Archive for April, 2013
Peaches & Herb informed us that we had this “thing” and to “shake” it, The System told us “don’t disturb this” thing, Madonna said “get into the” this thing, and a book and a movie showed us how “Stella” got this thing back. I need to pay attention to all of this great advice because I need to find my “groove” again!
Lately, when I get home from work, I’ve lost the motivation to get anything done in the afternoon.
While I’ve only been at my new job, which requires me to get up in the middle of the night, for about two months now, I can’t seem to find the “get up and go” to get much accomplished once I get home. During my four-month “vacation” between jobs, I was writing new material in my blog daily. Now, it takes all the energy I have to do “They Said What???” on Mondays, “Random Friday Thoughts” on Fridays (which is my favorite), and another blog or two during the week on some miscellaneous topic.
I know the weather is probably playing a big role in my lack of desire to do anything. After a lackluster winter, we saw 13.2″ of snow fall in the last eleven days of February and 10.6″ of snow fall in the first 24 days of March.
March temperatures were 7.7° below average and 21.9° colder than the record warm March temperatures a year ago!
And, April is pretty crappy, too. We’ve already picked up more than 7″ of rain in the Quad Cities causing river and basement flooding in many hometowns and making this one of the wettest Aprils on record.
If that wasn’t bad enough, temperatures are running 3.6° below average and there were snowflakes in and around the Quad Cities yesterday, April 23rd!
So, everyone blames the weather (and sometimes, the weather person). I would never do that since I know too many great meteorologists (and some sucky ones, too, and you don’t have to look too far to find them!). 🙂
However, weather aside, there are two larger contributing factors that I believe are to blame: lack of sleep and not eating right.
When I worked a morning show in the past, I never got much sleep at night and I didn’t nap during the afternoon. At that time, I had Miss ABBA, my golden retriever, and we spent the afternoons together walking, playing, and doing whatever we wanted.
The lack of sleep didn’t bother me. Maybe subconsciously, I’m missing Miss ABBA more than I thought or maybe I just want another dog or two! But, that doesn’t fit into the short-term schedule of the next two years of our lives.
But, now that I’m older, maybe I need to condition myself to take naps in the afternoon?
Another thing that needs to change is getting back to healthy eating and frequent buffets don’t fit into that plan. As you know, I love, love, love to eat!
Last year, when Ray and I counted calories with myfitnesspal.com, I lost 25 pounds over a seven-month period and he lost 30 pounds. While we limited our buffets, we ate healthier and we exercised. I still exercise every day, but the treadmill is starting to bore me to tears.
I’m know that when the weather gets warm on a regular basis and we start working out in the garden, the yard, and taking walks around the city, it’ll be easier to feel good, to be motivated, and to lose weight. And, I’ll still be able to have an occasional buffet as a treat and not feel “blah” about it.
So, here’s to spring arriving and sticking around before the heat of summer takes over.
And, here’s to me getting off my a$s, feeling good, and finding the motivation to get “Into The Groove” because you know, “You can dance, for inspiration. Come on, and when you do, get into the groove”!
(uncle of the two men suspected in the Boston Marathon bombings reacting about his nephews’ alleged involvement): “barbarians, wherever they are.”
“They do not deserve to be on this earth … What can I say? They murdered.”
ARKANSAS STATE SENATOR NATE BELL
(in a tweet after a police officer and one of the suspect in last week’s Boston Marathon bombings was killed and police were still looking for the other suspect): “I wonder how many Boston liberals spent the night cowering in their homes wishing they had an AR-15 with a hi-capacity magazine?”
COMEDIAN/ACTOR PATTON OSWALT
“So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, “The good outnumber you, and we always will.”
COUNTRY SINGER LEANN RIMES
“People said I was [anorexic], but I didn’t have a problem with eating, as I ate a ton all the time — I could eat my husband under the table! But I was going through a time when I just wasn’t sleeping — my mind wouldn’t shut off and my heart was breaking.”
“COMMUNITY” STAR & COMEDIAN JOEL McHALE
(on rumors that he’s gay– he’s been married to his wife for 17 years): “Oh, I still see that on Twitter every day. It’s flattering. I always find it really weird when guys flip out over someone thinking they might be gay. If a guy gets offended by that, there’s something’s wrong with him. I take it as a compliment.”
“AMAZING SPIDER-MAN” STAR ANDREW GARFIELD
“Of course I’m in favor of marriage equality. Same-sex couples should have the same rights as anybody else. There is no argument against equality. How can anyone argue against compassion and understanding?”
(in a tweet): “Attention all homophobic idiots: if you’re not attractive to straight women, you’re probably not attractive to gay men. You can unclench now”
(in another tweet): Just see a lot of ppl lookin at my assistant like “oh no better not go that way. That guy wants my butt” don’t be an idiot. Ur still fugly)
If you crave a juicy steak, feel free to throw it on the grill. If a big plate of bacon sounds like your way to start the day, enjoy it.
As much as I love a medium rare steak, I can’t tell you the last time I had one.
As for beef, the only times in recent memory that I had anything that “contained” it was back in February and last week on pizza. Now, if you noticed, the word contained was in quotation marks. On February 2nd, on the one year anniversary of Miss ABBA’s last day alive, I had half of a double cheeseburger. That was Miss ABBA’s favorite treat and she had one on that fateful night in 2012. I know that that “beef” burger was probably was a combination of mystery meats and ingredients (my assumption is not scientific and that’s why the restaurant wasn’t mentioned). And, the pizza I had recently had some “beef” on it. Again, who knows what it really consisted of.
For quite some time, I’ve been overwhelmed by guilt when I pass pastures of cows or I’ve done stories with pigs that I know are heading “north” (from the movie, “Gordy”, meaning to be slaughtered) and I never look them in the eyes because I know what’s going to happen.
With that being said, I don’t plan on becoming a vegetarian. I don’t have the same feelings when I look at chickens, turkeys, or fish.
However, after my fishing ordeal in Spirit Lake, Iowa, last Memorial Day, I did come to a revelation — my fishing days are done! When I caught “Wally”, the walleye, and for circumstances that I won’t write about, I wasn’t able to release him or her and I had to eat it! While it was tasty, I felt guilty because I saw the fish when it was alive. That reminds me of a line from a recent episode of “Hannibal” on NBC, “Eating her is honoring her. Otherwise, it’s just murder.”
Last summer, I was very successful in losing 25 pounds with more exercise, eating less, and skipping buffets. As you know from my blog and my posts on Facebook, I love buffets. I love getting many samples of all kinds of food.
However, lately, I’ve indulged too many times and I’m finding it less rewarding, except for the desserts. That will be harder to give up. 🙂
While I plan on taking Gretel to Osaka Buffet in May when she passes to the 7th grade and we’re taking Tammy out for Mother’s Day, I think I’ll limit my buffets to one a month. This summer, before the Depeche Mode concert in August and my vacation in October, I want to lose about 15 pounds.
With nicer weather, I know it’ll be easier to get outside to walk more, work in the yard, and buy healthy local veggies from the farmer’s market.
Here’s to a late spring, summer, and fall with no beef and pork for me and more veggies, seafood, chicken, and turkey. (Sorry, chickens and turkeys — maybe next year!)
And, watching “Hannibal” definitely makes eating ANY meat less attractive! 🙂
By the way, liver have been off my culinary menu since I was a kid. My mother would make liver and onions and we had two options — eat it or leave it. On those night, my sister and I didn’t eat!
I’m sure there aren’t too many people who would tell Ryan Gosling, Hugh Jackman, Sandra Bullock, James Franco, Amanda Seyfried, and Henry Cavill to wait.
As hot and talented as they are, I’ll likely be waiting for their new movies, “Only God Forgives” (Gosling, July 19), “The Wolverine” (Jackman, July 26), “The Heat” (Bullock, June 28), “This Is The End” (Franco, June 12), “Lovelace” (Seyfried, August 9), and “Man of Steel” (Cavill, June 14) to arrive on DVD in late 2013 or 2014, even though they all hit the movie theaters this summer.
Here are the movies that I’ve decided will send me into the theaters for my large popcorn and large Coke Zero (and free refills).
May 10, 2013
“THE GREAT GATSBY”
If the latest Buz Luhrmann movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, and Tobey Maguire is as magical as Luhrmann’s 2001 musical, “Moulin Rouge!”, it’ll be a masterpiece to me. From all of the buzz I’m hearing, this 2013 version should easily surpass the 1974 adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald literary classic with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow.
May 17, 2013
“STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS”
I previewed this sequel to J.J. Abrams’ 2009 hit and re-boot, “Star Trek” last week in my “Random Friday Thoughts”. I can’t wait to see where this movie takes the USS Enterprise. Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana return and are joined by Benedict Cumberbatch (of the BBC hit series, “Sherlock”).
June 21, 2013
Since we’ll have Gretel one of these two weekends (June 21 or 28), we’ll have to make it a double feature weekend at the movies when she’s not with us. It also saves money because you’re only buying one popcorn and two sodas and getting refills instead of doing it each weekend!
The last time we did that, Ray and I saw “Les Miserables” and “Zero Dark Thirty” on the same day.
Of the two new movies I want to see in late June, one features a fight to save the world from, you guessed it, zombies! And, the other features “Magic Mike” Channing Tatum with his clothes on trying to save the President of the United States (Jamie Foxx).
“WORLD WAR Z”
This will be one of the most anticipated movies of the summer. The Brad Pitt-action flick was pushed back from a December 2012 release date for re-shoots, which is sometimes seen in Hollywood as a sign that the movie is in trouble. Plus, it’s not a cheap movie with a budget of more than $170 million! Pitt hopes that this feature will become a franchise.
All I can say is that these are not your “The Walking Dead” slow-moving flesh eaters. They can move!
June 28, 2013
“WHITE HOUSE DOWN”
While I’ve never gone to the theater to see over-the-top movies by Roland Emmerich (the modern-day Irwin Allen), I’ve decided that it might be fun doing something I normally don’t do. I enjoyed his “The Day After Tomorrow” on DVD.
And, with publicity pictures like this, I’d be a fool not to go!
August 7, 2013
The Oscar-nominated 2009 action/thriller “District 9” was incredible. Director Neill Blomkamp is back with his latest thriller starring Matt Damon and a very stunning and sexy Jodie Foster. I mean, check out that hair! Did that sound too gay? I’ve always been in love with Jodie!
The movie takes place in 2154 and “the world has been divided into two classes”, says “Entertainment Weekly”: the rich living aboard a high-tech orbital space station, “Elysium”, and everyone living on the suffering, dying Earth below.
Matt Damon plays an Earth resident that has to break into Elysium to cure himself of a medical condition that is available there, but not on Earth. And, from what I’ve read, Jodie Foster is the villian in this movie. She heads up the Elysium Corporate Authority.
The movie also stars Sharlto Copley, the star of “District 9”.
August 7, 2013
“PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS”
Sometimes you do it for the kids.
Gretel is a huge fan of the Rick Riordan young-adult series, she loved the first movie, “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief”, and she has a crush on “Percy Jackson” actor Logan Lerman. (I have to admit that he is cute.) Grown-ups will more likely know him as Charlie in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” from last year.
This movie will whet our appetites for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” coming in November.
And, while I’ll wait for the DVD, the new movie from Oscar winner Pedro Almodovar, “I’m So Excited” looks very funny. His last movie, the horror/psychological drama, “The Skin I Live In”, was one of my favorite movies that I saw in 2012.
And, I’ll never think of the Pointer Sisters performing this song again after seeing this over-the-top, hilarious version of “I’m So Excited”. Here’s the video.
In honor of the late movie critic Roger Ebert, I hope my choices that I’ll spend good money on get “two thumbs up”.