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/ so maybe I was just overlooked http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6008586 Because I'm still here in North Platte, retained for 4 weeks, and maybe 6. Good thing, but then there's those things that suddenly I thought I might have a chance to do back home, and you can't help but feel a tiny pang of regret. <BR> <BR> If i'm going to be here a month, think I'll have to explore the community a bit, so I went to a local concert yesterday, and went to the high school football game. The home team was up 42-0 at half time, so the mosts exciting thing about the game was th... Sat, 3 Oct 2015 12:53:13 EST new life goal? See all 50 US state Capitols http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6005903 lessee, since I last used this blog space, I've gone to Atlanta for a awesome music fest, traveled to Omaha for training for a software go live, North Platte, NE for the first week of go live, Denver for the weekend, Cheyenne just to see the Wyoming state Capitol, and say I've been in Wyoming, and back to North Platte for the second week of go live. Not a bad month of September, travel wise, I'd say. <BR> <BR> And I have no idea where I'll be next week, because despite being unofficially tol... Tue, 29 Sep 2015 00:33:01 EST Dysfunctional relationship http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5992311 Well, I did it, or it was done to me, anyway. 197 and change on the scale. But pretty much solely because I didn't fully recover from being sick until yesterday (Saturday). A week of suffering with a 7-8 lb silver lining at the end, I suppose it could be worse? <BR> <BR> Then again, I go to Atlanta Wednesday, and then on the road to Nebraska for work, for an undetermined amount of time, so that weight will probably come right back, as the appetite normalizes fully. (As an aside, seriously, z... Sun, 6 Sep 2015 21:12:19 EST puking towards onederland http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5988299 Well, the weekend was a waste, three events planned, and only one attended, as a bout of the sick laid me mostly low between Friday and today. Even the one I made it to, the Evergrey/Voyager concert on Friday, I probably shouldn't have done, as the night ended with me giving multiple meals back to the porcelain throne. Funny thing, about the only thing I accomplished on Saturday was to drag my butt onto my schizo scale out of curiosity, and it read a curiously low number, not one starting wi... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 19:30:40 EST pickleball in the wind was interesting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5985239 I'd never played the game outdoors. Battling the element, i.e. a stiff breeze, was interesting, all the more so because I'm used to the generic wooden paddle supplied by the rec center, and I was playing with a real paddle from someone who had a spare, which i very much was not used to. <BR> Funny thing, last Friday, I played tennis (well, just hit around with my brother for a little while) for the first time in a very long time, and that was a profoundly weird experience, as I couldn't for t... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 15:55:14 EST water, water everywhere... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5984627 <link>http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/25/up<BR>shot/no-you-do-not-have-to-drink-8-gla<BR>sses-of-water-a-day.html?src=me </link> <BR> <BR> Pediatrician puts paid to the myth of "requiring" 8 glasses a day of water. Notice that I'm not making any claim as to whether or not it's useful in helping to lose weight. Instead, my comment is about the nature of something that "EVERYBODY KNOWS", a bit of of so called common sense that turns out to not really be rooted in scientific reality. <BR> <BR... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 16:28:49 EST This is a test http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5980416 No, seriously, it is, because another user mentioned how they couldn't figure out how to create a blog post on the new mobie aite, and I though, hey, I know how to do that, and I went to figure it out so I could tell her, and...well...technically, I couldn't do it from the mobile site. Had to request a desktop view to be able to get to this window and type this in. <BR> <BR> It's an issue I've had with spark before, their making it harder and harder to create/read blogs from an increasingly... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 19:28:19 EST opening a window in hope something occurs to me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979014 2:02 pm <BR> most of the time i do a blog post it's because there's something in my noggin beggin' to get out. Not the case this time, I just clicked on the make blog entry button because, well, I'm 2 points away from getting to the bonus wheel, and making a blog is worth three points, so i though, what the heck, might as well scribble. But when your head is as empty as the popcorn bag after you've already started crunching on the unpopped kernels, and then wondered why you put your poor teet... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 15:08:28 EST coming to an end http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5978006 of the summer soccer season, nothing more important than that. But it was important in that the spring/summer season, in addition to being the first time in ten years I'd played any actually organized soccer (did play a few times out on the playing fields of an old jobs with fellow employees, but that was occasionally haphazard pickup), it was the first time I'd managed to play in a league setting in three years (discounting the winter frisbee fiasco, in which I was constantly hurting myself)... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 18:12:34 EST yesterday was a day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5976374 Obligatory HI EVERYBODY! (even though my name isn't Dr. nick) since I haven't used this space in a while. 6 weeks or so, apparently. Which makes me think that "everybody" might just be the crickets. But I digress (and I haven't even started. That's gotta be a record, right?) <BR> <BR> So you know how I've been unbusy all year, except for a handful of trips to Iowa for work purposes? Well, 3 out of the past 4 years, I've been to a concert festival in Atlanta, kind of like my heavy metal famil... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 02:47:35 EST What are the odds? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952493 Sunday, I went to a baseball game featuring the Detroit Tigers and the Chicago White Sox. During the minor monsoon that was Saturday night, I had no plans to do so, but I woke up Sunday morning, saw the sun streaming through the cracks in the curtains, swept them aside to see glorious sunshine, and thought, "I want to go to a baseball game!" Sometimes, being an adult without responsibilities (i.e. spouse, kids) is an awesome thing. Other times, it can be a drag. Such is life. <BR> <BR> So I ... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:37:54 EST Dominos didn't give me my garlic dipping sauce! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950488 Which, in reflection, isn't entirely a bad thing. A major league baseball pitcher threw a no hitter on Sunday, and Dominos, as it has done the past few years, for the first two no hitters of the year, gave away 20000 pizzas. Now, I happened to check e-mail about 15 minutes before the giveaway started, and I managed to snag one of the codes (I've been denied before, for checking in 15 minutes or less after the appointed time). And I cashed it in today, for a medium pizza and parmesan bread bit... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 21:32:05 EST where did Saturday go? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948773 Did a whole lot of nothing yesterday. Was planning to go out and see a concert at night, but just didn't have the getupandgo when the time came, so I skipped it. And did absolutely nothing in its wake. Helping the sloth was the fact that HBO is having a free preview weekend and I spent time staring at the idiot box watching movies that I wouldn't otherwise get to see right now, at least not until netflix garnered the rights to stream them. <BR> <BR> Did go hang with the brother and the nephe... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 19:10:54 EST I'm thinking ice cream http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947800 I was thinking ice cream last night, too, and I walked past an ice cream parlor a block away from the nerd nite place, which I did make, because the insurance people called back and said they were too slammed to come see us last night, which worked out for me, and I walked past the ice cream parlor on the way back to my car, and I did not stop either time. And I feel way virtuous about it, or at least I did until I stepped on the scale and it read out a number that made it seems like I might ... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 14:30:59 EST nerd nite tonight, perhaps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947298 I've heard of the Nerd Nite events, basically a forum where two or three topics of interest are presented in lecture form, but I haven't managed to get to any of them. There's one tonight, with topics of roller derby, history of science, and the history of my home town, and I might actually be able to make it...but....the huge rains in the Ann Arbor area a couple of days ago led to sewer backups, and crap spewing into the basement of my dad's rental house, and the insurance people, who aren't... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 15:29:55 EST Footgolf! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5946416 Golf, except kicking a soccer ball around the course, rather than smacking golf balls with sticks. 'twas fun, I beat the folks I was playing with, mostly from actually having played soccer, and being able to kick the ball further than the slightly older (over 40, less than 60, if my radar is correct) people I was playing with. Might have to go out and do that again. Did slip on my plant leg on the very first kick, and tweaked my knee. It didn't bother me during the rest of the 9 holes, but it... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 00:59:48 EST went to see some old canadian dudes at play yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945786 Aka, a Rush concert, which was fantastic fun. They are playing their 40th anniversary tour, so the set list included gems from across their career, and save the fact they didn't include anything from my favorite album of theirs, there wasn't much to quibble about in that lineup of songs. <BR> <BR> Pretty cool weekend, all told. On Saturday, went to see my friend Debbie, from Wisconsin, who was in the Detroit area for a belly dance event. Didn't realize what the event was, it turned out to be... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 22:12:07 EST Gambling only pays when you're winning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943049 Was listening to a fave album, which has a song that includes the line I used for the title. <BR> <BR> (there'd be more detail, but spark people saw fit to eat the blog I've been slaving over, so this is like the cliff notes version) <BR> <BR> Song: I know what I like, by genesis <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1tFQMjc-IE </link> <BR> <BR> had that thought while watching stock market quotes go by on tv, or on line, as I'm pretty new to investing and the moment to moment stuff is odd... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 17:03:11 EST These are a few of my favorite songs (a top ten list, and then some) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5936388 I posted a vid to facebook last week, saying it was probably one of my top ten favorite songs, if I thought about it...so I thought about it, and this is what I came up with for a ten favorite songs list, plus a couple items that might have made the cut if they were actually one song, rather than split into part 1/part 2 tracks. <BR> <BR> The thing about the top 3 tracks, especially, are that they are the songs that give me chills, almost every time I hear them. No matter how many times I he... Fri, 29 May 2015 17:39:35 EST 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