I had one of the more enjoyable Sunday afternoons today that I can remember in recent history. My friend Jon, whom I went to high school with, was in town and he came by the house, we went out for lunch and got caught up on life. It's odd, though. Even though Jon and I went to high school together, I don't recall us ever saying one word to each other. I didn't have a tremendous number of friends in high school (Shocker!), just a small core group. I was fine with that. After high school, I lost touch with most of the people I went to school with anyway, instead falling in with a new group of friends.
I want to say that maybe ten years ago I discovered my high school alumni website. I signed up and created a profile under my class (1984, if you were curious), not really expecting anything from it. I remember getting a random email from Jon around that time. I responded, but then never heard back from him again. I don't know if it was anything I said or what. Again, no big whoop. I was very happy, though, to finally get back in touch with one of my favorite people from back then via the site.
Fast forward to a couple years back and I get a friend request on Facebook from Jon. I give him all sorts of credit for being persistent. And since then, we've gotten to know each other. Facebook is just way too easy to stay in touch.
Anyway, Jon was in town for the weekend and after a couple of false starts, we managed to get together today. I haven't seen him in just over a year, I think. He came up to the house and got to meet Ken. We went out to lunch and discovered he and Ken have a LOT in common. Just about everything Jon's been able to do (mostly travel and where he's been and where he's going) is something that Ken has either done or dreams to do. They talked a lot about travel. I'm scared now if they start talking. LOL!
All in all, it was such a nice afternoon. Knowing Jon was coming was the kick in the pants I needed to get some cleaning done, too. Now that he's gone, the house can go to back to hell again.
I haven't been this happy to see a Friday night in a long time. The last couple of weeks have been pretty tiring. Besides having weekend plans the last three or four weekends, I've been working my ass off at work. The last pay period I worked 26 hours of overtime. My life has basically been get up, leave the house at 6:15 am, get home at 6:15pm, eat dinner, watch tv and pass out. Repeat. I'm very much looking forward to the next few paychecks, but other than that, I'm only looking forward to sleep.
I've had things I've wanted to talk about, but at this point, I'm lucky I can keep my eyes open. My brain is mush.
Somehow, my enthusiasm for two of DC Comics' upcoming new series started dwindling away today upon the release of the cover images for the first issues of each book. On the plus side, it looks like Earth-2 will also have a Batman, a Superman and a Wonder Woman. Yeah, that's about all I can find for a plus side based on that cover.
I'm feeling pretty bloated right now. I do this to myself all the time. I'll eat dinner, but before it can settle in my stomach, I decide I'm still hungry and get a snack or more of whatever I just ate. And then the food settles, I feel enormous and pissed off at myself. I only had a sweet potato for dinner tonight. I wasn't feeling too hungry and that was more than enough to fill me up. Or so I thought. So I fixed a bowl of yogurt and granola. And now it's all settled and I feel gross and I feel annoyed with myself.
Yesterday marked a sort of milestone for me. I've been both meat and candy free for the last three weeks. I mentioned earlier that I wanted to reduce the amount of meat in my diet. As much as I love meat, it bothers me when I think about where the meat comes from. I think about my cats and how in some cultures it's appropriate to slaughter them and eat them. It just freaks me out and makes me sad when I think about stuff like that. So three weeks ago I decided to cut back on my meat consumption. I didn't intend on going cold turkey, but that's how it's turned out. I'm going to try to make it an entire month. It's been pretty easy so far to do this. Mostly. The only problems I've run into are when I'm dining out. I guess I never realized exactly how much of a typical restaurant menu is meat based. I've found one or two things on each menu to eat, though, and I've been pretty happy with what I've gotten (except you, Wolf's 111. Please try to have some portabella on your portabella sandwich, m'kay?)
I stopped eating candy the day I stopped eating meat. That has been a bigger battle for me, truthfully. I love candy. I find I eat it constantly at work. But it's so bad for me and it's especially bad for my weight. Since I haven't been able to get to the gym as much, I'm really trying to make an effort to keep my eating in check. If I'm going to overeat, at least I'm overeating something that isn't nearly as bad for me as a bag of M&Ms. I find I'm thinking about candy all the time. But, I haven't faltered. I have a bunch of candy in my desk at work and I haven't touched one piece of it. I am chewing sugar-free gum, though, but I'm not counting that as eating candy. It's been my saving grace. Whenever the urge hits me to eat some chocolate, I pop a stuck of gum in my mouth and the urge passes.
So that's my dietary news. I'm really proud of myself for the last three weeks. I never thought I could do it. I just have to get through the weekend and I've made it four weeks. And then the pressure is off. Or is it? I find that I get very competitive with myself. When I stopped drinking soda, I just wanted to do it for a week. And that week turned into a month. And that month turned into 100 days. And that turned into six months. I didn't want to break my streak. It's been over four years since I last had a soda and I no longer miss it. I no longer dream about drinking soda. I no longer crave it. And I feel so much better physically since I ditched it. I'm thinking the same is going to happen with meat. I already feel great. I don't know if it's directly related or if it's all in my head, but I really do feel good.
I just discovered William Fitzsimmons via the Noisetrade.com website. You can get a free sampler of his music there. I've discovered a bunch of artists there that I'd never heard of before. Anyway, I don't know how I missed William Fitzsimmons in the past, but the last week or so I've more than been making up for it.