One thing about which I am certain is that my time in East Atlanta has given me enough stories to keep me entertained until the day I die.
Today’s Daily Challenge
Share one item you purchased recently that helped you experience something new.
Researchers have found that people who spend their money on experiences – or items that create an experience – are happier overall. Reflecting on a purchase that let you do something fun can remind you of that experience and give you a new way of looking at your spending habits.
I really have nothing but this sounds like a buying opportunity!
I Can Bank On It
Finally made it to the bank yesterday to convert my Euro back to Good Ole ‘merican money.
The Latest Saga
After a wonderfully inexpensive dinner of pizza and soda at Costco (final cost — $2.75) I headed home to attempt to be productive for my demo — now scheduled for Friday.
As I turned onto my street last night I quickly noticed the two large, white trucks blocking the street, one of which was blocking the entrance to my driveway. I quickly realized what had happened, a tree in the neighborhood took out the power lines and these were men working to repair things. After negotiating my way into my driveway I confirmed my suspicion — see the photo below.
The power was out until sometime after 8pm. I managed to entertain myself watching a Master Chef video that I had transferred to my iPad using the DISH Anywhere app (pssst – I wrote most of the file transfer code in that app) and a couple of video podcasts. By the time the power was restored I had lost the impetus to do work and goofed off for the rest of the night.
ITP Flickr Pic
“The Excitement Never Ends” (Atlanta, Georgia, United States)
There must have been some high winds in the ‘hood yesterday. One of my across-the-street neighbor’s Sweet Gum trees snapped, taking out the power lines in its wake. Oh to have underground utilities…
Now I’ve Done It
I completed two tasks yesterday.
First, I arranged for a sleep study on the night of September 2nd. I wonder how much this is going to cost me.
Second, I signed up for the “2-week Intensive Language Course” at the Goethe Institute, which will occur four nights per week during two weeks in September. I know exactly how much this will cost me, course and study materials totaled just about $425. Expensive, extravagant, but I will begin to push the limits of my comfort zone quite a bit so I am both scared and excited.
Today’s Personal Project
Get some exercise!
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – okay, though I’ll be better when my demo is looking and working better
Current Music – silence at the moment but I feel a need for some loud music soon
Website Of The Day – There are many ways to find out a musician’s touring schedule, I like Songkick.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – 215 pounds
Foot Mileage – ~4.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – ~0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 2 (2 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