Thursday, December 9, 2010

Big Catchup Post

Wow, the last time I wrote anything it was back in June. Ok. 6 month post, incoming.

Since LA I've been on the road to Knoxville, Seattle, and now I'm in Lansing. Knoxville was pretty awesome, albeit a little hot. I got some great food down there, went trout fishing with the client (didn't catch anything), and got the project done under time and under budget. Great success! Seattle was also awesome. I got to see some sights including Pike's Place, The Space Needle, and went to a lot of local bars and restaurants. I had the best salmon I've ever got at Pike's Pub, I had the best catfish I've ever got at Matts in the Market, and I had the best Clam Chowder I've ever got at The Brooklyn (downtown). I had some fantastic beers with the client, although they wore me out with their nightly drinking! The project was completed on time and the client was happy. Great success! I'm now in Lansing Michigan, on my second week of this project. It's been good thus far, although it's been very very cold. Damn Michigan. I'm working with a co-worker of mine from my company, and we've gotten some great suggestions for food thus far from the client. My favorite was definitely the traditional Hungarian meal I got from the Tuba Museum (yes, it's a restaurant first, and a museum second!). I also had some great chicken schwarma from a place called Sahara. Great start!

Growing Up:
So, other than that. I've a new bed (queen size) with a sleigh bed frame and sateen sheets (not silky like you may be thinking, just very comfortable to sleep on). Just this past weekend, I also bought furniture for my living room, a couch and a loveseat. They will be delivered this Thursday, much to April's chagrin. I guess I'm growing up a little bit. The bed I bought because I felt like I was still a kid with a twin sized mattress and no frame even just sitting on my floor. I thought it was kind of pathetic for someone who has a good full time job like I do. The couch and loveseat were actually triggered by me seeing into the apartment of my neighbors one night (I know, that sounds creepier than it actually is). I saw they had an xmas tree up, stockings up, and generally a nice homey atmosphere. I then walked into my house which just felt kind of cold. So I resolved to fix that. A grand later and I've got a new living room. April will bring up her rug, so it's a start. I also wouldn't mind getting a flat screen TV and nice stand to put in the living room, but that may be a little ways down the road. I dunno, I figure it's time to be more of an adult than I've been up until this point.

I don't know, I go back and forth on this. One side of me says I should find someone, settle down, maybe start thinking about children. I do get jealous of my friends who have children. The other side of me says: Focus on yourself. There's plenty that I can do to improve myself still. One of the primary things I want to do is lose the rest of this weight. I've been stuck at 180ish for a while now, I want to get down below 165. It's so difficult to do though. So often I find myself just saying "screw the diet" when delicious food is sitting in front of me. Drinking doesn't help either. It's not like I do it that often, and usually it's only on the weekends, but that's a ton of uneccessary calories. Some goals in terms of fitness: December is my 60 mile month! I want to run 60 miles this month, 9 are done so far. 51 to go. It's an average of 3 miles a day, 5 times a week with a couple of extra rest days thrown in here and there. Secondly, the Arnold Pump and Run is coming up in March. You have to bench press your own body weight, so I want to lose some weight for that, and also continue to increase my bench press. I do lift but probably not as regularly as I should. I did a little lifting this morning, but time is always the biggest constraint. I might try to get a little more in tonight.

So that's pretty much my life right now. Aside from the Arnold Pump and Run and my continued weight loss goal, I'm working to aggressively pay down my debt, and it should be completely gone in under 3 years. From there I want to take the first of my five one-year sabbaticals and travel. I'll have no debt, I'll have some money saved up, and I should be a good position to get out of the country. It's all just a waiting game right now.

In the meantime, in the immortal words of reddit:
1) Lawyer Up
2) Hit the Gym
3) Disregard females, acquire currency

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