And then suddenly, it’s over…

Where did March go? Wasn't it just last week that I was giddily writing about my month's time off and how much I was going to enjoy it? How much I was going to get done? All my big, big plans?


But now it's April first, and I'm back to work. I am back at Amgen again, though in a different job, in a different department on a different project. This is also only a 3-4 month contract, so that's doable.

I didn't get as much done as I'd hoped (naturally), but did make some important progress on several fronts. My trip to the wargames convention where I had a flea market table netted me just over $2,000 which was kind of a surprise. I've already trumpeted my health and weight successes, and I'm now down to 177 pounds, just in time for my physical on Wednesday. That's 30 pounds less than last year. And the birthday's coming up Sunday.

What was really fun, though, was my trip last week out to the deserts and Central Valley. I left Tuesday morning and drove out to Palm Springs where I enjoyed the historic district, a little outlet mall shopping and a side trip up to Yucca Valley and Joshua Tree. Wednesday, I made my way across the desert the “back way” via Lucerne Valley, Victorville, Boron and Mojave, then over the Tehachapi pass to Bakersfield. This time of year, the scenery through the pass was spectacular—everything green with the poppies and lupin starting to blossom on the oak-dotted hillsides. It was the quintessential central California landscape.

Then I spent the afternoon, overnight and the next day in Bakersfield, one of my favorite places. I really started getting serious about gathering research and information for my novel (which is set there) and generally had a wonderful time. Barbecue dinner at Famous Dave's, evening stroll along the Kern River, a signature Black & White sundae for dessert at Dewar's. Very relaxing, very fun and very informative.

So now it's back to the daily grind. I will continue to ramp up my efforts on other fronts to prep for big changes. I even signed up for a book writing class through the Santa Clarita website which starts on April 10th.

Here are a couple photos from the trip: a shot from my motel in Palm Springs, and the evening sky above Dewar's famous ice cream shop in Bakersfield:

Stay tuned…


A Great Day | Taking the First Step

Hello there, it’s been a while!

Actually, this post is going to be about yesterday, because it marked the start of my month “at liberty”. Last Friday was my last day of work at the place I’ve been for the past  3 1/2 years. I left, my choice, to begin a new journey of reinvention–something I’ve been alluding to here on my blog for the past several months. March will be used for many purposes as I prepare to move on in new directions.

Diet and exercise–who knew? 🙂 I’ve now officially lost over 20 pounds since the holidays, and I’m starting to feel really good about that. My annual physical is coming up in less than a month and my doctor will certainly be pleased. If I keep this up, I may even actually get back to the 160 pounds I’d set as a pie-in-the-sky goal well over a year ago–almost a pipe-dream, really.

Last weekend, I went to Bakersfield for the California State CIF High School Championship Wrestling Tournament and had an awesome time! Somehow it made me feel like there’s still good left in the world, (the bastards of the International Olympic Committee notwithstanding)…

Feeling in good health, good spirits and tasting freedom again, I went around most of the day yesterday with a big, stupid grin on my face. I haven’t felt so light and happy for ages, it seems. Eating my weekly lunch at Egg Plantation seemed tastier, my daily fitness walk seemed much more invigorating, the world seemed brighter and livelier somehow. I even ended the afternoon with a sharp new haircut–never underestimate the power of a good haircut.

But I’ll just close this for now–still with a big, stupid grin on my face–and say “stay tuned for further developments”.


For me, this is big news…

That’s what I weighed when I stepped on the scale this morning. It’s the first time I’ve weighed under 190 since January 2010. This means that my initial baby-steps back to proper diet and fitness are paying off. It means I lost 3.7 pounds this past week. If I could only keep it up until my birthday April 7th, then that would really be something.

Now it’s time to quicken my pace, lengthen my stride as it were–no more baby-steps. I need to start actually working out again and stop being reticent–or is it just lazy.

I’m thinking about writing up a longish post about what’s going on with me right now which will explain some of my rationale for this–what I’m calling my Mid-life Recalibration. I’m feeling pretty good about it all…

Last Year/This Year

I’ve never really been much of a New Year’s Resolution kind of guy. In fact, over the years I’ve become less and less goal oriented in general, other than for accomplishing a specific task.

Even still, I do have a habit of making up short lists of things I’d like to accomplish during the year–let’s see how I did for 2012 and what I have in mind for 2013…

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March 15th Quick Update


Just a quick update…

Saturday’s visit to Sunnylands was incredible–but by the time I got home I was wiped out. THEN I caught a cold. I’m mostly recovered now, so over this coming weekend I will write up a post about my adventure and include some photos.

I’ve also gotta get going on some anime reviews…



Surgery complete and I’m back home. It’s almost spooky…

  • I spent longer laying around bored in pre-op than I did in the surgery and post-op
  • I don’t even really need my crutches and have been able to walk and put weight on my leg right away
  • I’m REALLY hungry—Mom & Dad just left to pickup some lunch for us

Of course, I’ll bet that later this afternoon some of the “magic” will wear off and I’ll start feeling pain—but I have pills for that. If what’s happening so far is any indication, though, my recovery will be a breeze!

Fingers crossed…