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The saga of the antivirus provider continues, we have meetings and are very close to picking a winner. Not only that, but we are also very close to getting Tim Card support at the hospital which will be excellent at last! The photo contest rages on, I have included my submissions below for the past 5 weeks and so far I have won 3 times! In reality, I think Nicole should have won this week, her picture was far superior to mine.

Mum and Dad have apparently finished the dealings with the house and will officially be Yorkies again soon. This is a major surprise to me, and I am sure still a major surprise to my mother who was convinced that Dad would never return to York.
My back has been particularly sore of late, mostly due to the fact that both Nicole and I were sick since last Friday after coaching at the Burlington competition. Damn those little swine children. All the coughing and going on has left me very tender and sore in some very odd places. I also have not been to the gym for the last few days, for the same reason however I need to get back with a vengeance today because…
Biggest Loser 3 started this week! We have 11 players again this time around, and even Bob has decided to join in. The competition is going to be stiff, the summer is a really easy time to get in shape and so I expect some big numbers from the players. It is only 3 months this time around so the monthly prize is $80 and the final winner gets $200. Not bad at all for losing a few pounds.
Of course that means I have to focus and get back to work. It seems that it was not that hard to get the first 40lbs off but since then I have drifted a little and had a very hard time getting any more off. I am not going to pretend that it is a physical thing, I am far more sophisticated in my evaluation than that. I know that it is simply the “extras” in my diet that are blocking my progress. It is a fact that the more weight you lose, the better you feel but also the more you think you can relax your ways. Not true, in fact, the more you lose, the more you need to stay focused in order not to defeat yourself with complacency.
So it is back to the salads and the smoothie for breakfast. I think I will reduce my weights a little in the gym and add some more cardio since this is the time of year for running. I am not sure how much more I really need to prove in the gym, I am still the strongest in the gym regardless of age and as intoxicating as that may be, it is how I hurt myself in the first place. So I will work on my heart and relax on the 65,000 lbs workouts for now.
We are coming to the end of the year at gym too, last night I had 4 kids off for no apparent reason other than they seem not to care once competitions are done. So pretty soon we will have 2 extra evenings to go to the gym and study for our Nutritionist certification. Another reason I need to lose some weight, I mean who is going to listen to a fat nutritionist??

Some Things I Am Chewing On

American Idol blew it again. Having the other kid win when it was patently obvious that Adam Lambert was the greatest star they have ever had on Idol (and yes, I think he will outsell Kelly Clarkson) was a real kick in the teeth for the viewing public. The only person who I think will have a bigger career is Carrie Underwood and that is only due to the irrationally large audience that Country music enjoys in the USA. I said to Nicole last night that Adam Lambert has the chops to go on tour with Queen as a Freddie Mercury replacement he is that good.

Liverpool came up a day late and a dollar short for the Premier League title this year and after a magnificent season I can honestly say that next year we should be back on top. It is about time, it will be 20 years since our last title. Hopefully the lessons of dropping points at home to weak teams will sting long enough to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

What happened to McLaren and Lewis Hamilton? Maybe the Pussycat Doll has been too much of a distraction to the team in the off season but they are an embarrassment to themselves this year. The silver lining of course is that Jenson Button may in fact give British Motorsport the second consecutive F1 Championship win by a British Driver. I don’t know that it has ever happened before but I am keeping my fingers crossed as much for a Hamilton resurgence as a Button Championship. The other grey cloud is the imposition of the 40 million pound cap on expenses. The top 4 teams spend roughly 5 times that each year. Are we seeing F1 getting turned into an open class cart race? Let’s hope not. If Ferrari and others pull out given the cap it will ruin the sport. Interestingly the papers report the cap as an “optional” cap. Hmmm…

My back has been very bad of late, however Mother seems to be recovering well from her surgery. I have had some radiating pain down my left leg, the “other” leg which is disturbing. This all is a constant reminder of my episode 8 years ago which I would prefer not to repeat. However if I do eventually have to go back under the knife I think I will be opting for the same fusion that mum had. If I had the choice all those years ago and of course the benefit of hindsight I would have had that done the first time around. i was up at 530 this morning out for a walk around the block to get the pain to stop. Hopefully I will be able to manage the pain and whatever the issue is in the coming weeks. I am still pretty mobile, but the pain has been unusual and unpredictable which I don’t like. However, I have not taken any of my medication yet, I am actually going to see my doctor today to get refills and tonight I will take an anti inflammatory. Hopefully that will help me get back on track. The problem is that it is affecting my workouts which in turn affects my weight.

Why don’t I just get the weight thing out of the way now? I have been roughly the same for about 2 months now and it is starting to get on my nerves. In fact, I am within about 5-10 lbs of my prize winning weight on Dec 31st. That was 5 months ago!!! You know what they say, if you want to change something in your life you are going to have to change something in your life!! Enough said. I tried to be in shape and at an acceptable weight for competitions this year and I think I just made it. This time next year however I would like to be down another 30lbs or so.

We tried cat yodelling last night, to no avail.

As for competitions, my kids are running hot and cold. Sunday is their final competition and since it is our home competition I hope that they will finally put it all together and get themselves the rewards I know they deserve. Of course it is a very sad time of year knowing that at least 2 of my girls will be leaving me this year. 5 more weeks and it will be goodbye to both Jessica and Brigitte both of whom I have known for quite a few years now. Always a very tough time for me.

We have migrated our TV from ACI since the Evil Overlords at Rogers took over our cute little cable company. We now enjoy Bell satellite TV and as of today, no internet. I wonder just how long we could go at home without internet. I think Nicole would lose her mind quite honestly! So I now have to go to the slightly lesser of two evils and get Sympatico from Bell. At least we will save a little cash both on a slightly lower service speed and a bundle bonus. I had better do that Friday or Nicole may actually become unhinged without the internet especially since she is in a course this week without a computer.

Work seems fine, busy of course and I finally got a few cents increase on my cheque for the first time in at least 4 years. About time!!!!

It is the time of year to get stuck into the house and car again. I have rust holes to fill, broken pieces to fix, and a massive restructuiring of our storage areas to do including the garage. In addition, I am going to try my hand at growing stuff this summer. I am going to try tomatoes, onions and romaine lettuce at least since we seem to eat them the most. Keep checking back to see the progress of the plants. This weekend will be the big planting I hope. I did the lawn 3 days ago and it hasn’t rained since… Maybe it’s me?

Chicago 2009 – Needs to be fixed!!!

This is all I could find for the Chicago trip. Sad, really really sad. Anyway, I will fill in more details and as usual you can check out the pictures on flickr.

Day 1
Had an uneventful drive to the Buffalo airport. However, since it is now April27 my recollection may be a little hazy. I remember we stayed in our Niagara falls hotel the night before. It was pretty snowy as I remember and we didn’t go to the casino that night I don’t think. That was because it was a Thursday night after coaching and we drive to Niagara at 9pm, getting there at about 11. We were up early and it took 45 minutes from the hotel to the airport. Got some coffee on the concourse and waited for the plane. The flight was fine I think, we had pretty good seats, I think we were 22 in line or something. The flight was only a coupe of hours and we landed in Chicago in cool near freezing weather. The airport was quite nice although you had to walk through some weird areas to get to the Orange line train to take you to “The Loop” where basically everything is. We got off the El, or elevated train downtown and since we were starving we went into the first breakfast place we found. BIG MISTAKE!! Don’t make the error of going there it was awful. I am going to find the name if it kills me… I’ll be back.

Found it, only took me 2 hours of searching but the culprit of the worst breakfast in Chicago, and maybe even the whole of North America (likely tied with Cora’s in Newmarket) is Petros Restaurant (160 N La Salle St, Chicago, IL, United States). What a brutal place. The toilets are in the basement, it’s like entering a scene from Saw (the movie) going down there but that is not anywhere as shocking as the taste of the food. Not only that, a guy came and sat down at the table across from us and ordered an egg white omlette only to be brought a regular one. He told the waitress that he had ordered an egg white omlette and she had the audacity to tell him that he didn’t. Of course, being Canadians we told him that we had heard him order the egg whites and that he was absolutely right. He told the waitress to take the omlette away and get what he ordered. Needless to say, if you are thinking of having food at Petros, DON’T!!!!

Day 2 – original post

Got up fairly early and went of breakfast. For $26 each it was OK I guess, I did have gruyere cheese on my potato which I suppose you wouldn’t get most places. Nicole had oatmeal crème brulee which was pretty darn good. We are finally getting some data on our phones, I had to reboot mine and it started working. So now we can go shopping and go to different stores with texting keeping us in sync. We have to get Nicole some Uggs since she had boots that hurt her feet yesterday. I can only guess they will go in the garbage when we get home. But who knows…
We are going to the 900 store mall this morning and back for a workout around lunchtime. After that maybe the aquarium or planetarium and back here for more working out later. Food is definitely off the list. We had Chicago deep dish pizza, so we are officially up to speed with the food scene here.