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As all of you know I’ve dealt with some pretty difficult problems ever since this Sunday.  Between my beloved dog going from fully mobile to paralyzed in a matter of a few minutes to a major car repair in progress, this week hasn’t been easy on my head, my heart, or my wallet. [For those want more info: my car in the shop for a pretty major repair: heater core replacement].  Dealing with these issues really knocked me off my game so to speak.

We spent Sunday night at the Animal hospital until a half hour pas midnight- none of us has fully recovered from the combination of stress and a lack of sleep.  I probably could have started working out again on Monday but I am still carrying a feeling I can’t fully describe.  It feels like my head is in a dense fog and I just can’t seem to walk through it and find a sunny sky (or even a cloudy one that is at least cloud free).

It was just today that I confronted the question, how do I get out of this funk? (more…)

Well there were lots of good guesses, but here is the truth…

1. I own over 1,000 books…

To be exact I own something like 1,400 books and rising! I buy about 50-75 books per semester for class and side projects and I haven’t met many books I am willing to part with and resell.

2. I am deathly afraid of spiders (and insects in general creep me out)…

Who isn’t?

3. I worked as a fireman for over two years…

Me and my father really started butting heads when I turned 17. I knew I had to get out of the house but I had $0 to my name. I had a friend down the block who told me about an opportunity at a local fire station where I could live at the fire station RENT FREE and receive full training as a firefighter. I had him drive me down THAT DAY for an interview, got accepted, and moved in that week.

For the next two years I worked as a fireman, on duty every fourth day from 8 a.m. to 8 a.m. I learned a lot, got to fight a few real fires (and lots of practice fires), and did enough heavy lifting and cardio to support a shredded set of abs.

4. I’ve been a sales associate at Bath & Body Works…

Like WC said, a college student will take any job he can get. Of course the copious amount of cute girls and gorgeous women who flirted with me was worth much more than the minimum wage pay.

I even worked one Christmas season at Bath & Body WHILE I was also living at the fire station. I got teased mercilessly at the fire station for a LONG time for that.

5. A famous gay actor once hit on me…

Yup. I didn’t even know who he was until the girls I worked with at Bath & Body works told me after he left.

6. I’ve met every member of the cast of Dawson’s Creek at least once…

Yup. I rented movies to James Vanderbeek (spelling?) when I worked at Blockbuster Video; I met the blond one (Michelle?) at the U.N.C.W. fitness center when they were filming the pilot. I held a door for her and she told me what a gentleman I was. I was wearing the standard issue gray fitness suit covered in my own sweat- I wasn’t in a good position to capitalize on the good will. HA! I met Katie Holmes and the rest of them on campus several times when they were filming right across from the Financial Aid office.

7. I’ve run a half-marathon..

NEVER! The most I’ve ever run was a 10k.

8. I name all my pets after wrestlers, philosophers, or Greek/Roman Gods..

Yup. Kane (dog/wrestler), Lucius (dog/ philosopher), Loki (ferret/Norse god), Athena (ferret/Greek god), Socrates (ferret/philosopher), etc.

Many thanks to all who participated. Congratulations to WC for both guessing the correct answer and creeping me out by doing WAY too much homework. HA!

This weekend I have 2 books to read (357 and 268 pages, respectively), one 20 page paper to write (not to mention I need to read about 15 books that go along with it….I WILL BE skimming!), I have a 3 page book review due, and I have to find time for my wife and daughter somewhere in there.  Gosh, this is going to be a long and rough weekend.

Oh, I also have a conference coming up and a 20 page paper due for that- original research too!  Could my plate get more full?  No, don’t answer that!

I skipped phase 1, and chose to save cardio for the end of my routine.

After stretches I went right into my resistance work.

Handstand push-ups: 10

Uneven Squats: 12 each leg, 12 reps each, at 90lbs

Chin-ups: 8

Leg Lifts: 12 (w/ full extension)

Cable Flyes: 10 at 35lbs each

Cable Rev. Flyes: 12 each at 30lbs

Uneven Push-ups: 20 each side

Sit-ups: 10 (pathetic!)

Wood-choppers: 12 each side at 35lbs

I closed out with intervals.  I push my top interval speed up to 8 mph.  So the routine look something like this…

2 min. walk, 1 min. run (7.0 mph), 2 min walk, 1 min. run (7.2 mph), 2 min. walk, 1 min. run (7.6 mph), 1 min. walk, 1 min. run (8.0 mph), 2 min. walk.

A great workout, but I am super tired.  Not to mention I have two papers due next week, two classes to prepare for, and 50 tests to grade.  This won’t be a fun weekend.

We lost power last night and I still had 250 pages left to read in The Fabulous History of the Dismal Swamp Company: A Story of George Washington’s Times.  Let me be the first to say that there was nothing fabulous about it.  Well I take it back, the information contained there in was voluminous, but its presentation was the equivalent of listening to NPR for two weeks straight.

I will spend today (Saturday) writing a two page response paper to the above book, reading another 400 page book, and preparing questions on said book- as I am tasked with presenting it to the class.   Beyond that I have an annotated bibliography and draft abstract due this coming Wednesday.  Furthermore I have to prepare lectures for at least the next week of my western civilization class.

See you all on Monday.  I plan on posting my plans for next week on Sunday night.  It won’t be an easy week.

Tomorrow is a big workout, as it will be my last workout until I do a reassessment for the Men’s Health Fitness Challenge.    I plan on demolishing my body tomorrow and then giving it 4 days to get ready for the reassessment.  I will post on that workout tomorrow or the next day.
It’s been a busy time around here completing my first full week of Ph.D. course work and teaching- which I as usual stressed out about WAY too much. I have now taught two classes (Western Civilization & U.S. History to 1877), and in my own estimation, I’ve done a pretty good job. Why do I think so? I have been able to work from memory, move around the room, and engage students.

So despite my fears, I feel that to some degree I’ve overcome them.

Well after I got the 1 hour and 45 minute drive out of the way, things didn’t get much better.  I walked all the way across campus to the wrong H.R. department only to find the correct H.R. department was right next to where I had parked.  Doh!  Who would have thought they would have two different H.R. departments- one for regular employees and one for grad student employees.

But at least I got registered for classes- each class requires the purchase of 14 books.  That’s right, I said EACH class.