That’s the appropriate course of action, correct?
Today’s Daily Challenge
Take your next phone call standing up.
Sitting for long stretches can lead to tight muscles, poor circulation in the legs, and slowed brain function. A ringing phone can be a great reminder to take a break from sitting. Bonus: standing while you’re on the phone can also make your voice sound more energetic to the person at the other end of the line.
What’s a “phone call” Grandpa?
Not Exactly How I Planned It
I am still fighting off this cold. Meh.
All day yesterday I sat performing my best “I’m okay, you’re okay” impression and mostly felt on the brink of miserable as I did. To give you an indication of how my day played out, I was carrying a handkerchief — a handkerchief (side note: I had no idea that it was spelled “handkerchief” I always thought it was a “handkerchief”). Believe it or not, matters got even worse as the afternoon and evening progressed; I’ll spare you the details.
Plywood Presents was an interesting, but not completely life-changing event. The crowd was mostly twentysomethings-thirtysomethings with some old farts like yours truly peppering the field. I did my level best not to hit on the young ladies, which was easy since I felt that all-but-one never even acknowledged my existence and my introvert’s mind combined with my illness teamed up to make me feel like a virtual Elephant Man. By and large the presentations were what you would expect from a liberally-slanted organization (I am guilty as charged), siding toward helping children in Iran cover medical expenses, helping women in Africa attend college, and leveling the playing field for women in the United States. There was one talk that confused me, an Australian man who gave up his high-salary career to become a hunter/gatherer — fine for him I suppose. And there were a few motivational talks by successful entrepreneurs.
Unfortunately my illness convinced me to skip the after party each day as well. Stupid ebola.
ITP Flickr Pic
“Conversations” (Atlanta, Georgia, US)
The Plywood Presents “convention” was held in the Egyptian Room of the Fox Theatre. I’ve only been in the Egyptian Room twice before while taking the Fox tour that was being performed by my old friend (then) Glenn. During breaks we were encouraged to hold conversations with strangers, this is a photo taken by an introvert of people far more capable of conversation than he.
Ten Years Ago Today
Today marks the ten-year “anniversary” of me getting held up in my driveway. This blog is the child of the anger instilled in me that day. Some good things (if you consider this blog to be a good thing) can result from bad things I suppose.
Cruising Through The Weekend
I had planned on stepping up my game this weekend and going for at least one bike ride and attending the Black Sheep Hash. However being sick the past three days and still feeling its affects today have changed my mind. Instead I think that I will take it easy, only attending Black Sheep if I feel 100% better by Sunday morning.
Today’s Personal Project
Kick this fucking cold to the curb, and if all possible go to the bank. Oh hell, I might as wait until Monday to go to the bank.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – meh, feeling like shit and coming into work to put out some major fires
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – One of the more humorous presentations given at “Plywood Presents” was Jia Jiang’s 100 Days of Rejection. Sadly it didn’t provide me with enough courage to talk to strangers, however.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – checking tomorrow
Foot Mileage – ~0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – ~0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 0 (0 cardio)
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0
– clear out a room’s worth of things I no longer wish to own for the rest of my life
– hire a plumber to come in and fix the “small” repairs
– contact a realtor to make a hit list of things that need to change before the house can be listed
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