CHRIS3874's SparkPeople Blog CHRIS3874's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Monday is over I had a not so great day at work (I suppose it could have been worse but that's a horse of a different colour). I ended up straining something so my stomach now hurts (I have a hernia I am waiting to get fixed). On the positive side I found a posting for a different job with another employer and applied (fingers crossed). I also was able to get some plasma appointments back after someone screwed up and cancelled all my appointments until July. So I get to donate tomorrow and then Wednesdays u... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 22:48:49 EST not as bad as I had feared. Well I went to bed stupidly at 11:30 last night got up one or 2 times last night was up at 6:30? fed the cats took my pills and drank a bit of coffee watched about 10 minutes of tv and decided to go back to bed and slept until almost 11. I didn't feel as bad as I took some cyclobenziprene last night and also some Robaxicet at 4am. I don't know my body is stupid sometimes I don't feel S**T until 2 or 3 days later. Oh and my arm still bothers me (yeah THAT one) great.- I had hoped a bone bruise... Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:37:03 EST not looking forward to tomorrow. For about the last week my "employer" has had me working in a neglected area of the shop. As part of that entailed disposing of 45 pieces rather heavy lumps of metal (without wanting to tip my hand as to what my employer does) Of course where they are given my luck was not a convenient or easily accessible place (the only way up is a flight of stairs - no elevator nor is it clean - I wore a dust mask most days - my lungs still feel like they were put through a cheese grater. I decided to stay... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 23:09:59 EST Frustrating blogs i cannot understand how it is at a site populated by "supposed" "adults" I am not allowed to comment on the Sparkpeople blog without some whiny crybaby complaining about my comments (they are MY comments BTW STOP telling me how to think) I noticed several of my comments have been deleted for NO good reason and it seems like some of the GATEKEEPERS are biased as it seems if you say things that aren't POLITICALLY CORRECT it gets CHOPPED - even when you ARE right. Thu, 20 Apr 2017 20:06:52 EST things Well the daughter just cam back today from Ft Mac the job ended sooner than I had hoped so there's going to be more tension at home now. Not too much else to say other than I figured out why I hadn't been getting emails lately and I am not sure if I screwed up or what happened as some of my account settings had been changed, Happily I caught it and changed it back. Tue, 18 Apr 2017 21:16:02 EST friday Took tomorrow off didn't have that bad of an evening got bugged to go get somethings (like licorice for the daughter) I can't understand how she "can't" as a 30 year old with a car get her OWN stuff. At least tomorrow I am taking some ME time. Fri, 31 Mar 2017 00:17:37 EST A follow up of sorts Well I tried not to think of work and my ignorant boss (not really succesfully). I STILL believe I am in the RIGHT. I work bloody hard for this person( Not the word I wanted to use) and then get kicked in the teeth like that, On the other hand its motivation to find a job ELSEWHERE. I NEVER have been a GOOD fit here and its NOT due to me. Sun, 26 Mar 2017 21:22:30 EST more frustration In spite of working my rear off lately at work I was given a less than fair and or accurate evaluation today, I think its due to the fact that I was making waves about this person at work and his harassing me, I can't beleive it and then the prick had the nerve to say "oh and you did a really nice job of the parts room" after finishing telling me what a lazy POS I was - I just stared at him and didn't say a word. Of course he thinks ALL the THINGS I DO DO for that place JUST MAGICALLY HAPPEN.... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:05:42 EST exercises in frustration. I see that "they" decided in their ultimate "wisdom" to take away some of the features I am sure not just me got used to. This has been compacted by my downloading Mozilla Firefox which I used to have but which is now causing stupid things when I try to access this site with Windows Explorer (yeah I KNOW) like having to log in MULTIPLE TIMES and NOT ALLOWING ME to even enter THIS BLOG. (OK guys what two consenting browsers get up-to on their OWN time is NONE of MY business but this copulatin... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 21:03:13 EST Just another short one. Not much new -don't thin I got that job even though I may have been one of the more rounded candidates as it was looking after a network of weather stations. Not too much new. Trying to find a different job still. Had to get 4 new tyres for the truck as one of them leaked on the sidewall and they were all on their way out (was hoping to make it until fall though). Had the presence of mind to get a quote while they were still on sale as they went up about $50 a tyre the day after I think they... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 21:53:00 EST friday Not sure why I had to do this as I think it would have been good for the NEW guy to do it but I have to clean out the "parts room" (read GARBAGE room) at work in preparation for the new PARTS GUY - I wanted to apply on the posting but hadn't looked and NONE of the idiot "Managers" told me about it in time. Of course if I would have gotten it they wouldn't have cleaned it out for me. Been doing this on and off since last Friday. My back is just killing me from standing on concrete all day. Thu, 23 Feb 2017 22:39:24 EST Annie Hard to believe it but we were talking the other day and the daughter's Maine Coon cat will be 8 years old this year. It just seemed like yesterday she bought them home from the breeder. Its weird as I still call Anna "Baby Kittens" even thought she is now the oldest of our cats. Mon, 20 Feb 2017 21:21:42 EST not too much to say Well its nearly the end of another week and at least I applied for ONE job that sounded really promising although its with the province instead of the federal gov't and its only a term (with the chance of an extension). But its working on electronics and meteorology and aside from a few places there isn't a lot of people with dual experience. Aside from that my arm still hurts like hell again after feeling a BIT better earlier on and its puffy and I hvae trouble with it at work. Try doing a 2... Thu, 9 Feb 2017 21:42:12 EST part 2 I went to work yesterday and didn't really enjoy it . Came home did my usual routine with some difficulty. Went to bed was tossing and turning and In pain. Phoned in sick, went to the doctor and he figured I broke my left elbow .(GREAT). Went and ended up going to the X-ray clinic in the mall by my house gave them my health care card and ID and thought it would be a long wait- I hadn't even sat down five minutes and they called me in, I found out later it wasn't broken but it still hurt so I ... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 21:41:45 EST not a good start to the day I was going out to my truck to go to work and I guess it rained or there was freezing rain last night and consequently there was "black ice " on the sidewalk (conveniently sloped where it met the public sidewalk . Nice I have a sore elbow, shoulder , neck and back and YES I still went to work not sure if I should have but I did. Will have to see what tomorrow will feel like. <BR> To top it all off I spilt most of my coffee. Mon, 30 Jan 2017 20:28:37 EST the chair I had a lazy boy recliner "crap out " 4 weeks ago (a slat holding the springs let go along with the springs. Spent a good part of the last 3 weekends (Sundays mostly) trying to figure out what exactly went wrong coupled with trying to fix it, Along the way I discovered much to my joy , that they are not really the easiest things to work on upside down kind of lie trying to keep a sack of potatoes balanced on a slide. I managed to kind of work on it a week ago by balancing the footrest on my w... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 21:44:40 EST more joy at work I want to spare you the details but every time I figure things could not possibly get more scatological at work it happens. At least I can take out my frustrations exercising if my shoulder lets me flaring up again, Wed, 25 Jan 2017 21:52:36 EST Oh why did this have to happen? I went and saw this 10 week exercise thing at work (OK its a fitness activity you can sign up for OK?) and I went and thought I could incorporate part of it into MY own routine. Well the stupid site went and signed me up for it without my knowledge or consent. So NOW three guesses where I am going next, Mon, 23 Jan 2017 20:59:19 EST More bad news but perhaps I learnt something this time. Well as some of you might know, (at least I thought I had alluded to it one time or other here), my Dad died 7 years ago after a battle with Alzheimer's (amongst other demons- its a terrible evil disease), Now I found out my Mom is getting sicker, I suppose that might be why I am trying to be a better son and trying to let go of some of the (on going) feuds and resentments, Sometimes it is REALLY hard for me as they were very overbearing and critical (to the point of almost failing grades fro... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 01:03:03 EST Some bad personal news I went to donate plasma today but the machine screwed up (its supposed to stop collecting plasma into the bag before it begins to draw red cells) well it didn't do that and as a result if their machine screwing up and THEIR protocols, I cannot donate for the next 8 weeks, Not happy as I have given them a not insignificant portion of my Tuesdays, Not to mention the nurse today was terrible ended up with a needle in both arms (one didn't flow well) Tue, 10 Jan 2017 22:07:51 EST more "interesting things" in the wonderful world of sparkpeople. I know I may be putting things here that either irritate make the reader think I am totally obnoxious or worse. Only I have probably a different (and drier ) sense of humour perhaps a keener sense of irony. I notice that a LOT of the emails from this site WILL NOT AWARD points even thought some of them I have only been getting for a very short time. I got what I considered a rather odd reply to my complaint about this (more like a brush off) . Gee sorry to be rude guys but if you say you a r... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 22:03:51 EST 2017 For what it's worth I would like to wish all a Happy and Prosperous New Year. May all of your losses be on the scale. Sun, 1 Jan 2017 19:50:57 EST An overwhelming sense of Ennui I don't know if its just advancing old age but it seems like every New Year is just the same as the last one with less and less to look forward to. I guess I am mostly to blame for my rut but that doesn't make it any better. I just recall feeling a lot more optimistic back when I was a kid and had the whole world ahead of me. It funny how life changes people- I can recall not understanding why my parent and other grown ups were the way that they were. Now most everything seems dull and old ha... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 22:05:17 EST A family emergency possibly averted My mom phoned me up as she had been out of hospital for the last week but was given multiple prescriptions and was getting confused so I took her to the pharmacy and fortunately she was able to get it straightened out and she is going to get her things blister packed from now on which I think is a good thing, Wed, 28 Dec 2016 22:54:50 EST Oh lungs mine enemy !! Well I am NOT sure what I did when I bought this contraption on Ebay ( can I say that out loud?)- from the stern warnings from the manufacturer's it made it sound like only " duly authorized" persons could own this (you would think I was buying a fully auto firearm or something. It was only an incentive spirometer - for those unfamiliar with it its a device that basically shows how well you can forcefully exhale and also for how long. I cannot recall off of the top of my head what I paid for... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 23:27:01 EST Another Lazy Day It was Boxing Day up here (one of the only holidays "we" get as a consequence of being a Commonwealth country I suppose but you in the US still get MORE than we do per year). <BR> I guess I am going to have to get into something of a routine even though I am off all week - I don't want to spend a lot of it just parked in front of the television. I was watching " A Christmas Story" yesterday with my daughter and I commented on the diorama that hey had in the Higbees department store. I can re... Mon, 26 Dec 2016 22:23:41 EST Merry Christmas I would like to wish ALL of my friends on here (especially those who actually regularly read these) a Very Merry Christmas and you can worry about overdoing it in the new year. Sun, 25 Dec 2016 00:02:00 EST turned up again Made supper again I was told that was good yet again I was the only one eating even though I thought it was healthy, Sausages with black beans, canned tomatoes, mushrooms and sauerkraut (not a lot just a partial jar) Claimed it was "burnt" seemed OK to me and not to mention she could have shut it off as well. Talk about 54 going on 12. Thu, 22 Dec 2016 22:21:08 EST not a lot to say Well it finally warmed up here (was actually above freezing as opposed to what it was last week (--22 F with the wind chill- gee that sounds warmer than metric does) I could stand it being a little bit colder as the streets get slipperier when its too warm- besides a few degrees below freezing isn't that bad. As for my thumb it started out with a blue smiley at the bottom of my nail now I see its almost covered my entire lunula. NICE. Oh well I suppose I had to expect that after all the BLU... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 21:59:44 EST one step forward ten steps back Was starting to clean up some things including an ancient broken tool bag (an attaché style tool bag mad in Quebec by j e lortie ) why I kept it this long I do not know _ I had it since I brought it home from work in 1988 It was had a broken lid (cracked in the middle) and the only reason I took it home was because I had gotten a new one from my employer and I sort of needed it at the time. I decided I wanted to save some of the hardware and to cut it up into smaller pieces so I could put in ... Sat, 17 Dec 2016 21:57:04 EST Took today off Took today off as I have had enough with work and the cold. Ended up going to the hospital as my Mom has been in since Tuesday. She is doing much better as she had fluid in her lungs and was put on medication and had up until today oxygen. Stayed up for over 3 hours. Glad I went Fri, 16 Dec 2016 22:40:07 EST not a good day In spite of all the crap I usually have to contend with at work etc., it really hadn't started out being that bad of a week all things considered. But then I got word my Mom is in emergency as she has fluid on her lungs (amongst other ongoing health problems) - spent more time talking to BOTH sisters than anything else this evening. I guess they are keeping her in overnight which in my opinion is a good thing. They seem to want to punt people out too fast nowadays. Wed, 14 Dec 2016 22:02:04 EST more woes Still didn't sleep all that great last night- also my shoulder is really starting to act up (not sure I want the inconvenience and cost of going back to physiotherapy but it doesn't feel like its getting better) I thought laying off the weights might help but it doesn't seem to be. Sun, 11 Dec 2016 20:56:04 EST freedom The daughter went to BC for the weekend to visit friends - so that's one stressor gone for a bit. Sat, 10 Dec 2016 22:52:14 EST cold today Its cold here for the next 2 weeks with the high hovering around -4 to -8 degrees F. Plus a wind not pleasant. Should warm up near Xmas - can't wait. Mon, 5 Dec 2016 20:53:46 EST friday issues Not much to say - getting real irritated with them changing stuff on this site - seems to me its just a cash grab for one of the changes, Wouldn't put it past them to take away the free option. Fri, 2 Dec 2016 23:40:32 EST stuff Well I decided to try and be more active than usual this weekend- which included stepping more out of the comfort zone viz a viz my bad shoulder aka rotator cuff tendonitis or whatever it really is- was nice to be able to pick up my 30 lb dumbbells again (even if it was only for a few reps ). I managed to do some tasks around the house that have been on and off bones of contention for years - like the sliding door into a cubbyhole that the cats discovered was a GREAT way to get into the basem... Sun, 27 Nov 2016 21:05:57 EST not a lot to say but some (sort of good news) I finally set up an appointment for yesterday with the surgeon for my hernia after seeing him last December as he told me at the time I could leave it if it wasn't bothering me and as long as there were no other complications ( strangulations etc). Well long story short with all the other "joys" of accumulating an "advanced" age (YEAH it feels like it some mornings although some still regard me as being young(ish)) I decided that it was one "friend" I could do without. He (the doctor) seemed ... Thu, 24 Nov 2016 22:10:26 EST reached another milestone I reached another milestone donating blood today but I will not say as I do not want to seem boastful and I am only giving thanks to my Saviour for allowing me to be healthy enough to have done it. Tue, 22 Nov 2016 22:25:41 EST stuff Wow a whole 10 points for bonus spins(I'm underwhelmed). Oh well on Wednesday I get to see my surgeon about my hernia operation. Sun, 20 Nov 2016 21:04:53 EST saturday mumblings Not too much to say had a hard week and I don't think next is going to be any kinder to me. I must have been tired today as I ended up falling asleep watching tv this afternoon which I normally do not do - I generally am not a napper unless sick or really tired (or both). Looks like winter has finally arrived for good now, Sat, 19 Nov 2016 21:28:13 EST NO POINTS (ANYONE ONE AT SP.COM LISTENING?) I clicked on 5 or 6 emails for bonus points and only got 3 !! Anyone else have this problem? <BR> Maybe they should fix the problems with this page instead of constantly fiddling with it and taking away things. What good is a site that ties you down trying to get points when we should be ACTIVE ??!!!!! Sun, 13 Nov 2016 15:18:57 EST Remembrance Day Thanks uncle Steve and uncle Sam (WWII vets Sam was actually my Mom's uncle) both deceased <BR> Thanks Uncle Wayne retired RCAF <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 11 Nov 2016 20:59:15 EST not a bad day I guess Well it was an interesting day at work very busy and I am sure I am going to pay for it tomorrow ( so much for enjoying the day off ), Wed, 9 Nov 2016 21:53:51 EST Just a short one. Was really glad for the variable points today as I have had really low spins lately but managed to hit 260 pts today with the help of THIS. Have a good week . Sun, 6 Nov 2016 21:35:09 EST Truly Blessed I recall someone once opined that it wasn't how many friends had that mattered but the quality of friends. I was feeling kind of crappy (not a good day at work but then should I be surprised??) but I went and read some of the blog comments and the spark goodie comments and I felt better. Thank you all. Thu, 3 Nov 2016 21:16:27 EST another update on CHARLIE I guess he must be mostly over his cold as he is up to his usual stuff like "joining" me for supper ( usually lays on the table today he jumped up while I was eating and he wanted a piece of chicken) - not coughing yet tonight at least not for me got to go - garbage day tomorrow. Wed, 2 Nov 2016 21:03:25 EST just a short one doing this and haven't finished supper yet and also went and booked a dental appt. for Dec. <BR> I don't personally care for it as its contrary to my personal beliefs but I hope everyone has a good " All Saints Day Eve" which is in fact what it is. Mon, 31 Oct 2016 21:00:39 EST An Update on Charlie. He seems to be doing a bit better today he is not sneezing as much and he didn't cough today (at least I can't recall hearing him do so), He just laid around and slept most of the day (yeah yeah I can just hear all of the dog people out there saying how can you tell the difference?). He still seems weak but at least he seems to have turned the corner. Sun, 30 Oct 2016 20:56:16 EST Charlie is sick. Poor Charlie he has a cold (I hear him coughing and sneezing last night so I hope its a cold and not anything more serious) . Cheryl wanted to take him to the vets that is open until 10 pm. Waited for her to go get the carrier AND put it back together (why was is in pieces anyways??) so I went and got the bag of cat treats out (kind of a bad move as now ALL the others think they "need" them also - fortunately only Oliver showed up, Then I tried to put him in I guess the sides weren't latched ... Sat, 29 Oct 2016 23:26:08 EST