No, I’m not turning this website into a travel blog, haha.  Arrived in Taipei last night and although I didn’t get up as early as I would have liked, I did manage to make it out of bed before breakfast stopped being served.  Today is Sunday and perforce (thankfully) a rest day for me.  I’m hoping to get a good long walk around town in today.  If I can get around 20k steps in, I might actually be able to beat Valerie in the Weekend Warrior challenge on our Fitbits.  Though I certainly should have the time to do so, I’m not sure I’ll have the inclination. Plus, I have 1-2 hours worth of work to do in preparation for my meetings tomorrow.

This should be an ok trip, business-wise.  I’m meeting with just about all of my current clients and a couple of prospects.  Obviously, this being a sales trip, it would be nice to have a few more prospect meetings lined up, but I didn’t send as many cold call emails as I should have to tip the numbers to that outcome.  Still, it will be acceptable if I can bring back all the clients I worked with last year.

I don’t really have any personal goals for this trip, other than to pick up some obviously-from-Taiwan presents for Henry and Oscar.  I guess my personal goals for this week would be to try to continue my current habits while abroad:  drink at least 2L of water every day, shoot for 10k steps, stay productive, and add a little bit more exercise into my routine.

We’ll see.  Part of me doesn’t want to be here – would rather be home with Valerie and the boys – but all of me is actually here on the other side of the world, so I’m going to do my best to stay in the present and do a good job at what I came here to do.  One of these days I’m actually going to sign myself up for a several-week course in Mandarin so I don’t seem like such a goddamned roundeye while I’m here.


Nothing Special

January 12, 2015 · 0 comments

You can skip this one, dear reader.  I don’t have anything particular to say today.  Slow day at work.  I’m not even getting anything personal done – just surfing the web for so long that my brain has turned to mush.  So I figure I’ll at least sit on my exercise ball and bang out a quick post that hopefully amounts to five hundred words.

The boys are doing well.  Henry is on antibiotics and recovering from an ear infection.  He turned the corner (fingers crossed) on Sunday – Saturday and Friday were not good days for the poor little guy.  Oscar is doing well also:  the colic seems to be abating somewhat.  He still cries like a banshee a few times a day, but I think that’s more out of habit than any particular discomfort.  Hopefully he’ll learn soon that he doesn’t have to take it all the way to the red to get our attention.

I’m on antibiotics too.  Went to the Minute Clinic on Saturday because I just couldn’t take it any more.  I’ve had a wet cough since last weekend, but I woke up on Saturday feeling like absolute shite.  Pretty sure it’s another sinus infection.  I had five rounds of antibiotics in 2014, the last of which was in December.  It’s only been a few weeks since my last sinus infection.  The doctor at the MC said that she thinks my ails are viral, not bacterial, and that antibiotics wouldn’t really do anything for me.  Still, I’m pretty sure I can tell what a sinus infection tastes like.  She was also worried about antibiotic resistance, but I felt so poorly on Saturday that I didn’t really care.  I’d just spent the prior week waiting for the illness to “run its course” when it took a turn for the worse on Saturday.  I think the antibiotics are working:  I feel quite a bit better today than I did on Saturday and my symptoms are starting to go away.

I’m not really a big fan of going to the doctor and taking medicine this much, but with two small boys at home, I’m really not getting much sleep, which I’m certain is putting my immune system a little behind the eight ball.  And on top of that, I really haven’t been getting much exercise lately – and by “lately” I mean in the past couple of years.  I’m hoping to turn that around soon.

I bought a Fitbit Surge, which arrived on Saturday.  I also ordered a new pair of trail runners, which arrived today.  While I don’t expect gear by itself to get me back in shape, the joy I get out of new toys should help a little bit.  I started tracking my water consumption with the Fitbit, and having it on my wrist is also a good reminder that I need to get my ass back in shape.  Hopefully, Valerie and I will purchase an erg soon so that I can get some exercise through the winter.  It’s mostly been cold and crappy outside, which has really put a damper on my desire to go out for a nice long walk.

Anyway, that’s it:  I’ve passed the 500 word mark and it’s ten to five, so I can hit Publish, shut down my computer, and get out of the office a little early.  If you read all the way through this post, thank you.


Not Working

December 10, 2014

It’s just about 10am right now and I’m at home, which is really nice.  Because I didn’t really use my vacation/personal days all that much this year (and my firm has a “use them or lose them” policy for days off), I only need to work another three days this year:  next Monday and Tuesday, […]

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December 9, 2014

On my Lift app, I’m a member of the group/habit #500WED (500 words every day).  I was going to start yesterday’s post with something along the lines of “more like #500WEOD (500 words every other day)” but I didn’t write 500 words yesterday.  Ah well c’est la vie. I’m finding that I’m kind of an […]

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Books Maybe?

December 6, 2014

So I only have a few minutes free right now; may as well see if I can get close to 500 words for today (Saturday).  I’m typing on my Apple bluetooth keyboard, which is connected to my Samsung Galaxy Note II – the same way I did it the last time I was in Taiwan. […]

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More of the Same

December 5, 2014

Well, I totally failed at my “write 500 words every day” (new) habit yesterday.  At the very least, I failed the spirit of the habit: I probably wrote a total of 500 words yesterday, but most of them weren’t in a row and I certainly didn’t write them all at the same time.  Not even […]

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New Habits

December 3, 2014

So I’m working on new habits.  One of them seems to be bricking my phone at least once a week.  Which is not to say that one of my new habits results in bricking my phone, but rather that the bricking of my phone on a weekly basis seems to be becoming a habit. To […]

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In Taiwan Again

March 15, 2014

So I’m back in Taiwan on business this week.  Traveling alone, which I think is the way I prefer it.  I used to travel with a Taiwanese guy who works for a different company that my firm partners with, but he was transferred to another division and now can’t work directly with me because of […]

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Yo What Up Dog

February 10, 2014

Life is good.  Accomplishments in 2013: Read a bunch of books Went to work a lot Worked from home, too Got my wife pregnant Helped name the kid (Henry) Didn’t fuck up the whole kid-raising thing (NB: he’s still not talking; hope that’s not my fault) et cetera How was your 2013, dear reader?  Any […]

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Obligatory Post About Not Posting in a While

February 10, 2014

Bloggers have to do this.  It’s like Blog Code. I’ve been busy.  So skip to the next post or just click here to get there.

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