Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
- HEADLINE - "NASA Finds Shrimp Dinner On Ice Beneath Antarctica" - AP, March 16
So they like a nice cocktail, but I guess it's a delicacy for penguins to get some friend shrimp down there.
- WHAT LIBERAL MEDIA? The Seattle Times reported that Republican thugs threw a rock through the window of a Ohio Congressman's office this week. The problem? His office is on the 30th floor.
Speaking of "dangerous rhetoric," I need not remind you that just a few years ago CNN was lobbing softball questions at a filmmaker who made a faux-documentary fantasy about assassinating President Bush, and never had a problem when anti-war protesters were carrying around signs saying stuff like "We support our troops when they shoot their officers."
PROJECT RUNWAY - Alas, Anthony is gone. The most entertaining contestant this season was thankfully not annoying, and thus the only funny one is unfairly out with a dress that wasn't nearly as bad as Mila's fifth-grade artwork design last week.
DANCING WITH THE STARS - After two dances, tonight the first star will be out. Will I care? Doubtful, until Kate is gone.
Pussycat Doll & Derek - The first 10s (from Carrie Ann and Bruno), about as you'd expect from a dancer and sometimes singer with choreography experience. Will Derek ever get a partner who isn't already a fabulous dancer?
Evan & Anna - As good as you'd expect from a figure skater with experience with choreography.
Erin & Maks - She's a charmer, and will be very good after a few more weeks, given the chance.
Pamela & Damian - Cheeky.
Jake & Chelsie - Looks like he's thinking through the steps.
Niecy & Louis - She's just adorable, and even had a little rhythm this week.
Shannen & Mark - In a short skirt this week for a jive, I was surprised that she has skinny, gangly legs that flailed in all directions.
Aiden & Edyta - Feel bad for Edyta, because she really, really, doesn't want to leave early again. And Aiden, even though he was better this week, still lacks smoothness.
Chad & Cheryl - Ouch. Awkward. Why is he staring at the balcony the entire time?
Kate & Tony - Blech. Such drama. She's so clueless as to why everyone can't stand to be around her. Tony's one of the most likable pros in the competition, and she even drove him to nearly quit. And yet, based on the "Dial Idol" forecast she's getting tons of votes. Stop!
Buzz & Ashly - I was kind of insulted by the gimmick of the saluting at the flag and earth at the start. We love you, Buzz, you're an American hero, but that was the equivalent of the IDOL chick singing "God Bless America" last year.
Monday, March 29, 2010
There are three pickers with a chance to win:
Scott, if Duke loses to West Virginia.
Michael C., if Duke beats West Virginia and loses the title tilt.
Carol, if Duke wins it all, which would be fitting since she's the only one who picked them to win it all.
Here are the standings after the Elite Eight:
1. 68 - Scott [Bears Commodores Bruins oh my!] - Kansas, Kansas St., West Virginia, Baylor
2. 63 - Dad [redsox0407] - Kansas, Kansas St., Kentucky, Duke
3. 61 - Michael C. [Mike Does Not Watch Basketball] - Kansas, Syracuse, Kentucky, Duke
3. 61 - Kevin's Picks - Kansas, Syracuse, Kentucky, Duke
5. 60 - Natalie [lucky] - Kansas, Kansas St., Kentucky, Duke
6. 57 - Carol's Picks - Kansas, Pittsburgh, Kentucky, Duke
6. 57 - Cody [Belew'sPick] - Kansas, Kansas St., Kentucky, Villanova
8. 54 - Erin [Not So Picky] - Kansas, Kansas St., Kentucky, Baylor
9. 52 - Stephen M. [One Shining Bracket] - Kansas, Syracuse, Kentucky, Baylor
10. 51 - Jorge/Miami - Ohio St., Kansas St., Kentucky, Villanova
11. 50 - Jose [Torch the Twine] - Kansas, Pittsburgh, Kentucky, Notre Dame
12. 48 - cheryls picks - Kansas, Kansas St., Kentucky, Villanova
12. 48 - Val [Cooper's Mom's Picks] - Georgetown, Syracuse, Kentucky, Villanova
14. 41 - Jeff's Best Guesses - Georgetown, Syracuse, Kentucky, Villanova
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Who is feeling pretty good about themselves? Dad, for picking Kentucky, my Mom-in-Law and her Duke selection, and Jorge, who went with Kansas State.
My Darling Valerie picked Kentucky, so she has a realistic shot of winning as well, but I'm not sure I can root for her because it also means rooting for Calipari, and frankly I'm not ready to make that sort of deal with the devil.
Here are the standings after Saturday, keeping in mind that they will change drastically next weekend:
31 - Cody [Belew'sPick] -
30 - cheryls picks -
30 - Jose [Torch the Twine] -
29 - Dad [redsox0407] -
29 - Jorge/Miami - Ohio St., Kansas St., Kentucky,
28 - Scott [Bears Commodores Bruins oh my!] -
28 - Natalie [lucky] -
28 - Erin [Not So Picky] -
27 - Carol's Picks -
27 - Michael C. [Mike Does Not Watch Basketball] -
27 - Kevin's Picks -
26 - Val [Cooper's Mom's Picks] -
26 - Stephen M. [One Shining Bracket] -
25 - Jeff's Best Guesses -
Friday, March 19, 2010
Carnation Day, honoring the birthday of the martyred president, William McKinley, will be observed tomorrow and local florists are laying in heavy stocks of the flowers. Since the death of Mr. McKinley it has been the custom throughout America to wear a red carnation on his birthday anniversary.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Cody [Belew'sPick] - Kansas, Kansas St., Kentucky, Villanova
Stephen M. [One Shining Bracket] - Kansas, Syracuse, Kentucky, Baylor
cheryls picks - Kansas, Kansas St., Kentucky, Villanova
Erin [Not So Picky] - Kansas, Kansas St., Kentucky, Baylor
Natalie [lucky] - Kansas, Kansas St., Kentucky, Duke
Carol's Picks - Kansas, Pittsburgh, Kentucky, Duke
Jeff's Best Guesses - Georgetown, Syracuse, Kentucky, Villanova
Jose [Torch the Twine] - Kansas, Pittsburgh, Kentucky, Notre Dame
Kevin's Picks - Kansas, Syracuse, Kentucky, Duke
Mike Does Not Watch Basketball - Kansas, Syracuse, Kentucky, Duke
Jorge/Miami - Ohio St., Kansas St., Kentucky, Villanova
Scott [Bears Commodores Bruins oh my!] - Kansas, Kansas St., West Virginia, Baylor
Dad [redsox0407] - Kansas, Kansas St., Kentucky, Duke
Val [Cooper's Mom's Picks] - Georgetown, Syracuse, Kentucky, Villanova
He's still getting the hang of it, and hang is the operative word since his feet don't even touch without the benefit of a blanket and some books!
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
We changed Cooper's formula and we started feeding him solids, so I guess we have to figure out, how does it affect little Coop's deuce, if you get my drift?
The formula switch doesn't have anything to do with nutrition or any of that silliness. No, it's purely for financial reasons.
For two months now I keep getting buy-one-get-one-free coupons at Walgreens and Kroger for Enfamil's Gentlease powder. Eventually I realized that with enough of these coupons, I could have several months worth of cheaper formula than the Similac Sensitive that we've been using since Cooper was a month old. A 23.2 oz. bucket of Similac powder is $25 at any store. The Enfamil is $14 for a 12.5 oz can, meaning we can use the coupon, double up on those smaller cans and it's like having a $10-off coupon for a big bucket. With at least ten of these coupons on hand, that's real money for a few more months' worth of formula. Cha-ching!
In other Cooper observations ...
Although it looks like our boy is losing whatever hair he had at birth, I have another theory. I think he has the same amount of hair, but while his head has grown, his hair hasn't multiplied.
Alas, as he grows up, Cooper will probably have thin hair like his Mommy and Daddy. It looks like his hair will go in three or four different directions, too. I hope he takes his cowlicks better than his old man. I once broke the corner of a big bathroom mirror (fourth grade or so?) by throwing a brush out of frustration. By college I quit trying and have never owned a brush since. I get out of the shower, towel it dry and use my hands to flatten it out, and that's it. I'm done. Screw it. Should I teach this to Cooper sooner than later?
Monday, March 15, 2010
A small town doctor was famous in the area for always catching large fish. One day while he was on one of his frequent fishing trips he got a call that a woman at a neighboring farm was giving birth. He rushed to her aid and delivered a healthy baby boy.
The farmer had nothing to weigh the baby with so the doctor had to use his fishing scales. The baby weighed 32 lb. 10 oz.
Our first three babies, all girls, each weighed about seven pounds at birth. When my fourth arrived, he was much larger. After delivery the medical team began testing and measuring my new son. The last reading came from a nurse, who seemed impressed as she read, "Weight, nine pounds, eight ounces."
My husband, a CPA in corporate finance who had been quiet up until this point, could contain himself no longer. "How about that!" he exclaimed happily. "It's thirty-six percent more baby!"
Some friends were hoping their second child would be a girl, and they even had a name picked out. The ultrasound didn't reveal the baby's sex, though, and since the expectant father had orders from the Navy to ship out before the due date, he told his wife, "We'd better pick out a boy's name, just in case." But when it was time for him to report for duty, they still hadn't decided. At sea a few weeks later, he got notification that his son, Justin Kase, had been born.
As I was nursing my baby, my cousin's six-year-old daughter, Krissy, came into the room. Never having seen anyone breast feed before, she was intrigued and full of all kinds of questions about what I was doing. After mulling over my answers, she remarked, "My mom has some of those, but I don't think she knows how to use them."
While I was dining out with my children, a man came over to our table and we started talking. He asked where my kids go to school. I told him we home-school them. With a raised eyebrow he asked if my husband is the sole breadwinner for our family. I said no, I also work—out of our home. Then, noticing our two-month-old son, he mentioned that his daughter had just had a baby, and he wondered what hospital our son was born in.
"He was born at home," I answered.
The man looked at me, then said, "Wow, you don't get out much, do you?"
It's every airplane passenger's nightmare -- getting stuck near a crying baby. I was manning the ticket counter at a busy airport when the sound of a sobbing infant filled the air. As the next passenger stepped up to the desk, he glanced at the tot and rolled his eyes. "Don't worry," I said to him cheerily. "Chances are that baby won't be on your flight."
Head shaking, he grimly replied, "Oh, I bet he will. That's my son."
Ooooh, bright lights, bouncy music, can't resist!
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Go to Yahoo! Sports and Join! Join! Join! Join!
Last year Steve correctly picked his Tar Heels to win it all, and that was enough to win the Challenge. See if you can unseat him!
Last year's results:
1. Steve (Tarheels & Tigers) (North Carolina) - 131 (47 of 63 games picked correctly)
2. Rann R (redsox0407) (North Carolina) - 126 (45 of 63)
t2. Jonathan M. (Longhorns0465) (North Carolina) - 126 (44 of 63)
4. Scott (Bruins Commodores Bears oh my!) (Villanova) - 109 (46 of 63)
5. Syd (It's CaliPERR-EE) (Memphis) - 102 (46 of 63)
6. Cody (Belewspickstothetop) (Memphis) - 100 (46 of 63)
7. Kevin H. (Bubba Keg) (Wake Forest) - 92 (37 of 63)
8. Jenn R. (RoarRRR!) (Memphis) - 85 (42 of 63)
t8. Val (The Bean's Picks) (Memphis) - 85 (45 of 63)
t8. Carol H. (Carol's picks) (Memphis) - 85 (40 of 63)
11. Jorge (Struggling From Day 1) (Pittsburgh) - 81 (44 of 63)
12. Randy B. (Rider's Winners) (Pittsburgh) - 76 (41 of 63)
13. Cheryl (Memphis) - 75 (43 of 63)
14. Erin M. (Bracket Buster) (Memphis) - 70 (43 of 63)
15. Me (Jeff's Tiger Blue) (Louisville) - 69 (39 of 63)
16. Karen P. (Velvit) (Oklahoma) - 59 (40 of 63)
17. Stephen M. (Bracketerrible) (Louisville) - 53 (33 of 63)
1 Cody B. - 142
2 Stephen M. - 138
3 Val - 127
4 Erin M. - 120
5 Randy B. - 117
6 12345 - 113
7 Cheryl B. - 112
8 Dad - 105
9 Me - 103
10 Sydney G. - 98
11 Carol H. - 96
12 Natalie M. - 88
13 Steven R. - 86
14 Michael C. - 85
15 Scott R. - 74
16 Stephanie L. - 72
17 CUT THE NET - 70
18 Jenn R. - 53
Here are the 2007 results:
1. Me - 151 points; 44 out of 63 picks correct (Florida)
2. Dad - 143; 48 of 63 (Florida)
3. Jorge - 138; 47 of 63 (Florida)
4. Michael C. - 128; 41 of 63 (Florida)
5. Karen - 107; 36 of 63 (Florida)
6. Syd - 104; 46 of 63 (North Carolina)
7. Carol H. - 99; 47 of 63 (Memphis)
t8. Kevin - 93; 45 of 63 (Georgetown)
t8. Erin - 93; 45 of 63(Memphis)
10. Val - 91; 46 of 63(UCLA)
11. Steve - 90; 39 of 63(Ohio State)
12. Southern Girl - 87; 45 of 63(Kansas)
13. Cody - 83; 46 of 63(Texas)
14. Scott - 64; 37 of 63(Kansas)
15. Jenn R. - 50; 33 of 63(Memphis)
16. Amy C. - 28; 23 of 63(Miami-OH)
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
Seeing as how the worst of the top 24 are moving into the top 12, the next six to eight weeks of AMERICAN IDOL will be an exercise in marveling how cruel the judges can be in order to get rid of the pitchiest warblers before they ruin the finale. Thursday night we could easily have replaced decent singers and now-eliminated Katelyn, Lilly and Todrick with, say, Tim, Katie and Paige or Lacey, all of whom will be some of the first to go from the top 12. Let's rank the remaining singers:
4. Big Mike
The top five there have some ability and could win the whole thing. The rest? Competing for the Less Suckitude Performance Of The Week. It could get ugly. Right now I'm listening to a collection of David Cook's songs when he won IDOL, and it's clear that no one this season will ever come close to matching his talent. Heck, I may even miss Adam Lambert's entertainment value, because this group doesn't have any showmanship whatsoever.
- A lot of decisions made at church this past weekend. My favorite visual of how awesome it is when someone puts their faith in Christ comes from Frank Peretti's "This Present Darkness" series, of angels surrounding someone as their reborn, and rejoicing. Doesn't that give you a little thrill, to think of how happy it makes God when those who are reborn become part of His fellowship? I always think of that because for me it always explained why I get happy goosebumps when someone walks down the aisle to make that decision, and when a new Christian is baptized.
- Speaking of church, I'm thinking that the new pastor isn't a big fan of the outlines in the bulletin that the church family is accustomed to using to following along with the sermon. Last week he barely touched on it, halfway through noting that he would quickly run through the outline so the folks could fill it in, and this week he put the "answers" upside-down at the bottom of the page. Next week I'm wondering if we'll get a blank page with a smiley-face icon and a note to "follow along."
- Don't ask me how I noticed this, because I don't normally check high school girls basketball box scores with any precision. And yet, looking at the sports page a few weeks ago, somehow I noticed that apparently about 15-18 years ago, urban mothers named their daughters Jasmine (or "Jasmyn") with amazing frequency, at least for those girls who would become basketball players. There are two who play for Millington, two more for Horn Lake, and one for Middle College, Overton, Mitchell, Southaven, Catholic, Sheffield, Southwind and Wooddale. And these are just the ones who scored to get their names in the paper for one day's worth of games. (This is unscientific research, of course.)
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
Here he is enjoying senior status over Audrey, a full two weeks younger:
Val's Dad starts early on the "pull my finger" jokes:
Aunt Sissy gets some of that cute baby lovin':
A real chip off the old block:
- Cooper's doing fine and dandy. Our main mission now is to wean him off of sleeping in his car seat in the crib, which won't be easy. If you lay him down in the crib while he's sleeping, he'll wake up within 20 minutes, guaranteed, every time. Last night I tried the Boppy, thinking that it's an in-between step since he'd still be reclined and supported, but nope, 15 minutes later I heard him stirring, and he wouldn't go back to sleep until I picked him up and rocked him back to sleep. At that point I put the car seat back in the crib, laid him down for the night and he slept until after 3 as usual. I'll try and try again until it works. I mean, he has to outgrow it eventually, right? Or will he be five years old and sleeping on his booster seat in his bed?
- We've also started Cooper on solid foods. Val has, at least. I haven't been brave enough to try when it's my turn at night, so I just pump him full of formula that is mixed with rice cereal for a filling pre-sleep meal. She started him with a thicker gruel of the rice cereal, and this week is trying the Gerber 1st Foods carrots (not organic - what are we raising, a hippie?). He's still trying to figure out the whole "eat, don't drink" concept so much of it he ends up playing with on his lips, but as always I remind myself that he's only four months old, and we're just getting started with all of this. It'll still be a little bit before he's eating steak with us (at least without the benefit of a blender - eww, gross). I'll try to get a video of Val's valiant efforts to feed him soon.
- Writing that, I realize that Val and I have settled into our stereotypically mother-father roles. She's good at the feeding and changing and cleaning and keeping him happy all day while I'm at work and/or napping, while I hop in as if I'm saving the day, play with him for a few hours, put him to sleep and call it a night. While I sleep fast and hard, she's worried about everything that he needs and should be doing for the next day.
- So last night I'm reading to Cooper "The Little Engine That Could." I know it's a parable of helping your fellow person, staying positive and how what we perceive as the weakest elements sometimes have the best intentions and can get things done. But really, shouldn't the clown and dolls and elephant and giraffe, etc., have done a better job reserving an engine that could get over the big hill to deliver the goods and foods to the boys and girls on the other side? I think this is a story about planning ahead and not expecting a handout when you don't get your way. Of course, I won't tell Cooper that until he's at least in his teens and listening to Rush on his own.
Monday, March 08, 2010
15 - Dad, Scott, Stacy, Heather
14 - Val
13 - Stephanie
12 - Michael C.
11 - Carol
10 - Kevin H.
9 - Jenny H.
8 - Jeff
7 - Amy C.
Those who correctly picked "The Hurt Locker" to win Best Picture: Scott, Steph and Heather.
Past champions and results:
1. Scott - 19
2. Jeremy - 16
3. Dad - 15
4. Stephanie - 13
5. Val - 11
Bill - 11
Cheryl - 11
Heather - 11
9. Stacy - 10
Jenny H. - 10
11. Jeff - 9
Michael C. - 9
Kimberly T. - 9
14. Karla - 8
15. Amy C. - 7
Erin - 7
17. Randy - 6
Kevin - 6
19. Carol - 5
14 - Val, Jeff
13 - Dad
12 - Scott, Erin
10 - Stacy, Stephanie, Jenny H., Michael C., Jeremy
9 - Steve R., Heather K.
8 - Bill L.
7 - Kevin H.
6 - Amy C., Carol H.
Dad - 16
Jeremy - 14
Jeff - 14
Michael C. - 14
Sydney - 14
Mom - 14
Stephanie - 13
Val - 12
Scott - 12
Stacy - 12
Aunt Lynn - 12
Carol Howell - 11
Jennifer M. - 9
Cyndi - 8
Kimberly - 8
Karen - 7
Amy C. - 6
Amy J. - 4
Jeff - 17
Stephanie - 15
Scott - 14
Jeremy - 14
Karla - 12
Dad - 11
Mom - 10
Stacy - 10
Jenn M - 10
Jenn R - 7
Steve - 7
Jeremy - 13
Aunt Lynn - 11
Jeff - 11
Dad - 10
Scott - 9
Stacy - 9
Steve - 9
Mom - 8
Stephanie - 7
Jenn M. - 7
Amy - 6
Karla - 5
(tie)Scott and Joe - 16
Jeff, Mom, Stacy, Stephanie - 15
Aunt Lynn - 12
Bill - 10
Jeff's Top 5 Best Picture Winners
1. 1939 - "Gone with the Wind" - The biggest movie ever, off screen and on, it epitomizes everything about how good Hollywood can be.
2. 1943 - "Casablanca" - Oozes with memorable dialogue and coolness and romance.
3. 1959 - "Ben-Hur" - Bigger than life, full of adventure, religious allegories, Chuck Heston, best action scene ever in the chariot race.
4. 1970 - "Patton" - The best war movie of all time?
5. 2003 - "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"- Best modern movie series.
Jeff's Top 5 Sure-To-Be-Forgotten Best Picture Winners
1. 1996 - "The English Patient"- The first of the run of indie films to dominate too many Oscar ceremonies despite no one ever seeing them, such as ...
2. 2005 - "Crash"- And then there's ...
3. 2004 - "Million Dollar Baby" - Don't forget ...
4. 2008 - "Slumdog Millionaire" - And this year, no one will remember "The Hurt Locker" over "Avatar" in 20 years. I could also have put "Shakespeare in Love" since it ticked me off that it beat "Saving Private Ryan," except that "Shakespeare" is an adorable little movie.
5. 1945 - "The Lost Weekend" - I'm not sure I've ever heard of this movie before, which means it's already been forgotten, no?
Jeff's Top 5 I Should See
1. 1973 - "The Sting" - Paul Newman and Robert Redford being all cunning, seems a natural for me to enjoy.
2. 1965 - "The Sound of Music" - I like musicals, I like movies about WWII, I like pretty scenery, so why have I never seen this?
3. 1962 - "Lawrence of Arabia" - About the only sweeping epic I haven't seen, I kept waiting to see it on the big screen during a summer movie festival. Since I'll never have the time now, it's currently waiting for me on my DVR to find four hours to view.
4. 1950 - "All About Eve" - I don't know if I've even seen a Bette Davis film, so this seems an appropriate place to start.
5. 1971 - "The French Connection" - Always like a good Gene Hackman thriller.
Sunday, March 07, 2010
1. Best Picture: "Avatar"
2. Actor: Jeff Bridges, "Crazy Heart"
3. Actress: Sandra Bullock, "The Blind Side"
4. Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, "Inglourious Basterds."
5. Supporting Actress: Mo'Nique, "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire."
6. Directing: Kathryn Bigelow, "The Hurt Locker"
7. Foreign Language Film: "The White Ribbon," Germany
8. Adapted Screenplay: Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, "Up in the Air"
9. Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, "Inglourious Basterds"
10. Animated Feature Film: "Up"
11. Art Direction: "Nine"
12. Cinematography: "Inglourious Basterds"
13. Sound Mixing: "Avatar"
14. Sound Editing: "Avatar"
15. Original Score: "Avatar," James Horner
16. Original Song: "The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)" from "Crazy Heart," Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett.
17. Costume: "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus"
18. Documentary Feature: "Food, Inc."
19. Documentary (short subject): "The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant"
20. Film Editing: "Avatar"
21. Makeup: "The Young Victoria"
22. Animated Short Film: "The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte)"
23. Live Action Short Film: "The Door"
24. Visual Effects: "Avatar"
Saturday, March 06, 2010
Friday, March 05, 2010
Wednesday, March 03, 2010
Tuesday, March 02, 2010
Can big bro Scott defend his title? Good luck!
1. Best Picture: "Avatar," "The Blind Side," "District 9," "An Education," "The Hurt Locker," "Inglourious Basterds," "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire," "A Serious Man," "Up," "Up in the Air."
2. Actor: Jeff Bridges, "Crazy Heart"; George Clooney, "Up in the Air"; Colin Firth, "A Single Man"; Morgan Freeman, "Invictus"; Jeremy Renner, "The Hurt Locker."
3. Actress: Sandra Bullock, "The Blind Side"; Helen Mirren, "The Last Station"; Carey Mulligan, "An Education"; Gabourey Sidibe, "Precious: Based on the Novel `Push' by Sapphire"; Meryl Streep, "Julie & Julia."
4. Supporting Actor: Matt Damon, "Invictus"; Woody Harrelson, "The Messenger"; Christopher Plummer, "The Last Station"; Stanley Tucci, "The Lovely Bones"; Christoph Waltz, "Inglourious Basterds."
5. Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz, "Nine"; Vera Farmiga, "Up in the Air"; Maggie Gyllenhaal, "Crazy Heart"; Anna Kendrick, "Up in the Air"; Mo'Nique, "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire."
6. Directing: James Cameron, "Avatar"; Kathryn Bigelow, "The Hurt Locker"; Quentin Tarantino, "Inglourious Basterds"; Lee Daniels, "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire"; Jason Reitman, "Up in the Air."
7. Foreign Language Film: "Ajami," Israel; "El Secreto de Sus Ojos," Argentina; "The Milk of Sorrow," Peru; "Un Prophete," France; "The White Ribbon," Germany.
8. Adapted Screenplay: Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell, "District 9"; Nick Hornby, "An Education"; Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche, "In the Loop"; Geoffrey Fletcher, "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire"; Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, "Up in the Air."
9. Original Screenplay: Mark Boal, "The Hurt Locker"; Quentin Tarantino, "Inglourious Basterds"; Alessandro Camon and Oren Moverman, "The Messenger"; Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, "A Serious Man"; Bob Peterson, Pete Docter, Tom McCarthy, "Up."
10. Animated Feature Film: "Coraline"; "Fantastic Mr. Fox"; "The Princess and the Frog"; "The Secret of Kells"; "Up."
11. Art Direction: "Avatar," "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus," "Nine," "Sherlock Holmes," "The Young Victoria."
12. Cinematography: "Avatar," "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," "The Hurt Locker," "Inglourious Basterds," "The White Ribbon."
13. Sound Mixing: "Avatar," "The Hurt Locker," "Inglourious Basterds," "Star Trek," "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen."
14. Sound Editing: "Avatar," "The Hurt Locker," "Inglourious Basterds," "Star Trek," "Up."
15. Original Score: "Avatar," James Horner; "Fantastic Mr. Fox," Alexandre Desplat; "The Hurt Locker," Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders; "Sherlock Holmes," Hans Zimmer; "Up," Michael Giacchino.
16. Original Song: "Almost There" from "The Princess and the Frog," Randy Newman; "Down in New Orleans" from "The Princess and the Frog," Randy Newman; "Loin de Paname" from "Paris 36," Reinhardt Wagner and Frank Thomas; "Take It All" from "Nine," Maury Yeston; "The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)" from "Crazy Heart," Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett.
17. Costume: "Bright Star," "Coco Before Chanel," "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus," "Nine," "The Young Victoria."
18. Documentary Feature: "Burma VJ," "The Cove," "Food, Inc." "The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers," "Which Way Home."
19. Documentary (short subject): "China's Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province," "The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner," "The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant," "Music by Prudence," "Rabbit a la Berlin."
20. Film Editing: "Avatar," "District 9," "The Hurt Locker," "Inglourious Basterds," "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire."
21. Makeup: "Il Divo," "Star Trek," "The Young Victoria."
22. Animated Short Film: "French Roast," "Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty," "The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte)," "Logorama," "A Matter of Loaf and Death."
23. Live Action Short Film: "The Door," "Instead of Abracadabra," "Kavi," "Miracle Fish," "The New Tenants."
24. Visual Effects: "Avatar," "District 9," "Star Trek."
Yep, me too:
Monday, March 01, 2010
Getting ever not-so-mini every day, Cooper now weighs about 16.2 pounds. He's doing much better after last week's bronchial virus. We still give him breathing treatments a few times a day with the nebulizer, since any random coughing sets off his wheezing. But he's playing and laughing and eating and sleeping as he was before he got sick.
Meanwhile, me and Val spent all weekend in the sick bed. God bless my Mom-in-law for coming over two nights and watching Cooper and making us food so we could recover.
For real, I think my head is made of mucus, and it sprung a leak through my nose. I know, it's gross. Yuck. Ick. Val was even worse from mid-week through the weekend, floored by aches, pains, congestion and exhaustion, and she's feeling better but still worn out today.
Here's Cooper watching the gold medal hockey game Sunday with his sickly Daddy:
Cooper would just stare at the TV, fixated. I think it's because they play on a big white sheet of ice, with lots of movement. He fell asleep by the third period, so he didn't really care who won.
How about some Winter Olympics Closing Cermony notes:
- Clever start with the acknowledgment of the problems with the Opening Ceremony and the lighting of the cauldron.
- Costas really stopped caring about 10 minutes in, didn't he? Every 15 minutes or so he'd put down the flask and pop in with some random comment after not telling us largely who was on stage or what they were doing.
- In the previews all day long we were promised some Shania. Where'd she go? And no Celine, still? They couldn't re-work it to include her?
- The Canadiana stuff at the end should have been at the Opening Ceremony, eh? Instead of showing Canada full of wheat, punk-dancing fiddlers and beat poets, show off their love of hockey, beavers and offbeat comedy.