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Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Game of thrones in spanish is kinda weird. Probably because I've never seen an episode of the show before. Or perhaps it's because I don't know any Spanish.

Great extended weekend with 'extended family', aka brother's in-laws. Between my near two year old nephew, and his 9 month old cousin, plenty of cuteness to be had. And Michigan basketball made it to the Final Four, too. I enjoyed the weekend quite a bit, I must say.

Can't sleep. I have 45 minutes to get there, so as to get 6 hours prior to work tomorrow, where I really really hope to be able to actually do work. Of course, my supervisor person is off on vacation. I'll be leaning on my teammates this week, for sure.

Not really much to say. Meant to do some exercise, but ended up chilling instead. Between opening day, and a Red Wings game later, there was plenty to laze out to. Will be attempting to consciously do more of an exercisey nature this week, at least as compared to what I've accomplished the last few weeks. Went ahead and took possession of the twitchy scale right away on checking in. Maybe that'll keep me more honest?

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BOOKSCATSTEA 4/3/2013 12:05AM

    Hmmm ... I'm feeling kind of out of the loop - game of thrones, twitchy scale? LOL Well I hope your week is going well anyway.

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1CRAZYDOG 4/2/2013 9:08PM

    glad you had good family time!

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ROSCOEKR 4/2/2013 8:22PM

    It's good you had a great time, you will get back into the swing of things.

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KING_SLAYER 4/2/2013 5:01PM

    Sounds like a pretty good weekend to me. By the way, Game of thrones is one of the best dramatic series' to come along in a very long time! But you would probably have to watch it from the beginning and you have to pay attention because of many varied story lines. Of course you could read the books too, which are awesome. 5 books so far (totaling close to 5,000 pages!) with at least 2 more books to come.

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ATTACKFATCAT 4/2/2013 10:46AM

    I'm glad you had a good time this past weekend. Holiday weekends are always one of those times where we tend to lax a bit on food and exercise. I had a run-in with numerous slices of delicious ham that is still wreaking havoc on my system. Game of Thrones is one of those shows that I've thought about trying out because everyone I know is watching it. But Duck Dynasty is also a show a lot of people I know watch, and trust me, I don't get that one at all. So I guess I can't trust the taste of my collective group of Facebook friends.

I hope you have a good week and that you are able to get some work done!

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PRIZM96 4/2/2013 10:05AM

    Oooooooooh!!! You found Twitchy Scale again!! The last I remember, he was lost! Woooo Hoooo! :-)

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ADARKARA 4/2/2013 7:59AM

    Game of Thrones is weird with or without the Spanish! emoticon

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BEECHNUT13 4/2/2013 7:55AM

    Glad you had a good time.

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GARDENCHRIS 4/2/2013 7:26AM

    glad you had a nice time with family.

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CLPURNELL 4/2/2013 3:51AM

    Glad you had a great weekend!

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191 steps to date

Thursday, March 28, 2013

I’ve mentioned before the 4 flights of steps I climb to my 5th floor destination each work morning. 19 steps per floor, 76 steps up. Turns out I can get up to the 4th floor without breathing any heavier, but the 5th floor takes a couple of huffs and puffs to accomplish. Went down to the snacketarium for caffeine, adding 20 more steps to the basement, and it seems like I can do about 3.5 flights before needing to catch my breath. Then again, I’ve been yawning this morning (hence the caffeine run), so that might be skewing the results. In any case, the unplanned trek down the stairs, and the attendant return climb made up for the elevator trip Tuesday.

I ended up doing a brief spell on the elliptical Tuesday. I would have done more than the 20 minutes I did do, but for some reason, the televisions down in the fitness room can’t access ESPN, and as such, I couldn’t watch the USA-Mexico match down there. So exercise was cut short. No excuses for why I didn’t do any sort of anything after I went back to my room. I suppose I can’t really take credit for just staying up there, rather than trekking over to the Buffalo Wild Wings at the edge of the mall. I’m under the impression I’ll end up there for the NCAA championship game. Unless, of course, Michigan makes it, in which case I’ll scope out the Michigan alum bar in Chicago. Hey, a guy can dream, can’t he? Let’s see if that dream survives past Friday night, when my Wolverines face off against big bad Kansas.

Exercise was non-existent on Wednesday. Left the workplace at 6:45, straight to the bar for trivia, where we won in surprise, come from behind fashion, outguessing the second place team in the final round. No huge cardboard check, just 20 bucks off our (3 man team’s) bar tab, which another guy covered, leaving my share of dinner and drinks and tips all of two bucks. This, on a day when I ate the free breakfast provided at the hotel, and pizza was provided for a team lunch/celebration of impending baby arrivals. The miserly portion of my heart rejoiced. The rest…wasn’t displeased, either, as I went for the grilled chicken sandwich choice at dinner.

If you ignore the part where I dropped down to 172.6 lbs a month ago, I’ve been in perfect maintenance harmony since I found myself at 180 lbs in the middle of January. Sadly, the yo-yo can’t be ignored. Hopefully, this isn’t a case where the next flick of the wrist sends the number skyrocketing further before descending. The latest upward swing doesn’t feel real, might have a sodium base to it. But it’s weird that I felt no skinnier when I’d dropped to that low point in February, and now feel fat when merely returning to the original baseline. Funny thing, the mind, and its perceptions.

(lest you think I'm goofing at work, this post is another piecemeal, sentence typed here, though added there effort, edited for some semblance of coherence while lunching. Though, I could spend a moment scribbling thought, since access to the main work program is still a dream. On the other hand, someone who can make it happen did get in touch with my supervisor, which is progress! She's promising that I'll get that access on Monday...April 1st. Is this a joke? emoticon Stay tuned, I guess!

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RANDOMLY_HONEST 3/29/2013 6:41AM

    The chicken and the elliptical were both great choices. We don't have to be perfect to make progress.

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CLPURNELL 3/28/2013 9:17PM

    Maintaining on the road is definitely a good thing

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1CRAZYDOG 3/28/2013 5:33PM

    Maintenance is better than gaining.

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KING_SLAYER 3/28/2013 5:15PM

    Well, maintenance is always better than gaining a little each and every week! So at the least, keep up the maintenance until you have yourself more set up into a routine that will allow you to start dropping again!

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ROSCOEKR 3/28/2013 3:22PM

    I do understand, been on a weight lose since 1/13 have dropped a total of 22lbs. The first 12 went quick, then 1 or 2 lbs a week, then one week gained 2 lbs, then back to .5 or 1 lb a week. Now the last two weeks have held steady then yesterday step on the scales & low & behold dropped four lbs in one week. Won't verify until next Wednesday. On my way to a 50lb total loss. emoticon

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Thoughts, Part 2

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

1: Realized that I took the elevator this morning, first time I hadn’t climbed the stairs up to the 5th floor. I owe myself 76 steps somewhere.

2: This edition’s title refers to the Spock’s Beard song of that name, which occurred to me to use due to the fact that I’m taking a first listen to that band’s new album, “Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep”. This is their first album to feature Ted Leonard as frontman, and Jimmy Keegan as an official member of the band on drums. Really liking what I hear!

3: Speaking of exciting new music, the new Queensr˙che song, Redemption, was debuted the other day. Now, when I talk about Queensr˙che, I’m speaking of the Wilton/Rockenfeld/Jackson band fronted by Todd La Tourre, rather than the Geoff Tate and the hired guns version. Pretty much every time Tate opens his mouth, I go further into the other camp.


Although, I thought I’d revisit the last Queensr˙che album, Dedicated to Chaos, and, uh, it’s not as outright horrible as I thought it was a couple of years ago. The new La Tourre fronted song is what I want from Queensr˙che, and I’m absolutely on board with that version keeping the name and continuing the great work that band has done over the first half of its career. But…maybe I will listen to what Tate has to offer…and that thought is a huge step forward from where I have been over the past 6 months.

4: When did it get to 4 PM, anyway? When I got back from lunch at 12:30ish, I was thinking the afternoon would be interminable. And now its terminus is in sight. Another couple hours of poking around, and back to the hotel where I suspect sleep will be near. Well, near, after the end of the USA-Mexico World Cup qualifier. Let’s see if we can get any sort of result in a competitive match at Azteca.

5: Mucking around, scaring up a couple of errors, remembering how to do/find/set a few things in the system. A decent feeling, that.

6: Rounding up from 5:45 PM, if there are no objections? Going to try and make a point of doing some semblance of exercise tonight. Though tiredness may rule the head right now, maybe food will make some difference. Maybe I’ll use the fitness room while the soccer game is on, there’s a thought.

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MARTY728 3/27/2013 10:54AM

    I stopped watching the game in the second half.....I was sleepy and went to bed! I enjoyed the blog!

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CLPURNELL 3/27/2013 6:29AM

    Hope you enjoyed the game!

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ATTACKFATCAT 3/26/2013 9:25PM

    It's hard to get a good grip on the day when you start out in such a rough way. I think a small workout might make you feel accomplished. Though it you are still really tired, you might want to rest more to avoid a repeat of this morning. Just be sure to listen to your body and go with what is best for you.

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ROSCOEKR 3/26/2013 6:51PM

    Your lucky you can do stairs, bad knee's do as little stairs as possible.

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Thought an hour style part 1

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

9: late start today, nasty headache on waking. Not sure why. Thought I’d sleep another hour, slept right through that second alarm for an extra hour on top. Got to work at 9, rather than the 7 I’ve been doing. Had to park in the other parking lot, the horror!

10: One way to wake up: Chile Limon Dinamita doritos…spicy! Eating them with chopsticks, since, um, I have a pair available. Makes for a challenge, and also limits how many I’m gonna eat (4), since it’s a pain to be able to grab those rolled tortilla chips out of the bag. Last week, I did this with Whoppers. That was fun.

if you’re wondering what the heck I’m talking about when I say “rolled tortilla chips”. The review is pretty negative, but I’m a fan of this item, in controlled doses.

11: On hold with tech support. I think I prefer generic elevator muzak to this relentlessly cheery hype job (advertisement) for the hospital group I’m working for. “On hold” and “happy” are mutually exclusive concepts.

12: Need lunch. Oddly feel guilty for stepping out to grab something a mere three hours after arriving. Thinking back to previous employment, where I routinely used to arrive 9ish, and eat at 1130ish. Never felt guilty then. Well, almost never.

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CLPURNELL 3/27/2013 6:15AM

    lol some days i would roll in at 10:30.... I am not an early bird. 3 hours to lunch is about average so not so. bad. i also have took to eating chips and the likes with chop sticks. it forces you to eat slower and your fingers don't get messy.

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KING_SLAYER 3/26/2013 5:13PM

    Dude, if you can roll into work 2 hours later than you usually arrive and no one breaks your balls, you have a good job! Don't sweat taking off after 3 hours to get some food, they obviously don't care that you didn't show up until 9, I doubt they'll care that you're breaking for lunch at noon!

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The fan was excrementally assaulted

Monday, March 25, 2013

Not in my world, mind you, it's just a phrase I used in responding to another sparker's blog, and I thought it was a cool euphemism (figure it out) so I thought I'd share.

Had a good day today, despite not still having access to everything I need. Am getting a new work laptop, because there's something amiss with the one I received last week making it impossible to use the main piece of software I need to use.

Dragging a bit towards the end of the day, tired from making the call to go see Novembers Doom and Anneke van Giersbergen in concert last night. Don't regret that a bit, they put on a fantastic acoustic show. Novembers Doom, as a (bet you didn't see this coming) doom metal band already had a few slower pieces in their arsenal, and did a good job toning down others of their songs for the acoustic setting.

Anneke...well, let me put it this way. You know how a lot of us have that one actor or musician or whatever that we kinda sorta have a crush on? She was it for me back in the late 90s, anyway. I hadn't listened to much of her work in the past decade, but seeing her 10-12 feet away, speaking in that Dutch accent, singing with that incredible voice, interacting so darn adorably with the crowd, it was like I was 20 years old again, looking for any scrap of info I could find about her on the internet. So, yeah, that was awesome.

Highlights of the evening included Novembers Doom doing Twilight Innocence with the inspiration for the song, vocalist Paul Kuhr's daughter, hanging out at her father's elbow,

Paul and Larry joining Anneke for a moving version of What Could Have Been

And she even went back to her The Gathering days for a take on Locked Away.

The first couple are the original songs, the last one is Anneke solo, from a different show. Sadly, my phone's battery gave out too early in the evening to capture any video. There were definitely a bunch cell phones out, taping songs, so I'm hoping some of that shows up on youtube soon.

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ATTACKFATCAT 3/26/2013 7:54AM

    It can be so frustrating when you don't have the tools you need to do your job. You'd think they would be better prepared. But hopefully it will be resolved soon.

It sounds like it was a great concert. She has a great voice and I really like how well their voices blend in What Could Have Been. I love the music links you always post. I'm always on the lookout for new music and will listen to something from just about any genre.

Thanks for the comments on my blogs and for the music links there as well. I was really amused at the Metallica - Broken, Beat & Scarred. It's actually a great song to add to my workout playlist...with the irony being that Metallica is the ex's favorite band.

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CLPURNELL 3/25/2013 10:50PM

    Awesome music. I am really enjoying the local bands here in Honolulu some very talented people!

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