Thursday, April 23, 2015

ketosis and autophagy

I've been reading a bit more about the intermittent fasting I am doing. By not eating for an extended period, both ketosis and autophagy come into play.

Ketosis is when the body stops using energy from sugar in the body as it is all used up, and instead, uses fat as an energy source.
Autophagy is where damaged cells get degraded and then recycled leaving behind only the healthy ones.

Of course, these explanations are very simple and superficial, but in essence this is what fasting is doing to me and to those of us who do this. My primary reason is the autophagy whereas for most people doing the FastDiet are doing it for the ketosis.

I've read about some who purchase ketostix which are strips that you pee on and 15 seconds later you find out if your body is in the ketosis phase or not. I don't know that I am so keen to know.

consciousness reeks like

Sadly, the Canadiens didn't have the oomph last night to knock out the Senators. Game five is on Friday, but we (my wife and I) have plans to go out to dinner with a friend and her family to celebrate her (the friend's) birthday. We are going to Casa de Mateo, a Mexican restaurant that on Friday and Saturday nights has a Mariachi band that wanders through the restaurant.

If the game goes into overtime, it is possible that we'll be able to catch the end of the game at a nearby bar.

Today is another Fast day on my intermittent fasting plan. I just have a simple turkey sandwich I'll eat at 12h30 and that's it for food consumption today.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

brak! flak! gak!

The chrysanthemum bloorishly felked the datum like a shrinder mello-tyner.


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Being who you are at all times

It was still raining this morning.

There were quite a number of people on the train this morning who were a wee bit grumpy. They did not like having to deal with the rain.

The rain is clearing up the streets, cars and making the grass green. It is also creating very localized floods. In my back yard, for example.

It has been a good long while since I've created a pattern post. If you are a long time reader of this blog, you already know what a pattern post is. If you are just coming across this blog now, it shouldn't be too difficult to figure it out. Unless it is.

Monday, April 20, 2015

rain, rain, please stay, wash the grime away

We're getting our first serious rain of the spring as finally it has become warm enough to fall as liquid rather than as crystal. 15-25mm of it will be falling since it started around 9h30 this morning until when it is anticipated to end tomorrow mid-afternoon.

This rain will make all of the grass in people's yards go green.

Telepathy as a blanket that reminds Lutheran notaries of their matching sock colours needed the sound of snapping fingers to awake. I should know.

The number one is often represented as a single vertical rectangle whose length is significantly great than its width.
The number fish is rarely represented.

Please, do not forget to remind yourself of something you ought to have remembered.

Oh, and the Canadiens won again last night, again, in over time. Dale Weiss scored the tying goal near the end of the third period, and then again he scored about eight minutes into overtime. In the first period the Ottawa players banged into Canadien players logging 29 'hits' and they scored their only goal. In the second the Canadiens out-shot the Senators rather impressively. In a best of seven series, we're leading 3-0.

Friday, April 17, 2015

barking up the wrong milk carton

Our office space is of an open style. It is great for cooperative efforts, but terrible for maintaining a solid focus for an hour or more. With all of the conversations and noise that goes on it is sometimes even difficult to hear our own thoughts.

One thing I have learned from all of this is that there are some people that have naturally loud voices. With no effort, their voices pierce through all of their surroundings with ease.

I have a "loud" voice that I can use on command but by default I am probably at the three sevenths loudness level where half of seven is the average volume of all people.

My son is having some friends over tonight to celebrate his birthday, he is turning thirteen years old in the next week or so. They will be sleeping over at our house.

My youngest, V-8, is doing well with her antibiotics. Well enough that she is going with her Sparks troupe (the youngest age group of Girl Guides) to the Eco-museum for a sleep over tonight. They'll get a nocturnal animal tour this evening, and a day time animal tour tomorrow morning, and then I pick her up again.

There is nothing to report about C-ling for the moment.

Go Habs Go!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

YAY! Game one is in the bag

It was a crazy game between the Canadiens and the Senators this evening. The second period in particular had a lot going on.

Had to work from home today as I had to take V-8 to see the Doctor; did a test afterwards that confirms she has strep throat. She started medication this evening to fix it.

There is a cat on my lap as I type this. Leo is not preventing me from blogging.

I made the mistake of making a mistake but fortunately I learned from it, unfortunately I then forgot the lesson. Do we call this mistaken fortune, or fortunate mistakes?

Okay, then.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

underwater boxing as a sewing needle

There is an excessive amount of construction going on in the neighbourhood of where I work. Perhaps tomorrow I will go on a photo safari to show you what I mean.

Yesterday's fast was easier than last week's. Already it looks to be getting easier.

As you may know from past years, we (my family and two others) rent a large house over May Long Weekend (this year, it is May 16,17,18) together. We collectively take Friday off of work, leave home Friday morning, drive to the place and along the way, make a few stops for food or to see touristy things in the neighbourhood of the house or on the way and then we arrive.

This year we are staying here:

So we arrive Friday late afternoon or evening, depending on what we've done, and then we have all day Saturday, Sunday and then on Monday we leave sometime during the day. Some of us are keen to get out and about to see what there is to see while others are content to stay in the house we've rented just to have a time of calm that acts as a punctuation mark to our busy lives.

Since this year's house has a very large property, this opens up a few options for things we haven't done before. For example, I can bring my kite; my son can acquire some rocket supplies to bring with us, we can go for long country-side walks without leaving the property, and so on.

Anyhow, I hope if you have eaten cucumbers in the last sixteen years, that when you did, it was good.

Monday, April 13, 2015

barking up the wrong shrub

Wearing solid coloured shirts is the least offensive thing a person can do in a plaid factory.

Today is my second Fast day in the 5.2 plan; my last meal was at 18h30 yesterday, I had two hard boiled eggs and some lettuce and a few cherry tomatoes for lunch today at 12h30 and my next meal is breakfast tomorrow morning at 6h30. So far so good.

It is 21C outside today, and sunny. Very much like an early summer day, though it is still spring.

Given this weather it was no surprise that many of the people in my office today were wearing short sleeves.

I think Clinton would make a fine president. What I find curious is I am not hearing in the media here anything about a Republican contender. The sad part is most likely she'd have to deal with a partisan congress with a majority against her. My awareness of the American political system is really quite peripheral, however; I don't know exactly how it all works.

Here in Canada it is a fairly simple system.
A political party elects a leader, that leader then leads the party.
A general election is had where the country is divided up roughly by population/area and each division is called a riding.
In your riding you choose among the members of the various political parties that are representing their parties in your riding.
The votes are counted and using the 'First-past-the-post' method a winner is determined for the riding.
The number of ridings that are won is tabulated and the party with the highest number wins the election; the leader of that party becoming the Prime Minister.
If the winning party has won more than half the seats in Parliament (where the elected members go) that party forms a majority.

There's a little more to it, but that's about it in a nutshell.

Wearing plaid coloured shirts is the most offensive thing a person can do in a solid colour factory.

Sunday, April 12, 2015


Images from the weekend.

On Saturday, the odometer on my van hit this nice looking value:

On Sunday the high for the day reached 16C and my back yard is slowly showing the green from under the white.

The forecast for tomorrow is to reach 19C with sunshine, so it is likely that within the next week or so, all of the snow in the back will be gone.

Friday, April 10, 2015

baking a cake in a lake

The Mars One mission is doomed, I do believe.

Elon Musk is my hero, but I don't think I can be anything like him in terms of success.

The shoes I am wearing now are wearing out, I will need to replace them some time in the next seven months.

This weekend promises to have weather, events, evenings and mornings. Maybe I'll find an hour to start de-weeding one of my raised beds in the back yard in preparation for some more perennials I would buy and some annuals too.

My company entered into the 'Great Places to Work' in Canada again this past year and the results have been published today. I work for the 22nd best company in Canada for small companies. Yay me!