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January 20th

Well…man, it’s cold outside…down to 0 this morning and the car barely started to warm it up to go out for the paper…but, the sky and the moon look pretty cool and it did feel good to breathe that cold, fresh air…I don’t think it will start without the box tomorrow since it is supposed to get to 5 below tonight…it is nice to know that it will start when it is this cold so I don’t have to worry about that…slept okay last night and woke up to just a little pain in the shoulder and my range of motion is pretty good so I can live with that….slept on it again last night and it didn’t wake me up so I think I’ll stop talking about it…I did get the parts I needed get the bike on the trainer so that will be a project as soon as I finish this….can’t wait to see how it works and get some exercise in the warm….didn’t get much done with all of the sports on yesterday and will probably not do much today other than ride…or clean the kitchen…not sure right now, though, need more coffee and to read the news first…think I’ll work on the bike before I do that….more later…

January 19th

Well…damn, slept pretty well last night and didn’t get up until 6:35…after getting up for the first time at 4:30 that is…but I’ll take it anytime…and I’m going to knock on wood this morning with there being no pain in my shoulder at all, just a little stiffness and that is welcome after the last month of healing…I do think I’ll wait until Monday to try to work out again since the last time didn’t work out too well…I did get the bike cleaned and ready for some indoor riding….got the computer pick up mounted to read the rear wheel and now I just have to wait until the rest of the parts get here to get started riding indoors…I am going to miss the scenery going by but I am not going to miss being so careful in the snow and ice…and I am also not going to miss being cold  and not being able to warm up all day after a ride….I did get to cook yesterday and made a mushroom sauce to go with rice and chicken and it came out pretty good…but the rice has come out sticky the past two times I’ve done it in the instant pot but I think I’ve figured that out for the next time…going to make chicken stir fry to use some of the rice for lunch today but that is about all I have to do…I did clean a little yesterday and will probably do some more today but we’ll see…soccer starts in about 15 minutes so that and coffee is the only thing I want to think about right now….more later….

Think I’ve got a cold…

Well…have been trying to figure out why I’ve been so exhausted the past couple of days  and I think I’ve figured it out…I think I have a cold…not coughing yet but have a little sore throat and I’m a little warm…but mostly, I’m just so damn tired and have no energy at all…I think I’ve been eating enough but I’m not sure about that…hmmmm…the bike trainer came today…yay! It wasn’t supposed to get here until Tuesday so that is pretty cool…but, I can’t use it until the new rear axle gets here that replaces the quick release one that’s on it now for one that fits into the hold downs….and I bought a molded block for the front tire that will raise the front so it won’t feel like I’m going down hill all the time. I don’t think the magnetic drag is going to be enough for me so I have rigged up a rubber band that will use the rear brake to supply drag and make me work harder…and I am going to use some poster putty to locate the computer pickup on the inside of the rear caliper so I can still know how far I’ve ridden…will have to keep these miles separate so I can know how many miles I’ve really ridden…I’ve already gotten to 130 for the year and that was s good start….kinda looking forward to trying the new toy…

January 18th

Well…damn, woke up this morning with pain in my right Achilles tendon and I’m not sure how that happened…but it hurts to walk and the only thing I can figure is that I hurt it on the bike ride yesterday…slept okay last night…kind of…but my left shoulder woke me up with pain and who the hell knows what that is about…I am getting a little frustrated by the whole pain thing but at least my right shoulder appears to be improving so I guess that’s something…but, I did have to take something for the pain last night so we’ll see if it’s improved enough to stop that today…it does look like yesterday was the last riding day until spring and, with how cold I got on the bike yesterday, that’s okay with me…will get back to riding Tuesday when the trainer gets here…didn’t get a lot done yesterday and today looks about the same but I am going to clean a little around here…that’s needs to happen since I made the mistake of leaving my glasses on when I was cooking yesterday…the kitchen looks okay without them but not with them….so that will be the goal today….more later…

Not a bad day…

Well…finally got back on the bike today for a normal ride but it was still icy out there and had to be very careful…I may be able to get out tomorrow but, if I do, it looks like the last ride until spring with the snow that is coming and the cold, cold temps that are coming with it. So, I savored the ride today but am looking forward to getting the the bike stand next week and trying that for the rest of the winter…I did get the grocery run done today and stocked up the food for the weekend and I’m going to make a new mushroom sauce to go with rice and chicken tomorrow…something I’ve never made before but with how good the alfredo came out, I feel pretty good that I can figure that out, too…oh, I talked about that this morning, didn’t I? Okay, won’t bore you with it anymore…I had a nagging feeling that I had a coolant leak in the car but I checked it today after topping it off a few weeks back and it is still full…but, I did tighten the upper clamp on the radiator hose since it was a little loose and I may check the rest of them tomorrow before the cold weather comes in Sunday…but, I’m not going to worry about it any more…all in all, it was a pretty good day but the bike ride left me sore after being off for a few days…so, I’ll probably take something for the shoulder and the rest of the pain tonight…and then settle in for a veg night since there is new tv on tonight….is it cocktail time yet?

January 17th

Well…decided to run a little early today and get this done before I go out for groceries in a little while…and part of that is that I am already starting to get bored and needed to fill the time before I go…I did sleep last night but it was with a lot of tossing and turning but I didn’t hurt my shoulder so that is a plus…just a little pain today and I even slept on my shoulder some…I still woke up for the first time at 4:37, though, and that is  a little annoying…would just love to sleep through the night just once a month….I did get a few things done yesterday with running a couple of errands and even getting the car washed since it really needed salt removal but it appears that we are going to have some snow this weekend that will coat it again…and it’s going to be cold so it will be some hunker down time again…I did get 10 pounds more chicken for about 9 bucks yesterday and I am going to try to get creative with new recipes to use it…I am going to make some thighs and rice with mushroom sauce in the instant pot Sat and I am just winging that recipe…building on the Alfredo sauce I made earlier in the week and that may be fun….might even try to get out on the trails today for the last time this winter since my new trainer for the bike is coming Tuesday and I’ll be riding indoors until the weather breaks….more later…

January 16th

Well…I am still trying to go back to sleep in the morning after waking up way too early to get up and had a little success today…didn’t get out of bed until 6:18 after waking up for the first time at 5 or so but I’m not sure if that is helping to get enough sleep…shoulder feels a little better today but I’m still staying away from the weight machine for a while yet to help the bone heal…will probably try tomorrow after the grocery run since I do need to keep my muscle tone…will probably drop the weight a bit, too, just to ensure that I won’t re injure it…might even try to take the bike out later today since it is a little warmer this morning but I’m going to take the car out first to get some food from daily deals and to see what the roads look like….really didn’t get much done yesterday other than making alfredo and I have enough leftovers so I don’t have to cook today so it looks like an easy, boring one today….I am going to start thinking about trying some new things to do but I’m not sure what that would be yet…but, I know I can’t just hang out here for the entire winter…more later….

Finally pulled the trigger…

Well….after the crash on the bike and the weather forecast that has highs in the teens until the end of January, I finally pulled the trigger and bought myself an indoor bike stand/trainer so I can ride the bike indoors for the rest of the winter and continue to stay in shape. I have been thinking about doing this for a couple of years now and, with having enough money in my cash back on the Quicksilver card, the stand is not going to cost me anything other than a swipe when the bill comes. I will have to rig up a way to fit the computer trigger to the back wheel so I can keep track of mileage but that can be done with a little duct tape and other materials that I can find around here…now I don’t feel so crappy that I won’t be able to ride and I think it will help to keep the depression at bay not having to think about the weather…updates to come when it gets here….

Some new food…finally…

Well…I’ve kind of been bitching for a while now that I am really bored with the food I’ve been cooking since I stopped eating red meat and I didn’t know what to do to keep chicken from being so boring that I just couldn’t eat it anymore. So, today…I was looking at a jar of alfredo sauce that I picked up a couple of weeks back for a buck at Meijers, and started looking at the label as I have been doing since I have been trying to eat healthier and my only thought was yow! While the calories per serving were okay at 70 ( but that was for a 7th of a small jar), the sodium per serving was off the charts at 400 milligrams along with a huge amount of saturated fat…so, I decided to go out to the internet to find a recipe for alfredo that didn’t have the heavy cream and salt that was in the jar sauce. I found a really good one that just uses milk…but still uses butter to make the roue that thickens it, but to be able to control the bad stuff and make something that tastes great is a win. Of course it still has Parmesan cheese in it so it’s not the most healthy thing to eat but I was surprised at how easy it was to make and how good it tasted…and making it with non-fat milk does take the calories down to an acceptable level…oh, the chicken….I baked, cut up, and added a boneless skinless chicken breast to the sauce and that was just about perfect…and it makes enough for three meals for me over fettucine. There was a suggestion on the website that the sauce would go great over veggies like broccoli and cauliflower and I think I’ll get some to try Thursday…yummy….

Another mistake…

Well….with the ice covering everything outside, it looks like a day off the bike so I thought I’d do a shoulder update just because I’m bored…yesterday, when I got up there was no pain in my shoulder so, like an idiot, I decided to give the weight machine a try since I had been off it for 3 weeks…as the title says, that was another mistake since it started hurting on the machine and still hurts right now. The pain made me realize that I was right in speculating that I cracked a bone up there and must have re-injured it on the machine yesterday…so I guess that puts me back to almost square one and need to rest it to make sure the crack heals before I load it up again…darn….