FOR MARCH 2009
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Week ending March 29th, 2009
How's it going?!
was a much better week than the last few weeks. As you know
I've been having problems with my lymph nodes going ballistic
and it had me worried that it was lymphoma or Hodgkin's. Well
on Wednesday morning at 7am I showed up at the radiology center
at Scripps La Jolla Medical to get an MRI of my neck and an
Ultrasound of my thyroid. The MRI was first and they stuck
me in the tube. Didn't like that as I got a tad claustrophobic.
I had them pull me out and put a blinder on me so I couldn't
see. That helped a lot. I'm not normally claustrophobic but
that was the smallest MRI tube I've been in so well, I get
a bit of a curve.
I had an Ultrasound on the thyroid. That was pretty neat as
I got to see all the veins in my neck and such. Anyway, after
that was over I took the CD of the images up to my doctor
and headed off to work. Speaking of work, I had a really busy
week but got a TON of things done. It was one of the better
weeks I've had. In fact, my boss and I did a one on one on
Friday and that was really productive. He wants me to start
getting more involved in the architecture of the solutions
which is a good thing. It means to me at least that he feels
I am valuable and contributing.
on Friday I got a call from my Doctor. Because I was in a
meeting I missed the call. He didn't leave a message so I
called him back. He said "Well, I've reviewed your scans
and everything is normal. In fact, the only problem I can
see is that you broke your collar bone at some point."
dude...." - LOL
that's good news. The only thing he said was that he wanted
to wait a few weeks and schedule a follow up. I told him that
I would prefer to get some blood work done just to be sure
there's nothing wrong. We both kind of think that I got some
form of flu virus (no doubt from the gym!) and it's just taking
my body some time to work it out of my system.
of the gym, I had my first session with the personal trainer
this week. Suffice to say, he kicked my butt. I've always
thought I was in good shape but he showed me, quite quickly
I might add, that I'm more out of shape that I thought I was.
Oh sure, I can run long distances at a 10 minute mile pace
but when I have to sprint I get exhausted very fast. So we
worked on sprints. Six minutes on the treadmill where the
last 10 seconds are spent running at top speed. The first
time I did it I was gasping for breath. I did it again on
Wednesday and Friday and held up much better. He said it wouldn't
take me long to get into VERY good shape as far as stamina
goes. We're also working on "shocking" my muscles
to get them to repond and grow faster. No steroids of course!
night was my weekly service at Church. You know that I love
Horizons and Pastor Bob. Hopefully when I find a house it
will still be within driving distance. I can watch the online
services but would prefer to be there in person. Of course
this week's message really hit home with me. I just think
I need to get my act together because I can see myself getting
off the "road less traveled" if I am not paying
of houses, I did go look at several yesterday and I am starting
to think that my Realtor isn't listening to me. He keeps showing
me houses in Mira Mesa that honestly should be condemned!
So I've expanded to more agents to see if I can find what
I want. I really want to live in the Clairemont/Linda Vista
area but a new agent found some brand new homes not far from
San Diego Naval Station that seem like a good deal. Minutes
from downtown too (Hooray for the Gas Lamp!!!). I haven't
ruled out a Townhome (no to Condos!) but really they need
to be close to the Beach. I prefer to overlook the Bay (yeah,
fat chance I know!) but I'm going to keep looking until I
can find what I like.
that's about it for the week. I'm doing some "Spring
Cleaning" and have a couple more chores to take care
of before I can relax. I'm even washing my pillows. Yeah I
know but hey, it was time.
a great week and we'll talk to you in April!
Week ending March 22nd, 2009
about the date snafu on the blog this month. I need to pay
attention when I copy formatting over. All the dates said
March 8th, lol.
This week I went to see a Doctor over the issues I mentioned
in the last blog entry. He is an ear/nose/throat specialist.
When I told him what the symptoms were he asked the same questions
the ER Doc asked:
Him: "Night sweats? Itching? Nodes swelling and not shrinking?
Me: No, no, no and no.
Him: "Good" he said. "Probably not lymphoma
or Hodgkins...did you take a blood test?"
Him: "What did the ER Doctor say?"
Me: "Normal for everything..."
"Ok then, let's schedule a CT scan and a thyroid test
and then you can go see an Allergist."
that's where I am at now. I am going in next week to have
the scans done and then the week after I am going to be tested
to find out what exactly it is that I am allergic to. The
Doctor said they can give me shots to stop my immune system
from over-reacting to things like pollen, dander, etc. That
would be GREAT!
week was actually excellent. I got right back to the gym even
though I backed off the weights a tad. I figure that will
be better because even though I can lift a lot of weight,
I don't think my form is correct. Actually, lifting with the
right form with lighter weights is a lot better for you than
going with very heavy weights and bad form. I also got signed
up for personal training with one of the Trainers at the gym.
He said that I am a unique case because, unlike most clients,
I want to GAIN weight, not lose it. So he's motivated to help
me reach my goal (and I am close, just need that extra push).
also been hanging out with friends a lot this week. More so
than I can remember in a long time. That's always good for
me because living alone can be a bit boring at times, but
I would never ever have a roommate (that wasn't my wife, lol).
I just don't enjoy the negative aspects of it unless you get
someone who's really cool (roommate, not wife, lol!).
of roommates and such, I am off again today to go look at
houses. I have a much better idea now of what I should be
looking for. And since the agent says I'm "golden"
(his words) on my credit and that I already an approved, I
can make an offer on a house as soon as I find one that I
like. I haven't told my landlord that I am looking but I will
give her plenty of notice as it takes a while for escrow to
still kind of want to do the band/sing thing so I am working
on that again. I'm really going to be patient to find the
right people to do this with. Having done this for so many
years before I have a really good idea of what I want to accomplish
and how I want to do it.
was awesome on Saturday, by the way. We're having a pretty
big Easter celebration and I have a whole bunch of door hangers
to pass out (which I will be doing but at work). I might pass
a few out to my neighbors here in the condo complex as well.
It's the least I can do -- especially when I haven't been
on my best behavior lately. That's another story we can talk
about sometime later.
you have a great week and we'll talk to you again soon!
Week ending March 15th, 2009
case some of you are wondering what the message on Facebook
was about, yes, I did end up going to the emergency room on
Tuesday night and was out of work for two days. So what's
is, I don't know.
couldn't breathe very well and I know I don't have asthma.
I've had problems with my lymph nodes lately. They've been
going ballistic as if I have had the flu or something. Simply
put the symptoms are very much like the flu without the cold
symptoms. I am tired, coughing occasionally but with the added
twist of it feeling like the lymph nodes in my neck are squeezing
the throat passage to the point it makes it hard to swallow
I was a kid I had this problem but not as badly. When I was
in the Marines I had duty at Yuma where I had to pick up the
target flags the planes carried. The flags were dropped in
a field that was full of depleted uranium shells. Ever since
that day I've had allergy problems and my lymph system has
REALLY bothered me. I've dealt with this problem for years
so it's nothing new.
emergency room physician took a blood sample and he said everything
looks ok. He thinks maybe its "sinusitis" so he
suggested I get a humidifier for my condo. Well I've done
that and it's been several days and so far I haven't noticed
an improvement. He also gave me anti-biotic's (they always
do that, don't they???). That doesn't seem to be helping either.
If I have anything like that it's probably a flu-type viral
infection and there's really nothing you can do for that.
it's what I think it MIGHT be, then it could be much worse.
I've done my own research and I don't want to say what I think
it is. At least not right now. I don't want to cause any unnecessary
worry for my family and friends. Rest assured though, if it
is something bad, I'll handle it. I've always, always been
100% positive that God will take care of me one way or another.
I have an appointment with a specialist on Monday so I'll
find out more information then and when I have a solid answer,
I'll post it here.
than that, things are OK. I'm actually going to view about
5 houses today. I've been pre-approved for a V.A. Loan and
it turns out, even with the pay cut we all received at work,
that I can afford a decent house. Right now is the time to
buy so that's what I am doing. I gave the real estate agent
a couple of rules.
I want a house with a yard and a 2 car garage.
I am going to be stuck with a condo, it has to be close to
were the main rules. The other was simply "Hey if you
wouldn't live there, I wouldn't live there either." So
he picked out 5 places for me to look at today. The first
is a small place that may turn out to be pretty cool. It's
a 2 bedroom with a detached garage. The garage has a small
one bedroom house connected to it so I'd basically be buying
TWO houses for the price of one. Haha. If that works out I
think I can rent out the one bedroom place and offset some
of the mortgage costs. We'll see how it goes.
essentially been my week. Church was great as always, work
was fine (other than missing a few days) and I did actually
go out a few times this week. I've missed the gym for almost
two weeks now due to being ill and I am really jonesing to
get back. I am hoping the Doctor doesn't find anything majorly
wrong with me so that I can get back into my routine. I feel
lazy -- and I am lethargic right now as well, so all my strength
is being saved to fight off whatever ails me.
you had a great week and I'll check back in with you when
I have more info. Talk to you later.
Week ending March 8th, 2009
you had a great week. Mine was excellent -- as always. I know
I talk a lot about work and that's because I love my job.
I wouldn't say that I love the paperwork aspect of it but
troubleshooting and resolving problems, that part I really
also learned that at work you can make friends but yet I still
sometimes have a hard time distinguishing who really is a
friend and who isn't. You can fast learn this lesson in business
when there is trouble. Your friends stand beside you and your
acquaintances will "high tail" it, more concerned
with their own needs than the welfare of others.
it's the Christian in me that tends to put others above myself.
I'm not speaking in terms of self-value. Of that, I am perfectly
happy and confident in who I am. What I mean is that, when
I can help -- when I should help, I do. I also know when to
back down and let people be. My friends, my true friends,
know that I would do anything to help them if they needed
me. There are some who will take me up on the offer and some
who would rather die than ask first. I respect that. Those
who don't value me, either as a person, a friend or even an
Engineer, that's ok too. If there's one thing I will never
do is measure my self worth by the opinion of others. The
only opinion about me that matters is God's -- and I believe
His 'will' in my life will be done.
brings people in my life and he takes them OUT of my life
-- to teach me a lesson and to strengthen my faith.
whole week I actually skipped the gym. I have been getting
over what I think is a mild case of the flu. The symptoms
are weird. It's not the kind of flu that makes you sneeze,
just the kind that is in the upper respitory area. Not a cough,
just the feeling of pressure that is nagging more than anything.
It has sapped a lot of my strength so I figured taking some
time off from my work out would probably do me good. Especially
saving energy to fight this off.
did go out a couple times this week, which is unusual for
me. I'm not a party guy. Getting drunk and acting 'a fool'
is not my thing. I did go on a dinner date (that was fun!)
and then on Friday hung out at the Gas Lamp. That is fast
becoming one of my favorite places to go due to all the variety
there. Want to see a band? Yep. Want to dance? Yep. Want to
have a nice dinner? Yep. Want to have GREAT sushi? YEP! It's
was good this weekend. Pastor Bob is in Germany so we had
a guest speaker, one of the new Pastors. He's funny and had
a great story. His wife is a paraplegic and he spoke of how
sometimes God will go to drastic measures to get our attention.
I know He did that with me. Perhaps not as drastically as
his wife, but He definitely got my attention. His story was
touching and one that helped us put our lives in perspective.
also got a friendly reminder that when riding my motorcycle
to Church, I should also remember the dew on the ground when
I exit the facilities. I darn near binned it leaving the parking
lot. It snapped so hard I almost came out of the seat. It's
a good thing I have a dirt bike riding background or I might
have gotten a ride home in an Ambulance :)
is Sunday so I am going to handle a few chores before I start
getting all my paperwork in order. It turns out that I can
buy a nicer house than I thought I could. Once I round up
the documents I'll meet with the agent on Tuesday and then
we'll decide where to go from there.
funny too as people I don't know have been contacting me about
opportunities but I think I want to stay here in San Diego.
I even had someone call me from Miami. I'll listen, because
in this economy you never know what will happen next. Having
our salaries cut by 5% at work doesn't help, but I'm also
of the opinion that if it helps other people at work keep
their jobs, then it's really a small sacrifice to pay.
needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few."
in this life, has that statement meant more than it does now.
a great week. I'm going to enjoy the rest of my weekend, get
my chores done, grab the paperwork and even fit some time
in for racing, hopefully get my truck washed and get a hair
cut. All this while losing an hour of the day due to the time
change. Who said Sundays were lazy days?
ending March 1st, 2009
how was your week? Excellent I hope. Mine was as well. I've
put a ton of miles on the new truck going back and forth to
Orange County. Tuesday I was in OC hanging out with a friend
(didn't get home until 1am! LOL) then on Saturday I drove
back again to hang out at C's get-together. That was pretty
fun. She has a lot of laid back friends and did a really good
job of putting the whole thing together. Thanks C! :)
wise things are going pretty good. We have a new employee
starting on Tuesday. He seems to know his stuff so that's
really going to help the team. I'm even getting more exposure
to some of the "other" vendor's equipment. That'll
nicely pad my resume, thank you! I got a bunch of stuff off
my plate this week and piled some more on my own, lol. I know
what needs to be done so I just take the initiative to do
urge is still around to do another band project. If I can
find the musicians I am looking for with good attitudes I
might do it. Otherwise maybe I'll work on a worship band.
I had been thinking about do that as well. My Church has a
pretty good worship band but they'd let us fill in, I am pretty
sure of that.
friend just bought a condo downtown and that had me looking
at housing prices. Needless to say I was PLEASANTLY surprised
to find out I can basically afford the kind of house I want
right now. I have pretty good credit too so with a VA Loan
I should do well. I want to stay close to the beach as I am
only a 1 mile walk to Del Mar beach and another mile to La
Jolla State Beach.
1. Small house close to the beach.
2. Large house much further inland.
I would much rather have a smaller house closer to the beach.
Not a condo (because I don't want to share any walls) and
I do want a 2 car garage. That's because you know me and my
tools. I want to set up a nice little "bike" shop
in there where I can work on my bikes and also do some wood-working.
I like building stuff. I'm a guy, what can I say? lol
also means no new sport bike for me. I'll have to stick with
the Bandit, but it's worth it. A new house is a worthy investment
and since I am no danger of being married anytime soon (haha,
lots of dates, few people I see myself spending a lifetime
with...) I can pick whatever house I want and not have to
worry about a S/O not liking it or the location. Best of all,
NO HONEY-DO lists :)
than that, it's been really quiet, which is the way I like
things. Sorta sneak in under the radar and do my thing. ;)
blog, I know, but it usually is that way when life is treating
you well and you've nothing to complain about. I think I am
going to go for a run later this afternoon and burn off this
excess energy. Plus, it's a darn nice day!!!!
you have a great rest of your week!