CHRIS3874's SparkPeople Blog CHRIS3874's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community A personal, made just for me, Green Mile The last time I saw my physiotherapist, she gave me a bunch of "new" exercises (methods of torture) that she wanted me to "try" . In addition she wanted me to start walking 15 minutes a a couple of times a week . Now I know to some of you this doesn't sound like a lot,however, my lack of having walked much for "recreation" lately coupled with being physically tired AND a lack of time in the evening made this for ME a rather onerous task. Not to mention I hadn't done so for at least 4 years ,... Wed, 20 May 2015 22:21:07 EST Not sure what to title this one Well I know that a family member i s returning home after getting some surgery done abroad (which was not covered under medicare ) so she went and had it done elsewhere as it was cheaper and now it looks like she is sick so I don't know what to think -half of me is angry at her for being irresponsible as I know her Mom will bear the brunt of this and half of me feels sorry for her as I know this wasn't what she asked for -its just too bad she had to spend all that time ALONE flying (the bet... Sat, 16 May 2015 21:57:58 EST observations I just found out something important for me anyway. I noticed that when I accidentally hit enter when I started this blog and poof it disappeared and a blank version of the page appeared. I had this happen before on a different occasion and managed to get it back (the blog I had started that is) with some difficulty. Today I managed to notice that there was a second page opened in Firefox and clicked on it (the blank page) but then it noticed there was a back arrow on the page (not the web br... Fri, 15 May 2015 21:12:12 EST sunday Not exactly what I thought of as a productive weekend still I helped a fair bit yesterday with the yard and then also went to the doctor and dentist on Friday (supposedly I have a cavity -odd how they sort of give you a clean bill of health and then find something else to charge for - have to go back in June for that ). Supposedly there's nothing wrong with coughing up a lung according to my GP I still have to double up on my asthma meds this week (don't tell him I forgot today). Made myself ... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 21:06:31 EST Monday (again) I didn't have that BAD of a day (hitler took today off) so I kind of got a break that way. Still feel I have to work as hard as when he is there. Of course some of my co workers take advantage of things which I personally think is wrong and it will probably catch up with them in any case. I guess things could be worse my son was called back to his employer after being laid off for the better part of a month and then hurt himself on the first day back. At least they determined it wasn't his f... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:04:54 EST Exhaustion After fighting this stupid cold for over a week I decided to go back to work of course that doesn't mean I get any sort of a break or gratitude from my so called boss. I just hope one of my other applications I have submitted pans out as I am sick of this toxic employer. Sat, 18 Apr 2015 00:21:57 EST Back pain (no this is NO April fools) . I hadn't been to the physio for 2 weeks and have been trying to do my exercises religiously and have had a few problems but tried to work through them. I don't know if its because I was fighting a cold earlier on this week or if I was pushing myself to hard but I ended up going to bed at 10:20 and then woke up at 2 am with back spasms so bad I could barely breath so I ended up taking a whole cyclobenziprene (which I hate as it makes me groggy) then I ended up ... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 20:44:37 EST today I had a not very good day and really feel like just taking tomorrow off. The only good thing is that with this post I have been able to get 170 spark points today . <BR> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 21:49:46 EST Friday Well for some good news I got all 4 days I requested off later on in the month and the beginning of April. In addition I guess I didn't do all that but I felt I should have been marked higher but was not. I wasted all afternoon doing a "self evaluation" (part of the process and then fought with the computer and the employer's website /intranet) and then discovered my boss left for the weekend anyway. At the end I felt really tired mentally. Grateful for it to be over Fri, 13 Mar 2015 20:54:19 EST what a frustrating week I cannot believe another year has almost gone by at work (time for the annual evaluation) I wish I was allowed to give MY BOSS and some of my co "worker"s (LAZY B-------DS) an evaluation. I hate getting them even when they are fair and truthful Thu, 12 Mar 2015 21:02:20 EST why bother? I recently read a blog a rather nice one about people and cats that have passed on and then read some of the comments which were OK and generally nice and then some jerk( obviously there are TROLLS here TOO) writes bitching about how cats come and crap all over the place and he can't let his dog do that and that anyone who feeds a homeless cat in HIS town becomes responsible for it (I guess the a-holes just WANT THEM TO STARVE!!) <em>234</em> <em>234</em> . So I complained and the idio... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 22:03:21 EST Potato chips and eye exams. Well if the title doesn't get them coming I guess I had better hang up my keyboard! <BR> I decided to give up something this year for Lent. This being potato chips and (Hawkins mostly) cheezies ( I don't think you can get these outside of Canada but they are hard and tasty and made with real cheddar cheese and addictive as all get out) OF course the day after I tell someone about my plans she comes home from the store with a bag of potato chips and sits down in front of me and opens them up. ... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 21:50:21 EST Friday off I decided to take Friday off as I worked like a dog this week and am still catching up with all that's happened to me lately. I was going to take tomorrow off as well but I don't think it would have gone over too good. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 20:25:58 EST Blog sorrows I started an earlier blog only to have it get swallowed up into some swirling mass of eddying information. I have not idea what or whom swallowed it up. I just hope next weekend if going to be better than the previous one as I feel like a bit of a basket case and tired all the time. Well at least the "patient" is done her IV antibiotics at the hospital (she had cellulitis - this is what STARTED it all as I tried to unstall another dictionary (British English) as firefox doesn't "like" that wo... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:29:46 EST Anna I wasn't going to do this tonight but my daughter's white cat will NOT leave me alone. She keeps rubbing and climbing all over me and wanting to be petted. The worst part is she likes to shove her face into my armpit of my shirt I am not sure what she thinks she is going to find THERE. Oh well I guess its better than having a cat not like me. Mon, 9 Feb 2015 21:02:26 EST weekend Well I survived Friday and the commutes. The roads are sort of better (I don't know if plowing down to the pavement is good if there's patches of black ice in spots). <BR> Happy finally made an appearance late Saturday morning (I broke down and shovelled the remaining sidewalks and the driveway and noticed what I hoped were his paw prints in the snow). I looked for him and called him a couple of times but did not hear or see him. I went inside and then later on in the evening I saw the motio... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 21:31:20 EST BLIZZARD Wish today was Friday and NOT Thursday as we are having a heavy snow storm and winds. No fun driving home and I just know tomorrow is gonna suck big time at work. Thu, 5 Feb 2015 19:25:35 EST superbowl Well for those of you who know me best know I wasn't going to watch yesterday's game although I was sorely tempted as there were some CFL trained prairie boys playing for Seattle. Too bad they were from Saskatchewan and NOT Alberta!! <BR> Rider Pride my donkey. Mon, 2 Feb 2015 20:59:46 EST wednesday well at least one half of the work week (for most of us anyways) is burnt up. Good thing. Got freezing rain again this afternoon (such fun - give me snow any day). <BR> Nearly slid into an intersection on the way home from work serves me right for stopping on the way home and taking a side street. Sad thing is that I was NOT going fast even for the conditions just idiots polishing up the roads. <BR> Wed, 21 Jan 2015 21:42:26 EST not much I just wanted to wish everyone a good week especially those who have to work . Sun, 18 Jan 2015 21:10:43 EST truck troubles Was going to start my truck as Cheryl wanted to use it to get groceries as it snowed. Went to start it - nothing - well actually it tried to turn over but then I also got this weird message about the Delco Loc III (anti theft crap) so I went and tried her key - same thing then I went and checked the battery with my Fluke meter (12 volts - a bit low) and then checked it again after I turned it over it dropped over 2 volts. So I figured it was the battery - of course they never fail when its N... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 17:36:16 EST Happy. The feral cat we have been looking after still shows up generally at least once a day. Lately when its been cold I have stayed outside as we have a lawn chair by his house and he likes to lay up on our chests to warm up . I felt really bad as I know he has a cold and I just know he is cold as he did not want me to leave- poor guy it makes me want to bring him in here but I know that would cause a lot of turmoil. Fri, 2 Jan 2015 22:29:13 EST Happy New Year I hope 2015 is BETTER for ALL of us!! <BR> <BR> Thu, 1 Jan 2015 00:38:03 EST log in What really bugs me is because I neglected to log in yesterday it will not count to my attendance. Sometimes it feels like following their silly rules is MORE important than working the programme to the best of one's ability. Mon, 29 Dec 2014 21:19:45 EST Merry Christmas I would like to extend to all of my friends at SP wishes for a very happy and healthy Christmas and a prosperous healthy and fulfilling new year. Thu, 25 Dec 2014 23:47:19 EST vacation time well i took 2 weeks off and hopefully i will recover somewhat. My ignorant boss is being a REAL JERK about my taking time off when i have my accident. I think he is not following proper protocol (I have a collective agreement at my employer but a useless union rep). Tue, 23 Dec 2014 21:49:09 EST catching myself I probably very nearly made a boob of myself by commenting on an article because I thought the fields of rapeseed and flaxseed I saw years ago while out driving for work (rapeseed oops I mean canola is yellow and flax is a pale purple.). Mon, 1 Dec 2014 20:32:26 EST something else Not sure if I am about to come down with something or if I just wasn't moving enough today but I have been cold just about all day. Sat, 29 Nov 2014 21:32:05 EST Happy Thanksgiving (but not for me) I want to wish all my friends a Happy Thanksgiving (even though I cannot celebrate it with you). <BR> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 20:35:06 EST more misery Sorry to sound like a misery guts I feel like Iam fighting a cold and Cheryl had to go for a biopsy on her thyroid today. The only good thing was i slept for 2 hours this afternoon. Mon, 17 Nov 2014 22:07:23 EST still sore Yeah trying to exercise a bit more still not up to going to work not too sure how anyone else feels about it and quite frankly I am approaching the point of NOT caring the insurance doesn't care , my boss doesn't care and I think my GP is indifferent. Sat, 15 Nov 2014 21:56:27 EST friday I took all of this week off and I am not entirely sure I am up to going to work next, I still feel crappy at times and really do not feel up to it. The physio clinic my GP sent me to had moved me around from one practitioner to the next like some old prostitute (sorry if the analogy offends) and the last one wanted to put needles in me (I think acupuncture is BS) so she put these "cups" on me (actually I thought it didn't do anything aside from being uncomfortable and giving me HICKEYS on my ... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 00:39:59 EST accident I guess no good dead goes unpunished I went to donate plasma after w0rk and then got rear ended on the way home great so much for having a nice vehicle. Not anymore. I should just revert to owning pieces of OH-THE-BLOG-NAZI'S-WON'T-LET-ME-USE-THAT-W<BR>ORD. Tue, 4 Nov 2014 21:47:35 EST Q Well I know most of my southern sparkfriends will have no clue what this might be about but there is a former host of a CBC radio program up here that seems to want to dig himself a pit and it seems to be getting bigger by the day. It actually makes my troubles miniscule by comparison. Only time will tell but if only half the allegations are true I wouldn't want to be in HIS shoes. Sat, 1 Nov 2014 20:09:37 EST tired just had another interesting week. I noticed my shoulders and back are sore -I guess its my fault for having a some what physical job and then lifting weights at home. I know I fell asleep at 930 last night and still felt tired this morning. Oh well. Happy Halloween ( I have no real use for it but maybe you do - I should try to observe all souls day tomorrow). <BR> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 20:11:49 EST level up! Gee that feels too video gamey for me but I noticed that they added extra levels (BUT NO CLOSE SPACING like they had pre 100 thousand points) . Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:36:04 EST sunday well after some nagging and feeling frustrated with it I finally agreed to cut my hair growing for charity short(no pun intended). It was getting on my nerves and it was really annoying as my hair is not at all manageable. I will post some photos as soon as I can manage to get them off of my BlackBerry tablet. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 21:09:50 EST Monday I hope everyone has a good Columbus / Thanksgiving Day tomorrow. Sun, 12 Oct 2014 23:54:16 EST Off Took tomorrow and Friday off as I wanted a long weekend with Monday being Thanksgiving in Canada, I am so looking forward to getting a different job. Fingers crossed as I applied for several recently. Wed, 8 Oct 2014 22:01:47 EST nearly finished Spent most of today as well working on the house and changed a few things again so hopefully it will be a bit more weather tight. Still needs a bit more work and some paint. Will have to wait until Thursday unless I do it in the evening though. Sun, 5 Oct 2014 20:39:21 EST Happy Well I finally got to the task of trying to redo the home made for our feral cat (Happy) that still hangs around ( he generally allows us to pet him and on occasion will purr so I think he was abandoned rather than being truly feral which is sad). Ironically, Charlie was the only cat to ever to go into the house ( he likes to come outside with us and explore the backyard) which sort of vindicated my reasoning although I DID yield to someone else's idea and made the front opening larger I am... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 00:19:43 EST thursday yet another glorious week is nearly over. I just got my evaluation and while it wasn't bad, its amazing how little anything I DO gets recognized around here. I work my @ss off for that ungrateful prick and he doesn't even notice. I applied at 2 other places I just hope I can leave here soon. I also put in the employee comments section that I wanted help to find a job with my employer that was a better fit for my education experience and background. I don't think he liked it and I hope he cann... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 20:42:45 EST Friday sort of After a crappy night's sleep (finding out a rescue society took one of the feral cats we were looking after without having gotten a picture of him amongst other things) and having one of the jerk's retirements today I went to work although I told my boss I would NOT be in on Friday (I just hope they leave my stuff alone- that is a BIG reason why I DO NOT take vacations yet this year I cannot trust people- too many nasty things have happened in the past). I so wanted to tell him to go screw... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 23:58:45 EST a daily rant Well once in a while I manage to try to fit in some recreational time in my work time ( I try to fit in a few "me" cycles into the working of my organic CPU ie brain) One such time today made me wonder if some of my coworkers were pinheads or just pinnipeds. I am still not sure. I also had a proper joke to include here and now I forgot it. Sorry I must be tired. Wed, 24 Sep 2014 20:27:43 EST sunday I was so glad to have gotten that gable end finished even though it involved getting my ancient heavy wooden pole climbing ladder out (thats seen better days -its at LEAST third hand- my buddy got it from one of HIS subscribers that were doing cable tv and who knew if they bought it brand new and I only got t because my buddy was cleaning out HIS shop and didn't want it anymore) - like I said its great for reaching great heights if you don't mind feeling like you are going to make a trip to e... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 21:03:26 EST stuff I am really tiring of my so called employer. I noticed some comments he recently made as a halfhearted (or so it seemed) attempt at something complimentary (I GUESSED) mind you he still comes across as a total you know what. I applied for several jobs this week. I hope at least one of them pans out. One was for a different dept and he made some ridiculous comment about it tying into my BSc studies (which I KNOW he doesn't know or care sweet tweet about) - I felt like saying to him "No I jus... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:19:38 EST the 2 weeks are up I know I neglected to tell anyone here about this but I was having a lot of pain in my left arm about a month ago (I nearly thought i was having a heart attack aka myocardial infarction yes I wish I had taken med school - I would probably have ended up being a real life " House MD" ) any how i thought I could be clever and took a week off - the pain subsided but NOT that much so I figured I should start working through it BAD MOVE. Cheryl wasn't feeling well and she didn't want to go to the d... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 23:05:11 EST Yet again (SIGH) I noticed a few changes again to the pages I see I NO longer get points for posting these things (only for COMMENTING on them - who wants to bother posting if they don't get points for them and how do you comment on NOTHING ??). Once again if it AIN'T BROKE DON'T FIX IT !!!! <BR> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 20:30:59 EST Hot again and other things Well last week was a bit cooler especially towards the end of the week. Which was a nice change. Took a couple of weeks off of the weights as my arms were hurting a lot and I wasn't sure exactly what it was. Still I am noticing I lost some strength too bad. On the other hand I did find a neat circuit training series online I would like to try. I just heard Robin Williams died. Poor man, RIP. <BR> <em>39</em> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 20:06:55 EST heat wave broke Its been very hot this week. Wednesday night it was 84 in the kitchen after 9 pm. I only got 5 hrs of sleep Wednesday night slept not too bad last night was probably over tired. Its a lot cooler tonight . Still very tired had what felt like a fever and a headache this morning. Felt better this afternoon- I wanted to stay home today but didn't. Fri, 1 Aug 2014 22:20:17 EST