7-Jan-2016


What I bought.

Smart Wool Headband – $19.35

What I did.

Came home from work and did some 4:20. Very excited to see where Skype for Business on mobile devices is being led. I spent all of last year prepping for expanding our instant messaging platform to the mobile space. Now were going beyond simple IM and presence. Video. Audio. Wi-fi audio.

The obstacle is the path. I refuse to deviate from this.

The soreness from last night is finding it’s way into my muscles. Good. I deserve it. So tonight I’m vegging. The wife is working a bit late so she’ll grab some Outback and we’ll enjoy Blacklist.

I’m powering through multiple posts today (Friday) because I became immersed in the negativity of “why”. Why am I writing this again? Why do I feel any need to share this? Why am I not doing this privately? Why am I not doing this a nightly routine?

The obstacle is the path.

The routine thing, again. But that’s what this is for. Finding the flaws in the reasoning and fixing it. Finding the ambiguity of the trail and building a cairn. My friend Philip shared how he started designating days for what his workout will be. Boom. If behavior is to be changed it must be managed. Like controlling a river the flow must be damned in order to direct the force of flow. Damned means two things.

The obstacle is the path.

So after one week of this new habit I’ve discovered the following:

  1. I must get to sleep at a decent hour.
  2. I must get up no later than 6 am.
  3. I must be happy when I do not meet expectations.
  4. I must document what I spend rather than trying to remember it.
  5. I must make a plan for the week.

I forgot to add that I walked my dog yesterday. My wife and daughter the dogs today. I sure am glad I posted Two Tuesday Quotes.

If someone is reading this I sure hope you had a great day. And if you didn’t I hope you can reflect upon the day and find something great about it.

6-Jan-2016


What I bought.

Lunch – $8

What I did.

I’m not reading. I’m not listening to audio books. I’m not doing well with this transition from vacation and holiday season to 2016. Thankfully today is personal trainer day. Sadly the weather here in Jacksonville is more like Seattle. It’s cold. It’s raining. And I’m going to exercise.

Smart choice. Today our trainer, Lisa, focused on a nice four station routine. We had eight minutes per station, with four exercises to perform w/in the time frame. Four minutes in the ski cap was off. 10 minutes in the gloves were off. A strong dose of core and cardio, and while I fully expect to feel sore on Friday I approached every exercise with a focus on technique. It’s times like this when I’m reminded of all the wasted years spent training in the gym. With no desire to ever be a body builder my weight lifting regiment was not something that was consistent with my fitness goals. Trust me. If you were to look at me you’d be asking how much and how often I lifted. The past three years have been spent dealing with back/shoulder pain (and of course I sought no medical help) so whatever gains I had were depleted. But I’m not here to discuss my present physical appearance, nor speak to what I’ve trained for the past 20 or so years. My pedestrian advice is four-fold.

  1. Know what you’re training for. If it’s simply recreational then find a way to get fit outdoors. Enjoy the scenery and the company. Gyms suck, but they are nice to have around. But there is enough outside to keep you busy, and get you strong.
  2. Nutrition. Nutrition. Nutrition. There’s a reason why any and all fitness folks press this point. It doesn’t mean starving yourself with a diet, but rather it’s a matter of being mindful of your intake and then working off what you put in. Stay away from processed food and added sugar. Gospel.
  3. One is a lonely number. So here’s the caveat to that. When I’m trail running I love my music/audio book. But when I’m done I prefer someone to share the experience with. You don’t have to talk while your working out, but simply being in the presence of other people can be motivating and emotionally/mentally healthy.
  4. Fun should be fitness. Paddle boards. Kayaks. Spartan races. See where I’m going?

I brought lunch. But damn it if I didn’t get hooked by Muscle Milk and coconut water.

5-Jan-2016


What I bought.

Dinner w/my wife – $87

What I did.

Good day at the office. Well, my study. Followed up on a request to repurpose Lync 2010 servers for my effort to build out Lync 2013 Enterprise and upgrade to Skype for Business 2015. Process at the Bank has become very, how should I say this, like walking blind through a burning forest. You can feel where you should and shouldn’t go, but the heat is all around you so you’re more reacting to falling timber. But there are good people, with admirable work ethics, so the community helps alleviate the heat. I also solidified the gleaning date and now it’s a matter of finding a couple of properties we can leverage. The great thing about my contact within the Bank is that she was looking for something different for this international team builder. She appears to have an outdoor spirit so when she saw my event on the Bank’s calendar for the 4th Annual Jacksonville Citrus harvest at month’s end she saw an opportunity to both build people and the community. She further mentioned she’d like to make this an annual event.

Never forget good people will find good news and want to be part of spreading it.

My trip to my insurance was both informative and entertaining. We covered life, auto and home. It had been so long between visits that I sat for at least an hour just absorbing the policy reviews. It is so important to meet, I believe annually, in order to understand what changes are in store for the coming year. I would also recommend asking questions about the history of the insurance industry. One tidbit I learned was how, up to the 1940’s, banks in New York managed every aspect of whatever stood for home owner’s insurance (this is a nuanced statement that I haven’t fact checked, but I trust my source). The depth to what presented itself as insurance was like stacking blocks, so when changes were made to package insurance it really changed how American’s dealt with insurance. I need to read some books on this subject.

I also had a short and civil discussion with a friend on Facebook regarding the Affordable Care Act and whether financial or physical suffering should be a concern when enacting such a law. He didn’t agree with my question, fairly noting I shouldn’t paint it as a decision between only these two items considering quality of care is also at play. I didn’t disagree with him, but I did note such a concern is secondary to how we decide. For example, quality of care can be different based on whether we consider how we act to be a question of money or suffering. The question is who gets the lower quality of care, those in need or those with the means to overcome a higher cost. At base it’s a question of how we approach suffering. Is our decision utilitarian? Is it a question of social justice? His framing of it as painting it narrowly I didn’t agree with.