Random Acts of Shifeness - New Beginnings

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one, which has been opened for us.” – Helen Keller
  • Today is the day that marks the end of my time at my current job. Tomorrow marks the beginning of a new chapter in my life. More details to come as I should have plenty to share next week. Wish me luck.
  • I have been paying someone to torture me. No I'm not talking about watching the analysis of the presidential debate on the news channels. I have plantar fasciitis (inflammation of the heels) and it's starting to get pretty painful. I have done the cortisone shot approach before and vowed to never do that again, which led me to my current situation. The doctor I'm working with is reattaching the fascia back to my muscle, and to do this, he has to drive his thumb as hard as he can into my foot. He starts at my heel and works his way up my calf. It hurts. A lot. Since this area of my body is incredibly tender, I was just about in tears after my first sessions. The good news is the doctor believes I will be OK after 2 more sessions. Wish me luck ... again. 
  • Also painful is watching my baseball team do their best to not make the playoffs. My team is the St. Louis Cardinals. If you follow baseball then you know why I'm terribly frustrated watching them. Can you wish me luck once more? 
  • Quote of the week: Thinking is difficult; that’s why most people judge. - Carl Jung 
  • Recommendation of the week: With a bunch of new TV shows starting, I have watched three: "This Is Us," "Pitch" and "Longmire." I have watched "Longmire" since it was on A&E and I still find it entertaining. Plus, I can binge watch it and move on to something else like watching horrible baseball. 
It's almost unbearable how adorable Tank is with his new bestie. 

Hayden and Kyle enjoying some time down by the river. 

Hayden taking the husky hound for a walk. 
He needs all the help he can get as he's now over 70 pounds. 

That's all for today. Thank you for stopping by. Talk to you soon.

I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream. 


  1. Lots of luck plus!
    The girls are gaining their PST legs back and missed
    the third typhoon and second earthquake that visited

  2. Good luck with all those things, Mr. S. The therapy sounds very painful. Love the picture of Tank and Bear. Tank reminds me of one of our cats. Short legs, impressive bulk. I watched Longmire a few years back (then I stopped watching TV pretty much altogether); I thought it was good. Your kids are lucky to have a river close by. There are always things to see near, or in, or on the water.

  3. Love that Carl Jung quote. Good luck with the new job and I hope the issue with your feet is quickly resolved.

  4. Good luck with your new job. The heels sound really painful, but I'm glad you should only need 2 more sessions to rectify the problem.

    That photo of Tank and bear is too cute.

  5. The heel business sounds awful. If the treatment works you WILL be a brave soldier, but scream if you feel the need. Good luck with the new job. By the way, I love the pic of Tank and the new bestie.

  6. The end of the a job is always liberating and terrifying at the same time. I'm sure you it will work out for you.

  7. end of a old chapter and a cliffhanger for the new chapter!

    thanks for the reminder on longmire. our library has season 4 and i'm now position 8 in the queue. good luck with the heels.

  8. I had my first bout of PF several years ago, it's a horrible pain. I ordered heel cups and still wear them.

    Tank weighs 70? Our Sweet Nellie is down to about 40 lbs, I think her highest weight was 60. Must be those short legs of his :)

    I was just thinking about your new venture yesterday, wondering if you would give us some news soon.

  9. I'm eager to hear about the new job!

    Cards not making the playoffs is something I'm going to have a hard time drumming up any sympathy about, being a lifelong Cubs fan. The Cards are in there every year and the Cubs, you know. We're the Cubs. But since you're my boy, I hope all your teams do good.

    I have the heal issues too, but not as bad as yours, I don't think. I wore the heal inserts (like gel/rubber ones) and that helped big time. Wear them not just when you run but ALL THE TIME.

    Okay, be good, dood.


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