Monday, August 23, 2010

Feeling Better With A Bobcat

As most of you know by now, I love to push myself when I am feeling good.  It has been so hot over the last 4-5 weeks here, and at work, the air conditioner is not working properly in the pressroom where I work.  The temperature, in the pressroom, has been in the mid to upper 80's all week.  Yesterday, on my 4th twelve hour shift in a row, a mild case of heat exhaustion set in on me around 3 pm.  By 5 pm, I had a serious headache, could barely move (flu like feeling) and slightly nauseous.  I got off work at 7 pm, went straight home, took a cool shower and crashed on the couch with a fan blowing directly on me.  By 9 pm, I felt a little hungry, ate a smoked turkey sandwich and went to bed.  
Now today, one might think that little episode would be fresh in my brain and I wouldn't do anything stupid 2 days in a row.  One would be wrong.  My father in law came down to frame up a patio for us.  We have a nice patio with the hot tub sitting on it already.  But we don't want a nice sized patio ... we want a big ass patio that we are going to have covered later.  Anyway, I got up this morning and took Donna's car and filled it up with gas, washed and vacuumed it out, cleaned the interior, and washed the windows by hand (car washes never get the windows clean enough), ordered 6 yards of sand for the patio and started playing in the dirt with David's Bobcat.  Man, that is almost as much fun as riding a dirt bike!  After moving the dirt from the pad (where the patio will be poured), framing and leveling the patio, spreading the sand and spot mowing my yard, I once again have a headache and nauseous feeling.  The temperature, currently at 4 pm is 101 with a heat index of 107.  Still, getting to play with the Bobcat was worth it.
I'm taking care of myself tonight, have a ride planned for tomorrow, then we are pouring the patio Wednesday.  Then back to work Thursday.  Man... I love feeling better.   

10 comments:

livingwithra said...

You go for it! I'm so jealous as I always wanted to play with a bobcat. Love to see you pushin' it again. Hope you don't pay for it later.
Andrew

tharr said...

Andrew, it's been a few years since I've been in a Bobcat, but they are so much fun ... you almost forget that you are working while using one!
Thanks, I'm finally feeling close to being back to what I was 3 years ago. Hope you're doing well also.

Just Me said...

I have a friggin' blast with those as well Terry. I think anyone who sits in one of those instantly reverts back to being 8 years old again. As I read I was waiting for a "Here, hold my beer" or a "Yall' watch this" story to commence. Keep on, keepin' on brother!

Squirrel said...

Glad to hear you're having a good week! Hope it long continues!

tharr said...

Mike, I know, it does make you feel like a big kid! Fortunately, I didn't destroy any property or kill anyone. lol

tharr said...

Thanks Squirrel. Its nice to feel semi-normal again. Good luck on your upcoming bike ride.

Cathy said...

Yay! You must be feeling better to even be able to push yourself that hard. Awesome!!! I have never had the desire to play with a Bobcat, but when I see others in them, they look like little boys having the time of their lives. Keep having those great feelings. I am happy for you.

tharr said...

Thanks Cathy, for some reason, it does make you feel like a kid playing ... er, I mean working in one. And I didn't even run over anything!

Living It, Loving It said...

I know what you mean about pushing yourself because we all do it. Talk about working in a sweatshop. I work in an air conditioned law firm so I will stop complaining about my job. :) I have been having a hard waking up because of symptoms the last few days and no matter how much I sleep, it does not seem like enough. The bobcat -You are a like a kid at heart with an awesome toy. Men and their toys! I am glad to hear you are feeling good (don’t forget to knock on wood).

tharr said...

I keep saying that I won't over do it on my days off, but I rarely ever listen to myself. I went back to work today and the air in the break room doesn't work now. Oh, but the offices are still all air conditioned! I understand about the sleep you get never seems like enough. You're so right about the kid at heart ... I keep thinking, how could I justify buying a bobcat for the house.