Day 222…

10.26.12

Dragging today – the week has totally caught up to me, but physically I’m feeling more and more like myself after finally recovering from the gym and everything else.  Hoping for an easy day in the office and then letting the weekend begin…grabbing my usual coffee and into the office I go…

Seems like I’m not the only one with cobwebs this morning as our group seems to be in a bit of a haze.  We hit our stride pretty quickly though and begin to knock out our work…there is a lot of talk in the office about the coming storm/hurricane/Frankenstorm and people are wondering if it is going to be as bad as they are predicting.  I’m really hoping that things are not as bad as they are thinking it could be – especially after the mess of last years freak Halloween storm that wreaked havoc on everyone…

Breaking for lunch…not going to lie, I really don’t like the lunch we got today.  Something just doesn’t taste right to me so I’m going to go out and grab something else to eat…stopping in Ricky’s as I go for food to check out all of the Halloween costumes – there are some really creative ones there, but I think I’m going to stick with one that I wore a few years back…

Back at work, pushing through the day and really looking forward to getting home to my pup and my couch…the powers that be at the office have asked that we all bring home our computers in case the office is closed on Monday from the storm, so we are all packing up and then off everyone goes…

Home, relaxing and very very happy to be doing so.  My plans for the night have fallen through, and I’m going to stay in and catch up on some DVR and try to get some rest for a run tomorrow…

Until then…

Day 221…

10.25.12

Another morning, another day of being sore from everything, but at least I’m not as sore as I have been.  Small victories.  Normal morning routine and then off to the office I go…

It is going to be a very very busy day today.  I have meetings on the calendar that take up the majority of my day, so I have to figure out how I’ll get the rest of my work done with little free time.  The morning meetings begin and we are off and running.  They continue to flow well and I’m finding that the efficiency of the meetings allow me to have more time to get to my other work…

On on the non-work front, I’ve been trying to figure out what I should be for Halloween this year.  All signs seem to be pointing towards me recycling an old costume from the past – just a matter of which one I choose (Agassi or NASCAR).  Both have pros and cons from a comfort front, so I guess I’ll have to make a game time decision on that…

Afternoon is flying by and before I know it, the day is wrapping up.  Heading home to the pup and then out for a bit…

Until tomorrow all…

Day 220…

10.24.12

Wow, I’m absurdly sore this morning.  So much so that it is tough to get out of bed.  Every muscle in my body hurts.  I have to think this is the result of 4 consecutive days of putting my body through various rigors which was topped off with the PT session at the gym.  In my mind I say to myself that this has to be what pro football players feel like on Monday mornings – like they got hit by a truck.  After I manage to pull myself out of bed, I take Riley for a walk, shower and head to work…

The only good thus far is that the body is loosening up slightly as I make my way to the subway – but I dread the idea of the stairs – who knows how the legs will feel…I manage better than anticipated.  On the train I run into a former colleague from my Ogilvy days.  I love random subway run-ins.  We catch up and part ways.  I get to the office and people can tell I’m struggling and I see the smiles on their faces.  I know it is all good smiles – the kind that know I’m getting myself back to normal, so I smile back and park myself at my desk…

It is another busy day here, so I’m doing everything I can to be as productive as possible.  Being short-staffed is never fun, but it does still yield quality work.  Everyone on the team is slammed, but we find ways to be very efficient…breaking for lunch and then right back at it…

There is an ALS benefit that I’m supposed to go to tonight, but the massive exhaustion that I feel is telling me to listen to my body and pass on the event.  I have laundry to do and I really just want a night at home with Riley and my couch.  I tell my parents and sister that I’m not going to go to the event and I get back to the tasks at hand for the rest of the work day…

Finishing things up here and heading home.  Excited to get laundry done, make dinner and hit my couch for some DVR and some baseball…no surprise to me that I’m getting tired early, so to bed I go…

Night all…

Day 219…

10.23.12

It’s an early-rise morning for me as today marks my entry back into the world of working out.  I found a trainer that was recommended to me via Team in Training who has expertise in working not only with runners, but also with cancer survivors.  I’m excited and a bit nervous as I hope I can keep up with the program that she is going to put me on…

The workout starts right away once I get to the gym.  We start with jump rope (can’t tell you the last time I did that), followed by push-ups, sit-ups and TRX work (upper and lower body).  Thankfully she gives me a minute or two to recover and then straight into more lower body work with lunges and squats.  We finish up with some triceps lifts and pull-ups.  Somehow I survive.  I am already terrified of how sore I’m going to be tomorrow – though it is the good kind of sore; the kind where you know that you had a great workout…showering up and heading to the office…

Starving and grabbing anything I can find in the fridge.  I’m eating some yogurt, a banana and then a cliff bar.  I already know that I’ll be hungry all day because of the morning workout.  Jumping right into meetings.  It’s Tuesday, so as you all know, that is usually my busiest day in terms of internal meetings. Getting through the morning as best I can and quickly breaking for lunch before diving right back into the rest of the day…

As the day wears on, my worst fears are starting to come true – I’m already feeling the tightness in my body from the workout (and the past 3 days of intense activities).  I stretch as often as I can…finishing up the day and getting ready to meet and old college friend for dinner and drinks to catch up and talk about a potential business alliance…so great to see Louise.  It has been 4 or 5 years since we have last seen one another, but as it is with all old friends, we catch up quickly and get along great…even if the business end of things doesn’t work out, it is great to have her back in my life and I’m really happy to see all of the great things she has going on – including getting married!…

I head home, walk the pup and climb straight to bed.  I’m totally exhausted…

Until tomorrow…

Day 218…

10.22.12

Good morning Monday!  Happy to have my pup back and ready to tackle the day after yet another interesting night of sleep (still having weird dreams), but feeling good otherwise.  The body is a bit tired from paintball and my 5 mile run, but the mind feels sharp…to work I go!

As with most Mondays it is a busy one.  The to-do list is lengthy and I’m diving right into work this morning.  It has been head-down all morning and before I know it half the day is gone.  I’ve been literally non-stop since I got to the office with various emails, proposals and such…everyone in the office is starving and wondering what happened with our lunch order….1230…1…130…2…yes, food finally arrives!  There was a glitch in the order so it got here super late.  The only good that comes out of this is that I got even more work done before taking a break for lunch…

Back at things and trying to be as productive as possible as I’m leaving a little early today with a co-worker (Monica) to take a trapeze class.  This is not something that I thought I would ever do, but it has always looked like fun from afar and she goes often, so hey, why not give it a try….finishing up here and then off Monica and I go to Chelsea Piers for our class…

The class is literally on top of Chelsea Piers (the top of pier 40)…they have set up the rig to have an unobstructed view of downtown and let me tell you – it’s gorgeous…after going through the obligatory safety lesson, I get harnessed-up, watch a few non-first timers (including Monica who is doing all these cool tricks) and then I climb the ladder for my first flight…While I don’t have the biggest aversion to heights, there is a quick moment of feeling uneasy when you get your first hand on the trapeze bar.  It is heavier than you expect it to be and gravity wants to pull you and the bar off of the ledge that you are on.  I quickly get over that, put my other hand on the bar and off I go…

Time to fly!

It’s such a cool feeling to be flying through the air, holding onto the bar and swinging back and forth.  They ask me to try and put my legs on the bar and then hang from them…it is easier than I expect it to be and so much fun to hang upside down ..we then work on doing a backflip when letting go of the bar…once all that is perfected  it is time to try and get caught by someone swinging on the opposite end of the rig…this, when I think about it, seems like it could be tough to do, but to my surprise I manage to get caught both times I try it…overall, I couldn’t recommend this more to people looking for two hours of fun and in a way that is different than usual…I will definitely be back come spring when they reopen, or maybe I’ll just join the circus :)

Class ends and we hit the subway to head home…I grab dinner on my way to my apartment, take Riley out, shower and then sit down to eat…while eating I find myself debating whether I should watch the debate or not…I fold and turn it on only to immediately regret it.  Just as frustrating as the last one, so I turn it off and head to bed…

It has been a busy last three days and I need to be up early tomorrow for my first session with my new trainer as I try to build my body back together…

Night all…

Day 217…

10.21.12

Oh Sunday, as I tend to say every-time you come around, why do you show up far too early in the weekend?  So it is…up after not the best night of sleep, but forcing myself to motivate and get ready to meet Andre and Rene for a run…I’m a bit sore from paintball, but feeling good about going for a run…

It is another gorgeous day and we start off on what we plan to be a loop of the park.  I haven’t done the lower loop since February, so I’m really excited to knock this out and then move to the upper loop next week.  Andre and Rene tell me to set the pace, so we head out and run a solid, but not terribly fast first mile.  I think it is a matter of getting loose and we are all doing so on mile 1.  The pace quickens a bit and we start to feel really good…moving along the loop and we literally run into a mass of what has to be 20,000 – 30,000 people doing a breast cancer walk for the ACS in the park…this should be an interesting last half of the run as they are literally taking up almost the entire road…we push through and finish the run rather strong.  Total for the day is just over 5miles at a sub 9 pace so I feel really encouraged that my base is starting to build quickly and that I will indeed be ready to run a 15k in December at a 830 or less pace (which I think will be something to be proud of considering the lack my normal type of running for 6+ months)…

Back home, showering and eating before the crew arrives at my place for the Giants game…everyone arrives – Terence, Andre, Meg, Linds, Blitz, Alex, Rachel, Rene and Jared so it’s a packed house…eating all the oh-so-good and oh-so-unhealthy Sunday football foods and watching a really tight Giants game…looks like we are going to lose…but wait…Eli drops back…throws a bomb to Cruz…Cruz catches it…77 yards later…TD!!!!!….Giants pull of yet another comeback win!!!!!

Friends are heading out and I wait for my Mom, Dad and my pup to get to my house…Riley was in NJ getting groomed so I haven’t seen her in a few days and I can’t wait to have her back home…just one little hiccup for her – she bascially got sheered at the groomer b/c I was bad and didn’t brush her hair so it was so matted that they had no choice but to sheer it….holy sh*t, she is so skinny…she looks funny with her big head and super skinny body, but she is still herself, so I can’t really complain…

Off to dinner to celebrate Pop’s bday…unfortunately, Jordan has a touch of the flu so she couldn’t come to dinner :(  Food is fantastic – I have oysters finally and then the most amazing lamb chops…I’m starting to get really tired from all of the weekend activities so it is straight home after dinner…walking Ri and then to bed and Homeland…

Night all…

Day 216…

10.20.12

Woke up later than I thought I would as I finally got a decent night of sleep.  I now have to rush to get ready as I have a bunch of friends meeting me at my apartment at 945 this morning so we can then drive out to LI for paintball.  There is going to be a large group of us (18 total) and the weather is more than cooperating, so we are all really excited for what should be a really fun day…

Arriving at the location for the day and there is a lot of excitement in the air.  Paintball, for those that haven’t had the opportunity to play can be endless fun (with a bit of pain if/when you get hit).  The key to a great day is having a group large enough that you are only playing against people you know as opposed to being put against strangers who may not abide by the unspoken rules of the game and who may also be awesome/scary good, so alas, we ensure we have our own group to shoot…

We pick teams and to the fields we go…first round starts of really well for my team as we seem to pick off our friends rather quickly…this continues for the next 3 rounds…we then decide to mix it up a bit and the game changes quickly (my team plays down a man and we get rocked pretty quick)…I take a shot off the arm and am reminded of the pain the paintball can inflict…we take a quick break and then head back out for more fun…

As a side note, this is the first real activity that I’ve done aside from running since given the ‘all clear’ and I’m happy to say that I’m holding up really well.  My cardio and overall strength seems to be there so I’m not struggling to keep up, nor am I any more tired than the rest of my friends.  This only gives me more confidence to finish up the day strong…we play a few more rounds and call it quits after the 10th or 11th round – no more shooting each other.  We all have a bunch of welts (I have 3 pretty gnarly ones on my stomach, back and arm) from getting hit and want to make our way back to the city so we can shower up and then head out for the night…

Traffic on the way back isn’t great – there is an awful accident on the LIE that is creating a ton of congestion (and on top of that, only one of the tunnels leading back to the city is open b/c of construction) so we decide to find a new route home…we weave our way through Queens and then the Bronx and finally make our way back to Manhattan…

I have a snack, shower up and then head down to Terence and Meg’s for dinner and drinks – or as Meg calls it ‘fall festivus’…so much fun with all my friends…while we had some intentions to go out, we realize that we are having a lot of fun at the house, so we just decide to hang there, drink and laugh…

It is getting late and we are all pretty tired from the activities of the day, so I head home to get some sleep before a hopeful run tomorrow…

Night all…

Day 215…

10.19.12

Friday has finally arrived and I couldn’t be happier.  It has been a long, yet fun week and the weekend is going to be just as packed, so I’m looking forward to getting through the day and hopefully having a chill Friday night before the fun of the weekend begins on Saturday…I’m definitely tired today as the event last night was a lot of fun, but home a bit on the late side, so I drag myself out of bed and head into the office…

It is of course busy, but Friday always has the vibe of a day that everyone looks forward to if for no other reason than that the weekend will be greeting everyone at the end of the day…kicking off a new client this morning (with an old friend) and then straight to more work to see how much we can knock out and lessen the burden for next week…meetings, calls and emails, lunch and then repeat…

Afternoon is moving along nicely and I’m working out plans for tonight.  The plan as of now is to go and see Argo with a few friends as everyone has said how great it is and I really want to see it…before that can happen I am off to my apartment to relax, do some laundry and eat dinner…looks like the only person that can join for Argo is Rene as Andre/Linds/Blitz all have some things that they need to do and can’t make the time we are going…

Movie was fantastic.  I have to say, this movie did a really wonderful job of recreating the tension between the countries (US/Iran/Canada/etc.) and how trying and dangerous it was to make a daring rescue of the hostages.  I digress and won’t write a movie review as that just isn’t my speciality.  I will just encourage everyone to go and see this movie…

Home, heading to bed as I’m up early tomorrow for….PAINTBALL!!!

Night all…

Day 214…

10.18.12

First things first as I start the post for today – HAPPY BDAY POPS!!!!

Up and ready for a great day.  It’s nice out and I’m heading to the office to do my part to own the day as best I can.  Picking up a cup of coffee from the MUD truck and then sitting down to get work done.  It is going to be a bit of a crunch as Mindy and I are leaving a bit on the early side to head to a fundraiser/event tonight which should be lots of fun, and if nothing else, very entertaining…

Very busy morning thus far with back-to-back-to-back meetings and the next thing I know, it’s time for lunch (no complaints there)…lunch is over and it’s back to more meetings.  The good news is that each of the meetings today definitely accomplishes something, whereas not all of them do, so I’m happy with what is getting done…hopping on a client call to wrap up the day before heading out to the event…

We are going to start the night with a quick bite to eat before the event starts so that we don’t have to worry about being hungry – especially with the anticipated free-flow of alcohol…we meet up with Mindy’s boyfriend David, his sister and a few of her friends, have a beer, some food and watch the final demise of my beloved Yankees.  I never, ever want them to lose, but with the way they’ve been playing, I want to be put of my misery of watching them…

The event tonight is for the 13th anniversary of Birthright and the theme is a Bar Mitzvah (obviously).  So once we get past the hilarity and awkwardness of the recreation of our past, it has all the designs of being a fun night…we are having a few drinks and the party and the group of friends grows.  So far – good times…I run into an old friend that I haven’t seen in ages (my friend Josh) and we catch up and laugh at our past…night wears on and the party begins to come to a close…we gather ourselves and head out and to our respective homes…

Home and tired…

Night all…

Day 213…

10.17.12

Mid-week and still struggling a bit with sleep but up and ready for the work day.  It is going to be another busy one as we have a lot going on and the calendar looks pretty full…to work I go…

Diving right into the day and being productive right off the bat.  Kicking-off a few new projects and just cranking on others.  At times throughout the day it seems for every piece accomplished two more are added to the list.  As I’ve always said, better to be busy than to not be busy… breaking for lunch and eating what seems to be a 900lb burrito.  It’s massive and unlikely to be finished…the sheer absurdity of everyone’s lunch today brings up a fun subject – what would you want to eat in an eating contest.  We have some standard answers of pizza, doughnuts, ice cream and my answer (which I didn’t think was random but many others did – rice pilaf).  Lots of laughs around the table and we are feeling energized for the rest of the afternoon.  Something tells me this won’t be the last of the eating contest discussion…

Afternoon is moving rather quickly and I’m wrapping things up for the day before heading out to meet up with some friends for hibachi night.  Terence has completed a hibachi class and is cooking us dinner at Benihana.  This will without question be hilarious…just as I expected it is awesome.  We are laughing so much that my stomach hurts and it is just a really good way to end a very busy work day…

Saying my goodbyes and heading home to walk the pup and then to bed I go…

Night all…