I’m Above That

A lesser man may gloat about winning the final Summer Slacker Series dominoes game, but not me, because as I exclaimed that night — “I win a lot.” 🙂

Today’s Daily Challenge
Eat one food with natural savory flavor, such as parmesan cheese, tomatoes, mushrooms, or shrimp.

Many of us take in way more salt than we need on an everyday basis. Too much sodium ups the risk for high blood pressure, stroke, heart attacks, and kidney disease. To make food tasty without too much salt, look to foods high in umami, a flavor described as savory and mouth-watering. Foods and seasonings that add umami can make your meals satisfying with less salt.

I’d love to, who wants to make me some?

Quick Round Up
I could write paragraphs about this weekend, but the j-o-b has me busy again.

Friday: WONDERFUL night of drinking and singing at the Dayroom show at Smith’s Olde Bar. I saw many old friends, including ITP-Readers Terri and Pat, and even recognized a guy I used to work with at Georgia-Pacific eighteen years ago!

Saturday: Painful early morning. I stuffed my belly (which had little food the night before) with some Hardee’s as I drove down to the Moreland Day Spa for the final Summer Slacker Series outing. The bike ride with ITP-Readers Barb and Steve, and Allan was hot, sweaty, and awesome. I rewarded my efforts with beer and delicious food cooked up by ITP-Reader Debbie. Did I mention that we played dominoes? 🙂 About the only downside of the weekend was that I couldn’t break myself away early enough to go see John Hodgman.

Sunday: I thought that I was going to have to come into the office on Sunday but an early morning of testing from home convinced me that the problem was something that was out of my domain — so I went hashing with the Black Sheep Hash. WHAT?!?! Yes, that’s right, my three-and-a-half year hiatus from hashing in Atlanta has ended! Not even a heavy thunderstorm and slow hashing could dampen my spirits. I was good to return.

Today’s Personal Project
Keep the exercise going by playing racquetball tonight.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – sad that I am so fat, but other than that okay
Current Music – listening to today’s (?) stage of the Vuelta a España.
Website Of The Day – Thanks to ITP-Reader Barb I will be checking out Dockside Dave’s Grill the next time I go to Florida to visit my mother.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – Saturday = road cycling, ~27.5 miles; Sunday = hashing, ~4.5 miles
Morning Weigh-In – 216 pounds? Ugh, apparently I ruined all of the exercising with too much food and drink.

Foot Mileage – ~4.5 miles
Wheel Mileage – ~52.5 miles
Gym Visits – 1 (1 cardio)

Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0

September Goals
– 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

  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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11 Responses to I’m Above That

  1. Barb says:

    Good times on Saturday, even if I suck at dominoes.
    But – at least I wasn’t DFL (miracles do happen)

    We thought seriously about going to Black Sheep, but the Falcons & Browns both being on TV at the same time won out with Allan. We did go for a long walk around the neighborhood, and of course got poured on, so I figured it was sort of like hashing since my feet were wet.

  2. At one point during the hash I thought “Hey, where are Primer and Service? I thought they were coming out to play today.”

    Football was on my mind, but then I ate a Chinese buffet lunch (and why am I not losing weight?) and forced myself to go hashing.

  3. Barb says:

    And- the Browns almost played like an NFL team in their 2nd half, so Allan was quite happy to watch that game.

  4. steve says:

    You suck.

  5. Yes, yes I do. ]:->

    Cycling fans, Tour of Britain starts airing today at 6pm Eastern (must be a replay) on Universal Sports.

  6. Martha says:

    The weekend started out pretty rough. Friday afternoon, I was working at home, when Jerry started screaming…no words, just panic. I thought it was a bug, then the smell hit me…oh god, the smell, there really isn’t anything like it in this world. We spent the next 24 hours on high alert, but we went to sleep, big mistake. We were awaken, simultaneously, by a combination of noises and smells.

    The poor guy was pretty lethargic for most of Saturday but seems to be doing much better now. I think we’re over the worst of it (oh, I hope we are).

    We did manage a little break on Saturday to join Jenka and Kevin for a couple of drinks and yesterday was a hot, hot 7 miles at Stone Mountain. The only thing that will save me at Mystery Mountain is if it is significantly cooler than yesterday.

  7. steve says:

    It was wonderful having folks down for one last spin and some dominoes, and rest assured that if you were not present, you were talked about!

    Sunday was a day to catch up on some yardwork, and not just because Barb pointed out the bushes were making the path to the pool unusable!! There is plenty of walking room now after 3 hours of hacking bush in 90 degree heat.

    After a brief siesta, I remembered I was going to cut grass in East Point, so loaded up and headed out. Light rain didn’t keep me from mowing, but I certainly didn’t slow down much. Driving back home the clouds were OMINOUS and the bottom fell out just past exit 47. Visibility nil and almost everyone driving with their flashers on. I’m glad I didn’t have to head any farther south than I did.

    On the schedule today is walking to a bike shop and getting a cable, or 2!! 🙂


  8. Barb says:

    Steve – Allan has put some cables into the tool box, for the next time.

    And I don’t want the house to not sell because of the bushes – LOL

  9. steve says:

    Thanks Barb… the bushes were already on the list!!

    Martha, hope the Nibbles is feeling better. Never fun having your animals in pain and you can’t do much about it.

  10. Martha says:

    Oh Steve, how I wish it had been the 10 pound dog and not the 75 pound one…Nibbles only suffering this weekend was that she was not the center of the universe for 36 hours.

  11. steve says:

    Wow… Cadel Evans came in almost 25 minutes behind the winner today. Ouch.

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