Between the extra chores, work, and kid-stuff, yesterday ended up being a very busy day. I certainly wasn't going to make that mistake two days in a row, so I took the day off from work. Nobody ever heard of the Agnostic Work Ethic.
Speaking of being ambitionless, aside from my constant efforts to be on-time everywhere and all the time, I rarely set goals for myself. Making a goal is the first step towards failure, so by abstaining from goal setting, I prevent failure, thus ensuring success at being failure-free. And for those achievinistas who consider my approach to just be a shortcut to failure, I'd hope they'd at least admire the balls-out efficiency of it.
That being said, I did set a goal this year. Last year, in my end-of-year round-up, I noted that I had run 989 miles. I vowed to myself that I'd run 1000 miles in 2006.
Note that this is really a crappy goal. First, 1000 miles wouldn't be a record for me. Second, 1000 miles is about 1% further than 989. Oooooh, 1%. Way to really stretch yourself there, champ. How long would it have taken the U.S. to land on the moon if J.F.K. had merely vowed to get 1% closer during his presidency? (Answer: MUCH longer).
Anyway, one of the things I did with my day off was go for a 5 mile run. Afterwards I excitedly entered the run into my spreadsheet (which gives me at least as much satisfaction as the run itself) and added up the total 2006 miles so far. As of today, I'm at 999.2. I don't mean to jinx myself, but I think the 1% Brass Ring is within reach.
I also did a bunch of Winter Present Tree Day shopping. Along with buying stuff for Daisy, I kept an eye out for a present for myself, a Nintendo Wii. After visiting numerous stores, I was left with this question:
What unspeakable act do I have to perform to get a Nintendo Wii?
If you have such a device, and are into sexually awkward computer programmers, drop me a line. I'm lubed and ready and have a slightly underdeveloped gag reflex.
(Mom, skip that last paragraph!)
Speaking of inappropriate sexual references, I was walking past Brookstone today and was horrified to see their latest exercise device, the iGallop. Here's the promotional video for it:
And, here's what it looks like when a regular human uses it.
And finally, just because I can't not link to this, a cat: