I thought I’d take a moment and write a little bit…

I thought I’d take a moment and write a little bit more in the blog before calling it a night. Earl and I got back from Syracuse a little while ago. We took it easy while we were out there, not a lot of activity, just a relaxing day at the mall.

We decided to go to Carousel Center (the future DestiNY USA) because there was a bit of a cloudburst going on as we got to Syracuse. So instead of Barnes and Nobles we ended up a Borders, which was a good thing because I was still able to find the book I was looking for. It’ll make work that much easier! πŸ™‚

We also went to CompUSA, where I purchased Microsoft FrontPage 2002. I’ve been working on the websites more, and I had heard good things about this latest version of FrontPage, so I thought I would give it a try. Let’s see if this experiment is a success! I’ve had mixed feelings about previous versions of FrontPage, but as I do more studying of HTML and such, I’m beginning to see why the software does what it does, and now I feel more comfortable with it.

We also moved over to our new home of jpnearl.com tonight. If you go to the old address, you’ll still get to our new home (we left a forwarding number!) but update your bookmarks if you’re a regular. We moved to our own server because there’s a lot of stuff we want to do with the site and we haven’t had the opportunity to do so. We’re probably going to webcam more of the house, in a sort of “Big Brother” way. We both think that’s kind of neat. I’ve also been working on videos I’d like to share, and we’d like to upload more pictures and stuff to our photo gallery, but we were limited in space with our previous “residence”.

I’ve been thinking about going to a massuse the last week or so. Actually, I’ve been thinking about it for about a year, but now I feel comfortable enough in my body to go and have someone rub me down. My legs have become quite muscular if I do say so myself, but my chest and arms are still those of a city boy (what happened to the hay and poop slinging arms I had on the farm?), but as of today I’ve lost 28 lbs since May 1st and I’m feeling pretty good, so I think I deserve a really firm, good massage.

We’re planning a visit to a state park tomorrow, though we haven’t decided which one. I better decide tonight before going to bed.

Well I’m writing a short little ditty while Earl i…

Well I’m writing a short little ditty while Earl is taking a shower. Just got back from a bike ride, my first in seven days. It’s just been too hot to enjoy cycling this past week, with record highs near 100 all week long. Went to the Canalway trail, about 3 miles in there’s a tree that must have fallen in the thunderstorms last night. A cyclist was skimming his bike underneath the tree. I didn’t want to exert that much effort, so I decided to turn around and head back and call it a day. I was very hungry and hot anyways, so that was o.k. Ended up going 14.75 miles.

We’re going to Syracuse tonight for supper and to stop at Barnes and Noble. I really enjoy going there – I need to pick up a couple of books for work. Then tomorrow we’re going to go to a state park for the day again. Probably Fair Haven, on the other side of Oswego.

Well you can tell it’s the middle of August. I’m b…

Well you can tell it’s the middle of August. I’m beginning to make television resolutions – I’m not going to watch new sitcoms this fall. On Thursday I really wanted to see “The Rerun Show”, since it was featuring a Bewitched segment, and I am a die-hard Bewitched fan. So I caught the tail end of “Will and Grace”. First of all, some feel that as a gay man I should automatically be in love with the show. I’m not. I think it’s a waste of time and actually a vehicle for more humor to be derived from the so-called “gay life”. Then I got to thinking about a lot of the sitcoms lately, and they’re all the same and can all be termed under a three word phrase. “Blah blah blah”. The dramas aren’t much better, but at least their watchable. I can tolerate “Judging Amy”, but even that’s bordering on idiotic.

I don’t know why I’m feeling so hostile towards television today. Maybe because I watch some of the shows from the 1950s and 60s and they were just of higher quality. It really irritates me that the actors and actresses feel that 19-22 episodes a season is bordering on too much work. The first season of Bewitched was *39* episodes long, and that was including Elizabeth Montgomery’s pregnancy AND all the special effects that they had to do “the hard way” (without computers) for each episode. And it was for like a tenth of the money. At least the reality shows are somewhat enjoyable in that it’s allegedly normal people making asses of themselves for a somewhat normal amount of money. The folks on Big Brother 3 make $750 a week for only the weeks they’re on the show. I think that’s cool. It’s not an outrageous amount of money.

It’s been so hot and muggy that I haven’t ridden my bike the past couple of days. On Saturday, I left at 5:30 a.m. and rode to Homer (near Cortland) … just shy of 80 miles, in 7 hours. It was very hot, and very, very hilly. I’m quite sunburned, despite the sunscreen I had on. Earl met up with me and we went to Robert Treman State Park just south of Ithaca. A great state park for swimming! I’ll have pictures on the site by the end of the week.

I’m writing this at work, I better get doing something productive!

Here we are winding up another weekend in our happ…

Here we are winding up another weekend in our happy little household. Woke up a little bit late this morning, 9:20 to be exact. I guess I just felt like sleeping in. Decided to go for a bike ride, so I was on the road at 9:50 from 2 hours and 20 minutes – ended up riding almost 25 miles around the area. Came home and weighed myself for my weekly weigh in, 194.5 pounds! Absolutely blew me away! I started my whole exercise/diet regime at 219 pounds, so I’d say that’s quite an accomplishment. I hope to stabilize at 190 lbs., I think I’m going to have to go below that for a little bit so I have a little room to fool around and finally stabilize at my intended weight.

Earl has started up golfing again. We went and bought him a new set of clubs yesterday, which seemed to make him quite happy. I’m glad that he’s getting out an enjoying the summer sun. Actually, we did quite a bit of shopping yesterday in Syracuse – I needed a new keyboard at work so I picked up the Microsoft Office keyboard. It has some extra buttons on it to make work easier – I bought it because I really liked the feel of it. The keyboard on my HP here at home is nice enough, though it is a bit mushy to type on. I’m very picky about keyboards.

Earl and I also went for a walk tonight, which was quite nice. We walked for 2 miles this evening after supper. I hope to do at more often as well, as we both seemed to have enjoyed it very much.

It’s very, very humid – it’s been that way all weekend. It is suppose to cool down considerably tomorrow night, so I’m planning on cycling to work on Tuesday and Wednesday.

We watched Big Brother today. It’s official. I’ve become obsessed, as I dreamed about being in the house with the rest of them last night. It happens whenever I get hooked on a reality show. I’ve dreamed I was on Survivor, I’ve dreamed I’m on the Amazing Race, now I’m dreaming I’m on Big Brother. I’ve also dreamed I’ve had a walk on role on Queer as Folk and Judging Amy. I guess television really gets to me.

We went to the movies last night and saw “Signs”. First of all, we went to the theatres in Carousel Center, which was a mistake because people are always rude and talking on their cell phones or just being plain inconsiderate. Then, sitting to the side and back of us was a mother of three with her children, including a NEWBORN baby! Why on earth would this woman bring these kids to a movie theatre? Then, to top it all off, I really didn’t care for the movie. I thought it was boring. It just sort of rambled on… We had an enjoyable sandwich at Au Bon Pain in the food court afterwards before heading home.

On the techy side, I’ve gotten really, really deep with my Palm m515. I’m really liking this. I picked up the Rand McNally atlas on chip last night and was messing around with it on the way home. I’ve also started reading ebooks and emagazines on their as well. Plus, I picked up Tetris for the Palm, which I love and have been playing away at that.

I’ve begun studying for the MCSA Exam 70-270 “Microsoft Windows XP Professional”. I’m taking the test first weekend in October. I’ll earn a MCP certification and then go on from there for the MCSA track. I really want to earn this certification, and it’s going to be my ‘project’ I concentrate on this winter.

An eventful workday in the life of J.P. :) Yeste…

An eventful workday in the life of J.P. πŸ™‚ Yesterday our new webmaster/assistant system administrator started at work. Pretty cool guy – he’s picking up fast and knows a LOT about computers. I really think he’s going to work out for the company, and I know I’ll learn stuff from him.

I just finished “Ab Class”. Earl and I have become hooked on the Big Brother live feeds. Well every night, the Big Brother house hampsters (as I like to call them), do ‘Ab Class’ where they work out for 15 minutes out int he backyard, concentrating on their abs. Since my legs are becoming pretty buff if I do say so myself from my bike riding, I decided that I need to work on my abs and upper body as well. So I do ‘ab class’ – 30 minutes of aerobic exercise followed by 10 minutes of intensive ab training from exercises I downloaded from the web. I forgot where they came from, but they are pretty intense, I’m pretty sore the next day. Sore is good, right?

I didn’t ride yesterday or today, which I feel a tiny bit guilty about, but I needed to rest. Plus, I didn’t get out of work until 7:00 p.m. tonight, so it was really too late when I got home to go riding. I had to get some groceries (healthy stuff, believe it or not), so I went to P&C and went wild with my “wild card”. I’ve grown to really like Rice Milk, plus I have no pudge fudge brownies I made with yogurt. I must admit that I briefly thought about stopping at McDonalds on the way home, but I’ve worked too hard to feel good to start clogging up my body with McFat again.

My left eye is doing some funky thing tonight with allergies. It’s a little watery and swollen – I hope it feels better in the morning.

I just got off the phone with Earl – he’s in New Jersey tonight meeting with a customer. He’ll be back tomorrow. I think we’re going to go for an all day picnic adventure on Saturday. We haven’t done that in a while, and I think it would be fun for both of us. I’m anxious to go swimming in Lake Ontario at one of my favorite state parks – Southwick State Park a little southwest of Watertown. Very beautiful. I grew up near there and it’s nice to get up there from time to time.

Well I conqured a milestone today on my bike ridin…

Well I conqured a milestone today on my bike riding. I participated in “Tour De Heart” – the American Heart Association’s bike ride for ‘Team Shania’. Shania is a little girl that lives in the Mohawk Valley who’s had numerous heart problems, has had three open heart surgeries (and she’s only three!), but despite the obstacles she’s faced – she’s full of energy and life! So they had a benefit ride for her today (this is the second year). The radio station I work for was a sponsor, so I decided this would be an excellent test of my cycling training I’ve been doing. We had our choice of 5, 25 or 50 miles. I went for the gold and signed up for the 50 mile ride. Oh my goodness. This was a workout. We began riding through the Ilion Gorge – a beautiful, yet twisty and UPHILL ride for about 9 miles. We then turned east. I started up this massive hill when my chain flew right off my bike. And it was pouring rain at the time. So I jumped on the sag wagon, where they took me about 2 miles up the road (and hill), to a relatively dry area. I popped the chain back on, which is something I hadn’t done since I was 16 years old or so, and was well on my way. Actually, I waited for the pack of riders to catch up with my jump in the sag wagon and rejoined them. Lots and lots of hills, but I rode them all. I fell behind again, and at the end of the 50 mile ride I was second to last, just shy of 4 hours. It felt great! Earl and I raised $360 for the ride, and come to find out we raised the most money. Very exciting. Later this evening, Earl and I drove the course so he could see what the ride was like, as he had stayed back at the park where the festivities were taking place. I was telling him that that’s my one disappointment about cycling – he doesn’t get to see where I go and what I do. He said maybe someday. πŸ™‚

Tonight we watched Saturday night’s episode of Big Brother, courtesy of TiVo. I must say that I’m enjoying this year’s crowd. Earl is constantly watching the live feeds while we’re upstairs in the wreck (computer) room. I think he’s enjoying it as much as I am! I sometimes think the whole three month thing is a little too long, but we’ll stick with it this year.

Got an incense burning as I type this. It’s relaxing me quite a bit. Must be the opium scent. πŸ™‚

I threw my shoulder out Wednesday night during my bike ride and it’s been popping in and out and hurting me a little bit. Last time I saw the doctor about it, he just gave me pain pills and said it seemed fine. One of the reasons I’m not going to the doctor anymore. I believe more in the alternative therapies anyways. Maybe I should get my butt to a chiropractor or at the very least a masseuse. Problem is, insurance will only cover it if my primary physician refers me – but my primary physician doesn’t really believe in the alternative therapies. Maybe I need to find a new primary physician!

It’s finally decent weatherwise here in lovely Ups…

It’s finally decent weatherwise here in lovely Upstate N.Y. It’s been so hot and humid that last couple of days that I haven’t had the energy that I normally enjoy. But today it cooled down dramatically as a cold front came through, and now it’s in the mid 60s as I type this and I look forward to being able to sleep tonight!

I went for a nice bike ride tonight, though my legs were a little sore from my long ride on Sunday (see bike log). I’ve lost a total of 20 lbs. since the beginning of May – I’m hoping to lose another 10 by the end of August. I think I’ll be at a good weight then. I haven’t been that skinny in years!

Work has been going well – busy as usual. I hired a person for the new webmaster position we created. I just can’t keep up with all the computer demands at the company, and I need a little help. He seems like a very capable guy, I think he’ll do well. I’ve been tripped up by that statement before, as I said that two other people we hired were assets to the company and then they went all kooky for cocoa puffs, so who the heck knows. I was smart this time and we hired him with a probationary period first – so this might have a better chance of working out! πŸ™‚

I’m still working on being calmer about life in general. I still get passionate about things, but I’m trying really hard not to fly off the handle. I have a couple of inspirational post-it notes on my desk at work. One says “I am a lottery winner”, which I firmly believe to be true, it’s just a matter of time. Earl and I are going to be millionaires some day soon. The other simply says “Oh Mighty Isis”. Now the casual observer may wonder what the heck that’s all about, but I grew up watching Isis after being totally sugar shocked from Super-Sugar-Crisp in the 1970s (I think I actually licked the ceiling one time I was so spun up on sugar). Anyways, I was able to obtain the Isis videos on VHS courtesy of Ebay, and I had forgotten how even toned Ms. Thomas (played by JoAnna Cameron) was, and how even toned Isis was. That little post-it note reminds me to keep it even toned at work! πŸ™‚

We got an e-mail from our friends Tim and Gordon in Cheyenne, Wyoming today. They seem to be doing well. I can’t believe it’s been over a year since Earl and I were out there – I’d really like to visit the wild wild west again. Maybe go north this time instead of the southwest. Start at Denver and work our way up instead of down through New Mexico and end up in Seattle or something. Mount Rushmore too.

Sunday night we had a birthday bash with my dad and his girlfriend Karen. My sister too. We ate at the Blue Water Grille in Baldwinsville. If you’re in the Syracuse area, I highly recommend it, it’s very good. It’s along the Barge Canal / Seneca River. You can eat outside and the food was excellent.

I’m listening to my Native American CD that I have, entitled “While The Eagle Sleeps”, by Alice Gomez , along with Madallyn Blanchett and Marilyn Rife. I need to pick up more of their CDs, very inspiring.

So I’m sitting at work as I type this. It’s Thursd…

So I’m sitting at work as I type this. It’s Thursday night, and according to my new schedule, that means I’m updating all the patches that have come out this week for Microsoft’s various products. Always a good time. I don’t know if Thursday is the best time to be doing this. I suppose it beats Friday night, but if I cook a server on Thursday night, I’m going to waste all of my Friday trying to get it running again. At least I have backup servers so the company can keep running.

I’ve finally become hooked on Big Brother 3. It took me a little while to warm up to the newest house hampsters, but now I’m starting to get into it. Tonight is the first eviction. I think instead of watching it on CBS I’m going to watch it on the live webcast.

Had a nice, brief meditation this morning. I think it really helped in centering me for the day because I had a very productive day today.

Well I’m writing in my blog for the first time fro…

Well I’m writing in my blog for the first time from home. This Satellite internet connection is suppose to be quick, but it drags, drags, drags compared to the one at work!

I installed Windows XP Professional on my work system. I’m in the process of learning it for an upcoming certification exam, and this will make it much easier. πŸ™‚

Earl is headed out to Buffalo tonight; he’ll be there until Friday. I’m going to go for a bike ride when he goes. I hope to be able to get 70 to 90 minutes in before it gets too dark.

I received another newsletter from Sylvia Browne today. I’m really enjoying reading her material and stuff. I haven’t been meditating as much as I should, but I’ve been constantly aware of “keeping calm”. I told myself on my 34th birthday that I was going to work on being much calmer. I think it’s working. I haven’t had any run-ins at work and the overall mood of the office has been better. Work has been going pretty well for the most part. There’s so much to, and so little time. I suppose it would help if I wasn’t writing in my blog from work, but that’s just a quick little 2 minute thing. πŸ™‚

Another day here at the office. I can’t believe I’…

Another day here at the office. I can’t believe I’m writing in my blog from work, but what they heck. I guess I’m procrastinating on some work. So I’ll make this short.

I woke up late this morning – 45 minutes late to be exact. I think the cool weather helped us sleep really well. We have an air conditioner in the bedroom, but it isn’t the same as the nice fresh air blowing through the window. Today is suppose to be hot and sticky with some thunderstorms this afternoon. I’m hoping to go for a bike ride tonight after Earl heads out for Buffalo. I skipped yesterday and I feel a little antsy about it, so I’d really like to get back out there tonight. I really enjoy the bike riding.