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had a great slackeriffic day monday

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Slept in until 9, got out to run a couple of errands that had been hanging about, took an afternoon nap, watched the godfather in the evening, made myself a cheddar. Gorgonzola omelette along with an attempt at baked onion rings. The last of those didn't work out particularly well, as I just dipped the onion rings in egg white prior to rolling them in Italian bread crumbs. Not enough stuck to really get a good crunch going. Was still tasty though, as were the crunchies created by dumping the rest of the crumbs I was using into the remaining egg white and tossing the resulting glop onto the pan.

All in all, today would have been a perfectly great day if it were the weekend, and I won't mind repeating it a couple of times. But I can see it getting boring quickly.

Basketball last Thursday was a good time, until I jammed the same thumb I've been having issues with, not once but twice. The latter incident ended the night prematurely - when I got home, I grabbed a handful of wheat thins to eat, and realized that I wasn't quite able to grasp a cracker between the thumb and pinkie on that hand, as the thumb just didn't want to bend far enough to do that simple trick. It took a couple of days to do so comfortably, and though the thumb is by no means healed (and frankly won't be for a while), I'll probably be back out there this Thursday. Stubbornness, I guess, or an attitude along the lines of "what more damage would I do to it anyway? It's already messed up."

Fortunately, the other aches have largely healed. Added a new one Sunday, though not entirely an unwelcome one, what with the shoulders feeling the aftermath of a couple of miles on the rowing machine at the gym. Found a bit of music that worked well for that, some religious music actually, a nice Christian death metal band called Living Sacrifice. Now, I'm not a Christian myself, but I'm not one to discriminate against a good soundtrack for a workout. I suppose I might have been an odd sight to the women arriving for their class, as I headbanged and silently screamed along to such lovely ditties as "the power of god" and "local vengeance killing" whilst rowing. But y'know, yesterday, I didn't really care. Not that I do usually, but there was a little bit less of a crap given on Sunday. Not entirely sure what that was all about.


From ready to roll to rolling over in two and a half depressing hours

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Got home at about 6:30 last night, planning on hitting the gym. Grabbed a glass of milk, a couple of cookies for fuel, and set to a couple of quick tasks I needed to do. By 7, I was done with those, rested, digested, and ready to go to the gym, but...Futurama was on, the Leonardo da Vinci episode, and so I watched that. And somewhere in that half hour, the mojo/motivation/what have you just evaporated. Sitting down, I started feeling the aches I've been dealing with, from the left shoulder that still hurt two days after a tetanus booster shot, to the right hand/wrist on which I jammed my thumb playing basketball two weeks running, and exacerbated by going bowling on the weekend (that one's a real issue, anyway, but not one that would affect use of an elliptical machine). Add to that the ankle that just started paining me Tuesday for no apparent reason, and, oh, the neck and shoulder still not recovered from the previous weekend's headbangings, and all of a sudden it's 8:15 and I still haven't moved.

And I am oh so aware of that fact. And kind of sort of mad about it. But thinking that I have the Wii, and I have the vinyl sweat suit, or as I was told it was called by a smirking coworker, a sauna suit, so I can still get some sweat on at home, right, so I'm not too annoyed with myself at this point. But I am hungry, so I grab some leftover chicken from the night before, and nosh on that, and a few cheez-its, and other snackages that I have because on Monday, I committed the cardinal sin of going to the grocery store while hungry. You see, I had an annual physical on Monday, and since it'd been three years since I'd had an annual physical, I knew that I wanted to get my cholesterol checked, as it's been an issue before, especially the triglycerides. So I starved myself that day to achieve the proper fasting state they needed for that blood test, and by the time the apointment was over, around 3 PM, and I got the blood draw for the test, I was famished. But it was too late to make it worth it to go back to work, a half hour drive away (not really, but close enough, especially seeing as how it's my last week there), so instead I went homeward, and thought I should do some grocery shopping, as the cupboards were getting bare-ish.

The hunger and sales combined to induce purchasing of the cookies and crackers in amounts that might haunt me, with any luck, for a few weeks to come, and with less luck, for just two weeks. But in the latter case, the scale will haunt me, so let's just hope for the former, mmmkay?

Anyway, some of these snackages found their way into the belly, and I thought that I'd had enough, but it was just one of those evenings, where the cravings win out, and a few more wormed their way betwixt the teeth and gums, and then I was pissed off, because I'd just made a meal out of grasshoppers and chocolate chip cookies, and I still hadn't exercised and the tiredness that had been creeping up on me all day because the night before I went to grab something on the other side of the chest high breakfast bar and kind of hurt my ribs, and spent most of the night before tossing and turning and unable to get comfortable because my chest and back were whining, all that caught up to me, and I found myself donning the clothes I sleep in. And I had my phone with me, and so I logged in to sparkpeople to do a bit of bloggy whining, but a couple of sentences in, the browser window shut down, naturally without saving the blog entry and so I just got into bed, pulled the covers over my head and went to sleep. At 9 PM.

I turned the lights off at 4 AM. Was just in a mood just before going to sleep that I couldn't be bothered to get up and walk the 5 feet that it would have taken me to reach the light switch. The impending joblessness was weighing on my mind a bit last night, not sure how much that played a part in it, but it was a slow rolling trainwreck of an evening, and I'm glad I just rolled over and went to sleep instead of fighting it and worrying about not exercising and eating like crap and all that other stuff. Today's a new day, and as it's basketball night, it will feature good exercise (although, with the ankle, hand and back/neck/shoulders aall making their presence felt this morning, I wonder how good), and tomorrow's another day yet, and then there's a fun weekend planned, and then I get to sleep in on Monday, so...

Remains to be seen what the next turn of the wheel will bring, just felt like I needed to spew and bury the one from last night in an unmarked grave.

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AHTRAP 2/28/2012 1:30AM

    Yep, the grasshoppers are cookies, Jet. Keebler's version of the girl scouts thin mint cookie, basically. Although, I've been intrigued by the concept of chocolate covered bugs before... :)

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JET150 2/25/2012 11:37PM

    Sounds like you have an awful lot of not particularly great things going on right now. I hope you heal soon, and find a job equally as quickly.
I have to ask - grasshoppers???
Not the green bugs...some kind of cookie, right?

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YOITLE 2/24/2012 2:13AM

    Your blog was a good place to drop all this. Sounds like stress city with the physical, job issues and then body complaints. You're right; it's a new day. Great job of using SP to vent. Hope b-ball was a stress buster.

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SHRINKINGLULU 2/23/2012 1:00PM

    Sorry your night turned out to be a bit of a bummer, and that you're suffering so many aches and pains at the moment, but I'm glad you have a good attitude about it today!!
Have a great time at basketball!

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Title of 7.4% less doom

Friday, February 17, 2012

BOOM! (sorry, just echoing the construction related dynamite blast outside my window...curious if this sort of blasting registers at all on earthquake monitors? Anyone know anybody in the US Geological Services? I mean, anyone who doesn't work with voles?)

So I updated the title on my spark page. Initially, it was just "title of doom", which was really just a placeholder until I could come up with something cleverer (more clever?), but it amused me enough, what with my oh, ever so slightly twisted sense of humor, that it persisted. But now, hovering on the edge of 15 pounds gone (and perhaps really gone, rather than a couple of illusory dips into 18X lb territory), seemed appropriate to alter the title to reflect the new reality.

The next 15 gets me around 15%, a nice piece of symmetry there. I think I might have to make it happen.

Oh, and there's this question that I've posed to my local forum, but might as well get more feedback, since it's quite the dilemma. Next Saturday, the 25th, I'm already obliged to go to a country music concert, and now I've learned that a friend who breakdances will be participating in a battle a few short hours earlier, so I'm thinking I'll go to that, too. The question here is: What the heck does one wear when going to a breakdancing event and then a country concert immediately thereafter??

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WINNIE1978 2/18/2012 9:52PM

    Congrats on the 7.4%!

As for the fashion dilemma... maybe jeans and a hoodie?

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YOITLE 2/18/2012 8:15AM

    probably not spandex

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ASHIKIME 2/18/2012 1:03AM

    Congrats on the mile stone!

As to what to where.. I agree with Blue that there really isn't much dress code, might wear something sparkly... maybe sparkly cowboy boots lol... You could always bring a change of clothes if it really worries you

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BLUE42DOWN 2/17/2012 3:56PM

    Unless things have changed a lot, a breakdancing event doesn't have a dress code. So you could probably get away with whatever is appropriate for the country concert. Cannot help you in the SLIGHTEST on the latter.

emoticon on 7.4% down!

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I survived Megadeth!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Didn't have any crowd surfers drop in unexpectedly on top of my noggin last night, thanks, in part to bounders who actually pointed out incoming tumbling human missiles as they traversed the sea of arms and hands. I'm seriously not recalling any such warning system at previous concerts, and wondering whether I'm just forgetting that, because it seems such an obvious, and potentially effective counter to people getting boots to their heads.

Once again, I will lament that spark people doesn't have a standard bit of exercise in their tracker labeled "heavy metal workout", as the effort expended in fighting through the crowd to get to the second row in front of Dave Mustaine certainly burned a few hundred calories. Of course, when I got there, I'm not sure how many additional calories got burned, since I really couldn't move. There was a young lady there also trying to reach the front, and I was going to let her have my spot, since when I got there, I lost my sightline to bassist David Ellefson, another member of the classic 80s lineup, who recently returned to the 'deth fold, but it took me the better part of five minutes to maneuver enough to make room for her beside me.

All in all, though, it was a pretty tame crowd, no obvious bruises, only got my glasses knocked askew once, just a bit of a sore achilles (sore neck goes without saying, it was one of the big 4 after all, and preceded by Mötörhead, at that) to show for damage.

So, starting this week off on a really good note, although I'll admit to having been rather tired at work all day; the whole getting home at 1 AM and not being able to fall asleep until the vicinity of 3 AM doesn't bode well for energy levels the next day at work. Trying to figure out if that translates to eating something out of a can rather than taking a stab at baked onion rings like I've been meaning to do for a bit.

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YOITLE 2/14/2012 5:56PM

    It's good to sacrifice some equilibrium when a rare opportunity presents itself. You have the rest of your life to make the baked onion rings (yum!).

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it's sunday!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

I'm going to go see megadeth tonight, a band I haven't seen play since 2007, just before I interviewed for the job I now have. Funny thing, that night in September 2007, a crowd surfer landed on my head, knocking me out for a moment. I don't remember driving home that night, and when I interviewed for the job a couple days later, I probably did so with a mild concussion...not that I ever went to a doctor after that incident. Besides, they took me anyway, so I must have done OK.

Anyway, the timing of this show is a bit ironic, in that it's coming just a couple of weeks prior to leaving the job, more or less mirroring the timing of the show prior to starting. I don't really plan on going up front this time, so I suspect that I won't suffer a similar fate.

Guess the worry, as far as the point of this site goes, is how the pending unemployment, as I haven't managed to land a follow on position yet, might affect the diet and/or exercise. I tend to overeat under stress, and that in conjunction with non-busyness might be a bad combination.

Guess we'll see, eh? Time to push that job hunt into overdrive, and see where it leads. Hopefully not to any lingering bout of stress eating.

That said, lately I've found myself watching more and more Food Network programming. Not sure if that's a good thing, if it makes me tempted to try some of the things I see on there :)

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CATHOLICCORGI 2/12/2012 11:25AM

    Keep up your daily routines when you are finally unemployed! Get up as you did before, get dressed to your shoes, and have a plan for each day. Use your brain each day, learning something and make sure you continue to exercise some... especially when you do not feel like it! You can do anything for 15 minutes! emoticon
Enjoy the concert!
There will be another door opening. Focus on the positive. Where you work does not define who you are... Even if you have to be "underemployed" for a while, something will come along that is a good fit for you!
Your friends here at SP will be glad to encourage you and support you!
May you find a job that will bring out the best in you, and give you the success you deserve!

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WINNIE1978 2/12/2012 7:49AM

    Enjoy the show... watch for falling people!

I hope that you are able to find a new job quickly!

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YOITLE 2/12/2012 2:52AM

    Small daily goals with the job hunt, nutrition and fitness. Keep the motor revving, but not in the red zone, so that you end up stressed out. I hope you find a job that fits you. emoticon

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PEPIPOI 2/12/2012 1:59AM

    Awesome and as above stay positive and focussed which I am working on as well.

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DWILCZKO 2/12/2012 1:56AM

  stay positive!

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