WOW—Just, wow…

I looked at my personal blog page today and was confronted by an awful realization: I have not posted here in one day short of two years!

I’m sorry. Mi dispiace. Je suis désolé. Es tut mir Leid. прости. ごめんなさい。

The excuses are many, long and varied; however, I will not air them here. Suffice to say that A) there’s not necessarily been anything stupendous to report (that I can remember, anyway…), B) I’ve been busy trying to do a lot of different things and had a lot of distractions, and C) my life has gone a little bit out of control, especially over the last three to four months. (Don’t worry, though—nothing serious or life-threatening here.)

If I can indeed get my act back together, I’ll begin posting again regularly. Or, at least irregularly. Perhaps I’ll even make regular blog posting part of the remedy for my dissipation and a mechanism for accountability.

Sorry for the wait, and thanks for you patience—if anyone’s still out there who’s actually following/reading!


New Feature: Writing — I’ve decided to begin sharing some of my writing with the world. There’s a new menu item above—conveniently entitled “writing”—to take you there, or click here. I’ll post new pieces directly to my blog on the 1st and 15th of each month, and also link them on the writing pages. — Do feel free to comment by clicking the “Leave a Reply” link at the bottom of any post (NB: I do moderate the comments).

A Brief Status Report…

Wow—a month has gone by since my last post. I’ve had a few outside things to deal with that have precluded my being active here, but I should be back on track shortly. In fact, I will probably do a bit of housecleaning, rearranging and a refresh of my blog to prepare for future undertakings…

In the meantime, I have been continuing with my efforts at weight loss and getting back in shape. During my daily walks, I’ve taken up running—yes, running, even with bad knees—during at least part of the time, and I’ve also gotten back into the gym to lift weights. That and my already established diet/exercise habits have now lead to:

Earned May 23, 2013 at a weight of 165.6 pounds.

Earned May 23, 2013 at a weight of 165.5 pounds.

Yay me–again!

This morning, I broke through the 170-pound barrier for the first time in more than 10 years: I weighed 169.9 pounds.

I was only slightly ahead of my prediction of early- to mid-May, so I’m proud of myself. My crazy goal of 160 Pounds is now almost frighteningly within reach. According to the  “official” Fitbit projections, that should come around mid-July; but if my track record so far is any indication, it’ll be more like mid-June.

How LOW can I go…

Yay me!


Earned on 25 April 2013 at a weight of 170.6 pounds.

So here’s how I’m doing on my diet and exercise plan. I could now wrestle at 172 (though I’d definitely get flattened)! I’m rather proud of myself–I haven’t been this light in a decade, and there are just 10 pounds to go before I reach my original goal… 🙂

And the Results are in:


And the Results are in:

I had my annual physical this morning, and the official scale at the doctor’s office put me at 178 pounds. Exactly one year ago on this same date 2012, I weighed 204 pounds. This, of course, means I’ve lost 26 pounds! Most of that since January.

My doctor was effusive with his compliments and I have to say I’m quite proud of myself. Now I just need to keep it going—only 18 pounds ’til I hit my goal…

And then suddenly, it’s over…

Where did March go? Wasn't it just last week that I was giddily writing about my month's time off and how much I was going to enjoy it? How much I was going to get done? All my big, big plans?


But now it's April first, and I'm back to work. I am back at Amgen again, though in a different job, in a different department on a different project. This is also only a 3-4 month contract, so that's doable.

I didn't get as much done as I'd hoped (naturally), but did make some important progress on several fronts. My trip to the wargames convention where I had a flea market table netted me just over $2,000 which was kind of a surprise. I've already trumpeted my health and weight successes, and I'm now down to 177 pounds, just in time for my physical on Wednesday. That's 30 pounds less than last year. And the birthday's coming up Sunday.

What was really fun, though, was my trip last week out to the deserts and Central Valley. I left Tuesday morning and drove out to Palm Springs where I enjoyed the historic district, a little outlet mall shopping and a side trip up to Yucca Valley and Joshua Tree. Wednesday, I made my way across the desert the “back way” via Lucerne Valley, Victorville, Boron and Mojave, then over the Tehachapi pass to Bakersfield. This time of year, the scenery through the pass was spectacular—everything green with the poppies and lupin starting to blossom on the oak-dotted hillsides. It was the quintessential central California landscape.

Then I spent the afternoon, overnight and the next day in Bakersfield, one of my favorite places. I really started getting serious about gathering research and information for my novel (which is set there) and generally had a wonderful time. Barbecue dinner at Famous Dave's, evening stroll along the Kern River, a signature Black & White sundae for dessert at Dewar's. Very relaxing, very fun and very informative.

So now it's back to the daily grind. I will continue to ramp up my efforts on other fronts to prep for big changes. I even signed up for a book writing class through the Santa Clarita website which starts on April 10th.

Here are a couple photos from the trip: a shot from my motel in Palm Springs, and the evening sky above Dewar's famous ice cream shop in Bakersfield:

Stay tuned…