Guess what the weather forecast is for tomorrow? Ice pellets and snow! Gahhh! This spring, winter spring thing we are having is getting to me. I don’t like the spring, that is when my sleep patterns get all messed up. That is when I am constantly too cold then too hot. I need a good sleep and I am tired of going to bed cold and waking up in the middle of the night in a pool of sweat or waking up frozen after falling asleep comfortable. I say STOP! I like having different weather as much as the next guy but I don’t want to visit all four seasons in a single week.
Hi Guys! So I just want to say sorry I disappeared again for a while. I was busy and tired. We had our big industry convention last week. All I can say about that is that standing still for 3 hours working the company trade show booth can cripple you. I would much rather walk 6 hours than that. I do like gabbing at people. It is funny because it always surprises my co-workers. I work with a computer all day with my office door closed. I think my co-workers assume I have a shy retiring personality as a result. When I go to the trade show I am waving at people and saying “Hey! You look lost. Can I help!”. The co-workers are always shocked. The truth is that I am shy and retiring but, I do know how to act the part of booth babe. I do a pretty good class clown and if I must I can fake intellectual acuity as well.
Unfortunately if I do that I have to work an extra half hour. Confession time. I don’t really pay attention during staff meetings or office one on ones. The kind of work I do means that somebody understands what I do. I just have to get accurate data to the next guy on time and nobody understand what he does either. I really have nothing to do with anybody else’s work in the office so generally nothing is discussed in these meetings that pertain to me. One day the Human Resources manager pointed out to me that I had taken a one hour lunch when I was only entitled to a half hour. Huh! When did that change? Like a year ago. Luckily I rarely take lunch at all and I put in a lot of unpaid overtime so the matter was dropped. Don’t get me wrong my employer does give me a bunch of perks that other companies would never give me. But, well now that it’s gone I want it back!
We all have a set of rules we follow in the back of our minds. I am the kind of person that would never do this and always do that. I have been trying with some success to add to those rules in order to improve my health and well-being. I added the “Just One Thing” rule and each day I have just one fitness goal to accomplish. Usually that goal is to get up at the usual time and get out the door to the gym. If I work on that rule long enough it becomes habit and part of how I define myself. I find I can’t work on too many rules at one time or on a rule that is too complex. I also have a rule that I do not miss sessions with my trainer. I have been very successful with that one although I think about cancelling often.
So today is known as “Blue Monday” the most depressing day of the year for people living in the northern hemisphere. This is the day that the accumulated effects of months of extra night plus holiday debt plus failure on resolutions results in the blues. Well I have to say that on Friday when I discovered there were racoons in my attic I was feeling pretty blue. I had my usual reaction of that’s it I’m moving. I can’t take this! I don’t have time for this! All is lost! I need to start dialing back the drama! The raccoons were having a party and kept me up much of the night. I called pest control and they patched up the hole in my soffit and put out traps. Apparently I will know and so will all my neighbours once we catch one of these guys. Hmm Great! You know it will happen at 2AM. So far no caged critters. These are city racoons they may know what’s what with the traps.
In yesterday’s article about the magic fork Crabby McSlacker commented that “a hint to slow the heck down when eating would probably be helpful too.” To which I thought I’ve read them all and I am not chewing my meat 15 times until it is sawdust in my mouth. Then I couldn’t come up with any other rules for slowing down your eating, so I looked it up on the internet. Turns out, there was a couple ideas that I didn’t reject outright with an imperious sniff and downward pointing thumb.
I eat too fast! It’s a fact. When I was a child it was a race to eat your potatoes and get a second helping before my brothers finished them off. If something tasted horrible like squash (SHUDDERS!) you would start by shoveling as much as you could and choke it back before you tasted it. After that it was long hard struggle to wash the taste out of your mouth and then somehow take another bite. Once we got a dog some of the super time stress was reduced as Blackie the dog could be counted to eat anything.
Bah Humbug! I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. I have found that I work best setting daily goals and assessing how I did as I wait to fall asleep each night. If I feel I came up short on a day then I try to push a little more the next day. If that doesn’t happen, I’m fine with it I just start fresh and forget the past. I know it seems like the slackers life plan but it works for me. I find even weekly goals are too far away and vacuous. Using visual representations for my goals like a gold star for each job completed or a monetary reward just doesn’t grab me. I can be a competitive person in the moment and that can help me in a tough workout but generally I don’t care who wins the race or gets the prize. Don’t think that didn’t drive some of my coaches crazy. My daily goal is just to stay in my healthy routine and once the routine is solid experiment with some additions or subtractions. When things got too far off the rails go back to the basics and get the routine running solid again.