Old friends and bi-curious computing

Well I did make it to the gym on Monday morning and it actually worked well. Being able to get some exercise in before work was kind of nice. The heath club was less crowded and since I went to work directly afterwards and was moving around all day, I was less sore. I used to go after work and I would come home, veg a bit and go to bed. I think that made me more sore in the long run. I’m going to hit the gym again tomorrow morning, and I hope to make this more of a habit than it has been in the past.

In other news, I got in contact with an old friend from college. Her name is Ericka and we were buddies in the TV department at NMSU. It was nice to hear from her, and we actually spent like 3 hours chatting on AIM last night. Her husband Eric (whom I also know from the old college days) is in a similar job to mine, and they have a 20 month old daughter named Keegan. So, cool couple, same general aged daughter, same general job function, it should be a nice fit to visit once in awhile.

Other than that, Microsoft is releasing Movie Maker 2, Media Player 9, and The Digital Media Plus! Pack for Windows today. Trying to keep up with the Jones’ (Apple) on this one. iMovie, iPhoto, iTunes anyone? Either way, it’s nice to see MS updating some of the free tools, even if I don’t use them. Who knows, maybe someday I’ll even TRY an Apple since they now have a Unix based OS… Time will tell.

Learning (to hate the Jets)

Actually, the playoffs started yesterday, with the damn Jets blowing out Indianapolis. ARRRRGGGGHHHH! I don’t care who wins as long as it’s not the hated Jets. Oh well, I should just stop watching football this season altogether as my Phins are gone.

Well, I start back to work in the morning and I’m actually looking forward to it. Was getting a little cabin fever and for me that is very surprising. Seems I’ve been fully re-charged. The good thing is that I work for a couple more weeks and then it’s off to Disney for Lotusphere. Now that I’m REALLY looking forward to. With ND6 just released a few months ago, I’m sure there will be a ton of cool stuff to learn.

I guess that’s a big thing with me. Learning. I guess if I go too long without learning something new (whether it be new software, or new programming techniques) I get bored. That’s why I guess I always liked school. Oh well, I’ll keep it up and be a happy man.

Lastly, I’m planning on hitting the gym in the morning. Going to get up early and go BEFORE work. Yeah, yeah, I know. At least wish me luck! :-)

Happy PB&J New Year

Happy New Year everyone. Jen and I rang in the year with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. WOO HOO, do we party or what? I guess that happens when you get older. The partying and drinking just aren’t what they used to be. Hell, I went to bars solely to meet women, and I don’t have to do that anymore, so why go and pay extra for watered down drinks when I can relax at home. Oh yeah, it’s kinda hard to get away for an evening with Kali too. :-)

Well, I’m writing this post from the family room downstairs now. We finally moved everything and it WAS a major pain in the ass, but it’s done, and I’m liking it so far. It was worth it, but boy was it a pain in the ass getting it all done. But it’s done, and that’s all that matters. It’s funny, Mike posted on his Blog that he was jealous but I don’t think he realized that the basement is a family room, NOT just my office. It’s a place for the whole family to hang out. So sorry Mike, no cigar smoking down here.

Well the NFL playoffs start tomorrow, but this is the first year in awhile that I don’t care. Guess I’ll hang out in my new office. Also, I go back to work on Monday after nearly two weeks off. In a strange way, I’m kind of looking forward to it.

Dolphin implosion, the first of many to come

Fuck. That’s pretty much what I have to say. The Miami Dolphins snatched defeat from the jaws of victory once again today. And with the Jets win, neither us, nor the Patriots got into the playoffs. Winning by 11 with 5 minutes remaining and we still blew it. Unreal. Part of it was a TOTALLY screwed up penalty that allowed the Pats to get to the one yard line. A pass interference call that SHOULD have clearly gone against the offense but went against us instead. Then a blown punt and a blown kickoff totally sealed it. I still cannot believe it happened. I think Zach Thomas summed it up nicely “You can say all you want about how we should have won, but I’m sick and tired of hearing how good we are. We can’t win a big game.” As it goes. This is the first time in 7 years the Dolphins haven’t been in the playoffs. SEVEN years. But, looking back to those seven years, we never got to the Super Bowl. So I guess Zach is right. The only thing that really sucks about all this is that the freakin’ Jets had to make it. [sigh]

Well, I go back to work tomorrow for a day, then I have the rest of the week off. It’ll be nice. Still have a lot of work to do around the house, so it will be more labor intensive than just hanging out. But it should be worth it. It’s just going to take awhile and involve moving lots of crap. I HATE moving crap… Man, I need to get to bed… Take Care

Hey, wanna see my 73 inches?

Wow, it’s been two weeks since I last wrote. Time sure does fly during the Holidays. For the most part things have been good. We visited my parents and got to see my extended family on the Roling side as well. I have a ton of cousins, and it’s always fun to get us all together. During that same trip I also drove to Minnesota with my friend Tim and went to the Dolphins – Vikings game. Needless to say, an 11 hour round trip gained me the ability to watch my Dolphins lose to the Vikes. A win would have them winning the division, but instead this week we have to go to the home of the defending Super Bowl champions. If we beat them, we are in the playoffs. We lose, and we might not even make it. That just doesn’t happen in the Dolphin’s world… I guess we’ll find out tomorrow.

As for the weight, I went off any dieting completely. The main reason was an upcoming bet with my boss Denis. We are both weighing ourselves on the morning of January 2nd, 2003. We will then weight ourselves again on June 13th, 2003 (Denis’ birthday.) Whoever loses the most weight wins and the other guy has to pay a dollar a pound of the difference. It’ll be nice to have additional motivation. Anyway, because of the bet, I figured I could then indulge in all the holiday foods. Nice excuse, but come January 2nd. Operation new man rides again.

The only bad thing this season was the influx of the flu that hit my family hard a couple of days ago. Completely destroyed my wife, myself, my mother-in-law, our best friends, and even Kali wasn’t herself. It was nasty alright, and another reminder that I should get a damn flu shot every year.

As for loot, we got lots of cool stuff, but the major coup de grace is the 73″ big-screen TV my wife bought for me. VERY COOL. Although this means we’re moving the old TV to the basement and making it into a family room/office. For the most part that would be cool, but I HATE moving stuff, and the thought of hauling all of this computer equipment downstairs does not appeal to me. We’ll see how it goes.

Anyway, I’m back, and I’ll talk to you again soon!

Goodbye Keesha

Well it came to pass. Keesha did indeed have cancer and we had to have her put to sleep. It was very hard for my wife, and although I knew it would be hard for me, it hit me worse than I thought it would. I still don’t think that Shadow or Fridge know what has happened, they seem sad, but jump up every time the door opens expecting Keesha to come back. It breaks my heart every time. It was best for Keesha though. She was in pain, having a hard time walking, and was not eating. As hard as it was, it was time.

On the good news front, only four more days until Christmas vacation for my family. Should be nice. Nice to get away from the office and get a little sanity back. And, to see Kali enjoying her extended family and all the festivities will be awesome. Life truly is good. You have to stop and look at it that way sometimes. If you don’t, you might not realize how good you’ve got it.

Welcome to the Machine

Still the same weight, but I am cutting down on portions, and hope to continue my good run to the gym. I have been much happier as of late, and it has been nice to be in a good mood. I did sleep in a little today as I was up late watching the Dolphins decimate the Bears last night, but tomorrow it will be back to early rise-and-shine.

The other thing going on right now is that I’m trying to help my friend Mike get a job here at work. It will be good for him and his family, but I can’t stop hearing Pink Floyd’s “Welcome to the Machine” in my head every time I think about it. :-)

Atkins and Shopping

Weight Watch: 210 (down 6 lbs.)

Yup, still 210. And as such, yesterday I officially ended my Atkin’s run. I found myself stuck for several days at the exact same weight, and as such, I doubted more would fall based on meat and cheese alone. Instead I decided to continue to eat the things I like the most (such as Chinese food) but eat smaller portions. I’m also going to try to hit the gym more, and make sure I’m there at minimum two times a week. I’m paying a small fortune for it, so I might as well make use of it. I don’t feel I have failed, I just think I’m going to take a different path. In retrospect, doing this during the holidays was probably a bad move :-)

Anyway, I wrapped up most of my Christmas shopping as of yesterday. I still have some stuff to pick up for Jen, but all in all things are about done. That’s a nice feeling. During our shopping spree yesterday, Jen and I picked up the special edition of the Lord of the Rings. Brilliant movie, and the extra 30 minutes adds quite a bit. I cannot wait for The Two Towers to open in a couple of weeks. If you haven’t seen it, rent it NOW!

Shopping and a Diagnosis

Weight Watch: 210 lbs. (down 6 lbs.)

Today was a weird day. First of all, I got to get out and shop a little for xmas gifts. It’s amazing how insane people are these days when it comes to shopping. I usually love to go shopping, but days like this make it like pulling teeth. As for gifts, I was able to get a few things for my wife, and one thing for me (a copy of FHM magazine with Jennifer Love Hewitt on the cover, yum.) All in all it was fruitful, albeit harrowing experience.

The bad news today came in the form of a diagnosis on our eldest dog Keesha. She has had problems for quite some time with arthritis, but now she has been hobbling around more and more. The vet did x-rays today, and it looks like it could be cancer. If so, she has less than eight months to live. I don’t know about you, but our dogs are like family, and losing her will be difficult on me, and even more so on Jen. I’m not looking forward to tomorrow’s test results.

I am however looking forward to my weekly gaming ritual tonight. I will be playing Neverwinter Nights with several childhood buddies, my cousin, and a few online friends. It’s always fun and hopefully it can help me take my mind off of Keesha.

Operation New Man

Weight Watch: 211.5 lbs. (down 4.5 lbs)

Welcome to Day Two. Well today I decided that I needed to go to the gym after work. I got a pretty good workout, but while showering, hits from Kenny Loggins and even Dancing Queen from ABBA made it’s way across the speakers. Seemed very “bath-house”-ish to me. I actually chuckled to myself while strolling out of Edward’s Fitness Center humming along…

It made me think about how music can shape your mood. It certainly does mine. On that subject, the latest song from Tonic, “Take Me As I Am” struck a cord with me on the way home. I just love the line from the chorus “Take me as I am. I’m not broken. Pieces of my life are not tokens.” I dunno, it just helped me out in Operation New Man. You need to take me as I am, but I myself can change if I want to. Very Cool.

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