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Neil at Fenway

Neil at Fenway

It’s been a few days since I’ve written. A lot has gone down. First of all, they took care of those two jokers in Boston. That’s a good thing. Granted, it’s not much solace to the folks who lost their lives or were permanently maimed, but it means they won’t be hurting anyone else. Secondly, Neil Diamond showed at Fenway Park to lead the crowd in Sweet Caroline. Granted, he was singing along with himself, which has to be a little awkward, unless you’re Bieber or any other of those modern-day hacks who can’t perform live to save their souls. At least he wasn’t lip-syncing.

We had Marvin the glass man in yesterday to replace the first two of four windows. He did a really nice job. It’s so nice to be able to look at the window and see more than just moisture between the panes. There’s one tiny hole where the gasket doesn’t fit the frame perfectly, so I went downstairs to find some caulk. What I found instead was a big puddle under the water heater. The water heater is not fast, though, however, the feed pipe has a pinhole in it. So, I’m waiting for Rob the handyman to show up and fix it. I always say that it’s important to have a stable of people who can do this sort of stuff, so you can get it fixed promptly by people you trust.

Other than that, the food intake has been improving, even if the toe isn’t improving that much. I’m still pretty bummed about that, but what can I do? No matter what I do, the tip of the tow rubs against the sock, the floor, or the Boot of Shame. I think I might have to have the podiatrist release the tendon that’s causing the toe to curl. Better than losing another toe. Back onto food, I managed to eat more scallops yesterday. They go down well and, more importantly, stay down. This is good. I’ve not had anything come up for two days, and I’ve had scallops and pulled turkey BBQ. Pretty yummy stuff. I can’t consume a lot of it, but that’s a good thing.

Weight has continued to decrease. Am down to 321.0 this morning. That makes 59 pounds lost, which is a good thing. I can’t help but think how much I’d be losing if I could actually work out. I know… nothing I can do about it, but I really REALLY want to get back to it.

Speaking of going back, I go back to work tomorrow night. I’m looking forward to it and dreading it at the same time. I’ll be glad for the work and the paycheck, but it’s the busiest two weeks of the year, so it will be a little crazy. Plus, I have to hope that my food continues to stay down. That would be awfully embarrassing. I’ll keep you posted.

I did manage to get up this morning to watch the Bahrain Grand Prix. Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel ran away with the race, but the two other podium spots belonged to Lotus, which made me happy, especially since Kimi Raikkonen finished second. He’s become my favorite driver, mainly because he spends more time drinking the giant magnum of champagne rather than spraying it. Gotta love it.

Have a great Sunday!

Song of the Day: Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond (It really couldn’t be anything else)

So, I got the quasi bad news yesterday. I’m sentenced to the Boot of Shame for a little while longer. For whatever reason, the toe is just not healing fast enough. It’s showing progress, the inflammation seems to be receding (like my hairline) and things are generally improving. Just not fast enough to suit me or my podiatrist. Sigh. He wants to see me in two more weeks, which means two weeks I have to take it easy at the gym. I’m not ready to take it easy… I’m chomping at the bit to do some work. It’s been three weeks since my operation, bring it on!

Diamondbacks Yankees BaseballI’m feeling a little better today. I’m not quite as down on humanity as I was yesterday. I actually hate to say it, but I was impressed by the actions of the New York Yankees, a team which I pretty much loathe on general principles. They showed a lot of class in their public support of their Boston counterparts, even going so far as to play Sweet Caroline during the 3rd inning of the Diamondbacks-Yankees game. Way to go, NYC!

Bramhall's World - Boston NY - New York Daily News 4/16/2013I’ve been struggling of late to find good stuff to eat. I have plenty of ideas, I just don’t feel inspired to make any of it. I think I’m generally tired of my choices thus far… after all, you can only eat so much string cheese before you simply get tired of it. I’ve been meaning to make black bean soup, but again, just haven’t felt inspired enough to make it. Maybe today. Another case of General Malaise rearing his ugly head, I guess. This has certainly been challenging… more so than I expected. I’ll get through and get back on track. I always do.

In other news, I got my authorization to return to work yesterday. According to the docs, I can go back on Monday, the 22nd. They insurance people were going to give me until the 26th, but since that’s a Friday and I’m on third shift, would it make a heap of sense to go back for one day on third shift, then have two days off? I was like, “Screw it… let’s just go back.”

Supportive Partner Woman and I then went to Root’s Market. It was really crowded, which is usually the case on those temperate days. We scored some strawberries and I got a new belt. There’s an Amish/Mennonite leather goods stand that does real sturdy belts, custom fit, for a reasonable price. Not only that, these belts hold up. My last belt went through two buckles and the leather is still in pretty good shape. It’s just a little too big for me anymore. I also managed to do some closet shopping. I dug out a polo I haven’t worn comfortably in well over a year, which makes me pretty happy. It fit pretty much perfectly and it was a favorite of mine.

I even managed to spray the front lawn for crabgrass… I don’t know why I bother, it never seems to work, but I at least feel that I did it. Maybe this will be the year. I have to hit it again in two weeks. I know, big doings. At least I was outside and walking around while I did it. It was exercise of some stripe. I also think I need to patch and paint the walls in the laundry area, as well as put down new flooring. It’s looking kind of beat up these days. Yay! A project!

Anyways, I’m going to wrap this up. I’ll leave you with a really inspiring story that I came across published in Mother Jones. Well worth the read.

Songs of the Day: Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond (of course) and Fields of Athenry – Dropkick Murphys