November 21st, 2011

My first LJ post in quite some time

Nine months ago, an experience with a fickle woman caused me to post here under the title, "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted?"  Three months later - just as I was beginning to get Lisa out of my system - my landlord advised me that because her son was financially strapped and needed a place to live, I would have to vacate my apartment in 90 days. For a while there, it felt like every time I turned around, somebody was kicking me in the ass!

Thankfully, 2011 is looking to end for me on a much higher note than it began. On July 1st, I moved from Willimantic - a town I couldn't stand - to Manchester, which I find much more tolerable. I'm sharing a very nice (not to mention affordable) apartment with a guy I've been friends with for the last three years. So far, it's working out well!

My job is still in Willimantic, but I find that hellhole much easier to take now that I live 20 miles away from it. And so far, my 12-year-old Daewoo has proven magnificently reliable - especially when I had to drive to work in the middle of Storm Alfred!

In mid-September, I started dating a woman named Beth. We live just two miles apart, which makes getting together nice and convenient! (Sixty miles had separated me from Lisa.) We've been taking it nice and slowly, and I'm OK with that. I've been in far too many relationships that became intense early on, only to crash and burn quickly and painfully. With Beth, I feel like I'm in my first grown-up relationship. Only took me 45 years!

A couple of months ago, I invested $30 in the Better Homes & Gardens Cookbook and have experimented with several recipes. To my delight, they've all come out wonderfully!

Among the dishes I've made so far:

- Chicken parmigiana
- Tuna noodle casserole
- Chicken with black beans and rice
- Lasagna
- Chicken cacciatore
- A fish recipe whose name eludes me right now

I had always resisted cooking because I considered it an onerous task. But thanks to my cookbook, I've come to realize that making your own meals really isn't difficult at all. If you can read, you can cook! Who knew?

I also continue to work out at the gym regularly. At my heaviest, I weighed 308 pounds. Right now, I'm at 220. My eventual aim is to get my weight down to below 200 for the first time in twenty or so years. Unfortunately, that final 25 pounds has been stubborn as hell. But I'll be damned if I'm giving up now!

Suffice it to say, 2011 has been a roller coaster of a year for me. But it looks like I may just ride it out at the top of the tracks!
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