Thursday, January 22, 2004

Easier Said Than Done

Despite our best intentions, Kendra and I have not had a chance to get to the YMCA for a workout. And, since we are going to have Kathryn babtised at St. Francis this weekend, we will be spending our evening tonight gathering and packing items for the trip. Hopefully, we will be able to get in a workout on Monday when we get back.

The Apprentice

Sammy got kicked off last night, thank God. He was completely worthless and totally annoying. It seems like everyone on the show agrees with me, too; they elected him to be the leader of the project with the hope that he would fail and be the one to take the blame. I love reality TV. :)

Tuesday, January 20, 2004

Young Man...

On Monday, we stopped by the local YMCA, took the tour and decided to join. A big factor in joining the Y over some other health club is the three free hours of child care provided during your visit. Now, Kendra and I will be able to enjoy a quality workout together without having to worry about Katy. We are planning our first workout for right after work today; it should prove to be interesting.

My Big, Fat, Obnoxious Fiance

The show is hilarious. The premise is this woman has to convince her family that she is really going to marry this clod; if she does, she wins $250k for herself and $250k for her family. What I didn't realize until watching last night is that she doesn't know this guy is an actor paid to drive her and her family crazy; she thinks he is someone selected just like her to try and win the money. It gives the show a bit of a Joe Schmo twist.

Monday, January 19, 2004

TV Fun

My Big, Fat, Obnoxious Fiance looks like it could be amusing, and it begins tonight at 9:00pm on Fox. American Idol is also on tonight, but it never really excited me.

What has been entertaining me lately are the Simpsons. I have seasons I-III on DVD and have found a neat new way to watch TV. I just always leave a DVD in the player and when nothing worth watching can be found on TV, it is a simple matter to flip over to the DVD content. Very convenient.

This weekend, I bought a RF switch for the TV. Now, I can have my Xbox, Gamecube and PS2 all plugged in at the same time. Much more convenient and easier to keep the entertainment cabinet neat.

And, speaking of the Gamecube, I have been playing tons of the Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. Although I initially had concerns because it was a cartoon style of animation, it is awesome because of that very style. It really looks and feels like a 3D cartoon that you control. Mucho fun. :-D

Friday, January 16, 2004

A Beginning to a New Me

For awhile now, I have been wanting to lose some weight, and I like using the New Year as an opportunity to change for the better. So, starting on Monday of this week, I began the Hacker's Diet. The appeal of this diet is the person who wrote it, John Walker (no, not the terrorist) is the founder of AutoDesk, the AutoCAD company. As an engineer, he took a very analytical approach to losing weight and with the knowledge and tools he provides, it seems to be a fairly straightforward process that allows you to proceed with confidence.

According to the calculations provided, I should drop from 231 to 180 by 1/11/2005. Of course, the end goal may change as I get closer to that weight and determine what is appropriate for me. Additionally, it may take more or less time depending on the actual number of calories my body burns daily (until a couple of weeks pass, I only have an estimation for that value, which I have placed at 2000.) I'll be sure to post my progress here.

Baby and Me

My little Katy is a cutie-poopsie-pants. She is noticeably bigger now and can more quickly tire the arm of the one holding her. She smiles and laughs and likes to grab and play with her toys. She still doesn't pay too much attention to the kitties, but she sure likes her mom and dad. :)

Katy's baptism will be on Sunday, January 25th at St. Francis of Assisi parish in Ann Arbor. We thought it would be nice for her to be baptized at the same church Kendra and I were married in. Plus, St. Francis is the church we still feel the strongest tie to.

On the TV

With Survivor done (alas poor Rupert... happily, he'll be back on Survivor All Stars, I have turned my attention to a new show, the Apprentice. Interesting in that Donald Trump is the one who decides who leaves the losing "company". Reality tv makes me so happy. :)