Cramming For My Test

It’s a Life Test, one that I will either pass or fail by noon next Tuesday.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Step sideways up and down a stair with one foot, then turn and repeat with the other foot.

Walking up and down the stairs isn’t the only way to work your heart and lungs. This sideways step move adds some quick aerobic exercise to your day. Activities that raise your heart rate and make you breathe faster help to burn calories and reduce your risk of heart disease.

Without falling? I better try this on the bottom step

Shell Of A Man
It was deja vu all over again last night, except for the facts that I spent $140 on a different product at a different htmlREI. With your suggestions I purchased a REI Crestrail Rain Jacket since I have never owned a decent rain shell since becoming an adult. While you may think that $140 is a lot for a rain jacket, I certainly do. I nearly had a heart attack when I looked at a jacket that was marked $411 on a Clearance rack! Also following your suggestions I bought the jacket in XL (yes, I tried it on) so that I can comfortably wear a sweater/fleece under it when the temperatures call for such action.

They say that they can’t take your money with you when you die, right? 😉

In Search Of
After visiting REI I wound my way around town trying to figure out where I was going to eat dinner. As I drove down College/Howard I noticed that The Imperial was not jammed packed for the first time since I’ve noticed it — so I stopped in.

The Imperial is very small and filled up quickly with families. I perused the menu and ordered the Roast Beef Po-Boy with sweet potato fries, washing it all down with a Eventide Brewing Pale Ale. As described this sandwich was one of the messiest sandwiches that I have ever eaten, and it was pretty good. I’d probably go back to The Imperial some day, but only when it is not crowded.

Today’s Personal Project
Go to happy hour after work, and then go to The EARL for the Minus 5 / The Baseball Project show.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – stressed
Current Music – listening to today’s stage of the Tour de France. Who will wreck and abandon today? (probably no one side it appears to finally be dry again)
Website Of The Day – As I continue to figure out where the heck in Germany I am going to do (current answer: not enough time to go to many places) I created a Trip Advisor account and downloaded their iOS app.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – checking again before heading to 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

July Goals
– 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

  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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10 Responses to Cramming For My Test

  1. Steve says:

    Up and dressed, ready to leave for the 3 month check in with the urologist. The roads today in France appear dry, so maybe there won’t be too many crashes.

    $140 is about right. I think my jacket was at that price point 3 years ago.

    The battle with the booster pump has come to a close and for the moment, I apper to be victorious! The new seal and gasket went in with little problem and, though I haven’t checked this morning, it was running last night bone dry.

    The new carpet in the bedroom and stairs looks great, they did a nice job. Now today will be to put the house back together.

    Hope to see you all Sunday!!


  2. I knew I forgot to blog about something today. While doing dishes last night I tried to use the garbage disposal and it didn’t work. When I flipped the switch the motor made a hum, but no grinding/whirring occurred. Given that the disposal is at least fifteen years old this is not entirely surprising, but the timing is incredibly shitty. Looks like I have another job to have done prior to putting the house on the market.

    At what time are we riding on Sunday?

  3. Barb says:

    Gather 0815, riding by 0830?

  4. bob says:

    How far are you planning on riding? I may drag Travis along on the trail a bike.

  5. Barb says:

    No idea on distance, I’d say 20 or so tops. In the past we rode out to Stone Mtn & back. I can’t remember how far it is.

  6. Steve says:

    Damn, you guys want to start early!! I thought there was coffee to start, then ride. I’ll be ready to go at 08:30.

    20 sounds about right to the mountain and back. Going around is extra. And a bonus if we come home Silverhill Road!!

    I have been poked and violated and will know the results of the bloodwork on Monday. Doctor says all is going well.

  7. bob says:

    Early? Hell, 8:30 is almost lunch time 🙂

    20 sounds great, looking forward to seeing you all.

    Steve, good to hear the Doc says all is well.

  8. Barb says:

    I don’t want to start that early, I’m just going off what Katherine sent out.

  9. Mount your seat.
    Hit the street.
    Beat the heat.
    Ride yourself beat.
    Eat the meat.
    Head home (rats, I was so close to being very clever).

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