Haiku Friday

The rain was falling
And Mabel seemed quite concerned
It's her first downpour 
Didn't last long though
All that's left are the gray skies
And some big puddles
I'm not complaining
Hollywood Bowl is tonight
Rather not be soaked


Weigh In Wednesday

Weight: 222.6
I'm pretty sure this was last Wednesday's weigh in, too, more or less. Fun little note, I was a day ahead of my period starting and I think today is the last day so that makes sense as far as weight fluctuation. I had no idea it was time for that, either. A total shock. I need to start tracking that better on my blog or in my calendar or something.

Lifetime Steps: 461,000
This is 53,500 steps in a week. That averages about 7,600 steps a day. I only hit/exceeded my steps goal on Sunday and Monday since last Wednesday. There was no walking at lunch last week at all. Not my best effort. I did walk during my lunch hour on Monday and plan to walk for the rest of the week. The weather is much better now, hopefully it won't rain tomorrow and the dang Santa Anas can take a break.

As far as food and drink go, last week was not great. This week is better. I had my healthy food packed for Monday and I'm looking good for the rest of the week.  Yesterday I had a lunch date with husband and sort of indulged in a bigger lunch than I would have normally had. I guess we were kind of celebrating husband's interview because it was his second one and it was two hours long and I am just super proud of him. I didn't snack in the afternoon at all. I had a reasonable dinner. Both Monday and last night I stuck to the one beer idea. Let's see if I can't get that habit to stick.


Weekend Pics

 Didn't have much to do so we headed to the zoo.
 They were all set up for Boo at the Zoo which we absolutely must attend next year.
 The penguin window is my favorite place to take their picture.
 I wish they'd pose nice just once. Not sure what he's up to here.
 On Saturday night we went down to Hawthorne to watch the Dodgers lose horribly.
Thank goodness for these cuties to make it all better. Yes, I cried.
 Sunday the kids were kind of meh and coughing 
so we skipped a birthday party and hit Farmer's Market instead.
Thank you, balloon man, for bringing my kids joy. 
You know they have no toys and never get anything ever.


Haiku Friday

It is a hard year
To bleed blue for the Dodgers
Said "Goodbye, Vinnie"
Now it's the playoffs
So close to the World Series
Yet so far away
The Cubs want it bad
And LA keeps fucking up
Here's to Saturday


Book Review

Back in August when I finished that crazy 1Q84 book, I decided I wasn't ready for a full blown book for a while. Aside from reading a bit to the kids every night, I have sort of dabbled in my very first Kindle purchase: Nightmares! I chose this one because I figured it would be as light as can be and because it was written by Jason Segel who just so happens to be one of my favorite Muppet lovers out there. I had thought maybe I could read through it and then later read it to Casey but after the fact I'm not quite sure about that.
This book is mostly about a kid named Charlie. His mother passed away and his father remarried a lady he is convinced is a witch. She moves them into her creepy mansion and Charlie is haunted by nightmares. He finds himself transported through a portal into the Netherworld where a witch wants to eat him and his brother. He gets trapped there trying to save his kidnapped brother and with the help of his school friends, he helps the children of the town to conquer their fears in order to save their town from the evil principal. In the process, he realizes and conquers his own fears.
I don't know if I loved the book but it was cute and spooky. It's been a while since I read something for myself that was illustrated. There is a bit of suspense and some lessons to be learned about facing your fears like test taking, being made fun of, and being different. I appreciated how it sort of subtly addressed one of Charlie's friends having a mom that suffered from depression and how Charlie's mom got sick and died young. Sometimes it takes a format like this to get kids talking.  Hopefully, now that I have finished it, I will be inspired to dive into something else. Not sure if I will buy another Kindle book or if I'll grab an actual paper book off the shelf. The options are endless.


Weigh In Wednesday

I have no real progress to speak of since last week. I weighed in at 222 this morning and have no one to blame but me because I have not been eating particularly well and I've yet to cut back on beer like I keep threatening to do. We're halfway into the week and I've not walked yet. Monday I had a lunch meeting for work and yesterday I hooked up with Husband. The remainder of the week looks like record high heat and winds so... yeah. No bueno. I hit my goal for walking on Friday and Saturday but Sunday I was just under the mark. Up to 407,500 lifetime steps. On a more positive note, I do believe I can do salads for the next three work days and drink more water. It's the little things.

Currently I'm very excited about the Dodgers being in the playoffs. Two consecutive shut-outs is nothing to take for granted. The only game I missed was when we went to the movie and they lost that one so I'm making a concerted effort to not miss another. I wonder if my Dad is just losing his mind because I know my mom, my brother and I are just going crazy. It's funny to watch the kids freak out at me screaming which in turn causes the pups to go nuts. Haha! Breeding the next generation of Dodgers fans.

And since I have weighed in on my weight and sports, might as well do a dose of politics. Happy to say I mailed in my ballot on Monday. I'm with her, despite her faults. This election has caused me so much stress. I get sick to my stomach reading article after article. Trump is a POS that has bred nothing but hatred, racism and misogyny. It will be nice to bid him good riddance. I read a line today that really made me think of the positive outcome of this shit show and thought I'd share it with you here in closing:

It may take a true party-wide catastrophe for the GOP rank and file to come to terms with the United States that exists, not the one they wish they could call back into being.


Movie Review

It has been months since I've seen a grown-up movie in the theater. This past weekend I let Husband pick our date and he chose the fancy theater in Westlake Village that has table-side service and reclining chairs. We sure know how to live it up and spend tons of money on things we don't need to spend tons of money on. He chose The Magnificent Seven which is a remake of a fifty-six year old cowboy movie. How about that?
I will see anything that stars Chris Pratt so I was sold. I certainly wouldn't kick Denzel out of my bed, either, so Husband got cowboys and I got eye candy. It was a win-win. The story is about a small town with a rich miner baron type person trying to take over so he can have all the gold to himself. This bad guy was played by Peter Sarsgaard who I have decided is a John Malkovich-lite. The town wants to fight back so they enlist the help of a group of seven misfits to help them form their army. There's a bounty hunter, a gambler, a tracker, a sharp shooter, a Japanese fella that throws knives, a Mexican outlaw and a Native American that was given the boot by his tribe. Diversity at its finest.
There is nothing in this movie that wasn't totally predictable. It was a good time with lots of horse riding and gun slinging and dirty cowboys. Did you know Ethan Hawke still acts? He looked pretty worse for the wear for being a former heartthrob. Vincent D'Onofrio was a scenery chewer. Other than that, the acting was good enough. The lead gal was a Jennifer Lawrence clone and I found it to be very distracting. So there's that! Didn't love it, didn't hate it. It was a cowboy movie. I watched it with zero expectations and walked away entertained. The End.