Friday, September 12, 2014

The Friday Five!

It's the day most of us look forward to all week long. The day that signals the start of a couple of well earned, relaxing days with no commitments and no worries....most of the time.'s Friday! <cue triumphant music>

It's been a while since I've done a Friday Five post, so I thought I'd jot down a few things that have been happening in my life. Not that anything all that interesting has been happening, but nonetheless....

1. My job search continues while I help my wife and her sister with their business. It's been a slow process and there's not much out there, job-wise, at the moment. I'm just very grateful that my wife's new job gives us both medical and dental benefits and she's making decent money (plus the money the business is bringing in). I'm also grateful that I have the opportunity to really look for something I'd like to do and I'm not forced to take the first thing that comes along, like the last time.

2. Once again, my wife and I are on the journey to get healthier. A few months ago, my wife's work had a health fair that we attended. When we got our numbers back, mine weren't as good as they had been and it was a bit troubling. The light bulb flickered on one night as I was checking out Netflix for something to watch and came across Forks Over Knives. Just like Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, this was an eye opener, of sorts, for me, so I told the wife about it. We sat down, watched it together, and she said..."You know, I think we could do something like this". So, for the past three weeks, we've given up red meat (we used to eat a lot of ground beef), chicken, dairy products, and sugar while going for a more plant based, whole foods, type diet. We still eat fish and whole grain products. The toughest thing, so far, has been doing without dairy products, but we've found a ton of great alternatives. While my wife hates "labels", I would have to classify us as going "semi-vegan", at this point, as we're doing it for health reasons and not out of compassion for animals.

3. In other health related news, we finally got rid of our weight station (or the "eyesore", as my wife called it) and replaced it with a Weider Total Body machine. I had one of these, years ago, and really liked it. I was in the best shape of my life and it was fun to use. Even's also easy to move.

4. My mom is coming down for a visit this Monday, coinciding with my first day of jury (ugh) duty. She hasn't been down in a while and we haven't had the chance to go North, so it will be great to see her. She says all she wants to do is kick back and relax. I told her that's what we do best, so no problem. Now, if I can only get lucky enough to get dismissed from my jury duty like I was a couple of years ago, I'll be golden.

I won't be holding my breath, though.

5. The writing is going well. I'm not doing as much as I'd like, but doing more than I was. Still getting through King's On Writing and taking some notes. Like I've said, I'm not a big fan of his writing, but his pearls of wisdom in this book are great.

Those are my five for this Friday. Like I mentioned, nothing all that exciting and, if you've got this far, I salute you =)

Hope your Friday is good and the weekend even better!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sorry about the jury duty, but hope the rest of your visit with your mother is good.
We eat a lot like that. A lot of organic produce and nothing from cans. I don't eat beef either, but I do like my chicken. You'll probably feel better not eating the dairy either.

Andrew Leon said...

Oh, man, I really want to make a joke about King and his "pearls."
I'm holding it in, though.

Lisa said...

We've been juicing ever since we saw Fat Sick and Nearly Dead! Haven't see the Forks one... Hope you enjoy your visit with your mom. I had one from mine over Labor Day weekend and it was great! Hadn't seen her in way too long... Keep going on the writing! Ray Bradbury's Zen in the Art of Writing is the one that really hit me in the gut. SK's was good, but I had a hard time with his "whining" at the end about his accident. Happy weekend!!

Manzanita said...

Glad to hear you will be visiting with your mom. Want to know a good way to get out of jury duty? Get old. I never have to serve anymore. LOL

Mark Means said...

@Alex: Thank you! We're still eating fish and I already feel a lot better after cutting out dairy.

@Andrew: LOL...thanks for refraining :)

@Lisa: Yep, same here. We still juice, just not as much as we used to. Thanks and I hope you had a great weekend too!

@Manzanita: LOL...I'm working on that :D Someone else told me to raise my hand and shout "Pick me! Pick me!" He said it's a sure way to get out of it :)

Arlee Bird said...

I've been kind of looking for a part time or temporary job, but so far nothing. Then again I haven't been looking all that hard. I get my social security check and my wife has the benefits--a few extra dollars might be nice though.

Good luck with your health improvement program. And jury duty. I've got jury duty coming up at the end of September, but I hope they don't call me in.

Tossing It Out

Christine Rains said...

Hope jury duty is over with quick. My husband always dreads getting those letters from the county. Good luck with the new food plan. We've been cutting back on red meat and carbs too. Have a good week!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

My dad always said the best way to get out of jury duty was to look eager to be there. He said during interviews, he'd quietly brag that he'd make a good juror because he raised five kids and could spot guilt in a snap. He was always tossed by the defense.

Good luck getting healthier. I need to do that. But it's hard to do when you're lazy!

Leslie S. Rose said...

I really have to get on that healthy bandwagon. You have inspired me. If you do get on a jury - hopefully you'll hear lots of fodder for future stories.

Maurice Mitchell said...

It's great that you have health and dental since that's the number one cause of financial ruin. Follow your dream Mark!

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