Monday, January 18, 2010

Grab some popcorn! It's Oscar season!

Well, you guys aren’t going to believe this. I went without weighing from December 18th to January 16th. In that month, I ate like a fiend because of Christmas, New Year’s and other random days that I justified cheating. Somehow, I managed to lose 2.6 pounds bringing my total to 52.8. I am kind of paranoid because I feel like when I go this Saturday they will tell me they were just kidding and my real weight will be revealed. I also feel like I’m on some sort of tight rope. I couldn’t exercise this morning because my gym is closed due to the holiday and I cheated a little on Saturday in addition to my normal Sunday cheat day so I’m a little on edge in fear that my totally unwarranted holiday weight loss is just a fluke that can be revoked.

Aside from no exercise today, I’ve done really well and plan to be full on this week. Maybe I will get down 60 pounds quicker than I think. I hope this is true since I decided to put a moratorium on purse and earring buying until I get to 65 pounds. What if I get to 65 and then gain a pound the next week? Do I then have to return the purse? I hadn’t thought of that. I apologize sincerely for the digression.

My mind is buzzing with things other than my quest to achieve ITC (Inner Thigh Clearance-I wish I could take credit for that one). I’m all aflutter with TV and movies. I get very excited about American Idol which I probably won’t discuss until all the ridiculous people are off and I can truly pick some favorites. Also, with the exception of 5 episodes of Brothers & Sisters and 1 episode of Big Love, I am all caught up on TV. I watch A LOT of TV. My favorites tend to be the dramas on ABC, comedies on NBC and then most of my other shows are on Comedy Central, Food Network, HBO or Showtime. Honestly, if all I did were watch TV, I would invest my time in the current hits like Mad Men but I just don’t know where they would go in my schedule. I mean I work, try to maintain a meager but existent social life and I don’t have time for House, 24 or Dexter. I wish I did. I wish I could get out of bed in the morning, work out, watch the news, write for a few hours and then pollute my mind with TV at night...but I got bills. ANYWAY.

I say all this to tell you that it is time to start thinking about something other than TV...and that is movies. Last year, Jordan and I saw every movie nominated for best picture as well as all of the ones where the actors/actresses were nominated. You wouldn’t think that this was that trying of a task but when you live in Alabama, you have to search for the more independent movies. I’m pretty sure we saw three movies in one day one weekend. I really enjoyed making informed decisions on favorites even though I found that I was impressed with all of the movies (my clear favorites were Milk and Slumdog Millionaire)but all in all it definitely made the Oscars a better experience.

This year, I don’t think I have seen any of the movies. I take that back...I have seen Julie & Julia...which I really liked but I think there will be better ones. Only problem is, I can’t seem to get motivated to go see all of these. If I’m being honest...I kind of MAYBE even wanted to take somebody’s kids to see the Alvin & the Chipmunks movie. I’m not usually interested in kids movies but those chipmunks are just so darn cute in the previews. I mean...look at this preliminary list of movies that I got from Jordan that might have a chance of nominations.

(500) Days of Summer
A Serious Man
A Single Man
An Education
Crazy Heart
District 9
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Inglourious Basterds
Julie & Julia
The Blind Side
The Hurt Locker
The Last Station
The Lovely Bones
The Messenger
Up in the Air
The Road
Me And Orson Welles
Where The Wild Things Are
Bright Star
It’s Complicated
Star Trek
The Informant!
The Young Victoria

Out of those I’ve seen Julie & Julia and Where the Wild Things Are. I guess my point is that I am not sure I will be able to see ALL of these before March. I know I want to see Avatar, It’s Complicated and Up in the Air but other than that...I’m not sure where to start. Have any of you seen ANY of these movies? If you have...what were your favorites? Any suggestions on where to start?

I love movies so I look forward trying to get in as many as’s just a matter of making myself do it.

I didn’t mean to talk only about this today but clearly...I did...a lot. Oh well, have a great evening!

I appear to be in a musical mood lately and even though there are some Mamma Mia naysayers out there (Ahem, Mom) I like it...

“If you change your mind, I’m the first in line
Honey I’m still free
Take a chance on me
If you need me, let me know, gonna be around
If you’ve got no place to go, if you’re feeling down
If you’re all alone when the pretty birds have flown
Honey I’m still free
Take a chance on me
Gonna do my very best and it ain’t no lie
If you put me to the test, if you let me try
Take a chance on me
Take a chance on me!”
Take a Chance on Me-Mamma Mia/Abba

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