Tonight we went out to dinner with Lynn and Lori. We brought them to MJ's, our new regular haunt. Mary Jo comped our meal because we brought in the brand new menus with us tonight. I love when we eat for free. Can't beat it. I love seeing Lynn and Lori. We just don't see each other enough. I wish we lived closer. But when we did live closer, we saw each other less than we see each other now. Whatever.
Last night was Mark's school plays. Man, they were painful. Trying to pick the best actors in each of the grades was kind of hard. There were two grades where neither Ken nor I could come up with two definite winners, so we had to really stretch to come up with them.
The new Doctor Who started tonight in Britain. I can't wait to see this. I'm so happy the show is back.
It looks like we're going to Florida in May. Ken has a training class he's been trying to get approval to go to and he got it today. While he's in class, I'm going to Disney. I deserve it, dammit. And we're going again in September. I'm a spoiled Disney brat. I don't have any of the specifics on the May trip yet, but I will when Ken gets home later.
The cats had their annual check up yesterday. Ken brought them. He said Lucy was a champ all during the appointment. She was well behaved, she let the doctor give her shots, she let her poke and prod and with no complaints. Ollie, on the other hand, wasn't having it. At all. He did not have a good time, he hated everything about the visit, he squirmed away from the doctor, didn't take the shots easily. It's pretty amazing how the cats exchanged rolls. You can do just about anything to Ollie and he'll love you for it. You could pick him up by the tail, whirl him around a few times and then throw him into the wall and he'll think it's the best game ever. You look at Lucy the wrong way and she goes into hiding. So for them to act they way they did at the vet, it just boggles my mind. They both had slightly adverse reactions to the shots they got. Neither of them felt good this morning. I know this because neither was interested in breakfast. That was a first. They both walked away from their bowls and went upstairs to lay down. Lucy laid on the bed, Ollie chose the guestroom. They were both mostly back to normal when I got home from work tonight. Lucy was 100%, but Ollie was still a little out of sorts. He should be fine tomorrow.
It was 60 degrees today and I decided to do something I haven't tried before. I walked home from work. I wasn't sure how far the walk was going to be, so I googled it before I left work. It was only 3 1/2 miles. I figured it would take about an hour to walk it. I timed it and it took exactly 1 hour. To the minute. The beginning of the walk was the worst because the first 1/4 of the trip was uphill. Now that I've done it, I know it's a piece of cake. I need to try it more often. I'd like to say at least once a week, but I know that's not going to happen.
Ken's mother is coming tomorrow night. She's flying out to Texas on Thursday morning, so she's crashing here. We live 10 minutes from the airport and she lives about 45 minutes away from here. What's awesome is she'll most likely take us out to dinner tomorrow night. Yummy.
And I hit the lottery for some more money. Won a couple of Take Five tickets and I won $18.50 on one of them. Tammy at work was so jealous that she bought a ticket and made me touch it so that some of my luck would bleed out on it. We'll see tomorrow.
Have you ever thought about if they put out a cd soundtrack to your life, what songs would be on it? I've thought about this on and off over the years and still don't know all the songs that would appear, but I thought about starting to compile them. Over to the right on this page, I'm going to start listing them as I think of them. I've got a few that immediately come to mind for whatever reason. Songs that bring me back in time to very specific moments or songs that I really, really identify with. Once I get enough on the list, I should make myself a mix cd.
Anyway, they've been sleeping with us and generally making getting a good night's sleep impossible. They have both decided that I make an excellent pillow. Most nights they end up in between my legs, pinning me into position. This is bad because I flip from side to side all night long. When I finally can't deal with it anymore (usually around 3 or 4 am), I sit up and move them. But by the time I lay back down and try to find a comfortable spot, they've repositioned themselves right where they were. I can't win. Almost every morning right around 6am, Ollie finds himself awake and his first thought is to fuck with Lucy. They fight and she finally gives in and leaves. Then he loses interest in the bed and leaves, too. So for the next hour, I can usually rest in comfort.
I'm beyond exhausted right now. As I mentioned yesterday, today was all about cleaning this pig sty. I got a good 85% done today, but it took everything out of me. The houseguests said to expect them around 2:30, so that gives me time to finish up, and it also allows me to try to sleep in. Best of both worlds.
I don't know if I'll get a chance to post here tomorrow. If I don't, it's not because I was lazy. I actually will have a reason.
I'm beat. I need to go to bed.
Patty Griffin Children Running Through
She just gets better and better each album. She's tried doing different things on different albums and this seems like she's taken everything she's done in the past and given us a little bit of everything.
Malcolm Middleton A Brighter Beat
I love when someone's accent comes through in their singing voice. And I love it when someone names their songs titles like "Fuck It I Love You."
Tracey Thorn Out of the Woods
While I like Tracey Thorn best when she's doing the folkie Everything But The Girl stuff, her voice works so well with a techno pop backdrop. I just adore her.
Amy Winehouse Back To Black
This woman has balls. She's a fucking mess and I love that in a singer.
James Morrison Undiscovered
I guess he's going to be thrown in to the whole "James Blunt like singer" category, but it's not fair to him. I really like this album and I hope it does well.
Harry Connick, Jr Oh My NOLA
There's not much Harry can do that I won't like. This is his latest themed album, songs from, about or by artists from New Orleans.
Macy Gray Big
Macy Gray is a mess. She's always been a mess and she'll always be a mess. And when she can channel that mess into making great albums, I'm a happy boy. Big is a great album. "Strange Behavior" has got to be my newest favorite song.
Barenaked Ladies Are Men
The follow up to Barenaked Ladies Are Me. More upbeat than the last one. It's a fun listen.
Mika Life In Cartoon Motion
He really wants to be a Scissor Sister. In the worst kind of way.
Norah Jones Not Too Late
What I really like about this is how mellowed out it is. Not that Norah Jones is a heavy rocker or anything, but the arrangements and beautiful and sparser than the last two records. I think this is my favorite of all her albums.
Mary Chapin Carpenter The Calling
She's not breaking any new ground on this record, but it's still nice to hear her sing.
Lucinda Williams West
I haven't been a big fan of Lucinda's last couple of albums. I tried this one with some trepidation, but she put out an album that I find listenable. The last couple I could barely sit all the way through. This is more the speed I like, more like the stuff on her self titled or Car Wheels On A Gravel Road.
Kaiser Chiefs Yours Truly Angry Mob
I've been bitching to myself that I have stopped listening to new artists. Since I've made myself aware of that fact, I've been trying different things here and there. I tried the Shins, but I found them boring as hell. I tried the Kaiser Chiefs and really surprised myself with how much I liked them. They are definitely big 80's music fans because it shows in every one of their songs. And I mean that in the best way possible.
Roddy Frame Live In Osaka
Roddy is my rock star boyfriend.
Joss Stone Introducing Joss Stone
I've only listened to this twice, so it really hasn't sunk in too deep yet. I just love her voice.
Falco Hoch Wie Nie
Okay, this is actually the 16th album in the list. And it's a greatest hits album, so it doesn't really count. But Falco is such a guilty pleasure. There can't be anything wrong with me liking Falco, right? He really did write and perform a lot of fun pop songs. Honestly. Stop looking at me with that contempt in your eyes. I bet you like a lot of crap, too. You're just too shallow to fess up to it. So there.
Last August I had my first physical in longer than I should admit to. My doctor told me I had borderline high blood pressure and that I was too fat. I weighed in at 300.5 lbs. I swore I would never reach 300 lbs. It scared and saddened me. I couldn't believe that I let myself go like that. The doctor told me I needed to lose 100 lbs. Just the thought of that seemed impossible. But I've been working on it. From August to December I managed to lose 30 lbs. It wasn't as hard as I thought it was going to be. I had to put myself in the right frame of mind. The doctor told me to watch my calories and carbs. I've been doing that. I set a goal for 2007 that should be easy to reach. Another 30 lbs. So far, I've managed to lose 10 lbs this year. I would say 15, because I weighed in at 255 this morning, but I don't believe it. Maybe if I'm still at 255 next week, I'll believe it. I have to say, it's probably been ten years since I was this weight. All I know is that I weighed 230 when Ken and I got together nearly 13 years ago. The thought of being 230 again is too much for me to think about. Something else that's too much for me to think about is that Ken and I, for the first time EVER, weigh the exact same. He's a few inches shorter than I am, so this means that I'm skinnier than he is. Me. I'm thrilled. But now he's depressed. He's determined to get back on track and drop more weight. His doctor wants him to be 180. I need to be supportive. Let's see if I can do it.
Lucy may be a sweet baby, but Ollie is even sweeter. For instance, a few minutes before I decided to write this post, he jumped up in my lap, cuddled up and fell asleep. However, and with Ollie there is always a however, the keyboard is also in my lap and he's making it incredibly difficult to type. This is his standard operating procedure and I've learned to adjust to him.
What else can I do really?
As I said earlier, it was a struggle with Lucy at first. She came home with a nasty case of diahrrea that took us months to fix. The vet found a particular type of cat food that she can digest and have healthy poopies. She's had a couple UTIs, her skin turned all scaley and flakey... She's been on more medications than Anna Nicole Smith, but she's finally mostly all better. She's been acting more and more catlike in the last few weeks and it scares me. She'll play with cat toys, something she's never been interested in before. She'll jump on my lap, another thing she's never been interested in before. For the last two nights, she's slept on our bed with us, something she's never done before. More surprisingly, she'll sleep side by side with Ollie. They rarely do this. The pictures I've posted are deceiving. It looks like they are friends, but it's more Lucy being lazy. She likes to sleep on that perch. Ollie joined her and she was not very happy about it but she was too lazy to do anything about it. You can tell by her expression that she wants him to get inoperable stomach cancer.
What a year it's been. Those little fuckers bring me so much joy. There are days when they are so cute that I just want to cry. And I do. I'm such a pussy.
Switching gears, I'm adding a second item to my "likes" sidebar. I fucking love Sharpies. Can't get enough of them. I just bought a 24 color pack of fine point Sharpies. I could squirt!
Why do I have two mp3 players, you may be asking yourself. Well, I've got a 30g Creative player that Ken gave me as either a "congrats on your new job" present or an early Christmas gift last year. It would have been a Christmas present if I didn't get the new job, he told me. About 6 months ago, I got a 2g iPod free for opening a new bank account. Since the iPod is smaller, I use it for some favorite songs and for all my podcasts. The Creative player is my main jukebox. I've got about 10,000 songs on it. I can't imagine not having it.
I'm exhausted. I've been putting in a lot of overtime again. Last Saturday was going to be my last Saturday for a while, but I think I want to work this coming Saturday and that will be my last one. But I'm not sure I'm going to be able to work it. We've got a Nor'easter coming to close out the season. Suppose to start on Friday night and end on Saturday. None of the weathermen are willing to commit to what is going to happen yet. This is only the third storm all winter and this is the third time they've all been afraid to make an actual prediction. Whatever. So I have one more potential day of overtime before I need to kick it back a little. I have to because my ass is d r a g g i n g . At least I'm going to bed early tonight.
Just about every single year, Ken and I take a vacation to Florida (though he says this year's vacation will be the last one there for a long time...) One of the highlights of the Florida vacations is always the Appliance Direct commercials. They're fucked. They buy up hours of tv and play their commercials back to back to back like infomercials, usually on the weekends. I've been known to sit in the hotel for an hour watching them while Ken gets ready to go out. This is probably my favorite one. After the guy asks the question "Have you ever seen a plastic toilet?" he answers himself with "Why not? White porcelain." White porcelain has become our standard answer to each other to the question "Why not?"
Phil vs. Puppet Master
I need to read up more on uploading pictures and stuff.
The weather is turning more favorable, which is a good thing. The last two months or so it's been way too cold for me to get off the bus early and walk home. My exercise routine is very minimal. It basically consists of getting off the bus a mile and a half early and walking the rest of the way home from work. Takes about a half hour to do this. It's really the only exercise I get, but at least I'm getting some. I haven't done this since January because the weather wouldn't allow it. But today got up to near fifty degrees and it was prime walking weather. Tomorrow will be the same. I'm glad the weather is changing. I've actually missed walking. And with the re-addition of walking, maybe I can up the weight loss a little more.
You know what I love? Swiss Cheese. I'm going to start a list at the side of this page and just list out random things that I really love. I love the taste a slice of Swiss Cheese adds to a sandwich. Fucking delicious.
Speaking of overtime, Saturday's was a nightmare. I get to work and my computer decides it doesn't like my new password and won't let me in. At all. It also doesn't like my old password. I was really pissed off. I got up at 5:30 for nothing? Luckily there was plenty of stuff for me to do. Most everyone had non-computer related things to give me to do and that brought me all the way up to 12:30. I figured that I might have enough to do until about 7:30 and then I'd be gone.
What bummed me out about the possibility of no overtime on Saturday was that I have already earmarked the money for some comic book t-shirts. I decided that as a reward for all the weight I've lost so far, I would treat myself to some comic shirts. I haven't owned one since the late 80s or early 90s. Mostly because I had gotten so big that I couldn't fit into one anymore. I know I can fit into a 2XL easily now and that's about as big as they come. I think I want a Shazam shirt and a Green Lantern. This will probably change before I actually get around to ordering them.
Since this is my first posting, I'm not really going to get into much. I just want to see how this looks and stuff.