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Tue, 24 Apr 2018 13:01:31 EST We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6485323 Title apropos of nothing more than having titled the previous entry with the opening to the Declaration of Independence. That said...I suppose I could make some sort of personal constitution out of it. Like <BR> <BR> I the person of Partha Mukhopadhyay, in order to form a less imperfect belly, establish weight loss, insure gastric tranquility, provide for the personal nutrition, promote my general welfare, and secure the blessings of health to myself and my, um, posterior, do ordain and esta... Mon, 23 Apr 2018 22:33:19 EST When in the course of human events... (234.6) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6481582 Felt like just a minute ago that I'd scribbled out a blog, but apparently it was two weeks ago. I can account for one of those weeks, what with my teacher girlfriend being on spring break. But the other? Haven't a clue. At that prior time, I'd been to the gym a (relative) lot of times in the week prior, and today, I've been to the gym today and yesterday, and that's it since then. Spring break accounts for part of it - we wandered down to Columbus to watch the Red Wings play, and scoped out a... Thu, 12 Apr 2018 00:45:38 EST bad month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6476222 i seem to gain 10 pounds when i go on a work trip, even if i feel like i eat relatively well. Both the past two trips have been marred by some sort of injury, the Pennsylvania hernia, and then the case of the swelling ankles in New jersey, which precluded, for the most part, any exercise getting done. The latter, at least, seems to have calmed down since I got back to Michigan. But when I arrived on St Pat's Day, I weighed myself at a new high score of 236.4, which is...just brutal. <BR> <... Mon, 26 Mar 2018 23:07:09 EST 222.2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6463409 I've bounced around the mid 220s since I got over being sick, gaining some, but not yet all of the flu weight loss back. I'm ok with that, at present. Fearing a bit what the weight might do over the next month or so, what with wanderings for pleasure (Las Vegas, this Sunday to Wednesday) and work (exotic New Jersey, the place to be in winter! Said nobody, ever) beginning the next week, covering most of March. I haven't done well in previous travels, so I'll have to be cognizant of that. Succe... Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:35:09 EST Be nice if I could not hurt myself for a while http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6455958 I swear, I'm not old, but it's as if the body doesn't buy it. Last couple days, it's a groin tweak/left hip issue that's slowing me down. I took my 83 year old, two bad knees having dad to Costco today, and it was pretty sad - he was walking faster than I was. <BR> <BR> Needless to say, I didn't make it to the kickboxing class tonight, and I'm now starting to wonder if this is related to any of the previous issues. The hernia issue on the right side started out feeling like a hip/pelvic pai... Thu, 25 Jan 2018 22:22:16 EST More new, and possibly painful experiences! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6453227 As mentioned previously, picked up another hernia when I went to PA back in Oct/Nov. Was told to strengthen core muscles by my doc. And in telling that to a friend, I was threatened to be dragged along to a kickboxing class. Now this was a bit ago, before the new year, and before getting sick, etc, etc, and so on and so forth. <BR> <BR> She said she goes to this class on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but I've got a membership to the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor, MI that gets me in to see a free ... Thu, 18 Jan 2018 22:58:01 EST Wallyball! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6452042 Oh, man, am I ever gonna be sore tomorrow. Played wallyball tonight, which is basically volleyball, but in a racketball court, where the walls are in play. So basically, that ball might come at you from any angle, not just where the hitter is smacking it. Given the fact that I haven't played any sort of volleyball in a few years, and nothing extensive in closer to 12-13 years, it meant using motions, movements, stretches that haven''t been used in a while. Plus, just the pains from the ball h... Mon, 15 Jan 2018 22:46:01 EST 221.2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6451020 Good start to the year weight wise, but really, not the recommended approach to losing weight. You see, I woke up on New Years Day, after having stayed out until about 1 AM the night before (the first time I'd been out on New Years Eve in many many years), with an aching body. I managed to stay awake through the Michigan football bowl game, where the Wolverines turned a 19-3 lead into a 26-19 loss, and that performance made me sick. Well, sicker than I'd already started becoming. I got hit, a... Sat, 13 Jan 2018 11:48:35 EST 227.6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6445052 I'm not one to usually make resolutions, although I suspect if I scanned over my year end/beginning posts on here, that statement might be put to the lie. But, as is too often the case, I'm right back at the dagnabbit, I need to change something stage again, with the weight at 227.6 lb, and various other bits of me whinging about this or that. Like the low back pain, which turns out to be a matching hernia for the one I got a couple years ago on the other side. Or the same low back pain whi... Sun, 31 Dec 2017 12:19:32 EST Call me Yorkie! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6424047 Because I'm hanging out in the bustling city of York, Pennsylvania for the next two to three weeks for work, not because I've taken a turn for the canine worse (or would that be better?). <BR> <BR> Basically, I sent out an e-mail at 1:50 PM on Wednesday, and by 5:10 PM, I'd signed a form agreeing to come out to Pennsylvania. Talk about good timing, talk about instant gratification! <BR> <BR> When I talked to the recruiter that afternoon, she indicated that I might be traveling the very next... Sun, 22 Oct 2017 23:08:00 EST Ugh and crud http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6422206 Nothing really wrong,other than feeling like a blob today. The weight is at 228, which, frankly isn't that far out of line, given the highly social weekend i just had. Wasn't too horrible food wise, but beer wise, I did indulge. But, given the daily variation I mentioned previously, I'm expecting that to even out. The problem is that the new balance point seems to be in the 225 range, and I need that to start getting lower. Made it to the gym a couple of times last week, but I'm feeling some... Mon, 16 Oct 2017 22:28:41 EST What happens at 2 AM apparently stays at 2 AM http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6418072 So, way late last night, or this morning, as it were, I typed out a blog post, saying stuff about how that new med might be working, or I might be experiencing a positive placebo effect, as I'd made it to the gym 4 times last week, and again on Monday, and was planning on going this morning (which I did!), a sustained rate of getting to the gym that I hadn't achieved in quite a while. But apparently, I failed to hit the "Post Blog Entry" button, and all those bits of wisdom faded into the eth... Wed, 4 Oct 2017 14:20:04 EST So it turns out that I'm ever so slightly afraid of stabbing myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6413347 Talking about injecting myself with a med, rather than anything else that might imply, not to worry. Post surgery, certain levels were off, so I got a script for an intramuscular injectable, and I decided to get the home version (drug plus a few needles), as opposed to making an every other week appointment at the doc's office to get that done. <BR> <BR> Of course, when it came time to take the first injection (aka tonight, nearly two weeks after I obtained the drug, which I didn't inject ... Wed, 20 Sep 2017 22:48:47 EST I suppose I should have updated this before now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6382898 Seeing as how mentioning an impending surgery and then disappearing is a bit rude. Sorry 'bout that. <BR> <BR> So I survived. Got to spend a couple extra days in the hospital because I wasn't peeing right, by their reckoning. Raw hospital bills of well over 100k for the month of June (hooray for health insurance! Got one heck of a pre-existing condition now, so the current debate is even more personal now). <BR> <BR> 11 days out from surgery now, feeling mostly good, with a spare headache t... Mon, 3 Jul 2017 16:47:28 EST Dagnabit, universe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6377657 So, this procedure I'm going to have done at 730 AM on Wednesday is pretty straightforward, and being performed by a surgeon that is very experienced in this procedure. So, basically, I haven't really worried about it at all. But then I go to the store to stock up on Gatorade and ginger ale and a couple of snacks, and within that 2 mile drive, I turn on the radio, which was previously tuned to NPR, and there's an interview with the writer Sherman Alexie, and he's talking about a near death ex... Tue, 20 Jun 2017 22:21:26 EST funny how things work out sometimes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6375920 So, my previous work contract ended on May 5. It was supposed to run until the 4th of July, more or less. But budgetary issues caused a reassessment on their part, and we were all told the project was ending early. Why they couldn't have just let the people who came on board with an end date of may go in May and kept the rest of us with the longer contracts on until the end, I don't know, but I digress. <BR> <BR> Now, we had relatively short notice on this. I mean, if I were the type to have... Fri, 16 Jun 2017 12:04:39 EST 3 cm x 2 cm x 2 cm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6374003 That's the size of the tumor squatting in my skull, not even paying rent for that prime real estate. <BR> <BR> On the good side, it's not cancer. Rather, a benign pituitary outgrowth. <BR> <BR> On the other side, brain tumor! <BR> <BR> If you're curious, or otherwise bored, this page on UCLA's website presents the basic info pretty well. <BR> <BR> <link>pituitary.ucla.edu/pituitary-adenoma<BR>s </link> <BR> <BR> As it mentions, if the tumor is big enough, it can affect the optic chi... Mon, 12 Jun 2017 02:53:44 EST I pooped at 2 am this morning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6351642 The alternate title might have "what the frack? Spark People giving out awards for logging in one day in a row?" but I failed to figure out at first glace how to post a pic from my spark gallery into a blog, so I went with the poop. <BR> <BR> And I didn't do that just to titillate (although it's a fair question if feces are titillating or just disgusting), but rather because while I was sitting there on the pot, idly wondering if the squatty potty really works and allows one to squeeze out r... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:08:08 EST Going all Jersey Shore and getting my GTL on today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338796 You know, Gym, Taxes, Laundry? Yeah, yeah, I know, I'm a slacker on that middle item. But hey, it's still March, and I'm starting, and that's actually improvement. I know the old line about how waiting on it is basically like giving the government a free loan, but really, with interest rates so low, what would my refund be worth to me in a bank, about 12 cents of extra interest? <BR> <BR> Anyway. 224.6 today, which is lower than the 228 from last week, but more than the 222 I scored last S... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 13:07:44 EST New high score: 222.2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6320836 just a matter of factual statement here, no plea for sympathy, help, or anything of the sort. Not even a "I must and will do better" pledge, even if both conditions apply. Like I said, just a statement of fact, hit and run blog. Something that in the future I might be able to look back on and laugh, and cry, all at the same time. <BR> <BR> But you, I hope you're doing well. *waves* Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:07:25 EST Sweat...and pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6303696 Had an elbow thing a few weeks ago, can't recall if I mentioned it in this space or not. Went to shrug off a heavy winter coat, and while it still hung on my arm behind my back, I felt an excruciating pain in the elbow. Over the next couple of days, it happened again, and I, a person loathe to go to a doctor is it was at all avoidable, went to the walk in clinic my health care system offers on the weekend (but not during the week, go figure). Was told, perhaps nerve impingement, structural da... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:56:35 EST no sweat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6301443 I mean, that's the problem, no sweat, not gymming, not bolted to the floor biking, not airbag whaling, nor any of the other physical activities that might induce a loss in the weight game. This week has been a galling example of that, with essentially three quarter days of work (visits to clinics to prep for upcoming go lives, which let out late enough in the day to more or less justify finishing out the day at a library near home, rather than an hour's commute away. That should be recipe for... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:32:27 EST I woke up more or less refreshed this morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6296625 And that despite only getting about 5 hours of sleep after I went to bed at night. That was, of course, supplemented by the 2+ hour nap I took immediately after getting home from work, wherein I just conked right out. Frankly, if I hadn't mis-applied a phone alarm to go off at 7:30 PM rather than the intended 7:30 AM (I had a late starting clinic day yesterday), I might not have woken until a few more hours had passed. Or maybe hunger would have roused me, I don't know. <BR> <BR> But I menti... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 10:28:03 EST Change of shade, change of attitude? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6294902 Hey, how come camera phone software doesn't come with "negative image" filters any more? Saw the pic of me with that filter, it made me chuckle, I put it back in as my profile pic. Whether it changes anything, I kinda doubt. The new year seems to have had no effect on the rut. FOund it rather amusing that Spark People sent out phone notices asking, a mere week into the new year, how we were doing on our resolutions. Leave aside the fact the my singular resolution is a year long challenge, is ... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 21:36:02 EST Congrats, you survived 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289044 Aka, Happy New Year. <BR> <BR> I don't make resolutions. So here I am, making a resolution: I will begin 2018 weighing less than the gargantuan 216.4 I weighed in at this morning. <BR> <BR> Given how ludicrous a figure that is, I'm not exactly setting a high bar. But it's a bar I need to beat, because if I don't it's gonna mean bad things, and I'm gonna think very bad things about myself come January 1, 2018, and I don't wanna have to start the next year out cursing out myself about how bad... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 22:03:25 EST Top ten favorite albums? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6284554 Someone asked that question on fb, and i saw it at about 5 am and came up with this list. The top 5 haven't changed in ages, and I'm not sure if it's true any more, what with not having listened to the U2 album in ages. The second 5...2 or 3 of those probably deserve higher placement, but I'm not sure what they might replace. <BR> <BR> Just out of the running, a Miles Davis fusion era effort (probably Bitches Brew), Simple Things by Zero 7 (perfect chill out album for me), and Metallica's "M... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 13:25:37 EST 213.2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6273220 went to do a sleep test on Saturday night. Figured there was little chance of sleeping, what with being keyed up after the Michigan Ohio State game (freakin' zebras), but they said to turn off the cell phone, so I did, and then the lights went out and so did I. Actually, I fell asleep before they started the study, since when I got there, their technicians were still busy with other patients. They strapped me into their wires (did a selfie, kinda fear posting it because, you know, brown guy w... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 09:32:51 EST On the other hand http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6267858 (If you're like me, that title would have made you think of Fiddler on the Roof) <BR> <BR> Having a longer contract is nice, but the hour commute in each direction is a bit annoying. <BR> <BR> Eating two meals at home daily is nice, the outside lunch is showing on the scale. <BR> <BR> Actually, I kind of wonder if it might be the coffee. The waking up nice and early in order to make the commute, and having a Dunkin Donuts between home and the highway has led to my actually stopping at said... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 11:56:47 EST Climbed a staircase while chatting with a United States Senator http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6249663 Went to a election campaign event Monday night, held at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI, featuring a trio of US Senators, Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters of Michigan, and Cory Booker of New Jersey, along with Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, and an actress from the Walking Dead, Danai Gurira, who plays Michonne. Not having ever watched that show, I didn't know who she was. I did recognize Congresswoman Dingell, who very briefly chatted with the guy in line in front of me as we waite... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 00:16:11 EST 210.2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6245390 Been a few weeks since I've thrown a weight on here. I've actually seesawed a bit the last three weeks. The first of those weeks, starting a new job, ran into a bit of a buzzsaw that made things very stressful right off the bat, and the weight dipped as low as 208-something for a moment. But then things evened out and I saw a 214 again. Not really sure that stress is an adequate reason for that swing, but it happened. Seems like the number has leveled off, just a bit lower than my previous re... Sun, 2 Oct 2016 22:45:24 EST I hate paying the fat tax http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6244690 You know, the one where you go to a fantastic concert, and you're thinking you'd like to buy a t-shirt, something you don't do too often at shows, but this band, they're that incredibly amazing, that you want to buy a shirt, and then you look at the prices, and it's 20 bucks for small, medium, large, and extra large, but 25 for XXL and above? <BR> <BR> I'm not ragging on the band I went to see last night in particular, I see it often, and it makes a certain economic sense as the bands are p... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 13:42:40 EST 214.2, a jog in the wrong direction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6230852 Yeah, but I'm taking the weight after dinner (or I was, when I started scribbling this entry hours and hours ago), and stuff, and things have conspired to result in my eating less than well for a couple of days, and, 214.2 isn't a bad number under these circumstances. <BR> <BR> I got the job thingy i mentioned last time, apparently I kicked butt on the the on line exam, and I kicked more butt on the phone interview, which was helped by the fact it was a practical exam of sorts, getting to lo... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 02:56:50 EST 211.2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6221524 On the right track, anyway. Let's see if this positive trajectory survives the next few weeks. I'll be heading down to Atlanta just after Labor Day for the ProgPower festival, the concert fest I've gone down for the last few years. Right now, my sleep schedule is pretty much perfect for that fest, going to sleep way too late and sleeping in late, too. <BR> <BR> However, was contacted on wednesday about a possible job thing, a local-ish gig, that if it comes to fruition could last up to 9 mon... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 16:01:38 EST 214.6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6215882 Been a couple weeks, and there's a persistent first step loss. That's cool, I guess. Get to go back to the doctor's office tomorrow, a annual physical, but it seems like the visit to discuss the BP and A1C and diet stuff with the nurse a couple of weeks ago took care of most of the questions I would have had for my PCP. Trying to scribble up a list of questions, and coming up relatively dry. Figure I have 10 hours to dream up something useful, minus the 8 or so I'll be asleep. <BR> <BR> <BR... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 23:52:51 EST late night pudding http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6209528 Oh, don't mind me, just calling myself out on a bit of dumbassery (let's see if that one gets past the spark censors!) that may well be reflected on a scale near you. I mean, me. The one in my bathroom, I mean. Funny thing, the scale this morning showed a number 5 and a half pounds less than the one reflected in the previous blog post title, which makes me want to think that either that one was wrong, or this one today was. Surely, two visits to the didn't make that much difference? Or maybe ... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 00:42:14 EST 218 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6207809 That's the new high score. On the scale, where you don't want new high scores. This is after the month in nebraska, and after a week traipsing around the Upper Peninsula of Michigan chasing waterfalls, and visiting friends in Wisconsin. I only came back from the latter because I had an appointment at the doctor's office to discuss the blood tests, etc, mentioned in a prior blog. Come to think of it, I only went on that latter trip after said appointment was delayed a week because of staff sho... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 19:42:55 EST haven't been here in a month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202200 previous times I didn't scribble a blog for a month, I'd visited in between times, sometimes even doing so often. But this time....I seriously haven't logged into sp in the past month, probably since I did that going to the world series blog. A big part of that is because I barely used my computer in that time, as I've been on the road, and largely just used my phone, or occasionally my kindle to interact with the digital world. As I pretty much only ever get on spark via laptop, well, there ... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 21:22:39 EST Going to the College World Series! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6183512 When I was a kid, the University of Michigan was good at baseball. Led by Major League Hall of Famer Barry Larkin, a future rookie of the year Chris Sabo, the Wolverines made it to the College World Series a couple of times, and played in Omaha, Nebraska, at Rosenblatt Stadium, and 8 year old me decided I was going to make it to Omaha some day for the College World Series. <BR> <BR> How fortunate, then, that I happened to get a short work contract for the next couple of weeks in Nebraska, w... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 15:45:27 EST and then it was a month later http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6157610 I kinda really thought I was just going to transfer my mental meanderings over to another site, did a couple of entries there, and then haven't done any more. Unmoored from the challenge group I'd been a part of for so long here, I've barely considered visiting spark people the past month, save for a couple of pops in to check on the friend feed, see what others are up to. Beyond that, what's the point, really? Adarkara was right in pointing out that I haven't been in the spark mode for a lon... Fri, 6 May 2016 12:45:32 EST Hey look, I got a shiny thingy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6139550 Of course, since instagram is kinda dumb, and sparkpeople is kinda dumb, you're going to have to click on this link to see it, rather than being able to see it here. <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.instagram.com/p/BEBsxwAnI<BR>In/?taken-by=ahtrapsm </link> <BR> <BR> Participated in the Big House 5k Saturday, and finished for the shiny thingy seen in that picture. Only ran a tiny bit, my ankles betrayed me. Of course, the not running meant that my lungs didn't have a chance to betray me. So I... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 01:10:08 EST relapse http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6127415 so the last time I posted, I reported getting over whatever had been ailing me for two weeks at that time. And then I went on a little Ohio adventure, catching Michigan playing in the NCAA tournament in Dayton,and then scooting over to Columbus to see the Detroit Red Wings, and having a puck fall out of the sky at my feet. Fun trip. But then I got home (last Friday) and my throat was kinda scratchy, and then I've been coughing all week. Sick and tired of being sick and tired. Thinking I'm goi... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 13:12:04 EST betterment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6117671 Feeling it, I am. Throat hasn't hurt today at all, the first time I can say that in over two weeks. <BR> <BR> 3 hours at the gym. Of course, only an hour and a bit more spent on exercise, and rather tired at the end of that. The rest spent playing a dominoes like game with pickleball buddies who'd stuck around for that express purpose. Joined them after finishing a mile walk around the indoor track, which served to drive home the idea that the 5k I'm supposed to participate in a month from n... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 18:10:03 EST 11 days of sore throat in a row http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6113851 Stupid lingering cold which isn't a virus and therefore not susceptible to a antibiotic. Actually, I'm wondering if it isn't just an injury situation now, from clearing my throat so often over the last couple of weeks. And really, it isn't just the sore throat, it's the fact that the throat bone is connected to the ear bone, and it hurts my ear to swallow, making things like eating a little, or more than a little annoying. <BR> <BR> Yeah, I went to the doctor, and they (med student and the d... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 22:12:48 EST everything gets magnified after a scare http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6097293 Certainly the case after I spent nearly the entire month of December getting over a case of vertigo. Now, you blow your nose a little too hard, and get momentarily dizzy, and you wonder. Or you get spun around while playing pickleball and the court whirls a bit, and you wonder. This crap is no joke. None of these moments, of which there have been three in the past week, and sporadic moments therebefore, have really felt like how it did in December. But you can't help but wonder. Really annoyi... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 11:47:37 EST made it to the gym yesterday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6091830 And man am I ever sore today! Oh well, beats sitting around like a lump. Ended up going to see a hockey game yesterday, since after having lumped around the previous couple of weeks, actually feeling like going out and doing something was such a welcome feeling, I went and overdid it. So there I was at the Joe Louis Arena, nodding off a bit as the Red Wings skated past the Florida Panthers. Anyway. <BR> <BR> A couple of friends ended up on the contract opportunity I passed up for not knowing... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 12:23:53 EST Same stuff, different week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089857 That cold was dying two Mondays ago, but it didn't get the memo, and its remnant lingers on, still. Worst is how my ears are all clicky, and that old trick to clear the ears of pressure (hold your nose and blow) is occasionally useful, and occasionally making it feel like the ear passages get closed off, and I can only wait until the pressure subsides, which occurs with a whistling noise. Never experienced that before, it's very weird. But not painful, uncomfortable as it might be. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 08:29:08 EST out, darned snot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6083944 Ok, so that title isn't exactly Shakespeare. I could have got a little closer if it wasn't for the swear filter. But there you have it. As has been the case for the last few days, I'm 90% over that cold, but that last little bit of phlegm stuck in the throat won't go away. Still haven't made it to the gym, although that snot monster is kind of an excuse by this point. Sleep schedule is waaaay off, since spending the night in the hospital with my dad, and not being able to sleep there. <BR> ... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 13:38:18 EST Loudest cough in the ER, though I'm not the patient http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6081114 In the waiting room, anyway. 5 hours ago. <BR> <BR> Last time I came to the hospital, with my mom a couple of weeks ago, I suspect I got this lovely cold as a parting gift. So did my dad. Mine mostly went away, though I am still hacking. Dad's got worse, so it's his turn to the ER. Ain't it fun? The Doc kinda hinted that my dad could possibly go home, and Dad just coughed in his face. Not deliberately, mind you, he'd much rather go home, of course, but that kind of put an end to that thoug... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 00:12:43 EST asked...and denied http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6079906 No, not what you might be thinking based on a title like that, there were no romantic feelings bruised in this quarter. Rather, I was given an opportunity to take a short contract, and I was the one doing the denying, because it involves a part of the software that I have no experience with. Namely, the project had to do with helping out docs and nurses who are starting to use the surgery and anesthesia module. If it were certain other pieces of the software, that would be one thing, but I wo... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 17:23:49 EST