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Rambling on (now with moving pictures!)

Saturday, March 09, 2013


Started rambling, and 12 minutes later, I shut up. Watch only if you're extremely bored, or need a cure for your insomnia.

As mentioned during the ramble:
Rush, "The Pass": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbBf0c-NaN4
Rush, "The Camera Eye": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LmIOg33oPo

  
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CLPURNELL 3/11/2013 8:04PM

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STR458 3/10/2013 11:00AM

    emoticon I hope you video again.

I hear you about pre-job jitters, have a safe timely flight! of course I want to see follow up videos!!

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Last day of leisure

Friday, March 08, 2013

I wasted the day, the week, really. I should have gone out and done something fun, since I start work on Monday. But I didn't, just was lazy. Wasn't able to straighten out my sleep schedule, so I suspect I might have a couple of rough days early on. Will have to learn to embrace coffee, or other sources of caffeine.

Not much to say tonight. Tomorrow will see me doing laundry, perhaps going to the gym, shopping for a belt, and packing. I suspect that'll describe a lot of Saturdays going forward. Except for the belt part, I'd hope one would last me a while.

Planning on taking a bunch of stuff along the first week or two, just to find out what I actually use. Checking in a bag (I think that should get reimbursed) will allow me to take along tennis shoes, for any attempt at exercise in the hotel's fitness room.

I suspect you might get bored by me talking about this job thing... :)





  
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JET150 3/12/2013 10:43PM

    I've been just doing minimal Spark people stuff lately so I'm out of the loop on you getting a job. Congratulations!!! Are you traveling for work, or moving somewhere else for the job? I imagine this is all in previous blogs....
Anyway, I'm glad for you!

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KING_SLAYER 3/9/2013 8:51PM

    You say that you wasted a week, but if being lazy was what you WANTED to do before re-entering the rat race, then I say that you did not waste that time, you spent it in a way which was most pleasing to you!

And yes, a decent belt should last you a while!

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EJRANVILLE 3/9/2013 10:11AM

    Good luck with the new gig. Hope you find some good hotel fitness centers. Do you swim--maybe pools could be an easy way to add some exercise and the equipment packs easily emoticon

P.S. UM Hockey has playoff game tonight--hope you get a chance to watch.

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WHOVIANGIRL23 3/8/2013 10:55PM

    Hey, a job is a wonderful thing to have.

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(was) exhausted tonight

Thursday, March 07, 2013

went to the gym intending only to wog a bit and do some ST and go home. Ended up not walking, playing pickleball for a good long time, and then doing less ST than I'd planned, but still more the the blc's tnt dictates, so I'm ok with that. The jog wasn't hideous either, at 9:54.95, probably the first time since high school (aka 20 years) ago that I did a mile in under 10 minutes. Pickleball was a bit weird today, my wrist was hurting, and there were only a few of us, taking advantage of the open gym to play. Odd how sometimes the exact same combination of players produces diametrically opposite results. There was no predicting how any one game would go today. By the end of it, I was pretty out of it. Got home, ate most of dinner, and grabbed a couple of slices of avocado at the end, and 30 seconds later, I was sprinting to the bathroom where I proceeded to give dinner back. One thing was obvious - I really don't chew my food enough. Apparently, I also don't like avocado when it isn't smushed up with other stuff into guacamole form. Which is rather not believable, seeing as how my go to sandwich at my favorite bars in Madison was the ABLT - Avocado bacon lettuce and tomato. One of those sites had sliced avocado, the other had a paste, but either way it was delicious. So, in other words, I have no idea why the system rejected the 'cado tonight. I also have no idea why I'm averse to paragraphs this evening, but there you have it. Reading material grabbed from the library yesterday included a autobiography of Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine. Not really a fan of the man on a personal level, but he's made some fantastic music over the years. The book is kind of fascinating so far, a don't give a rip tone to it that fits my conception of the guy. Curious to see what he says about the revolving cast of characters that is Megadeth. Peace Sells, for your listening pleasure: www.youtube.com/watch?v=umeZtszNShk Another book I grabbed is entitled FlashForward, which was the source of the TV show from a few years ago. I liked the concept, though I never got around to watching the show before it was cancelled. I never knew that there was a book behind it. Not only that, a book by an author (Robert Sawyer) whose work I really enjoy. So, I'm looking forward to diving into that. And now, a decision to make. Do I eat something, based on the fact that I'm hungry, or let my still unsettled stomach rule the evening and just (try) to go to sleep? Maybe if I was still feeling as exhausted as when I started typing this out 20 minutes ago, the second option would win out. But a second wind has blown, and I am, after all, starving. I suspect the answer will be milk and cookies.

  
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CLPURNELL 3/8/2013 4:19PM

    Hope you feel better soon. Maybe it was a bad avocado. Awesome job time!

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GARDENCHRIS 3/8/2013 5:56AM

    take care of yourself .... maybe you caught a bug of some kind.

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LEXIE63 3/8/2013 5:33AM

    Sounds like a bit of a tummy upset, maybe a little bug, seeing as you felt 'off' at the gym too. Hope you are better today.
Hugs,
Lex xxx

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WHOVIANGIRL23 3/7/2013 11:07PM

    Lol sorry to hear about your stomach, that doesn't sound Ike fun at all. Good job on the gym though, I went today too. Feel better!

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It'll be a good day

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Last weekend’s blc bingo included an instruction to “listen to your feel good” song. I don’t know that I have a particular go to track for that purpose, but on the weekend, I turned to the band, Yes, and the song, “It’ll be a good day (the River)” from their "The Ladder" album. Just something very hopeful, and peaceful about that song.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=27-rL
ImeWMo


Today qualified, a few more pieces of paperwork dispatched efficiently to the sounds of a different Yes album (2001’s Magnification).

Went out to return library books, and took advantage of a piece of news I saw on line over the weekend to stop at a Dairy Queen on its opening day. Unfortunately, the owners weren’t at the location when I popped in. I would have loved to have said hello, as I’ve known them since I was a kid (even if I haven’t seen them in the past decade). I went with a small Mint Oreo Blizzard, and at first, I thought even that size was too much, the 40 degree temps not quite conducive enough for ice cream. But after stopping in at the library, I made short work of the rest of that treat.

Chose watching Michigan basketball over anything exercise-y, and the Wolverines pulled out an often frustrating 80-75 win. The biggest play was when the Purdue backup center, who beat his season scoring average 5 minutes into the game and then kept scoring almost at will, rolled his ankle. Might yet hit the exercise bike, it’s only 9:30.

Got a e-mail from Spark People today, offering $45 bucks of freebies for pre-ordering the new book, including 500 TOTAL sparkpoints (their emphasis), which is bizarre not only because of the all caps word, but also because I didn’t realize sparkpoints had any monetary value. Even more….well, I’m not sure ‘disturbing’ is the right word, but ‘annoying’ certainly applies, the language in the ad is just weird. It looks like the “The Spark Solution” book has a sub headline of “A complete two-week diet program to fast-track weight loss and total body health.”

The extended language in the e-mail gives more context, “But first I want to tell you about our new book! The Spark Solution is a two-week diet program to JUMP-START your weight loss and total body health. The idea behind it is simple: Why waste time experimenting with weight-loss tactics that don't work? With The Spark Solution, you'll spend the next two weeks SETTING YOURSELF UP to drop pounds and get healthy for the long haul.” (emphasis mine) In that statement, they don’t promise any quick fixes, just that you’ll learn what to do. But then, below, in bold, the message is delivered as, “With The Spark Solution, you could be just two weeks away from your healthiest, happiest self!” The thing that bugs me about this statement, as well as the sub-header, is that they seem to be promising quick fixes to the problem, using language in a way that this site really hasn’t done to date, as far as I’ve seen. Yeah, sure, there’s something to be said about marketing…but one of the things I love about Spark People is that it isn’t ever promoted as some sort of quick fix miracle, like so many of the fad diets are. And here they are, on the cover, and in the advertising of their new book, coming across as if it’s a “Two weeks to a new you!!!!!!!!!” fad. Sure, I know better. And people who buy it looking for that quick fix will be better off for it. But it’s annoying me anyway.

  
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CLPURNELL 3/7/2013 6:30PM

    I can understand the annoyance. They don't need to push it as a gimmick.

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KING_SLAYER 3/7/2013 4:41PM

    I also read that email with a bit of consternation. I'm all for people dropping the fluff and salesmanship and saying what they mean when they are trying to make a point. I don't have any room for truth stretching or even worse, falsehoods. Give me facts, tell me what this product (any product) can do for me without painting a flowery picture.
I would never make it in the advertising world! I'd come up with tag lines like "Volvo, it's boxy, but it's good!" *

* From a Michael Keaton movie about an ad exec that gets sent to a "funny farm".

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KMM1123 3/6/2013 11:19PM

    Michigan and Dairy Queen... oh the memories. Whenever I happen to visit the state it's mainly to visit with extended family in a little village in the north where the Dairy Queen acts as the main gathering spot. I spent three weeks up there with my family this summer and my fondest memories have to be swimming in the lake, picking blueberries with my grandmother and treating ourselves to Dairy Queen. I refuse to eat at their franchises down here in Florida... it's just not the same.

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EMMAEKAY 3/6/2013 10:55PM

    Actually, the "Two Week WOO" thing has been around forever. It's called the Spark Diet, and when you first make an account you go through all the learning steps and phases. If you hover over "Articles and Videos," you'll find the Spark Diet page.

It's basically just a how-to page on setting goals and controlling foodlust.

I have NO idea why the email sounds like it was written by the ghost of Billy Mays, though.

:D

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I did not answer the 6 o clock bell this morning

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Contrary to any assertions made in this space last night, I had not, in fact, thought myself out of thoughts, and those thoughts (and Dr. Horrible, and the first episode of The Guild, both of which I'd somehow, incredibly, never managed to see before) kept me awake until approximately 2 AM. As a result, waking up at 6 AM and going to run around with the frisbee kids didn't happen. Too bad, because it was the last time they were slated to practice indoors. Might have to scout out their schedule, and see if I can catch one of their games some time.

Morning came at around 8 AM, not a bad time, but not near the time I need to keep starting next week. I was counting on the extra hour of sleep Sunday night due to returning to the central time zone, but I'll be robbed of it by the springing forward of the clock and the beginning of daylight savings time. Or is it the end? I can never remember. Either way, spring forward, and no extra sleep for me.

I did get an e-mail from the employers, and apparently I'll be getting a welcome package with a t-shirt in it. Might be the most exciting part (so far) of getting the job. I'll let you know if that's still true after I get my first paycheck. I suspect the t-shirt won't be able to compete.

The information contained within also included a link to enterprise car rental, so as to reserve vehicles at corporate rates. Corporate rates don't preclude the price of a rental nearly doubling due to taxes and fees, apparently. On the good side, I am now a member, amount of pride yet to be determined, of the Emerald Club, National/Enterprise's frequent rental club (or something like that). I'm most excited about that because of the name; as a May born kid, with the emerald as my birthstone, I'm down with that.

I did finally make it back to the gym. Got there at 4:30ish, left at 7:30, near three hours of pickleball, without too many breaks, really. Gave myself credit for 150 minutes, wondering as always how you're supposed to judge what portion of that was spent playing vs waiting for serves, etc. Figure it's a defensible number. After all, if you're on a tennis court for an hour, you're gonna take credit for an hour of tennis. This is a similar case. The wrist that's been an issue since playing volleyball two (or three?) weekends ago was really whining at me all day, but I ignored it, as I'm not going to be playing all that much pickleball soon. Beyond that, I also managed to smack myself in the ankle while trying to track a ball whacked at my feet, and I've got a nice little lump swelling up just above the ankle. That'll be annoying tomorrow.

Dinner was leftover turkey, with ranch dressing due to the fact of no gravy nor barbecue sauce in the place. Hey, it works, what can I say? And then the Red Wings beat the Avalanche, in what is a sad remnant of a once incredibly fierce rivalry. Doesn't matter, I still enjoy seeing Colorado losing whenever possible. Frickin' Nordilanche.

All in all, a good day. Tomorrow's weekly number won't be a step in the right direction, but I'm not sweating it. Since I actually forgot to record last week's number in SP (it was properly reported to the blc authorities), maybe it won't look like much of a change. But the lack of sweat means just that. This week is a freebie before the real challenge starts.

  
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CLPURNELL 3/7/2013 5:49PM

    LOL you have to post the new t-shirt! You are starting your own little t-shirt collection.



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KIKKI-G 3/6/2013 4:56PM

    Woo March birthdays! mines the 8th!

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MYOWNHERO 3/6/2013 2:29PM

    Dr. Horrible is a completely acceptable reason. Carry on.

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PRIZM96 3/6/2013 11:59AM

    Well, hell! the t-shirt makes it official!! :-)

I bet those frisbee kids are so going to miss you hanging with them!! So does your motel have a kickass fitness center in it? You can download a bunch of Def Leopard on an ipod or something so you don't feel so homesick!

hehehehe I'm so happy things are going so well for you! Well, at least until we actually see what this t-shirt looks like.......

:-)

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ATTACKFATCAT 3/6/2013 11:42AM

    May baby here as well! I feel like I'm part of a elite club now!

I didn't do my 6am workout this morning either. I managed to yesterday, but not today. I'm thinking it's going to have to be baby steps. One morning last week, two this week, and so on!

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KMM1123 3/6/2013 11:26AM

    I'm glad to see your paranoia about the job in your previous blog was unfounded. Sending you a t-shirt sounds pretty official to me - I'm sure they don't send them to just anyone willy-nilly. If only they knew about your love of ugly t-shirts. Maybe there's still time for you to negotiate a monthly t-shirt into your salary package...

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SIMONEKP 3/6/2013 9:14AM

    I don't know, the t-shirt sounds pretty tempting....

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ADARKARA 3/6/2013 8:11AM

    I second the may birthday high five! I'm the 19th!!

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SHRINKING_SARA 3/6/2013 1:03AM

    Woo May birthday high five!

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