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or the stuff that leaks out of my brain

It's a Monday
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Paradoxically, it's a Monday, and it was an entirely nice day. I had the day off from work, because originally I was scheduled wall-to-wall for the weekend. Then all my Sunday plans fell through, and it was a low-key day, so today meant I got to be productive, rather than a limp sponge.

Highlights of the day: sleeping in, chuckling at a cat sleeping square on the guest bed pillow, running some errands I had meant to do for months now and never got around to it; doing some sorting and cleaning, getting in a good workout, and glancing at my work email on the Blackberry, then chuckling and walking away.

Yes, I know that last bit will catch up with me tomorrow. Especially since I have a meeting request for an 8:30 AM meeting.

Only real bummer today: last night I tried a new recipe in the crock pot for white beans and sausage. It overcooked (because at the required 3 hour mark, the beans were still crunchy) overnight, to where the beans exploded, and it became "bean paste flavored with herbs, and sausage". I'm planning to jettison the whole batch shortly. I'm just chalking it up to experience.

Tonight's culinary adventure is trying "grill steaks" from the Mexican grocery store up the street. They're incredibly thin cuts of meat (like as thin as a ham steak) that I've had marinating in lime juice, oil, garlic, salt, and pepper since last night. Was going to pick up some "Mexican-style sour cream" at the store, but it looks to be sour cream with a bunch of artificial thickeners, so I went with standard US version instead, which is just cultured cream. Somehow I doubt "authentic" Mexican food requires locust bean gum and carigeenan. I did, however, invest in a can of organic "refried" black beans that come with no lard.

Bonus evening points for having a purring, sleepy cat on my lap.

Smile
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Some days, watching a duck chase is the funniest thing in the world.

Uh oh
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I may be in divine trouble. I'm now something like 13 happy thoughts behind...

Irony
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Somewhat ironic that I abandoned my LJ again shortly before I abandoned P90X. And that I come back to it:
a) While I'm trying to recover from an awful cold
b) When I'm ready to start in on a crazy (if not literal P90X) workout schedule again to try to get my health back up

Though the real reason for coming back is my Lenten "resolution". I stopped giving things up for Lent for the sake of giving things up, a few years ago. Basically when I went to an Ash Wednesday service and the priest mentioned how the true spirit of the "giving things up" is to remove the obstacles that keep you from having a relationship with God. So on that note, giving up candy/chocolate/sweets/whatever isn't really going to solve anything. Unless you worship the Dark Chocolate Deity. Which might be an issue. ;)

In previous years, I've focused on clutter. Largely physical clutter, and all the things I have accumulated around my house for no reason. Sometimes mental clutter, and the things I let distract me from the more important bits of life (ie family and friends). This year I still hope to do some decluttering of all sorts, but I'm changing it up a bit. This year I've felt like I'm really sunk into a lot of negativity, that I wake up in a cranky mood, that I spend my day in a cranky mood, and I stay in a mood for most of the night. I don't want to be perpetually crabby. I could blame it on the winter / long spell of cold and dreary weather, but, to be honest, I've been cynical and grumpy for quite a long time. And this is my chance to change it up a bit. For Lent, I'm challenging myself to find three good things every single day. It'll be hard. I'll be cranky about having to do it. But I hope that, by Easter, it'll come easier and easier, and I'll be more aware of the good things and blessing around me, and that it'll stick with me long past Cadbury eggs. And, just maybe, I'll be a little less cranky every day.

As a side note, I had intended to do this exercise in a paper journal that I've had sitting and waiting to be used for years. But as I thought about it, I realized I've now become significantly more comfortable with typing things out. Which is, again, ironic, especially if you knew me years ago, when I was "infamous" for churning out 20+ page letters hand-written on loose leaf paper. And yet thinking about going back to that now...it's a little uncomfortable. Like thinking about going to the dentist. Not sure why the aversion, but there it is. Just an interesting observation.

To those who worry about having to scroll past my syrupy drivel, don't. I'm going to mark the entries as private to spare you all the lame lists of "I saw a cloud today!"

Illin'
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Well, haven't worked out for 2 days (though one day was scheduled rest), and not sure if I'll do today. Have an annoying standard head cold, so been keeping it low key the past two days. It's entirely "in my head"; if I could get a quick sinus replacement I'd be a-ok, but until the future arrives, I'll continue to be cranky and provide record profits to whatever corporate monstrosity makes Puffs.

I made the executive decision to not go to church this morning. I figure church is about two things: prayer, and community. It would be rude, basically, to go spreading this around unnecessarily; and prayer is not location-specific, so I think I'm good there. When it gets to the point where I have to debate how many tissues I need to bring with me for an hour-long Mass, then maybe it's best to just not go.

I expect the rest of today's schedule to look something like: rest, hydration, football, knitting, food (x3), shower, bedtime. Low productivity ftw!

P90X : Week 5
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I bet you all thought I had given up on this insane plan, and were quietly relieved.

Nope. Not yet. Mentally threatening to, though.

Additional proof Tony Horton is a robot: he can do pushups where he LEVITATES IN THE AIR and claps. Not human.

Week 5 switches out the one arm workout for another, which is PURE MURDER and consists of at least 40% wacky push-up variants. About halfway through my right shoulder joint went FUCK YOU, JERKY and so I just did the weight-bearing exercises and stared at the robots for the rest of the push-ups. I fear tomorrow. Greatly.

Fortunately tomorrow is yoga. Never thought I'd be glad about 90 minutes of turning myself into a sweaty pretzel, but it's actually one of my more favorite days. Which is kind of ironic, because the friend that talked us into this program (who can do infinite push-ups) admits to sitting and watching half of the yoga poses. So just goes to show, strength isn't everything.

In unrelated news, I have one of those sore throats where it hurts to swallow on one side, and I feel it in my ear as well. Does not bode well. Especially since I may or may not be driving down to O'Fallon, MO next week for a customer install. Blarg.

P90X : Week 3
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Week 3 of the program is the same order as the first two weeks, so no point in doing a daily update. Though I did "cheat" this week and substituted a 50 minute treadmill day for Cardio X, and adjusted speed / intensity to keep my heart rate in a certain range. I'd consider that allowable.

Still gaining weight. Not really amused by that.

Had a relatively unimpressive birthday, and a vaguely productive week off. Didn't do any of the painting or yardwork that I had hoped for, but at least finally got the plumber out to fix the hose spigot. The nice thing is that he did some other plumbing fixes in the crawlspace that needed to be done. Drywaller came out for about 5 minutes and gave an estimate, but he couldn't do the work that day, so I have to call him to have him come out another day. Unfortunately, the drywaller we used for the initial kitchen project appears to have gone out of business (and seems fairly recent) so I had to pick a random person off Angie's List.

Can't believe September is basically over. Sheeesh.

P90X: 11 & 12
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A short post, because I'm tired and sweaty.Collapse )

P90X : 10
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And so on, and so forthCollapse )

P90X : 9
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Round Two... FIGHT!Collapse )

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