Monday Afternoon

and now for the obligatory musical poetry fragment…….
“”Through eighty six years
of perpetual motion,”
if he likes you, he’ll smile and he’ll say,
“Jimmy, some of it’s magic,
and some of it’s tragic,
but I had a good life all the way”

So, it is 5:32 PM on Monday, May 29, 2007. I’ve been home for just over an hour, and I feel fine. I truly hope those of you that read this had as good a Memorial Day weekend as I did.
My weekend started, as they usually do at the end of the working day Friday. My shift ended at 2:00 PM. By 2:30 I was home and had started the first of three loads of laundry. I got sat down at my computer and started to read and respond to various emails. That didn’t take very long, so I next occupied my time by closing my World of Warcraft account. That’s right, I closed my account to that addictive time waster of a game. That’s one of the changes I was referring to in my last post. I’ll get a little more into that a bit later.
Since I now had several hours to spend I decided to spend some time working on a new bracelet pattern I was attempting to learn. I got two pieces finished after about three hours. It was the first time I had spent any time making jewelry in several months, and I had forgotten how much fun I had working on that kind of project. I wasn’t particularly happy with the pieces I finished, but I was pleased with what I had learned while working on them, and I was very pleased with having actually produced something instead of spending those hours in a computer game. It was a good feeling.
I also spent a some time opening an account at and uploading some pictures from the first Gleann Abhann Coronation luncheon.

I had to work Saturday morning for four hours Saturday morning, and was planning on leaving town right after work, so I got packed before going to bed and actually went to bed fairly early. The four hours at work passed very quickly Saturday morning. They were not, I should point out, productive. Trying to get anyone on the phone on the Saturday morning of a holiday weekend is just a waste of time. You would think my management would know that, but apparently they do not. Still, it was only four hours, and we were on the road for Birmingham by 1:00 PM. It was time to go see the blood family.

I had a great weekend with my Mom, Sister, and my brother in law. I’d not been able to see them since Christmas, and it was exceedingly pleasant to get to spend some niced, relaxed, no drama time with them. Saturday night we had dinner at Kris and Steve’s house. Kris had cooked way to much food for the number of people that were there, but that was ok. In addition to Mom and myself, the guest list included Cay and Thelma (Steve’s parent’s), Steven (Steve’s son), and another couple who’s names I cannot remember at this time, and Gerald. The food was great, the company was better, but the best part was watching Ash (Steve’s cat) scare the snot out of Razzy (Kristi’s peekineese). I’ve never liked that spoiled dog very much, and watching Ash (who is a huge tomcat) let Razzy know who is boss in the house was a lot of fun.
Sunday we went on a picnic at Oak Mountain State Park in Birmingham. What a beautiful park. The weather was great, the food was good, and once again the company made for a wonderful afternoon. We got back to Mom’s place about 4:00 PM and Steve and I spent some time cutting down a couple of tree’s in Mom’s backyard that had gotten too large. Two guys with a chainsaw = fun and games. Fortunately no one got hurt, and no fencing got damaged. The rest of the evening was spent in conversation and planning for the rest of the year.
This morning we had breakfast with Mom and Kris at IHOP before loading up for the return to Memphis. If I may offer a piece of advice; the Stuffed French Toast at IHOP sounds a lot better than it tastes. Much Better.

(time for another musical poetry fragment)
(turn and face the strain)
Just gonna have to be a different man
Time may change me
But I can’t trace time ”

In my last post I said that there were going to be some fairly serious changes in my life over the next few months, and I promised I’d go into a bit more detail, so I guess it’s time to do that.

The first change is that I’m going to be spending a lot of time on getting my weight under control. I’ve been overweight my entire life. I was a big kid (I realize now, when I look at pictures of when I was a kid and teenager that I was never as big as I thought I was) and I have become a fat man. Not husky, not big boned, but fat. And I’m not going to be that man any more. There a literally hundreds of reasons why I should do this: health reasons, self esteem and self perception issues, etc, but the plain and simple fact is that I’m tired. I’m tired of being out of shape, I’m tired of hurting and not being able to move well after working at an event all day. I’m tired of the limitations of this body. I’m tired and I’m not going to put up with it any more.
I know that I’ll never be exactly small, but by gods I can get rid of this gut. And I’m going to. I’ve already been working on it for a couple of weeks. I’m not so much trying to lose a predetermined amount of weight; I’m not stating that my goal is 100 pounds or something. My goal is to get rid of my gut, to get into a habit of regular exercise, and to basically become as healthy as possible. It’s going to be more about changing habits, than losing weight.

Ok, that’s all for tonight. I’ll talk about some of the more minor changes in the next blog post.


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