Even without exercise, it's pretty amazing how much diet can make a difference. Back in the fall of 2006, I had a doctor appointment, and when they weighed me, I was 240, which is the heaviest I'd ever been in my life. I decided right then and there to make a change, and by that next summer, I was down to 195. And that was all with little-to-no exercise, since I am a lazy, lazy man.
I've gone through some yo-yo stuff with weight since, but now currently hover right around 200 even, which I'm pretty ok with. The thing I try to do mostly now is eat pretty well during the week, and on the weekends shatter that all with burgers, pizza, etc. It seems to balance things out.
As far as not enjoying what you're eating, well... you just aren't trying hard enough. There's so many cookbooks and recipes that would fit your dietary needs and still taste pretty awesome.
Not particularly caring about the OOWF, our paths have probably never crossed. But good for you to be involved with getting those jerks ousted. I've seen some idiotic maneuvers here in this county but I know I'd blow it the first time I'd tell some current political figure "Go fuck yourself, asshole. You're the reason when we're in this mess" at a debate or something. Plus, I doubt anyone just wanting to make a difference without a political science background and no money or important friends won't get very far. Also, I probably wouldn't like that kind of lifestyle at all but sometimes I think I'd like to get involved.
Thanks for the good thoughts. But you know what? You don't need to be a big Poli-Sci person to make a difference. Only one of the people who ousted the incumbents had a real background in Government (A teacher at the local high school)but they all had something in common. They were pissed about what was going on and knew enough was enough. My campaign was based on strictly pointing out the problems and egregious errors of City Hall and the City Council. What I did was built upon by the winners to flesh out ways to make changes and that was how they won.
You never know what kind of difference you can really make if you don't try. I did, and I feel like things worked out for the best.
Hey you know what? Getting old sucks. Last week I was doing some cleaning at work. I was standing on one of those stupid two step ladders (you know, the kind Pun has all over his house so he can get things off the top shelf). I take a step off and miss the bottom rung (couldn't see it, HA! beat you assholes to it!) and landed with all my weight on my right leg. Hurt a little, but no big deal, right?
Only, no. As the day went on, it hurt more and more. I got home that night and could barely sit. Just below my hip, it felt like someone was constantly punching me, and my lower back hurt more than normal. The next morning, I couldn't even walk, so I missed work.
Here's where it gets extra shitty, but this is my own fault. I filled out an accident report the next day (saturday) but I couldn't go to the doctor because any time you do that, you get drug tested. Now, at the time, I hadn't taken a thing, but that night, because I was hurting I took a viccodin right after I got home for the pain, and a lunesta later that night so I could sleep, both which I assume would show up in a drug test, and neither are currently prescribed to me (they WERE prescribed, it is just not a current prescription)
Anyway, it worked out well enough, I worked Saturday and you will all be happy to know that I am as good as I am going to get now.
One of my dumbass co-workers (the Jamaican) took that class and is certified. When he tried to apply to local jails or whatever he was told of a long ass list ahead of him but was told he could go elsewhere in the state that a need.
The more I think about it, he probably just made up the whole story to get some extra days off. He's shady, but you knew that because I already said he's Jamaican.
So, I waited around Friday, until about 4:30 thinking it would be placed by a sneaky campus elf in my physical mail box. It was suppose to be by 5, but since I know for a fact they met on November 9, I didn't think they'd run it down to the wire like that.
Grr....So I left. I also considered that they may have mailed it home, since they sometimes do that with HR things. Nope. Nor on Saturday.
I toyed with the idea of going in Friday night before work (since the PD is just a block and a half away), but decided that I didn't want my entire night ruined if it was bad news.
So, Saturday, I'm grading, and find an issue that I need to let my student know about ASAP, so sign in to my university e-mail to send it to her, and lo and behold, mailed at 5pm EXACTLY on Friday, are the letters. Yes, letters (I'll get to that in a minute).
So, the verdict...the SPEC voted 7-0 in favor of renewing my contract for another 4 years. I am, apparently, awesome.
As far as tenure/promotion the vote was 3-4 against The sticking point? One of my three scholarship pieces was 'submitted' rather than 'in print.' We have to have ONE that is 'in print.'
Now, both the majority AND minority letter commented on the fluctuating scholarship standards within the college during the 4 year interim between this and last review, and the lack of adequate software, or rationale for the lack of funding, or information on alternative sources for said funding for said software. Both also commented on how once software was purchased, I learned it, completed my analysis, and submitted the paper in like less than 2 months, while teaching a summer class, creating a new course proposal, supervising three internships, and continuing a second research project that yielded two other presentations. (Heh...maybe I do kinda rock...)
So... I have decided to write a letter about all that, which goes to the School Dean by Monday, November 29, by 5pm (and fuck yes, it's going to get sent at exactly that time...fuckers...) He reviews stuff and forwards it all with his recommendations to the personnel committee and Vice President of Academic Affairs by December 6.
The VPAA is a hard person to get a read on, and for some reason seems to have taken a general dislike of our department since a falling out between he and tweak. Or that's just more of her paranoid ramblings. Hard to say. I doubt he'll overturn the renewal, although I guess that possible. It'd be pretty stupid, as 1. he's leaving anyway to go elsewhere and 2. debutante announced her retirement (FUCKING YEAH!) on Friday also, so then they'd have to do TWO job searches, not just one.
So...next update Dec 6, unless I hear something sooner.