24 pounds and counting

194 as of yesterday evening. Total weight lost is 24 pounds. I am amazed to say the least. Well, I think it’s 24 pounds…my math ain’t too good sometimes.

It’s interesting to note that a lot of people are coming up to me now and telling me they’ve noticed my weight loss. That in itself is a great motivator, but I’m motivated by other things…although I certainly don’t mind the compliments. 🙂

If anyone’s not busy this weekend, stop by tomorrow and I’ll hand you a paintbrush. It’s trim painting day. Ugh. I think the house expands when I’m not looking because I sure don’t remember having this much to paint when I moved in.

Howard Van Halen

Had my first group guitar lesson Monday night and it was a blast. I’m taking from a local musician named Sherman Lee Dillon who makes guitar playing seem easy. After one night, I can play Skip to my Lou, Jambalaya, and Margaritaville. Now, I can’t play them well or quickly, but you can tell what it is I’m playing.

Just think, when I’m on Headbanger’s Ball, you’ll be able to say you knew me when.

New Year’s resolutions and #300

Welcome to my 300th post. I am both shocked and amazed that I actually made it this far. To some, 300 is nothing…to me, it’s something, considering my recent brain cramp and lack of postings.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank those of you who have stuck with me through most, if not all, of my ramblings. Some of you have read all 300 bits of fluff that have emanated from my head. Some of you have even been with me since my Typepad blog. To those brave souls, I humbly apologize and ask forgiveness for cluttering up your brain with my ramblings.

It’s interesting to note that this post also ushers in something new for me. New Year’s Resolutions. I’ve never done this before, but hey, it’s never too late to start. They are in no particular order:

  • Get organized:
    • Folders for bills (Feb 16, 2005)
    • Folders for receipts (categorized by budget items) (Feb 16, 2005)
    • Reminders for billing dates (as bills come due until completed)
  • Practice guitar 30-45 minutes per day
    • Learn one song per month after guitar class ends February 13th.
  • Go to the gym 3 times a week
  • Ride bike 3 times a week
  • Cook 3 times per week
  • Attend and complete POPC Inquirer’s class

Well, friends, those are the goals for 2006. Wish me luck…and keep your checkbooks handy…I’ll need to raise some money for the MS150. 🙂

Do they really read these things?

Since today’s Friday, I thought I’d have some fun with problem resolutions. A user was getting prompted for a userid/password to get into our intranet. That’s not supposed to happen. I talked to the main intranet guru and she gave me the answer. I, of course, input the following resolution into our help desk system:

Rachel knew the answer. If you go into Control Panel, then User Accounts, there’s a Manage Password option. When you click it, the intranet site appears under “Manage Passwords”. Delete that entry and viola (that’s French for Shazam!). The user will no longer be prompted for userid/password.

It ain’t much, but it’s a start.

What a year

2005 will go down as “Howard’s Year of Change”. I made more changes this year than in any other time in my life.

  • Became a Christian
  • Lost 18 pounds of unwanted me
  • Bought my very own house
  • Painted my very own house
  • Lived on a real, live budget

They don’t look like much, but for me, those are huge changes. I continue to change every day. It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you step outside of your comfort zone. The best part, though, is finding the support system that allows you to do just that.

Thank you, Support System, for helping me, guiding me, and getting on my ass when I didn’t do what I said I’d do. I could not have done this alone and will be forever grateful for your assistance. And you’re right…I’m finally becoming a finisher. And it feels wonderful.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go eat a can of tuna. MMMMM!!!!