Monday, August 31, 2009

Stuck with me for a while

Looks like the Wife might have me around for a while. I went to see my doc today after having blood work done. They checked my glucose and cholesterol levels since I have a family history of diabetes and high choloesterol. I had it checked last year and there was some concern. As a result I changed my eating habits, began excersizing, and lost a lot of weight. The results?

My glucose levels are down and now in the normal range. My HDL (good cholesterol) is up and back in the normal range. My blood pressure is low. My heartbeat is slower (my doc said I had an athlete's heartbeat). She basically pronounced me completely healthy and implied I'd conquered (or at least held at bay) genetics. She suggests I keep doing what I'm doing and drink more water.

I'm going to celebrate by biking something like 8 miles tonight.

Oh, and BTW, 2 more posts......

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Things I learned this weekend

  • Arm wresting your kid is a good way to get him out of a funk
  • It's nice to have an enthusiastic 13 year old that wants to cut the grass
  • Hearing "When I was young" from a 24 year old doesn't carry much weight
  • Drunk people can be amusing, but only to a point
  • Holding a baby doesn't make me want one

And of course, 3 more posts......

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Got my fix

We had fun on Saturday. We finally went to see Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. I thought it was quite good. Fairly faithful to the book. The stuff that was changed or left out didn't affect the flow of the movie. I thought the acting, especially the kid that plays Draco, was excellent. As always, Alan Rickman steals every scene he's in, but the gal that played Luna was awesome as well.

Afterwards, we did a little back to school shopping and grabbed a quick dinner at Wendy's. Since we were near a bike shop, we decided to pop in. I needed a new tire for my bike after putting a nail in it the other day and I'd get a chance to check out the bike I wanted. While there, I rode quite a few bikes. It's a huge store so they let you ride around inside. Which is great! After trying literally about six bikes, I think I'm going to get the below. It's a Gary Fisher Wahoo model. I did find out in the course of my research that a Wahoo is a kind of fish, and that Gary Fisher names many of his bike models after fish (Mako, Taropn, Pirhana, etc). Niether here nor there, but I thought I'd pass it along. Anyway, now I need to figure out if I'm buying this bike this year or next. We shall see.

Before I put up the picture, just a quick reminder. 4 more posts........

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Days Like These

Today has been one of those days where it's hard not to take work home with you, at least mentally. Don't want to get into details. However, when I got home, I did some fun stuff. Ellen and I went out for a nice bike ride. Christopher went to a concert with a friend and Grasshopper had karate, so we went on a nice 30 minute ride. I got a flat near the end from picking up a nail in my rear tire, but that was ok. I also got a chance to mess around with move mp3's of my old band's music to make them sound a little better, so I'm happy with that. And very soon I'm going to kick back and read. So far, work is at arm's length.

BTW, if anyone would like a copy of one of my two songs, Remember When or Beg and Plead, I'd be happy email them to you. They're demos so they're not the best mix, but pretty good. My only restriction is that you don't redistribute without my permission. Artist copyright and all that. Make sure I have your email address and I can send one or both along.

Lastly, 5 more posts......

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Just some thoughts

I had a thought provoking post I started to write, but decided to can it because I couldn't write it without sounding patronizing. Suffice it to say that Sundays remind me of how blessed I am though I probably don't deserve it. And that I get time at Mass to pray that all of my friends be blessed as well.

I have a new boss at work now. I got to meet him last week on my trip out to headquarters. He seems like a good guy and "says" he manages a lot like I do, so I'm cautiously optimistic right now. However, actions speak louder than words so I'll wait to see what he's really like before I make up my mind. It's nice to have a person that should be more accessable as a supervisor, though.

My wife has given me the bug. The riding bug that is. Ever since I went to boy scout camp, I can't wait to find time to get on the road and bike. Yesterday, I got up at 7:30 am and went for a half hour ride just to get out and do it (not to mention because it was going to be like 85 degrees later). Today we went for a nice family ride along the river. I'm also jonesing for a new bike. Ellen isn't helping because she really likes this brand of mountain bike as well. I'm even considering selling one of my guitars to finance the purchase. I've got it bad.

We went to a local amusement park yesterday and had a good time. The boys hadn't been for quite a while and we had fun riding rides. It's nice to have someone that likes to go on roller coasters (Christopher). The best part of the day was going to the water park. Getting wet when it's hot is awesome.

Anyway, hope everyone has a good week. Nothing major going on with us other than the usual. We're planning on attending the NYS Fair in about two weeks so that should be fun. Otherwise, just enjoying not having too much on our schedule until school starts.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

What are we coming to?

There's been some big controversy in our county legislature this week. It appears that one of the legislators used a hypenated word when referring to a member of the community that would be considered "diverse". You know the kind of word I'm talking about. The kind you only refer to by letter.

You're probably thinking someone used the infamous "N" word. But you'd be wrong. They used the "R" word. What is the "R" word you ask? I know my wife and kids asked the same thing. What the fuck are they talking about?

It appears that under their breath, a county legislator may have referred to someone developmentally disadvantaged as "a retard". My boys were confused as to why the word retard rated the same kind of political incorrectedness as the word nigger. They understand why that word is incredibly derogetory and rude. They also recognize that calling someone a retard is insulting and rude.

My question is, when did retarded become so derogatory that it rates being referred to only by letter? Is it so wrong for newcasters to simply state a legislator referred to someone as retarded and that it was insulting? Even people that came to the next legistlature meeting and were speaking at the podium called it the "R" word.

Is it just me or are we as a society getting out of control with our political correctedness? Are we going to get to a point where all "bad" words can only be referred to by letter? How stupid will be sound if start saying things like "I'd like to tell that person to "F" word themselves because they're such an "R" word "A" word"? Now, mind you, I'm not implying by any means that calling someone a retard is acceptable by any means. However, when my 10 year old thinks something is stupid and blown out of proportion, you might want to take a look at what you're doing. Kids have a pretty good sense about things like that.

Monday, August 10, 2009

On edge

Today's been one of those days so far. I've been completely on edge pretty much since getting up. There's nothing special I can point to and say "that's what's got me in a mood".

We had some wild thunderstorms last night. We had power going out every few minutes for a while, but that was just a minor annoyance. My morning routine got disrupted a little today. That can really throw me some days as I'm totally NOT a morning person, but it wasn't that bad. Had to wake up the kids since the alarm clocks were flashing. I dropped something on the floor last night that the dog chewed a little but even though we thought he heaved it up, I couldn't find anything. We got out the door a little later than usual, which I can find annoying but I was already really annoyed by then so that didn't matter.

Even when I got in to work this morning and read the daily scriptures, I had St. Paul yelling and shaking his finger at me. Ok, maybe he was just reminding me what an ass I can be but that didn't make it any better. Even after tiring my ass out with an afternoon workout hasn't done much. Oh well, I just need to get it together in the next 4 hours because I really don't want to take whatever this is home with me today. Some days are just.....just.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

On being Christian


You guys missed a great soul searching post which I accidentally deleted. Man, it was deep.

Ok, maybe it wasn't. But that was annoying. So I'll just pose a basic question and let you weigh in.

How does a manager balance being a Christian/Catholic witness and yet reconcile that with the day to day issues of managing people with the miriad number of issues that can present?

Nothing to do with me directly, but there's been a lot of stuff going on and it makes me wonder.

Monday, August 03, 2009

Getting wet

This weekend was a planned white water rafting trip just myself and the boys. There is a dam on the Salmon River in New York and 3 times a summer they open the gates and lower the level resulting in some category 2 and 3 rapids. Ellen thought cat 3 was a bit much for her and decided not to go. The boys and I looked forward to the trip and as of Friday it looked like good weather. So, of course, we wake up yesterday morning and it's raining. Pretty well, too. And forcast was for afternoon thunderstorms. However, the trip was rain or shine.

It rained the whole way up there and we were standing around getting soaked waiting for our group to go down to the river. We were making the best of it, figuring we'd get wet on the river anyway so what's the big deal right?

Well, by the time we got to the river and were being oriented, the rain stopped. By the time we got the boats in the water, there was a scattered break in the clouds here and there. Less than 30 minutes after getting on the water, it cleared up completely and was a picture perfect day for rafting.

The boys and I had a BLAST! We crashed into waves, we got stuck on rocks and had to spin the boat around, we had to lay flat to duck under tree limbs when we got too close to shore, and we got wet! Both boys were yelling and wooping every time we hit a big one. It's too bad Ellen didn't come because I didn't think the rapids were too tough. I kept wondering where the "big" rapids were. However, this was the first time we did this so there was no way to tell. Next time, we definately bring her along.

Overall we had a very successful, if tiring, trip. Paddling on the river for 3 hours is hard work baby!