The Thoughts of a Frumpy Professor

............................................ ............................................ A blog devoted to the ramblings of a small town, middle aged college professor as he experiences life and all its strange variances.

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Early Morning Thoughts

It was really pleasantly warm today at 5 am for my 4 miles.  It was 59 degrees!  It was raining a bit, but that wasn't too bad as I usually am completely soaked in sweat regardless when I am finished anyway so it did not feel that different.  My dog despises rain, however, so it was a solo this morning.  Since I ran 4 miles every day in October, that meant when I looked at the log I keep, I had ran 124 miles that month, which when I thought about it was surprisingly nice to see!  

I am coming close to my 3000th day of never missing exercise of at least 5 miles of walking a day.  That should be sometime in early December if I do it.  My resting pulse rate when I woke up at 4:55 am was 54.  When I finished the four miles it was 132, which was a good number for my age to promote cardiovascular Fittness health.  

In about three weeks it will be my father's birthday, and if he were alive, he would become 93 years old on that day.  I do think of him often, and wish I could sit down and talk with him again.  I think he would be amazed that his chubby son who was at one time at just about 285 pounds now was sitting comfortably at 172.  

As I sit here on the back porch, letting the dog eat and do her business, I am now having my morning pipe before I head to the U.  As Chair, today is an "office" day where I have only one class and am spending the rest of the day working on Excel spreadsheets to conduct a lot of scheduling reformists for the NEXT academic year's classes for all the 40 or so full and part time members of the Department.  I think, however, for my sanity, I will hide somewhere else than my office because I get too damn many interruptions to get this arduous task done.  I could go to my research lab and work on it, but even there because I have about 8 different research students working on things pretty heavily at the moment, I get too many interruptions there as well for my focus on this daunting task.   I may instead check out a laptop from the Department, and go find a hidden corner on one of the upper floors of the U Library to try to find a way to decrease interruptions.  

The dog has "expressed" herself, so I should probably knock the ashes out of the bowl of my pipe and go get in my truck for the drive to the U.



Blogger MRMacrum said...

3000th day of exercise? Far out. I remember when you were just thinking about doing it. And then read as you struggled in the beginning. Over a 100 #s lost and a resting pulse rate many of your students could only wish for.

Way to go Pipe. You are the Man!

Wednesday, 02 November, 2016  
Blogger S. J. Qualls said...

I imagine that many of us 'older' folks would like to be able to talk to their fathers, just to tell them that they had accomplished that which would make them proud.

Good going Prof!

Wednesday, 02 November, 2016  
Blogger BBC said...

You are doing good.

Thursday, 03 November, 2016  
Blogger forsythia said...

Nothing but admiration for your stick-to-it-tiveness,

Thursday, 03 November, 2016  
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Friday, 04 November, 2016  

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