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Quick blog, Sonny to vet for platelet count Buckley isn't just Sonny's best friend, he's also his favorite pillow.

I overslept this morning. Thankfully Lisa woke my lazy ass up at 6:30, “Hey, Sonny has an appointment this morning, right?” He sure does, and this is a big one. It’s been a week since his platelets were tested, and so we’re really hoping for a nice improvement. Last week his platelet count improved from zero to 31 after just 2 days, so hopefully he’s at, or approaching, a normal range (about 200-500). Sonny’s behavior… [Read more]

Added Friday, May 13, 2016 by

Black Pepper Tofu Stir Fry: a mixed bag Black Pepper Tofu Stir Fry

Last night Lisa and I teamed up in the kitchen for another culinary adventure. This time out we worked on a brand new dish: Black Pepper Tofu Stir Fry (vegan). The results were good, but there were a couple of things we are going to change the next time we make it. First, the good news: the sauce was bang-on! We wouldn’t change a thing. We used soy sauce, Sriracha, maple syrup, minced garlic, fresh… [Read more]

Added Thursday, May 12, 2016 by

Aukey Bluetooth earbuds after 2 months of hard use The Aukey Bluetooth earbuds are so inexpensive that I picked up a couple spare sets. The spares are still sitting in their boxes.

As most of you know, I’ve struggled to find a wearable digital music solution that can actually handle being bathed in sweat on a daily basis. For years I went through these often pricey gadgets like disposable razors. These are some of the products I’ve tried, and had fail. I’ve included body counts, since I usually got replacements under warranty (or was within the return window). SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip – Body Count: 4 (Discontinued,… [Read more]

Added Wednesday, May 11, 2016 by

Eating vegan this week; A couple of great new dishes yesterday! Last night's dinner: Spicy Thai Noodles

I only have one week’s worth of chicken breasts remaining in the freezer, but I decided not to defrost them over the weekend. I cooked up the second-to-last batch of six chicken breasts last week, and I found that I didn’t really enjoy them that much. All last week Lisa and I were pining for the awesome new vegetarian and vegan dishes we’ve been making lately, so I just couldn’t bring myself to defrost the… [Read more]

Added Tuesday, May 10, 2016 by

Close call with a wasp on yesterday’s ride

Saturday was a yard work and project day. I guess I underestimated how much work needs to be done around here, because there was still lots left to do at the end of the day. The plan on Sunday was to do my morning ride, and then finish up the remaining projects. After I got back from yesterday’s ride I was sitting at my desk trying to work up the motivation to get back to… [Read more]

Added Monday, May 9, 2016 by

Suspending my cut…

I’m stalled again. I’m only down .2 pounds after another week of strict, clean dieting. I know what I need to do. I’ve got to trim some calories and/or get my activity level up. Lack of time is going to prevent me from getting longer rides in for the foreseeable future, and I don’t want to trim calories any further. We all know that low calorie fog that often comes with being in an extended… [Read more]

Added Sunday, May 8, 2016 by

Supercharge your black bean burgers Black Bean burgers with chipotle sauce, baby kale, spinach, chard, sweet onion, tomato and pickles.

Last night I was planning to make vegetarian tacos of some sort, but at the end of the day I was absolutely exhausted. It’s been one hell of a week for both me and Lisa, and neither of us felt like spending a lot of time in the kitchen. So, without thinking too hard about it, we ordered a giant pizza with sausage and pepperoni. Just kidding. I’ve still not had time to try the… [Read more]

Added Saturday, May 7, 2016 by

Update on Sonny Sonny after coming home from the vet earlier this week.

I wanted to follow up on Monday’s blog with some new information about Sonny’s condition. We now know that Sonny has a rare condition known as Immune-Mediated Thrombocytopenia (IMT). Essentially IMT is an autoimmune attack against the dog’s own platelets. Sometimes this condition is brought on by an external factor, such as an immunization. That’s known as Secondary IMT. Sonny’s condition, however, was not brought on by any external influence, so he has Primary IMT…. [Read more]

Added Friday, May 6, 2016 by

ZMA crazy dreams: Geddy Lee, movies, resumes and black bears Now hiring?

One of the few supplements I take is ZMA (I like Now ZMA Capsules). ZMA is a natural synergistic mineral blend containing Zinc, Magnisum Aspartate and vitamin B6. Many people don’t get enough Zinc and Magnisum in their diets (source); athletes, in particular, are often found deficient due to loss through perspiration. In 2014 I wrote a fairly detailed article on ZMA, so I won’t duplicate that information here. In that article I discussed some… [Read more]

Added Thursday, May 5, 2016 by

NY Times ‘Biggest Loser’ article – your thoughts?

I was catching up on the JSF Fitness Journals last night when I saw that Seltzer posted a link to a NY Time article titled, “After ‘The Biggest Loser,’ Their Bodies Fought to Regain Weight“. “Contestants lost hundreds of pounds during Season 8, but gained them back. A study of their struggles helps explain why so many people fail to keep off the weight they lose.” Interested, I clicked through and gave the article a… [Read more]

Added Wednesday, May 4, 2016 by