It Feels Like Monday To Me

Normally if it’s a Tuesday that feels like Monday that’s a good thing because I’m a day closer to the weekend than I realize. However I will have so much to do over the next three weeks that I’m not so sure today.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Add one powerhouse fruit or vegetable to your grocery list, like strawberries, parsley, or carrots.

It’s worth seeking out powerhouse produce for the nutrients that are packed into every calorie. These fruits and vegetables were identified for providing high amounts of vitamins and minerals in each bite. Making powerhouse foods part of your diet can help prevent chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease.

Adding to the list is easy for me. Going to the grocery store is hard.

Speaking of grocery stores, I went to a Harris Teeter (ah, remember when Atlanta had those?) in Raleigh last Friday. Boy wasn’t I surprised to find that the bag of cherries, in season mind you, cost me nearly $14! That’s what I get for not inquiring about the price/pound when no signage is available. However, I must say that they were quite delicious.

Fun Weekend Away
I had a lot of fun hanging out with the Raleigh Royalty, even though the Jackmobile decided to throw a wrench into the operations.

I managed to drink a little beer and wine, watch a bunch of kids swim, get in two short bike rides, and on Sunday the clan visited the Duke Lemur Center in Durham, NC. There was so much more that I’d like to have done but car, weather, and time didn’t permit.

As I do I stopped at the Peace Street Market on my way out and picked up a case of beer (consisting of four different six-packs) that I do not believe I can purchase in Georgia.

ITP Flickr Pic
Nothing. I need to spend the next three weeks getting comfortable shooting my Nikon 1 V1.

Home Again, Naturally
With the Jackmobile’s brake switch fix for “only” $140 I was on the road again after a short bike ride with ITP-Reader Lisa and her boys. As I mentioned in a comment yesterday I stopped in Apex, NC to fill up on gas, and then to fill up on cheap Chinese buffet (which indeed was the last meal I ate yesterday). Old Man Paulie cruised past a handful of police along the journey and returned home around 8:00pm.

Of course you know this is my home, so there must be more to the story. As I neared my driveway I saw something odd near the end of my driveway. My first thought was that it was a dead cat, but thankfully I was completely wrong about that. Instead what it turned out to be were five beer cans, unopened beer cans at that, one of which was still attached to that new-fangled plastic beer can holder that’s all the rage. The beers, four Naked Pig Pale Ales and one Avery Brown Ale, were all gathered together, some suffering punctures from what must have been a violent descent to the ground. Not knowing how they got there nor how long these cans were sitting at the edge of my driveway, I proceeded to pop them all open and pour their contents into the storm drain (hey, it’s beer, it’s not like I was polluting).

So let’s see in fifteen years:

  1. I had an umbrella stolen from my front porch on a Saturday morning.
  2. I was chased into the house by a large dog barking and charging me.
  3. I’ve been held up at gunpoint.
  4. I’ve had my phone line literally ripped of my house by a construction vehicle driving down the street.
  5. I’ve been burgled.
  6. I came home one night to find an abandoned SUV in the middle of the street, in front of my house.
  7. I’ve had police in my backyard looking for a suspect, and criticizing my lack of yard maintenance while doing so.
  8. And now the “Case of the Discarded Filled Beer Cans”

And this is only the shit that I actually have seen in person and can remember off the top of my head!

Today’s Personal Project
Get some exercise by playing racquetball.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – unsure
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – Over the next week or two I will be highlighting some of the websites for the people who will be presenting at Plywood People’s “Plywood Presents 2104” in August. Today I’ll start with Fearbuster.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – 217 pounds (2014-06-14)

Foot Mileage – ~10.5 miles
Wheel Mileage – ~33.0 miles
Gym Visits – 5 (5 cardio)

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

June Goals
– 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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8 Responses to It Feels Like Monday To Me

  1. Steve says:

    You rode a bicycle? Wow.

    Someone donated beer to you and you pour it out? Some sort of new Paulie came back from NC.

    Last night there was to be mowing at the Ben Hilton, however the weather gods had a different idea- reset for tonight. There was pasture mowing at JEFDSDR and I think the earlier rain helped the bugs stay down and the actual grass cut. At least it seemed to cut better.

    There was cleanup of the upstairs in preperatioon of the “home stager” visit on Thursday. Oh boy.


  2. Barb says:

    I try not to notice the per pound price in the produce department.

    We had a nice visit with Dean last night, though it did start to bore me, as both he & Allan are now working very part time at Cycleworks, so lots of bike maintenance talk. Our waiter didn’t know what bok choy was, so he had to ask another guy, who had to ask another woman & then they figured out yes, they do have it. It isn’t on the menu, and it was very tasty.

  3. You two are on it today! 🙂

    Yep, I may have gotten in eight whole miles. Better than zero miles I suppose, and it made it seem as if I didn’t drag the mountain bike all the way there for no reason.

    From the way the beer sprayed when I opened the cans I can’t imagine the contents being very satisfying.

    Barb, how could they not know what bok chou was? Very strange.

    Oh yeah, since the Jackmobile’s problem wasn’t life-ending I paid for the tag renewal last night. Dammit we are going to make it to thirteen years together if it kills us!

  4. Steve says:

    And I really miss HT. Of course, they were here long before Whole Paycheck and Fresh Market, et al. There were many trips to the HT prior to going to Shakespear at Oglethorpe.

  5. Barb says:

    here’s a positive to the tag, if you do decide to buy a new car, you can transfer the tag. (and not get that new ugly tag with the peaches that look like pumpkins along the bottom). But, now that the ad valorum is gone, I guess transfering it doesn’t matter as much as it used to.

    I need to pay my 2 tags, they’d be less than $100 together if I didn’t have the specialty tags that cost $35 a year.

    I decided we are going to FL for my birthday, the very exclusive boat hash is going on 7/19 & we wrangled a invite for the 2nd year in a row. (since you need to have enough seats on boats for the people, its tough to get on the list if you don’t have a boat.)

  6. I’m holding off on buying a new car until I move to a new address.

    Have fun in Florida.

  7. Jenka says:

    Just paid my ad valorem a couple weeks ago, before fees ‘n’ shit it was about $80. There’s a benefit to driving an 11 year old car with 57,000 miles on it.

  8. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    My ad valorem tax is roughly $90 for a twelve year old car with 178,000 miles. I pay $20 for the standard license plate.

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