Monday, January 31, 2011

Two is fine and dandy with Jeffy

I'll take two pounds this week, since I'm still working on that whole, "Being good" thing on the weekends. But Saturday night we went with a Weight Watchers pizza recipe, and Sunday night we got out the quesadilla maker, so we didn't go all out with the bad stuff. Unless you count some chips with spinach and artichoke dip at O'Charley's Saturday afternoon. What we need is more exercise, and the temps being in the 30s after a rainy Tuesday is not helpful.
Starting weight (July 12) - 387
Last weigh-in (Jan. 24) - 350
Current weight (Jan. 31) - 348
Lost last week - 2
Total lost - 39
15% target - 329
Ultimate goal – 225

Jeff reviews "Inception"

No, it's not a dream, Val and I finally got around to seeing "Inception" this weekend via DirecTV's pay-per-view cinema. We both agreed that it is worth all the hype, fancy adjectives of praise and awards earned thus far, including, I think, "Longest Van Drop Into A River From A Bridge." (Probably a technical award.)

"Inception" also gets a nod for being one of the coolest films of my lifetime, up there with "Kill Bill," "The Matrix" and "Short Circuit." When Joseph Gordon-Levitt is in an anti-gravity fight in the hotel hallway, that pretty much sealed the deal. More so, it was even moving by the end. Really, I got goosebumps.

The Filmspotting critics whose podcasts we frequently enjoy, Adam and Matt, started getting into all this nonsense about how the movie spent too much time explaining the story. We think they see too many movies and forgot how to watch a film as a normal filmgoer who isn't looking for a Super Dreamy Independent Film. Val and I want to be entertained, not confused. The exposition didn't seem to be overloaded; it helped understand what was going on.

Sure, you may wonder how many dreams involve constant gunfire and fights, but it was right up my alley. Almost every morning I wake up out of what I call my "man of action" dreams. I'm not necessarily kickin' tail and taking names, but there is a lot of wild and crazy sequences, violence to others and colorful characters. So if I could get into someone else's head to affect their dreams and play around in their mind, that would be pretty neat. I know I spent far too much time wondering that sort of thing in school about if Girl So-and-so "liked" me.

As for the performances, Leo is as good as you'd expect, Ellen Page is just fine as our guide to understanding the movie, Tom Berenger comes out of wherever he's been hiding since "Major League 2" and Gordon-Levitt does his best work since "Third Rock From The Sun," but the scene-stealer is clearly Tom Hardy. I'd never heard of him and it's no wonder based on his IMDB listing, but everyone will after this and when he's one of the bad guys in the next "Batman" movie.


Cooper's day at Bartlett Park

After we went to the doctor's office Friday, as a reward for being so good we stopped at Bartlett Park to Cooper play. And it was a nice sunny day for it:

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Cooper's reflection

We took Cooper to the doctor for his 15-month checkup. All is well, and our boy is lean and healthy and even after three shots in his leg he recovered after only five seconds when he saw the love bug stickers on the window again. The boy plays through pain!

I like to call this one, "My, I am a handsome baby."

Time for some Tylenol before getting his shots. Yum, yum!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Cooper's favorite train

He loves the train at Old Timer's, where we eat every Sunday after church. It goes round and round and round, and he smiles and laughs every time.

The boy just lights up a room!

Dad's in town for business and stopped by Sunday night, and Cooper even rewarded him with some sugars:

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Few movies, but also less junk food

Oscar nominations were announced this morning, and no surprise, I haven't seen ANY of the ten Best Picture nominees. That's not to say that I don't want to see any of them. Someday I hope to see "True Grit," "The King's Speech," "Inception" and "Toy Story 3." On weekends we just find ourselves preferring to run errands, clean and snuggle on the couch at night rather than steal away a couple of hours for entertainment.
In fact, I don't think Val and I spent even ten hours in the theater in 2010, munching on popcorn, chowing down hot dogs or drinking 86 oz. cups of Diet Coke with free refills. Which was probably good for the diet.
Speaking of, I was down one pound this week, which as always probably would have been much better if the weekend never existed.
Starting weight (July 12) - 387
Last weigh-in (Jan. 17) - 351
Current weight (Jan. 24) - 350
Lost last week - 1
Total lost - 37
15% target - 329
Ultimate goal – 225

Monday, January 24, 2011

Friday, January 21, 2011

Cool Dude Cooper

Never touch a monkey's wrench

- During Supreme Court arguments Justice Stephen Breyer said that if the government lost a certain case: "We are not just throwing a monkey wrench into the gears of government contracting; we're throwing the whole monkey."

So what part of the monkey is the "wrench?"

- Ann Coulter in a typical bit of bravado wit:
"Liberals are always indignantly accusing conservatives of claiming God is on our side. What we actually say is: We're on God's side, particularly when liberals are demanding God's banishment from the public schools, abortion on demand, and taxpayer money being spent on Jesus submerged in a jar of urine and pictures of the Virgin Mary covered with pornographic photos."

- Apparently, during the MLK events in Columbia, S.C., organizers built a box around the statue of George Washington. I imagine if it was of Thomas Jefferson they would have torn it down and beat it with their shoes like Iraqis did after Saddam's fall.

- Keep staying classy, Steve Cohen:
“[Republicans] don’t like the truth, so they summarily dismiss it. They say it’s a government takeover of health care — a big lie — just like Goebbels. You say it enough, you repeat the lie, you repeat the lie, you repeat the lie and eventually people believe it. Like blood libel. That’s the same kind of thing. The Germans said enough about the Jews and the people believed it, and you had the Holocaust.”
And since he represents the city of Memphis, he will be voted into office forever and ever, so unless he calls chicken and waffles "gross" or pees on a statue of MLK, with that kind of job security why does he care what he says?

Thursday, January 20, 2011

We still use leeches, too

By now most of you have heard about Frayser High School here in Memphis, and the number of pregnant girls there (many are there, by the way, it turns out, because the school has a program to help them). During the rush to judge the school and the area, an "expert" on Wednesday's "Today" show on NBC made this curious claim:

"Reportedly, there is no OBGYN in that county," New York psychiatrist Dr. Janet Taylor said. "So when you talk about reliable, accurate information, there's a disconnect that really happens."

Yes, that's right, our little hick town don't know nothin' 'bout birthin' no babies.

The comments in the Commercial Appeal are my favorite part:

"A doctor in New York really thinks a county with almost a million people doesn't have any OBGYNs? Does she think we all just have our babies on the kitchen table while clenching a bullet between our teeth? You'd think before she went on TV she'd have at least tried Google to get some information."

"I'm sure Dr. Taylor would be surprised that indoor plumbing is abundant in the county too."

"Man, I'm sure glad we got that new fangled electricity at our house. I got a bunch of them coal oil lamps I'd like to give someone who doesn't have the wires strung to their house yet. Just leave me a note on the board at the general store up town."

Little things add up

I admit to being a little surprised at gaining a pound last week. I thought I'd been pretty good. And then I remembered, oh yeah, I had a slice of cheesecake at Olive Garden when we met Mom, Stephanie and Nana for dinner Friday night. And oh yeah, I had some chips during dinner at the Happy Mexican the next night, and oh yeah, we spontaneously went through the drive-thru at Steak 'N Shake and I got a banana milkshake. So, yeah, duh, right?
Starting weight (July 12) - 387
Last weigh-in (Jan. 10) - 350
Current weight (Jan. 17) - 351
Lost last week - +1
Total lost - 36
15% target - 329
Ultimate goal – 225

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Cooper and Grams

Mom came to visit yesterday and today, and Cooper had a good ol' time playing with her in his hilariously delusional "I really need to go to bed" mood:

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Cooper enjoying brisk winter weather

Believe it or not, the weather was actually warm enough to go outside last week:

Friday, January 14, 2011

Cooper around the house

He knows how to turn the DirecTV off, but the VCR remote? Not so much:

Thursday, January 13, 2011