WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO

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What I’ve been listening to lately, “The Darkness”, “Coheed and Cambria”, “I Built the Sky”, & “Alter Bridge”.

Where ever the picture ends up on here, that’s a portion of my Tuesday & Thursday exercise.  I don’t own a cell phone but Kim does.  She wants to do yoga with me when she gets home from work & took a few pictures that evening.

I ended up doing a lot of nothing from Friday, November 15th to Sunday, November 24th.  Started up the exercise again on the 25th.  Kim decided she’d like to do yoga with me on Tuesdays & Thursdays.  So I do some stretching & weights in the morning, then yoga when she gets home after work.

So far my eating habits have remained quite similar.  I know I’ll partake in some taste testing of holiday baked goods though, then perhaps during my big 4-0 in January.

Gotta get to the weights!  My T-Shirts are pretty much hanging on to me for dear life.  Other than the occasional light eggnog in a coffee, I’m still running sugar free, outside of natural sugar.

I’m not going to avoid holiday baking, just in moderation.

I intended to ask for a few things for Christmas & let Kim bank any extra cash for herself or whatever expenses we need it for.  Nobody was OK with what I was going to do with the cash, including Kim.  She insisted I save it for the guitar I want.  So I guess I’ll be ordering this guitar in the summer, in a McCarty Sunburst finish.  We’ve got to save up some cash until then.

https://www.prsguitars.com/index.php/electrics/model/s2_custom_22_semi_hollow_2020

As for the Epiphone 7 string, I’ll think about that in 8 years if I’m still into metal, although it does look pretty nice!  I was going to get this one since it’s a limited edition, Kim said to order the more expensive one though?  If I ever get a 7 string guitar, I hope these are still in production?

http://www.epiphone.com/Products/Les-Paul/Matt-Heafy-Les-Paul-Custom-7.aspx

I have been practicing my guitar constantly.  Mostly finger exercises to build up the strength in my left hand.  Usually 4-9 hours a week.  I was a singer that learned rhythm guitar to fill out a rock band.  Playing fast or soloing was never my thing & was beyond my ability.  Since my voice hasn’t caught up yet, I’m learning a bunch of new stuff to become a more versatile guitar player. I played my guitar “…until my fingers (almost) blead…” the last week and a bit.

The Christmas tree has been up since November 16th, little early for me but it had to go up sometime.  Now we can get some gift shopping done for what I will now call “The most (stressful) time of the year”.  I need lists people, I can’t read your minds?!

I’m usually really into the holiday season, no snow here yet, I need snow.  It was raining on November 24th, my parents’ 41st anniversary & Grey Cup 107.  There should be snow on the ground by now not “November Rain”.

Brewster’s feeling better now & done with his medications.  He even has enough energy to play for a bit twice a day.  He’s now back to day care once a week to play with other dogs.  He still gets very excited when he figures out where he’s going & can’t get in there fast enough.

Kim’s quite busy at work & is pretty tired after each day.  I think her entire department told their manager they need another person on staff?

After a week of not exercising & a week of exercising, I find that exercising makes me more aware around here.  I find that I manage my time better.  I also get up earlier to accomplish my exercise & other tasks for the day.  I got up at 6:30 am.  I fed Brewster, had my small breakfast (I eat 5 or 6 small meals/snacks a day), cleaned up Brewster’s bowl, & exercised.  It was only 9:30 am after all of that!  I checked my email & Facebook, had a bite to eat, showered, & had an early lunch around 11:30 am.  Spent the rest of the day practicing guitar for a few hours & watched some recorded TV.

I don’t typically post videos or photos on anything.  I don’t own a cell phone but my wife does.  I’m usually at home with no need or desire for a cell phone & if I’m elsewhere, I’m busy usually with someone else who likely has a cell phone.  An email or a Facebook message/notification will be there when I get home.  I’ve tried texting & I just don’t like it.  I find texting to be the lazy way of calling someone.  It’s easier to dial a number rather than type out a conversation on a tiny keyboard.  Cell phones & I aren’t friends.  They’re just not for me.

That being said, my speech isn’t great.  I’m hard to understand.  I feel like I have to exaggerate my lip movement to speak well & I ALWAYS forget that.  I’m also very quiet when I speak.  Since cancer I have very short breath support.  It’s gotten better, but at first my sentences were very broken in odd/random places.

Out to visit my uncle in Sask. Beach this week for lunch & a few games of cribbage with my parents.  Nice going out there, seeing someone I haven’t seen in a while in a very wheelchair accessible place (he’s in a wheelchair also & Kim hates cribbage).

Thursday evening we went to see our “niece’s” Christmas school musical.  I don’t even remember the entire “12 days of Christmas” & I just saw it?!  Great to hear kids singing this time of year.  I’m surprised the school got away with calling it a “Christmas” event what with everything having to be so politically correct!  I’m good either way, I know what I’m celebrating.  If you’re against that, all the power to you.

It also was a blizzard outside Thursday evening!  FINALLY………………….SNOW!!!!!!!!  I can’t stand the heat, I’ve been waiting for this since January!  I’m typically found wearing shorts, Kim made me wear pants = not a happy Chris.  I can’t even remember the last time I was outside for more than “5 minutes…”?  In retrospect, I should have gone with the shorts.  Our friends were up front to see their daughter.  We were at the back (wheelchair).  The parents at the back didn’t seem to care much.  They were mostly talking on their phone, texting, & visiting with other parents, that was utterly disappointing/heart breaking.

Well the snow is here, the house is decorated, the tree is up, I’ve seen a Christmas play by kids, & I still have resting Chris face.  What the hell is wrong with me?

 

I don’t see any issues with this?

She’s an American citizen, the impeachment is being done as stated by the Constitution & it’s well known that the democrats don’t want the current president re-elected.  So why is the guy so shocked by her statement?  Call me a dumb Canadian, but this isn’t breaking news.  I haven’t even watched American news in months.

 

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We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

LAST OFFICIAL POST OF THE YEAR

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Music throughout the weekend “In Flames”, “Aladdin”, “Trivium”, & “Lamb of God”

 

I’ll be checking my email & Facebook as usual & I’ll likely pop in with the odd post here.  My routine will be similar, but with far fewer posts here.  After Friday, December 20th, I plan to relax & enjoy the holidays.  Hang out with family & friends.  All while practicing on my acoustic guitar, still have to build strength in my individual fingers on my left hand.  The better you are on acoustic, the easier electric guitar is.

I don’t plan on straying too far from my regular food intake, just moderation around Christmas goodies.  I’m at a point where I’ve lost a significant amount of body fat & have gained noticeable muscle.  I’d like to keep that trend going.

I was going to lighten up on the exercise sooner than later, but I’ve changed my mind.  Better to keep things at full tilt for a bit longer.

Well I didn’t make it to my brother’s group’s (Room 333) show at The Exchange Friday evening.  A LOUD rock show.  My dad & I had planned on going but both of my parents weren’t feeling well.  Stayed home with Kim & watched some stuff on the DVR.

Kim struggled most of the day putting up the Christmas tree.  Pre-lit fake tree with a string of lights out on the lower half.  3 trips to a hardware store & she finally just went with a string that are a different shade of white.  I figure once the tree is covered in decorations it won’t matter.

Just need some Christmas lists from others & then we shop & probably do some baking!

We ended up watching the live action version of “Aladdin”.  We rented it from iTunes.  I think we should cancel our “Crave” streaming site, that we rarely watch, & sign up for “Disney +” ASAP.  We have “Netflix” & “Amazon Prime” I’d dump “Crave” in a heartbeat.  For the amount of time that we actually watch TV, we spend for more than we have time to watch.

Today I get to pick out the 37 layers I’ll wear to the outdoor CFL Western final with the Saskatchewan Roughriders vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

I wear shorts year ‘round if possible, I hate wearing full length pants, they drive me even further into crazyville.  I plan to come home after the game & peal down to shorts & a T-Shirt.

 

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Chris             

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

THE FINAL HOLIDAY UPDATE/HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Sorry, this got long too.

 

December 25th was Christmas with my family, as usual my parents wanted a Christmas list from me, then Mom buys almost everything on my list. Great, no complaining here…………………but. It always feels better to give. Kim & I were on a tight budget since we are still a bit in the red on payments to my parents who graciously gave us money while I was battling stage 4 brain cancer. My parents gift from us was a large payment of what my mother calls a “gift”. We intend to pay it all back. Everybody else was on a $50 limit. When I had the money, I loved going overboard on gifts. Where did I get that from? My parents. Friends ask me what I got for Christmas & I feel VERY embarrassed when I tell them. My mother delegates which gift is from who. My grandparents, my parents or anyone else who would like to partake. My brother, his girlfriend & Kim’s family end up asking me for other ideas for me. Liquor gift cards & iTunes gift cards are always welcome!

 

December 31st is my 7th year cancer free. Before I was diagnosed on Tuesday, February 5th 2008, I knew of 2 people that had cancer. My Grandmother who passed away from breast cancer & a co-workers wife that survived the cancer she had (I’m not sure what type of cancer she had). I now know of 8 people (roughly) personally who have had it or have it at the moment. I can’t offer any advice other than the Doctors are right but there is always that slight 0.01% chance they’re wrong. REMEMBER I WASN’T SUPOSSED TO COME OUT OF A COMA! My doctors got it wrong initially. 5-15% chance of ever opening my eyes again, yet here I am! I may look & sound different but I’m here & improving daily.

 

I was looking at the “…man in the mirror…” while in my wheelchair. Christmas goodies full of sugar have caught up to me. I look like Gru from “Despicable Me”, large torso with tooth pick legs. I think my holiday break from working out will end sooner than I had planned? I need a break, I’m tired. Monday, January 4th the routine continues.

 

Friday, January 1st was Christmas Eve with Kim’s family. We don’t have room here for Kim’s parents & brother to stay here, so they stay at Sherry & James’ house. We had some tasty “Tourtier” aka meat & potato pie, can’t taste the potatoes or else I’d choke or dry hieve. Opened stockings and gifts. Sherry cut the carrots………………..SQUARE! That just not right to me, they did have great rhythm though, they looked like they were ready to “Vogue”

Fancy carrots!

 

Saturday, January 2nd. It’s Christmas day with Kim’s family which means MORE TURNIPS! I love turnips, hate potatoes! No I’m not kidding!

Sunday my awesome in-laws return home. They should be home by the time I post this.

 

Motorhead cover The Rolling Stones

http://consequenceofsound.net/2015/08/motorhead-cover-rolling-stones-sympathy-for-the-devil-listen/

 

Stone Sour w/ Lzzy Hale cover “Gimme Shelter” by The Rolling Stones

 

A risk he took, & got caught.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/puddle-of-mudds-wes-scantlin-arrested-for-drug-possession-20151229

 

Some of us survived brain cancer, some didn’t, unfortunately

http://loudwire.com/lemmy-kilmister-manager-details-terminal-brain-neck-cancer-diagnosis/

 

I guess the Guns n’ Roses reunion is going to happen

http://consequenceofsound.net/2015/12/guns-n-roses-founding-members-to-reunite-headlining-coachella-2016/

 

Ozzy talks about Lemmy Kilmister

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/ozzy-osbourne-remembers-lemmy-he-was-my-hero-20151229

 

My morning routine involves a healthy glass of blended fruits & vegetables, lil’ TV, exercise, too much computron, & then I repeat my mantra…

http://www.foodmatters.tv/content/7-things-healthy-people-do-every-morning

 

I’m not counting “Sum 41” out yet. Their album “Screaming Bloody Murder” is a very good hard rock album. Here’s a couple of clips from the studio on their new work in progress.

http://loudwire.com/sum-41-share-new-song-clips-from-studio/

 

I heard word on www.facebook.com that Mark Tremonti has been writing “Alter Bridge” music while on tour & is currently done his tour. He’s home in Florida working on songs, which he has been sending to singer “Myles Kennedy” for when Myles gets to Florida with the rest of the group to commence recording the new “Alter Bridge” album. “Fortress” is a tough album to top, I can’t wait to hear the new album! Most of this is from who I assume is a relative of Mark Tremonti.

 

Guns n’ Roses are reuniting & Lemmy Kilmister has died, rough week for me. I bought the CD “Appetite for Destruction” by GNR & was terribly underwhelmed by it. I think I tossed it, since I NEVER listened to it more than 6 times. Guns n’ Roses are good at what they do, I’ve never been much of a fan though.

 

Remember “Beavis & Butthead”? ‘Live’ does.

 

Halestorm shared it…

 

Lars Ulrich pays tribute to Lemmy Kilmister

http://loudwire.com/lars-ulrich-metallica-claim-lemmy-reason-they-exist-not-some-cheap-exaggeration/

 

The Needle Drop’s top 50 albums of 2015

 

Pentatonix shared this link…..

 

Tool shared this link. Their Facebook page is ran by a fan who I believe is close with the band?

Well it’s 2016, if the album doesn’t come out this year they will miss the opportunity of releasing the album a decade after it’s predecessor. It could be “10,000 Days” since “10,000 Days” was released. If we wait 10,000 days that’s roughly 27 years & 4 months. It will be released & Tool fans everywhere will “celebrate”.

 

Looky here! Tool shared another song. Because every fan wants to hear the older songs again. “Album? Are our fans crazy? No new material from us?”

 

Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath guitarist) talks about Lemmy Kilmister. Both of them have released songs with Dave Grohl.

http://loudwire.com/black-sabbath-tony-iommi-remembers-lemmy-kilmister-he-was-real-trooper/

NUDITY WARNING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

I’m not surprised at all by this tattoo. Lemmy & Dave were good friends. Lemmy/Motorhead were icons to Dave Grohl.

http://loudwire.com/foo-fighters-dave-grohl-ace-of-spades-tattoo-lemmy-kilmister/

 

Most anticipated release for January? Me, Megadeth!!!!!

http://loudwire.com/vote-most-anticipated-release-january-2016/

 

Top 10 songs about drinking

http://loudwire.com/top-songs-about-drinking/

I’ll add one. A little obscure, I love this album though! Oldie but a goodie

 

..and this is one of the many issues I have with Guns n’ Roses.

http://loudwire.com/axl-rose-tweet-confirmed-love-taco-bell/

 

Guns n’ Roses 10 best songs. I’ve heard they’re getting $8,000,000 to play at any festival, could be wrong though.

http://loudwire.com/best-guns-n-roses-songs/

 

Pentatonix shared this after a very good year for them.

 

Mark Tremonti has admitted in the past that Myles Kennedy is technically better at guitar. Who do you think sounds better though?

 

Mine’s not on that list, is your’s? This is one of my favourite metal songs. FYI-I’m on a “Lamb of God” kick at the moment.

http://loudwire.com/catchiest-metal-songs/

 

The voice of “Star Wars” villain Boba Fett is dead at the age of 95.

http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/jason-wingreen-voice-of-star-wars-villain-boba-fett-dead-at-95-20160102#ixzz3w643GcVv

 

I’m not surprised by this at all. Keep doing stupid things, what goes around comes around. I’m waiting for mine! I may not have done what he did, but I treated others terribly.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/chris-brown-vegas-assault-accusation-unequivocally-untrue-20160102#ixzz3w907H39c

 

Top 50 debut hard rock & metal albums. Below is my preferred debut album. Not number 1 on the list but it’s there!

http://loudwire.com/top-hard-rock-metal-debut-albums/

 

More on the passing of Lemmy Kilmister. With whatever Motorhead album you get, you know what you’re getting & you either like it or hate it. Diverse albums? Not with Motorhead! I like it but I don’t need every album.

http://loudwire.com/rainbow-bar-grill-host-public-lemmy-kilmister-memorial-petition-launched-statue/

 

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Bye,

Chris “Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres