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14th-Feb-2017 09:50 pm(no subject)
Proto Man
Ugh. I don't know about you guys, but I'm really tired. The last week and a half has just been extremely busy, and LONG. Part of that probably has to do with the fact that I just came off of a stretch of seven straight days of work, and being off this past weekend only gave me a little bit of rest before I had to head right back to the grind yesterday. Also, it doesn't really seem to help that we're being flooded with a lot of customers lately, probably due to the fact that Walgreens recently bought out Rite-Aid. So yeah, work's been rough.

My battle with the back stuff is ongoing. I had my MRI, and while there was a slight herniation between L5 and S1, it wasn't nearly as big as Dr. Acurio was anticipating, given the symptoms I've described. So tomorrow, I get to go and take a nerve conduction test, and then we get to see on Monday what the test showed and what we do next. It sounds a little morbid, but I'm almost praying they find something. I just want to know what the deal is.

I have to say, I'm simultaneously inspired/depressed by the posts of my LJ crew and their fitness journeys. I'm really happy to see it going so well for my peeps, and their meeting of goals and beating new challenges. I'm also kinda sad though, because I want to be doing the same thing, but physically it's just not a good choice right now. Perhaps my back stuff will be resolved in the near future, and then I'll start to make serious inquiries into getting into the gym again. I really wish Element Fitness was still open though, I don't think any gym I'll find will be as cool as that place was.

Other than that stuff, nothing too out of the ordinary has been going on here. I'm just still working and making changes in my life, plus I'm trying to figure out who I am still. That kind of stuff has been on my mind a lot. I don't have all my answers yet, but at least I'm able to admit that some things about me need to get better. I guess that's progress, if nothing else.

Keep on doing what you're doing, LJ crew. I'm proud to see y'all continue to make strides and do good things, and I can't wait to see where you guys go from here.
27th-Jan-2017 09:51 am - What's the haps?
Proto Man
Back again, LJ peeps. I don't know about you guys, but it's been a crazy week at work for me. Everybody and their momma seems to be coming out of the woodwork for prescriptions this week. Is there some sort of plague going around to promote all this medicine mass-hysteria that I don't know about? Or is it just totally random? It's probably just one of those busy periods sweeping through, but it's still been ridiculous. I'm so ready for the weekend, because I need the break.

In other news, I had my follow-up with Dr. Acurio on Tuesday. The steroids he had prescribed me helped with my discomfort, but the problem is not totally eliminated. We've scheduled an MRI for me, which I'll go do Monday at 9:00 a.m. before I go to work, and then I'll get the results of that Thursday and we'll see what we have. Whatever I have to do to fix the problem, I'm not really worried about it. God will take care of me, as will my family. I'm not real keen on having to get surgery or a similar procedure and having to miss time at work, but if that's what ends up being the necessary measure to get me back to normal living, I'll do it. All I want is to be healthy enough to start being active again. I tried to start my running again, which was going well until this problem reared it's head. It was probably something that was already hiding under the surface, and then I just had that particular moment when the problem increased. Those moments are hard to avoid. That's life.

Other than that, it's really been most of the same stuff for me. I'm just trying to help mom maintain the house and keep my grandmother taken care of, and trying to get enough sleep to get through the day. It just seems like it's been nonstop activity the last couple of months or so since the whole moving process took place. At least christobel has helped get me out of the house, and nepalunaris has offered to do so as well, which helps a lot. I love spending time with my family, but sometimes I just need to get out of the house, which thankfully they understand.

Alright guys/gals, I'm out. Time for more coffee and YouTube, and then off to work for one more day before a long deserved weekend. Be good ya'll.
18th-Jan-2017 11:22 am - Medical update
Proto Man
Ok, so I went to Dr. Acurio's office for my appointment this morning. The good news? They took x-rays of my left leg and hip, as well as my back, and it doesn't look like my hip or back are the problem (though I did find out I have Osgood-Schlatter's disease in my left knee, as I've long suspected). The bad news is that he thinks I have a herniated disc in my lower back. He's prescribed me a steroid to take for now, and I'm supposed to have a follow-up on Tuesday with him to see what our next move is. It'll be great if the medication takes care of the problem, but if not, I guess I'll just have to get surgery or whatever and redesign, rebuild, and reclaim. Either way, I know I'll be able to handle it.

Alright peeps, I'm out. Got work in a little bit. I'll see ya'll at the next post.
15th-Jan-2017 07:07 pm - So what's new?
Proto Man
I've been meaning to make another LJ post, since I haven't made one in a few days. It's kind of a weird thing, I probably should post more, but I don't like posting just random nonsense like updates on brushing my teeth or scratching myself. Obviously, I'm being sarcastic, but you know what I mean. Still, I'd like to eventually get to posting on LJ every couple of days or so, at least. If nothing else, it would be a good hobby to have. I've been kind of looking for something to do in my spare time, and that's probably as good of an idea as any.

So, work's been going ok. Now that I'm officially moved in with my parents, I've started to save some money again, which is good. I'm not exactly sure what I'm going to do with the extra money yet, other than start to build up an emergency fund and get rid off the little debt I still have.

I know one thing I probably am needing to save money for, and quickly, is in the event that I end up unable to work in the near future. I've been having hip/knee issues the last couple of months with my left leg, and now it's becoming more of a liability for me, especially in the last week or so. I've made an appointment with an orthopedic doctor on Wednesday, hopefully he'll be able to tell me what's going on. It probably sounds pessimistic, but I'm anticipating having to have surgery. I have no idea what that means in terms of recovery or successful healing, but if it eliminates the problem, the road to recovery will be worth it.

I got to go to the live WWE show last weekend, which was a lot of fun. I haven't been to one in years, but it was good to just be able to get out of the house and do something with friends, and the seats were fantastic. The matches were really good for a house show, surprisingly. Added bonus, we sat right in front of the infamous WWE Sign Guy, which led to us being present for one of the funniest exchanges I've heard in a long time:

Sign Guy: "Hey Simon, why don't you try getting out in the sun once in a while, your skin is blinding me!"
Simon Gotch: "I'm albino, that's racist."

I also got a disturbing phone call Friday night from a former coworker at Domino's, apparently one of the drivers that I used to work with passed away. Apparently, his wife found him at their home on Monday, and he was taken to the hospital. He never woke up, and he died on Wednesday. We weren't close or anything, but I didn't mind working with him. He was only 38 years old, though. It was kind of shocking and out of nowhere.

Other than that, I'm still just working and spending the rest of my time in self reflection, figuring out who it is I want to be and what my life should be about. I haven't quite found my answers yet, but at least I'm looking into it. I feel like it's a process that is long overdue.

Anyways, I'm out for now. I'll try to pop up again in a couple of days.
7th-Jan-2017 04:34 pm - Bye bye 2016, hello 2017
Puppet Angel
So we're a week into the new year, and like everybody else, I felt like I could kind of go over the highlights of last year. Well, maybe highlights or high points wouldn't be the correct terms. It was kind of a struggling year for me. But I'm getting a little ahead of myself. In the interest of not taking up a year of everybody's time, I'll just cover the major stuff.

To start, the romantic side was pretty much a wash, as it has been for years. There were a couple of really intriguing opportunities that looked like they were going to go well, including an old friend of mine that I've known for 16 years now. Neither one really panned out, as one of them quickly withdrew her interest from me (understandably, she had recently broken off a relationship with the father of her child and wasn't ready yet) and the other just kind of slowly slid away from me due to her own stuff from her past that she still hasn't worked through (the aforementioned friend). The one with the friend kind of caused me to hit the wall with dating that I've been expecting to hit for so long, and I haven't done anything in that arena since then. That's been since probably around August or September, I think.

My job situatin had a major overhaul this past year. I graduated BPCC in May with my Associate degree in Allied Health - Pharmacy Technician, and I started a job at Walgreens on June 1. I kept Domino's as a second job for a couple of months, but I eventually quit there when I just realized I was never going to have the time to work a full shift. The new job has mostly been good, though. There's a lot of corporate stuff that they're doing and I'm trying my best to follow along with all that stuff, but I have good money and health insurance now, so that's good.

The living situation also took a turn, as I've moved back in my with my parents. My stepdad, in an effort to try and move forward in his company (a possibility that wasn't going to be realistic if he stayed in his current role here), agreed to be the Operations Manager for the location in Jackson, Mississippi. So, I agreed to move in here to help mom with the bills and with my grandmother, as well as the day to day stuff at the house. I gave my trailer/shed to a guy that my landlord put me in touch with, and after some communication struggles, we finally got all of that done. So now I'm here, and I'll be able to put back some money. I'm not sure what my next move will be yet, but I'm just going to start saving money and try to figure it out. Hopefully dad doesn't have to stay longer a year with this location, and he'll be able to come back here and work the same position back at the Bossier office, which is the goal.

Other than that, the year was a lot of self reflection, especially after the last girl fiasco. I've spent the last few months just thinking about everything: my faith, my job, friends 0I've done a lot of looking at myself and certain things about myself that I just don't like. Not like some sort of thing where I'm hating on myself, but just parts of myself that I see as unhealthy from a character standpoint. Some of those things have been there for a while, and I think I'm just now really starting to notice how out of control they are. I'm doing my best to make adjustments and make positive changes in my life, but I still feel like I have a ways to go. It's in those times of looking at myself that I'm glad I'm not with someone right now, because I just feel like it would be a terrible thing to hang on someone else. It's bad enough I look at these things daily, I don't think someone else should have to as well.

So yeah, that was me in 2016. I hope it was informative and not too depressing. I didn't want it be a downer entry or anything, but I figured I should be no less than honest. If nothing else, it's still worlds more sunny than my old posts on LJ. Trust me, I went back and read some of that stuff. Yeesh. :-P
Puppet Angel
In my sorta triumphant return to LJ, I figured I'd do this questions thing everybody else has been doing:

1. First thing you wash in the shower? Hair, then face.
2. What color is your favorite hoodie? The only one I have is my orange runnning hoodies, so I guess they win by default.
3. Do you plan outfits? Probably no more than thirty or so minutes in advance, no.
4. How are you feeling right now? Not too bad, just ready to start the weekend.
5. What's the closest thing to you that's red? Either this blanket dad brought back from Egypt, or my DVD copies of The Flash.
6. Tell me about the last dream you remember having? I can't remember. That's probably a good thing.
7. Did you meet anybody new today? Just customers, and they're probably not going to factor into anything but my check. *shrugs*
8. What are you craving right now? Honestly, nothing. I've had a lack of appetite the past couple of days.
9. What comes to mind when you think of cabbage? How delicious it is when it's sauteed with some bacon bits in it. Even without the bacon, still delicious.
10. Have you ever counted to 1,000? I don't think so. I'm not patient enough for that.
11. Do you bite into your ice cream or just lick it? Bite, unless it's on a cone, then both.
12. Do you like your hair? Mostly, though at times it doesn't turn out the way I want.
13. Do you like yourself? Probably not as much as I should. I'm working on it.
14. Would you go out to eat with George W. Bush? I guess so, as long as the food was free.
15. What are you listening to right now? An episode of Wings, a really underappreciated 90's sitcom.
16. Are your parents strict? Not really. My dad's gone, and my mom worries, but doesn't try to control me.
17. Would you go sky diving? Nope, not even a little bit.
18. Do you like cottage cheese? I haven't had it in forever, I just remember not being a fan.
19. Have you ever met a celebrity? Mostly just wrestlers. CM Punk and Kane were the notable ones.
20. Do you rent movies often? I don't ever rent movies anymmore. Do they still do that?
21. Is there anything sparkly in the room you're in? There's some stuff of mom's in here on one of the dressers.
22. Have you made a prank phone call? I'm sure I did at some point.
23. Ever been on a train? I jumped a couple of trains when I was younger, that's probably as close as I've gotten.
24. Brown or white eggs? Either one, eggs are good protein.
25. Do you use chap stick? Not typically, I have no reason to.
26. Can you use chop sticks? Yeah, I like using them to eat sushi.
27. Are you too forgiving? I don't think so. If anything, I probably could forgive a little more.
28. Ever been in love? Upon reviewing the tape, the answer is probably not.
29. Last time you cried? I'm not sure.
30. What was the last question you asked? I asked mom earlier if she needed me to still hang a calendar on the wall for her.
31. Favorite time of the year? Probably fall, the weather is at least sometimes as close to perfect as you get in Louisiana.
32. Do you have any tattoos? No. I've thought about it, but I don't know if I ever will get one.
33. Are you sarcastic? Yeah, maybe too much.
34. Ever walked into a wall? Yeah, more than once.
35. Favorite color? Black and red would probably be the leaders.
36. Have you ever slapped someone? Other than playfully, not that I can remember.
37. Is your hair curly? Nope, just frizzy and thinning.
38. Do looks matter? Let's just be honest, they do to some degree. That's why I've always found the concept of "love at first sight" to be garbage. You're basing that feeling off of what you see, not who the person is. That ain't love. People say looks don't matter, but they're not telling the truth. It's the first impression we get of every new person of the opposite sex we meet. That's human nature. What we do from there, that's where the real test is.
39. Do you like your life right now? I think my life would be better if I wasn't having so many questions about where I'm going and who I'm trying to become. I'm not naive enough to say life is bad, though. I have a job that pays well, my family is awesome, and even though I don't see them a lot anymore, my friends are truly special.
40. Do you sleep with the TV on? I did it every night back at the apartment, but now I just set the sleep timer and drift off.
41. Can you handle the truth? Yeah, though I'm more accepting of it depending on the manor it's presented in I guess. To help or to hurt, that makes a difference, at least I think so.
42. Do you have good vision? My right eye has been trash ever since the damage inflicted by the onset of my hydrocephalus, but my left eye is great other than a slight astigmatism.
16th-Jul-2009 11:27 am - Maybe Dana White is just a prankster
Proto Man
I saw this article on Yahoo and thought I'd post it for all my friends who are into MMA. I don't know what the deal was with this car, but unless it was given to Henderson as a joke, it's just kind of shitty. Actually, even as a joke, it's still shitty.

Dan Henderson wins a fight, loses a working car

By Maggie Hendricks

Remember that sweet Range Rover that the UFC gave to Dan Henderson to thank him for coaching "The Ultimate Fighter?" Yep, that's it, in the picture above. Henderson, who lives in Temecula, Calif., was driving back home after UFC 100 and couldn't even make it out of the state before the car broke down. Henderson sends a message to UFC president Dana White on his Web site, saying, "Thanks for the car, Dana, hope it comes with a warranty!"

Henderson had a highlight reel win over British UFC star Michael Bisping on Saturday night, knocking Bisping out in the second round with a powerful right hand. Henderson caused some controversy by following up the right with an additional punch when Bisping was on the ground before the referee stopped the fight. Afterward, Henderson said that the extra punch was to "shut Bisping up." Prior to their bout, the two men coached on "The Ultimate Fighter," and Bisping spent much of the show badmouthing Henderson.

Edmunds, a Web site that reviews automobiles, claims that Range Rovers have a poor reputation for reliability, and that was proven true with Henderson's car. He had been in training camp, and then spent the day after the fight at the pool. He didn't have much time to cruise around in it until taking it for the four-hour drive home to Temecula. Maybe the British-born vehicle just didn't like Henderson knocking out its countryman, and it decided to exact revenge.

Henderson won the $100,000 Knockout of the Night bonus on Saturday; he should be able to buy himself another car. Or, perhaps he could use the bonus to waste some time at Whiskey Pete's, the low-rent casino at the state border that can be seen in the background of the picture above.

UPDATE: Henderson reported that the Range Rover is back up and working, and he drove it to the ESPY awards in Los Angeles, an hour and a half from Temecula. Let's hope that it can handle the drive home.
Proto Man
I don't know why, but I found this funny.

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