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All that is shall be in the world

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

How can it be not what it is, when being is in itself?

Gibberish? Exactly. Spockís Beard, to be precise

Interview today wentÖactually, I have no idea. Decent enough, I suppose. Guess Iíll find out next week, see if I made the first cut and get to go back to see the lab boss. Spent a couple of hours on the Michigan campus thereafter, taking a peek around the Diag. Iím a local product, so itís not as if Iíve been completely away the 15 years since Iíve graduated. But I did live in Wisconsin the last 9 years, so there definitely are some major changes that I hadnít noticed before.

Hit the gym later in the day for two hours of pickleball. Gotta work on the consistency, I can have 5 good points in a row and follow that up with 5 bad shots in a row. Todayís wog was run 8:4 walk, up to 5 consecutive laps, 5/12ths of a mile. Next stop half mile, though Iím not planning on it the next time I go. Unless I feel like it. Time today was 12:10, which I would assume was a typo, except Iím reading it off my phoneís stopwatch app, and as far as I know, it doesnít do typos. And that was after the pickleball, soÖ it suggests that if ever I develop a mileís worth of stamina, I can probably run it in 10 something, maybe even challenge single digits. I am aching something fierce right now, not sure if thatís from the court action, or from stretching out and going a little faster the last couple of laps.

Curious to see what the weigh in is tomorrow. Having tracked everything since Friday, it seems like Iím eating on or under the calorie goals stated by the SP tracker. I double checked it against a couple of different sites, and apparently, its numbers are correct for my age/height/weight loss goals. Still an open question as to the accuracy of my tracking. Iíve done a decent amount of fitness minutes, but I had a huge corned beef deli sandwich from a fave old place on campus this afternoon. Curious if that will all cancel out.

And, just because I started with a song with a bit of counterpoint vocals in it, how about I end the same way? ďChanceĒ by Savatage, the counterpoint section starts around the 7 minute mark.

This vid takes me way back to 1998, seeing these guys doing this song live, with the awesome sight of 5 guy across the front of the stage, each singing their separate parts. I have goosebumps right now.

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CLPURNELL 1/25/2013 6:47PM

    I agree with Ken. Watch the sodium. Good luck on the Job!

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KING_SLAYER 1/23/2013 3:47PM

    That corned beef deli sandwich may throw off your weigh in due to sodium content trapping water in your system for a day or so. I've had that happen to me, know that I'm due for a good weigh in and then eat a meal that has more sodium than I would have preferred. Weigh in sucked, but the next day the weight was done a decent amount. Go figure, our bodies are fickle!

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WHISPERINGPINE9 1/23/2013 8:11AM

    You are doing great and working hard and getting some great results.. All the best to you on the job! Thanks for sharing the songs! You have a wonderful day my sparking friend.

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CAMAEL100 1/23/2013 5:36AM

    Best of luck with the job and the weigh in!

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Gummi bears for a shot?

Monday, January 21, 2013

Trying to look back on stuff I used to do 5, 7, 9 years ago, and dredging up a ton of memories. The details are pretty fuzzy, even if I did take the retrospective peek a couple of times during the last year. All in all, it's been like being back in school, studying for a test covering the entire semester, wondering what the heck the prof/interviewer might throw at you. Come down to it, I'm just going to be winging it anyway, so why the stress? Might as well relax and get some sleep tonight, right? Oh except for that insomnia thing. Well, then.

Full on ramble tonight, no coherent thoughts populating this brain, no sir. From nf-kb to gbr12909 (that's a reference from when I got to play with cocaine) to monkeys flinging poop, it's all flooding back, those ghosts of past jobs. Some on my blc team board mentioned Synvisc, and I figure that'll play a role in tonight's dreams, as I gave a thousand imaginary patients imaginary shots of that stuff when I used to do software QA for a med records company. Irradiation, catheters and brain probes, oh my!

Haven't done a lick of exercise yet today, but today has an hour to go yet. Might have to take a turn on the old exercise bike, try to tire myself out. You know, I think I will, if only to calm the hamster wheel in my brain. It's spinning at a fantastic pace. Spin one to unspin the other, isn't that how it goes? In theory, anyway. Let's see if reality agrees, shall we?

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WHISPERINGPINE9 1/22/2013 8:35AM

    Hope you got some exercise in tonight. Sleep is good hope you have a good one. emoticon

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KMM1123 1/22/2013 12:21AM

    While I didn't understand anything at all in your second paragraph - hopefully your interviewer will. I'd offer you some tips on landing your dream job but seeing as I'm still hopelessly unemployed, it's probably best you not take any of my advice.

Good luck tomorrow!

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EMMAEKAY 1/22/2013 12:20AM

    A tired body frees a tired mind! I have been much less insomniac and much more balanced since returning to regular exercise. :)

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Fool for your running

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Title's going to have to wait until I find out what I end up typing out. Today's wog tilted towards the run, with the mile breaking down as 7/12ths run, 5/12ths walk. Which means that I ran a third of a mile (and a separate quarter mile) without having a ball or disc to chase. Time was 13:39, which is sad from the perspective that I did 13:45 with a 7 walk: 5 run split on Friday. On the other hand, once again, the wog occurred at the end of my time at the gym. One of these days, I'll try doing that early in the sequence, and see what I can pull off.

I'm very much not enjoying running. But I've done it, to some degree, three days in a row. Not expecting 4, but you never know. Insanity may prevail yet again. Having done 4 laps, I'm of the opinion that I could probably do a consecutive six (half mile) without collapsing.
But then I'd have to wonder about 7, or if 8 was feasible, and before long...you see? Madness!

One odd thing about the BLC is that it's taking up all my SP attention, in terms of message board activity. Need to remember to visit the teams I was on prior to this challenge, get a dose of sarcasm once in a while, y'know?

Also, am hoping to fall asleep at a decent hour tonight. Might be useful to wake up at a normal time tomorrow, so as to be able to repeat the feat on Tuesday, what with an interview lined up for 10:30 AM Tuesday. Wish me luck, might well need it. It's for a position that I applied for despite thinking I was underqualified, so I'm amused that they actually got back to me where I haven't heard from so many other positions where my experiences might fit right in. Thinking if this doesn't go well (I'm going in with no expectations, for better or worse), I might take a couple of shots in a radical direction. But I'll cross that bridge if it becomes necessary.

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ANDY_54 1/22/2013 3:01PM

    Hey, you never know--running might be your thing if you stick with it for a while. Do you have music while you run? That helps me a lot.

Hope the interview turned out well!

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CLPURNELL 1/22/2013 11:50AM

    Good luck on the interview!! Awesome job on the wog lol

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SHRINKING_SARA 1/21/2013 12:52PM

    Good Luck!

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FLEURGARDEN 1/21/2013 7:29AM

    Congrats on the running progress and best of luck with the interview!

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SLIMINDOWN31 1/21/2013 12:20AM

Keep running

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MYOWNHERO 1/21/2013 12:08AM

    Good luck on your interview!

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    Yessss, insanity will eventually take over! Train safe to prevent injury!

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RUNNINGWILD 1/20/2013 11:52PM

    Insanity will take over ... I started out with a bad attitude toward running and now I run three times a week training for half marathons. It's been 8 years since I claimed that I was never running again.
ps: I'm with you on the BLC taking up all my Spark time. I have got to remember to visit my other teams, too. Especially since one of them is actually MINE.

Sleep well!!

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A thoroughly unmoving entry

Saturday, January 19, 2013

You know, as opposed to a video blog where at least my mouth is moving? I tried rambling into the webcam embedded in this laptop, which I've used just a handful of time in the 9 months I've had this machine, and kept running out of steam. Either I bored myself, or got hyperaware of my funky speech patterns, or just had awkward silences, or a host of other maladies that just make for not good viewing. So I didn't upload either of those efforts. Eventually, I'll capture something worth sharing. Might take another 9 months, as I'm not in any particular hurry.

Second day of drinking 8 cups of water, and tracking absolutely everything I eat. The water isn't too difficult, as all it really takes is to think about it and make sure to sneak an extra cup here and there where you wouldn't have if you weren't thinking about it. I'm sure, eventually, those extra cups could become the norm, but for now, trying to put together a 4 day streak. The tracking is a bit odd, as I felt like I overate moderately yesterday, and just cracked the bottom of the calorie range indicated by the tracker. Not sure if that's a function of the tracker being set to faulty coordinates (I don't recall ever having tweaked the calorie goals), or a fault in accurate tracking, as it's something I never do, and am attempting for BLC purposes only. Annoying have to add every little bit. Annoying to see what every little bit entails, which, I suppose, is the point. Stop eating an annoying amount, right? Kind of felt like an older sibling telling a youngun to stop hitting themselves when they were controlling the kid's arm. I refuse to answer whether I ever did that to my little brother.

Got another streak going, a whole two days on which I've run a quarter mile for the point of running a quarter mile. Did so as part of a mile wog, yesterday's time was 13:45 for 7:5 walk to jog ratio. Was going to try for half and half, a quarter mile of each at a time, but the quarter mile job isn't my favorite thing to do, let's just put it that way. Today's time, which ended up 8:4 walk/run ratio, was 15:02, partly fueled by a slower walking crowd on the oval, partly fueled by my going out there after using the elliptical, as opposed to before, like I did on Friday. Sad thing is, going slower won't help me increase the distance; the motion, while running for its own sake, just feels wrong to me. Might just be a complete and utter lack of technique; I was watching the reflection in the glass surrounding the track wondering if I was striding too upright, or if "too upright" was even a thing in running. Obviously, I know nothing about running.

So, having rambled on in a manner that's proven the title true, I shall end now. And prepare myself for Red Wings hockey. One reason to be glad to be back in Michigan, being able to watch the Wings on TV, without relying on shady, perhaps illegal, less than great quality internet streams. LGRW!

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CLPURNELL 1/22/2013 3:24PM

    Awesome job on the streaks!!!!

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EJRANVILLE 1/20/2013 10:05AM

    I once thought my calorie range was too high and discovered (to my dismay) that when I first signed up for Spark I accidentally selected the 'maintenance' mode, not the 'weight loss' mode. Sadly the only way to fix this was to blow out all my entries and start over (it keeps you favorite foods, just not the logs).

You might also try going to your start page and selecting 'change goal' under the calorie range or weight loss range. That will adjust your calorie range for sure.

Welcome back to the Mitten. Where are you now?

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JUDITHANNIE 1/20/2013 7:54AM

    welcome back to Michigan...

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ALBATROSS925 1/20/2013 3:19AM

    I know nothing about running and attempt it sometimes too! I usually use the couch to 5k or zombies, run app --at least they keep me entertained!

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1CRAZYDOG 1/19/2013 9:55PM

    Hang in there!

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ANDY_54 1/19/2013 8:05PM

    I think your running is great! It's actually what I would call the galloway system (as in Jeff galloway) he ascertains that you really should do a combo of walk and run. Lots of runners do that (me, too)--saves on joints and energy and allows you to finish pretty strong as opposed to being totally wacked out. So wogging is good!

Have no idea about the tracker--have not tracked all week so don't know if there is a glitch in the system somewhere. Mayeb you eat less than you think you do?

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RIVERNANNA 1/19/2013 7:06PM

    Congrats on trying to add some running to you walk. Maybe when you start running for longer periods you will feel that "runner's high".

You should have someone look at your form when you are running. You may be doing fine, or you may need to change someting a bit. Running was natural to me, but my grandaughter used to look like she was dragging her body along, or running with heavy weights on her legs. She loved playing softball but was awful at running the bases. Her parents worked with her and she is a better runner, still working on her form, but a better runner than she was. emoticon

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A partial eclipse of the lamb

Friday, January 18, 2013

BLC21 dictates doing something I havenít managed before this weekend, so Iíll try to drink 8 glasses of water for the next four days. Wish my bladder luck. It also dictates 20 minutes of cardio a day (easy enough), interacting with other member of my team (easy enough) and tracking every bit of food that passes betwixt my lipst. Thatíll be a challenge. Maybe I should have just killed two birds with one stone trying to do that for the first phase, instead.

Boring weekend ahead, at least in terms of external plans. Fortunately, I can be entirely entertained by watching games on TV, and the NHL comes back to life tomorrow. Only too bad that I donít get CBC, wish I could catch some Hockey Night in Canada. In between periods of the Red Wings game, that is. Havenít a clue what to expect from the truncated season, but glad to have that, at least.

In the get to know me memes thing I did last week, I mentioned shepherding experience, but forgot to follow up on Kristinaís (KMM1123) request for that story. Itís not particularly exciting, I just happened to work in a lab one summer in undergrad for a boss who had a farm, and a flock of sheep. Every once in a while, I got to go out there and do farm stuff. The day we baled hay might have been the trigger for the worst allergies I have ever suffered in my life! The day the boss brought a dying lamb to the lab was one of the most heartbreaking things Iíve experienced. We had the poor thing on an IV, trying to keep it hydrated, as it faded away to the great pasture in the sky. The shepherding I mentioned was just from trying to bring the flock from their field back into the barn at the end of the day on the occasions I was out there in the evening. You talk about your herd mentality, and add in stubborn creatures like sheep, and that wasnít an easy task, let me tell you! I also got to help shear the sheep when it came time to collect wool. The poor animals looked so cold afterwards, even in the heat of summer.

And then there was May 10, 1994, the solar eclipse on a day out at the farm that was, simply put, the coolest thing Iíve ever seen. The sun started fading at around 4 PM or so, a few hours before the sheep were usually brought in for the night. But theyíre wired for light, and while at 3:45 they were roaming the field, a few running around, most just grazing contentedly, as the sun started failing, they all tucked their legs underneath and went down to the ground, for all the world looking like they were getting ready for sleep. Just a powerful sight, nature overruling the clock claiming that, no, really, it was still afternoon.

Not all of them stayed fooled, as the light failed to fade any further, a few got up and started wandering again. But the majority of the small flock remained down, and I think a few even took a nap, until well after the peak of the eclipse passed. As the light brightened again, they just got back up and went back to grazing, as if nothing had happened.

That was an awesome experience.

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CLPURNELL 1/22/2013 5:20PM

    like the sheep story!

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GARDENCHRIS 1/19/2013 8:07AM

    that is a cool sheep story.

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KMM1123 1/19/2013 12:36AM

    Very cool sheep story! Hmm... never thought I'd write that sentence. Thanks for sharing though and appeasing my demanding and inquisitive comment. Observing a natural phenomenon can be very awe-inspiring. A few years ago I witnessed a nest of sea turtles emerge from the sand and make their way to the Gulf. Way, way awesome. By far, the best thing I've ever witnessed.

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FLEURGARDEN 1/18/2013 8:35PM

    CBC is the best for hockey - you must be just out of range. I'm closer to Detroit, so I have no problem getting their signal.

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ANDY_54 1/18/2013 6:58PM

    My husband and I own a small hobby farm--no animals, just crops--but it makes me feel the cyclical nature of the world and more tuned in to the seasons as they turn from one to another. Hm, kind of like those sheep (but I hope I have a bit more brain engaged, lol). Thanks for the reminder!

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1CRAZYDOG 1/18/2013 5:44PM

    Awww . . . poor little lamb!

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DONNATINWV 1/18/2013 3:14PM

    I, too, love remembering summers on a farm when my grandparents were living... They are some of the sweetest memories I have. Thanks for bringing them back to me!

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