Happy Bastille Day!

I would have loved to run the annual Bastard Day Hash yesterday, but it just wasn’t in the cards.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Squat and twist to the left and right to pick up a wastebasket and put it down behind you.

Your thighs, lower back, and the muscles on your sides will power you through this exercise. In particular, you’ll be using the muscles deep in your lower back closest to your spine. These muscles support your spine, and though you may not use them consciously, keeping them strong can stave off pain and improve your posture.

I’m too tired to think about this, never mind actually do it.

Even With An Organizer I Forget
On Friday after work I joined coworkers for a happy hour at The Wing Factory. Many of these people had been there a week or so earlier and eaten some of the hottest wings they’d ever eaten; this intrigued others so we returned. I had two of the new dozen purchased for the challenge and they were hot. Of course those who had been there previously swore that these wings were nowhere near as hot as the ones they’d ordered previously.

Perhaps it was the camaraderie, or the beers that I consumed, but all I wanted to do was head home and relax when the happy hour was over. Truth be told, I should have headed home and done work, or prepared for my trip, but upon arriving home I did none of that.

It was around 11:30pm when I realized that Friday night was also the Minus 5 / Baseball Project show at The EARL that I’d been clamoring to see for months. Alas it was too late and I was in no mental condition to do to go out, so I sadly missed it.

ITP Flickr Pic
Wish I could have stopped and taken a photo of the hand-stenciled sign that read “NEW MANAGEMETN” in Tucker yesterday.

A Busy Saturday
I woke early on Saturday morning, perhaps because I stayed in Friday night, ready to take on the day. After packing a couple of weeks’ worth of dirty clothes into the Jackmobile I headed up to the Perimeter Mall area to do a little work in the office. [side note: if I can slay one more design bug in my code and produce a little documentation, I’ll be prepared to leave the office for two weeks with a clear conscience]

With a couple of scripts written and a hunger building I decided to think about lunch. It was then I found out about Himalayas, an Indian buffet located on Peachtree Industrial. And since I was going to have to do laundry anyway

Have I mentioned I like Indian food, even mediocre Indian food? And you know that I love buffets.

After gorging myself I was feeling the need to get some exercise. I decided to “walk it off” (literally) so I drove down to LA Fitness in Brookhaven and set out on a nearly 6.5 mile walk. The walk was wonderful, even though about a third of the way through I realized that I’d forgotten to bring a water bottle. Luckily I remembered that there was a fairly new pocket park along my route so I was able to stop there for a few gulps of water.

Once I’d showered I reminded myself that I still needed to do laundry, so it was off to the lavanderia, which was surprisingly crowded given that the World Cup third-place game was being played when I arrived.

Laundry was completed by 6:30pm and I drove home. Honestly, I cannot recall what I did for the rest of the evening.

A Busier Sunday
Yesterday was Cheesy Yellow Sunday #8 and thankfully injury did not force me into “Designated Bacon Maker” status again. Along with ITP-Readers Barb, Bob, and Steve we headed out toward Stone Mountain for a lovely early-morning bike ride. While I sometimes question the accuracy of the MapMyRide app, it seems as if it was fairly accurate in recording a nearly twenty-two mile ride.

After having a few Belgium-style beers (see, I’m preparing for this trip in one way) along with some cheesy eggs, a cheese bagel, bacon, and a piece of blueberry coffee cake, I hustled home to give the lawn one final mow before my journey.

With only a little time to spare after I showered off the grime of yard work I headed up to Virginia Highland to get a haircut — I want to look good for the European lasses, you know.

I hadn’t been home more than thirty minutes (and was reading some of the literature sent out by the Brussels hash organizers) when I received a text from the boss asking me if I wanted to play some racquetball.

I believe that it was Confucius who said “A fat man can always use more exercise”. With these wise words I agreed to play racquetball, and I was out the door again headed to Brookhaven. The boss and I played racquetball for about 75 minutes before returning to Lucky’s Burger and Brew to “ruin it all”.

Unsurprisingly I was pooped by the time I arrived home again. I tried to stay up to watch last night’s “Halt and Catch Fire”, but I passed out on the couch before its start.

I’m Bad At Time Math
It was fortunate that I talked to ITP-Reader Steve yesterday who convinced me that I was nuts when I told him at what time I was to arrive in Brussels. After thinking long and hard about it I realized that he was correct, and that I was foolish to use the time listed in my calendar as gospel. I incorrectly believed that I was due to land at 2:30am “local” but that will be the time in Atlanta when I arrive in Brussels; it will be 8:30am in Brussels.

Math is hard, let’s go shopping!

With corrected information in my head I called the hotel that I’d plan to stay in upon my arrival (so early in the morning) and canceled my reservation. Now I am trying to decide if I want to step off a plane in Brussels and immediately on a train to Germany, or spend a day in Brussels and head to Germany the next day.

I suppose I should finally decide where in Germany I plan to visit.

No One Likes An Angry German
Fortunately for me Germany won the World Cup yesterday, that ought to make them a little happier.

Today’s Personal Project
Considering that I am flying out tomorrow I should probably pack my clothing tonight.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – nervous
Current Music – listening to today’s stage of the Tour de France
Website Of The Day – As a traveling n00b I’ve received a lot of great advice from friends, including being pointed toward The Man in Seat 61… by ITP-Reader Barb.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – Saturday = walking, ~6.5 miles; Sunday = cycling, ~22 miles AND racquetball, ~75 minutes
Morning Weigh-In – checking tomorrow, know I won’t like what I see

Foot Mileage – ~13.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – ~22.0 miles
Gym Visits – 4 (4 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 Happy Bastille Day!

  1. More TdF craziness today! A “major contender” has crashed hard (unfortunately no cameras were around when it happened). He’s losing time but doesn’t seemed to be overly concerned by this.

  2. And now he’s abandoned!


  3. Steve says:

    Now that the World Cup has ended, we return you to your regularly scheduled July sports updates…

    Considering the condition of his kit and the amount of time it took him to get back on his bike, I’ll be surprised if he closes the gap today. And watching on Spanish Euro Sport (a small clue) the announcers were quite concerned.

    A lovely ride yesterday. While I do not miss the bad pavement, I do miss having the mountain so convenient.

    There were more chores all weekend long and one of them was touch up painting of the woodwork. We realized the paint we bought- sold as a sure match by the folks at Sherwin-Williams- it doesn’t match and the work will have to be redone when the correct shade of white (!!) can be procured. The booster pump for Igor has been healed and is now popping the hose apart in the worn joints. Hopefully, I have secured them all now and he will get down to business.

    Almost ready to go on the market- we think another week of work. Haven’t started cleaning up the man cave and some other loose ends…


  4. Steve says:

    Damn… I’m not a Contador fan, but that’s not the way to go out.

  5. bob says:

    It was great seeing you guys yesterday, between the bike ride and some pool time we officially wore Travis out! He was out cold at 7PM last night.

    I heard on the Facebooks about Contador, can’t wait to see the replay tonight.

    Steve, hopefully your house sale goes as quickly as ours with multiple offers. I’ll save our boxes once we move if you would like to have them.

    Paulie, I hope you fix your code so you can travel with only worrying about seeing what you want to see while you are out of the country. Have a great trip!

  6. Steve says:

    Bob, I hope so too! If it does go quickly, you can count on us taking all the boxes you can give us, as well as having a big packing party!!

  7. Martha says:

    I’m so bummed I missed the party yesterday, I was surely fighting something viral. I probably should have taken off one more day, I spent 15 minutes on the locker room bench, trying to pull it together enough to drive home after my workout. Then I passed out on the living room floor for 15 minutes before I finally crawled back in bed for about 90 minutes of deep sleep.

    Glad Steve set you on the right track. If I remember mostly long haul flights going East will drop you off in the morning. The trick is to stay awake all day and go to bed at your normal time locally.

    So what parts of Germany are you going to visit? My maternal Grandmother was 87.5% German and the ones I’ve been able to trace back to the Mother Land are from Rhineland-Palatinate and Bavaria.

  8. Hope you are feeling better, Martha.

    As crazy as it sounds, even to me, I’ve yet to finalize plans for Germany. All the while I was assuming Frankfort, Cologne, and one other town but as if this typing I am having doubts. Obviously I’ve not yet booked anything.

    From what I have been told I my family’s linage is southern Germans.

  9. Barb says:

    I’ve been swamped today, sorry I missed all the convo. Unless you can sleep “well” on the airplane, don’t plan to do too much on the day you land. If you could sleep on the train to Germany – that would be the best idea.

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