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Welcome to Healthy Living

Why are you taking this class?  What are personal health goals you have for yourself this semester?  Share with the class! Thank you! Why am I taking this class? Of course there is the requirement for a Wellness elective, but that’s not really why I chose this particular class. I am a 48-year old man who is 100-pounds over my suggested weight. And while I don’t feel the suggested weight of 160 is terribly realistic (I was 170 in high school and fit), I do recognize that I’m well above my ideal. I could take Golf or First Aid, but those wouldn’t really do me much good. I need to learn to curb my excesses and discipline my lifestyle before I end up on medicines for cholesterol, diabetes, or both. This class seems to offer a whole lifestyle approach that I don’t think I would find if I took Touch Football or Swimming. It’s a change in lifestyle that I need and I think this class will help me make the decisions I need to in order to turn things around. In the 14-weeks I’ll be in this class

Welcome to Healthy Living

Why are you taking this class?  What are personal health goals you have for yourself this semester?  Share with the class!  Thank you! Why am I taking this class? Of course there is the requirement for a Wellness elective, but that’s not really why I chose this particular class. I am a 48-year old man who is 100-pounds over my suggested weight. And while I don’t feel the suggested weight of 160 is terribly realistic (I was 170 in high school and fit), I do recognize that I’m well above my ideal. I could take Golf or First Aid, but those wouldn’t really do me much good. I need to learn to curb my excesses and discipline my lifestyle before I end up on medicines for cholesterol, diabetes, or both. This class seems to offer a whole lifestyle approach that I don’t think I would find if I took Touch Football or Swimming. It’s a change in lifestyle that I need and I think this class will help me make the decisions I need to in order to turn things around. In the 14-weeks I’ll be in this clas

A Good Wind

Yesterday I went to the GRCC orientation, picked out my classes, and then, because I waited until the last minute and financial aid is slower than I am, I paid for those same classes. I need to pick up my books tomorrow. Classes start on Tuesday. Hoist the anchor, I'm off on an adventure. The plan is to get an Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology and then to transfer to Ferris State University to get my bachelor's degree in the same field. That's the plan. The next few years should be interesting.

To Err is Human

[caption id="attachment_7664" align="aligncenter" width="840"] and less annoying[/caption]

So Happy I Could Dance

I started the day off right by rebuying my house. The refinance went through and we signed all the papers today. I'm very happy with the rate we received and I can't imagine this being much better than it is. I think I missed the lowest rates I saw by two or three days, but still, the timing was almost perfect. I won't give you any numbers, because I don't think you need to know, that's just how I roll. I will say that the appraised value of the house has gone up enough in the last four years that I was able to drop them PMI and save a nice chunk of change. We borrowed extra based on the new value and it's a nice chunk of change. So the long and the short of it is that we went from a 30-year fixed to a 15-year fixed, saving us 11 years of payments, took cash out, and our payment went up less than seventy dollars. Just absolutely fantastic. I don't mean to brag, but it's just so damn awesome. I'm very excited. Then I went to GRCC and turned in some pa

Too Soon

Lady Ronn and I spent the early part of yesterday at Grand Rapids Community College getting our our ducks in order for the coming semester. And today was high school registration for the youngest boy. My air conditioning preventative maintenance's are all done. And worst of all, Menard's has it's Halloween stuff out already. I'm afraid that summer is just about over. [caption id="attachment_7655" align="aligncenter" width="840"] nearly time to turn the page[/caption] I keep forgetting to put this up, but a friend of mine made this for you. Okay, she made it for someone else, but I'm giving it to you because she worked extra hard making it and it seems a shame to not share. Make it your screen wallpaper and remember ... [caption id="attachment_7653" align="alignnone" width="840"] you rock[/caption]

Happy 3rd Anniversary to Us

[caption id="attachment_7658" align="alignnone" width="679"] three years[/caption]

I Think It Counts

Did I get everything done. Well, sort of. I painted the shelves and put the office back together, to a degree. There's only so much I can do until I finish the desk and the paint cures. I trimmed out the bathroom and put the shelf along the back wall. I still need to do the endless list of finishing bits. Fill and paint the trim. Clean the shower. Hang the shower curtain. Touch up the wall paint. Hang the towel bars. It goes on and on and on... I'm going to say it's mostly done. I think it counts ... This bathroom is too small to get any good pictures. You'll have to stop by if you want to get a better look at it. And while this picture looks nearly identical to the other, this is the painted shelving unit. Finished. That's as good as it gets. Tomorrow is our anniversary and we both need to get to GRCC to take care of some things before the semester starts on the 29th, so it's unlikely that any more work will get done on this vacation. I think I'm ready to h

Nearly There

[caption id="attachment_7645" align="alignnone" width="840"] 1st coat is on, 2nd coat tomorrow[/caption] I had to fill and sand a few imperfections. Then I applied a couple of coats of Zinsser primer, which was very thick and still the wood sucked it up like it was a tasty treat. Once that was done I had to sand all the drips and bits of junk that found their way into the primer and caulk all the obvious places that the paint was not going to fill. Once all that was done, I could put on the first coat of paint. And that's what you see here. I'm trying a new kind of Behr paint, Alkyd Semi-Gloss Enamel Interior/Exterior. The idea being that it goes on like an oil and cleans up like a latex. It's supposed to dry harder and be tougher. I like the way it went on, it's nice and smooth flowing and covers well. The instructions say a second coat for best results, so after a bit more clean-up and secondary prep I'll do that next coat tomorrow.

Who's a Dirty, Dirty Boy

[caption id="attachment_7641" align="alignnone" width="840"] it also makes a horrible mess in the office[/caption]

Memories from Childhood

[caption id="attachment_7636" align="alignnone" width="840"] i had to get up extra early to catch anything but the last 5-minutes from this one[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7637" align="aligncenter" width="693"] Battle of the Planets aka Gatchaman - art by Alex Ross[/caption]

Another Great Birthday

My birthday was great. Had lunch with the family, take-out Chinese for dinner, cake and presents after the middle child got out of work, and I even had time to do some of the trim work in the basement bathroom in between. I want to say 'Thank you' to all the friends, family, and companies that sent me birthday wishes over Facebook, email, text, and by phone calls. Thank you all. You all contributed to making it a wonderful day, even if I did have to get just a little bit older. [caption id="attachment_7631" align="alignnone" width="840"] office theme was getting too super[/caption]

It's That Time Again

[caption id="attachment_7622" align="aligncenter" width="840"] 48th Birthday[/caption] Today is my birthday. Completing one more trip around the sun. Another year older. [caption id="attachment_7623" align="alignnone" width="840"] SRSLY?[/caption] Come on, let's all sing the birthday song... "Trip Around The Sun" Jimmy Buffett (feat. Martina McBride) Hear 'em singing happy birthday Better think about the wish I make This year gone by Ain't been a piece of cake. Every day's a revolution Pull it together and it comes undone Just one more candle and a trip around the sun. I'm just hanging on while this old world keeps spinning And it's good to know it's out of my control. If there's one thing that I've learned from all this living Is that it wouldn't change a thing if I let go. No you never see it coming, Always wind up wondering where it went. Only time will tell If it was time