I understand no one likes the cobblestone stages, but I think it was really the rain, perhaps in conjunctions with the lower tire pressures for the cobblestone, that caused yesterday’s mayhem.
The real meaning behind today’s title is that I have very little about which to blog today. I played racquetball after work last night, had some drinks and unhealthy food at Tilted Kilt, and the returned home to go to sleep nearly immediately.
Today’s Daily Challenge
Skip the multitasking and focus on just one activity for ten minutes today.
We may think that multitasking makes us more productive, but research shows otherwise. Not only are there the possible deadly consequences (as when talking on a cell phone or texting while driving), family life and relationships also suffer from our distracted behavior. Studies also show that heavy multitaskers have more trouble focusing and experience more stress.
Had I been able to do this today’s blog post would have been done thirty minutes ago.
I conquered another huge bug in the new app I am writing for “The Man”. Now I have one more huge bug to conquer to get the app back to where it was before I gutted its plumbing (see, I’m okay dealing with some plumbing) in the name of “progress” back in June. Once I return from Europe I plan on trying to add the necessary new features/fixes to push it toward a release sometime later this year.
REI Is Wealthier Thanks To Me
Before playing racquetball I walked into REI with the intent of buying myself a “European Travel Bag”. I walked out of the store $150 poorer, carrying a new Osprey Waypoint 65 (at least that’s the model I think I bought).
You might rightly assume that I don’t plan on bringing a lot of clothing with me on this trip. In fact the clothes I’ll need for hashing, especially the shoes, are going to severely hamper my packing capabilities. This weekend I will start checking weather forecasts in order to make some final decisions.
What I really like about this backpack is that it has a million zippered pockets and two shoulder straps (like a book bag) that can be slipped inside the bag when you don’t want to use them.
My only concern about this backpack is that it is not officially “Size Wise” so I may have to check (or gate check) the bag and it’s not exactly the most rugged of cases.
I should have been smart and looked for a REI coupon, but I suppose I’ll get a meager dividend next year based on this purchase.
Today’s Personal Project
Leave work early enough to go to tonight’s CocoaHeads Atlanta monthly meet up at the new headquarters of Big Nerd Ranch in Kirkwood.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – okay, but I have a lot to accomplish between now and next Tuesday
Current Music – getting ready to listen to today’s Tour de France stage
Website Of The Day – More preparation: Rough Guide’s Map of the Beers Around the World.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – racquetball, > 90 minutes
Morning Weigh-In – going to check the day before I leave for Europe
Foot Mileage – ~6.5 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 3 (3 cardio)
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0
– be prepared for, and have fun on my European vacation
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