It's been two years? 

Wow, I can't believe it's been 2 years since I last blogged. As I was typing an update to a friend, I thought this might be a better place to do it. I'll give it another try anyway.

Martha has one of those illnesses thats going around sore throat and low fever, but not strep we think. Shes pretty miserable. I think my new diet and exercise regimen is keeping me healthy, knock on wood.

We bought a membership to our community center at the beginning of the year and weve been going 2-3 days every week. I think this may be the first time Ive lifted regularly for more than 3 weeks. It feels good. My diet basically consists of a multi-grain English muffin and a shake (1/3 cup of egg whites blended with 2/3 cup of fruit juice and 1c of frozen fruit) in the morning, a mid-morning apple, a light lunch heavy on the vegetables (V8 usually), a piece of fruit for an afternoon snack, a light dinner, and a multi-grain snack (Frosted mini-wheats) before bed. I have lost about 15 pounds since Jan 1. Granted, I put on about 7 pounds over the holidays. Pretty good overall though. Our Spring Break cruise has been one of my main motivations. In January, I set a goal of losing 1 pound per week until the cruise with a stretch of 1.5 pounds per week. After a slight set-back, I was at my target for Friday mornings weigh-in.

Were pretty excited about this cruise. Weve (Ive) been planning it since October or something like that. Let me know if this is something you might be interested in doing with us in the future.

Anyway, Ive already started the web site where Ill post our pictures ( ). Im also using it to keep track of our excursion decisions and information about each of the islands well be visiting. Were flying down to San Juan a night early (just to be safe). The ship will go to Barbados, Antigua, St. Lucia, St. Thomas (USVI), and Tortola (BVI) before returning to San Juan.

Lets see what else is going on? Same old same old at work. My team has made a lot of operational changes since Ive joined. Its been exciting to see opportunities in this assignment rather than just do whats expected. My last group did a much better job of this whole application development thing. So Ive been able to reapply some of their practices. Were also going to be going through some organizational changes soon. Hopefully my reporting structure wont change much. I chose this group for the people as much as the work.
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