Admission of Guilt

So as many of my friends and family might know, I never did complete a degree attending college. I went to three different schools before a combination of indifference and lack of money did me in. I have always regretted that fact.

This past spring Kat and I talked about this, and since GoDaddy has a program for tuition reimbursement we thought it best to see what it would take for me to go back and actually complete a degree. Well as it turns out, it is fairly feasible.

I applied to ASU and as of this past Friday, I will be attending classes again starting this Fall. I will be working on a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. So yes Mom, I did get my acceptance letter.

Here’s to expensive pieces of paper, and dreams fulfilled.

resemblance?

Sean and I’ve been watching a new show on Food Network called Ace of Cakes. It’s about a cake maker in Baltimore who makes the awesomest looking cakes I’ve ever seen. As I’ve been watching it, though, I keep thinking there’s a deep resemblance to one of our good friends in Huntsville. I’ll let you decide.
Exhibit A is Chef Duff from the show.

Duff Goldman

Exhibit B is our friend Jason.

Jason Wyatt
Is this just me?

the diet, day five: and more is shed

Day Five
Weight: 179.0
Meals:
Breakfast – Scrambled eggs with cheese
Lunch – Pasta with spaghetti sauce (no meat)
Snack – Cottage cheese
Dinner – “Delicious” Egg Omelette with smoked sausage and green peppers; Spinach and strawberry salad
Water: ~ 84 oz.

Holy cow!!! I can’t believe it but I’ve broken the barrier of 180 lb. that I’ve struggled with for over 3 years. I would always lose weight, but was never able to break into the 170s. I was singing as I walked out of the locker room in the gym this afternoon. Extra good news for me today was that I got the gumption up to try on some jeans that have been sitting in my closet for about a year now. I cried the day I couldn’t fit into them. Today, I nearly cried because I could wear them again. They’re still a little snug, but I didn’t care. They fit and that was what mattered.

Hardest part of the day was the realization that the cravings have begun. I made it four days into the diet before they started getting bad. I must note to not go into the cafeteria too much. Krispy Kreme donuts are very tempting. The grocery store wasn’t too great either. I made the mistake of walking down the freezer aisle with ice cream. My only saving grace is that Sean and I have taken great pains to take our diet meals and make them as tasty as possible. Our dinner tonight merely called for a “delicious” egg omelette, that we could add a meat (with restrictions) and veggies to, and a salad. We chose a spinach and strawberry salad because it’s very healthy and we love spinach and strawberries. The sausage we used has spinach and kalamata olives in it as well as some spice, so it gives the omelette some kick. We could have just had a plain iceberg lettuce salad with some sort of dressing and a plain omelette with cheese and green peppers in it, but that would drive me crazy very soon. Keeping the meals interesting keeps us interested in sticking to the diet.

I should have started an egg count at the beginning of this diet. I didn’t realize how many eggs this diet has us eat. By the time Thursday night rolls around, we will have eaten 15 meals that consisted mainly of eggs. Approximately half of those meals are scrambled eggs. The other half are these “delicious” egg omelettes. I think the only reason the diet describes them as “delicious” is so that you don’t start throwing them out the window by the time the eleventh day rolls around. Expletives might start prefacing “delicious” in the next day or two. Sorry moms who are reading this. Apparently, our mouths were not washed out with soap enough times as children. That’s for another post on another day, though. I think it’s safe to say that between Sean and me, by the time we’re done with this diet on Thursday night, we will have eaten approximately 65 eggs. For those of you wrapping your minds around that number, it is 5 eggs over 5 dozen. That’s a lot of eggs. We’re buying the 18 egg packs right now.

Another food that I have determined I will eat shortly after going off this diet is a hamburger. A nice, juicy, tender hamburger that’s dripping with cheese and barbecue sauce.

That actually brings me to a question I would like to ask you, the readership. We are going to finish this diet on Thursday night. Our last meal will be dinner. Friday morning, Sean is going in for his surgery on his septum. The doctor has warned him that for a few days after the surgery he wouldn’t want to eat solid foods because the roof of his mouth would be sore. We discussed possibly breaking the diet on the very last meal. I would like for Sean to have a really good meal (completely of his choosing) before he might be stuck drinking smoothies for a few days.
Should we break the diet Thursday night and eat a good meal somewhere or should we stick it out in hopes that Sean won’t be drinking too many smoothies? Post your thoughts as a comment and we’ll take them into account when making our decision.

That’s it for now. My very sore legs (swimming was not fun in the very cold water of the indoor pool today) and I are going to sit in front of the tv this evening and catch up on some TiVo.

Passing the Musical Clu-Stik

Looks like Jeff wants to see where my musical tastes run, so no more waiting, okay? Songs will be iTunes links if they have them.

Amount of music on your computer?

Kat and I recently finished the great CD ripping project, and that along with my downloads from a few years back equals 7677 songs at about 38.48 GB of space. I think I still have a couple of CD floating around that we can’t rip for some reason (scratches, copy-protection, etc.), but that pretty much sums up the mp3 collection.

Currently listening to?

Hard to say, I listen to a lot of radio around here, my work truck doesn’t have a cd player. So I tend to listen to NPR, and two local stations 98 KUPD which plays new rock, and decently hard rock stuff, great DJs, and The Edge 103.9 which is a real, independent radio station, so you get a very eclectic mix of rock and punk music. Besides that? Well I just stick iTunes on random when I am at the computer.

Five songs that mean a lot to you?

Interesting category, because like Jeff said, what genre? I will give it my best shot.

Dave Mathews Band’s “Where Are You Going?- I know, kinda obvious, but this is the song that Kat and I danced to at our wedding. Lyrics are great, and will always keep the memory of a wonderful and exciting day. Quit ‘awww’ing out there. (suprisingly, no iTunes link). Off Busted Stuff album.

Nine Inch Nails’ “Head Like a Hole“- This is one of the first Industrial songs that I ever heard, and would shape my musical tastes for a long time to come. I will always be a fan of this genre of music because of the entire album Pretty Hate Machine.

Angie Aparo’s “Green into Gold”- This song has an environmental slant to it. In High School I was pretty involved with the environmental club (co -president one year), and even did some environmental studies classes in college. This song always reminds me of those days, and takes me back to being in the woods. Off of The American album.

Orbital’s “The Box part 2”- One of the greatest techno songs I have ever heard. I even have the single, which clocks in at 27 and a half minutes (4 versions). Got me into techno, and will keep me there for a long time. Off of In Sides album.

R.E.M.’s “Nightswimming“- I sing to this song at full volume everytime I hear it. It just strikes a chord with me. Off of the Automatic for the People album.

Top five albums?

Bah, what a tough post to compose, but for more musical insite, read on.

R.E.M Automatic for the People– Go figure, I like one song off the album, and the rest of the songs are quite good as well. I feel like this is the best album R.E.M. put out, I think their other albums have some great songs on them, but I like every single track on this one.

2 Skinnee J’s $Uper! Mercado– Haven’t heard of them? Unless I introduced you to them, you probably haven’t listened to a whole lot of songs from the 2 J crew. This is a Rap duo that has a full band to back them up, and the best I can say is that it is ‘Geek Rap’. You don’t see many bands singing songs about how there was a petition to remove planet status from Pluto. I Heard the single “Riot Nrrd” on the radio, and purchased the album, and then decided I needed subwoofers in my car. I just love to crank this one up, and is about the closest I will get to buying in the Rap genre at the local big box store.

Flogging Molly Drunken Lullabies– No better a combination than Irish swagger and punk intentions. A modern mix of some fiddling, acordian, and guitar. Fun music, and great to go out and drive to.

The Crystal Method Vegas– One of the more perfect dance/techno albums out there. Another driving album for me, I actually have one of the songs playing as I write this post. Just another album in which every single song is good.

Indigo Girls 1200 Curfews (Live)– I picked this album (well a 2 cd album) because it actually contains pretty much my favorite songs by the Indigo Girls, and being live is just a bonus. I listened to the the girls when I was in High School, mainly because I loved the harmony that they produced, I found it great to sing to. I have always had an affinity for singing, so many of my favorite artists are ones that I can sing along to. I also got to see the Indigo Girls live a couple of times, and those songs on the album will pretty much bring me back to the concerts.

Last album bought?

Well we just picked up the new Nine Inch Nails album With Teeth, and have that in the rotation. We also have the new Dave Mathews Band album Stand Up, but being a long time Dave Fan, I am really not as happy with this album, it sounds so very produced, not a lot of soul to the songs. I really like the old stuff (I would have added Under the Table and Dreaming if I had room to my 5 album list), and even Dave’s solo album, but pretty dissapointed in the newest one.

I am going to go out and pick up the new System of a Down album Mezmerize, if only for the song “BYOB”, but click the link (if you have iTunes), and also listen to the sample of “Cigaro”, “Radio/Video”, and “Old School Hollywood”. I think I have just inspired myself to get this today. It is just fairly different than what you have been hearing on the radio, it appeals to me.

Recent discoveries?

Well System of a Down is one, the newest of the Slipknot albums (much more melodic than I thought it would be). Coheed and Cambria especially the song A Favor House Atlantic (and yes it is a guy singing, Kat and I had a debate the first time we heard it on the radio). Authority Zero, I have to respect any band that will cover Mexican Radio well.

I know I have more, but I think I just downloaded more than my brain wanted to anyway.

Passing the baton:

Andy
Brad