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All-Around Bad Week

24 Feb

It was inevitable.

I’m surprised it took more than a month.

I’ve had a terrible week this week in terms of not only eating, but tracking. Over the last five-plus weeks that I’ve been on Weight Watchers, my saving grace was always that I tracked and wrote down every. single. bit of food I put in my mouth. I’ve also not exercised nearly as much as I should have.

Not this week.

I’ve just had an off week, have almost eaten whatever I wanted, and not really paid attention to the consequences. We all have weeks like this, I guess.

I wonder if it’s odd that it’s coincided with a recent upsurge in compliments from co-workers, who say they can visually see that I’ve gotten slimmer.

Must

not

use

weight

as

a

crutch.

Lame Post

8 Oct

This song captures my thoughts perfectly today.

Take time to realize
That your warmth is crashing down on in
Take time to realize that I am on your side
Didn’t I, didn’t I tell you

But I can’t spell it out for you
No, it’s never gonna be that simple
No, I can’t spell it out for you

If you just realize what I just realized
Then we’d be perfect for each other and we’ll never find another
Just realize what I just realized
We’d never have to wonder if we missed out on each other now

Take time to realize, oh, oh, I’m on your side
Didn’t I, didn’t I tell you
Take time to realize, this all can pass us by
Didn’t I tell you

But I can’t spell it out for you
No, it’s never gonna be that simple
No, I can’t spell it out for you

If you just realize what I just realized
Then we’d be perfect for each other and we’ll never find another
Just realize what I just realized
We’d never have to wonder if we missed out on each other

But, it’s not all the same, no, it’s never the same
If you don’t feel it too, if you meet me halfway
If you would meet me halfway
It could be the same for you

My “Green” Weekend

17 Aug

No, I didn’t spend the weekend recycling and pricing Priuses…I was celebrating half my heritage at Irish Fest, the “largest Irish cultural event in North America.” I try to go every year at least once, but I didn’t get there last year, so I went twice this time around. Friday night I went with a new friend and had a great time. Today (Sunday) I went with my best friend Roy (of Royalsyn’s Weblog).

It was a gorgeous day but hot as all get-out. I did browsing in the shopping sections on Friday night, so today was about finding shade, eating

Notice the rest of my meal is on the right waiting for him to finish it.

and getting in some culture. We saw most of a play about the very talented (and very gay) Oscar Wilde, but just missed a bunch of men in rugby-like gear playing tug-of-war in the mud (darn!). We also rode the SkyGlide, a ski-slope like contraption that takes you over the entire fairgrounds. I don’t go on it very often, because I’m afraid of heights, but I find if I look straight ahead and/or concentrate on taking pictures with my camera, I do okay.

"Taking off"

"Taking off"

One of the reasons I like the Skyglide is that you usually get a great view of the lake, because every so often it will come to a stop for a few minutes so people can enjoy said view. We didn’t get too much of a view, but it was still good.

Splash pool for the kids (smelled like chlorine, yum!)

Maier Festival Park (yes, it's directly under a busy freeway overpass)

Self-portrait (best friends all have a "thing" they have to do when they are together. This is our "thing.")

Once we got our feet firmly back on the ground, we ate some sweet corn and took some pictures by Lake Michigan (the festival grounds but up against the lake or, rather, the breakwaters that lead to the lake).

Discovery World and the famous Calatrava Art Museum brie soleil are in the background

Irish men rowing?

Isn't Milwaukee pretty in the summer? I think so.

And now Monday approaches, but with an interesting horoscope that makes me think this week could be interesting.

For the Week of Aug 18th, 2008 — Passionate Mars entering your sign this week puts you on the offensive for a change. Instead of quietly waiting to be noticed, you are ready to charge ahead to go after whatever and whomever you want. Yes, you may be more aggressive than usual, but it’s your time to take the lead in your relationship life.

More Reasons to Get Married

31 Jul

As if I don’t feel bad enough about being single, this little nugget shows up in the news today.

Being Single May Lead to Alzheimer’s

So basically I have about 30 years left before I turn into a babbling, no-memory version of myself? Fan-frickin-tastic.

Maybe this is an elaborate plot by the Republican party and fundamentalist Christians to convince more people to marry. Well, it isn’t going to work on me, right wing!

Come Here, Go Away

20 Jul

I’m feeling lonely for some reason. It occurred to me that I felt the same way the last time I moved two years ago. I’m not sure why this would be the case. Being an only child, I’m rarely lonely, and have no problem entertaining myself. For some reason, moving to a new place makes me want people around me.

Myrna stopped by earlier and helped me move a box upstairs (thanks!). I’ve trolled through my whole phonebook on my cell and no one is around. And technically I’m not alone: Ginger the cat is cleaning her back paws underneath the desk as I write this. But for some reason I really want to have someone here with me.

Knowing me, I’d want them to go away as soon as they got here, but still…

Near-Misses and Close Calls

15 Nov

This is scary.

THURSDAY, Nov. 15, 2007, 9:39 a.m.
By The Associated Press

Midwest plane avoids mid-air collision

Aurora, Ill. – A cockpit safety device in a Midwest Airlines plane flying out of Milwaukee is credited with helping pilots avoid a mid-air collision at 25,000 feet over Indiana.

According to a preliminary investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration, the planes came within seconds of colliding Tuesday evening because of an error by an air traffic controller.

FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory says the incident happened amid a shift change during a busy time at the Chicago Center radar facility in Aurora.

Officials say that controller directed a Midwest Airlines plane flying east from Milwaukee into the path of a United Express jet heading west out of Greensboro, North Carolina.

The collision-avoidance device in the Midwest plane went off, and an airline spokeswoman says the pilots executed an emergency climb to get out of the way.
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As I read this, I wondered if anyone on the plane knew what was going on. Did a child looking out the window say to his mom, “Look, it’s a plane!” Or are close calls in the air different from close calls on the ground (a plane is 1,000 feet away v. a car being two feet away)? If the passengers didn’t know what was doing on, I wonder how often that actually happens in the air, no one aware of how close they just came to being the lead story on the national news.

When I flew from Milwaukee to Orlando and back last month, I looked out the window of the plane a few times to make sure there wasn’t another one coming at us. I was nervous about the trip before I even left, so my anxieties were manifesting themselves in strange (and neurotic) ways. Obviously everything turned out fine and I’m back here on solid ground writing this entry. Thankfully I’m not flying anywhere until potentially February, so by that time this story should be well out of my head. But right now, it definitely freaks me out a bit.