Tuesday, May 28, 2013
So it's back to work today.
It takes more than a cave weekend now and then to make a healthy life. It takes daily diligence to the program.
* Remember to breathe.
* Don't try to do it all yourself... seek help/advice from others.
* Drink your water.
* The cookie at the coffee kiosk will not make it all go away.
* Eat what's in the bag, it is healthy, and it's why you packed it.
One... day... at a time... one ... DECISION... at a time!
LIFE is still good. Spark on!
Monday, May 27, 2013
After having my sleep interrupted by the weather radio multiple times overnight, I turned off the alarm and slept to the sounds of a steady rain with a few rumbles, clear to 6:13 a.m. The "cave" weekend was a good call. Saturday I napped quite a bit, being done in by the allergy stuff. But I did get out to get my haircut.
Sunday I had my church and sports on TV, allowing me to relish life in memory. I found myself with tears coming down my cheeks to the National Anthem as sung pre-Indy 500 start... beautiful voice and I find with each passing year a greater awareness of the sacrifice of those who "gave all" to give me the life I enjoy. Least I can do is live it to the fullest I can and appreciate it.
I got all the "peopling" I wanted in some computer chat with my son, quizzing him on how Boomer and the Cats were getting along. He informed me that he had made a kitty psychology error in treating them like dogs... and had been forced into reading up on cat psychology online, and resorted to installing a kitty door in he and DIL's bedroom door. The cats can have their safe haven to escape back to now, and explore the phenomenon that is Boomer at their own pace.
Boomer turns out to have serious issues with the crate, so Plan B (crate him while son works) turned into a non-starter. The intermediate resolution was plan C: Boomer stayed in the garage while son went off to work this week. Kitty door may make it possible to allow Boomer to live in the house while son is at work. So I guess we are down to plan D, at this point, huh?
Good luck, Boomer... adapt, kitties!
Today I was starting to get "cabin fever" but still very much in solo mood, so after the rain mostly stopped, I went out for a neighborhood walk, just a gentle one.
Starting with my yard, looking green from the rain this weekend.
At mile 1, the trail ahead:
Not quite to mile 2, but Iris mean Memorial Day to me, so couldn't resist pausing to take their picture:
At mile 2, a round-about:
From thence, home. Anyway, that's today's peek... and tomorrow, back to work. It's been a good recuperative and regnerative weekend, methinks.
Sunday, May 26, 2013
Some days are just special on a person's calendar. Every one of us has that inner personal calendar. One of the stellar days on mine is the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. I remember the cookouts after church, where several church families got together, picnicked in the park and all the fathers gathered around the car radio to listen to the great names of the day: A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, Bobby Unser and others, announced as they led laps and won or lost that afternoon.
When I grew up and started programming computers for a living, one of my early cube-mates was a young man from Scranton, PA, who happened to have met the Andrettis... and who also happened to be a hobby race driver. So he's one who comes to mind this weekend as well.
So today... I will be walking the treadmill once again, with memories cherished and new ones being forged... ladies and gentlemen, Start your Engines!
Saturday, May 25, 2013
I had arrived home after my walk, showered and slept very well. Got up Friday morning, checking the clouds outside and saw it looked to be a fine day... so, biked in to work, with the thought at the back of my mind to "be flexible", and allow for a plan B.
Halfway through the day I was feeling kind of yuck... and hoped I'd be able to bike wherever I needed to (car shop or home). I persevered, got through my work day, and they called to say the car was done. So in the end plan B was not needed, the weather was still fine in the afternoon. It was 71 degrees, sunny and windy. A twinge warm for the bike ride 8 miles out to where the car dealership sits on the edge of town, but not beastly. The head and cross winds were the challenging bit.
Now let me say one thing about this city: we believe in recreational trails. There are miles and miles of 'em, and they are like having our own sheltered commuter highways... only without the angry drivers. They can be crowded at times, but not as crowded as I've seen the streets get at "rush 15 minutes". As I rode, I encounted some strolling dog-walkers, some other bikers, and some families just out enjoying the day. I was riding with a deadline: get there before they close at 6 p.m.
I knew that the bike trail ended a half mile to a mile before getting to the dealership, and I'm not that familiar with the residential streets in that particular neighborhood. I had looked at a map in advance and had a plan in my head. I ride defensively, and am not uncomfy on the broad suburban streets. Still, watch out for those massive SUV's!
But there were no hitches... might have taken one turn differently (and if I ever do this again, I'll try that other turn). I located my little Fit in the lot, and loaded the bike into the back before going inside to "settle up".
Oh, my heavens... nasty bill. BUT, the A/C now works as it should, and I enjoyed it all the way home. And felt good because I'd just biked and had a car that carries the bike inside with no extreme modification... flop down the seats, lift Brenda in and drive on. Love it. It's why I picked this vehicle.
This morning I was supposed to go biking with the "biker babes", but woke to
the sounds of thunder and falling rain. Between that and my sinus allergies that are starting to act up... opted not to do that. I'm having my steel cut oats and sipping my mug and sparking... and contemplating a swim in a bit... haven't had one yet this week.
LIFE is good... three day weekend stretches in front of me... thinking it will be a "cave" weekend... to recharge the introvert batteries. Spark on!
Friday, May 24, 2013
I mentioned yesterday that I was feeling a bit of a coiled spring. I also mentioned that yesterday might turn into one of those days when the planned exercise didn't line up with circumstance. The reason for that potential bump was that I had the car in to the shop for a preventative recall (software upgrade)... and one never quite knows how those things will go.
While I had it there, I asked them to look at the A/C. It's not been the same since my trip to Florida last November, and in fact I noticed it on Thanksgiving day, when I drove in bright sunshine from Arkansas home... it just wasn't behaving properly. Of course, Winter in Nebraska one doesn't need A/C... so I ignored it until last week when Summer suddenly appeared, and it still wasn't doing its thing.
Of course, they found something... seems on that trip I must have encountered a rock. It damaged the compressor. $$$ Ouch. BUT, since they didn't have the part on hand, it gave me the chance to let them keep the car overnight... and WALK HOME. Now for me, that walk home varies depending on route, and I took one that is mostly the shortest (did take one minor detour in a park on the way). 6.3 mile afternoon walk. My current background shot is of the lake I run around from home in about a 4 mile loop (or more... I can add to that basic 4). You get this view as you get to the top of the dam face, coming up it from the west. What a reward!
Anyway, it was a great chance to let the coiled spring unravel a bit. Today's plan: bike to work and to pick up the car after. We'll see if THAT turns into a plan B... the weather can always intervene.
LIFE is good. Spark on!
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