Friday, August 22, 2008

Befuddled, Bothered and Bewildered.

Happy Ginger day, although is it? Is it really? My brother mentioned the words existential crisis last night, and I do believe I know what he means.
What the hell I'm going to so with myself without Smurf's later? I don't know. What DO people who don't drink do with themselves? Where do they go? Where do they hang out? Is it true they sleep upside down? And eat only liver and kidneys? Yack.
I have another question, oh yes, but it's a sport question. Actually more a question of food. Oh I don't know what it is. I"m in a questiony sort of mood.
Gimmie is who I'd normally pester with questions but he's still away. So can ANYONE recommend what to eat after a long run or heavy work out? I keep getting conflicting answers on this and I am hoping (Stipes maybe) someone might have an idea. I normally go for protein, like a steak of some description or chicken, but now it seems I ought to be replenishing the carbs I just used. But I understand it's the protein that repairs the damage done to the muscles, so I'm oh so slightly confused.
Having just gone five whole day without sleeping tablets I may have finally eased myself back into to some form of sleeping pattern. I must say I dislike not sleeping like a dead rock, but I suppose I must also admit taking a sleeping tablet every day for the rest of my life is probably not a good idea, even ithough it does exactly what I require it to do. Damn useful things drugs, especially when used precisely for what they were designed to do. I have mixed feeling about not taking them. Very mixed indeed. They work. But off them I shall remain, at least for a while. (see I can't even SAY I'll stay off them for good)

ALSO! Today I have a meeting with a someone who might throw a whole pile of work my way for the next year or so. Naturally this makes me anxious and contrary, I hate meetings, but I like people who can offer me work and money. But I hate meeting people, I particularly hate meeting people who talk and use terminology like 'blue sky thinking'. I must shut up and rein in my usual nostril flaring and eye rolling, and frankly that twiddles my nerves something fierce. How DO people deal with other people on a daily basis? What's the secret to NOT snorting when you hear someone say 'radical departure of self'?? Well? What's a hoochless narcotically deprived Fatcat to do then??
It seems to be that being an adult is a pain in the arse sometimes. No really. A giant pain in the arse. Do you ever get days when you're just filled with...well, befuddlement? When you hear Melvin's voice loud and clear as a bell? "What if this is as good as it gets?"
Well what if it is?
On the plus side it is sunny.



Anonymous sheepworrier said...

Now you've befuddled me!
Go to the cinema or summat FMC - takes the mind off the hooch for a few hours at least.

My tri-athlete mate always eats pasta after a long training session, and he is generally pretty clued in. Btw, went for my 1st run in months las nite since I buggered up my knee - feel great today!

You really need to think outside the box when interfacing with prospective clients FMC... a bit of lateral issue-solving is required...


11:17 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

"You really need to think outside the box when interfacing with prospective clients FMC... a bit of lateral issue-solving is required..."

Oh my love of marmalde, that is almost verbatim how this fellow talks.I believe I will go see Hellboy tomorrow night. It looks exactly right up my alley.
And a hearty congratulations on your run! Back to the fold, welcome.

11:19 a.m.  
Blogger morgor said...

Ugh, don't get me started on buzzwords.

I'd like to stuff my bosses "goals" "challenges" and the rest of his horseshit directly into his brain using a strangely fist shaped hole that suddenly appeared.

11:30 a.m.  
Blogger Selina Kyle said...

i have melvin's voice in my head repeating that sentence pretty much every day. several times a day.
it's just like blue sky thinking but without the out-of-self experience.
i work with people every day and the only way to help me refrain from physically harming them is to think nice thoughts in my head. actually shouting nice thoughts in my head so as i can hear them over melvin's voice.
yeah it's complicated in here...

12:08 p.m.  
Blogger laughykate said...

Oh crikey, acting like an adult. WHAT A MONUMENTAL PAIN IN THE ARSE.

I recall having to go to an important meeting with a client and got told, 'Kate, please do not dress like a biker chick, remember to finish your sentences and under NO circumstances are you to look at me.'

I find those types of meetings excruciating. I feel much more at home when the guy sitting beside me in the office is typing away at his computer with cardboard Dr Spock ears sellotaped to his head.

12:26 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

I think it's all a big act, I can't for the life of me fathom WHY anyone would want to take such a long convoluted road to saying something. Plus the dude I'm seeing this avo uses the royal 'we'.
'So how do we feel about that?' 'What are we thinking?' 'How would we go about counteracting this in a positive yet affirmative manner?'

The only people who should use the word we are people with tape worm.

ARGGGGHH I say. Meetings, pomp, buzzwords, being told how to dress, hearing violence in your head, all the Devil's smegma I'm afraid. I don't know how you do it on a regular basis, my admiration to you all.

1:04 p.m.  
Blogger morgor said...

The only people who should use the word we are people with tape worm.


1:13 p.m.  
Anonymous Sniffle&Cry said...

Mikey Phelps eats 12000 calories a day so eat whatever you want FMC, anything your heart desires. You’re burning it off straight away and at a huge rate of knots. And drink beer too for God’s sake women, what are you waiting for? Are you trying to win the thing? ( all said in good strong positive and empathizing way)

Tell that guy that someone’s gotta shoot the puppy, and you’re the cat for the job. Tell him that view from 40000ft is surreal and you’re prepared to eat the dam frog to get this here project moving along a spectacular paradigm shift.

2:00 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Hah, will there be toad licking before my meeting S&C? Sure sounds like it.mmmtoadlicking.
No to beer, damn you. Don't tempt me.
Right ho, I'll smell you all later. (spoken like a true five year old) Wish me luck.

2:03 p.m.  
Anonymous Shebah said...

The most difficult thing about any job is working with people. Folk who appear charming and upfront turn out to be backstabbing politicos. It's a jungle out there. Trust no one. Agree with everyone. Survival is all!

2:04 p.m.  
Blogger Medbh said...

I woke in the most foul and black mood today, FMC. I would say eat a balanced plate of protein and carbs such as chicken with pasta and then just grin-fuck the jargon dude.

2:10 p.m.  
Blogger Andraste said...

I would eat a balanced meal of protein, starch and greens. Cover all the bases, to use another annoying cliche. Protein feeds muscles, the starch replaces the fuel you've burned off, and nice veggies help replenish the water you've sweated out. The greens also help push all the other stuff through, if you see what I mean.

My last employee review was full of that buzzword gobshite. What a thing. After three years of basically working on my own, in my own little office, with no real supervision, suddenly I report to not one, but TWO girly little mouseketeers, who think I'm "phenomenal" but would like me to work more as a "team player."

Fuck. That. Shit.

2:24 p.m.  
Blogger jothemama said...

Do you know Aisling? She might have some good advice.

I can't believe you like sleeping like a dead rock - the thought freaks me out entirely. I would offer a non druggy alternative, but you'd just shout at me :)

2:30 p.m.  
Blogger finn said...


**made by monks --> NotHooch.

2:37 p.m.  
Blogger Kim Ayres said...

After exercise - mackerel on toast

Dealing with other people - that's why I'm self employed.

Can't help with the drink thing. Insert "Eat Food" instead "Drink" and I'm back on your wavelength.

4:35 p.m.  
Anonymous sheepworrier said...

Right folks, im off to make the most of the break in the clouds. Have a good w'end.

To the beergarden! Dunna dunna dunna...

4:41 p.m.  
Anonymous stipes said...

worked for over 20 years in a good working invironment, then some gee bag suggests TEAM WORK, company closed within 5 years.
what to eat? within 30mins of finishing the long run, I always had some crackers and jam. could'nt stomache steak. Worked for me

5:38 p.m.  
Blogger daisy mae said...

hey FMC

i try to do the following:

eat protein within 30 minutes of working out - generally accomplished by bringing a 'builder's bar' (20g of protein, and it tastes pretty good) to the gym.

within 2 hours i try to eat carbs - pasta or a baked potato.

hope that helps!

5:42 p.m.  
Anonymous problemchildbride said...

Too late to wish you luck with the meeting, I expect. Hope nobody was garroted though.

My dad was a marathon runner. Did Glasgow in '81 and ran one every year after that until his kidneys packed in and he had to go on dialysis.

After training he would eat a lot of something wholegrain like pasta or brown rice; protein (usually steak - he's a Lewis man), and heaps of veggies. Then he'd have cheese and crackers, masses and masses of cheese and crackers. Not one for puddings. The only drink he took was wine with his Sunday lunch or if he was out so he never gave any alcohol up. He smoked but gave that up after he got serious about running.

He sat his exams and became a coach for the Scottish Amateur Athletics Ass. He used to tell people just to eat as they normally would - except more - as far as possible cooking from scratch and using "real" ingredients.

I don't know if that helps, but I do know he studied runner's nutrition in depth and seemed to me to more or less conclude that it was more important to maintain a good dietary balance than eating a whole bunch of any one thing. And no junk or overprocessed food becasue then the body has to deal with toxins etc. on top of the extra work load you're giving it.

Just by the way, when it came time to have his kidney transplant, the assessing doctors said that his heart and lungs and vasculature were so healthy after the years of running that he stood the best possible chance of retaining the kidney. It turns out it was all an investment for an unexpected rainy day.

6:34 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Cheers for the useful tips for refueling folks. Just back from kickboxing, could eat the table and my arms is going to be a SPECTACULAR colour tomorrow.
Meeting went relatively well, only had to bite the inside of my cheek twice. Did you know that 'we feel soar mentally when we are set a challenge and we rise to it?' no? Me neither. But all in all it went well and if I can endure one or two more of them I might be in some clover for a few months.
Sam that's interesting about your Dad's rocking health despite his kidneys being dodgy. Since I took up running I hardly ever get colds anymore, and I used to be very prone to sniffles and coughs. This hooch thing is just a personal thing, I need a break from it every now and then, nothing major, just a break. I always find the extra free time odd though.
Anyway, off for food. Have a great weekend everyone.

7:07 p.m.  
Blogger jothemama said...

Great vid - a real Indiana Jones moment - he was good'n'flippy though!

11:29 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

He was, wasn't he? That's what made the punch all the more enjoyable.

11:51 p.m.  
Blogger John Mc said...


I think I may have posted this on one of your chummlies work out posts before, but low fat chocolate milk, one of the cartons the kiddies love. Almost 300 calories with a 3 to 1 ratio of carbs to protein. Chug it the minute you finish. Google it, you'll find lots of info. Basically you need to fuel with cards during a long workout, in the form of energy drinks and gels. Then immediately switch to a protein drink when you finish, hence the chocolate milk. Your muscles are primed to use this mixture after a work out.Then within an hour an a half of finishing your work, (while your metabolism is still up) out eat a meal with a good mixture of protein an carbs. Always aim to take the back in what you used up calorie wise over the workout and in the hour an half after you finish. Never skimp on calories during this time. If you want to lost weight cut some of the calories from your non workout meals.

2:20 p.m.  
Anonymous aphrodite said...

Oh I do like a nice bit of alliteration me.
Also love that smug feeling of lacking a hangover and basking in the delight of a saintly early night when the beloved is dying and demanding rasher sandwiches

4:58 p.m.  
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