It snowed a couple of inches today starting around 10 this morning as I was getting to work. I bailed early today since no one was around and I finished my work. I came back at 1:15 and finished shoveling my driveway at 2:45. For those who know, it's a long ass driveway and I did it old school with a snow shovel. It would've gone faster, but there is some ice leftover from the previous snowstorm. I learned my lesson then not to just drive over the fresh snow and leave it. I also need to rake leaves during the fall to keep the driveway clear.
Any time I head west to east, I get jet lagged. The clock says 8:30, but my body thinks it's some other time. I'm not sure if I should go to bed in a couple of hours to get on a good schedule or if I should stay up until I get tired.
I've got some movies and TV shows I can watch, but I'm not sure I feel like heading down to the basement to fire up the home theater system. I could play some CoV as well. Hmmm...maybe I should play for an hour and see how I feel.
I got my brother an LG LCD HDTV for Xmas and my dad and I helped him set it up in his place this morning.
It was easy to set up and the picture looks great. He doesn't have any Blu-Ray movies, but we threw in Bad Santa just to make sure everything is working. The picture is awesome: crisp and clear with a large viewing angle.
My family went out for breakfast this morning to Muddy's Coffeehouse, a food and coffee joint on Mississippi in the heart of hipster-ville in N. Portland. The food was just ok, but was certainly filling. I had a breakfast burrito and a milkshake.
It's never to early for sugar.
As you can see, the place is in an old house. We sat by one of the drafty windows.
I'd go back if someone else were paying, but it's not a place I would recommend.
I've been fairly quiet on the bloggin' front because I got pretty darn sick early Sunday morning. I felt great when I got in to Portland on Friday through Saturday night. I woke up at 3 AM on Sunday with a pain in my gut. I hit the bathroom and threw up for a few minutes straight. I then threw up and crapped about once an hour for the next five or six hours. I'm not talking about easy puking, but the kind where you're scraping the inside of your stomach. Definitely painful. I've also had really bad gas. I don't just mean farting, but my digestive system has been gurglin'.
I haven't thrown up since Sunday night, but I've felt like it since then. Super weak since it has killed one-third of my vacation so far. I missed the Seahawks' game on Sunday and haven't been able to get out and about like I hoped.
I've kept down everything I've eaten recently, but still feel like death warmed over. I'm feeling better this morning, but I don't want to jinx myself.
I think I either got hit by what my family had about a week ago or I picked up something in one of the four airports I went through on Friday. Probably all of the above.
I actually sleep on the mattress I had as a kid. Sleeping on the bottom bunk can induce some claustrophobia, but I've gotten used to it. When I was growing up, my brother had the other bunk down in his room, but my parents moved in their old bed down there to make more of a guest room. I feel more comfortable in my old room so I sleep up here when I visit.
Toby had to go to the vet to get a wart checked out. He had chewed on it so it was bloody. It turns out it's a viral wart and they froze it off. While it heals, he needs to leave it alone so he has to wear a soft cone.
Cone Head Toby:
He looks pretty funny and it bugs him a bit because it makes it tougher for him to jack stuff. At least the cone is soft.
I made it safe and sound to Portland. My flights went smoothly. I made my 29 minute connection in Cleveland without any trouble and so did my bags. United used a 767 instead of a 757 for my Chicago to Portland flight so I got to sit in international business class with the pods and everything. I watched some TV, ate some food and took a nap lying down completely flat. It would've been awesome except for the annoying little crotchfruit in the nearby pod. She didn't fall asleep until about 30 minutes before we landed.
I'm heading off to Portland tomorrow for Xmas vacation. Nearly everything I'm taking is shown in the picture above. Not shown: clothes I'll wear on the plane and toiletries. It's great going to a place with laundry so I only need to take half as many clothes.
I'm taking two bags, but I'm hoping for a big Xmas haul. Yeah, I still get Xmas presents from my folks. I'm 33? So what? Heh. It's all good.
I made baked pasta for dinner tonight though I used a different recipe from usual. This time, I used one from my mom since she made it when I was back in P-town over the Thanksgiving break. My oven is old and the button for starting it up has been touchy. Well, tonight it stopped working altogether and the part the button connected to came unattached. Super weak. The stove top still works and I've got my toaster oven, but it's a bit small.
I divided up the recipe and cooked half of it in the toaster oven. It was definitely tasty.
I'm trying to decide if I should get a cheap oven or if I should save up some scratch to redo part of my kitchen. I think I can get by with the toaster oven, the stove top and my crockpot.
I didn't eat well nor exercise much this week so I'm not surprised my weight went up. However, my body fat percentage seemed to hold steady around 26%. Sweet.
I'll start eating better today and exercising in preparation for another holiday trip back to Portland. I want to avoid chunkin' out during the gluttony season. I'll start by going out in the cold to shovel my driveway this morning after breakfast.
It's growing in nicely and is nearly down to my collar. The baking soda I use for shampoo is also lightening my hair quite a bit. You can also see some gray hairs chillin', but I'm gettin' older so I guess they're expected.
You can also see part of a scar in my right eyebrow.
I just spent nearly an hour after work shoveling my driveway so that I could get my car into the garage. I had little problem getting out this morning because the driveway slopes down. The pressure from the tires melted the snow which froze into ice which made it slippery. It was stupid of me to not try to shovel some of it this morning, but I was in a hurry.
Nothing like a little nighttime exercise in the cold to help heal a head cold. Heh.
After work tomorrow, I'll hit Lowe's to get a proper snow shovel and some deicing pellets. My driveway is pretty big so I need all the help I can get.
A road game usually means a 7 PM start which means I can watch the whole game. League Pass Broadband was borked, but I was able to watch nearly the whole game. Portland had a good first quarter, but played relatively poorly the rest of the game. Steve Blake was given 39 minutes at the expense of Bayless. Blake's a nice guy, but hasn't played well this season. Neither has Webster, but he has been starting lately anyhow.
Portland is lucky Roy knows how to take over a fourth quarter and lucky that Granny Danger is hurt.
I stayed home sick...again today. This year hasn't been kind to me illness-wise because I'm usually pretty healthy. Something funky must be circling the globe and caught up with me last week. I thought I had fought it off, but I woke up this morning in no shape to go to work. The half foot of snow didn't help either.
I spent most of today bumming around and slept for nearly the whole afternoon. I woke up about 20 minutes ago and my brain is still asleep - a strange feeling for sure.
I no longer have allergies so I can have indoor plants. I'm thinking of getting some known for purifying air.
I realized over the weekend that I am becoming a greedy dude. There are many things that I want or improvements that I want to make to my house, but I'm not content to wait until I save up money. I want them right now. Somehow I've tied my happiness to my stuff and that situation is a terrible way to live because you'll never be happy. I think I'm the happiest when I'm exercising so I should just join a tennis club or a gym or something.
I definitely need to draw the line on how much stuff I have. I think it's ok for me to improve upon what I have - upgrading my stove for instance, but I shouldn't covet more stuff.
It has been a while since I've posted a picture of my fitness progress due to Thanksgiving. I weighed myself this morning and was happy to see that my weight is more or less holding steady while my body fat percentage is dropping. Sweet.
Over the past two weeks I've lost nearly one pound of fat. One pound doesn't sound like much until you factor in the food orgy that is Thanksgiving.