Self-Improvement Day

Things in my life went south last week, except for my weight which seemingly is headed northbound again due to a lack of consistent exercise. So starting today, Halloween, I am vowing to improve myself.

Yeah I know, you’ve heard this all before…

The Plan
Since I’ve yet to hear back about the interview I had last Monday I am going to use my day-to-day unemployed life to do the following:

  • Exercise: at least one hour a day; no specific routine meaning that I can ride, run, walk, do yard work, whatever, as long as it’s exercise
  • German: at least one hour a day; vocabulary training, homework, translation, etc
  • Coding: at least four hours a day and probably more as I start to get back into the swing of things

Six-to-eight hours of dedicated work/improvement is not to much to ask, hell that used to be my norm.

My plan was almost interrupted by a trip to Ireland that I was looking into over the weekend. The deal sounded too good to be true, and sure enough when I clicked the link in the email the website claimed that the deal was no longer offered. Typical bait-and-switch tactics.

Football Good, Football Bad
Good: Florida beat Georgia again!
Bad: Apparently there really is no “D” in “Packers” since they couldn’t stop the Falcons in order to win the game.

Your mileage may vary.

ITP Flickr Pics
“One Last Time” (Atlanta, Georgia, United States)
One Last Time
Much like with Turner Field a six weeks ago I paid my final visit to the Georgia Dome this past weekend. “But what if Florida plays in the SEC Championship Game?” Heh, I’m not going to spend good money to watch them get their asses handed to them by Alabama.

“Almost As High As One Can Be” (Atlanta, Georgia, United States)
Almost As High As One Can Be
Boy howdy were we up there!

There were many empty seats yesterday, which is what gives Atlanta its reputation as being a bad sports town. And though I know it’s hard to tell from my photos, there were many Packers fans in attendance.

Even though the team for whom I was rooting didn’t win I had a great time hanging with the Raleigh Royalty this weekend. Yesterday we used the beautiful weather to our advantage by MARTAing downtown early, walking around Centennial Olympic Park, doing some of the Fan Experience outside the Dome, and partying a bit over at Elliott Street Deli & Pub.

The Rest Since Friday
On Friday morning I went to Creative Mornings Atlanta before wandering around the High Museum of Art for awhile.

From midtown I drove all the way out to Norcross to meet some friends with whom I used to work for lunch. I had time out in Norcross so I kicked around downtown Norcross for a bit.

I signed up for COBRA health insurance continuation on Friday. It’s not cheap, that’s for sure, but it’s a lot cheaper than paying for everything out of pocket. Now I can schedule a physical and colonoscopy (both of which should have been done by now), as well as go to my eye doctor in December.

On Friday afternoon I met friends for drinks at Benchwarmer’s, and after that we drove to Peachtree Corners (yikes!) for a fantastic dinner at an Asian Gastropub called Ba Bellies.

On Saturday afternoon the Raleigh Royalty made it into town and we met up in Tucker at The Local 7, my first trip to that establishment. We only noshed on appetizers with our drinks, but I wouldn’t be opposed to stopping in again if ever I find myself out in Tucker.

And there you have it! Hope your weekend was wonderful.

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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8 Responses to Self-Improvement Day

  1. Barb says:

    Sorry I missed out on seeing LIsa & Randy, but I never heard anything from them (or you), so wasn’t sure when they were coming into town, etc.

    Allan decided the basement work was more important that partying all day in downtown Atlanta, so he veto’d going into town & we just watched the game at home.

    Work has been so stressful, I really am starting to hate retail & Chirstmas time.
    The world will not end if something doesn’t ship, but some people sure think it will. I really was truly exhausted all weekend, and not from getting any exercise.

  2. I think that they were under the impression that you were headed to Sani’s on Saturday night, and then that didn’t materialize because she wasn’t due to return to Atlanta until 7:30 or so. Hopefully we can all get together around Thanksgiving.

  3. Stacy says:

    Speaking of Thanksgiving…. any chance you’re having an Orphan’s Thanksgiving again this year, Barb? 🙂

  4. Barb says:

    yes Stacy – we are!!!! Let me add you the event.

    Paulie- I don’t even know where Sani lives these days, since she sold the house.
    And yes – I said I would come over, but I never heard any more about a time, etc.

  5. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Weird times, talking about Thanksgiving on Halloween. To make it weirder I will mention that I bought Christmas cards at the High Museum’s gift shop on Friday.

  6. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Ah. I had to text Sani to get her address. I made the incorrect assumption that you had arrranged everything previously.

  7. Stacy says:

    YAY! Thank you Barb! 🙂

  8. steve says:

    Friday was a long day of rented mule. Glad I took the day off because there was no way Debbie could have done all that heavy lifting- OK she could have, but I would have heard about it!!

    A good crowd Saturday for the hunter pace. Some cute costumes- 4 ladies, dressed in white and their horses marked as cookies- “cookies and milk”. Maybe you had to be there… and 2 parents dressed as cops and the daughter dressed as a prisoner, her white horse painted with dollar signs.

    When I got home from the h/p, I was unloading the trunk into the mancave and saw a horse walk past the back door by the stalls!! Mac pleaded the 5th, and after a quick return to the pasture and inventory (all present) I made a quick inspection of the fenceline… no breaches. The only thing we can figure is his 2 brothers chased him and he jumped the fence.

    Sadly, Maggie was found in the pasture. Not sure if she got kicked or what- after 4 days, there wasn’t much examining we wanted to do. She is now at rest with Farley and Tate R. Tot.

    Sunday I dropped off my car to have the leaking tire patched, only because of where it had the hole, they couldn’t and sold me a new tire!! What a deal (for them).

    Checked in on Debbie’s dad, who looked pretty good after all the falls and visits from the EMT’s. They have contacted a hospice and those folks will look after him.

    Sorry the Falcons got in the Pack’s way.


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