Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Good News

Well this is exciting. At least for me. An awesome friend is helping me out with setting up a website for "The Wedding". I'm really looking forward to having it up and running. I was going to try and do it myself from scratch, but I just don't have the time or experience right now to get something going in a timely manner. I'm not sure on the ETA, but it will be in the relatively near future. She's doing her part, guess I better get off my butt and do my part which is provide the words that will be read by the teeming millions. Or maybe just the three of us who currently read this site. :P

Monday, March 28, 2005

Ugh, 5:30. In The Morning.

Yup, title pretty much says it all. So begins the next couple months of work. Early. In the morning. Regularly. All the time.

Friday, March 25, 2005

Frustration

Is trying to set up Moveable Type from scratch.

At least for me.

I've followed the included instructions, double and triple checked.

I still manage to get an error when trying to post for the first time. I guess I haven't read enough yet. At this point though I'm a bit frustrated that it isn't easier to install and use. I'm sure I'm almost there, but getting that last bit is a bitch. Time to move on to something else for a while.

Cough, Cough

So I'm "sick" today. Woohoo! I'd been planning for most of this week and some of last to take a day off, but work kept getting in the way. Silly work. So yesterday I decided it would be today. I had some stuff that needed doing yesterday, but nothing major. Certainly nothing that would keep me from skipping out on Friday. That was until I checked my email at the end of the day and saw a nice big list of action items for none other than moi. Of course they all had to be done by COB Friday. So I got home last night at 10PM. Am I really taking today off or did I just do today yesterday? I dunno, but however it works I'm not at work.

It's awful tough to find stuff to do to waste my time on my day off. Oh wait, I'm an Austin, no it's not. We excel at finding time wasting tasks. Heh.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Finger Lickin' Good

NOT!

So a woman in San Jose got a little more than she bargained for while having some chili. See the whole story here.

Nasty, nasty, nasty.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Puns No Fun

So dad emails the following to me which was sent to him and was probably sent to that person and so on.

Did you hear about the guy in Paris who almost got away with stealing
several paintings from the Louvre?

After planning the crime, getting in and out past security, he was captured only two blocks away when his van ran out of gas. When asked how he could mastermind such a crime and then make such an obvious error, he replied: "Monsieur, I had no Monet to buy Degas to make the Van Gogh."

I laughed after reading it so I tell this joke to my office mates and I again laugh it up. Once I stopped laughing you could hear the crickets chirp, if we had crickets in the office, and not much else. At first I thought they didn't get it so I started to explain it. They stopped me and said they understood the joke.

What the hell? That's some funny shit right there. Hmmmph.

Sunday, March 20, 2005

The Incredibles, eh.

Well finally saw The Incredibles last night and I hate to say it, but eh. I think it got overhyped before I saw it. Too many people said it was the best movie evar. I'll have to agree that the graphics were outfuckinstanding. There were some funny bits. Edna and Jack-Jack were the best. The rest, though still good, just didn't get me excited. I still say that the original Shrek is the best yet and I do mean yet. There is going to be something even better, but it just hasn't gotten here yet. So between 1 and 5 with 5 being the best I give The Incredibles a 4, maybe a 4 1/4.

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Rat Bastard

Ok, so I spend the morning coming up with this totally kick ass set of Business Goals and Objectives. I mean it is the shit. I tied in my personal goals to not only my bosses goals for the year, but also the company overall. This thing is tight.

Fucker cancels the meeting. I mean wtf? Bastard. <grin>

Heh, oh well he has to make it up before the 18th so I guess that leaves some time tomorrow. Wheeee! Not like I have anything better to do anyway.

BGOs

Business Goals and Objectives

Ugghhhh! This is probably the part I dislike the most about the job, coming up with the current years goals and objectives for myself. Figuring out tasks and wording them in a general enough way to make them apply to whatever it is I'm working on at a given time. It's just a pain to do and it only seems to come around when I'm right in the middle of something else way more important, like real work. Ah well back to it, just needed a little break from it.

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Weekend Festivities Past

Well they were fun, for some.

Registering went well. I think there are still some things to add on and some things to take offof the list. All in all though it went well.

Mmmm, it was followed by a yummy meal at Lucille's although Imelda's hot link sandwich kicked much ass over my unworthy little bitch of a tri-tip sandwich. I know what to get next time though. Can't seem to get the online editing to work though. Once that works it should be much more enjoyable to sit on my butt and register rather than actually having to go there.

And then there was Rosanna's house. That was a good time. Great eats, great friends. Thanks for being there everyone.

Sorry you had too much fun Steve. :(

Friday, March 11, 2005

Working For The Weekend

Except for those 10 hours a week you're working just for Uncle Sam, but that's beside the point.

Woohoo! Friday, yes. Well tomorrow should be fun once I get into the swing of things. We're going to be registering tomorrow. Yay! The bad part? I have to get up early on Saturday, but I'll survive somehow. It should be interesting.

Also, woohoo, party at Mike and Rosanna's minus Mike. Not my fault the dumbass went out of town. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone. Oh wait, "everyone" isn't coming only the devoted hardcore. Well that will do. Besides that leaves more goodies for me. So nyah.

Hopefully sometime in the near future we'll have a wedding website up as well. I'm looking forward to fiddling with that as well.

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

We'll Give This One A Go

Well I'll try out the "Sarcasm" tagline for a while. I saw it on a sticker and it made me laugh. At the same place I saw this one, "Tact is for People who aren't Witty enough to be Sarcastic". That one too made me chuckle too, but I went with the other instead.

Saturday, March 05, 2005

Gonna Need A New Tag Line

Well I returned from the doctor with good news this morning. Back at the beginning of December I went in for a physical since I hadn't been in for one in over four years. The last time I'd been checked out was in early 2000 after being hired by Hughes. At that time I was in pretty good shape. My weight was good. Normal blood pressure. Just generally in pretty good health. Fast forward to December 2004.

At that point I had gained around 30 pounds and my blood pressure was 145/94. My cholesterol scores were outrageous as well. Now for those who don't know, like I didn't, here are the basics on how a cholesterol score works. You have a Total Cholesterol level and having that less than 200 mg/dL (milligrams of cholesterol per decileter of blood) is the desirable level. There are also LDL(bad) and HDL(good) cholesterols as well as triglycerides. For LDL you're looking for something below 100 mg/dL as optimal, but between 100 and 129 is near to slightly above optimal. For HDL the higher the better. Scores of 60 or higher help to lower the risk for heart disease. Triglycerides are another form of fat in the blood and scores less than 160 mg/dL are acceptable, again lower is better. Another indicator that is useful for predicting the risk of heart disease are Non-HDL cholesterols. The target from my doctor was less than 160 mg/dL. There was one other statistic that he used and what I would guess is a quick indicator of overall cholesterol status. This was Total Cholesterol divided by HDL cholesterol. My target score was to be less than 4.

So with all that in mind here is where I was in early December of 2004:

Total Cholesterol(TC): 225 (Should be less than 200)
HDL(good): 48 (Should be greater than 60)
LDL(bad): 165 (Should be less than 130)
Non-HDL: 177 (Should be less than 160)
TC/HDL: 4.7 (Should be less than 4.0)

And now in early March of 2005:

Total Cholesterol(TC): 179 (Should be less than 200)
HDL(good): 41 (Should be greater than 45)
LDL(bad): 121 (Should be less than 130)
Non-HDL: 138 (Should be less than 160)
TC/HDL: 4.4 (Should be less than 4.0)

So, everything went down including my HDL. Now a higher HDL is good, but since my TC went down significantly and my HDL only dropped a few points this actually made my TC/HDL ratio go lower and why my goal for HDL is 45. With my current TC score if I bring up my HDL to 45 I will be meeting my goal for this.

So what did I do to effect these changes?

  • Number one was to stop eating fast food. I've had In-N-Out once since December 4 and I've haven't had any other fast food.

  • The second thing was to to eat LESS in general.

  • The third thing was to eat foods low in fat and cholesterol. I've also started eating oatmeal in the morning occasionally.

  • Fourth, I've started exercising.


That's really it. Now I haven't made all my goals yet. My blood pressure is better, 133/80 versus 145/94, but it still isn't as low as it should be. Doc says more exercise is probably in order which makes sense since I'm not as on top of it as I should be. Overall though I made great progress in three months and it wasn't that difficult to do. I haven't cut everything out that I used to eat with the exception of fast food so I'm still eating well. I guess it all comes back around to moderation. Boo.

Oh almost forgot I weighed 180 lbs. in December and today I'm down below 170 lbs.

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Food Tasting, Mmmm

Well tonight we go to taste what the available dishes will be for the reception. Hopefully the food will be good. We'll see. Stay tuned for pictures.
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