Friday, February 25, 2005

Regrets, I've had a few

But then again, too few to mention.

One thing in my life that I do regret is that I never took Typing class in High School. In fact, I actively avoided the class.

I am a fairly fast "hunt and peck" typist, but, as my loyal readers can attest, I have the tendency to invert letters when I type. So, if you see a word with all the correct letters, but in the wrong order, you know why.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

It's never a good time

I have come to the conclusion that there is never a good time to start any major project in one's life. Specifically, there's never a good time to try to sell one's house. Since we made the decision to move, my family has been hit with illness and other time-sucking calamities. Now that we're all well again, my oldest daughter and I are in the middle of the homestretch for the production of Annie, so I won't have much time available to help do things around the house.

The good news is that we've figured out that we don't quite have to get moved as quickly as we had originally thought. Our initial plan was to make the move before July 1st. I'd still love to be able to accomplish that, but we don't have to, and the pressure is much less now.

That goal date might not have ever been realistic because Jody plans on taking an extended trip to visit her family in June. It would have been kind of hard to close on a house if Jody was in Montana at the time.

Stay tuned for updates in this continuing saga.

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Getting in Shape Update 11

I think I've hit the slowing down phase.

Starting Weight = 267.0

Last Week's Weight = 240.0

Today's Weight = 238.5

Weight Loss in past week = 1.5 pounds

= 28.5 pounds

Monday, February 21, 2005

Bet Your Bottom Dollar

Well, we open Annie in just over a week. All in all, I must admit that we are much further along than I figured we would be at this point. Between revolving Warbuckses and the flu running rampant through the cast (luckily mainly through the adults and not the kids), I feared we'd be in for a long final 2 weeks.

I think the show's gonna be fine.

The primary benefit of having 6 roles and having to execute 8 costume changes is that I get to avoid having to help with the set. WooHoo!

Once this show opens, I get to turn most of my theatre focus to getting ready to direct The Foreigner this summer. Well, when I find time in all the preparations for our move to the D/FW metroplex.

Friday, February 18, 2005

Health Watch

This relates to the getting in shape stuff, but I didn't want to use the title that I use for my weight posts.

I went to the Doctor this morning after having blood drawn last Friday. Cholesterol is down to 118 (it was over 200 a year and a half ago) with my bad cholesterol at 63. The Doctor was very pleased.

He also was happy with my weight loss.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Getting in Shape Update 10

Half of my household is sick right now, and I'm part of that half. If I start throwing up (like calvinatorette I & III), next week's weight could look really good.

Starting Weight = 267.0

Last Week's Weight = 241.5

Today's Weight = 240.0

Weight Loss in past week = 1.5 pounds

= 27.0 pounds

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Pain in the Rear

Getting our house ready to sell is becoming quite a chore. I spent all day yesterday installing new light fixtures in the dining and breakfast areas. I also replaced one ceiling fan that wasn't working and another that we want to take with us (it's a Winnie the Pooh™ one). The day's activities necessitated not one, but two trips to my favorite place in the world, Wal*Mart. First, I had to get some electrical tape because I refused to leave exposed wires even up in the junction boxes. Then, I had to go back to exchange one of the light fixtures because I hadn't noticed it had some broken glass when I got it late Friday night on my second trip there that day.

We are going to have to get a storage unit to hold some of the stuff that is cluttering up our house. The Realtor who will be listing our house listed that as the biggest thing we need to take care of—de-cluttering. I'm also gonna have to tear apart the wonderful L-shaped computer desk I built. We have been using our dining area as our computer station, and we need to turn it back into a dining area.

When taken with theatre rehearsals for Annie and my part-time teaching, there just doesn't seem to be enough time to get things done.

Friday, February 11, 2005


I'm not really sure how I wound up with this answer, but.

You Belong in 1962


If you scored...

1950 - 1959: You're fun loving, romantic, and more than a little innocent. See you at the drive in!

1960 - 1969: You are a free spirit with a huge heart. Love, peace, and happiness rule - oh, and drugs too.

1970 - 1979: Bold and brash, you take life by the horns. Whether you're partying or protesting, you give it your all!

1980 - 1989: Wild, over the top, and just a little bit cheesy. You're colorful at night - and successful during the day.

1990 - 1999: With you anything goes! You're grunge one day, ghetto fabulous the next. It's all good!

I think it's because my repsonses were either 50's or 80's related, and it trended toward 50's, so I ended up in the early 60's.

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Something I Don't Understand

As I was driving today, I saw something I don't get. It wasn't the first time I'd seen it, but it got me thinking.

What is the deal with the fake bullet holes that people put on their cars? The truck I saw today had 2 in the tailgate and 1 in the rear windshield. Why do people put those on their vehicles? Do they want people to think they've been shot at in a driveby? Do they want their trucks and cars to look like trash even when they aren't?

Can anyone explain this to me?

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Getting in Shape Update 9

I have no idea why I had such a good drop this week. Exercise was spotty, at best.

Starting Weight = 267.0

Last Week's Weight = 246.0

Today's Weight = 241.5

Weight Loss in past week = 4.5 pounds

= 25.5 pounds

Sunday, February 06, 2005

Picking with my heart

For this year's Super Bowl, the Cowboy fan has quite a dilemma. It is hard to root for the Eagles just because they are the Eagles. However, if the Patriots win, they will match the Cowboys' feat of winning 3 Super Bowls in a 4 year period (Dallas should have won 4 in a row).

So, picking with my heart instead of my head (which tells me the Pats will win by at least 10), I am gonna say:

Eagles    16
Patriots  14

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Things are Rolling

I went and signed the Loan Application paperwork this evening after work. As soon as we can sell our house and find one to buy, we'll be moving into the official D/FW metroplex area. It's exciting, but when I think of all the work that needs to be done on our house to sell it, I cringe.

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Getting in Shape Update 8

UPDATE: Progress pics are below

Starting Weight = 267.0

Last Week's Weight = 248.0

Today's Weight = 246.0

Weight Loss in past week = 2.0 pounds

= 21.0 pounds

BEFORE CLOSE-UP PIC (taken October 27, 2004)
Before pic, Close-up

PROGRESS CLOSE-UP PIC (taken February 1, 2005)
Close-up pic 21 pounds lighter

 (taken October 27, 2004)         (taken February 1, 2005)
Before pic, Full Body Full Body pic 21 pounds lighter