Almost a month later

Time flies when you don’t blog. Mike reminded me that I haven’t submitted a blog in a long time so this one’s for you bahdy…

Last you heard I set a new year’s resolution to lose some weight. Since the beginning of the year I have successfully dropped 12 lbs. I think that was a good start, if you ask me. I know I’ve got a long way to go, but at least I’m motivated now. I try to run at least two times a week. I would like to run 3-4 times a week, but I’m working towards it.

Some other happening during the month. Well we found out that my old friend, Chris from the Stages days is getting married. I’m glad that worked out for them. I remember when I heard they had broken up for a while how sad I was. I knew they’d make it work. Congrats Chris and Marah!

I became the editor for the HobbyKings magazine: Only the Elite and we released our first issue this past month. It got a pretty good response from the site. It only consisted of basketball, but the February issue will contain football as well since the super bowl is coming up.

I’ve had a couple of good additions to my personal collection, namely a Tyrus Thomas letter auto, a Thabo gold auto, and a Thabo 1/1 redemption. Can’t wait to get that in. Apparently the UD blacks are being sent out now. I bet I get a Bibby GU auto…that’s gonna suck.

Until next time friends…

Oh yeah, I’m on-call

With Adele gone now we have to be on-call at most, once a month. A bunch of garbage if you ask me. It may truly be my time to move on from this company. 3 pages before 5:30am…just brutal!

A new year brings new year’s resolutions

Went to work out yesterday and found out I have hit my all-time high in weight: 310 lbs! Not good at all. Pretty embarassed that I have let myself go this much. So it’s time for some changes in my lifestyle. Working out is a must as well as a better diet. The biggest thing about my diet is that I need to eat SMALLER portions. A problem I have been dealing with for years. I don’t have a number in mind of how many pounds I want to lose in a period of time. I just want to start leasing a healhier lifestyle. Wish me luck and I appreciate all of your support.

My new least favorite pop

Had a Diet Sprite with my lunch today. I thought I had it before, and I figure all lemon lime type refreshments would taste the same, diet or not. UGH! That was bad.

R.I.P. XBOX 360

I was going to play one of my buddies from Hobby Kings in a quick game of NBA 2k7 and *poof* the screen freezes. I wait a little while and when it doesn’t restart itself I have to do a hard reboot, which I HATE doing! Then the little ring of lights turn on, but instead of green, they’re RED! In my experience, the color red always brings panic and this situation is no different. I then proceed to turn off and on the console a couple more times, with no success. I quickly go online to see what I can do, and sure enough it was a hardware failure. I go try one more time and it works…I try to play a game in the Association and it freezes again followed by unsuccessful reboots. So it looks like this faulty hardware is out the door. Probably will go to Best Buy on Wednesday. Thanks for the lemon, Microsoft!

The case of the Mondays

Why is that Mondays suck so much? It’s really a new beginning to have a good week, but somehow the idea of returning to work or school after the weekend, which this weekend was a pretty good one.

Saturday night was my annual Jao Cousin Christmas party. This year it was at Eng & Jerry’s house. I just found out that Jerry is the brother of someone I used to go to high school with. What a small world, right? Anyways, the party was fun as always and this time Jaz was with us. It is our yearly tradition the newly added significant others always have to do something that is kind of embarassing in front of the family, and this year was no different. As part of the Grab bag/White Elephant gift exchange, we had to perform a number dares based on the number of stars accompanied the number that you chose, Jaz got two, and she had to do one for mom as well. So she had to do an interpretive dance to sounds of Jingle Bells performed by the kids as well as a ballet number while singing Silent Night. She did great, and I even received a thumbs up from Dave during one of the performances. The night ended with my very drunk brother being hauled out of the house. Other than that, the night was fun as usual.

Sunday afternoon Jaz and I went to my old high school, Maine East, to watch the winter concert. We had to enter through the fieldhouse entrance since the parking lot that was next to the auditorium was packed. Since we had to go through the school I gave her a quick tour of the spots in Maine East. My old cheerleading and choir lockers as well as the hall that there was a girl fight and one of the girl’s tatas popped out and the table I used to sit at in the cafeteria. Quite a few memories rushed back walking those halls again. We ran into Mr. & Mrs. Mangold at the front of the auditorium so I stopped and said hello to them. It was great seeing them, they always had such good things to say and had an AWESOME home. It was like they were on TV, always had treats and cookies and everything was always kept so nice. I miss those days. Jaz and I then proceeded to watch the concert. It wasn’t as long as I remember them to be when I was in it 10 years ago. The band and orchestra were always the ones that overshadowed us in the choir, but not so much nowadays. The orchestra’s horn section was a little off on timing, but the strings were beautiful as usual. You can tell when they enjoyed playing a piece because it just sounded so much better. The choir had the same problem that we had when I was there, not a lot of good singing guys. There were some, but not a lot. The soloists were quite good though…I’ll definitely have to catch Bye Bye Birdie in the spring. I had a quick chance to talk to my old choir teacher Mr. Barnett. He’s always been a good spirited person. I know he had to talk with all other students’ parents and boosters, so we said our hellos, caught up quickly, and said good-bye. It was a fun showing Jaz my history…a part she had never seen before.

Is it late…or early?

Some people are waking up, others are falling asleep. I’m neither right now. I slept for about 2 hours and for some reason I woke up like I had 8 hours sleep. Very weird. Must’ve been the brownie obsession from Fridays earlier.

Is this thing on?

Where the crap have I been. It’s amazing how quickly a couple of weeks can go by during the holiday season. I guess when there is nothing exciting going on it’s pretty easy to just lose track. So what has happened in the past couple of weeks. Well, we finished our Christmas shopping this past weekend. I feels good to finally have the chance to actually enjoy the Christmas season. Yet another person from my team is leaving the company. It’s going to be sad to see her go. We’ve been through a lot together and with her gone means a lot more work for me…oh joy! We are going to San Francisco next week for Christmas so I know Jaz is excited about being home again. Other than that, it’s just like the saying, same $h*t different day!

11,291 steps later

So I bought a pedometer yesterday to start monitoring my steps. Today with the two basketball games and a lot of mall walking, I walked 11,291 steps. I’m shooting for 10,000 a day…that may be pretty hard if I don’t have basketball games. Oh and by the way, lost the first game, won the second.

After our two games we went out to eat and then shopped/walked around Target and Old Orchard. It was such a nice day today and we had to enjoy the mild weather at night. Bought a couple more gifts and now we are almost completely done with our Christmas shopping. We should be done by this week. We also had chocolate at Ethel’s in the mall…GOOD!!! Just as Joe said, we haven’t mall-ratted it for a while…it was kind of cool/nostaligic just hanging around doing nothing. Just like the good ol’ days.