Thursday, September 30, 2010

Survivor: Three weeks and out

So much for watching this season's SURVIVOR. Coach Jimmy was voted off by a bunch of ingrates who will rue the decision and lack of leadership, and the young team is dominated by a disgustingly attitudey girl named Naonka, and if she is going to be the focus then we won't be able to stand it. So, that was a quick season and we'll watch something on the DVR or something with less annoying people, like "Jersey Shore" or "Tool Academy."

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Our Cooper Duper is 11 months old today!

Just one more month and our baby will be one year old. Can you believe it?!

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.




DWTS Top 11

This could be a tough year. I don't actively dislike any of the contestants, so I can't root, root, root against anyone with vigor. Here's how I ranked them Monday night:
 
Jennifer & Derek - She's 50? Holy moly. Val: "She has great legs" for this. I'd say. I have no idea why the judges scored them all 8s, either. That should have been a winning routine, what all others last night were judged against, and lower. And yet, others had 8s as well. Hmph.
 
Also, before you start to believe what you hear in the media and entertainment blogs, the audience was booing the judges for their low scores on this performance and not Sarah Palin's upcoming sit-down with Tom, as some are claiming in an effort to make my girl Sarah look bad.
 
Audrina & Tony - When Bruno told her after the dance that "You're not a show pony, you're Secretariat," did anyone else picture her thinking, "He thinks I'm a secretary? I'd be a terrible secretary!" But who knew she was a pretty good dancer!
 
Rick & Cheryl - She can make anyone look good, even a guy who is too tall to jive and has a bad foot.
 
Kyle & Lacey - Fun and peppy, although we have yet to see him try to slow it down and take the lead. The judges criticize his technique a lot but don't score it as such, which means Kyle will be this season's recipient of the "No matter what he does he gets scores inflated" award.
 
Margaret & Louis - Without the idiocy of the comedic attempt last week, Margaret can do the steps and with some practice should be fairly decent.
 
Bristol & Mark - Very deliberate, see her thinking from step to step with a lack of personality. The judges were much more positive, though. Do you think Mark felt queasy having to meet the Palins in Wasilla?
 
Brandy & Maks - Last week's best, this week she looked uncoordinated and weak in the jive, and the hip-hoppy stuff looked like a reach to cover it up.
 
Kurt & Anna - Great. My favorite two pros, Anna and Chelsie, have sub-par dancers and won't make it far. Drat! Arizona Cardinals fans are surely hoping he'll get voted out soon and decide to go back to quarterbacking their team.
 
The Situation & Karina - We've got a bad situation. If he won't stop with the GTL and start with the PRACTICE, he's headed back to visit Snooki in rehab.
 
Mrs. Brady & Corky - I like Corky, but I don't want him treating her like she's Cloris Leachman. Enough with the hijinks and make her graceful, Corky!
 
Bolton & Chelsie - The judges really want the crooner gone. Maybe Bruno was rooting for Kenny G instead, because he gave Michael a 3. Ouch. Harsh. It would be a shame, though, to lose Chelsie so early.
 

Monday, September 27, 2010

I'll be good, I promise!

Only dropped a little over one pound this week, but I'm not surprised or too disappointed. Besides, Friday night we went to Logan's and I helped myself to three of those delicious hot rolls, and at Casa Mexicana for lunch Saturday I had many more chips than usual.

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

Color blind

Far be it for me to disagree with the AP's assessment of the Milan fashion show, but ...

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Cooper's formula

Wednesday night we found out that our Similac (bought at Wal-Mart the 11th) was part of a very sizable formula recall. Unfortunately Cooper had already had eaten through one of the tubs, and was halfway through the next.

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!

Survivor: Crazy Town

Is everyone a little nutso in this season's Survivor? We finally got around to watching Wednesday's episode, and have a few observations:

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

Open mouth, insert foot

We already dropped our Netflix, but maybe we should hit up RedBox a few extra times this week to stick it to the Netflix CEO, who somehow forgot how fast word travels on the Internet when you insult your client base:
(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

Cheese!

Trying to keep Cooper happy at his doctor's appointment a couple of weeks ago:



Sunday, he was sure fond of our food and drink at Old Timer's for lunch:



The Joys of Children

Reasons Fall Is Fabulous

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

Cooper's second home

Over at his Mammaw and Grandaddy's house, Cooper has plenty of attention, plus dogs!



Monday's TV is back!

The fall season has returned, and now we can finally settle in from a summer of fun and frivolity outdoors when it was 98 degrees, and sit in front of the warm glow of the television while it's ... well, still 98 degrees outside, but without humidity!
 
HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER - So now we're supposed to wait for some mysterious wedding for Ted to meet Future Mother? Val's guess is that it's Barney and Robin's, since they were all cute last night and we didn't see them in the flash-forward at the wedding. Wouldn't surprise me, but I if they do get back together it's a lot less boring than last time.
 
DANCING WITH THE STARS - I skipped last season, what with all Kate drama, but this season I'm going to give it a shot again, since it's just a pleasant show to have on in the background while Val and I play with Cooper, try (and try again) to get him sleepy, then settle in with some ice cream before we crash at 8:59 and 45 seconds so Val can sleep and I listen to the Monday Night Football game on the radio in bed.
 
Here's how they rank so far:
 
Brandy - Wow, a singer who shakes her groove thing on stage regularly can dance? Shock! I am shocked! It's like this has never happened on the show before!
 
Jennifer Grey - Sweet how she broke down when remembering dancing with the late Patrick Swayze when Derek played a song from "Dirty Dancing."
 
Kyle Massey - Disney star I've never heard of, though the judges were smitten immediately by his positive attitude and sassy moves.
 
Audrina Patridge - You know her as the empty personality on "The Hills." No, the other one. No, the other one. No, the other one. Having fun here, at least, and not a bad dancer for her first go-round.
 
Kurt Warner - Future NFL Hall of Fame QB will have to deal with his outspoken and dominating wife a lot more than his partner.
 
Rick Fox - If you can get over the fact that the former NBAer is well over a foot taller than partner Cheryl, they move well together.
 
The Situation - Sure, it's easy to dismiss a "Jersey Shore" star, but from other things I've seen, he actually has potential for being a funny guy.
 
The Hoff - Not exactly Hoff-some, though it may not matter so long as German-Americans vote en masse.
 
Michael Bolton - His dance partner lowered expectations about how he slouches on stage and doesn't move, and he met them.
 
Bristol Palin - Too shy, too awkward, and will only be saved so long as women vote for her partner, Mark.
 
Mrs. Brady - Typical post-menopausal woman dancer, a little bit of grace, some humor, tries real hard but can never be that good.
 
Margaret Cho - I never found her funny, so her act will get old quickly.
 
Sure to be in the finals? Brandy, Grey, maybe Fox?
 
 
Still to watch from Monday's programming: The Event, Hawaii Five-O and Castle, the former of which will be replayed Saturday night, while the latter two wait patiently on the DVR.
 
 

Monday, September 20, 2010

Still waiting to be noticeable

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

Starting weight (July 12, 2010) - 387
Last week (Sep. 13) - 358
Current weight (Sep. 20) - 354
Total lost - 33
10% target - 349
Ultimate goal – 225

Cooper's cookout

Saturday night we had a cookout with four other couples from Sunday School and their seven kids (all five and under), so plenty of fun for Cooper to be had. He was a little shy at first and didn't want Daddy or Mommy to put him down, but branched out eventually.





Saturday, September 18, 2010

Sinners and Comets

The paper gets a little fire-and-brimstone towards the townsfolk in this Memphis Memories from Sept. 15, 1885:
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.

It's all Cooper's house, now

Our boy just loves roaming around the house, pulling himself up on stuff and turning stuff over. He's in charge! Thankfully he peters out eventually.





Thursday, September 16, 2010

AGT ends, Survivor begins

AMERICA'S GOT TALENT - Wow, a singer won. How lame. If only there were more singing competitions for such talent. *ahem* Really disappointed that Fighting Gravity didn't win. That was an inventive act, and perfect for Vegas. I'm sure they'll be just fine, but I would have had the winner, Michael, in fourth out of the top four. I'm very tired of Piers manipulating his judging to get his favorites through, but I'm pulling for it on our next reality pickup for the fall ...

SURVIVOR - We haven't watched in a few years, but with Jimmy Johnson on we decided to give this season a shot. Coach almost blew it with his first overnight whining, but thankfully the goat rancher was a total loon. If Coach goes, I think we might, too, so I hope Probst will angle his tribal council questions in a fashion that will be completely unfair but make Jimmy J look good!

Meanwhile, over at the "Young Bunch" team, is every guy on there a Hanes model for boxer briefs? Really, did they walk around like that all day long?

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Go Jimmy!

If you were on this year's Survivor, how would you treat Jimmy Johnson? Kick him off first since he's won college and NFL titles? Pshaw! Hitch your wagon to him, form an alliance and an everlasting bond, and then after the show he's all, "Hey, why don't you come hang out with me and my football buddies at the Super Bowl," and you're like, "Yeah, Jimmy, you da man!"

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Cooper with flat hair






This is for you, Dad, Cooper's hair is sort of brushed flat, at least for a few minutes!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Poor little guy

Cooper was not feeling well last week and this weekend, but he gave it a try:



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!

Into the 350s

I would've thought that a stomach virus would have helped me lose more than three pounds this week, but hey, I'll take it. Maybe the Olive Garden and Lenny's on Sunday sat on my tummy too long. I'm out of the 360s, within one pound of 30 total and nine of my 10 percent goal, so good times!  
 
KEEP JEFF ACCOUNTABLE
 
Starting weight (July 12, 2010) - 387
Last week (Sep. 6) - 361
Current weight (Sep. 13) - 358
Grand Total lost - 29
10% target - 349
Ultimate goal – 225
 
 

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Patty Cake!

He officially started saying it this weekend at his Mammaw's house, but we're the first to get him on tape!



Headlines

"There's no place for Abbas views"
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

Cooper exploring

This would be the last time I left out my work bag, LOL:





Jeff's NFL predictions 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

Poor little buddy

Another first for the Parents Of Cooper. I was eating at the table facing him while he played in his high chair, when "blaaatttt," and he threw up everything he's ever eaten. That was the first time in his 10 months that he's gotten sick like that. Poor little guy.
 
I ran to Walgreens to get some Pedialyte like our pediatrician recommends and he ate a little of his bottle okay before getting to go to bed with his Mommy. He ended up being so squirmy, though, that he woke them both up, and I gave him some more bottle at 11 and put him in his crib, where he slept until 6:30 this morning.
 
He woke up seemingly better, Val says, without being as warm, and no vomiting so far. Which is good, because Val says the look on my face when she came in and Cooper had just projectile vomited "Exorcist" style was priceless. I'm guessing it was a combination of shock and "what the heck do I do know?" She gave him a bath, I threw stuff in the washer.
 
It all started two nights ago with a sniffly nose and cough, and he developed a fever of 101.8 by Tuesday, too. It's not fair. Why can't Daddy and Mommy be sick instead?

Cooper's busy Saturday

With the beautiful weather on Saturday, Val and I planned a big fun day for our mini Cooper, some of which went great, some of which ... not as much. In the morning we went to the park for a walk, which was good, but it was too sunny for our boy's big blue eyes, which was bad.

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

Movie time!

Believe it or not, I actually saw three movies recently, two with Val, and one actually in a movie theater! I think this doubles the number for 2010 thus far, so bonus points for us!

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

On the down low

Down three more pounds this week, for 26 total since July 12. Val's down a couple of pounds, too, because we're not letting ourselves buy anything bad to lurk in the kitchen. So if we only cook healthy foods five days a week, and stay mostly good at restaurants on the weekends, it works out nicely. I stay diligent every meal now, though, none of that "weekend binging" at Outback or at family events. Every little pound counts when you've got 135 of them to go!
 
And as Dad pointed out last week, I've lost more than a Cooper now!

KEEP JEFF ACCOUNTABLE

Starting weight (July 12, 2010) - 387
Last week (Aug. 30) - 364
Current weight (Sep. 6) - 361
Total lost - 26
10% target - 349
Ultimate goal – 225

I'm just sayin' is all

- SOUNDS LIKE A NAILBITER. Memphis Memories for Aug. 8, 1885:
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!

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Cooper in the kitchen

Cooper likes to follow us around the house now, which is a hoot, but it also means keeping an extra eye on him at all times!