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KeysMcGee

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  1. In the immortal words of the great Leslie Jordan: "Well shit." Coming back after a while cause, well, by now you all know the drill. Work is being work. But at least I'm back to close things out for this challenge. Here's the final scoreboard: 82 minutes meditated. 5 salads prepared. 2 braises prepared. 4 bicycle miles completed. 3 puppy walk miles completed. 29 extra work hours. 10 glasses of water. I mean, the purpose of this first challenge was to at least get something going. You know, something I can measure myself by. So that's been done. When I did it, the meditation helped. When I made them, the salads were delicious. Likewise for all of the other things here. I think the reality is just that life got away from me. Seems like that's been a running theme for most of my challenge. Mrs. Keys said something to me yesterday that I thought was important: "Right now, we're in the storm. We have no business going to France or doing all of this stuff when we've got a house to deal with, a sick puppy to take care of...we're in a cocoon and we're in the middle of transforming and it's painful and difficult because transformations are hard like that. But we'll come out of this better." Maybe not quite those exact words, but that was the general thrust of what she and I discussed. And she's right. In some ways, I'm relieved that we're not going to France this year. We can regroup and get ourselves together. Work-wise, well, it's probably the same issue. When I made manager, no one told me that everything I understood about my job would change. Or maybe they did, but I wasn't listening. I think I just assumed that I'd be able to keep using the same old strategies that I'd used in the past, and I'd be fine. Because that's only fair, right? I should only have to overhaul my entire approach on my terms, and damnit, this wasn't part of the plan, so I refuse to change my strategy. Everyone else needs to change! Not me! And how's that approach working out for you, bud? Not so great? Mm-hm. Anyway, I'm seeing the writing on the wall, and it says that I need to stop fighting these new wars like I fought all the others. I need to start seeing myself as more than just a guy who works for other people and completes tasks. I need to start seeing myself as a business of one all on my own. As someone who plans, strategizes, delegates, and coaches, and not simply as someone who does his list of tasks and then calls it a night. This is the new normal, and I can fight against it, or I can accept it for what it is. So that's what I'm gonna have to do. I'm gonna have to accept it, and I'm gonna have to start changing. See y'all in the next one.
  2. Coriander. Are these whole spices or ground ones? Or does it vary? I freaking love fennel, especially in sausages. Ground fennel is delicious on pizza, too.
  3. About that. Prognosis is that they need to amputate the back leg due to the cancer (spindle cell sarcoma in case you're curious). Problem is that the other leg has an ACL issue which also needs an operation. So, we're kind of in a catch 22. And then, due to the cost of two operations and repairs to the house and everything else, we've made the executive decision to cancel postpone the France trip. So we're pretty disappointed about that, too. But it is what it is.
  4. This definitely might have a huge impact on your mood and focus. Definitely worked for me. Granted, my computer area was a disaster as we had tried cramming my home computer, my work laptop and monitor, a second work-related laptop, not to mention various other papers and implements all on one desk due to the...incident. For what it's worth, I love this guy's take on the meal prep strategy:
  5. Update for today: 82 minutes meditated. 5 salads prepared. 2 braises prepared. 4 bicycle miles completed. 2 puppy walk miles completed. 19.5 extra work hours. 8 glasses of water. Trip to puppy oncologist happens tomorrow (first consultation since vet found new lumps on his leg). Wish the little dude luck. In other news, I'm firing back up my Habitica app since that seems to be a more useful method of tracking some of these totals than what I was using in Click up (and I get so busy that coming on here to do it regularly isn't really in the cards for me).
  6. Update for today: 82 minutes meditated. 5 salads prepared. 2 braises prepared. 4 bicycle miles completed. 2 puppy walk miles completed. 17.5 extra work hours. 6 glasses of water. Wife and I did a big clean fest yesterday am because I was getting ready to crawl out of my skin with the place being a mess. It's not even that I mind messes that much--Ordinarily, I don't. But since the pipe burst issue back on Christmas, we're now operating with 33% less house. That means that the gear that was downstairs (what wasn't thrown out due to water damage) is now up here. Work set up, music gear, everything. And after trying to manage for the better part of a month, I think I was getting ready to lose my mind. Turns out that all we needed was to add another table and shift some stuff around. Aside from that, I'm finding motivation to do anything but sit on the couch and stare off into space difficult. Even now after so much productivity. However, I did take the puppies on a walk yesterday. It was going to be my bike ride day, but given everything with Pickle's operation coming up, I decided that quality time with the boys was more important. Seems to be the general theme as I'm growing older: I'm feeling a general sense of the impermanence of everything hanging over me. Partially because my puppies are growing older (we've had them since they were literal puppies) and partially because so am I and so is everyone else that I know. Biking by myself doesn't seem to do it for me anymore because that's something that takes away my attention from things that seem to be more important right now: Hanging out with my buddies.
  7. The condescension alone would have driven me to distraction. Welcome back.
  8. Update for today: 82 minutes meditated. 5 salads prepared. 1 braises prepared. 4 bicycle miles completed. 14.5 extra work hours. 4 glasses of water. Mood:
  9. Update for today: 72 minutes meditated. 5 salads prepared. 1 braises prepared. 4 bicycle miles completed. 14.5 extra work hours. 4 glasses of water.
  10. We use a pizza herb and spice blend recipe that involves ground up fennel seeds. It's one of my favorite things to make because ground fennel smells heavenly.
  11. Update for today: 72 minutes meditated. 4 salads prepared. 1 braises prepared. 4 bicycle miles completed. 13 extra work hours. 3 glasses of water.
  12. Update for today: 62 minutes meditated. 4 salads prepared. 1 braises prepared. 4 bicycle miles completed. 13 extra work hours. 1 glasses of water. A challenge tweak: I'm not going to do the "out of" part anymore (the "out of 170" or whatever.) Instead, I'll just do these as a raw score. The goal for this challenge will be to set the bar for future challenges. We'll see how that works out. Also adding a water-drinking component. Seems like it's a good idea to drink more water. I don't drink enough. It says 4.52 because I forgot and left Strava running while I went in to the gas station to buy a barbecue sandwich. Today was a productive day. Decluttered a bit. Cleaned a bit. Bought a power tool. Rode the bike. Had beers. Came home with homemade tomato soup.
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