CHRIS3874's SparkPeople Blog CHRIS3874's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Waiting for another comment I went ahead and chided one of the experts here about her shoddy and wrong explanation of a certain electrical process . I am sure I will either get deleted and a snottygram (or both). Oh well I guess they shouldn't say that they are "experts" or educators about fields that they clearly know nothing about. That BUGS me. Sun, 30 Aug 2015 16:31:13 EST why am I not surprised? Gee today my "boss" had me work on a vehicle that was clearly one I should not have as I am allergic to dogs. I told him about it and he acted like he played DUMB even though he should know BETTER. He has been told in the past but its too easy for him to play games than look after the well being of one of his non favourite employees. And yes I was able to properly console Anna properly this week (I knew she liked the attention- which wasn't hard as I always liked her very much). Fri, 28 Aug 2015 20:14:57 EST Another week Not too much to say finally got a break in the heat but now it feels cold in comparison. Of course I will gladly take this temperature in January. <BR> Not much new otherwise - I still miss Jade which is odd if anyone would have seen how she treated ME for the majority of her living here. I know Anna still misses her sister its really her I feel more sorry for as I am unsure she can understand how or why. Mon, 17 Aug 2015 20:29:37 EST decompression sort of I am just finishing a long weekend as today was a holiday. It was sort of nice to not do a hell of a lot extra for a change. I just wish I could have slept a bit better. Have a great week. Mon, 3 Aug 2015 21:53:38 EST Cecil As someone who grew up in with relatives who hunted and farmed and fished, I was still very saddened by what happened in Africa to that beautiful lion. My Dad used to harvest big game but he did not do it for "sport" we used to eat the game and he used to bag most of his kills with one shot. To have allowed that poor beast to suffer wounded for that long is almost a sin. Fri, 31 Jul 2015 23:50:55 EST Its still tough I still miss Jade a lot even though its been a couple of days I keep expecting to see her and I know the other cats do too. I am beyond caring what other people think about "how" I am supposed to be dealing with this or whatever - I figure if you can't handle it that's YOUR problem NOT mine. I am trying to deal with what I have. Sun, 19 Jul 2015 21:37:49 EST A very sad day One of my daughter's cats (Jade) became very ill a few days ago she was diagnosed with fatty liver disease and we tried to help her by feeding her as she would not eat. Today she took a turn for the worse and her heart started failing, We had to take her in to be euthanized as she was suffering and there did not appear any way for her to turn the corner. It was ironic as she was always the "momma cat" and would keep the others in line as she felt fit. I know she was not as vital lately and s... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 20:30:12 EST too hot Maybe I am just getting old but I know I used to deal with this weather a lot better when I was young and thin (or at least THINNER) . It's supposedly not as hot today but it feels like it unless its the lingering effects of yesterday . I even put on my old do rag that I got when I had my cranial cyst surgery a few years ago- it makes me look like a biker with my beard and sunglasses but I was soaking it in ice cold water because its supposed to have some sort of special headband for cooling ... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 15:18:21 EST observations I know I know I know- I have moaned about this before. Sorry. I just cannot believe what gets voted in as a popular blog post. pathetic. Thu, 2 Jul 2015 21:00:36 EST Marty Robbins I had one song i used to listen to as a YOUNG kid - El Paso by Marty Robbins- even back then ( aged 5 or so ) I was struck by the sadness and poignancy of it all - I think my Mom used to listen to it on the radio unless she had the record I am not sure. I recalled part of it but found it on You Tube. Memories. To be a kid again . Mon, 29 Jun 2015 21:33:36 EST Father's Day Here's wishing everyone where appropriate a Happy Father's Day to all my spark friends or their spouses. i know mine is already a wash <em>39</em> Sun, 21 Jun 2015 13:22:15 EST dentistry stupidity Well I couldn't have imagined some of what happened to me TODAY even if I tried. I had to go to my gp's this morning as I needed some prescription renewals - on the way to my dentist's (I knew I had to get a filling actually I cancelled an earlier appointment so I knew it would be better to keep THIS one - I am typing with one hand because Anna is purring and molesting the other one ) .Of course I get there and find out and there was one renewal missing. They said they would contact my Docto... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 21:29:47 EST Great news This isn't about my leg or anything really about me. But I was excited as I ordered a USB cable for my Blackberry playbook (tablet computer) and it worked!! <BR> Now I can save all of my stuff and wipe it and restart it as I need to change my info on it as I cannot recall my pass word and I wanted to download a game (part of the reason I got it in the first place). <BR> Wed, 17 Jun 2015 21:45:40 EST ankle woes Well this is probably a poor blog but I am still being tormented by that sore ankle still going to laser treatments now so its at least not as expensive. I have to do these exercises that seem to require more coordination that an Olympic athlete. Hopefully it will make a difference. I guess my back is finally getting back to normal I really need to get back into a more regular home exercise routine. I mean I get worked like a dog most days at work but its still not the same for me as proper... Fri, 12 Jun 2015 21:52:05 EST more physio Still another session of Achilles torment . I thought it was sort of on the mend but apparently not to her approval. so I ended up with another session of acupuncture and more torment in the form of a laser . oh and some weird exercise I get to do in 3 sets of 20 everyday (awkward and painful) I still have to do the last 40. Thu, 4 Jun 2015 22:37:00 EST more news Well I told my physio what happened and why I hadn't been walking all that much so she examined my ankles and the right one was a half inch thicker than the left one. So she told me to lay off of the walking for now and gave me some acupuncture on my calf (OUCH) and put some weird machine that looked like a collar with ball bearings and was connected to some sort of signal generator. I guess what ever she did worked as I felt a lot better afterwards I still get the odd twinge but nothing like... Mon, 25 May 2015 22:51:05 EST 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