got away from that horrible captain about a month or two ago.
    He really likes the current crew. Sleep is NOT overrated.
    Its just hard to place Allan (I know…. hahahaha).
    He’s a paramedic, so he gets extra pay for that, so there isn’t many postions for a lieutenant paramedic. Has to be a double house, with a paramedic engine. There isn’t all that many choices.

  9. I knew that he left that shift with the Captain he didn’t like, but I thought that there might still be interaction. I’ll get the full story from you or Allan tomorrow.

  10. Jenka says:

    It sounds like you all are planning to go to the open house part of Martha’s party? We were planning to to the party part of Martha’s party (HEH). It was my understanding that the afternoon is for the neighbors to snoop, and the evening was for the rest of us. Is that wrong?

  11. Barb says:

    we will be there for the PARTY portion of the program Jenka – not until later.

  12. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    The invite I received said 2-8 so I guess that makes me a snoopy neighbor.

  13. Martha says:

    Just come!!

    That is all (oh and no pets, Jerry didn’t talk to me for 2 days after the last stray I brought home)

  14. Jenka says:

    Paulie, if you were on FB you’d know it actually goes all evening. We’ve got another party we just need to make an appearance at and then we’ll be over. If we’re not there by 7 call the missing persons office.

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