Freaky Friday!

Today has been a surreal day, and it’s only just begun. I was driving down I-4 this morning, making good time, when suddenly traffic came to a complete stop. There was a woman in an SUV who had obviously entered the exit ramp, because her car was facing traffic. Everyone waited while she pulled a u-turn and exited the ramp. Thankfully, no one was hurt, because that could have been a lot worse for her.

I should have known it was going to be an interesting day, considering how it started. I didn’t get to sleep until after 1AM, so I was pretty sure I would be in no shape to work out this morning, and sure enough, when my alarm went off at 5:30, I was certain I would not be going. With one eye open, I went through my ritual of checking email on my phone and discovered that someone had left a comment on one of my songs on SingSnap. It was a song by MercyMe called Move.

As you can imagine, I was starting to feel a little convicted, especially since I’d called that song “My theme song for 2012.” But not convicted enough to get out of bed. Then, the final boot to the rear came from, of all places, my Sims game on my iPad. I had closed my eyes again, torn between getting up and going back to sleep, when a small flash of light caught my attention. I opened my eyes and saw there was an alert on my iPad from the Sims game letting me know one of my Sims had woken up and “It’s time to get moving!” I’m not a believer in coincidence, or as the saying goes, “Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.” So, I got up, and I went to work out. I’d like to say that something unexpected happened during my workout which warranted the two promptings this morning, but, while that would be what happens in the movies, in real life I just got a really good workout.

Can’t wait to see what the rest of today holds!

JOOTB! Now Caffeine-Free!

As my title states, I am indeed caffeine-free. My addiction to caffeine was one thing I intended to address eventually, as an out-of-the-box experience, but I’ve hesitated doing this because if I go longer than a day without caffeine, I get awful headaches. Sometimes, though, these decisions are made for us. On Sunday, January 29th, I came down with the flu, food poisoning, or a combination of both. I spent the next three days in and out of fever as well as suffering severe…digestive issues. I barely ate and tried to keep myself hydrated with lots of juice and water. The end result was that, four days later, on Thursday, I realized I had gone five days without caffeine. Any headaches I may have suffered were ignored as my body was dealing with several other issues. After breaking those chains, I have been loath to put them back on, and so I continue caffeine free!

In other news, the trip to Europe is a go! I received my passport last week, which means I am now not confined to the borders of the United States. Talk about out of the box! I have decided upon Barcelona and Rome, from March 2nd to March 11th, but any part of that is subject to change. It’s amazing to think that in 24 days, I will be setting foot in a completely different hemisphere. Amazing and, I must admit, scary. But that’s the whole point. Step out of that comfort zone. Do something that scares you. Step out of the boat.

On the financial front, it seems like all my stock picks have been good. I am slowly watching my account increase. I won’t be ready to retire any time soon, but it’s fun to see my money working for me for a change.

The working out is still intermittent, partly due to injury and partly due to being sick last week. But, I’m sticking with it, and I will succeed at losing the weight and getting fit.

All in all, things are going really well, and I’m feeling good.