April 17, 2006


Tonight I got back into the gym routine and did my thing on the spazzmaster and the treadmill tonight. I alternate between jamming to my iPod and watching television with headphones on. For some insane reason, I tuned into “Celebrity Cooking Showdown.”

I don’t know what in the world I was thinking.

Allison Sweeney made a delicious-looking blue-cheese stuffed sirloin that had my mouth watering as I was sweating off the calories.

Earl and I have made plans to go out for dinner on Friday night. I see a blue-cheese stuffed sirloin in my near future. Sounds like I need an extra cycle on the treadmill this week!

As a courtesy, I’ve included the recipe for your download pleasure. It’s in PDF format.

Countdown Is Progressing.

With on-call week behind me, the next adventure that is on the horizon is the “JPnEarl Great Jeep Tour 2006”. In less than two weeks, Earl and I will be on the road in our Jeep Wrangler, driving across the country and back within two weeks. Major stops along the way include Louisville, Ky., Phoenix, Az. and Deadwood, S.D.

I. Can’t. Wait.

I’ve been dreaming about this trip all my life. I’ve been salivating about it for the past six months. I think the idea of this upcoming trip allowed me the luxury of making it through another Upstate New York winter.

I have to be careful and try not to overdo with the plans; there’s a couple of spots we wanted to see that I think we’re going to hold off on and until another time. We’ll still hit most of the states that we originally planned on hitting, but I think it’s important that we kick back and take it at a reasonable pace, so I’ve cut back on a couple of the sidetrips.

I’m trying to be really good with my healthy ways for the next two weeks so I have room to fudge with my weight a little bit. Wait. Did I just say fudge? Fudge? Chocolate Fudge? Peanut Butter Fudge? Oh my gosh, I could eat my weight in fudge right now and go into sugar-induced bliss.

I’m sorry, where was I, oh yes, talking about how much I was looking forward to sticking to the healthy plan while we’re on vacation.

This week we’re figuring out the layout of the Jeep; Earl’s regulations for carry-ons rival those of the airlines and the flight attendant has been replaced by a portable cooler. At least the passenger seat can recline all the way back.

The countdown is on. I feel like a kid in a candy store.