AHTRAP's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=AHTRAP AHTRAP's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ If this is what 40 looks like, I'll take it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5932178 (by now) traditional posting of the Fish song "Worm in a Bottle" on May 21, because it contains the line "happy birthday to me" <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9yY9nt2Wng </link> <BR> <BR> Adding to it the song "Fade 2 Grey", by Enchant, which has the line, "it's my birthday today," amidst a tale of woe about how there's more hair in the sink and what's left has turned to grey. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlECt6tkV3k </link> <BR> <BR> But you know what? It's my luck th... Thu, 21 May 2015 19:54:38 EST not exactly a smashing end to the 30s http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931502 Last day of my 30s, and my goal is to not break myself when playing soccer tonight. That would be doubly bad, what with having the baseball/softball watching doubleheader plans tomorrow, where walking is a key feature to actually getting to and around the ballparks. <BR> <BR> Going out on a bad note, as the weight jumped up to 206.6 on today's scale. Not the highest ever recorded, but close to that dastardly 207.2 from about 6 weeks ago. I've noticed that I haven't really been very good abou... Wed, 20 May 2015 15:55:22 EST lazy day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930983 went to sleep way too late, partly because of doing laundry from the work trip late, partly from imbibing caffeine late, and then woke up late this morning. Not a bad thing, entirely. Sometimes you just need to catch up on the sleep thing. <BR> <BR> Spent the afternoon hanging around, paying this bill and that, tweaking this thing and that, both on-line, and at home. One of those days that in a week, I'll not even remember, but will stand, however unrecalled, as a day where some useful thin... Tue, 19 May 2015 19:38:08 EST i guess it's not particularly important after all http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930275 You know how I mentioned having a hernia, and a doc mentioned setting up an appointment for talking about surgery and all that? Well, the surgery people called, while I was away, to a line that hasn't been my primary phone number in a dozen years. When I called back, 10+ days later, I got an appointment for a consult about whatever might be needed doing - in late September. Guess I'm just going to go ahead and enjoy my summer then. <BR> <BR> Do have a message into the doc to make sure that ... Mon, 18 May 2015 15:49:03 EST eek, i just wet my pants http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928934 the makeshift icepack from the contusions on my knees that i suffered due to jumping on the armchair and having that tip over and introduce my kneecaps to the window ledge when I tried to help the kid who came in with extra sheets to try and block the 6 inch gap on my hotel room window because the curtains aren't anywhere near long enough, well, that back just catastrophically failed and dumped ice cold water on my lap. Fortunately my laptop wasn't actually in my lap at the moment. That faile... Sat, 16 May 2015 02:50:53 EST and the weekend ended with me and my army taking down the germans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926074 So, Saturday was a brilliant weather day, and after typing out the previous missive, I went to the Iowa Capitol. It was pretty cool, as most seats of government tend to be; after all, it's a state's (whether a state state, or a federal state) chance to show off, and they do seem to like going overboard and ornate. <BR> <BR> The link below is ludicrous, but the pics are better than what I came up with, plus, I don't have to do any work to upload them! <BR> <BR> The law library, especially, w... Sun, 10 May 2015 23:56:37 EST wow, what is this weird feeling? Is that...hunger? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925304 Went back to work yesterday, made it through most of the day, and then they gave out celebratory DQ Blizzards in the afternoon (2 o clockish) for making it through week 1 of the go-live, and I shouldn't have had the last half of mine, i really shouldn't have, but there was delicious, delicious melty ice cream in front of me and I couldn't resist. Bad mistake. Towards the tail end of the day, I started getting really tired, and feeling a little bit queasy, and I wandered off to a rest room (in... Sat, 9 May 2015 12:04:38 EST Sick puppy I am http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924405 Sucks to be sick ad missing out on hours when you're getting paid hourly. Worse, the fact that you're here to do a job, which is helping people navigate a new system, and not being able to do that for them. I basically started feeling really out of it halfway through Wednesday morning, and left in the after noon, and didn't make it in at all today. Called the clinic director to let her know, and fell back asleep, and was awakened a couple hours later by her calling back asking if I needed any... Thu, 7 May 2015 17:59:27 EST this time for real, last road trip before I turn 40! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5920357 I claimed the last trip was going to fit that description, but at the time, I didn't know I'd get sent back to Iowa once more before the odometer turned to a new round number, so this time, for real, the trip I start tomorrow morning will be the last road trip I will take before I turn 40. This time, I'm also making a bit of a detour to get to a concert, heading back to the old stomping grounds in Madison to see a friend's band play. I'd tried to see them play in Green Bay last October, but t... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 18:21:05 EST game 3 and the calf has rebelled http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919950 Same low calf pull, or achilles strain as the one that wrecked my winter ultimate season. Oh well, I'm out for two weeks going to Iowa for work, so I guess that's better than missing the games for injury purposes. Question is, how does it respond when I get back? The recurring nature of the issue in the winter doesn't really give me great hope. But I'm going to keep on going out there, because that's what I do. I ain't dead yet, dagnabit. To be fair, it's a mild version this time, and I did w... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 23:23:24 EST I'm sitting on a bag of peas right now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919397 Thought you should know. <BR> <BR> Legs felt fine today, so I went to the gym to play pickleball. Realized pretty soon that my legs disagreed with my assessment of their feelings, as I wasn't able to get around the court the was I usually do. But it wasn't really until the last game I played, the most staid one of the day (I was playing with a new player, and the opposition included a child), that I really felt my hammy pulling. I've got another soccer game tomorrow, but we shall see. I real... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 23:58:50 EST soccer game 2, and i mostly didn't die http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918827 fair warning, you might get bored of me blathering about soccer. <BR> <BR> I played the whole game, and I wasn't tired at the end of it! Of course, that's because I could hardly move during it. I got 10000 steps in, as per my fitbit, but they were slow steps, as my ankle just decided to misbehave pretty soon into the game. It wasn't a sprain, it just felt kind of dead. Funny thing, when I got home, a 15 minute drive from the field, my ankle feels fine, and the opposite thigh/hamstring, whic... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 23:49:38 EST multiplying insects http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918016 The title is a reference to a line from the Haken (rhymes with bacon!) song, "Cockroach King", which I may or may not have shared in this space before, but is always worth sharing, because the video is all puppets, and opens with an homage to queen's bohemian Rhapsody. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_e4YX73Ww4 </link> <BR> <BR> And the reason I post this is because I went and saw this fantastic, fantastic band in concert last night, along with a couple of bands made up o... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 15:32:48 EST I really don't know how I did it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917304 Back in late 2012 early 2013, starting before i moved back to Michigan, and continuing on until I started travelling for work, I managed to scribble a blog a day for over 4 months. Having written something three days in a row, and then failed to do so on Friday, I am kind of flabbergasted at having been able to keep up that streak for that long. And frankly, looking back at those musings, I'm even more astounded that those were actually quality missives, not just disjointed thoughts spewed on... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 04:37:43 EST if it isn't one thing it's another http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916468 as per a ct scan I don't have a kidney stone, which is a good thing, but ultrasound says hernia, which isn't. I suppose it's good to know, rather than the doc having to go fish to stitch together the symptoms in an effort to figure out what's going on. Naturally, my first question for the radiologist was whether I'd have to stop playing soccer, and he said no, I could keep going, so I shall. Now to hear back from the doc to see if she agrees, and to hear what else she has to say. The US tech... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:50:39 EST I played soccer and I didn't die! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916042 ok, so it was really cold. Snowing, even. And it was artificial turf, which scared me when I realized it, because I spent the winter battling artificial turf and the calf/achilles injury i've mentioned previously. But....and were talking a big but here, dare I say a Oh my God Becky sized but, this league is a pretty casual league, the equivalent of beer league softball, without the beer, because it's being conducted on university of Michigan property. And this first game, well, not so many pe... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 22:00:43 EST the silo isn't what you might call optimum http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915247 So my time spent at this site is really broken down into two or three buckets. One has the people I interact with through blogs, reading and scribbling both. Sadly, that happens most when I am actively writing stuff, and when I'm not, that seems to fall off the radar. <BR> <BR> Lately, the BLC challenge group is where I find myself spending most of my spark time, but there doesn't need to be any reason I do that exclusively, right? But I log in, check in over there, and check out, and in doi... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:39:59 EST Here I am in limbo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904179 The title of this blog isn't necessarily indicative of any hopeless feeling of being trapped, but then again, it might be. Weight is almost imperceptibly dropping, and then jumping up again, and then imperceptibly dropping, a cycle that gets old quickly, and gets even older every repetition. <BR> <BR> The proximate cause for the title, however, is due to it being the first line of lyrics from my all time favorite album, "Unfolded Like Staircase", by the band Discipline, found in the song "Ca... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 11:09:11 EST New high score! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889018 of the wrong kind. Had a short 2 weeks work contract, so I spent the last couple of weeks in the quad cities, on the Iowa Illinois border. Eating out every meal, and not exercising (hurt myself, again, something in the low back/hip/groin region, making normal movements like sitting down, or putting on pants a pain in the back and backside)).SHould have gone down and used the whirlpool tub more often than just the last day in the hotel, that felt really good. But alas, I did that just once. An... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 00:47:00 EST severely bummed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875429 and no, it has nothing to do with vd, i am at peace with my singularity. <BR> <BR> Rather, it's a physical defect that is annoying the crap out of me. Well, without the fecal extrusion part. Playing ultimate frisbee this winter, as I've mentioned before in this space. The third game of the season, I pulled a calf muscle. Sat out game four, tried again to play in game 5, and hurt myself on the second point. It was less severe than the first time, so I tried to play in game 6...and I last two ... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 03:06:44 EST Does this make me a meanie? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5872505 I almost want to go to the movie theater on Friday to go watch something like the Spongebob Squarepants movie and people watch on the people lining up to see 50 Shades of Gray. Seeing some interesting commentary on it in places like Time Magazine (Feminist director clashing with author's vision of weak female protagonist!) and other places on-line (the stars can't stand each other!). Curious what the reviews will be like. Kind of suspect this is a movie that is critic proof, with a built in b... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 12:01:33 EST on the importance of checking both feet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5870030 Grabbed a new pair of sneakers, as the old, while still perfectly serviceable in most respects, have become somewhat treadless, and therefore wasn't providing much traction while playing pickleball on a gym floor. When in the shop, I saw a particular model, which I've purchased multiple times before, was on sale, and after checking to make sure the shoe didn't pinch at the toes, I purchased that item. <BR> <BR> After having used the shoes a couple of times now, I've come to the conclusion t... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 11:39:38 EST Gotta love when random mode perfectly captures the mood http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866882 The mood is pretty good, actually, as odd as the day was. Went to the gym at 9 am saturday, and this after a ultimate frisbee game the night before, and all that led to a long nap Saturday afternoon. And now I'm wide awake at 2 AM. But the random mode on google play music (ie, stuff that I've bought and ripped to a computer (and now residing in the cloud)) is just spot on right now <BR> <BR> Lullaby in winter, Green Carnation <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7GQ0As4SZo </link> <BR> <B... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 02:05:02 EST heavy metal bake sale! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5863422 Friends of mine in the band Imminent Sonic Destruction are getting ready to record an album, and instead of making a kickstarter (or indiegogo or pledgemusic or whatever) page, they were more creative, and put together a heavy metal bake sale, inviting three other bands of varying metal-ness to join them on stage, while having their kitchen talented friends make tasty tasty things to eat. So Saturday night, my ear were filled with tasty tunes, and my tummy got filled with tasty treats. The ch... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:27:30 EST Got glimpse of my future tonight, and I didn't like it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5860664 So last Friday was the second game of the ultimate frisbee season, and for the most part, it went better than the first. I played multiple points in a row, not getting winded just be stepping out on the field. I actually scored a point! The guy I was guarding didn't score against me! In fact, he never caught a disc all night! Of course, and I know you all saw this big but coming, there were caveats to be, umm, caveated. Like the fact that I pulled my left calf muscle on the second point I pla... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:03:08 EST you'd think motivation would be high at the start of the year... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5855466 ....but in my case, you'd be wrong. Lump on a log is more of the attitude these days. Especially annoying/confounding with the start of the blc round just a couple of days ago. You'd really think, having chosen to dip my toe back in that pool, I'd be rarin' to go, but again...nope. Not sure why that's the case, but it's the case. Is there some exercise crack that people could take to get addicted to exercise? (with all due apologies to those affected by drug addiction). <BR> <BR> <BR> ok, t... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 00:29:24 EST Last chance to evacuate planet earth before it is recycled http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5851492 The ultimate frisbee was every bit as bad as I'd feared. Apparently, the competition includes members of the University of Michigan ultimate team (MagnUM), as well as a bunch of local club players, and, well, I guess I'm just going to have to deal with utterly sucking, since I've already paid for the season. Running on the artificial turf in the half dome at Eastern Michigan was weird. The previous experiences I've had with turf were of a different type (though all shared the fun of the gritt... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 00:57:58 EST oh boy this is gonna be bad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850554 The fact that I had a job the last couple of summers that had me travelling means that these past two summers really haven't been summers. I haven't been able to play softball or ultimate frisbee or soccer, the kind of thing that makes summer summer for me. Add to that the displacement factor that came from moving away from Madison in December 2012, to a place (my hometown) at once familiar and faceless, in terms of not knowing people/players of those activities, and I've been away from some... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 18:40:50 EST Welcome Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5849785 Sometimes, you can go home again. I skipped a round of the BLC challenge thingy on spark, just for not knowing whether I was really getting the motivation I needed out of it. Honestly, I'm still not sure, but I certainly missed the teammates and camaraderie, as I really haven't been good at using other sparkteams in a social manner. So I jumped back in that particular pool, and was assigned to the old team, the Midnight Mustangs, and looking at the comments from the first day of the new threa... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 20:56:50 EST I am the enemy. I am the antidote. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5849066 Hey, look, we all know we're the reason we're here at spark. And we're all aware that it's up to us to make the changes necessary to attain 'good' health (whatever that means for you!) <BR> <BR> I'm not sure that's exactly what Arch Enemy were going for in "We will rise", but I'm choosing to look at it in those terms. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOZX-lhwcTg </link> <BR> <BR> The chorus: <BR> I am the enemy <BR> I am the antidote <BR> Watch me closely <BR> I will stand up...... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 23:03:04 EST I am a man of minor miracles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5845731 Last trick of the old year or first of the new, I'm not sure, but I managed to lose weight over the holiday season. Maybe coughing and sneezing for three days counts as exercise, after all? <BR> <BR> Couple more tidbits from the trip down to TN: <BR> 1) shot a rifle for the first time. Previously, I'd only done pistols (at a range), or shotgun (shooting at clays). Kind of amazing how much LESS kick this firearm (Ar-15) had compared to the others. All about construction, I guess. Only took a ... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 14:54:42 EST Once more down Thunder Road http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5845251 Spent New Year's down Tennessee way for the second year in a row, and perhaps the last, as the friends who hosted are planning to move back to the midwest. It was a fun 5 days, filled with friends, games, and phlegm, as I and a number of others shared a plague as well as very delicious foods and pies (a food group unto itself) and beers. "twas a good time, for sure, but I'm a bit afraid to step on the scale at the moment. Time to get back to it, that's all there is to it. <BR> <BR> On the wa... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 23:52:36 EST where i whine about musicians I like getting rich and famous http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838024 No, it's not quite what you think, it's not a case of "us troo fan used to have something special but then those bastards sold out". <BR> <BR> More like a case of "us fans knew about them before they got big, and all the new fans don't appreciate where they came from". <BR> <BR> The song linked here, you all know. I'm stating that as a fact. Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24 has been ubiquitous at the holiday season for the last 18 years <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZSWK<BR>... Wed, 24 Dec 2014 15:19:34 EST fra gee lay....I must be Italian http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836625 Haven't managed to see a Christmas story yet this season, but I do keep managing to hurt myself. Well, in this latest insurance, hurt might not be the best word. Got a knee that's slightly swollen, a definite tightness to the joint with some loss of range of motion...but it doesn't actually hurt, y'know? I played pickleball Tuesday, and did not hurt my knee then. Then sometime on Wednesday evening, I just noticed that the knee was tight. <BR> <BR> Couple days passed, nothing changed, so I pl... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 04:03:46 EST crossed the 200 pound barrier in the wrong direction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829153 but I'm not too broken up about it. I've been skating on the edge of it a while. To be honest, I'm rather morbidly amused that it happened in a week where I've made it to the gym a couple of times, as opposed to the previous few weeks where I didn't do much exercise at all for a variety of reason. Moving on back to the 1XX's in 3...2...1..., it's just a good poop away, after all! Sun, 7 Dec 2014 15:50:23 EST Friday was an utter failure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828470 As far as getting those goals met, anyway. Might have gotten the 30 minutes of making noise thing, was messing with the keyboard and guitar for a while. Exercise didn't happen, as I planned to go after dinner and feel asleep instead. Didn't manage to wake before 10 either. On the plus side, I read a while book! And it wasn't a comic book! Devoured George Cantor's "The Tigers of '68", about my favorite baseball team's championship run in the wake of the devastating 1967 Detroit riots. <BR> <B... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 06:40:29 EST the big chinese guy beat up on me and i like it. or i think I'll like it in a day or two? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827887 Had a groupon for a Chinese acupressure massage (fully clothed, neck, shoulders and back focus), so I finally went and used that last week. It was a 2 session deal, so I went back Thursday for round two. This isn't the "you feel very relaxed when you leave" type massage that I got the last time I tried groupon for that sort of thing. This was more of a "big dude with ridiculously strong thumbs going nuts". I mean, it was painful while it was happening, at a few points. I got up from the table... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 01:44:43 EST Clearly, picture angst isn't sufficient to get my butt in gear http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826663 Have strongly considered, and utterly failed to get to the gym both these past two days. Tomorrow, maybe. The lazy is strong in this one, this week. Or the last three weeks anyway. To be fair, I have been dealing with a bad wheel, but still, that stopped being a valid excuse last week. And then there was Thanksgiving, and not being in town to go to the gym, but that stopped being a valid excuse Sunday. <BR> <BR> Gotta stop stopping myself from being good to myself. Probably would help to st... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 22:29:13 EST welp, got my 'before' pic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824961 You know how for a lot of people, there's that one picture that does it, that finally shocks them onto a path of, "crap, I really have to turn this around, starting right now"? In 2011, it was the pics from my trip to Atlanta that did it for me, the one below among the ones that got to me enough to get on spark in the first place. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2051482884.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Beyond the general hilarity of my friend John looking on sternly as I too... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 00:47:06 EST I lost 5 pounds in 30 seconds! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822824 No, that's not a supermarket checkout line headline I saw when I stopped in briefly at Kroger last night. Rather, it's a 'real' event, courtesy of my squirrely digital scale. Possibly due to the fact that I store it vertically in the bathroom under sink cabinet, the first time I step on it, it usually gives an error. Most of the time, the second time pretty much gives the same result, so I've kind of largely eschewed the old routine of jumping on and off multiple times until it shows me a wei... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 12:56:40 EST just drank my first pop in 5 months. it was tasty, i guess http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814489 Didn't drink any pop for a weekend challenge thing on here sometime in June, then got through to the middle of the week without, and then figured, what the heck, I'll keep not doing so. And so it continued, with the thinking that hey, lots of people say they've stopped and lost weight thereafter, maybe it'll work like that for me. NOT SO MUCH. <BR> <BR> I figured I'd grab a pop without thinking about it at some point and break the streak that way, but it turned out differently. Grabbed a 6 p... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 21:12:08 EST early morning workout? me? what is this madness? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799164 Ok, so it wasn't particularly early, as I got to the gym around 7:30, and the reason for it is kind of awkward, having to do with rather extreme insomnia, and realizing that I wasn't going to get back to sleep after having slept perhaps 2 or 3 hours all night, and deciding to go and try to tire myself out before going back to sleep for the better part of the day (which I fully intend to try to do hereafter). Be that as it may, I did go to the gym. It did occur before 8 AM. I have done exercis... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 09:09:02 EST Tripping up blood mountain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796146 Title inspired in equal parts by the Mastodon record I was listening to earlier this evening, , and the little scrape on my leg I managed a couple of hours ago that seems to have oozed some of the red stuff while I wasn't looking. I mean, seriously, I'm the king of scratches I don't even notice until ages later, but this one, I felt when it happened, and then ignored. So imagine my surprise when I glanced in that direction when getting into bed, and saw something resembling a freshman art stu... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 02:36:49 EST ughtastic! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795442 In a funk today, should fire up some George Clinton on spotify to match the mood. <BR> <BR> Fell asleep late, for having acquired a new game (only 4 years after it came out, I'm getting closer to contemporary!) and playing it into wee hours, and then...I just didn't bother responding to the alarm. And then the day has just whiled away while I did nothing. boo <BR> <BR> Getting ready to watch the opening of the Detroit Red Wings hockey season, which I'm suspecting won't be particularly thril... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 19:19:53 EST the only way to fix it is to flush it all away http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5791441 More a song lyric than today's state of mind, but we've all had those days where we could use a vacation from the BS three ring sideshow of freaks, right? <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYRldZsVO9I </link> <BR> <BR> Still sniffling madly, although I suspect that might be dust speaking, kicked up from moving stuff around in the basement searching for a couple of items buried over the course of a move or two. Didn't find it, naturally. <BR> <BR> Baseball playoffs have begun, my... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 00:48:19 EST brilliant. stupid. all of the above. but mostly stupid http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790492 Taking about the redesign to the mobile site's my sparkpage page, which declutters it decently well, but also takes away the ability to look at our own previous blogs from that page. That wasn't the case yesterday, as I did peek into my sparkpage on my phone. I'm sure I'll figure out the way to get there, but it's not really apparent. You can still create a new blog entry from the start page, but I've not previously discovered the way to view the old ones from there. So off i go to explore, a... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 14:28:37 EST good advice gone astray http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789946 Didn't make it to the gym yesterday, but I did manage to get up and go saw wood. Literally. Took down a cherry tree, trimmed a bunch of bushiness, etc. And then stayed up until 2:30 am or so watching a couple of Jurassic Park movies and some random netflix stuff. And then woke up sneezing a lot at 4:30 or so, and then didn't get back to sleep until 8 or so, and then didn't get out of bed until 3:30ish. PM. Spent the last few hours being dizzy. But I feel fine when I'm lying down? Weird. Not m... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:23:43 EST excuses, excuses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789156 haven't done much in the way of exercise lately. kind of keep thinking i oughta get up and go to the gym, but it's not happening. too lazy. or too glued to the couch watching something or another. curious as to what the excuse will be today, because I'm already feeling the don't wannas seeing into my bones as i type. JUst wasting the days away, waiting for someone to call and tell me where to go next. but the phone is silent, so i waste away. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sN-OJ... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:02:03 EST Now that's what *I* call music! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782647 (posted this to facebook yesterday, in case anyone cares how the trip to Atlanta went :) <BR> <BR> And thus ends a week of seeing 18 different bands play. Last Wednesday, I went down to Atlanta to attend the ProgPower USA festival for a third time, and it was a fantastic time. The music was great, sure, but the best part is hanging out with old friends and new. The 'heavy metal family reunion' description is very apt. <BR> In the 7 days since, I got to see <BR> <BR> Wednesday: <BR> Vangoug... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:32:07 EST nothing like the high anticipation of being on the verge of vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777289 Sitting at the airport, about to fly down to Atlanta, wearing an imminent sonic destruction shirt, which is appropriate, not only for repping my friends' band, but also for the fact that they toured with one of the bands playing tonight, as well as the main guy in another band playing tonight. <BR> <BR> I intended to wake up late, to facilitate late night partying tonight, but I woke before 8, so I went to the gym. I suspect my wild and crazy days might be sadly far in the rear view mirror.... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 13:35:45 EST