May 9, 2022

Allovue’s leadership team has taken to regularly posting, “taking a walk for my stupid mental health” and I’m very comfortable with peak millennial workplace energy.

May 8, 2022

May you experience the love of a dog who follows you as you move away from them on the couch.

Not having Discord installed on a single one of my many computers makes me feel completely out of touch.

Reading a Reddit thread that made it to r/popular and seeing what ideas about government, taxes, and the social safety net got the most upvotes might have been the worst thing I’ve done for my mental health in a long time.

May 7, 2022

I guess I’m wearing sweaters this weekend. In May.

NSV: when they said do explosive squats I just skipped right to jump squats and I was totally fine.

May 6, 2022

Feels dumb, but the rain today is just killing my mood.

My social media pet peeve is all the folks who post after and then before pictures instead of before and then after pictures. They even still call it “Before and After” even though they swapped the order!

Made my first steak in a couple of years (Elsa doesn’t eat beef anymore)— still got it.

I have a sudden urge to dramatically simplify my life.

May 5, 2022

It’s likely the NY Jew in me, but is there anything more satisfying than a fresh deli sandwich for lunch?

“Let’s just run in to get pork chops for dinner. We don’t need a cart.”

$191 later…

Is there a good SFF blog site that is kind of like io9 but… isn’t io9? I’m not so into their content these days, but used to love the site. Looking for a swap in my RSS reader.

May 4, 2022

I hate that the first time I pushed myself in years my shin splints came back. I need to see a proper doctor about this.

I just haven’t felt like reading very much the last couple of months. I’m giving myself a pass. This hasn’t been a case of depression or lack of overall self-care causing me to neglect something I love. I just have been busy doing other things I care about. 🤷🏻‍♂️

May 3, 2022

When things are challenging, I remember how the smallest gestures have an outsized impact on me. Then I try and find a small kindness I can perform for someone else.

May 2, 2022

I just experienced, for the first time in a decade, a web app that requires you to hit File -> Save within it’s interface or it loses your edits. Wow.

May 1, 2022

I played some pick up volleyball today. All the leagues I’ve signed up for so far have been intentionally as recreational as possible. While I love playing, it’s been 17 years since high school– so my confidence wasn’t very high and I wanted to start at the beginning. I’ve had a blast, and intend to continue to play recreationally.

I knew today might be a bit different. Pick up, rather than league play, would likely attract people who really like to play volleyball. And sure enough, it drew a small crowd of folks who all play in leagues regularly. It was time for 3v3, not 6v6 with two subs, and each team didn’t have 2-3 folks who had essentially never played volleyball.

I was nervous. Have I built up the cardiovascular health to play for 90 minutes like this? Will I be good enough or feel like a fool? Proudly, I was not a fool, and I was able to keep up. My blocks were consistent and strong enough to almost shut down a very strong attack game by the other team. I frequently found myself in the right position to get some solid digs from the back on meaningful attacks. I had a couple of strong hits, including one where I had to reach well behind myself and attack with my left because of a high set.

It felt like playing volleyball.

And although my knees and ankles and back feel their age, I’ll be playing a lot more pickup. I think I might even sign up for a 4v4 intermediate league to go with my recreational playing.

I don’t like running or aerobics at the gym. I like my time with weights to be focused on strength training. Ramping up to 2-3 volleyball games a week has not only been an absolute blast, but makes me feel great about having a well-rounded workout routine. It’s the best I’ve felt physically in a long time, and it sure feels like I’m focusing on fun.

April 30, 2022

Just got served up a memory from Photos of that time in November 2019 we did a mileage run to Vegas. What a different world and moment that was…