Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Life Update

Current Hat: None, but would really enjoy the Rangers Winter Classic Hat...

Maybe I'll get it for xmas. Anyway, I haven't updated in ages and I suppose I have the time to give cyberland a life update. I still work for Parks where I work two days a week, and I picked up a seasonal position with Old Navy where I already finished a shift. I'm done with school, so I'm officially in the real world. A couple months ago I decided I needed to actually do something with my life and I couldn't let not finding anything in teaching get me down. The new goal is to join the Air Force. I'm currently working on my application for rated officer positions, studying for the AFOQT that I'll take in january, and trying to get in shape. I'm down to 150 lbs, mostly because I'm too poor for food, and I actually go to the gym.

That's about it for now. I need to do laundry, clean my room, and go to the gym. Luckily all my xmas shopping and wrapping is done so nothing to stop me.

Monday, October 11, 2010


Current Hat: NY Rangers 2009 Draft Day Hat

Even furloughed from work (which is why I haven't posted in forever btw) I still feel like I have a million things to do and no time to do them. I've gained half the weight back from too many nights out with my friends, and I don't even know what the scale will look like when I go on it. I've gained about 3 hats into my collection which means it's about time to go through them and get rid of the ones I never wear. I'm in my last semester of grad school and I'm still without a teaching job. A close friend of mine told me I have to actively make a decision. Do I want to stay with my current job or have a teaching career? I fear I'll never actively make that decision and still sit here waiting, thinking I could have done something else.

Truth be told (I'm a horrible liar anyway) I could probably sit here all night and type away about what I did over the summer, or the great ranger game (loss) that I missed because I was working today, or my truck (that I love) and its constant need to get repairs, but I do need to change the litter boxes for Seeley Booth (the cat), take a shower, and work on some homework that I should have done over the week.

I'll try to do a weight update this week.
Bye for now.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Stargirl (Now with Dexter Update)

Current Hat: 2009 Draft Day Hat

Yes I'm still stressed from school, but today was my Monday for work, so I decided after work today I'd watch the Yankee game. Phil Hughes is doing awesome as usual. Anyway, that's not the purpose of this post. Before putting the game on I had some time, so I read a little in my book. I'm currently about halfway through Stargirl by Spinelli.

In the book, the main character, Leo, tells the story of a new girl in school, Stargirl. He tells of how first she was strange, then accepted and admired, and finally shunned. Stargirl embodied the the students of the school, even if they didn't know it. I really enjoyed that Leo could appreciate the uniqueness of Stargirl and the hope if makes me feel that everyone can appreciate the little uniqueness we all have inside of us.

I do enjoy reading, however I do limit what I read a great deal. Mostly I read young adult literature and when I was in the classroom I would read what the students had to for their ela classes. Now that I'm not in school, I just browse the YA section at Barnes and Noble and pick out books I've heard excellent things about. Needless to say, I like to keep in touch with the ELA teachers I've met over the years to get the latest reccommendations.

I will try to update after all my book reads (or at least halfway through) and give you a little tease. My next book I plan to read is: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahme-Smith.

For now: Let's Go Yanks!

I totally should have mentioned I just finished reading Dexter By Design, by Jeff Lindsay. This is the fourth book in the Dexter series. (The showtime tv series is based off the first book in the series: Darkly Dreaming Dexter) I've always been one to enjoy books in series (however I don't plan to go further in the Stargirl books) and I really feel that is because I don't have to do much research into what the next book I want to read is. However, I will say this about the Dexter series: I've never appreciated alliteration so much. Not to mention I like the sarcastic dark humor Dexter possesses. So the entire Dexter Series is on my recommended reading list. The 5th book: Dexter is Delicious is due to come out this fall.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

School = Stress

Current hat: Life is Good Visor

School has pretty much taken over my stress factor. I'm not worried about losing weight, because I am losing weight. I got on the scale this morning and it read 155.5...That's 15.5 lbs away from my goal weight. It's crazy to think I weighed in at 175 in December. I take a lot more control over the substances I put into my body. I eat more natural and organic foods. I've added more fruit to my diet (I still think vegetables are the devil) and have drastically decreased the amount of soda I drink (though Dr. Pepper and root beer are still favorites). That and a little exercise everyday are providing wonders. School however, is a different story.

I'm not registered for next fall. In case you missed it, that's my last semester to complete my masters degree. The second half of my research class is closed out and they aren't offering any graduate level math classes. Silly right? On top of that I have a few finals to worry about and I'm still working 40 hours at the beach.

Speaking of the beach, I'm messing up a lot. I figured once we stopped selling permits, I'd get back on my game. That is not the case. I shouldn't be cashier too much longer, but when I am I need to up my game. The amount of errors I'm making (6 so far this year) are simply unacceptable and I'd like to think I'm better than that.

Anyway, the plans for today: Finish mowing the lawn. Get one final ready to hand in tomorrow, laundry, car wash, and to start studying for tomorrow's exam. I have already finished two papers this morning so I do not need to stress about getting anything done today, but it's still better to get what I can done today anyway.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

No Hat

No current hat for tonight's post. Not sure why. I wore a bunch today so don't worry.

I haven't been updating as much as I would like and I took an unplanned break from exercising and working on homework in advance. Today after work I bought new running shoes (not that I run) and a couple of tanks to look good while I work out. During my break (I'd say 2-3 weeks) I gained back 3 lbs. So not terrible but not great either. I suffered through a 12 min Biggest Loser Wii workout and a 20 minute elliptical followed by some weight training. I was sore, but I felt a lot better. I was fairly productive afterwards by doing laundry and changing the cat litter. I still have some major homework to take care of that's due tomorrow, so I'll be up early to take care of that.

To help my workouts I've purchased the BodyBugg from 24 hr fitness. During the first 2 weeks, it was excellent. But during my last 3 weeks I wasn't exactly keeping it on or uploading it. So if you get it, I recommend uploading data every day or two for maximum benefits. I'm also working on purchasing a new bicycle. Apparently, the mountain bike I had since I was 12 doesn't cut it anymore.

Lastly, I'm watching The Biggest Loser right now. They just finished running a 5k. Inspiring the people of texas to do the same. So maybe I should get that gym membership and get my butt back on a treadmill.

All this for 19 more lbs.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Smart Ass

Current Hat: 2007 NY Rangers St. Patricks Day Hat

Quick Side Note: It's a win-and-in game for the Rangers today starting at 3 p.m. Eastern...and I'll be working : (

Today's topic: What makes being a person a smart ass?

I've been sarcastic most of my life and many people have called me a smart ass on more than one occasion. Most of the time it's because I made a quick witty joke at someone's expense. Now I understand it's a pretty mean thing to do and there really is no point to it. I've stopped (mostly, it's a hard habit to break)

At work, I've been dealing mostly with the public (You Guys). Now you don't realize you say some pretty stupid stuff all the time. I understand you have questions and even though I've answered the same questions over and over again, I explain the answers the same way to you. Here's my question to you all in cyber space: Am I a smart ass for answering the exact questions people ask?

For instance, a gentleman came in and asked how much the applications were. I responded that they were free...he could have as many applications as he wanted. Yes, I could have told him the permit he was applying for was $65, but he didn't ask that. My mother asks questions all the time about things she doesn't want to know the answer to. She thinks she's smarter for some reason by asking one question to come up with the answer to another.

Wake up people! Just ask the question you actually you want to know the answer to and then people like me can't be a smart ass by answering the question you actually asked! This means you have to think. You have to know what you're getting to; what your point actually is. People have become too lazy to not think before they speak. It's time to change that. We can become a smarter more thoughtful people. All you have to do is think!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Back to Updating

Current Hat:2009 NY Yankees World Series Championship

Okay, a lot has happened since I last updated. I'm sorry. So now I'll write up a quick "where are you now" update and tomorrow maybe saturday I'll do a post about a specific topic. Probably APEX's Bodybugg although it could be about something else. It could be about fee hikes at New York State Parks, or dealing with patrons. It could really be about anything. My point is that it won't be about everything. I started this blog to talk and reflect about specific things. Lately, I've been talking the facts about my day to day activities, and who really cares about that?

Where Am I Now?

Well. The Rangers are still out of the playoff picture, but we could do some damage with two games against the flyers to end the regular season. Maybe Boston will do us a favor and lose....lose a lot.

The Yankees won 2 out of 3 against Boston. This is a great start to the season, but championship teams are steady throughout the season. Many times teams that get ahead early also finish early.

I weigh 156 lbs. I try to burn 2500 calories a day while only eating 1300. I feel great about myself. I have an issue though. I've always been one where if my body is trying to do too many processes at once, I pass out. While I've been working out as much as I have been, and it getting nice out, I feel as if I'm going to pass out. I've been good, and at that point I stop working out. However I need to focus on getting the proper nutrition and giving my body a break.

School is still a nightmare. I have so much left to do for school and every week I scramble to get it all done. Wednesday's are a day full of work no matter how nice it is, and on thursday's I feel free and I don't want to do anything. I've been trying to schedule myself specific homework times, but I haven't been following through.

I have a job, but I'm still looking for my career. This is part of my problem. I've been doing some overtime at my day job and when I get home I just want to work out (which is great, because I used to not even want to do this) and snooze in front of the TV.

Goals for this week: BALANCE. I need balance in my life and this is a good week for that. I have homework, school, social obligations, work, and chores to do at home. I would like to balance these all and even have some free time to update the blog and maybe some video games would be great...not to mention keep working towards my weight loss goals.

Until next time,