CHRIS3874's SparkPeople Blog CHRIS3874's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community another weekend shot to hell Well it never ceases to amaze me how FAST weekend, holidays and vacations go by as opposed to workdays. It feels like I just left a 4 pm Friday and tomorrow its Monday already, <BR> I know its going back a long ways but I can recall having summer jobs where I can hurt myself or strain a muscle and feel generally good the next day. Now when that happens its like my body has a "Vacancy / NO Vacancy" NEON sign on it as the thing seems to take up PERMANENT residency almost. (SIGH). I know its g... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 22:52:46 EST Not a lot to say. I hope everyone is having a good day. <BR> I wish I could fulfil everyone's need <BR> I would give several of my friends meaningful and long term employment <BR> Others I would exonerate their family members wrongfully being punished by the state. <BR> I would give everyone back their health and vigour and peace of mind. <BR> I cannot only God can do that. <BR> Sometimes its frustrating being human. Wed, 14 Sep 2016 21:35:05 EST sept 11 I suppose this is getting beaten to death in the news today ( I haven't watched any live tv too much stuff on the pvr) but I can still recall like it was yesterday what I was doing 15 years ago when I first heard about the World Trade Centre disaster, I am sure that's true for most of us even though at times it almost sounds like a cliché. I just hope the truth comes out some day. Sun, 11 Sep 2016 14:53:14 EST sept 11 I suppose this is getting beaten to death in the news today ( I haven't watched any live tv too much stuff on the pvr) but I can still recall like it was yesterday what I was doing 16 years ago when I first heard about the World Trade Centre disaster, I am sure that's true for most of us even though at times it almost sounds like a cliché. I just hope the truth comes out some day. Sun, 11 Sep 2016 14:53:12 EST an observation Its "interesting" to see how they no longer allow us to COMMENT on their ADS (oh sorry I meant to say "sponsored blog" my bad ). I guess they didn't like the pushback Tue, 6 Sep 2016 21:36:00 EST Some good news but not on the job front I finally got up the gumption to get some parts to fix up my old Raleigh Record 10 (actually apparently they don't make 5 speed rears anymore so its actually a 12 ) speed bike that I used to use a fair bit in my thinner days. I am just kicking myself for some of the things I did to it prior to abandoning it to the garage (like running into the front wheel with my GMC pick up) that ended up COSTING me NOW. They had to special order in a front wheel as I did NOT want a quick release one; Sun, 14 Aug 2016 00:10:43 EST Crazy stupid Things are sort of in a state of flux at work and it seems as the years go by it seems (to me) that its crappier and crappier (not my first choice of words) => have to start applying more outside of here but I would have thought that there would be MORE jobs with my current employer with the change in Ottawa, So much for the Liberals. My shoulders are still hurting on and off but they seem to be a bit better I was given some different exercises to do and they seem to be helping not 100 per ce... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 21:42:30 EST Updates (of a sort) Well the good news is I didn't tear my rotator cuff - the bad news is I still cannot lift weights (GRRRRR) and it still hurts in spite of a couple of visits to the physio. They are updating their "procedures" at what is now the equivalent up here of the American Red Cross blood services. Real great - took me until after 7 when I had a 4:30 appointment. Not impressed. I think if it doesn't improve I will go until my next milestone this fall and then quit. My time should be worth something to ... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 22:06:01 EST just a wish I would very much like to wish all my sparkfriends a (happier) Father's Day. Mine was spectacularly uneventful. Sun, 19 Jun 2016 22:16:20 EST THINGS Had a busy weekend , I still am having troubles with my should I hope it isn't torn, I need to make an apt to see physio for it (my GP said if that didn't work he was going to give me a cortisone shot which I do NOT want) I haven't lifted weights for 3 weeks now and not much improvement (still doing all my other regular duties) . Work is somewhat better not 100 percent. Sun, 29 May 2016 22:16:22 EST just a short one I had yesterday and today off as I am feeling crappy from the smoke from the Fort Mac forest fire at least I think that's what's causing it as I feel like crap and my lungs were hurting and I STILL have a sore throat (and earaches) even though my GP said it was clear was coughing up a lot of crap also (the "joys" of being an asthmatic). Anyway there have been 2 individuals who have been acting like pricks towards me and I had had enough so I approached my boss over the phone it went somewhat... Sat, 14 May 2016 01:18:30 EST The stand Well enough people have expressed an interest and as I took some photos when I was finishing it I guess I owe it to all of you . Mind you its not a perfect example of carpentry but it is functional.,.. <img src=""> <BR> here is the picture of the frame I made with some pressure treated 4x4 I was given, <BR> I made lap joints for the corners which were interesting as I had to do part of it free hand and the rest with... Sun, 8 May 2016 21:18:58 EST annoyed Well after another day at work I come home and do this and saw I would get 25 points if I set my home page to SP search so of course I did that. Guess what NO POINTS AWARDED. Fri, 6 May 2016 21:11:41 EST friday at last Not a lot to say just another end to another week , Didn't want to go into today as I am not feeling all that great but I did anyway. Glad to get THIS week over been applying like mad to other postings even considering moving out of province, That's how TIRED I am of that place. Fri, 29 Apr 2016 23:50:59 EST more outdoor grief Last couple of days we have had a lot of wind. Last night was no exception - except I guess I should have known better but the wind must have caught our umbrella and overturned the patio table which would have been OK IF the thing hadn't decided to land awkwardly and the glass top shattered into a million pieces. I saw this first as I had to get up in the night and then had some water and happened to glance out the kitchen window, going back to bed thinking (hoping?) it wasn't as it appeared ... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 21:01:23 EST outdoor "fun" So says she" I want you to build some raised garden beds" <BR> I kind of balk at the suggestion as I have enough on my plate sometime but to keep the peace in the family I sort of agree with no firm idea as to what is expected of me. The Lee Valley flyer came and had these fabric / tube tubs that you lay on the grass . Was told they were not good enough but then she changed her mind BUT I had to figure out a way to raise them up so the last few days I have been cutting and trimming up some lu... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 01:05:01 EST Easter I just wanted to wish all of my friends a Happy Easter (whether you believe or not) He is RISEN!!! (sorry I cannot put an Easter Egg on this) why cant we have a crucifix or a cross? Sun, 27 Mar 2016 21:59:52 EST A Riddle A young woman is at her mother's funeral. She meets a man she has never seen before and feels an instant connection, She feels she has met her Prince Charming but he leaves before she could get his address or phone number. <BR> <BR> A short while later she kills her sister- Why ? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> She reasons that he must be a friend of the family and that the only way to see him again is to stage another funeral. <BR> Actually I meant to add th... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 22:38:54 EST Louie Louie is (or more correctly was ) a 14 year old tomcat one of my co workers had - I learnt that he had met his demise due to an encounter with a coyote in the city. That's one reason why part of me gets upset when I hear people fawning over wolves and coyotes. Yeah, Ok he was outside but would it have been better if this thing had attacked a kid? I had a hard time feeling sorry for him as he dismissed out of hand my grief when my cat Malcolm died ("oh he was ONLY twelve that's nothing") year... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 21:28:18 EST yeah I survived Well I managed to slog it through work today it was not easy as I still feel like CRAP. Oh and I did take the Buckleys it was GROSS but not nearly as bad as I remembered. However it looked even WORSE as it did NOT resemble anything remotely like cough syrup but looked more like MOTOR OIL!!! How ever after taking 2 teaspoons it seems to have started to dry up my sinuses and I don't feel the need to cough still next time I think I will get Benylin or something else that doesn't taste and look l... Fri, 4 Mar 2016 20:46:25 EST Oliver Rufus has a brother at least that's what we were told when we got them. His name is Oliver and he is a grey tabby tom (he looks like a Bengal cat) I have been bad about getting a photo of him up here. He is a very nice cat but he has a bad problem as he FARTS if he gets too excited, Thu, 3 Mar 2016 21:14:47 EST playing out Still battling this whatever it is , No fun. I think if I can make it to Friday I am going to OD on chicken soup and I might even crack open that bottle of Buckley's (No NOT booze its a disgusting cough syrup we have in Canada. It reminds me of boiled pine needles. I might just have to choke some down - hadn't tried it in over 25 years, Maybe they might have changed it by now), Wed, 2 Mar 2016 21:43:23 EST Stew Night or an exercise in frustration by any other name Getting kind of bored with cooking AFTER working all day (yeah I know no sympathy from some of you ) And NOT wanting to go to a drive thru <BR> I decided to take the bull by the horns and grabbed some veggies and some beef (which were loaded into the slow cooker by an assistant as I had already left for work). <BR> I cut up some steak into quarter to half inch strips and then also added one beet with beet tops, some kale, potatoes, some bok choy (why I don't know) ,sliced white mushrooms an... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 22:10:45 EST Hats off to you ladies This week has been a real eye opener. I have had to do a lot of the housework, all of the shopping (well 90 % of it) done all the cooking and most of the cleaning (except for laundry) plus still work full time. Today I stopped off and did some grocery shopping after work and then went home to make supper. I am BEAT and its only Wednesday. Its garbage day tomorrow so I can't be on here anymore, I don't know how you do it, Wed, 17 Feb 2016 21:39:46 EST Meeting tomorrow with mixed feelings. Tomorrow I have to take a family member in for surgery. She has to have her thyroid removed as they could "not" tell by the 2 biopsies what was causing growths on it and the surgeon did not want to make her have to go through 2 surgeries in the case that they found out that it was indeed cancerous. A friend of mine who is a nurse at the blood clinic said she thought I should get a second opinion which was poopooed by my GP. Maybe its just me but I don't relish the finality of losing an organ ... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 21:36:19 EST the "joys" of working with SUBHUMANS There was an accident in another city which claimed the lives of 2 young boys who were doing something rather stupid (going on a sports downhill track with a toboggan) . Of course one of the idiots at work had to make a loud and ignorant comment about them being "two GOOD CHRISTIAN boys" I am sure laughing boy was directing it at me ( he has made ignorant comments because I wear a crucifix on a chain ) but I chose to ignore it I am sure he will have enough to answer FOR when he dies. Mon, 8 Feb 2016 21:27:27 EST Not too much to say Without meaning to sound uncharitable I have never understood the attraction to NFL football in MY side of the border, It's not as though we don't have professional football up here yet it seems every year the various broadcasters make a HUGE fuss over "your" football even pre Grey Cup up here. Its not as though many people in the US even know we have pro football up here or what the difference is between the 2 games (hint ours is technically harder with less downs and a longer field amongs... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 21:23:12 EST A tribute to a friend (some graphic details may offend) He has a matted coat and a tail that for whatever reason no longer wants to point proudly up like it once did years ago. He still has a lingering cold or infection that causes him to occasionally cough, He also has one nostril (the right one like you needed to know) that is constantly plugged which only seems to clear up in the presence of his humans. He has a voracious appetite at times and defines his territory like nobody else here. He occasionally will be very vocal in his demands yet oth... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 00:04:24 EST The Physical I am not sure if I mentioned it earlier but I had an annual on Saturday. Not sure what to make of it as I had some earlier health "issues" ended up being not too bad except for the scolding about not losing enough weight (sadly my doctor isn't the stereotypical scolder that's a smoker and heavier than me <em>39</em> so I can't even use THAT against him). <BR> Unfortunately he does NOT like weight training (come to think of it he didn't like karatedo when I was taking it.) He thinks everyon... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 21:18:07 EST more Dr stuff Well I am not feeling much better but I am going to go back to work Monday even though I really do NOT want to (for reasons that most of you who followed this know already). I finally got into for my annual physical (not great but better than it might have been) I used to get these in September but for what ever reason they have been ending up being booked later and later in the year not sure if I am going to have to skip a year in order to get them back into some sort of semblance of being b... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 00:00:18 EST update Well I finally got into see my GP on Sunday as I went on Saturday and he wasn't in (and I really didn't want to see the doctor who was going to be in) so I ended up going on Sunday . I ended up being tentatively diagnosed as having a prostate infection (which was odd as even my kidneys hurt at this time). I wound up the last 2 days off as I was given that demon Ciprofloxacin which I can't stand and it seems to make me tired I am sure my boss thinks I am making this up - quite frankly I am ti... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 20:20:26 EST more frustrations I went to donate plasma again today as I generally try to every Tuesday (a hangover from when I had classes Monday and Wednesday nights and taught on Thursday nights) I managed to get an earlier appt from when I usually go in as I am still off this week and figured it would be easier than going at 430. Aside fro the general petty frustrations of traffic etc (its in the university area) and coupled with the fact that I got a nurse I really do NOT like I went and weighed in and in spite of try... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 22:50:28 EST observations (medical troubles- read at your own discretion) Hi not trying to be off putting anyone but I think I have to talk to my GP about a few things as I have noticed some rather drastic changes in the way my body deals with certain things which makes me wonder if I have some sort of infection or some other sort of malady (or worse??) as I have noticed I have had to get up at least once a night no matter how much or how little I have drank (I used to be able to drink a couple of cups of water prior to retiring and be OK until 8 or so hours later)... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 18:53:23 EST Christmas <em>445</em> <em>460</em> <em>444</em> i just wanted to wish all my friends a Merry Christmas and the best for 2016. Hope its full of fun and positive change for all of us especially those of us who are under or unemployed - may everyone's next year be filled with happiness and prosperity and health. <em>446</em> <em>460</em> <em>444</em> <BR> Fri, 25 Dec 2015 14:41:26 EST Saturday Well I am off now until the new year. Its coldish here. -14 C ( 6.8 F) yesterday and into today not sure what it is now . Shoveled the walks as they were getting bad and scraped the front as the "cattle" around here REALLY pack it down to the point that my snow shovel wont budge it. Went and sat down on the lawn furniture after shaking the snow off and Happy came out of his house and up my legs and laid up on my chest, I guess he prefers me to the heater and the heated cat bed we got for hi... Sat, 19 Dec 2015 22:41:45 EST not much Not too much to say except I made it through nearly another week, Maybe NOT great but surviving is still better than the alternative. We got some rain / snow this evening of course this was when I decided to go back to a store that was supposed to have something I wanted to get my daughter for Christmas but when I went there last weekend the clerk (a lazy one in my opinion ) fobbed me off so when I went back after work I got a different one who managed to find the only one in the store aftger... Wed, 9 Dec 2015 21:56:36 EST weekend I didn't get a lot done this weekend BUT I tried to look after myself a bit better (like going to bed earlier yesterday even if it was because I was pissed off and didn't want to be around anyone except one of the cats). I also listened to my body today and had an hour nap at noon today. It seemed to make a world of difference even though I just yawned as I am writing this.Hope everyone has a good week. Sun, 29 Nov 2015 18:49:27 EST yeah I'm being whiney just go on if you don't like it!! I just got 1000 sparkgoodie points on the "bonus" wheel in my opinion they are even more useless than getting regular points. Would have rather gotten even 3 points. I guess we must be getting that Black Friday garbage up here now too. Everyone is driving like idiots this evening, I mean GET A LIFE people. Is it really worth saving 20 bucks and then having an accident or a $250 photo radar ticket?? Fri, 27 Nov 2015 20:38:52 EST Tuesday Well we were spoiled so far this winter only got a skiff of snow last week. Didn't amount to anything. Now its been snowing on and off for the last 2 days roads are terrible people driving like idiots. Frustrating. Can't wait for Friday the odd thing is its going to warm up again . I just hope it doesn't make the roads more icy. Have a Good (American) Thanksgiving. <BR> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 20:45:23 EST thursday I am going to be so relieved when I am done on Friday- this week seems to be worse than a lot of them. Happy got involved in some sort of fight last night I tried to call him and didn't see him at all - went to take out the trash and he sheepishly (or so it seemed I am not sure if cats especially Tomcats can "do" sheepish) slunk between the garage and the fence (I was on the other side of the driveway in front of the garden) I saw a black cat walking as I said up between the fence and the gar... Wed, 18 Nov 2015 20:52:21 EST sneaky I see that they are at it again!! The item ":review goal board" 5 points does not seem to be on the sparkpoints menu but if you go to the start under trackers its still in section 2 (I guess they just want to have us work for it or maybe they want to see if we pay attention).I tried to look back and see if I was mistaken BUT it looks like ALL the pages get changed when they change the format (I can recall getting points for quizzes as well which we no longer do). Thu, 12 Nov 2015 20:38:15 EST Remembrance Day I do not know if that is a stat holiday for everyone, but I am glad I have it off. I want to thank my 3 uncles who are veterans (two of who are deceased but served in WWII but both survived and lived relatively long civilian lives) and the other was my Dad's brother who was in the RCAF (he is still alive and lives in Edmonton after owning his own business and working for BC Ferries) . I was thinking of putting up that poem by McRae Oh what the hell <BR> <BR> <BR> John McCrae, May 1915 <BR> ... Mon, 9 Nov 2015 20:22:40 EST politics I am certain someone somewhere on this site is going to take offense at what I am about to say . To them I only have one comment TOUGH. It is with great reluctance and disgust I see this new federal gov't in Ottawa being sworn in today. I certainly did NOT vote for them. Obviously people must either be really stupid or have short or selective memories after what his arrogant ,ignorant stubborn OLD MAN did in office. I can just imagine how f*****d up this country is going to be in 4 years from... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 20:12:55 EST a way out perhaps I just applied for a posting with another employer much closer to home (within walking distance actually) It would be nice to work with someone who appreciates and respects my background experience and education. Fingers crossed. Sun, 1 Nov 2015 20:57:02 EST A good day for some of us With apologies to Texas Ranger fans <BR> <BR> GO JAYS GO!!!!! <em>279</em> Wed, 14 Oct 2015 20:29:43 EST general curmudgeonliness ( And YES its spelt properly according to the Oxford English Dictionary). <BR> It really REALLY irritates me when "they" some faceless entity that does NOT allow correction or feedback at all (as it might obviously permanently damage its frail overblown ego I imagine) makes up inane statements like "England's Earl of the Sandwich invented the sandwich" - Yes John Montague might have invented the sandwich but his title was EARL OF SANDWICH. Sat, 10 Oct 2015 21:51:54 EST tomorrow I was supposed to go back tomorrow but my back and my asthma are bothering me. I think I might give work a miss as I am not feeling all that great. Sun, 13 Sep 2015 23:12:11 EST vacation day one I had probably the best sleep in a long time went to bed last night around 10-ish and woke up a couple of times but slept in until 9:30!!! Oh it was glorious. Did a few things around house watched some TV and lifted weights and then went to donate plasma. Not sure totally what I will do tomorrow but its nice to do things on my timetable as I have the house to myself and the daughter is in SASKATCHEWAN for SIX weeks working temporarily and she may have full time when she gets back with a diff... Tue, 8 Sep 2015 21:11:01 EST Six Cat Night No not the name of another rock band. <BR> Here is a picture of whole gang I took a couple of years ago spazzing out over some birds in the backyard <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> from the left to the right we had: <BR> <BR> Oliver (the cat who loves to fetch) <BR> <BR> Rufus ( Oliver's "brother" we got them together not sure if they were litter-mates sometimes my favourite and a rival to Anna for my attent... Sun, 6 Sep 2015 20:05:52 EST Happy I just had to post this picture of my feral cat Happy sleeping outside on the lounger. He looks so relaxed. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 21:27:11 EST