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December 26th, 2008

I was lucky today

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I have been on vacation all this week and I have been staying up way to late and sleeping in and this morning was no different.  I woke up to the phone ringing and it was Joseph and he called to let me know that the roads were very icy and that he was still not at work.  He left at 730am and it was now 9am and I was surprised.  He said he was only going 5 mph and they have closed the bypass, toll road and even roads going south on US 31.  He would call me when he made it there.  He would call every half hour or so with an update and he still was not there.  I was so worried that something would happen and then finally at 1045am he texted me and said he was at work safe.

I called everyone I knew in the area and to make sure they were ok and they all were.  I was so amazed by how quickly the weather can change.  It went from being in the 20s to now at the time of writing this it is 48 degrees and foggy.

Later in the day I went to the store to get groceries and I was listening to Auntie Vera and she was talking about her partner Gooch and the incredible story of his father’s illness and th suicides of his mother and sister and all this happened at a very young age and while I walked around the store and heard this story I was so close to tears,  I couldn’t imagine being 8 years old and finding out that your mother had committed suicide and so on.  I am very lucky to have the joys in my life, my family, Joe, my friends, my job, my house, my cat and dog and even though at time everyone of these things can get me I know I am lucky that I have them for there are many in this world who aren’t so lucky.

So if you are reading this (thank you) and I hope you take the time to remember the good things in your life and how lucky you are and to value what you hold dear to your heart.

When I arrived from the store Joe was home and I put the things down and ran to him and hugged him and kissed him and was so glad to hold him.

December 14th, 2008

Sunday Blues

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It is hard to believe that Christmas is so close and I have had no motivation at all. Joe and I spent the day cleaning, doing laundry and I was watching The Biggest Loser Season 4 on the Reality Channel. I love this show and it is amazing what these people on the show were able to do and make such drastic changes to themselves in a short time period. One guy was over 423 pounds and was able to lose over 100 pounds in 8 weeks. I know they are working out 4-5 hours each day and that is not realistic for anyone but still it shows that it can be done.

I have been wanting to lose some weight as I have said on my show and people always say oh you look great but there is still part of me that doesn’t think so. I see some of the pics from my latest trip and it makes me want to go ugh!

I was putting things away and playing match maker for my socks and I realized that I don’t need to buy any socks for a very very long time.

Later in the afternoon I met my best friend and his wife and kids at the mall and we had a quick meal a the food court then walked around a bit. I was shocked they were going to be open until 11pm on a Sunday night! I hadn’t seen my friends in a long time with my schedule and theirs it has been very difficult to meet. I feel bad when I don’t get to see my godkids but when I do it is great!

I went home and had to get everything ready for Homo Movie Night – we began to walk this documentary about this girl who stared a gay-straight alliance at her local school and they had major issues trying to get it going. We watched the last two episodes of Sordid Lives and of course it ended in a cliff hanger and I do hope the show will be back on Logo. It is very funny!

December 8th, 2008

Monday and fitness

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I have been trying to get better in shape and so I have joined the gym, began running, reading men’s health books and buying all of the tech toys to help me reach my goals.

Recently I bought a Bodybugg and it is a device you can use to help track what you are doing exercise wise and then you can help with eating by putting in a food diary. I was having some issues with getting started and had to call them many times because the serial number on my device was not working. It was really frustrating and then finally today it worked and I was happy to see that I could use it with my mac so whoo hoo!

If you are serious about your workouts you might want to give them a try!

December 7th, 2008

Homo Movie Night: Kiss the Bride

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Tonight was the famous Homo movie night and alhough we had a small audience – we enjoyed the fun and dessert by watching the movie Kiss the Bride.  It was made by the people from the movie Latter Days and it was very good – well acted and the two leads were very nice to look at!!  :)

I would strongly recommend this movie!

Two big gay thumbs up!

December 6th, 2008

Snowy Saturday

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Since we didn’t do too much on Friday night and it was snowing like crazy today – Joe and I decided to continue the stay at home and get things done around the house during the day that is – but at night we went to dance for Joe’s work.  It was the third one we attended and it was very nice. It was nice talking with people that Joe works with and it will always be a happy memory for me.

It was only two months after Joe and I met in 2006 and he invited me to go to this dance.  It was held downtown and it was in this very nice place. They had a live band and then a DJ for later.  We had good food and a few drinks and had our first picture professionally taken and we were wearing some very nice tuxes! We had a great time and then it became even better when Joe asked me to dance.  It was to Etta James’s At Last and it was very touching and even as I write this I get a tear or two.  I thought it was so romantic and no one there cared at all which made it even better.

The other memory I have of that night was when we had the picture taken and we walked up to the photographer and he asked how close we were going to be.  Joe took his arm and wrapped it around my waist and pulled me close to him and I smiled as the photographer said OK then!

December 5th, 2008

Finally Friday

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The day was filled with driving all over Chicago and then I was able to make the scenic drive back home to my Joseph and my two pets that help drive me crazy!  I arrived home and Joe had dinner in the oven and so we had  a nice quiet night watching tv and movies and cuddling on the couch.  I miss him so much when I am gone and I am grateful for when he and I together.  I am so glad that he is willing to accept that I have to leave for work and we make it work.  Granted we have our times when we drive each other insane but we make it work and do the best we can.

December 4th, 2008

Another Reason I love podcasting

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As I am writing this it is late Thursday night and I returned from having dinner with Omar from The Other O podcast and Lauren a listener of many podcasts.  They are now both living in Chicago and I was in town for work and so it was great being able to have dinner with them.  We went to a veggietarian place and it was so so in my book.  We all had a great time chatting about a variety of issues and complaining about the cold.

They are truly wonderful people and they helped make a night go well and I didn’t have to spend it dining alone.

December 3rd, 2008

3rd day

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Today was interesting for many reasons – first of all I had an appointment this morning that I thought was going to be a training day and not thinking I would make a sale at all and I walked out with a $1,000 sale so I was happy happy!!

I made some other calls and made a few more sales and again it perked me up because normally December is a horrible month for me and I usually never make my sales goal but this time I really think it is going to happen!

Later in the day I was able to talk with Joe, friend Eddie and my sister and each call was very fun in it’s own way.  It helped to put things that I have been thinking about to rest and helped me realize that things are not that bad.

I was supposed to do an interview tonight but it fell through and normally that would get to me to but again I just went oh well – we will try again another time.

The last call of the night was with a friend who has been having a tough time lately and so I did my best to cheer him up and I was all bubbly and giddy and he said wow you are sure in a good mood!  Have you been drinking and I said noooooooooooo just Dr Pepper!

I posted a new show tonight and thought it was funny and hopefully people will enjoy it.

Ok night all.

December 2nd, 2008

2nd day of blogging

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This week has been bitterly cold and I made my way to Chicago today. It was weird going during the day versus at night and after hearing about a nasty car accident last night – it made me very happy that I waited.  A young man was trying to get home and he hit an icy patch on the road and slid into a tree and they are saying that he might not make it and that is so sad.

It is amazing how quick a life can end and how it puts thing in perspective.  I know I am very lucky to have the job, the house, the partner, my family and dear friends who are in my life.  I guess that everyone has moments where it feels like nothing is going the way you want.  We just have to keep going and doing the best we can and go from there.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

December 1st, 2008

Dec 1st

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Today I have been reading other blogs and they are challenging themselves to write something everyday for thirty days.  I decided to give it a shot as well today.  Today happens to be World AIDS day to remember all of those who have died from AIDS and who are dealing with HIV.

I know many people in my life who are HIV or have known someone who died from AIDS. It has affected so many people in this world that my words can’t compare.  Entertainment Weekly used to do a cover with the pictures of all of those in the entertainment industry who died from AIDS to show its impact but over time they have stop which truly sadden me.  I know the topic is a sad one but by not doing it – it doesn’t show people the truth about this horrible disease.

Tonight I am going to an event with Joe to see a play called Holding the Man which is a story about a couple who had been together for 15 years and sadly both died from AIDS.  It is only the second time this play has been performed in the USA and so I am happy to see it performed in my town.

It with plays like this and other podcasts like mine that help to educate people and hope that those listening will take it to heart and help educate the people in their lives to protect themselves but also that we can help not only eliminate this horrible disease with education and prevention.

Please do your part – donate and educate!