Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Whats' Been Happening Lately

With summer in full swing and our traveling plans over -- at least the ones I know of -- we are shifting gears toward enjoying all the city and our neighborhood has to offer.  We've gone to the Farmer's Market and finally got our kitchen knives sharpened.  We still need to do the steak knifes but at least this gets us through the cooking.

Since some days are too hot to play in the yard, we are spending some time in our basement.  This means i really need to work on some of the projects I've been deferring now.  I want to mount the TV to the wall and also hack an old dresser into a TV stand.  IF I'm mounting the TV, why do i need the stand you ask?  To hold the peripherals of course.

What I have not been doing is enough running.  I don't really have a Before Work because we are too busy trying to get the kids ready for daycare and us off to work.  After Work is spent getting the kids fed, bathed and put to bed.  Once that is over, it's really too late to go for a run or workout.  We are usually exhausted and just want to enjoy some down time  before bed.

Nightingale and I have started riding our bikes to Jeff Park terminal so that counts as some exercise.  We prefer getting on the El there versus Irving Park even though that station is closer. The downside is that in the evenings you can end up waiting a long time for the next 56 Milwaukee bus.

One of the things I've figured out in the last week was how to take the Pedway from the Washington Blue Line Station all the way to my office.  So when the temperature is hot, humid and Hellish, this comes in handy.  We had to switch to Washington because of the repairs at Lake Street causing a logjam on the stairway.

I joined the gym next door but am having buyer's remorse.  Even with the company discount it is too expensive for a guy with kids to indulge in.  Plus the likelihood of me using the membership enough to justify the cost is unlikely, see Moose and squirrel. 

I have 30 day trial membership and I'll see how it goes.  We get complimentary evaluations with a PT who will help us develop a personal program to achieve our goals.  If I continue the membership, I have to buy a 3 month block so maybe I'll invest in that and see if I cannot bring down some of the weight with pool on Friday and a lunch time run or two during the week.

Lastly, on the work front the new job has, as expected, gone from Honeymoon Phase to I-Like-It-75%.  It's great to be downtown again with a less stressful commute.

But my main coworker is a tad on the anal retentive side and very nit-picky about things that really don't matter and really brings me down.  I'm hoping this is just a phase and things will level off but based on the movies I've seen before, that doesn't always happen.

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