Castle

The Castle

I’m in heaven. Castle is now available on Hulu.

A Quick Good Morning

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I’ve little time, so I thought I’d quickly say good morning. You all be on your best behavior, please. Yes, that is right. I didn’t tell you to behave because none of you are capable of behaving properly.

An Eclectic Post

Eclectic

So, I decided to attempt one today because it has been such an incredibly long time since my last post. However, my mind is blank. Nothing is pressing upon which I wish to write. I have no struggles needing to talk out to get a different perspective. Hell, I can’t even come up with a title for this post at the moment. No doubt, one will bubble up from this low expectation stream of conscious chatter.

Sigh. I guess I can recap.

Obviously, I’ve not written about any exercise. A while back, I switched from running to using Nordic Walking Sticks. However, my back continues to be bothersome. I decided to take a break. My last activity was on September 20th. I managed a long walk, but it paid hell on my back. Hence the break. However, I plan to attempt a walk or run today. I haven’t yet decided which.

Another area of my life upon which I have not written is education. I ended up dropping out of two semesters in a row. I just didn’t have the mental capacity to stay focused. I was quickly overwhelmed and found myself unable to muster the motivation to work on assignments. Well, that seems to have changed. I once again signed up for classes. Two, as usual, for the six-credit minimum to qualify for loans and scholarships. I find I can muster up the motivation to get my work completed on time. I also find I can get through assignments with relative ease. The prior semesters saw me struggling to comprehend class expectations.

Meanwhile, I have been moving through three different jobs over the past two years. The one job I lost due to, well, being fed up with the incompetent leadership. I finally decided to stand up to the mistreatment and was fired for “insubordination.” That’s corporate-speak for not being willing to put up with being mentally and emotionally abused. The following job found me working for a company that had no leadership at all. The owner, who titled themself as “Program Director,” showed up for all of three or four hours a week. And when they did show up, it was to proclaim edicts that would leave us unsupported. When the mandates didn’t deal with our situation, they would apologize and state they should have probably gone with what we wanted. When another problem arose, they would repeat the cycle. I have now found a new job. Suffice it to say; I don’t usually post about current employment. However, I will make a small exception and say I am happy with my job. And that’s all I have to say about that.

Wait. Was that a feather that just floated past?

Okay, let me backtrack a bit. I forgot to mention during my expounding on education that I received high praise from one of my instructors. They informed me I was a “powerful writer.” I would pat myself on the back, but my stiff and sore body does not allow for such actions. Oh, and I figured out a title for this post.

About the Incremental Marathon

Just Keep Running

I know it has been a while since I’ve posted anything about my running. My last post was on July 4th. I have run since then, but not much. Only four times, one of which happened today. And July 11th was broken up into running and walking. Maps and stats are below.

Finally!

It’s raining outside. And not the little, insignificant rains of earlier. I can hear the drops on the roof even though I’m on the first floor. And I hope it continues for a while—there’s a need for a good soaking to restore the water table. Oh, and I hear thunder. It’s muted, which means the lightning is a bit off. I haven’t seen even a flash.

It’s Second Saturday

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Yesterday was a do-nothing First Saturday. Today? Oh, lots and lots of clothing and bedding to wash. We’ve been putting off much of the bedding because Loki would just mark them again, as is the wont of male cats when they achieve sexual maturity. However, now neutered, though he makes a gallant effort, he is filled with blanks, as it were. So, yeah, it’s catch up the laundry day in the Hall-Rife household. Though, the Rife of the home is at work. So, for the time being, it’s just your humble wordsmith doing the laundry.

The Antagonist of the post. Loki, the mischievous feline of the Castle.

Sunset

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Well, per Google. 8:47 PM Monday, July 26, 2021 (CDT) Sunset in Duluth, MN.

According to the view outside, it set an hour ago.

A significant storm is a-coming.

Update: rain has started to splat on the house. The thunder sounds more crackly and is not booming. Trust me; it sounds scarier when it sounds crackly.

Welcome To My First Saturday

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Yeah. It’s Friday, but my first Saturday because I work 10 hour days. 3 day weekends are nice. The only problem is that Tina works my first Saturday, which sucks. So, I’m sedating my sorrow by watching “Infinity Wars” and “Endgame.” On my iMac. Through the Disney + website. It’s grand.

But Tina’s not here, which still sucks.

IM Update #∞ (Because I’ve Lost Count)

Just Keep Running

I’m seriously struggling with my pace. But I’m still getting it done. And that’s what counts.

Serious Lack of Effort

Just Keep Running

Yes, it has been quite some time since last I ran. Twenty days, to be exact. And my break from exercise has had its detrimental effect. I decreased over a minute in my pace per mile.

I’ve not any plans to proclaim a commitment to improve my effort. I’m just looking to get back into my usual routine of running. Nothing more, nothing less. Part of today’s intent was simply to move. I wasn’t looking to break records in pace, heart rate, or distance. I simply planned on generating a sweat. And what with the weather – it had just stopped raining before I left the house – sweating was not a problem.