Category Archives: My Life

April 24th

Well…I feel lousy this morning with the allergies flaring and my eyes feeling like they are filled with sand…and that made sleeping last night really iffy and filled with tossing and turning…so that is making me late this morning and I just can’t get moving…is this different than almost any other morning? Not really….just the details are different but I never feel that hot when I get up during allergy season which seems to be year round now….I think I’ll have to take something for it today even if the red dots will raise my BP…and I am tired of being in pain so I am going to seal my doom by taking some ibuprofen this morning deal with that…have cut back from daily doses before getting on the bike to only a couple of times a week so that should count for something…I’m really hoping that the wind stays down for the ride today since this 20 mph crap is getting old and I always feel it the next day with pain in my shoulders…yeah, that’s weird but that where it shows and having pain in both shoulders is just damn annoying…okay, as you can see, I’m in a little bit of a crabby mood this morning so I think I’ll stop now before you get bored with me bitching…more later…

April 23rd

Well…okay, I think I’m an idiot…after the past two days that is…I decided that it would be a good idea to do 30 miles on the bike Sunday and that beat the heck out of me…but the stupid part is that I did it again yesterday and it feels like I did some damage to my body from it…felt like crap all afternoon Sunday and felt the same yesterday afternoon…didn’t prepare for it at all by eating better and felt like everything had been drained out of me…it was hard to even walk around here until I had a big plate of pasta for dinner and started to replenish the fuel…but, even with that, I still feel pretty crappy this morning even with not getting up until after 6…but that may be my allergies or a bug….have been coughing like crazy and have a bunch of crap in my lungs…I think I may have to take a day off the bike to rest soon…have been waiting to get rained out but the weather is not going to cooperate….I do need to get out early today since the high temp for the day is right now and it is supposed to fall all day into the 40′s this aft and I don’t want to be cold…so, more coffee and I hope that it will work well enough to get out in an hour or so….more later….

April 22nd

Well…okay, I’m sore this morning and there is finally a reason for it…did a double on the bike yesterday and got 30 miles in for the first time this year…the second leg was almost torture from the start and much more work than I expected…but, I got it done and will take something for the pain before I get on the bike this morning…slept okay last night and didn’t get up until around 6 so that is a bonus…for me anyway but there was a lot of tossing and turning all night so I’m feeling it today…still feel exhausted like I have the past week or so and that is getting old…I’m inching up to seeing the doctor for it since I’m paying for insurance but that’s just not my style…I’m used to just taking care of things myself…and my allergies are just awful with everything now starting to bloom so that’s probably it…didn’t get a lot done yesterday with the bike rides and no motivation and today looks much the same…right now, anyway…the coffee is not working and it needs to soon or it may just be a couch day…after I ride the bike, that is…more later…

April 21st

Well…running a little late this morning and it is just because I’m out of synch…I should have come here after reading the paper but got into the rest of the news first…almost forgot to do this one and that happens on Sundays…pretty darn sore this morning from going out on the bike in 20+ mph wind yesterday…feel like I pulled something in my back or obliques but it is not bad enough to take anything for it, just annoying and I hope it works out on the ride this morning…I may wait to go out until it’s warm enough for just a t-shirt today but if Man U plays crappy, I may go earlier…have been having some problems with the shifter on the bike and I think it’s just dirt from riding in the mud and rain the other day and I may have to clean it again today to see if that will help…no big deal…just annoying when you don’t get the gear you want when you want it….didn’t get a lot done yesterday but a little cleaning but it looks like I’ll have plenty of time to do more today with the dearth of sports on…and I don’t have to cook today with cleaning up the leftovers from this week so I’ll need to find something to fill the time…more later…

April 20th

Well…slept all the way in til 6:03 this morning…after getting up at 4:53 for the first time that is…had a short weird dream about someone dumping out my used coffee because they thought that only fresh coffee is worthy of drinking…not sure where the heck that came from but I really don’t know where any dreams come from so I guess it’s not unusual….feel really sore this morning from riding into a 20 mph wind yesterday and I wonder if I’ll ever get a nice day where it’s not windy and warm enough to get out in a t-shirt again…probably shouldn’t bitch too much since I didn’t even get out on the trail until around this time last year and I’m pushing 900 miles already…and, it’s going to be 70 tomorrow and Monday so, if I wait long enough, it could be a t-shirt day for at last one of them…didn’t get a lot done yesterday but will plan on getting the living room cleaned along with the kitchen today…but, right now I need coffee and to watch some soccer for a while…more later…

April 19th

Well…running late this morning and that is a little strange after getting up at 3:14 for the first time…but, after an hour of flipping and flopping in the bed, I did get back to sleep until the coffee maker started and the smell woke me up…after that, I should feel exhausted but I feel okay with some energy this morning and it must be that I finally had enough to eat yesterday…so, I think I’ll try that again today…still working through that 16 pound turkey I made earlier in the week and then it’s on to the freezer to use some of the stuff that is packed in there…and I have been thinking of making fettucine alfredo for a couple of weeks now and need to have something different…I do have a couple of errands to run today with the Mega getting up to 200 mil and I am thinking about getting some cheap chicken from daily deals but probably shouldn’t since I have chicken, pork chops, and other stuff in the freezer that needs to be used first…I did get a bike ride in yesterday but got frickin soaked doing it…it wasn’t raining until I got out about a mile and then it started raining for the rest of the 15 miles…and the weird thing was that, once I got used to it, it was actually quite pleasant and the trails were empty…I was so wet when I got back here that my shoes were squishy and they are still not dry this morning so I hope I can go out in the dry today…not much to do today…just a little cleaning and then some vegging and the bike ride this aft…looks like a lazy day and that’s okay…more later…

Got the application in…

Well…as I’ve been talking about for a couple of days now, I had been working on getting my application put together to get my first passport….so, this morning, I gathered up everything I needed and headed over to the Kentwood city offices to get it certified and sent…it was really easy and only took about 15 minutes and most of that was them trying to get my photo to print on their certified printer….but, got that all done and in 4-6 weeks, I’ll be getting my first passport…it cost me 150 bucks but I put that aside by thinking about a favorite writer who said that everyone, once in their lives should have a passport…and I agree with that…not sure how much I’m going to use it but it is nice to know that I can travel outside the country now with no problem…and the picture was even okay so I guess it was a good start to the day….

April 18th

Well…damn…running really late this morning with not getting up until almost 7…yeah, that is so damn weird that I don’t know what to say about it…it was even starting to get light when I got up and that made this place look so strange….and that whole thing made me late after doing the grocery run…that I’m not really sure why I did since I didn’t need to get anything…I guess it’s habit more than anything else…feel just run down today and I’m glad that I just have the passport thing to do this morning…and the bike ride if I can get that in before the rains start…it’s already over 50 and I may be able to get out in a t-shirt if I get out at all…didn’t get much done yesterday and I may not get too much done today, either….just not feeling it right now and I hope the coffee will change that…don’t have a lot of hope that it will but what else do you have but hope? More later….

Got my passport stuff ready….

Well…have been talking about getting a passport for the first time in my life for some time now so I decided to just do it and get the forms filled out today…holy crap…it costs 145 bucks but I guess if you break it down to the 10 years it’s good for, that’s only 15 bucks a year and I guess that’s not too bad. So, I need to head over to the Kentwood city offices tomorrow to file the paperwork and get a photo taken to submit with it and in 6-8 weeks, I get my passport….pretty cool since my daughter wants to visit friends in Belize late in the summer and she wants me to go with her…I think I may just try to find a rental there and try the tropics for a year instead of buying a house here…just found a 1,700 sq ft 3 bedroom house on an acre for rent for 500 bucks a month…the only problem is that it is 10 miles from the beach in the jungle and I’d have to buy a vehicle down there to get around…

Loneliness…

Well…okay, that title is a little misleading in the fact that it appears to imply that I’m lonely…but that’s not really the case…it’sĀ  just that I read a new study that got me thinking about lonelinessĀ  and what the effects are for people who suffer from it. I can never really remember a time when I’ve been lonely at any time during my life…I really have always liked being alone and spent a lot of time alone as a kid by my choice…after all I had 8 brothers and sisters and could have had someone to hang out with all the time if I wanted it…but I reveled in my time alone with my thoughts as I still do as an old guy. But, in reading this new study and many others that have been published in the past year, it appears that loneliness has been identified as a real, physical problem that needs to be dealt with since almost 40% of the people surveyed feel lonely on a regular basis…I wonder how that feels? Now, you may think that I lack empathy if I can’t understand loneliness or don’t feel it…maybe I should be lonely spending 90% of my time alone? One thing the study said was that intelligent people are much less likely to be lonely and I have considered myself intelligent and my academic achievements support that I am…but, there has to be more to it than that…not sure what that would be, though….maybe I should just consider myself fortunateĀ  that I don’t get lonely and just leave it at that? Probably…..