25 February 2010

Blah Blah Blather

Back in January when I saw my doctor (he’s an internist, specializing in nephrology), he told me that my triglycerides number was better (yay!) but my cholesterol number went up (boo!). So he outlined briefly some foods I should avoid. So I’ve been trying to eat healthier, including my snacks: blueberries, walnuts, almonds, carrots, that sort of thing. I’ve limited my intake of beef and increased my intake of fish. Chicken is a staple of my diet so that was easy. I’m avoiding lunchmeat despite the convenience. The only difficult food that I’m trying to avoid is “hard cheese.” Well I love cheese of all kinds. So I’m struggling with that.

Been contemplating the gym again or at least taking a walk every night. But it hasn’t gone beyond the contemplation stage. I’m trying to find the motivation. It shouldn’t be difficult but it is. I can find the lamest excuses to avoid physical activity.

I finally joined the masses by purchasing an iPod. I went all out and got the 16G nano. I did not realize how difficult it would be to fill it up! I have made different playlists by genre and even have the music for the show loaded on it and I still have over 12G left. Most of the music I’ve downloaded came from my CD collection (it’s very small). I’m thinking I need to hit the iTunes Store soon. I bought the iPod because I’m hoping when I’m done contemplating and actually find that motivation to get to walking or going to the gym it’ll be a good distraction. I disliked the gym music; I need something a little more motivating.

Things are starting to get a little tense at work. It’s almost Annual Officer Review time and we’ve been told there will be merit raises and limited-to-no bonuses. I’ve gone without a pay rise for the past two years. This is the first year ever that the company did not make a contribution to our profit sharing. The company made a profit just not one large enough to warrant a contribution. It’s a cliché but I’m happy to have a job, especially one I enjoy (on most days). I’m not too concerned with the actual performance appraisal; I know what my rating will be and the usual platitudes that come with it. It’s just difficult to be joking with my boss one day about drag queens and blow jobs and then to be in a serious conversation about my abilities. Uh, my abilities regarding work, not regarding drag queens and blow jobs. (Thought I should clarify that!)

Winston (my cat) is doing well. For the past month or so he’s been sleeping next to me at night. I know he has his little routines and varies them every so often but this one just makes me giddy. It’s so nice to wake up in the morning with him curled up beside me. When I start to pet him, he purrs. And that lulls me back to sleep! Insomnia has rarely been a problem for me but if it is, all I need do is lay on the sofa with Winston curled up on me. Guaranteed sleep in 5…4….3…2…1…

I’m bored with American Idol already. Where are the manly men who sing like men??


1 comment:

Mark in DE said...

If I had your weather, I would go for a walk every day after dinner. I love going for walks. They are good exercise (if you walk briskly) and actually reduce hunger. Now that you have an iPhone you have no excuse! :-)

Hello and pets for Winston.