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exhaustion, stress and falling apart
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exhaustion, stress and falling apart

Permanent Linkby strider3700 on Wed Jul 27, 2011 1:53 am

At the beginning of the year I started working out. I'm in far better shape then I was before that and it's made a lot of things easier. I have recently been working my ass off. For the past week or so I'm going basically non stop and averaging 5 hours of sleep a night.

The first couple of days I was fine, maybe a little slow to react. The next few days I was moody and maybe a little slow. I also looked like crap but that's nothing new ;)

Coffee was my god and so long as it was flowing I could continue the day job, the night job and the prepwork in between.

Today though things are starting to fall apart. I bought the same thing twice off of ebay an hour apart not remembering that I had already bought it. I was playing with the kids and didn't realize 3 hours had gone by so dinner wasn't even thought about 30 minutes after it should have been on the table. I found out someone broke...

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Returned to the rat race and now I'm wondering why

Permanent Linkby strider3700 on Wed Jan 06, 2010 3:15 am

I've been "unemployed" for about 14 months having spent the last 12 of them as a full time stay at home dad of a now 19 month old not even bothering to look for work. We didn't really need the extra income and my wife and I figured me spending it taking care of our daughter was a better choice then paying someone to raise her for us. It's been a great year but I had complained a couple of times to my wife that I was definitely not feeling intellectually challenged like I was when I was the manager of a team of programmers. I was thinking that I needed to write some code or do some design as a hobby in the evenings now and again.

Anyways I got a call from a company way out of the past and they wanted me to do testing/programming for them from home. Times were flexible but they wanted 25 hours a week. So we thought this would be a great idea. And to get the time in we would put my daughter in daycare for 1 day a week. We had been thinking about doing that anyways to...

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My new exercise routine and garden bed

Permanent Linkby strider3700 on Sun Aug 23, 2009 11:59 pm

The heatwave around here has finally broken long enough for me to get caught up on some of the outstanding chores so today I took on a new project that I'll need.

Since it's a brutal amount of work I've decided it's my official exercise routine. I'm not really sure what used to be in the first area but it's got a ton of rocks and some parts have that black weed blocking cloth about 6" down. Anyways total crap for a garden other then the fact that it's slightly slopping to the south and right now gets 6 hours of sun. As soon as I remove the tree in it that area will get all day sun.

Here's what the ground looks like in general
Like I said lots of rock.

Now I've done lots of reading about various methods of gardening without digging but to be honest I'm old school and like nice clean soil to garden in. Besides I can't imagine lasagna gardening...

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What if things can only get worse

Permanent Linkby strider3700 on Sat Aug 08, 2009 2:19 am

I'm a fan of the tv show "Top Gear", every summer and winter I get 6 or 7 hours of people doing things I'll never be able to do driving cars I'll certainly never own, will almost certainly never touch and I probably won't even see in person. To me it's entertaining, the humor can be good and the editing is the best I ever see on TV.

Tonight I watched the 7th and last episode of the 13th series(season) which originally aired 5 days ago. It was all your standard top gear stuff until the last 4 minutes. They always end either with a final quick car review or the continuation of some challenge they are in, then a quick joke so the host can say they'll "end on that bombshell" and then credits.

Today was different.

It was a car review, but not like any other review I've ever seen them do. Here's the clip

As much as you may not...

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New home, new light bulbs, new clothesline, new garden area

Permanent Linkby strider3700 on Thu Jul 23, 2009 1:39 am

I've moved. I got the keys 5 days ago and thanks to some last minute legal issues on the move this is easily the most stressful thing I've ever gone through. Getting married and the birth of my daughter aren't even close to comparing to what happened Friday.

Anyways I have done a few things that some of you may find interesting. Out front of the house is a pretty typical little garden. A few crappy bushes and a bunch of very dry and silty soil. Since that area gets sun from 10:30 till 6:30 or so I figured it might as well have something useful growing there. A quick trip to the local nursery got me a couple of massively over grown tomato plants in 1 gallon containers for $5. They threw in a sickly but may make it with some babying cucumber and I picked up a few bags of mushroom manure since they are out of steer manure. I added a couple of pumpkins that I had in pots and then threw in a row of peas along the back, some carrots, onions, beets, and salad greens filled most the...

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