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/ 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 Soul of a New Machine, part II http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776280 Where to begin? So, contract ended at the end of August, and I'm a free agent at the moment, on the verge of flying down to Atlanta for my heavy metal family reunion, aka the Progpower festival. Totally looking forward to seeing the friends from across the country I've made there on my two prior years attending this festival, now in its 15th iteration, and, as ever, kicking myself for not making the trip, nae, pilgrimage down to atlanta before. Of course, there's one friend i'm looking forwar... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 04:30:06 EST ghosting away http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762409 Still think the mfp interface for tracking foods is much better (less ads, less scrolling), and their database certainly has more stuff in it, but SP has better people, or more familiar people, anyway. There’s something about hanging around a site for close to three years that might be worth hanging on to, I guess? So I'm sticking around, even if I'm doing more of the 'useful' stuff on a different site. <BR> <BR> I tried tracking in this site’s clunky, ad laden interface again, and got anno... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 20:50:58 EST one last bit of first class service http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756064 Now really, it doesn't matter to me whether I work Tuesday thru Friday, or Monday thru Thursday. Oh sure, maybe there was a concert or two I might have made it to had I had the M-T sked, but I didn't miss anything earthshaking there. So when asked to switch for the last few weeks of the current contract, I said, sure, why, not, anything to be useful for the rest of this stint. It wasn't until tonight, as I sipping my free water in the first class cabin of the plane home that I realized that i... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 00:15:13 EST Logging with the enemy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747171 Finished the most recent BLC round up 5 pounds (more or less, I can't remember what number I put down on Wednesday. At least I know it wasn't more, as more would have meant twoterville, and that's a barrier I haven't crossed, no matter how close I've skated to the line. Well, at least that isn't a barrier I've seen on the scale. I know that I've been over and back during the bulk of the day, but that's why we stick to trying to weigh at a consistent time, right?) <BR> <BR> Anyway, in those t... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 21:27:31 EST late night grubbing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726025 Had a late lunch, and then wasn't hungry during the traditional dinner hours, and then was utterly starving right when I was thinking I could survive on some snack (granola bar or something) and just skip dinner. That late, holy crap I'm hungry feeling drove me out of my hotel room in search of sustenance, and I'll give myself a half point back for not going to the McDonald's across the street, even as subtracting a point for the lateness of the meal. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 00:41:32 EST USA...USA...US...oh shi... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723758 The reaction from millions of your fellow Americans at the last kick of today's world cup game, as it lofted right to an open Portuguese player's head and into the American net, for a last gasp tie. It felt like we'd lost though, the way they pulled their fat out of the fire at the last possible moment, and made Thursday's games meaningful, when the US had a golden ticket to the next round already in hand. <BR> <BR> Jumping on the scale is like that sometimes, when you find that you have sta... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 00:08:42 EST 1001 middle American nights http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722517 If you’re looking for story telling, you’ve come to the wrong place. <BR> (go here instead: <link>http://www.gutenberg.org/files/19860<BR>/19860-h/19860-h.htm </link> ) <BR> If I’d been in Scheherezade’s place, that Arabian nights book would have been a heck of a lot shorter, maybe a week before the sultan got bored and went “Off with his head!”. So it’s a probably a good thing this web site doesn’t demand that I keep it entertained, since I might not have made it to this, a 1001th day sinc... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 02:05:38 EST I'm so disappointed in you people http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721824 (If I was on my computer, there would be a clip of Robert Downey from topic thunder saying his "who are you calling you people?" line. But alas. I spent a whole three minutes in my previous blog cramming a whole bunch of butt euphemisms (bum, end, can, bottom, booty, haunches, arse) into the last paragraph, and no one commented on it! Clearly your minds are too elevated) <BR> <BR> Edit: I meant, of course, Downey's, "What do you mean 'you people'"? line <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=xP... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 03:34:36 EST thought I broke my butt yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721076 Just a day after watching Jozy Altidore duck his head and immediately clutch at his hammy in a World Cup game, I reached out to grab my drink (a bottle of water, score one for me, thankyouverymuch), and felt my right gluteus maximus tweak the heck out. It was thoroughly a go figure moment, I reached out with my left arm, laterally to the table beside me, and the right cheek went haywire. I mean, what was this, the neck bone connected to the knee bone? <BR> <BR> As painful as the backside im... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 02:11:47 EST what kind of moron... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718842 ...goes to a high school reunion and fails to take even a single picture. That would be me. <BR> <BR> I attended the Ypsilanti high school class of 1993 20+1 reunion, whic carried that title because we couldn't get our act together last year to have a 20th. Sadly, despite the best efforts of our organizers, the attendance at this reunion was not stellar. I certainly missed a lot of people that I would have liked to have seen, but I definitely enjoy the company of those who made the effort to... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 04:49:57 EST to be titled later http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716881 Haven't a clue whether this missive will end up with any sort of theme worthy of a title, but there's only one to find out, eh? Work went far less swimmingly than I'd hoped, leaving me with a mountain of issues to climb, with another day of adding to the pile tomorrow. Hope to start whittling away at the pile next week, when I go back to a more normal schedule. <BR> <BR> Didn't manage to do any exercise tonight, opted for entertainment instead. Sadly, I didn't make it to the baseball game, f... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 00:35:48 EST game game, that I play http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715389 Just noticed that it's midnight here. Which means I oughta take a shower and go to sleep soon, what with the gym trip slightly delayed by the lateness of the trivia jockey dude, who is a country artist, but has an affinity for some of my favorite progressive metal bands. I got to hear a track from my co-fave band, Dream Theater, played last night, though, what with most all of their songs clocking in over 5 minutes, it wasn't one of their best tracks. I also misheard him when he declared the ... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 01:19:51 EST rain, rain, go away (by Thursday is ok) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715381 Wanna go baseball! Fortunately, I didn't buy a ticket for tonight, would have been all wet, and alone in a park where they canceled the game long before the scheduled time. <BR> <BR> Went and played trivia instead, and screwed up in the first round before the rest of my team showed up. For as well as we often do, we kind of stink at multiple choice questions, and I should have remembered our unwritten rule of, if you think it's False, write down True! Those 4 points lost before my partner in... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 00:59:41 EST Drift off with some electronic beats, they said http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714624 Ok, sure, I'll try anything once. Just fire up spotify to listen to something before going to sleep. Wasn't sure hat that something was, might have been a night to see what the people I follow via that app are into recently, and go with one of their choices. And when it loads, I see a banner across the middle saying, "Drift off with some electronic beats." While I don't exactly associate beats with sleep, I did just scribble out a blog yesterday saying I need to work on the sleep thing, so wh... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 00:33:53 EST Already failed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713556 The idea was to not replicate last year’s ugly experience of going on the road and gaining 5 pounds a month early on. Woops. As lamented in the previous blog, I feel like I’m eating better and exercising more than I did at the start of the travels last year. So I’m not sure why the results are, so far, the same. Something to be aware of, and try to chip away at with small changes. The problem is small changes are also the easiest to slip back on, since they are the little things that you don’... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 17:15:02 EST ok, so I was off by 50 million http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712497 My second language, Bengali, is apparently spoken as a native tongue by 220 millions, and 250 million over all. Not the 300 million I claimed the other night. Sorry for the misinformation. Or, maybe I should say, sorry for being 20 years too prescient? Either way, more people dealing in that language than in German. Although, if Ben Franklin had had his way... <BR> <BR> I feel smart at the moment, because I am as smart as a prospective first grader. <BR> You have 20 seconds, can you get it? ... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 03:48:39 EST me talk pretty one day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710209 or, alternatively, me fail English? Unpossible! Okay so thatline is from The Simpsons. Trying an experiment, 1 where I rely entirely on voice recognition rather than typing or swiping as it were. So, therefore, any typos I will blame on this phone, even more so than usual. And, if there are no typos, its likely that the voice recognition has just failed to interpret my rambling correctly. Left parentheses dot dot dot and here UC race the limitations of voice recognition right parenthesis. Dra... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 02:30:25 EST skunkalicious http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709443 Went for a late evening walk this, uh, evening. I'm staying at a hotel not far from a river, and there are a bunch of small parks alongside said river, so I wandered over in that direction. At the end of the wanderings I turned back home...err...hotelward, and was just walking along, minding my own business, when I cam across a skunk, wandering along and minding his own business. Well, I suppose I must admit, I am assuming it was a he. But it could have been a she. I didn't go close enough to... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 03:05:37 EST