Wednesday, December 05, 2012
Thought comes of inadvertently landing on someone's spark page and deciding to befriend them on musical tastes alone. Did let the person know I'd done so, and gave the option of reciprocating, or simply telling me to go away. But I suppose there's the third option, of being unaware of the request. After a year plus on spark, I've probably done the same at some point. So, I'm curious to know if there's a way to look at mutual friends versus the one way streets. Might also tell me how many true (reciprocating) friends I have on here, and who I should jettison for not being aware of my existence. OK, so that's overstating things by a quantum leap, but it's where my brain is.
As said brain really should be sleeping, I think I'll try to see if I can't make that my reality.
Monday, December 03, 2012
Lately, I've been listening to a lot of music that has an introspective, perhaps gloomy sound to it, like Tool (subject is a reference to that band), Porcupine Tree, Opeth, Antimatter, Anathema, etc. The first three bands are outfits I listen to often, so they're not a surprise. The latter two are related, so, again, perhaps not a surprise, but I enjoyed listening to those bands this time around in a way I hadn't appreciated them before. Not sure if that's a product of mindset, or a slight shift in taste, or something else.
Only 1:30 AM tonight. This one is pure insomnia, as I was half asleep watching the Grinch Who Stole Christmas many hours ago, perked up watching the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark, really was awake for the end of High Fidelity, for which I would have changed from Raiders if only I'd noticed it was on. And now it's a couple of hours on, and sleep is but a stranger on the train going the other way.
Made it back to the gym today, intending to stick to lower body stuff. So, naturally, I used the rowing machine and found myself beating on the punching bag. Guess I'll see in the morning if I pay for that call. It was fun, though. I was oddly off balance though, bailing on attempts at squats with the 25 lb kettle bell, something I've done a few of (on the order of 2x5 reps) the last few times at the gym. Knees were extending towards and over the toes, and I couldn't correct that for some unfathomable reason. (To be slightly fair to myself, I've been doing these on the back of a balance bubble (those quarter moon doohickeys), where doing a squat without weights results in hilariously wobbly knees, and I've been trying to make it harder by moving my feet closer together, so that might play a role in the balance issue, rather than the neck thing.)
And, oh by the way, I just yawned. Given the hour of the night, that's not out of the ordinary...but, get this...it didn't hurt! Nice change from the last 4 nights!
Sunday, December 02, 2012
Getting to be a (bad?) habit, scribbling and posting on towards 3 am. Unlike the first such item a couple of days ago, this is not born of neck discomfort, as that issue is receding after a few painful days. It did affect my activities, as I haven't been to the gym since Wednesday. Need to make it 8 times in 13 days for the ugly t shirt. I also decided against making a trip to Milwaukee to see some friends play a show, which is unfortunate because it was the last such opportunity I had to do so before moving. Hopefully they can make a trek out Michigan way sometime.
Instead, I stayed in Madison Saturday night. And even there, there were a couple crossed wires, leaving me to my own devices. So I went and watched some football and breakdancing. The football was the Big Ten Championship game, of interest due to Wisconsin's participation. The Badgers did not disappoint (unlike their performances for much of the season), rolling over Nebraska 70-31. No, that's not a basketball score.
As for the breakdancing...a former coworker is a performer, or b-girl, and she posted about the event. Just watching the competitors/performers made my abs hurt.
Weird moment at the end of the night, when I went to greet my acquaintance, and quite naturally left off saying, "I'll see you around." It wasn't until a minute later as I was exiting the building that I realized that this was a person I'm unlikely to perhaps ever meet again.
My mind's just shot off on an age old tangent of, "where's that border between 'friends' and mere 'acquaintances'?" But, then again, I've probably been exploring that tangent a good bit lately, trying to decide who to spend time with, or to inform about leaving, before actually doing so. I called someone today, to see if she'd be around over the next two weeks, as she travels a fair deal for work. Being the perceptive type, she figured out something was up, and I told her why The two week timeline. Felt a little bad when she said I ruined her Saturday...but that I felt the need to get in touch, that puts this person in the friend category.
On the other hand, there are others to whom I am closer, and spend more time with, who I am reluctant to let know...and I'm not sure why...regardless, I have a couple of phone calls to make tomorrow.
Saturday, December 01, 2012
I crowed the other day in this space about weighing less than my brother. The scale gods didn't take kindly to the bragging, and have nailed me with a sharp climb in the digital readout. Now, it could be sodium weight, or it might be cookies and Doritos and barbecue and beer weight. Probably the latter.
Feeling the teensiest sorry for myself, what with the (literal) pain in the neck, I hit the grocery store yesterday before having eaten dinner. Snackages happened. And later, at night, snackaging occurred. And today, a night out with friends. There will be more of those over the next two weeks as I prepare to leave a place I've called home the past 9 years.
So, I'm OK with a moderate increase in short term weight. If it turns out to be real, that is. And if not, I'm down with that, too. I'll get back to the gym when it stops hurting to yawn, hopefully with enough days left to get that ugly t shirt.
Friday, November 30, 2012
Of course, these are all self-diagnoses, but I'm pretty well convinced that I did not get concussed Wednesday, but instead seem to have suffered a bit of whiplash. There was a headache that went and came in a desultory fashion, but it was of the sort that could be explained by the fact that the right sternoclaidomastoid was feeling a bit puffy and sore, and the upper trapezius over there was sore, too. The left side counterparts weren't as bad off but make their presence felt when I sneeze or yawn.
And yes, I had to look up the sternoclaidomastoid, couldn't recall what that was extending down from below the ear and flanking the throat. Although, with this slight swelling, I'm guessing it's more than just the muscle involved.
And yes, I am awake at 3:30 am, but in my defense, I was asleep for about 4 hours prior to waking and being unable to fall back asleep. My usually comfortable memory foam pillows aren't quite up to the challenge of my torqued neck.
Of course, I'm thinking it's whiplash, I'm also cognizant that it's not particularly severe, as I was largely able to go out and do whatever I needed. stayed away from the gym, but I might try some lower body stuff there tomorrow. Probably best to stay away from the rowing machine for a few days.
Then again, probably best to avoid the gym, but I've got an increasingly short time to get that ugly t shirt...hmmm...suppose it depends on how it's feeling the next few mornings. I know all too well the joys of a screwed up neck, so I'd rather it resolve itself sooner rather than later.
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