CHRIS3874's SparkPeople Blog CHRIS3874's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community A bad week I sort of had an odd week. I haven't been sleeping all that great and probably have lost some discipline in the food dept. I guess on the bright side I have started to (try) to lift weights at home again (with the spectre of the rotator cuff still in the back of my mind). I also have had a lot of trouble breathing due to all the smoke from the forest fires in BC, Nearly stayed home today and then I thought "F*** it who will do the work "they" expect me to do TODAY then"? <BR> I have to chuckl... Fri, 21 Jul 2017 21:43:52 EST dinner with Mom Went to see my Mom at her home (senior's residence) and had supper with her. Not really all that great as it was in the dining room full of seniors. Kind of felt out of place not to mention it was $20 a plate (and it wasn't all that much or any great shakes) I think in the future I am going to be forced to do things differently - either by taking her out or by visiting er after supper. <BR> Sun, 16 Jul 2017 21:42:25 EST glad Monday is over I always dread going back to work when I have taken ANY time off its even bad just on a Monday after a regular weekend. I guess that's just another sign of how toxic this place is. OF course having co workers that are hypocrites and go running to the boss the minute I do something they do ALL the time doesn't help any. Time for a new job, God!!! Mon, 10 Jul 2017 21:13:57 EST just wanting points Not too much to say I was shocked to be done getting as many points as I could today I think I am going to vacuum and maybe a few other things. Sun, 9 Jul 2017 17:16:14 EST They listened (for a change) They brought back the BONUS SPINS!!!!! <BR> YIPPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE<BR>EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE<BR>EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE<BR>EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE<BR>EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE<BR>EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE<BR>EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE<BR>EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE<BR>EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE<BR>EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE<BR>EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE... Thu, 6 Jul 2017 22:52:48 EST Off today Took today off as I had to take Cheryl for her angiogram today ( had trouble with angina lately) thankfully they didn't find too much wrong with her which was surprising considering she is diabetic etc. Early night tonight was up at 4 - fell asleep for a bit this afternoon watching tv. Had a cup of coffee fortunately I had enough intelligence to set it on the table before I fell asleep. (although in my befuddled awakening state I had convinced myself I had finished it prior to falling asleep)... Tue, 4 Jul 2017 22:39:07 EST The turd polishing dance!! My boss wasn't in today which for some of the regular (is there such a person??) might think I would be dancing in the hallway etc.Well sadly it seems only certain people the slackers get to coast even more than normal (I suppose you suspected I wasn't in this "elite" group - yes you guessed right ). There seems to be a preponderance of people (ie "supervisors" ) that seem to think I have absolutely nothing to do and am of no use unless they are ordering me around (at least that's my percepti... Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:09:16 EST The bridge AKA The battle of the sexes (Was going to title this "tired ") I guess I should count my blessings somewhat. Cheryl had a sliver in her thumb since last week and I volunteered to remove it but wasn't taken up on that offer. I came home and apparently she had had enough as she ended up going to our GP and he had to cut into the thumb and I guess it was infected etc had to be on antibiotics and has to watch it for blood poisoning, Too bad. I know if it had been ME I would have gotten out my dirtiest pocket knife and dug it out days ago and would likely be ... Tue, 20 Jun 2017 20:41:35 EST back at it Wasn't a bad day but it wasn't a great day either. Of course it's few and far between that I seem to have a hell of a lot of fun anymore at this place.I am not sure what it is about this place I can be sick or go away for a week or two (or LONGER) and within MINUTES all of the goodness and REST is SUCKED RIGHT out of me. I think it must rank second or dead last for the worst places I have ever worked for any length of time and its hard to believe that its another department of this same emplo... Mon, 19 Jun 2017 21:02:19 EST Happy Father's Day Hope everyone enjoyed today. Been meaning to post but sometimes I feel self conscious about it. Sun, 18 Jun 2017 22:54:27 EST feeling awful I am not sure its because I missed taking my meds(just got the refills today ) or if I am coming down with something- I feel like total crap. Tue, 13 Jun 2017 19:56:38 EST today Had booked today off as I ran out of my asthma and BP meds and needed a prescription (my doctor won't renew over the phone or give extra prescriptions). Took my BP didn't say if it was good bad or indifferent (I know it was borderline OK when I donated plasma Wednesday as it was 140/75). Didn't sleep great last night came home and slept 3 hours. Felt great but now I fell kind of tired today I think it will be an early night. Fri, 9 Jun 2017 22:20:50 EST summer too soon It is just me or is it too hot this summer? Maybe I am just getting old but I just can't hack the heat today and I have been drinking water like a madman. Thu, 8 Jun 2017 22:12:35 EST Now I have heard everything. I was going to comment about a few different things but then I heard that there was a female school bus driver (not trying to be sexist as I would have thought that this was something one of us "guys" would be more irresponsible to do) in a town about a couple of hundred miles south of here that hit a tree and a sign and subsequently was charged with impaired (no the bus wasn't empty either). OK so I am not always Mr perfect responsibility BUT even I know you don't pull crap like this with ot... Tue, 6 Jun 2017 20:34:11 EST Monday is over I sort of managed to get off my keester a bit more than usual this weekend. Part of it was me and part of it was due to some other people's decision to lend out the lawn mower which consequently would NOT start and I ended up spending part of the morning looking it up on You Tube (Not that I trust the internet any farther than I can throw my house) and then farting around with it ,in the mean time washing my hands in gasoline (NOT FUN). As well I cleaned out the eavestroughs and also bought a... Mon, 5 Jun 2017 22:37:07 EST Is anyone else experiencing this? I have a problem with this site and have asked for help with it as I think its a legitimate complaint but they act like there is something wrong with me or the way I am doing things. When I open up my email from this site from the sparkteams I click on the bottom as it says you will get sparkpoints - I get sparkpoints for the FIRST one and then from then on I get "you have already earned sparkpoints for this page" (NO I DIDN'T HOW CAN I EARN POINTS FOR SOMETHING I NEVER OPENED UNTIL NOW) Not... Thu, 1 Jun 2017 23:51:40 EST not too much to say about the program I had a terrible sleep last night as I had back spasms all night on and off. Woke up today and went and did the usual weekend things - i see that there finally someone showed up to take down the neighbor's two pine trees (yes I took pictures of the trees) would have liked to borrow that truck with the cherry picker for a day or 2 , There was a 4 car pileup in from of my house last night happened before I got home. Apparently a real racket. Thankfully I have a service road in front of my house... Sat, 27 May 2017 23:12:32 EST Counting my blessings We went from a rather hot day yesterday to rainy and cool all day today. Had a bunch of branches fall off of the tree in the back. Still better off than the retired nurse across the back alley. She had 2 pine trees in the back and due to the ground giving way, they are going to fall down. I felt sorry for her as its upsetting for her not to mention we might lose power (I live in an aerial plant for phone and power), I am going to try to take some photos for tomorrow. Wed, 24 May 2017 21:19:38 EST Goodbye Roger Moore Well I know we can't live forever (in our mortal bodies) as a kid I used to think some people would live for ever - like my Grandpa Atkinson (my Mom's Dad - who she claims I was named after - although my Dad's Grandpa had the same name ALSO) who was to me as a kid like the frigging epitome of a human energizer bunny - always busy on his farm and ate whatever he wanted and was always skinny as a rail but strong (he also was a lumberjack when he was younger - no I am NOT kidding). Anyways he l... Tue, 23 May 2017 22:06:05 EST Victoria Day Well I had a kind of quiet day. Was OK as I only did really was I wanted and had to do. Went and read the error codes off of the washing machine. There was only one and it sort of points to the direction I was going to , Not sure if I want to tackle it again tonight. Might leave it until tomorrow night and then Wednesday evening is kind of a wash out with going to the blood clinic etc.But the store I am now dealing with for the parts is on the way home from work so it would be nice to isolate... Mon, 22 May 2017 21:11:10 EST back at it tomorrow Kind of left the machine alone last night and probably tonight - oddly enough it works fine on delicate cycle. Can't off the top of my head figure out (reminded me of years ago when I first hired on at CNCP Telecommunications - rode with a guy who was troubleshooting a data circuit that acted like it could tell time - failed always at the same time can't recall the outcome as it was an ongoing thing at the time). The best I can do is I know there are some diagnostics on the sheet inside the m... Fri, 19 May 2017 23:02:37 EST well that was kinda stupid After all of that it would appear that 64 dollars later it didn't appear to be that even though the old on seemed to be bad (I DID check it - I know how to drive a digital multimeter several expensive pieces of paper attest to that). It still spins on spin and drain and now apparently on delicate cycle which apparently it never used to since it started kicking up (so is that PROGRESS??) I don't know I feel like being torn between seeing if my parish priest would care to do an EXORCISM on it o... Thu, 18 May 2017 21:38:42 EST the MACHINE Once again the NON ANGLO SAXON part of my Mom's side (CHEAP SCOT) is coming out as I once again am trying to fix my washing machine rather than pay some flunkie $200 just to come out. I REALLY struck out with the old one as it had a BAD seal and was leaking and I tried to replace it but the transmission was underneath and of course RUSTED, So I gave up, this one (I HOPE) is "just" the lid switch (the quotes were because this wretched thing not only curses at you if it doesn't like you opening... Wed, 17 May 2017 21:42:04 EST not sure about Sunday Ended up being cajoled into going to Sunday Brunch at the home my Mom moved into as she was having difficulty looking after her house. I thought it was rather expensive and not really all that great. Mind you I got to visit with a nephew and his wife that I do not see as often as I might like. Also my son and daughter in law were there. Phoned my Mom last night to see how she was and it deteriorated into her criticizing me for taking too much (which I did not feel I had coupled with the fact ... Tue, 16 May 2017 21:09:50 EST Happy Mother's Day I hope all my Sparkfriends (the ladies that is) had a wonderful Mother's Day. Sun, 14 May 2017 22:38:26 EST "visiting " Happy Came home had supper, listened to the news (on the radio - CBC "the world at six" half hour news show that I have listened to for years) while going on here. Just after that I went and made my lunch for tomorrow (better than buying it and hopefully healthier- I rarely eat out especially at work), than was told that Happy didn't come out of his house this evening for his supper; So, fearing the worst as I am not sure how old he really is or how his health is right now, I went out and tried to ... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 22:38:29 EST 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