End of Week Report 05/23/09

It was a productive week at the management center.  I had my carpenters working on trimwork (arches, window casing, chair rail, and base molding) painters doing touch up, tinners installing ductwork and exhaust fans, and electricians wiring up switches and outlets.  We had 2 of the outside columns completed, and work began on the front.  10 hour days through Thursday and an 8 on Friday.  All said and done – 50 hours for the week.  This is going to be my last week at the conference center for a while since the demolitions job is starting up on Tuesday.

I’ve been trying to eat better and maintain the weight loss that I’ve achieved already.  I’ve only gained back 3 pounds in the last two weeks.  I’m eating real food, staying away from sugar and moderating what I consume.  I think in a couple weeks I’ll get back on the plan to lose some more weight.

I wasn’t planning on a lot of projects this weekend.  Wash the car, clean the condo, work on organizing some of the DVDs.  It’s a restful weekend time.

I think I’m back to square one.  I was informed that logistics just suck sometimes and when scheduling doesn’t work – it makes things difficult.  I’d still like to work something out with the girl, but I get the impression that I’m being kicked to the door.  It sucks and I feel like utter shit right now, but that will pass (right).  Part of me wants to look to the sky and say:

Hey, don’t I deserve a “Happily Ever After”?  I see people in prison, convicted child molesters, murderers, thieves who get groupies!  I’m a nice guy who takes care of himself – house, car, no bill collectors calling him, stable job… when is it my turn?  Did I lose my place in line?  WTF?!

End of Week Report 05/16/09

A truly busy week.  I had flooring guys in at the beginning of the week laying VCT tile throughout.  I had planned for a pneumatic test on the gas line, but that took until Thursday to begin.  I had Monday off and unfortunately it took 3 days to catch up on missing Monday.  Thursday I went home sick (more on that later) and the gas test didn’t pass until Friday morning.  Friday morning, painters were in to prep the exterior trimwork and to install the interior columns. Once the pneumatic test was complete, I had the drywallers install the last of the board in the kitchen.  Saturday work consisted of skim coating the drywall in the kitchen, hanging doors, and setting cabinetry in the kitchen.

I was pretty moody all week, I wasn’t where it was coming from but I found out later.  On Thursday morning, I woke up with a real bad stomach ache.  I thought it was just hunger and I stopped for some breakfast before going into work.  My lower back was hurting and it was getting worse.  Soon it got so bad, I cut out of work and two of the other Superintendents covered for me.  On the way home, I was going in an out of consciousness and took a slight detour when I got off the highway.  I took a little nap in the park.  Eventually it was determined that I had severe dehydration with an electrolyte imbalance.  After I had fluids and electrolytes and a significant nap – I was in good shape.
I don’t know why it happened, but I know the warning signs beforehand.  Including nervous ticks, mood shifts, and the before mentioned cramping.

There’s not much in the way of weekend projects this week.  I’m going to be doing laundry and picking up the place.  I got back to work on Monday morning so Saturday night and Sunday are my “work” days.  I might do a little work on the DVD shelving.

This week I saw the season finale for THE OFFICE.  In years past, I thought the writing was well done and the storyline fit in the season as a nice bookend.  This year’s finale should have been an hour long to wrap up the season more effectively.  The Michael and Holly storyline was sad.  Unfortunately, this year seemed to be all over the place and there wasn’t a single thread running through the episodes.  (SPOILER) With Pam and Jim not expected parent’s, this should make for an interesting season in the fall.

I look forward to the finale Monday night for HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER.

End of Week Report 05/09/09

Relatively easy work week.  The drywallers finished up by Wednesday with the Level 5 skim coat finish.  Painters were in Thursday morning to prime and first coat paint.  VCT tile was delivered Friday afternoon to acclimate over the weekend.  Install next week.  I had to pull a Saturday shift, but we were gone before lunch and the drive back to Toledo was a breeze.

I am below 241#.  That puts me 41 pounds lighter than when I started the new meal plan. I think I may take a break from the weight loss for a bit and try and maintain my level point.  Maybe get a new bicycle or some freeweights to get moving.  Not real happy with the “love handles” and/or “beer gut” but that will soon pass.

This week, my horoscope stated: “Kenneth,  Your love life slows down a bit today. You may have some feeling of insecurity right now because your partner’s attention is on other matters. Keep in mind that they have a life of their own too. If you are single, you may encounter someone who is older than you.”
I’ve been feeling nervous lately.  It’s been a while since I’ve seen her and busy schedules get in the way of things.  I don’t want to go overboard (patience is not one of my personality traits) and my OCD makes my thoughts spin like a hamster wheel on speed overnights.  Some people have a garden hose of thoughts overnight, mine’s a firehose.

I ended up only working 1/2 day on Saturday.  So by the time I got back to Toledo, it was lunchtime.  I stopped by Lowe’s and picked up some DIY supplies for the weekend:

  • Bar unit.  It was stained last weekend a natural/cherry stain.  This weekend it will get a satin stain.  2 coats with a light 220 grit sand in between.  I need to think about getting it filled.  I’ve been slack and only have 2 bottles of booze:
  1. Jose Cuervo – tequila (1/4 bottle left)
  2. Viper – sour apple shooter
  • DVD Storage Unit.  The last one for this series.   I will build it Sunday morning and install it.  The last of the DVDs are going to be sorted out and into storage by end of weekend.
  • Popcorn ceiling.  The last of the popcorn ceiling in the bedroom/office.  I got a tarp down this afternoon and will spray and scrape Saturday night.  A little patch work on the holes and prime and paint and it will be so much better.  All that is needed is for the trimwork to be pulled, primed, and painted.  That’s for another day.


End of Week Report 05/02/09

Well this week we got drywall taped up. I also had electricians putting in the can lights. That’s about it. I had to work a Saturday (and will be for the foreseeable future) which made things very quiet. No one on site. Stress free week.

This week I took a “raw veggie” week – nothing but raw vegetables – mostly salads for lunches. It was filling. I have dropped to 242# – 40 pounds less than when I started March 2. It doesn’t look like 200ish by my birthday, but it’ll be something.

Don’t really know where I stand on this one.  We went out a couple times, and I like her.  I fear that I may be a little “overly enthusiastic” and scared her off.  She has a busy schedule and mine is not exactly ideal – but I will keep up a positive answer for now.

First, my Instructable (http://www.instructables.com/id/DVD-Shelving-for-20-ish) has hit 290 views in less than a week.  So, I’m pretty stoked about that one.

It’s another DIY weekend, and I’m going to try and get 2 things done:

  • DVD Shelving – number 4 (Titles beginning with “S”)
  • The “Bar” – it’s about time I start on it.  I changed some aspects of it since the “design” phase – so actual production should start.  I’ll document this one as well.

I have an idea for some sort of podcasting.  I’m running it by some friends right now for their input.  It involves a revolving group of presenters and a pop-culture spin to things.  It might work.

This isn’t normally something I would blog about, but when I got home today – I was really craving pizza.  (not on the meal plan, but let’s forget about that for the moment)  I logged onto Papa Johns for my usual order.  I find out that they no longer deliver to my address!  The store that used to service my area has closed.  I was pissed, but I went with the back-up Pizza Pan.  I’ve ordered from them before and was always pleased.  But things were not to be as they were no longer delivering to my address either.  I tried Jimmy Johns as a second back-up and nothing.  So I nuked something from the freezer.  rrgh.

I am “resigning” tonite from my Dunder Mifflin Infinity Office in Toledo.  DMI is a virtual office and social networking site set up my NBC for fans of THE OFFICE.  I was one of the first people to sign up two summers ago and I petitioned to become the District Manager.  I didn’t get it then.

After “working” with my co-workers over the last two seasons, I have developed some pretty good friendships.  It was a tough decision to quit the site, but I was not having fun any more.  It feels to me like the NBC portion that controls the site has contempt for the players.  The games (“tasks”) aren’t all that well thought out and multiple times throughout the year, crashed the site because of traffic.  To any of my “co-workers”…goodbye. =(

End of Week Report 4/26/09


Work went well this week.  It didn’t look like it was going to be one, but we finally got the transformer at the conference center powered and ready to go.  There was a small snafu with the temp power – but that is all worked out.  I had 2 board hangers putting up drywall all week.  By Friday, the board was hung, corner bead on Monday, paint colors were picked, and my guys were drilling holes for can lights.  Next week starts the “accelerated schedule” which is 6-days a week.  So I end up working Saturdays but bring home some overtime.  Yeah – let’s see this in action.


I realized this week just how much weight I lost.  I actually feel lighter on my feet.  It’s somewhere near 30 pounds (hoping I’m under 250 by now).  I’ve been eating chicken soup all week and walking around when I can.  I’ve developed a taste for Diet Coke  Lime.    My “beer belly” is almost gone – still some exercising to do.


It’s not exactly clear right now…maybe more information at a later date.  But there is someone that I’ve gone out with fairly regularly this month that I am very interested in.  She’s a cutie.


I’m going to try and make this a DIY weekend.    I’m heading to Lowe’s in the morning with the intend of building a few more pieces of furniture.

  • DVD Shelving – I’m going to build another unit and sort out DVDs D-F.  That should take me to 700ish filed.
  • Bar Unit – This week I came up with an idea for a bar unit for downstairs.    It’s 7′ tall by 3′ wide.  Space below for the bottles and above for the glassware.  A light at the 36″ mark for making drinks.  There might be a side cabinet for wine bottles (maybe).

End of Week Report 4/10/09


Work continues on the conference center.  It snowed Monday and Tuesday, which made working conditions “fun” – we (and when I say “we”, I mean those more capable of hand-eye coordination while I stepped back to supervise and not lose any digits) tried to get some of the outside vinyl siding repaired, but a lot of it cracked in the weather.  By Wednesday, I had pipe fitters back to finish the sprinkler install.  On Thursday, insulators, pipefitters, my carpenters, and the sun made an appearance which made for a productive day.  Today was a wrap up of sorts as I had a worker sweep down the place while the insulators finished sealing up the place and the sprinklers undergoing their pressure test.


Report later this weekend.


I was eating like I should all week.  No cheating on the meal plan.  I feel lighter around the “spare tire” region and my face looks thinner.  I haven’t noticed it before.  I’ve been told that I appear taller, but maybe it’s because I’m standing up straighter (?).  This weekend should be a challenge – with Easter on Sunday.


I have dinner plans for Saturday and Easter with the family on Sunday afternoon, so my list this weekend is limited.

  • Finish moving computer items upstairs to the loft.
  • Clean out the car – including the car mats.  Possibly getting the carpet cleaned (it’s bad)
  • Draw out plans for the television shelf  downstairs (stereo, DVD player, Slingbox, Digital Receiver, etc)


I posted a video for my nieces and nephew – asking for artwork for my condo.  It was really more of an exercise in editing and getting a music bed to work right.  If anyone knows of a good royalty-free music site, please pass it along.  I’m going to try and get something up each week.

Sunday Ramblings

meezanimatedbodyshot300x4002I updated the theme today – not 100% on this one, but it is better than what I had before.  I like the blue.

It’s a nice day outside and I have the windows open to get some fresh air in the condo.

I was out this morning to the Kroger to get food for the week – turkey and peppers for the week.  Nothing out of the usual.  I’m heading into Easter week, so this should be fun.

I went out to dinner last night – awesome girl.  Original plan was to go to The Village Idiot in Maumee, but it was packed – so we ended up at Bar Louie in Perrysburg.  I like her.

This morning, I found my meez.com account and updated my avatar.  This is what I got.

I’m going to set up my PC upstairs in the loft.  I want to network it together with a couple other desktops I’ve acquired to make a studio area.  I need to pick up a couple more door blanks for tables (they work great).  I also need a storage solution for the DVD collection.  Any ideas?  I have almost 300 cases that need to be displayed out.  I may have to make custom shelving.


My duck-couple was waiting for me when I got home.  These two have been by

my condo every Sunday morning for the last year or so (while the weather was warm).  One morning I caught them on my roof.  They show up in the morning and are gone my 9am.  Maybe this is the solution to all the bread I have stored in the freezer.  If I thaw it out and leave it for them, that would free up some room AND I wouldn’t have all that food wasted.  Good idea!

Reposted Blog: The need to vent

Sunday, April 15, 2007

The need to vent

Current mood:  aggravated

Category: Jobs, Work, Careers

Today was supposed to be my day off.  I was really looking forward to it – I worked hard all week and I was really anticipating reading the Sunday paper while eating a bowl of Captain Crunch while America’s Top 40 played in the background (I’ve never listened to the entire broadcast – it’s one of my life goals to hear all 40 songs at least once).

Well, I woke up when I heard the beep on my answering machine.  It was one of my Assistant Managers at work.  She called because the other two managers (both closing) called off for the day.  I took a deep breath and rolled out of bed.  I called her back and told her that I just needed to shower and grub some food and I would be in.  It’s funny to me that both seemed fine yesterday, but are sick today…must have been their turn to call off.

Well, showered and all prettified, I went in to work.  Normal day – finishing getting the truck processed – making a schedule for next week.  Cleaning, organizing, and mocking those I work with.

My other assistant came in to help processed the truck (I told everyone that if we get it done before end of day Sunday we didn’t have to work long days on truck day) – and he let me vent.  He understands that if I keep it inside and let it fester – it only gets worse and then it turns into lifelong bitterness.  I understand it and agree that it’s part of my personality – albeit a terrible trait (and sometimes humorous to those around me).

We were out by 6:00 p.m.  Snow all melted by now.  Only 3 people cursing us on the way out because we were closed.  That’s pretty good.  I was singing out loud while driving home to get the last little remnants of  anger out of my system.

Be back at the store in 12 hours….gotta love it.

Reposted Blog: Weight Loss Challenge – January 2007

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Weight Loss Challenge – January 2007
Current mood:  weird
Category: Goals, Plans, Hopes

I entered into a Weight Loss Challenge with a co-worker a couple days ago.  It’s perfect time to start a program of eating better and lose a couple lbs.  I’ll admit the first couple days haven’t been the best – the first thing I gave up was soda.  Now, the caffeine withdrawals have been horrific – the headaches are mind numbing.

Then – I decided to stop hitting the fast food places.  No more Taco Bell, Schlotsky’s, Wendy’s…

Water – my new best friend.  I drink a lot of it throughout the day.  Makes regular food seem overly salted now.  I guess that’s my body’s way of compensating.

This of course threw my sugar off kilter and I ate a bunch of Crisco-Coconut Little Debbie Snack cakes.  Yummy.  (stupid-stupid-stupid)

Then this cold hit – worst possible fu**in’ timing.  I’m trying to eat better and then I run into a cold.  I’ve been eating hot food to try and burn off the infection – and hot tea and honey helps the throat.  On the plus side, I haven’t really eaten anything substantial in the last couple days.

I signed up for the Rite Aid – Rite Weight Challenge.  Every day, they are going to provide uplifting quotes, direction, and recipes to keep me on target.  My starting weight 264 (I know…)  If I lose 10% – I will be happy.  I just need to get the spare tire out of here.

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