Thursday, September 30, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Here's an update on how he's doing nowadays ...
Nap times - We generally have him on a two-nap schedule during weekdays. Not sure about weekends. We've instituted a strict What Happens At Mammaw's Stays At Mammaw's rule. Sometimes he'll sleep an hour, other times, such as Sunday afternoons when he hasn't slept much at church, he'll go longer. Other times, if we really want to make sure he only takes two naps so as not to be up until 9 or 10, he'll wake up after 30-45 minutes and we'll put him in our arms for another little while.
Walks - Now that the weather has cooled, Val and Cooper enjoy some morning walks around the block, and now that it's equally cool at night, all three of us do the same after dinner. He likes it when we're out of the cove and on the two-lane road with more traffic, to watch the cars.
Play time - Our boy just does not want to stay in one place longer than 1.5 seconds. He will go through all 10 toys on the ground in the living room, walk around his play table banging on it then turning it over then trying to turn it back over, try to climb up on Mommy and/or Daddy, then skedaddle for the area behind the couch, the kitchen or the dining room. If he's in the latter, at least I can still see him as he pulls himself up on the chairs under the table. If he's in the kitchen, well, that's where bad stuff is, so best to follow him. If things get quiet, time to check on him. If he's a little cranky, now that it's cooler I like to take him outside when I get home from work and give Val a break. We'll sit in the chairs on the patio and watch the golfers play by. And for those who cursed me for buying loud toys for your kids, pfft! Bring it on! I like his loud toys!
Feeding time - Breakfast is a version of Gerber's oatmeal cups and some Cheerios or Puffs. Maybe a snack of yogurt, then lunch with one of those Gerber jars of meaty stuff, especially sweet potatoes with turkey and apples with chicken, plus a veggie or fruit. At dinner we'll give him another meat combo and a veggie or fruit, plus some of our food. From Sunday lunches at Old Timer's after church, he really likes carrots and field peas. We're working on sweet peas, potatoes, pasta and chicken. The "experts" always say to give him something 20 times to get used to it, so we do in the hopes that he'll eventually eat more than a few bites before giving us the Scrunchy Face Of Dislike and turns away from the spoon.
Sleep time - When he's tired, Cooper gets very giggly and it's hilarious, which is probably his sneaky way of staying up later, because my boy is like me, he wants to stay up and not miss anything. Once he's downed a bottle, when I try to calm him down to get in a sleep state he instead gets squirmy. After a few minutes I'll take him to his dark nursery, rock him for a few minutes and sing to him, and when he's still squirmy I'll just put him in the crib and most of the time he goes right to sleep. If only he'd sleep longer, alas. Cooper will always be up by 6:30, and sometimes 5:30 or earlier.
Monday, September 27, 2010
I'll need to be super good this week, just in case our upcoming October trip to Miami to visit Dad includes some not-so-healthy fare. I've told myself to be good and I think for the most part I will since seafood is easy to do, but so help me if we go to the Cheesecake Factory I'm not sure I can prevent any dessert from hitting the table!
KEEP JEFF ACCOUNTABLE
Starting weight (July 12, 2010) - 387
Last week (Sep. 20) - 354
Current weight (Sep. 27) - 353
Total lost - 34
10% target - 349
Ultimate goal – 225
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
After church I immediately drove to Kroger for a new can. With Val on the phone, we checked the lot numbers against the online info that told us what was good and what was bad. Many of the Similac cartons were recalled, and I eagerly informed the manager on duty of this fact. Not really expecting her to issue a warning bell over the loudspeaker so guys can slide down fire poles to remove the offending formula, I was still a little surprised how little she seemed to care. See, Kroger hadn't emailed her yet, so what was she supposed to do about it?
Saturday morning I received an automated call from Kroger, who could tell from our value cards that we buy formula from there frequently, helpfully telling us about the recall. Thanks for the swift movement, Kroger. Do you think the manager even noticed the next day that the formula was missing? Probably not.
Meanwhile, back home ...
Sure, he could play with the table like normal infants, but Cooper likes to think outside the box. Such as, what would the table be like if he turned it upside down?
He's also discovered that he can reach the TV. Thankfully he hasn't also realized that pushing that round button turns it on and off. It's inevitable, I know:
He likes to sit in Daddy's lap while Daddy's on the computer, although he really just wants the keyboard. To chew on, I'm guessing, not to post on Facebook.
Cooper's a big fan of both Daddy's big shoes and his stroller, during his explorations of whatever's within reach in the house:
Cooper does this adorable thing with us, where when we stick out our tongue he'll do it, too, and spittle. And if we nod our heads and say "Yes," he'll shake his head back and forth. Even if he can't see us and he hears us say "Yes," he'll still do it! Uh-oh, he's already getting stubborn!
So Sash, who says he's half-white/black, wants to form a an alliance of minorities, but also they all hate the disabled girl and want her off because she'd get the sympathy vote.
The older folks are smart, let Coach Jimmy be a coach and lead you to victory!
We're not sure who we can root for at this point, but we know this: If Naonka makes the top 10, we may not watch anymore.
The tribal council was great. I love it when it explodes, and the younger tribe is so full of idiots that Jeff didn't even have to probe.
So Holly is cuckoo, taking one guy's shoes, filling them with sand and putting them in the water because she thought he was making fun of her (so was everyone else). And yet, with Jimmy Johnson's help, she was redeemed by the end of the episode?
Naonka, meanwhile, is way too full of attitude. Taking Fabio's socks because she lost hers? Really? People act like this?
Hey Shannon, bud, you might want to stop talking now. You were already headed downhill, but that "are you gay?" comment pretty much solidified you as one of the biggest tools in Survivor history.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
(The Hollywood Reporter): "Are you concerned that American Netflix subscribers will look north and ask for the same discount Canadians get at $7.99?"
(CEO Reed Hastings): "How much has it been your experience that Americans follow what happens in the world? It's something we'll monitor, but Americans are somewhat self-absorbed."
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
1. Hello? Do we need to say it? School.
2. Fall clothes come in the same colors as your kids' food stains - chocolate brown, fruit-punch red, and mac-and-cheese orange. Way to save on colorsafe bleach!
3. You get to carve jack-o'-lanterns - the only time seeing a snaggletoothed smile your home doesn't make you fear an $8,500 orthodontist bill.
4. The thrill of new crayons.
5. It gets dark earlier. It's easier to get the kids to bed earlier. You get to go to bed earlier.
6. Nothing smells better than a toddler who's just jumped in a leaf pile.
7. All your favorite shows are finally back! Come on, don't you want to know if Will and Emma hook up for good on Glee?
8. Trick-or-treating, that blessed evening when sleep-deprived moms who look like zombies simply blend in with the crowd.
9. We're suckers for the sight of little kids in footy pajamas.
10. Hot cider. Hot cocoa. And for moms, a hot toddy.
(From Parenting magazine)
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Down four more pounds this week, breaking the 30-pound total mark and within five of my 10 percent target! Can I get there before we head to Miami the first week of October? Hope so!
Friday one of my producers told me that she could tell that I'd lost some weight, but that was after I'd mentioned being on a diet. Until someone who doesn't know says something, I don't think I've hit that point yet. As much as I started at, it will take another 30 before I start to get that spring in my step or start rooting through bags of my "skinny" clothes days of yore. I'm in the in-between stage right now.
I'm on the last loop of my old belt, but can only barely squeeze into the first loop of the thinner one that's been waiting patiently in my dresser for four years. I still wear the same shirts and pants, but very much looking forward to getting out the stuff from four years ago to see when they fit, and especially the old t-shirts and polos from 10 years ago when I really dropped some pounds. Finally, I will be able to wear the Red Sox and British Open 2000 shirts that are still in my closet waiting to be worn again!
KEEP JEFF ACCOUNTABLE
Last week (Sep. 13) - 358
Total lost - 33
10% target - 349
Ultimate goal – 225
Saturday, September 18, 2010
The churches were all well attended Sunday -- a sure sign that the summer wanderers are coming home full of repentance for all the sins they committed while away from home.
This one's a little more recent. I remember when I was ten years old, going outside with binoculars and looking up at Halley's Comet, how it comes around every 75 years, how long that seemed at the time. Hopefully I'll be around in 50 more years to see it again in 2061. This is from Sept. 16, 1985:
Early one morning in 1910, Myron Clark's mother got her young son out of bed, took him to the front porch of their Crockett County, Tenn., home and showed him "that big star up yonder with a tail on it." "I remember this," says Clark, "that my mother told me at the time 'If you're a good boy and live a good life, you might get to see it again.'" Clark is 83 now and looking forward to his second meeting with Halley's comet. Clark is one of more than 70 senior citizens in the Memphis area planning to attend this week's "Two-Timer's Preview" at the Memphis Pink Palace Museum Planetarium. They'll be treated to the planetarium's new show, "A Comet Called Halley," which will later open to the rest of the public. Most of those attending the preview are at least 80 years old.Note: The comet didn't actually appear to the eyes on Earth until 1986.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
But he was happy to wait for his Mammaw to come visit!
And a few days later, glad to feel better enough for her to come pick him up and keep him for two whole nights!
Last week (Sep. 6) - 361
Grand Total lost - 29
10% target - 349
Ultimate goal – 225
Sunday, September 12, 2010
I don't know, I think, "You can dance, you can jive, Having the time of your life" is just what some folks might need!
"Report: Money can buy you happiness"
Also just in: Bears poop in woods, Democrats call for more spending
"When we buried my dog, I found my father"
Maybe you should bury the dog somewhere else.
"Tylenol-loaded mice dropped from air to control snakes"
Are animal experts blaming headaches on snake attacks now?
"The BBC completely fails to understand the Tea Party movement"
"Seriously," says the BBC," What's with the Indian costumes, and why would you dump perfectly good tea in the harbor?"
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Thursday, September 09, 2010
I trust everyone is ready for a hard-hitting football season, which combines some of my favorite things: Watching grown men beat each other senseless, yelling at the TV and cooler weather. Good times.
It also means that it's time for my annual NFL Predictions, which should not be used for gambling purposes, if that weren't a big fat sin, you Sinny McBacksliders:
AFC EAST - NY Jets, Miami, New England, Buffalo
AFC SOUTH - Indianapolis, Tennessee, Houston, Jacksonville
AFC NORTH- Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Cleveland
AFC WEST - San Diego, Oakland, Denver, Kansas City
WILD CARDS - Tennessee & Pittsburgh
AFC CHAMPIONSHIP - Indianapolis over Baltimore
NFC EAST - Dallas, NY Giants, Philadelphia, Washington
NFC SOUTH - New Orleans, Atlanta, Carolina, Tampa Bay
NFC NORTH- Green Bay, Minnesota, Chicago, Detroit
NFC WEST - San Francisco, St. Louis, Seattle, Arizona
WILD CARDS - Minnesota & Atlanta
NFC CHAMPIONSHIP - New Orleans over Green Bay
SUPER BOWL - Saints beat Colts. Again. I know, I'm so boring. I'm disappointed in myself. But it would still be an entertaining game.
Wednesday, September 08, 2010
Back home, we set up a water pad that Val's mom bought for him, which surely will be great, but by this time he was hungry and doesn't want his Daddy farther than two feet away, which is awesome but not so much when he cries about it. He took a nice long nap, which is good, then we went to Nana's for dinner and to show her how he's pulling up now, and then watched the Tigers get nailed by Miss'ippi State, which was bad. In the end, everybody slept well.
He really wanted her watch to chew on. Hey, his Grandaddy (Val's Dad) lets him have his!
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
Of course, the movie that I saw in in the dark, chilly environs with the big screen was PIRANHA 3D. Why? Because I could go see it with my father- and sis-in-law, get some laughs and enjoy a couple of relaxing hours. I'm not sure I got that, what with all the squirming and hands over my face.
You may say that this makes me a wuss. I hope not. What I was hoping for was a campy movie in the spirit of "Snakes on a Plane" and "Freddy vs. Jason," and I think the movie delivers on that, but I think marriage and fatherhood has tempered my enthusiasm for such flicks.
I certainly can't blame the cast. Richard Dreyfuss even opens up the movie in a role similar to Drew Barrymore in "Scream," a big name with a bloody demise to get you in the mood. From there we get Elisabeth Shue as the sheriff of a small lake town that is overrun with drunk college kids on spring break and fish with a big bite that cause almost as much mayhem. Ving Rhames is her partner, and Christopher Lloyd shows up as essentially the same wacky character he's played since Doc in "Back to the Future." There are a couple of teens that try to look like Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens of "High School Musical," and Jerry O'Connell is a skeevy "Girls Gone Wild'-type.
What ensues is a lot of blood and a lot of breasts. A lot more of both than expected, actually. Please don't tell my preacher that I went, especially since we started a three-year commitment called Men's Fraternity on Wednesday nights that probably wouldn't approve!
- THE INFORMANT!: While my in-laws watched Cooper, Val and I relaxed with some Netflix movies two Saturdays ago. The reviews were largely positive, it was nominated for awards, the trailer was hilarious and Steven Soderbergh directed. Lots of pluses. Unfortunately it didn't deliver the goods for a movie that has an exclamation point in the title.
Matt Damon stars as a corn exec-turned FBI whistle-blower at a major manufacturer that is fixing prices on a corn ingredient. Scott Bakula comes in as the FBI agent in charge, accompanied by partner Joel McHale of "The Soup," which is one of many interesting casting decisions. Many of the serious roles are in fact taken by comedians such as McHale, Tony Hale, "30 Rock"'s Scott Adsit, "Best Week Ever"'s Paul Thompkins, and "Back to the Future"'s Thomas Wilson.
I think it's part of an effort - including some very goofy music that swells in the weirdest places - to make this a cornball (no pun intended) flick. Instead of being comedic, however, it feels very scatter shot and uneven as it bounces from different places and times; we couldn't tell how the movie got from one place to the next much of the time.
- VALENTINE'S DAY: The prettiest people in the world have some relationship problems. They're just like us! In what seems more like a love letter to L.A., many many folks' lives intersect a la "Love Actually" or "Playing By Heart".
Some stories are sad, others ooey gooey and uplifting. Of course, it all ends in lovey dovey goodness, and that's all we want. But seriously, Jamie Foxx and Kathy Bates are working shifts at a TV station from 7a to 11p? Unlikely!
Monday, September 06, 2010
KEEP JEFF ACCOUNTABLE
Last week (Aug. 30) - 364
Total lost - 26
10% target - 349
Ultimate goal – 225
The Terrace Garden was crowded yesterday when the baseball game in progress at Nashville between the Rock City team and Memphis was received by telegraph and announced, feature by feature, the score being marked up on the blackboard. It was the next thing to seeing a game and will doubtless take well here as the baseball fever seems to rage without abatement.
- I can safely say that I have not changed my vote at the last minute just because you bunched up five campaign signs on the same corner.
Moreover, I have never decided to buy a car based on the number of balloons hanging around a dealership.
- Sportscasters keep saying that athletes are over the hill when they hit 35 years old. Hey, I'm only 34, I've got a lot of years left to make it as a pro something, anything! I'm not old!