Friday, June 18, 2010

Daily Report: De Profundis

A great day today. I was down in front of the TV upon waking to watch Game 7 of the NBA finals. I haven't watched a basketball game for real since moving to Asia, and haven't been an NBA fan since the Houston Rockets' 1994-1995 two-season dominance... but I rooted for The Celtics because I'm an East Coaster... more "Beacon Hill" than "Burbank".

After that, it was up to the Jungle Perch where I busted out a fabulous 3 hours of work (and doing what used to take 5 hours before my professional rejuvenation as of late). I'm finally — I think; after 2 years — getting my groove back at work. I'm past the mental anger and hangup of earning half what I used to for the same amount of work, and I'm now finding a new cadence and way of focusing myself for the duration of my workday that is succeeding. Of course, I think that is the fourth or fifth time I've claimed something like that in the last 2 years, so that claim may seem a bit shopworn, but the fact is in the days before my computer crashed — and especially the 3 weeks since its return — I've had a marked and sustained increase in my work performance.

Anyway, being payday, it was off early from work and in to town. How nice to be back to a regular paycheck again after my computer's unexpected demise. So a visit to the ATM, and then Epril and I treated Warren and Jen out to food at Siam (the Thai place) and then went and shopped at Robinson's. I spent 4,000 pisos and didn't come away with much: There was a bottle of vermouth and a jar of olives for my martinis, razor blades and shaving cream, 2 kilos of chicken and a half a kilo of pork, a small block of cheddar cheese, and a bunch of cleaning supplies. Then, of course, there were the usual "nickel and dime" items that filled out the list... but still not much.

After that, it was back to Warren's house where I looked at the plans for the new house he and Jen are going to be building out on the golf course, and advised him on a bit of web publishing for his job.

Then it was home with Driver Chris, with a stop at Jollibee for ice cream along the way.

Like I said: A simple, well-played day.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Jil, switch to brown rice!

A US-based study on Monday linked eating white rice to higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes and backed long-held claims that brown rice is healthier than the white variety.

People who ate at least five servings of white rice per week had a 17 percent greater risk of developing diabetes than those who consumed less than one serving per month, Harvard School of Public Health scientists found.

Examining data from over 197,000 adults for up to 22 years, the study also found that consuming two or more servings of brown rice a week was associated with an 11-percent lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those who ate less than one serving a month.