First Week and the 4th

My first week at my new employer has gone relatively smoothly. I’ve gotten used to commuting on the train. My days have normalized and they start at 6:30 in the morning. I try to leave the house between 7:15 and 7:30 arriving at the Tacoma Dome station with about 10 minutes to spare before the train leaves for Seattle. Parking, fortunately, is free. It’s a fairly comfortable ride; power outlets, wi-fi, bathrooms, tables, and fairly well spaced seating are all there. I get to King Station at about 8:50 where a few minute walk to a bus stop lands me on any one of several buses that take me to 5th and Olive. I get to work anywhere between 9:10 and 9:20.

The area is interesting in that there is plenty to choose from in terms of lunch. Nate works about 10 block South from where I am at so we managed to meet half way in between and have lunch. Overall, the city is a pretty filthy affair but I am growing to appreciate the consolidation of work and people.

As some of you know, I’ve made some dietary changes which have shed almost 25 pounds off my weight. It was awesome to go shopping for clothes and buy a lesser pant size. I spent some money buying new clothes but I admit I completely despised shopping for clothing. I’ve summed up my interest in dressing a little nicer to kicking it up a notch. After 3 years of not caring, I wanted a change. I think I’ve just been shopping at the wrong places all these years. Just as with anything else: you get what you pay for.

The South Beach diet has been good to us. It’s easy and involves changing eating habits to regular, low caloric and low glycemic-index foods. A typical day is a couple eggs and some V8, some vegetable snacks, a turkey chili or lean sandwich, hard boiled egg or tuna and some string cheese, and then a dinner of some lean protein and veggies. Sprinkle water throughout the day. There is no need to starve yourself or damage your body through some extremes. I guess it has characteristics of a Mediterranean diet removing most fats, sugars, and white refined anything (rice, potatoes, flour, etc.). It’s a lifestyle change. It can be a challenge though especially when you realize how much of what is cheap to eat uses white refined anythings as the base for food.

This weekend was awesome. We spent time with my mom and dad for the 4th. The kids got to have a blast getting use of a wading pool, tractor rides, ice cream on cones… it was a fairly fun experience. Normally holidays or visits to the folks is something akin to moving; you have to do it (or just not do it but suffer the consequences) — you get the point.

I’ve been listening to an array of more aggressive techno and industrial music lately. I think it reflects the general angst of stress and frustration over the last few weeks. Particular favorites have been Unter Null, Alien Vampires, and Zombie Girl along with a healthy dose of compilations featuring words like hard, gabber, and -core.

I started working out after Crystal inspired me to do so with her joining the gym. The LA Fitness here has, for $20/mo, unlimited child care during certain hours of the day. It is a fantastic deal offering her a break from the drone of taking care of the house and kids. I am encouraged that she’ll stick with it. But anyway, I too started (trying to) jog and lift some weights. I try to go at it for about an hour. It kicks my butt. I am pretty out of shape and I will admit that I can’t bench press or curl an impressive amount of weight. I feel a bit sore but I also feel good.

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