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The Monday Morning Haiku #10

Tylenol PM
(Secret to 9 hours of
“dead to the world” sleep)

Today is day 4 of “that damned cold” and it finally feels like immune system’s got it on the run. I’ve been taking care to get some extra rest these last few nights (see haiku above) which means I’m usually doped up and reading around 8-8:30, and asleep by 9-9:30.  I missed everything after halftime of the Steeler’s game last night because of this, but my body is thanking me this morning (and seeing how the Jets played the first half, I’m not sure I would have cared to stay up for it, even if I was healthy!)

In other news, I’m starting The Artist’s Way program this week. So far I am a little bit skeptical, but even if I’m not on the same page with the thought processes and beliefs of the program, the activities included within seem helpful and are definitely helping me feel like I’m getting more out of my writing/introspection time.  Time will tell, and I’m not sure that I’ll be trying to complete it all in a 12-week period of time (some “weeks” may take 2-3 weeks as required based on time constraints) but I’m feeling pretty good that this is going to be a kick in the pants to get back into writing regularly again.

How about you?  Trying anything new in 2011? Or still just trying to get a handle on the same old same old?


Panther-mania

Today I won tickets in the company raffle for the Panthers' game vs. Atlanta this Sunday!  And the seats are lower-level, on the 5-yard-line!  My wife and I can't wait to go – just need to figure out which of our family in the area will be able to watch the kids for a few hours.

Yod had a suggestion – I should wear the hat to the game so people can pick me out on TV.  I'll think about it – I don't have a Panthers ballcap, so that may be a good option…I'll keep you posted.

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Fantasy Football Recap #14 – Unbelievable

It truly is unbelievable.  Somehow, against almost all odds, I won this week and made it into the semifinals in my league's playoffs.  I think it has to do with the fact that my opponents two running backs got a combined 2 points, and 4 of his players together only earned a total of 5 points.  Let's hear it for Detroit double-teaming TO all night, and the 49ers holding Amazing Adrian down to 3 rush yards!

I have to decide this week – I can either play San Diego's defense vs. Detroit, or Indianapolis vs. Oakland…what do you think?

And here's my playoff ladder…I've got two tough games in front of me, but I'm still holding out hope that the win could happen.  We'll see, we'll see.

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Fantasy Football Recap #13 – I Don’t Care

I lost this week, and I don't care.

Mmmm…let me rephrase that.  I lost this week, and it doesn't matter because I clinched the last spot in the playoffs with my 6-7 record, so it doesn't matter any more what my record was.  It was a dismal week for my players, between the rain that dumped on Palmer, Johnson, and Graham, to the touchdown pass that Kellen Winslow caught that was ruled out of bounds (without a force-out!)

But that doesn't matter…I'm in the playoffs, so we start fresh.  Yes, I'm in 6th place, so it's unlikely that I'll make it to the finals…but it could happen!  Keep your fingers crossed!

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Yesterday Was an EXCELLENT Day

I got in to work yesterday to find an email from one of our project teams announcing that they had successfully completed all the performance tests on one of our overseas projects – this was great news for the company, and something everyone was really excited about.  We got called down to the conference room by the head honcho around 2:30 in the afternoon for an all-hands meeting where he congratulated everyone on a great job, and then announced that we were having a champagne toast and cheese platters in the next-door conference room.  Anyone who wanted to was able to have a couple of glasses of champagne and a plate of cheese in celebration…they were also handing out cigars, so I got the hat-trick of fun stuff yesterday: yummy fatty cheeses, decent booze, and a Romeo y Julieta cigar.

I got back to my desk to find out that I had been one of the winners this week in a drawing for tickets to this week's home game of the Carolina Panthers vs. the 49'ers.  Not only do my wife and I get free tickets to the game, but we get a "preferred parking" pass to a lot right near the stadium – since stadium parking ranges from $10 to $50, depending on how close you want to get to the stadium, this is a nice little bonus.

Finally, I got home to find a bunch of boxes of packages sitting on my front porch – Hanukkah presents from my Grandmother, mostly.  She had ordered me a soldering iron that I had put on my wish list – except the company must have botched the order, because instead of 1 soldering iron, they put in the box a quantity of 10 soldering irons!

Everything's coming up Milhouse!

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Fantasy Football Recap #12 – Skin of My Teeth

It was a crazy week for me this week, in part because I rushed to get my lineup situated before the games started on Thursday, and missed out on using Barber on the one week he could have scored 20+ points for me.  By Sunday evening, all of my players' points had been tallied (totaling 135 for the week), and I could only watch in dread as my opponent slowly crept up the scoreboard every time Tom Brady threw another complete pass.  At the end of the first half of the New England / Philadelphia game, I thought it was over for sure — all Brady needed to do in order to force a loss for me was to toss out another 100 yards and a touchdown.  Yet time and again in the second half, New England got close to the end zone only to run the ball in, or otherwise turn it over without a pass TD.

I watched the last few minutes of the game anxiously, my opponent 1 point behind a tie for the week.  I know the Pats were trying to run the ball to run out the clock.  But would Brady throw that one extra pass to try to get a first down and ensure the Patriots retained possession for the rest of the game?  In the end, the answer was no; they kicked the ball, and regardless of Feeley's pick at the very end of the game, I was a winner for this week, 135-134.  It took me until well after midnight to settle down from the nail-biting jitters, as it just doesn't get any closer than that, in fantasy competition.

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