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New Blog

I am not shutting down this blog, but as you can tell I haven’t been updating it with any regularity. That’s because I’ve been primarily focused on my YouTube videos and a new blog branded for my YouTube channel, called

I may still blog here on occasion, but I’ll be primarily blogging on the other site now. I will also maintain my list of videos and my recipes on this site as well, and I think I need to make some updates to my photo gallery at some point.

Hopefully you’ll come over and check out the new blog if you get a chance! :)

Blasts from the Past

I was meandering around the Web Archive “Wayback Machine” trying to find some of my old content and I came across my first blog. It wasn’t anything fancy but it’s memories from 10 years ago that I want to preserve by re-posting them here. If you knew me 10 years ago, enjoy this blast from the past!

Well I’ve finished nearly another month on the Fat Flush Plan. To date I’ve lost 18.5lbs and a total of 18.5″ (combined from bust, waist, hips and thighs). I am now only 23.5lbs away from my goal weight! My body fat % is also down from 38% to 25%, with a healthy range being 15-22% for women, so I know I still have a ways to go, but I’m getting there! :o)

YES! I bought a pair of size 10 jeans today and THEY FIT GREAT! Size 12 jeans bye bye! :o) I feel so slim and sexy now! (and just wait til I get down to size 8!).

Well its been a month – long past due to update this thing! Since my last entry I’d just started on the Fat Flush diet. Before I started I had done a pre-flush from May 24th til June 15th. So since I started my pre-flush I’ve lost 15.5lbs, and 14.5″ off my frame! Yes! Now I just have 26.5lbs more til my goal weight of 125lbs (you do the math). And I’m betting I’ll fit into size 4s by the time I get to that weight! :o)

Today I’m starting day 4 on the 14 day “phase one” of the “fat flush plan”. The primary goal of phase one is to detox the liver, with the side benefit of weight loss. So far I’ve lost 6lbs! The diet has been wonderful – and its so healthy. I feel great, I’m not hungry and this is the first time in over a year I’ve been down in the low 150′s on weight! My goal is to get down to 125 by the end of phase 2 of this plan (phase 2 transitions you back into a more normal eating pattern, while still maintaining a healthy way to look at food). I’m so psyched about this! :o)

Starting a new diet/exercise plan today. Its called the “Fat Flush” plan. If it works as advertised, I hope to lose about 30lbs and finally be a healthy weight. I am also hoping it will help me get my thighs to a more normal size (so they are no longer wider than my hips!). If you want to see how I’m doing, I’m keeping a seperate journal of my weight, measurements, exercise, sleep and food intake.

I’m very excited about this program – it seems very well balanced and with only some experimentation with this plan in the past 2-3 weeks I’ve already lost 7lbs. So it looks *very* promising!

Last weekend I had a lot of fun – went out with 7 friends to a comedy club, and then partied in downtown Denver afterwards. Sunday was “chores” day – grocery shopping, laundry and of course more work on stripping and sanding my chest of drawers to get it ready to repaint.

This week the weather is kinda crappy – 50s and 60s with rain. We need the rain but I’d prefer it to be a little warmer. Today I’m also facilitating a pretty big meeting because my manager got called into another meetings. I hope I’m prepared!!

A long weekend comes to a close. The weather was warm, which was great. I went to see “Down with Love” with Shannon on Saturday, and did some grocery shopping. Sunday I started my “big project” … striping the paint from the old chest of drawers I found so that I can repaint it. I haven’t decided what color(s) I will paint it yet, but it needs to compliment the sage green theme I have in my room – but I don’t think it will become sage green or there will be too much of that color. So far I’ve gotten all the paint off the drawers and one layer off of the chest … it will take a couple more days of effort to get the several layers of paint off of it entirely. Then next weekend I’ll need to do some sanding as well before it can be painted.

Well here I am alone again … (hmm isn’t that a song?). Phil had to break the romance off last night. Its partly because he’s still on the rebound from his ex-girlfriend, which didn’t surprise me … they had only broken up about 6 months before. I remember when I got out of my relationship with Barthold I wasn’t really ready to be in a relatinship again either. I think the only reason Justin and I lasted a year was that he was so far away and we didn’t see each other much.

Well life goes on I suppose. I do hope Phil and I can stay friends. I don’t meet too many people who like things like museums and symphonies and operas and can talk about Dr. Who, Tripods, and Star Trek too.

I’ve had another wonderful weekend. Yesterday I participated in the MS Walk (for the Multiple Sclorosis foundation). I was able to raise $90 for the 3 mile walk. Afterwards my feet were so sore I treated myself to a pedicure and a long nap.

Yesterday evening I attended a performance of the Boulder Chorale in Boulder, CO. Phil is in the Bass section and it was a beautiful performance. The entire Choral was outstanding, but the solo performer was absolutely magnificient.

After the performance a group of us headed to Phil’s favorite Irish pub in Boulder and I had a chance to meet his mom and sister. They are both really great people. All in all I had a wonderful Saturday.

Today all I’ve done is nap and relax. Tomorrow I travel to California again and I need to get up super early .. so I need my rest. Oh and my black mollies had babies that survived (normally the mollies eat their young). I’ve counted up to 7 so far! I don’t think I’ll be needing any new fish in the near future!

Well I just finished a fantastic weekend. I saw Phil again and we went with Peter and Nicky to see the Cubs vs. Rockies baseball, then we all hung out in downtown Denver and browsed a bookstore and had dinner. Then Phil and I went to my favorite club, “SingSing” and stayed til about midnight. We had a blast, although poor Phil might have overworked his singing voice (sorry!). Next Saturday I plan on attending the performance of the Boulder Chorale, after a morning of attempting to complete the MS Walk for the 3rd year in a row.

In the mean time I’m home this week, with another trip to California slated on May 5. The trips are valuable, but tiring.

Well yet again a lot has happened since my last entry. I’ve been dating a wonderful man named Phillip. We’ve been on three dates so far and I’ve enjoyed every one of them. (Well ok the last date was really sort of a party we both attended but to me it counts!). It just amazes me how much we have in common in terms of interests. This is such a refreshing change from past dating experiences so far.

Also my entire social life is kicking into high gear. My friend Shannon, from grad school, has moved back to town and holds regular “girls nights” at her place. Peter and Nicky are going with us to a comedy club this week and in a week and a half we’re all going to a Cubs vs. Rockies baseball game at Coors Field.

Shannon also wants to go to the opera or see a symphony, and we thought we’d get our respective dating partners to join us. Phillip is into classical music, which is so cool. No kicking and screaming to get him to go! :o)

Well its April Fool’s Day. Its been awhile since I’ve wanted to write down something, but a lot has been going on. I’ve got a nice 10 gallon aquarium going with 8 creatures living in it now – 1 goldfish, 2 black mollies, 4 neon tetras and 1 snail. I have room for perhaps 2-4 more fish but I’ll wait about a month to see how these do first.

I am also getting a programmable thermostat put into my apartment, which will help me better regulate tempurature. I’m also getting a new dishwasher put in .. all at no cost!

I’ve recently joined the Denver chapter of No Kidding! Its an organization for singles and couples that have consciously chosen not to have children. They have regular events, like book clubs and bowling nights and such. It sound like a fun thing to be able to go do.

Just finished a whole week at work without my supervisor Cathy being there. Thankfully it was a quiet week.

After work I went shopping and bought a new, larger aquarium. 10 Gallons this time, up from the 3 gallon one I had my goldfish in. It was a lot of fun to set up and once the water was properly treated, little fishy seemed quite happy with his new home. I will give it a week before I buy some friends for fishy though.

Its been a few days since I felt like writing. I was feeling depressed and had no idea why until I realized yesterday, this month is the 20th anniversary of my father’s death, and next month is the 20th anniversary of my grandfather’s death.

Last night I was able to get my mind off by going to a girls night party at my friend Shannon’s house. Lots of wine, food and good conversation helped.

I’ve been in California since Sunday. Its been a very busy week, as it always is when I travel. The personal training class I had yesterday went very well. Finally I have a deeper understanding of our Web link checking tool, Watchfire.

We were supposed to launch a redesigned section of the site, but thatgot halted when the new download center page wouldn’t work in Netscape 4.x. Finally getting that resolved today so we might still be able to launch.

I’ve been enjoying staying at the Sheraton again, and eating at the hotel restaurant. I think this is one of the best hotel restaurants I’ve yet eaten at.

How Much do YouTubers Actually Earn?

YoutubeMoneyI see a lot of wild speculation about how much money the big YouTubers earn, how rich they are (and apparently greedy).

Well I’ve done some research and here is what I’ve come up with. So let’s take the current top YouTubers, Smosh, as an example.

It has been estimated that they earned around $1 million in 2012. They are part of a network called Alloy. Most networks take a 40% cut. YouTubers like Smosh also pay a production crew of around 10 people, and of course they also pay taxes.

Let’s do some math:

$1,000,000 in gross revenue x 0.60(after their network's cut) = $600,000.
Let's say their crew only works part time and earns about $15,000 per 
person (give or take) x 10 = $150,000
So then, $600,000 - $150,000 = $450,000.
$450,000 * 0.60 (after state, federal and self-employment taxes) 
= $270,000
$270,000  ÷ 2 (Ian and Anthony are 2 separate people) = $135,000 each.

So at the end of the day, while their YouTube channel may actually bring in $1 million, the individual members of Smosh only keep $135,000. That’s still quite a decent income, but hardly makes the rich and/or “greedy” in my opinion.

Who is really getting rich off of these big YouTubers? Google/YouTube and their affiliated networks are. In fact I would like to posit that Google/YouTube and the various YouTube networks are exploiting these big YouTubers for profit.

All my calculations are, of course, complete speculation and rough educated guesses. I, myself, am also self-employed so I know how much tax they would be paying, but I don’t know if big YouTubers like that are able to negotiate a better profit split with YouTube and/or their network, so they could be bringing in more money. However the bigger a YouTuber gets, the larger their production staff seem to be in order to produce bigger and better videos (Phil DeFranco and SourceFed come to mind – that organization keeps growing).

Bottom line, my point is, don’t be so quick to judge someone who is successful, and label them as “greedy.” There are a lot of factors to consider between someone’s gross income and their actual net income at the end of the day.

Sick Computer Blues

Sick-computerSo you may have noticed I don’t blog as much as I used to (sorry about that). It’s probably because I found that I really enjoy vlogging (video blogging) on YouTube more, so instead of writing down my thoughts, I say them out loud to a camera instead.

Well that brings me to my blog today … the PC I use to edit my videos is having some major issues. It won’t even properly reboot anymore, among a myriad of other problems that I won’t bore you with.

So I’ve decided on Monday to bring her into a local computer repair shop to get looked at. I suspect it may be either the hard drive or the graphics card (or both). The system is only 2 years old so I’m not ready to replace it just yet. It’s a decent system that probably just needs some TLC.

So here I am, on my little laptop, back where I started… blogging. (Did you miss me?) :)

Feeling Fortunate

fortune500I recently had a meeting with a new 3rd party client (meaning that they are actually a client of one of my clients). For some reason I was nervous about the meeting as I didn’t feel I was as well versed as I could be in the area we would be discussing.

However, the meeting went much better than I feared, and it has made me want to take stock of my accomplishments in my business over the past 4.5 years.

What I came to realize last night is that I have now provided analytics services to nearly a dozen Fortune 500 companies. When looking at it another way I have also provided those same services to over a dozen Fortune 1000 companies. Either way you slice it, I hadn’t realized until now how many companies I’ve worked with that up in the “Fortune” range.

I honestly am having a hard time wrapping my brain around the fact that little old me has worked with so many large, successful corporations. It’s truly humbling that so many have entrusted me to provide this type of service to them, especially when it’s so critical to making online business decisions. To that end I feel I need to send out a few “thank yous”

  • Thank you to my previous manager, Laura Roselli. Back when I was still working at LSI Corporation, she made the call to use Omniture for our Web Analytics tool. It’s my hands-on experience with that tool that allowed me to launch my independent career.
  • Thank you to my other previous manager, Paula Silveri. She didn’t realize it at the time, but laying me off from my job gave me the kick-in-the-pants I needed to start my own business.
  • Thank you to my first client, CP+B for taking a chance on me. The 8 months I worked with you and your client was a great learning experience, and helped me land all the other clients I’ve had since.
  • Finally, thank you to all my other clients over the past 4.5 years – both past and present. Without you, Endress|Analytics LLC would not exist.


Moving House

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Our new house!

Well we’ve finally done it! Dave and I have bought a new house! Contracts are signed, appraisal is scheduled. In fact the appraisal is the last piece that we’re worried about now – if the home doesn’t appraise to what we offered on it, we still get the option to back out of the deal. I’m hoping that won’t happen, since the builders already made the one big modification we requested in the house (it had a *huge* upstairs loft, and we asked them to wall it in and   make a 4th bedroom, which I will use as my home office).

Yes I said builders – when we viewed the home, it was only partially finished (ok mostly, but still needed plumbing fixtures, flooring, etc.). So this is a *brand new* house (squee!). I love the colors they chose for this house and it’s a nice contemporary/modern look on the interior. It had almost everything we wanted too (and our list of wants was pretty extensive).

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Our new kitchen! :)

When we move in, the landscaping won’t even be quite done yet, but there are lots of great areas to walk the dogs in, so Dave and I will get our share of exercise doing that until the landscaping gets put in (which may not be until late May or early June).

Be that as it may, we’re pretty excited (ok, I’m really excited, Dave is slightly excited but mostly stressed because of all the stupid hoops the government has put into place for securing a mortgage these days.). Look for more updates and a full set of photos once we’ve closed on the house! :)

The Perfect Guilt-Free Almond Cookies

2012-12-08 16.35.51This recipe is one that I got from my grandmother, and modified to be even more guilt-free than the original version. I’ve tested them out on my friends and considering there are none left attests to their tastiness. :)


  • 3 Egg Whites
  • Pinch of Cream of Tartar (approx 1/16 – 1/8th teaspoon)
  • 3 Tblsp Z-Sweet (Erythritol). Splenda or TruVia may also be used. I wouldn’t recommend any other sweetener unless you don’t mind the aftertaste.
  • 1/8th tsp of almond extract
  • 1 cup ground almonds
  • 12 whole almonds (optional)

Pre-heat your oven to 350F. Separate your eggs to get the 3 egg whites (or just buy pure egg whites and use the measurement on the carton for 3 eggs). Add in the cream of tartar, sweetener and almond extract. Turn your mixer up to full speed (or egg white setting) and mix until the egg whites can form stiff peaks.

Fold in the ground almonds, about 1/3rd cup at a time, until fully blended with the whipped egg mixture. With a tablespoon, scoop out 12 cookies onto a pre-greased, non-stick cookie sheet. Place a whole almond on top each cookie (optional). Bake for 15 minutes at 350F, or until they begin to start turning brown.

After removing from the oven, immediately take a spatula and remove from the cookie sheet and place on a cooling rack or plate. This will prevent them from sticking as they cool.

This recipe can be made with any sort of nut, replacing the almond extract with the matching nut extract (if available), or vanilla extract.

Nutrition Info Per Cookie:

Cal: 50
Fat: 4.1g
Sodium: 14mg
Potassium: 71mg
Carbs: 4.6g
Protein: 2.5g

Midlife Crisis?!

I’ve come to a realization that my primary motivation behind all the changes I’ve been doing this year are possibly attributable to the fact I turned 40 a year ago. Since then I’ve been having all sorts of medical tests and procedures done that I’ve been putting off. I’ve been going back to the gym and working out (and as of this post have lost 9lbs, yay!). I’m doing more with my hair and makeup than I have in the past, along with my wardrobe – trying to improve my overall appearance.

Last but not least, I’ve also finally gone ahead and gotten braces to straighten my teeth. Now I definitely have a medical reason behind getting them, but a part of me is also kind of excited to finally get straight teeth after all these years.

So I’m pretty sure I’m doing all this because I turned 40 and I came to realize I’m not getting any younger and I better start taking care of myself before I regret it – that’s the primary motivator. The secondary, and more vanity driven one, is the fact I’ll also start looking better too (at least that’s the hope!).

So stay tuned – in another year or so I may post a photo of the new, improved me!

Life and stuff …

It’s been ages since I’ve posted an update. I have nothing earth shattering to blog about today but I figured I’d just write a little update about life in general.

I’ve been pretty busy with work lately – my hours have really picked up with my clients and I’m consistently working 25 – 40 hours/week now. My YouTube channel is going along nicely. I’ve topped 400 subscribers recently and hope to hit 500 before my 1 year anniversary on October 6.

Dave and I are still enjoying wedded bliss, although life after marriage really isn’t *that* different than life before, other than dealing with joint taxes and crap like that.

We finally have all our remodeling done in our kitchen and downstairs bath/laundry room, so once we get past dealing with taxes, we can start house shopping (yay!). :)

I started an 8 week healthy weight program at a local gym here. So far lost 3.5lbs. Still have a *lot* more to lose but I’ve been sticking with it so far (finished 4 weeks so far). After the program is done, I’ll join the gym and keep going.

Naturally I had to go sprain my ankle yesterday, so that’s going to challenge me, but I’ll talk to my personal trainer and figure out a workaround until I heal up! In the  mean time I’ll keep being good on my diet! :)

We’re planning on a short trip to Chicago for my aunt’s 60th surprise birthday party, and I’ll also get a chance to visit with my niece and nephew while I’m there. Then in November it will be off to Belize for our honeymoon and in December to Montana for Christmas with Dave’s family.

I love to travel, but I am also looking forward to just being home for awhile after all that. I’ve traveled a lot this year and I think I need a break!

Wedding Bells

So my fiance and I went ahead and “eloped” yesterday. We just ran down to the courthouse and within minutes we were legally married.

The State of Colorado apparently makes it extremely easy to get married. You could almost call it a “quickie” wedding. First of all couples can “self-officiate,” meaning you don’t need a priest, rabbi, minister or justice of the peace to marry you. You can just do it yourselves. However one interesting exception is you can’t just have anyone else do it for you either – if you don’t do it yourselves, then the person must be ordained or in some other capacity allowed to marry people.

Also they didn’t require witnesses either – so all we did was take the marriage license to a table, filled it out and signed it. Once we brought it back, all we had to do was pay about $35 (processing fee plus 2 certified copies), and we were married!

I know this probably sounds very un-romantic, but it suited who we are as a couple. We are planning a more romantic, formal wedding reception for close friends and family. That will happen in less than a month and should be a lot of fun. I’ll add a photo gallery for wedding photos and reception photos in my photo page so come back and check them out!

UPDATE: Here are all the wedding photos!