UPDATE 9/29: As I mentioned in the comments sections, the resolution of your monitor will affect how the site looks. My home monitor has a very high resolution and that is what I use when I'm designing this. I may have to think about changing it to a lower resolution when designing this blog. I may experiment some more with this.
Please pardon the dust, as I'm making some design changes, which I'm wont to do from time-to-time - it's the blessing and the curse of being able to make any changes I want, but the previous design, as much as I liked it, lasted for more than a year and I thought it could be tough at times to read the posts, with the way the background was, so perhaps this more colorful approach will make things better.
I'll try not to make too many changes over the next few days and settle on something I like quickly, but I may keep playing around at least a little bit.
Thanks for your patience with me.