Responsibility 199, what is it?

Responsibility 199 is a belief; I believe that to be healthy and to increase my longevity I need to weigh 199 pounds or less...
Responsibility 199 is a need; I need to reduce my weight, reduce my percentage of body fat, and the elevated threat of disease my present condition presents...
Responsibility 199 is a mission; I recognize that achieving 199 will be a challenge, perhaps the hardest I have ever undertaken...
Responsibility 199 is a commitment; I acknowledge that I must commit to action, commit to change, commit to myself and those I love to achieve this mission, to increase my longevity...
Responsibility 199 is ME.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Day 351 - Opening Day, Family Day, Now Sunday

Last day of spring break. For the kids, no doubt they are less than thrilled. For me, I'm Ok with it. Time to get on with the 83 things I have on deck at work, time for Cathy to get on with her own concerns where she works, and time for the kids on with finishing this school year.

Spring break has been fun sans the medical madness. Brief update on that madness, went for the MRI of the left knee yesterday. Hope to get results in advance of Thursday's blood test and oncologist appointment.
Back to the fun...

Friday Cathy & I went to Chicago Cubs opening day. Great time, minus the fact that the Cubs lost. It was a first for us in that we attended the game from a Rooftop venue. If you aren't familiar with Wrigley field, the apartment buildings along the streets along the outfield have stadium seating on their rooftops. The owners of these buildings have long cashed in on the fact that the games can viewed from the upper apartments & rooftops, and of course the Cubs get a piece of their action. Here is a cell phone pic which does no justice to the view we had...

As you can see the lights are on for the game, for an afternoon game. It was a dreary, cold, rainy day. Not rainy enough to delay or cancel the game, but dreary enough to make sitting outside less than enjoyable. Luckily for us these top floor of these apartment buildings are no longer apartments. They are bars complete with food buffet & big screens; food, drink and warmth all included in the price of the ticket. So this was our view of the game for most of the afternoon...

One bad pitch, hit over the wall for a grand slam, that one pitch is the only tarnish on our great day.

Yesterday we had the G'Mas & G'Pa over for dinner, no real occasion; just because. They wanted something special, so we smoked them pork shoulder and prime rib. I was off my grilling game  as I overcooked them a tad; shame on me. Cathy made up for my miscue with a fine job on the sweet potatoes and green beans. Along the way the the two G'Mas got together and made a bottle of wine go from full to empty. Conversation was largely a mix of the college visits to come, medical this & that and of course politics. A couple of pies for dessert capped off a great relaxing day with family.

So as I said, the last day of spring break is here, another day to make great. Off now to get in some exercise this morning before enjoying NASCAR this afternoon and Hockey this evening and who knows what else amongst it all.

What are you going to do to make this a great day?

Responsibility 199 - Gotta Do It!!


  1. That is a pretty cool vista for a baseball game! My husband and I have been thinking about a Chicago vacation for a while, but can't agree on whether to see a Cubs game (my preference) or Sox (his)!

  2. Oh.. yes last day spring break.. ME.. starting the seedlings for my garden

  3. My spring break is just starting so I'm planning like crazy about what I want to do!


  4. What a great way to end spring break Patrick, sans the medical stuff of course! BUT, you are living life & having fun & that is good! Yes, hockey. My hubby is watching all the games intensely to see if the Ducks can keep themselves in it... we shall see....

    I had a nice jog this morn & will get some errands done early so we can relax later!

  5. Fudging the smoker, what's going on? lol

    I gotta say, that's one of the things I actually quite like about outdoor eats like BBQ....that smoky, crispy goodness that an oven just can't replicate.

    "What am I going to do to make this a great day?"....I'm slightly ashamed to say, Nothing, but after starting my new job this week I am knackered and catching up on some sorely needed mattress-time! I still went for my C25K walk/run today and have been getting myself a little run of consistency going, which is always a good thing.

    Have a great sunday Patrick. Are you participating in GoTheDistance this month?

  6. Patrick, that is just awesome. Wrigley is my favorite ballpark. I've been there twice, but haven't yet sat in the bleachers. Hadn't really seriously thought of a rooftop seat, but will need to do that someday, too.

    I'm going out in the (relative) cold today to do my interval training, even though it's Sunday and I could justify not doing it. That's what I'm doing to make it a great day.

  7. I love a piece of smoked meat about as much as anything. I'm sure that is was delicious.

  8. Patrick, you are still in my thoughts and will be until you know how things are. I love the photos of Wrigley field. I hope to visit there some day. Hang in there. Hugs. :)

  9. ahhhh
    we (I? :)) tried to make it a great day here yesterday by lovingly rolling the husband over.
    he exited the bed on the wrong side :) and we worked to rectify that...

  10. What a fun way to see the game!