Sun - October 17, 2004


Wifi has got to be one of the best inventions of the 20th century or was it 21st century. I don't know, but it's great. I'm sitting at a Starbucks right now, reading the news, sipping my tall cafe mocha, and chatting with friends online. All wirelessly, granted Starbucks has picked my pocket to have this convenience, and then charge me some ridiculous price for a coffee, but hey it's fun.

I recently just got my GoMadic cable for my iQue so that now my iQue can get on the internet. With the rumors of some amazing products in the PDA market in the near future, I'm reluctant to buy the Enfora wifi case for the iQue, for two reason; a) price, if something new really is on the way from Garmin, I'll save my money and just get a new unit b) the Enfora case doesn't fit the iQue perfectly and it also defeats the purpose of wireless.

So hopefully by Christmas either announcements will be made or the products will actually be out in the market.

Wed - October 13, 2004

Fall - my favorite season

I absolutely love the fall. I love the colors, I love that I get to wear sweaters again. I love going out to cooler weather and eating apples, and having cider. It's perfect. Of course it's all a precursor to Christmas and snow, which I love!!

I was able to get some pics lately of the beautiful colors out and about around me.

Posted at 12:59 AM        

Fall Foliage Tour 2004

The Fall Foliage Tour 2004 for the NEMC went off without a hitch, and we had the most number of cars yet!! 14. This may sound insignificant, but our typical numbers are 6-7 cars, and managing 14 cars was a work out.

We truly lucked out with the weather, it was perfect. We met up at Tapajoz restaurant parking lot, then we headed on to Bulls Bridge, up through Schaghticoke Road, and onto Macedonia Brook State Park, then up to the West Woods of Sharon, then onto the Cornwall Covered Bridge, and back down to Kent Falls.

We finally rested at Kent Falls State Park and picnicked. The park service seemed to ammend their rules for the Columbus Day weekend, and they were out collecting fees. So they kindly enough made over 150.00 off us coming in. At that point I could have had everyone go to a restaurant and enjoyed meals minus bees.

Overall though the day was great. If you'd like to see more photos from the day, click here .

Posted at 12:53 AM        

Apple back in the PDA market?

The rumors are flying. There is talk of Apple re-entering the PDA market, but just how is a mystery. Some say it will be through this new color iPod in the rumor mill, others say it will be a new device of it's own.

Will Apple revamp the iApps to be more powerful. Who knows, but I believe in the next few months there will be much more for us to all speculate about. I for one, would love a PDA that ran OS X and could place calls.

Posted at 12:43 AM        

House Warming

A few weekends ago we journeyed up to Baldwinville, MA to join Kerry & Dave in their house warming party. And those lucky home owners also got to be the cooks. Well Dave manned the b-b-q and the Mom's covered the other goodies.

It was really nice to see the Testa's again. It was fun to see Kerry & Dave's place, and hear their ideas for what they are going to do with it. We also got to check out Dave's new ride to work. Playing with Dr. Pheebes was a highlight of the trip.

On Sunday we took a hike with Marty, Kathy and Kerry. They are fortunate enough to live literally right next door to a state park in MA.

Click here for more pics from the day

(l to r - diana, craig, kathy, kerry, marty and dave)

Posted at 12:38 AM        

Sun - September 26, 2004

Life and Death

I was trying to figure out which category to put this under. It's my thoughts on my health. It's a long complicated story.

So my health, specifically my weight and my bp. I was a healthy kid until I hit puberty, than that crap screwed with my body and I got chubby. Then over the years, I slowly gained like 5-10 lbs a year. And well that's been going on for oh, like 9 years so you get the idea.

The ol' blood pressure, started being an issue during my senior year in HS. Granted I was like 40 lbs over weight at that point. I also had a lot of stress. Needless to say it fluctuated. Funny thing is, two weeks before my wedding, my bp was the best it's been in years. You'd think I'd be a stressed out loony with insane bp, nope I was ok.

So weight kept coming on, I kept putting it off, and stress became more and bp went up. I had two crazy incidents with 200/140 bp and then 196/120 bp (the latter was due to psedophedrine and having the flu). The first one there, was just due to insane personal and other stress, and when my bp was taken later in the day when I relaxed it was a quite a bit lower.

So I had seen a traditional chinese doctor to deal with my bp, and she was awesome, except my insurance didn't cover her, and well it's pretty expensive. So then I saw a naturopath, and she was great too, also not covered by insurance, but we also ran into some issues with some foul tasting tinctures, which she insisted were just fine (2 weeks prior they tasted just fine).

Lastly, my bp resurfaced again, and I saw a traditional doctor, since I was broke. Well she freaked on me, and had me in for every test my insurance carrier would pay for. To discover, there is nothing abnormal with me, I just have high bp.

So now I'm at this point in my life. My mother is afraid I'm working myself too hard and am going to have a stroke. My husband worries about me and wants me to be around for many more years. And the more I think about possibly croaking tomorrow due to some brain aneurysm, stroke or heart attack, this shit freaks me out. I want to quit everything, go into seclusion for 6 months, get a grip on everything, and then come back at it. BUT of course that's not possible.

I rode 14.3 miles this past week, and I walked 3 miles this weekend. But I've reverted back to poor eating habits. Not super bad, but definitely not what i had been doing.

I don't want to die tomorrow, and I do want to live a long life, but I don't know how to deal with this other than being all or nothing about it. I hate the medication I was prescribed with, it makes me pee all the time, and dries my muscles right out, so I'm dehydrated, and as anyone who knows me knows, I can go a whole day on 8oz of some liquid. Of course now I'm parched all the time.

I don't know am I just having a hard time realizing I need to make serious radical changes in my life or if I need to see a therapist ( I have a bad track record with them too). Drs, not my favorite people in the world. I loved my pediatrician, wish he could have been my doctor the rest of my life.

oh well, I needed to get that out. I don't know what I'm going to do with my life. I feel so confused now.

Posted at 11:33 PM        

Tue - September 21, 2004

Night Riding

I stopped at my local bike shop (Class Cycles) on Thursday after work, and picked up some goodies. I got a floor pump, 2 spare tubes, patch kit, tire popping thingies, and a camelback siren pack. But I also got a headlight and a tailight.

On Sunday we went riding at the Larkin Bridle Trail. Soon I will have photos again, once I get a new camera. It was a nice trail. We only got 3 miles into it, towards the 3 mile mark the path became a bit sandy, which is pretty hard to pedal through.

I finally got to do some actually mountain biking, climbing up rocky paths and over rocks. It was a beautiful day and the ride was great.

Tonight, I got home late from work but we went out riding anyways. it was great to get out and ride. My butt was really sore, I took off the gel seat on Sunday and am going to use just the regular seat.

I got to use my lights tonight. I also got to see how I should not stop riding the bike because OMG, I let it go for two weeks, and I'm back to being seriously out of shape. I was on a roll there for a while. So now I gotta get back on track and up to where I was at before.

My goal this week is to ride each night 2+ miles. I know for those who are in really good shape, or even decent shape, this sounds like piddly, but for me, being in horrendously bad shape, it's a workout :-)

Once I get a cam to take some pics with, I'll take some pics of my setup. Oh yeah, and I lost some weight!

Posted at 12:14 AM