I know, it's been a week since I posted. And though I would have you believe that this was intentional, that my enduring post could proclaim my enduring love for my endearing wife, that's not entirely the case. In truth, I've gotten myself completely hooked on the gym-rat lifestyle. I've been there five times this week, running for an hour at a time and then enjoying the sweet, stifling solitude of the steamroom, where errant thoughts bubble about my brainpan before oozing out my pores and down the drainpan.
I got involved with this contest at work, whereby eight guys put up $25 each to see who could lose the most weight in two months. Weigh-in is tomorrow, and it's down to me and this other guy, who is fiercely competitive and sort of nuts. Nuts enough to wrap himself in cling film and eat nothing but sawdust all weekend so that he can drop some emergency poundage and nip me at the wire. I can't tell you how much I've lost exactly; I only know it's around 20 pounds. The scale read 220 when I started this thing, but as far as the gym's farkakte scale is concerned, I'm too light for the 200+0 setting and too heavy for 150+50. So I have little idea how tomorrow morning will play out.
The other thing I've been doing is reading, and since I have a lot more energy now I can actually make it through three paragraphs without dozing off. You may have noticed that I've added my current book to the left-hand margin, because 1) I greatly enjoy perusing other people's reading lists, and 2) if several weeks go by and I'm still reading the same book, I want you folks to bust my chops and tell me to get the hell on with it, already.
I'm off for a business trip in the morning, after weigh-in, and I don't know how much time I'll have to post over the next three days. So I'll leave you with this: Yesterday morning, I convinced my wife to prop TwoBert in his high chair with some apple wedges, prop Robert in front of The Electric Company, and prop herself on top of me. (I also convinced her to let me blog about it.) I recommend this practice wholeheartedly. It really starts the weekend off
with a bang to an auspicious start.