Random ramblings

Hello, fellow monkeys. Sorry I missed you all last night. I tried to put together a post, but just could not make it happen. Around seven o’clock my energy bottomed out, and it did not come back. I didn’t have that hard of a day, so I’m not sure why my batteries went dead.

I had started a post on Valentine’s day. That ship has sailed, but in a nutshell, we had a really good night. We went out to Olive Garden, and then came home to chill with a DVD. We watched The Accountant. It was a great movie. Basically, Ben Affleck plays Jason Bourne with autism. Watch it. It’s good.

I am feeling much better tonight. Denice is at choir rehearsal, and I am hanging out at home with the dogs… and you.

cropped-header-960x2501I recently changed the favicon for the blog to this cropped version of the uber creepy shot of my eyes that’s on the header. I just looked up and saw it in the corner. I almost creeped myself out. It looks like a miniature psychopath peaking in at me through a small hole in my screen. Yeah, I think I need to change that. It almost reminds me of Ceiling Cat. Have you all seen Ceiling Cat? Ceiling Cat sees you.

 

ceiling-cat

We have a busy weekend planned. Saturday we are doing bowing with my coworkers, and Sunday we have the Lady Vols basketball game. It’s been a long time since I’ve been bowling. I’ve never been very good at it. It is a fun game, though. Denice is going, but she will not be bowling. Swinging a heavy object around when you have her kind of back issues would not be a smart move. However, it’s a good chance for her and my work tribe to get to know each other a little better. I spend so much time at work, they really are like a kind of family to me.

That’s about it for tonight, friends. More to come tomorrow.

The Return of the Beagle

Happy Tuesday, mammals. Day two back to work is in the can. It was busy today. In the very recent past, I would have probably stayed over an hour or so on a day like today, but the man is cracking down on overtime. That is a good and a bad thing. It’s good in the sense that I get off earlier, and as a result, have a healthier and happier life. It is bad in the sense that my department will most likely start falling behind in their work. Surprisingly though we did very well in spite of the shortened (or normal rather) hours. So, all is well.

I picked up Lilly from the vet today. She looked like she had been ridden rough and hung up wet. The vet said that the tumor on her spleen was very large and would have most likely ruptured and killed her if we had not discovered it. I guess it’s a good thing that we took her in for completely unrelated issues when we did. It probably saved her life. She is currently resting on the couch with her pack, one spleen and six teeth fewer. Oh, and her reproductive system has been disabled.

I am still having a hard time getting back on track with my protocol. I fasted all day with no problem, but when I got off I went and got us Wendys. Oh, and no-bake cookies and buckeyes from Food City. Yeah, I need to get my shit together. I am losing ground. I’m going to try to reenergize things tonight by getting in a deep session of the Wim Hof Method, a nice cold shower, and to bed early.

That’s all I’ve got for tonight. See you primates later.

Back to work, and beagle troubles

My first day back at work was pretty uneventful. Getting up at the unholy hour of five was not much fun. The early bird gets the worm I guess. Denice took the car today, so we got to spend a little time together this morning. That’s always fun. On the days that she takes the car she drives and I ride shotgun. The drive is about thirty minutes long. I usually read the news headlines as we drive.

Lilly had her surgery today. She was only supposed to have dental surgery and spaying, but the vet discovered that her spleen was enlarged. It turned out that she had a tumor in her spleen, so they removed the whole thing. Apparently, dogs don’t need a spleen to live. The vet said that she will do just fine without it, so all is good.

One of Denice’s friends from church scored us some Lady Vols tickets. This Sunday we will be watching our girls do battle with Texas A&M. Should be fun.

I’m still absorbing every bit of information and media I can find online related to sociocracy. It is such an elegant system. I would really love to visit a community or organization that actively uses dynamic governance, to see it in action. The only one I have found so far is Earthaven Community in North Carolina. It’s a relatively short drive. I may plan a visit there sometime in the near future.

That should do it for tonight. Sweet dreams, Interwebs.

The Gospel of Intermittent Fasting

I learned today that two more of my coworkers have converted to the Intermittent Fasting Faith. As the Apostle of IF to my work, I am overjoyed to see the gospel spread. I haven’t even been pushing it. People are seeing my results and are asking me what my secret is. My response is usually, “So, you want to know what I’ve been doing to lose weight. Ok, I’ll tell you. Are you ready? Ok… I eat less frequently. Now you know my secret.” Of course I say that in jest. There is more to it than that, but that is the main thing.

I am about 70 pounds lighter now than when I began. I have no doubt that in a few months I will be in the sub-200’s. This protocol has gotten progressively easier as I have dialed it in. The biggest problem I am facing now is the decision to buy smaller sized clothes or not. I don’t want to spend a lot of money buying clothes that in a few short months will not fit me. Of course the ones I have already don’t fit. First world problems… sigh.

Tonight Denice and I were out late running errands. I actually suggested the idea that we just go get mexican food, which we ended up doing. So I have went off the plan today. To complicate matters my boss is treating my department to lunch at a local restaurant for doing such a good job. I don’t want to offend anyone by not partaking, so I plan on going off plan Friday in order to be there with my team. I am going to try to compensate for these two excursions by not eating at all tomorrow. I haven’t really gone more than a day since I started IF, so this will be a new thing for me. I think I will be fine. We’ll see.

That’s all for now, my IF sisters and brothers. Keep spreading the Good News!

Dreamnesia and a New Chromebook

Hello Interwebs. Sorry I missed you all yesterday. It was a long day at work, so I crashed early. Other than work being busy, it was a pretty uneventful day.

Today was a little better. I woke up really late though. I had to hit the ground running, almost literally. I didn’t stay up too late or anything, I was just sleeping very hard. I remember that I was dreaming a lot. Like most dreams though, I remember absolutely nothing other than the fact that I was.

Denice and I are watching the Bachelor tonight. I’m not a big Bachelor watcher, but Denice likes it. It’s always fun spending time with her, even if it is watching chick TV. No offense, I love chicks and TV.

We finally got our new Chromebooks in. We ordered them for Christmas, but to get a good deal, we ordered them a week after the fact. I have to say, I really like it. My old beast of a laptop was starting to get a little buggy, so this is a nice upgrade.

That’s all for now. Sweet dreams… or exciting nightmares.

Weekend Update

Hi friends. The weekend has come to an end. It was a fun one. I had to work half a day on Saturday, but it went smoothly. We are always more productive on Saturdays. I believe the primary reason is that we are mostly left alone to work. It’s amazing what people can do when their time is not under assault and they can focus on actual work.

We ended up skipping church today. Denice wasn’t feeling well this morning, and being the spawn of Satan that I am, I was perfectly content to lay out with her.

As you who follow the blog know, I cycle off my health protocol on the weekends. This usually amounts to me going off the rails with junk food. This weekend wasn’t as bad as usual. I found myself wanting water more than soda. That’s strange since I don’t drink soda all week. I think it may have a lot to do with how I have started taking caffeine pills (very low dose) during the week to stave off caffine withdrawal. I suppose as a side effect it’s dulling my desire for soft drinks in general. I guess this is a good thing.

Tomorrow begins a new week. I hope you all kick ass and take names! That’s what we used to say back in the day when we wanted to sound tough. Till tomorrow.

Hells Kettlebells

Greetings friends. It’s Wednesday. It was another long one at work. At my job the work has cycles. Around this time of year the volume is really high. That’s not a bad thing, especially now. Denice and I have some financial recovering to do, so some overtime is appreciated. Of course I can always think of better uses for my time then being on the job, but when I need to be there I am there. I try to be in the moment and 100% at everything I do. Work hard and play hard.

I was talking to a friend at work today about kettlebell swings. I have been mulling over the prospect of buying a 40+ pound kettlebell. We have a set of them in the excercise room at work, but they only go up to 20 pounds. I expressed that I didn’t feel like I was getting much benefit from the kettlebells that we have. He does swings too, using the ones that are there, and says that they give him a really hard workout. This fellow is comparable size and strength to me, so I have concluded that I am simply doing the swings wrong.

In a wonderful case of  synchronicity, another friend had just loaned me a multi-part DVD series that is solely about kettlebell exercises. Since I’m pretty sure that I am botching the technique, this is going to be very useful.

That’s all for now. Good night.

A Stoic Disposition

One more day, my friends. One more day until the weekend! Work has been beastly. I had an eleven hour day today. It was tiring. Tomorrow promises to be just has rough, and that’s ok. I do not look at my situation as something that is being inflicted on me, but instead something that I have chosen. The busy days are part of this choice, so I accept them as willingly and cheerfully as the light days. Why would I add any discomfort to myself by allowing my mind to think that I have it “so bad.” Besides, I really don’t.

I started reading my new book, ‘Thoughts of a Philosophical Fighter Pilot,’ by James Stockdale. The late Admiral was a prisoner of war in Vietnam for seven years. The book chronicles his use of Stoic philosophy to endure the captivity and torture. Sounds like a real pager-turner.

I have fully reengaged with the cold-shock training. Last night I did about five minutes in the cold-shower, and walked the dogs in shorts and a t-shirt. The brisk winter air felt great. I have noticed that when I do the cold-shock training I have the best sleep. That alone is worth the price of admission.

That’s all for tonight. 04:30 comes early.

Work, Stoicism, and CGP Grey

I’m on a slightly different schedule tonight. I had a four-hour training at work tonight, so I went in at 10:00 am and just got off a little while ago at 8:00 pm. It was nice getting to be with Denice this morning. We ran a couple of errands before I left for work.

The training was actually pretty good. It was a lot like Stoicism, which is one of the foundations of my personal operating system (yes I have one). The concept is very simple. Life is full of events that happen to us. Many of these we have no control over. We only have control over how we respond to them. Stoicism goes even deeper with the idea that not only do we have control over our responses, but we also have control (total control) over how we think and feel about the events that happen to us. Anyway, the training was good. Dinner was catered, and it was also good.

I’m at home now. Denice and I are watching the Saturday Night Live Christmas special. We’re having a nice, relaxing night. I should be in bed though. Soon.

Oh, I recently found this new Youtube channel. It’s by a guy called CGP Grey. It is loaded with fast-paced, animated videos that explain everything from traffic congestion to physics. I’ve already watched a dozen or more of his videos, and I highly recommend them. Check him out: https://www.youtube.com/user/CGPGrey

DITL – Weekend Eve

Hi my wonderful Internet friends. I am at a loss for something to write about tonight, so let’s do a little Day In The Life.

I woke up and it was Friday, and that’s always a great way to start the day. I stayed up too late last night. I’ve been doing that a lot this week. It makes it difficult to get up at the ungodly hour of five o’clock. It is fortunate that I don’t have to waste time making and eating breakfast. Intermittent fasting is so damn convenient.

Work was almost pleasant today. Like most Fridays, I did have to waste more time than usual in meetings, but the team and I were productive in spite of it. I finished up on time and headed home.

Denice and I had dinner with some friends from church. We went to a place called, ‘Sullivan’s.’ The food was really good. I got the old standby, a cheeseburger with fries. I have never really been a person to branch out and choose foods that I have never had before. Denice attempts to pressure encourage me to try new things, but I rarley do. I did try a spoonful of her creamed spininich, and it was pretty good. Maybe next time I’ll live a little and get my own.

We are home now. Denice is watching basketball and working on the budget (she loves to multitask). I am sitting on the couch, typing away, flanked by dogs. Tomorrow begins the weekend. Life is good.