Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Sunday, August 21, 2005
Saturday, August 20, 2005
Thursday, August 18, 2005
I went to the office today, then I went to the gym for the first time since last Friday, when my shins began feeling like fire. I think Oxaprozin, an Ace wrap, and two Extra Strength Tylenol got me through it. I also think there may be consequences later. It's chest and biceps day, though. It's nothing shin related, except a little warm-up on the treadmill. Getting the blood flowing felt good. Now, all at once, it's time to eat, time to ice my shins, and time to go pick up some keys which Lisa borrowed. I'll probably take my ice bag with me and go see if Lisa cooked extra. Otherwise, I'll end up in a "drive thru" somewhere.
On the work front, there's some sort of management shuffle going on to consolidate things and improve services. It sounds like they're forming a committee to evaluate headcount and such. Maybe we'll get some more people. Maybe we'll get pink slips. <shrug>
Monday, August 15, 2005
Friday, August 12, 2005
Thursday, August 11, 2005
Monday, August 8, 2005
I have a trainer at the gym telling me what to eat these days. It is a far departure from eating whatever I crave and whatever tastes good and whatever is cheap and convenient and whatever my favorite restaurants are serving. I might actually burn out on chicken breasts at this pace. If I consistently chose those over beef, turkey, or white fish, that would mean eating 24 ounces of chicken breast meat a day. If protien powder didn't come in a variety of flavors, I might burn out on that, too. A huge change in my lifestyle includes keeping fruits, greens, and yogurt around now. I eat bananas for breakfast anyway, but never in the quantity which I'm eating now. I'm cooking and washing dishes a lot more. I can't say that I'm saving any money, though. This is six meals a day! My metabolism is already in overdrive. I can't say that I feel better, because I'm always stuffed. And sticking to the diet is moderately challenging when traveling. Luckily, the Hilton I'm in now has a good room service menu. If Hilton did the cooking all the time, I could totally envision making this diet a lifestyle. Just leave the tray in the hallway? Okay!
I'm in Minneapolis and we're getting ready to move a big chunk of internet gear from one room to another. It's just a few OC192s. Some servers. Some switches. Some routers. Eh, we're ready. Internet access on cable modems in Minneapolis might be a little, uh, intermittent for a short time tonight. I tried to rest this evening, but ended up in the hot tub. Then, I watched some trash on TV. Anacondas is a terrible movie, but I couldn't stop staring. Hotel cable doesn't leave many choices. I could have watched a guy bread fish with crushed fried pork skins (chiccarones) to reduce carbs. Anacondas was less frightening.
Wednesday, August 3, 2005
The most unique thing about today is that someone other than me or a family member actually posted comments here. Woot woot!
I played hockey to the hilt last night and really, really hurt when I went to bed. It was beyond the normal soreness, which I can work out by stretching and drinking a lot of water. I had a powerfully bad headache when I woke up. And again when I woke up with chills and sweats. Flu? And again when I woke up and called in sick. Then, the telemarketers who never call me decided today was a good day. And the random work contacts called. And the boss called. It's amazing how plugged into work I am on a sick day. After that, the ibuprofin started working. I tried to get at least a couple of consecutive hours of sleep and went downtown for some Coconut Curried Chicken & Shrimp on Egg Noodles. That's comfort food for me. I finally felt better, but not in time to make it to the rink for the Wednesday night 30 and Over League game. I think I would have passed out anyway. The mode for tonight is relaxation. . . and to work this midnight maintenance window. I will go to the gym tomorrow, even if I have to go to the hospital after that. :-)
Monday, August 1, 2005
Road trips to Lincoln, NE to conduct job interviews are atypical for me. In fact, it's a first. But I (not so) secretly hope the guy from Oklahoma gets the offer. Not that I'm biased, but he came across as a really great guy with most of the right credentials and experience, which is more than I had hoped for after reading all the candidate resumes. I'm sorta jealous of the position he may get, because it's a sweet spot. The Nebraska network has a few challenges, but it's far simpler than Kansas and Missouri. I knew the interview was over when he was asked if he likes corn. I knew he was a shoe-in for the spot when he grinned and gave an answer that was almost as funny as the question.
Speaking of road trips, the trip to Tahlequah to float down the Illinois River was big fun. Drunk and fun Jason spent more time out of the boat than in it. There was an impedence mismatch, because I was 100% sober for that portion of the adventure. JL jumped in the water to relieve herself, but couldn't make it go. . . for about a quarter mile. I'm still chuckling. The impedence mismatch continued later for another reason as I tried to derail/heckle some kind of WTMI girl talk conversation as I held the flashlight for them on the way to/from the campground restrooms. I'm still shuddering. Sorry girls. The camping portion was fun, but less eventful. We had beverages and made s'mores, after we found some wood that wasn't too green to burn. Unlike all previous camping trips to this point in my life where eggs and bacon were fried on a griddle in the morning, someone went into town for some Braum's breakfast. I think I liked that better. Proper! </hammer> It's only better because there's not a Braum's within 90 miles of KC. When I lived in Oklahoma, I'd drive past 3 or 4 of them a day. I miss Braum's. Not enough to move away from KC. By the way, my Chiefs tickets are in hand!