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Dec. 29th, 2008 @ 10:53 am Back to school?
I've been thinking very hard about going back to school and finishing my degree. I'm tired of being stuck in dead-end jobs that I hate, tired of trying to figure out if I can afford going to the dentist or the doctor, tired of feeling like I'm stretched too thin to help friends and family if they need it.

Admittedly, becoming a starving college student for a couple years doesn't strike me as a great way to end that feeling. "If I can only survive this acid bath for two years, I will be able to attend to the annoying rash that has plagued me."

My other difficulty with the idea is that I don't have a real passion at the moment - a CS degree with a focus in systems administration or DBA is a fantastic way to get into a job that I might not particularly like any more than what I'm doing now, but with a bigger paycheck. On the other hand, money can't buy happiness, but it helps to let you choose your misery. *shrug*

I don't know. I'm fucking beat on my current situation, but the roads out seem awfully steep, rocky, and dense with cowpats.

In other news, rung 8 on the introductory exercise ladder this morning went well, and I'm down 30 pounds from start weight. I think when I get to the lifetime ladder in 7 weeks, I will start The One Hundred Push Up Challenge. Which means that 13 weeks from now, I should be able to do 100 push ups in a row without stopping. Check back with me on April 1.
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Dec. 2nd, 2008 @ 11:53 am (no subject)
I emerged from Thanksgiving weekend without losing any weight. I didn't wind up gaining weight, and I'll consider it a victory that I went through not one, but TWO delicious thanksgiving feasts and didn't put on any weight.

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Nov. 26th, 2008 @ 08:08 am (no subject)
As of this morning, I'm down 25 pounds from my start weight, under 300 pounds for the first time in.. a while. Good progress. :)

Miles to go before I sleep, though. Fitness ladder is working well. Life continues apace.

That is all.
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Nov. 19th, 2008 @ 09:26 am Quantum of Solace...
Watched it last night, and...

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Oct. 24th, 2008 @ 06:58 pm I burn with sickness!
Yesterday, visited the doctor and got flu and pneumonia vaccines. Now, my armpit hurts like hell, I have a palm-sized bruise on my arm, and I alternately shiver and broil as my body fights against the mere corpses of influenza and pneumonia.

At least the nurse didn't soothe me with lies beforehand. I'm looking at you, giantlaser.
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Oct. 22nd, 2008 @ 03:34 pm Things I think are awesome
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Oct. 16th, 2008 @ 06:59 pm Also, again...
The new iGoogle layout chugs wang. Fucking horrible.

Left side navigation == huge waste of space if you only have a single tab.

Partial preview of all RSS feeds with no option to expand single stories == ugly and visually confusing.

Partial preview of gMail == maybe I don't want anyone looking at my google homepage to be able to read my mail?

I only hope that there is a tremendous public outcry about this and that it gets reverted soon. My homepage looks like fucking Yahoo now.
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Oct. 16th, 2008 @ 05:37 pm Stuff and things, update...
Went to dinner at Shalimar on Tuesday night. Very good food, nice service, clean restaurant. foolbunny gave it a much more thorough review. On the whole, I definitely recommend it if you enjoy Indian food.
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Oct. 10th, 2008 @ 01:30 pm Cue Charlie Brown Theme Music...
I'm not sure if it would be distracting or not, but I think it would be entertaining to write to the Charlie Brown theme song.

Anyway, updates:
Diet continues apace. I'm hitting a plateau at the moment, which is a little bit disheartening but the laws of thermodynamics rarely change to spite me, so I suspect that as long as I stick with it the weight will start coming off again.

I bought new sheets last night, $40 for 400 thread count sheet sets from Wal-Mart, I wound up picking up two sets in the hopes that it will make it more likely that I'll wash my sheets with something approaching regularity. Also, the preceding sentence is brought to you by the National Association for Maybe Occasionally Using Qualifiers Slightly Too Often In Certain Sentences Sometimes.

Krishna and I went and watched Nick & Nora's Infinite Playlist, which was a nice movie. Michael Cera, as usual, plays a painfully awkward but likable dork, and does so with his typical exceptional timing. Worth watching, probably can wait for video.
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Sep. 30th, 2008 @ 01:05 pm Progress report...
I hung out with Joel for a bit last night, had some decent conversation, and then we went downstairs to hang out with Jax, Cindy, and Tory. Very interesting conversations ensued about our current financial predicament, religion, and government.

I am profoundly grateful to have friends who can carry on a spirited and intelligent discussion on a wide variety of topics. I was perhaps more vehement in my statements about religion than I should have been, as usual, but it's a subject I feel strongly about.

As of this morning I'm down 15 pounds from start weight. Diet continues to be pretty manageable, although I have recently been less disciplined about keeping my food diary, which is a slight cause for concern, and something I'll have to be better about.

Having two high-calorie days a week is nice, just in the sense that it allows me to do things like go out for a nice dinner with Krishna or have a treat without feeling bad about cheating on the diet.

Life continues apace. Most things are pretty good, other things drive me crazy. So it is.
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