And the Weekend is ending

So it is Sunday evening and so tomorrow we return to work and getting things done for this particular validation. It has been moving along nicely and we are accomplishing what was set out to be done.

I did spend some time today working, but wasn’t able to get what I wanted to finished because the network was down for updates back up at my home station which totally stunk for sure. That will leave me doing it in the AM or I might try in a few minutes to see if they brought it back up and see what I can get done before I head off to bed.

The weather has been great down here so workouts have just been long ass walks outside, I might run into an issue with that in the next couple of days as there is supposed to be rain here on Tuesday and Wednesday so that will stink for sure as the fitness center isn’t yet up and running here. They do appear to be closer to being done with everything but they aren’t completely done as of yet. Was hoping they would be finished but doesn’t appear.

Hopefully the week moves along quickly at least I can hope for that but gotta be prepared for it to drag a bit.

I am definitely not a fan of traveling for work, though I have to do it. Not a fan because it screws up my exercise routine and it messes up my diet some, though I do the best I can with both depending on my circumstances it still isn’t easy.

Oh, one thing, I might not have mentioned, as far as air travel, traveler be WARNED Spirit Airways is a total rip off, not only did my company pay airfare, but then when I went to check in to get a seat there was an extra charge ($11, up to $44), then there was also the baggage fee, highest amongst the airlines ($40), oh and get this, so I get to the airport and find out my bag is overweight, 40lbs is there top end, so there goes another $30 bucks. So now on the way back going to cost me another $70 bucks to get my luggage home and another $11 for getting a seat again, so that cheap fair I think the company thought I was getting turned out to not be so cheap. Very annoying. I won’t ever be flying on that particular airline ever again because of that.

Well must run, need to see if I can get on the network and get that stuff done maybe before I go to bed.

The Madman


The Weekend…

This is the worst part of traveling for work, nothing like having to spend a weekend alone by oneself. There is only so much you can do. So today was the day to have a bit of fun, so I took a drive to Disney Springs, which is a shopping mall by Disney itself. The last time I was here I also went there but I didn’t cover the whole thing at all, but this time I managed to see pretty much everything.

The other thing about this trip that sucks is with no fitness center in the building it makes it more difficult to get in a decent workout. So I have to investigate an alternative at least for the rest of the time I am here since this place doesn’t have its fitness center up and running. I noticed a place up the road from here and I am going to look them up and see if they charge a daily fee or something.

And it totally sucks to have to eat dinner by oneself is never fun so I just went to Chic-Fil-A rather than a real restaurant, cuz than it always feels weird.

The other downside to this trip is during it I found out that my company lost its contract and now I have to get my job but with the new company that won the contract. This shouldn’t be much of an issue as I have worked for said company twice before. The good thing is I go in with seniority with nearly 4 years working for them. The company itself well they did a bit of a backslide a bit ago, hopefully they have improved since the last time I worked with them, but I think that might have had a lot to do with the people and the organization I was working with, it wasn’t that great. The organization I work with now is cool, great people and I want to make sure I get to stay there, not just because of that but also because I am trying to transition to a gov’t position in the same location and that is something that should be happening soon or so I should hope. The gov’t doesn’t move all that fast which annoys me to no end.

I know my life is a bit boring, but hey we can’t all be overtly exciting.

Should be interesting when I get home, my wife is painting our master bath, as we decided it needed some color, so she was doing that today. Will be interesting to see how it turned out. I might not get to see it till I get home which is next Friday.

Well I am going to head off now to being bored, and finishing up with doing my son’s homework for him…LOL (not really but he is picking my brain seriously for the last 2 hours).

Oh, upside, it was about 86 degrees today, the downside, there are lots of new strange pollens in the air here that are aggravating the shit out of my allergies and sinuses leaving me miserable for the most part. LOL

The Madman

Hump Day – Week 1

So today again went off without a hitch. We made progress, so that is good. And so far this particular trip is going off quite well, in comparison to the first one which I made out here to same location but on a different project, that one was a disaster. So my expectations were set very low for this particular trip, and I am quite happy that I was able to raise them.

I am a bit disappointed though because I got stuck with a hotel that is being renovated so there fitness center is not open at all because well they are using the room for something else I guess. That puts a damper on my workouts, but it is Florida so yesterday I did a walk-run, unfortunately I am not going to be able to run every single day that I do that because well the whole knee thing, it puts a damper on those types of things unless I am on an elliptical machine. The other thing about this hotel that sucks, is it has ants I have spotted in the room, and then the microwave doesn’t work all that good. But I will get that replaced tomorrow and mention the damned bugs yet again.

Was supposed to go out to dinner with my son who was down here on a little vacation at the same time I am traveling here, but that didn’t happen so I didn’t get in a workout today, so that sucks too, on both counts. But all good, I will get to hang out with him after I get back home.

So other thing that sucks, nothing like finding out while you are on a work trip and you are a contractor that the company you work for lost the re-compete on the contract and that you won’t have a job in about a months time. Now I have already applied for said job with the new company, not that I wanted to but I did. I have worked for this company twice before, the first time was OK, the second time well it sucked. So hoping the third time is better. We will see. I have another option that is in the works but it could be very timely in how long it takes to make it happen.

So that is it for now, almost time for me to hit the sack.

The Madman

Day 1 & 2 in the bag…

So the travel day and the actual first day of work are done. This was a good day though, because last time I was here for a similar event it was a total disaster. Today on this time around the day was productive and we got a good deal done. So got some good vibes in regards to how I expect the rest of the time here to go.

The downside to being here is the hotel was supposed to have a fitness center, something which it apparently doesn’t seem to have because they are doing a renovation on the place that isn’t quite done. It appears to be mostly done and maybe if they finish before the end of my time here they will get the fitness center open. In the meantime I did do a 3+ mile run/walk today, the upside to being in Florida the weather though a bit cool was wonderful.

Funny thing is my son came down to Florida to take my granddaughter to Disney for the first time, so I get to go out to dinner with them tomorrow. That will be nice for sure, just have to figure out somewhere to go.

Well this is going to be it for now, I have to get my ass to bed to get up tomorrow.

The Madman

And the Fun Begins…

So this morning I was up well before the sun ever started shining this morning, so that I could catch a ride to the airport and head off to Orlando, FL for work for the next two weeks. The good thing is the flight was good, and then after a short wait I got my rental car pretty quickly. And then it was a pretty quick drive to the hotel and even better even though I got here well before check in time I was able to check in and get my room, so I got a couple of hours to sit and relax.

So now I gotta go out and get some supplies, in this case do some grocery shopping for lunch stuff and dinner stuff, the downside on that is the fridge and microwave are pretty small so I won’t be able to get too much stuff all at once. Maybe enough lunch stuff for two weeks, and then dinners for a couple of days at a time. So that is what I am about to get ready to head out and do. And then back here to the room and relax as that is something I want to do, and then maybe a cardio workout later, after I check out what is going on with the gym in this place.

So the other thing, its spring break down here, so not sure how overtly crowded things are going to be down this way, but well all good. Just gotta roll with it.

Just a quick post.

The Madman


So three days till I head out on another adventure, this will be the second time back to Orlando for work, first time was just before summer last year. The downside it was a pain in the ass to plan this trip, and it dawned on me why, duh, its spring break, so I get to go down to FL with all the college kiddies who are on vacation.

Even though it was tough I managed to still get a decent hotel, a suite rather than plain room, I hate just getting a regular room, I prefer some comfort when I travel. I just have to hope for the room to have a decent size fridge so that I can do some food shopping, that is all I am worried about now. Trying to eat on the cheap while I am there.

I do hope to get some actual writing done while I am down there, so we will see if I can make that happen, I don’t see why not. Not like I will have anything else better to do. It will be work from 8 – 5 and then back to the hotel, get in a workout, eat some dinner and relax and write.

I will get to do the same thing again in a few weeks but this time it will be in Alabama. I have been there three times, well actually 4 times before. I like it there, so looking forward to making that trip again. Later on in the summer I will be back in Texas again, after just having been there a week ago, and twice before in the summer.

Well that is all for now, the fun part is packing, and having to pack for completely different weather conditions.

The Madman

This weeks workouts

I have been so busy doing shit that I haven’t gotten a chance to post any of these, but here they are:



1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 (Time cap of 12 Minutes)

Dumbbell Squats – 40 lbs

Bar Facing Burpees


Clean – 105 lbs.

I didn’t meet the time cap but I had to finish the workout, but I don’t think 20:49 is so bad.


Random WOD

20 Pull-Ups

30 KB Swings – 30lbs.

40 Double Unders

5 rounds for time

Finished in 19:38


Random WOD for Time:

750 Meter Row

Back Squat 185 lbs 5-5-5-5-5

750 Meter Row

Completed this in 20:39

Trying to keep my workouts short and intense, this seems to work for me, and it keeps me from getting to overtly sore that I can’t do a workout the next day. I am generally working out 6 days a week.

Our Nor’Easter was a bit of a dud, at least in our area which was probably the southern most area to be affected. So all in all maybe 3 or 4 inches fell for us, and I figure it will be all gone by tomorrow.

The Madman