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On 10/16/2017 at 8:33 AM, KB Girl said:

Very exciting :)

It's hard to find a dutch person under 50 who doesn't speak English anyway, so I wouldn't worry about it. 

Hooray, I get to be a lazy American! :)

On 10/16/2017 at 10:33 AM, LadyShello said:

I think I'd prefer Amsterdam over Hawaii too.  Good choice. 

Being on the beach doesn't hold much allure for me. I'd feel like I have to get in shape for that. Although now that I may get to be KG Girl, her guy (I Mirrodin was his hand when he was on NF) , and KB Baby, I kind of feel like I need to do that anyway.

On 10/16/2017 at 11:33 AM, Rooks said:

I did the Big Island when I went to Hawaii back in 2008. It was solid, but I had a "local" (high school friend that was teaching out there at the time) showing me around. Big island was much less touristy and was pretty fun. Went to a bunch of beaches (Green Sand in the south and Black Sand in the north were the coolest IMO) and going to the top of Mauna Kea to see the Keck Observatory was pretty cool. But anyway... you aren't going there so I'll stop rambling. :)

 

Amsterdam sounds awesome. I should really chat with Danika about us figuring something out that week. Getting to work is going to be crazy that week I imagine. 

:) for us, the Super Bowl would have been inescapable if we had stayed. If nothing else, work from home that week.

20 hours ago, LouCarJo said:

Ooh Amsterdam, that’ll be fun!  How long for?

only a few days unfortunately. We fly out on Wednesday, arrive on Thursday, have Friday - Monday there and fly back on Tuesday. Probably just enough to whet the appetite.

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15 hours ago, The Most Loathed said:

Hooray, I get to be a lazy American! :)

Being on the beach doesn't hold much allure for me. I'd feel like I have to get in shape for that. Although now that I may get to be KG Girl, her guy (I Mirrodin was his hand when he was on NF) , and KB Baby, I kind of feel like I need to do that anyway.

Hah! I was going to say 'don't be silly' but you might like the motivation? I wouldn't want to ruin a good thing ;) anyway, you'll have plenty of clothes on here in February, so ehh.. just make sure you have a strong handshake? ;) 

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5 hours ago, KB Girl said:

Hah! I was going to say 'don't be silly' but you might like the motivation? I wouldn't want to ruin a good thing ;) anyway, you'll have plenty of clothes on here in February, so ehh.. just make sure you have a strong handshake? ;) 

You know, I had to shake some people's hands recently and was really blown away by how..not even weak but ethereal they were. There was no grip, no weight and they felt like that had fragile little bird bones in their hands. I'm not a crusher when I shake hands so it's not like anyone took there hand back in pain but I was just left thinking, how do you not just randomly break things in day to day living?

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Wednesday was deadlift but I had overstretch my lower back sitting in a crapy chair so I wasn't feeling 100% so I didn't push

deadlift 325 5 x5

band assisted pull up 4 x 6

barbell row 135 5 x 5

straight leg dead lift 185 5 x 5

 

then I did Elements, repeating workout 1 from week 3, bent arm bear

bent arm bear 10 minutes including rest. This ended up being 3 minutes on, 2 minutes off x 2

then 1 minute on, 1 minute off for two rounds of bear, monkey and frogger.

Went home tired

 

Tonight was game night so instead of working out I had nachos, two beers and played for rounds of code names. 

 

I have work stuff to talk about (all good) but it's late so I'll try to get to it in the coming days. 

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Hehehe, I can only imagine how a hand shake must be from your perspective. I'm not that ridiculously strong :P but really weak handshakes do give me the ickies.

Why band assisted pull ups? do you hate negatives too? 

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4 minutes ago, KB Girl said:

Hehehe, I can only imagine how a hand shake must be from your perspective. I'm not that ridiculously strong :P but really weak handshakes do give me the ickies.

Why band assisted pull ups? do you hate negatives too? 

Handshakes are a weird hold over from a time long gone. I try to make sure I don't crush but I have had a couple times where I've seen the person do the little wave after getting a hand shake that tells me I went to hard. I had a farm boy once challenge me to crush hands. We hit an absolute stalemate. We stood there for a minute, both trying to crush, neither feeling crushed before we just called it. I'll take a draw with a farm boy as validation. Anyone who work with their hands everyday will beat someone like me usually. I've actually just always wondered how it is for other people. I have short but thick hands and my kettlebell calluses (which are diminishing under the current training regimen), I've always wondered if other people notice them. 

 

Honestly, I hadn't really considered negatives. Considering they only have one strength of band at the gym, that I have been able to find, these will be a nice addition. Thank you.

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On 20/10/2017 at 9:32 PM, The Most Loathed said:

Handshakes are a weird hold over from a time long gone. I try to make sure I don't crush but I have had a couple times where I've seen the person do the little wave after getting a hand shake that tells me I went to hard. I had a farm boy once challenge me to crush hands. We hit an absolute stalemate. We stood there for a minute, both trying to crush, neither feeling crushed before we just called it. I'll take a draw with a farm boy as validation. Anyone who work with their hands everyday will beat someone like me usually. I've actually just always wondered how it is for other people. I have short but thick hands and my kettlebell calluses (which are diminishing under the current training regimen), I've always wondered if other people notice them. 

 

Honestly, I hadn't really considered negatives. Considering they only have one strength of band at the gym, that I have been able to find, these will be a nice addition. Thank you.

I sat through a meeting once between two very senior people (I was there as scribe), who spent the beginning talking about how fathers of good families teach their children (sons...) how to shake hands properly and how one of them was doing some outreach programme teaching the less well-off how to shake hands so they could try for a prestigious career...  I obviously went to tell my dad that he’d failed me ;-)

 

For pull ups, doing isometric holds at the top, then at regular intervals on the way down have been quite instructive for me, showing that my weakest point by far is the step the one before the bottom.  That’s also where I get stuck on the way up.  So the isometric holds allow me to isolate that weak point and work on it.  Though I’m also doing banded pull ups too - attacking from all angles I guess!

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7 hours ago, LouCarJo said:

For pull ups, doing isometric holds at the top, then at regular intervals on the way down have been quite instructive for me, showing that my weakest point by far is the step the one before the bottom.  That’s also where I get stuck on the way up.  So the isometric holds allow me to isolate that weak point and work on it.  Though I’m also doing banded pull ups too - attacking from all angles I guess!

For me the weakest point is the top 25%. I can go from 0-50% easily and often, getting past the midpoint is more likely to miss but that last bit, the bit of getting my chin over the bar, that is was keeps me in the low single digits.

 

Saturday workout - I decided to do olympic lifts Saturday since I can't do them Monday (because they are still having the Oly class). 

Clean, Clean and Jerk x 5 185 lbs

Clean Pulls 3 x 3 225

Snatch x 10 115 lbs

forgot to do snatch pulls

Front Squat 185 3 x 3

Overhead Squat 95 3 x 3

 

I adapted this workout from Catalyst Athletics. I really enjoyed the heavy pulls. I came in for what I thought would be a pretty mild workout and pretty quickly found that my nervous system had turns things up to an 11. I was pulling especially hard but I was just excited, wanted to do more work than anticipated. It felt really good.

 

 

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No kettlebell juggling today. Instead, I ate a waffles... more on waffles if I remember.

 

We didn't make it to the Y. I was going to do Elements. 

I did make myself go down to the apartment gym. In hindsight it would have been a workout better skipped but I did it anyway

 

1 arm clean 28 kg 1:00 L, 1:00 R, 1:00 rest x 5

2 arm long cycle 20 kg 1:00 on, 1:00 off x 5

I started a snatch set but my hands were feeling a little beat up

I was trying to stay away from squat, lunges and jerks because I'd still like to squat heavy tomorrow. So I got a good sweat worked up but don't feel like it was a great workout. 

 

waffles. I have a strange relationship with waffles. They always sound good to me except when I actually sit down somewhere that has waffles and look at the rest of the menu and decide, no, I think I'll have the omelet or skillet or whatever has a ton of eggs and veggies. My waffle craving was at an all time high last year on the Colorado trip. I got it in my head that nothing would be better than coming back from hours of hiking to a waffle feast. We had a waffle maker in the house. I had people ask me what I wanted. I said waffle. No one made me waffles. It kind of annoyed me because I rarely ask for anything but when I did, it got blown off.

So since then Laura remembers me asking for waffles and mentions them whenever we go places that have waffles. The thing is, I don't love a waffle. I like one, but I don't love it. Today, I decided, was a day for a waffle, at least once Laura asked me to go out for breakfast. We went over to Eggy's and I reviewed the menu. Man, the omelet looked good. No! I was here for waffle. 

I reviewed the waffles. There was a waffle with powdered sugar, maybe. A waffle with chocolate chip, nope, A waffle with banana, double nope. A caramel apple waffle, oh that could be good. In the end I decided that the caramel apple waffle might be more sugar than I was down for and went with a plain waffle and a side of sausage. It was disappointing. It'll be a bit before I request a waffle again.

 

I mentioned work stuff a couple posts back. Let's see if I can do that justice before I get tired of typing and decide to head to bed. 

I started my new gig something like a month ago. I don't recall the exact date. I'm still with the same company but I shifted into the IT department. In my old job a big part of my job was waiting to get permission to access data. I found out about the ELZ which basically has a copy of all the data and tried to get in but it never happened. 

Fast forward about six months, I saw that the ELZ was hiring. After a year of struggling to get access to data and knowing it was all in the ELZ I decided to apply. I knew right away that I was not going to get the gig. It was a degree of technical acumen that I didn't/don't have. I decided to embrace that. I went in telling them that I knew I didn't know but that I could learn. More, I told them that I think what they are doing is important for the company and I really believed it. They decided to hire me based on a belief that I could learn and, I think, the knowledge that I had tried to be a customer and seemed to still strongly believe in the project.

As a part of my negotiations to get the job I asked for one thing, that I not have to drive down to their office. I got the go ahead to work from downtown with the understanding that sometimes I would have to make the drive. Since then I've been driving two days a week. I have downtown office too but I haven't used it. I work from home most days and I love it. We don't have our office set up yet so I sit at the dining room table and work. It's not ideal but I love it. 

On days that I work from home I get to make myself a hot breakfast and a hot lunch. They're even typically pretty healthy. I also take the dogs out for an extra walk at noon which I really enjoy. On days that I work from the office I typically buy a sandwich for lunch and end up working longer than I intend. Not ideal but definitely tolerable, especially since I only intend to be in the office one day a week in the longer run.

In my new job I am busy every day. I've never had a job where I feel like I'm constantly busy. I'm totally not minding it. I go in with a list of things I want to do. I start working on them, new things come up, I reprioritize and keep going. It's not to the point where I feel like I can never make headway. I feel like I make some progress everyday. 

I haven't yet learned the technical aspects of my job. I have training booked in a couple weeks to wrap that up. I'm not intimidated by the technical aspects. It all makes sense to me I just need to learn the bits and pieces. The intimidating aspect of my job is the business help that they need. 

My boss has acknowledged that he sucks at meeting customer needs. He was hired to run this database and he does a pretty good job of it. But making the process of getting in and getting out, communicating to customers, dealing with request for enhancements or complaints, none of those are his wheelhouse. So he's kind of pushing those off on me. 

Even though I didn't really sign up to fix their business process I'm enjoying it. I'm optimistic that I can help out a lot. They need the help, they know it, their customers know it. Everyone is really cool though. We have a couple customers that are a little more grumpy than they have rights to but overall everyone is fun to talk to and open to talking and just excited to see improvements happening 

So I'm really happy with my new job. 

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Awesome about the job. And too bad about the waffles, but doesn't that seem to be the way with things we crave, the expectation never lives up to the hype. Or maybe since you've been hanging around Lady Shello that you are now a pancake fan (her doodlie group) instead of a waffle fan (her doodlie arch-nemesis).

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I think German waffles are really good.  We had a German waffle maker growing up, and it was always the Christmas morning breakfast. If you’re close enough to the border on your Netherlands trip you might get lucky.  The Dutch do nice caramel waffle biscuit things (or at least I liked them as a child!).

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