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Well, this has been an interesting few days. This weekend I was ht by a severe desire to drink. Not just the passing “A beer would taste good right about now” urge I’ve had in the month since I took the Vow of Temperance, but more of a “I want to get so blitzed I don’t even know my name” kind of craving. I’m proud to say that I didn’t give in to the desire. Instead, I tried to figure out what brought it on. Last week was just a regular week, nothing bad happening nor anything to celebrate, so it wasn’t triggered situationally. However, this was the first weekend since I stopped drinking that I didn’t have anything going on, so it could be the default of “I’m bored, so I should drink” combined with the fact of it being over a month since I’ve had any alcohol. What really surprised me was the strength of the urge and the persistence of it. It’s like all weekend part of me was that whiny little kid in the supermarket, begging his mom for candy and just getting louder and whinier the more she says “no”. On Sunday, I had one of those dragging, no energy days and ended up sleeping for sixteen hours. Then Monday came and *poof* the urge was gone. Hopefully, it won’t return.

Today, I had a really good day at the gym. My numbers went up on all the cardio machines and I came out of the workout feeling really good instead of dragging butt. The only snag was that I broke one of the Cardio-wave machines while I was using it.  I was about halfway through my normal routine when one of the pedals just gave way, dropping down to the base of the machine and not coming back up. It must have made quite a noise too ’cause it got the attention of everyone in the gym. Happily, the only damage was to the machine and I finished the rest of my workout without incident. I’m hoping the rest of my week goes much better.

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“Well ya see, Norm, it’s like this. A herd of buffalo can only
move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is
hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that
are killed first.

This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because
the general speed and health of the whole group keeps
improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In
much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as
the slowest brain cells.

Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells.
But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells
first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates
the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more
efficient machine. That’s why you always feel smarter after
a few beers.”

–          “Cheers” Cliff Clavin explaining the Buffalo
Theory to his buddy Norm.

Whoohoo!! I am now the owner of a shiny new cell phone! Since my last one was a work phone, I lost it when I got laid off and I’ve been wanting another. It wasn’t a huge priority until I discovered that my father’s been screening my calls. As I want potential employers to actually get a hold of me when they call, that jumped a cell phone up on my ‘things needed’ list. Then I got a ‘pre-approval’ letter from T-Mobile last week that offered me a free phone in exchange for a two year commitment. Kismet, right? I get what I already wanted and save two hundred dollars to boot. Works for me. This deal was especially gratifying to me because the last time I tried for a cell phone (Back when I had just gotten out of school, about three years ago), no one would touch me unless I ponied up a thousand dollar security deposit. I guess my credit has drastically improved since then.

In other news, I’ve had a weird couple of days. I was awake for a grand total of 36 hours straight over Tuesday and Wednesday…. and not by choice. Every time I tried to sleep, it just didn’t come. I tried warm milk, breathing exercises, counting sheep. Nothing worked. My brain just wouldn’t shut off. It’s not like I was stressed over anything, nothing more than the usual anyway. Finally, I broke down and resorted to beer therapy. I picked up some Brooklyn Brewery Monster Ale to enjoy. For you beer aficionados, it’s a barleywine style ale, very tasty and I highly recommend it. Half a beer later, I was nodding off. So I crawled into bed and slept beautifully.