Thursday, January 24, 2008

Half a Thursday 13

I have been racking my brain for blog post topics, and nothing is gelling. Everything I come up with is either boring or not long enough to require its own post. I think I am getting writer's block again. *sigh* I will try to do better tomorrow. For now, this will have to suffice. I suck. I know. I just don't have a lot going on right now, peeps. Sorry.

1. Heath Ledger was apparently taking Ambien, and it sounds like they may have played a role in his death. (Obviously, we don't know for sure yet). I do not take sleeping pills, since my problem is usually trying to stay awake, but I know people who do take Ambien. And I have heard some crazy, crazy things -- my friends have done things while on Ambien and did not realize it until later, almost as if they were sleep-walking. I have friends who have had sex, driven their cars, had arguments with their boyfriends -- all while on Ambien. The scary part is, it seems that no one can tell when they are on Ambien or not. This is really scary to me, the thought of doing things while you are sleepwalking, and no one can tell you are sleepwalking. I'm actually kind of hoping the FDA will take another look at this drug, because I'm starting to think it is not safe.

2. I need to start planning something for Valentine's Day, and I need your help. CN said he already has mine all planned out. I know he is taking me out to dinner, but I don't know where. He won't tell me anything else.

I asked him what he wanted for Valentine's Day and he looked shocked. "What? You don't have to get me anything! It's Valentine's Day! I'm supposed to do something for you!" he replied. (Reason #5201 on the List of Reasons Why I Date Him). He told me that I should not do anything for him at all. Which basically went in one ear and out the other. So........does anyone have any good ideas?

I already have a small surprise for him. And I did talk him into letting me make him dinner the day after Valentine's Day. But I was thinking about getting him something small and inexpensive. Maybe a gag gift. And what should I cook? Steak and mashed potatoes? Spaghetti? Lemon chicken? I think I'm going to make him a heart-shaped cookie cake, too. Complete with a sappy message written in icing.

Yeah, I know. Barf.

But it is nice to finally have a good Valentine's Day, after last year's totally crappy one. So please, if you have any really good ideas, please share!!!!

3. Thank you, everyone for your supportive comments on my last post. I have lost a total of 3 pounds, somehow. I have good days, where I am totally on-track diet-wise, and other days, where I have the self-control of a toddler (helllooo, chicken fingers for dinner last night!!). It is nice to hit the gym again. I'm back to being able to run 2 miles without stopping, so that is good. Hopefully, I will get to my goal weight eventually. I am sore today from running. So I'm proud of myself, at least today.

4. I think that DVR will be the death of me. One of the ways I reward myself for going to the gym is by....sitting on my ass, watching all the shows I missed while I was at the gym. And for that, I am forever grateful to the inventor of DVR. But now, I have approximately 12 hours of tv watching to do. And I have to hurry, because I'm falling behind. Every week, there are new episodes of all my current favorite shows:

~Nip/Tuck (obviously!) -- and I haven't watched it this week, so don't spoil it for me!
~Biggest Loser -- thank you, CN, for getting me addicted to this 2-hour-long show!
~Celebrity Rehab -- I swear, VH1 makes the most vacuous-yet-addictive reality tv shows.
~My Fair Brady -- the new season just started. This is probably the most ridiculous waste of time on television, but I can't stop myself. They are just so dysfunctional!!!
~Any IU basketball games that happen to come on tv down here -- IMHO, they should ALL be broadcast down here, because we are ranked 7th right now!!!! YIPPEE!!!! Go Hoosiers!!!
~random shows from Courtv, History Channel, TLC and Discovery.

Oh, I almost forgot. There is a new show called Cashmere Mafia. I thought it was going to be a cheap SATC-wannabe, but I figured it probably at least had great clothes, so I recorded it just to check it out. And I was instantly hooked!!! If you liked SATC, give Cashmere Mafia a chance, girls! It's done by Darren Star, the same guy behind SATC, so it has the same vibe.

So that is about 13 hours of tv a week. Yeesh. The good news is, there's always something to watch. The bad news is that it's hard to watch it all in time. I have forced myself to set up the recordings to be automatically erased in 14 days. So I'm on a time crunch.

If any of you are also hooked on any of these shows, tell me so we can chat about it!!! What shows are you hooked on right now? Do you have any recommendations for me?

5. OMG, I cannot wait to pay my taxes!!!! I know that sounds crazy, but this year I should get a nice tax refund, thanks to my house. I am using all of my refund (Ok, most of my refund) to pay down some credit card debt. I can't wait! It will feel so good to write that check.

6. KT is moving back to her hometown in New York state, and MJ and I are really bummed. We only have 2 more weekends with KT. :( It won't be the same without her. It's like we are going to become the Two Musketeers. It's just not the same. I have that Paul Young song in my head: "Every time you take a piece of me.....with you......" *tears up* But I'm trying to stay positive about it, and I'm grateful for the fact that we live in a modern world, complete with airplanes, cell phones and myspace.

7. Jeez Louise...that's all I have going on??? My life is practically one big yawn. I apologize, guys. But between gym trips, work, errands, cleaning and hanging out with my peeps, I haven't had a lot of extra down time for super-great blogging lately. Something cool will happen soon, and then I won't have writer's block anymore. CN did send me some funny videos recently. MJ didn't like them, but I thought they were hilarious. Hopefully, I can at least make you laugh today. Enjoy! WARNING: These are NSFW videos, so wait until your boss leaves or your kids are napping before you watch them!


Smug said...

First: Good for you on the 3 pounds, I myself ate an entire Sara Lee pound cake at lunch - Thank you PMS :(

Second: Thanks to the writer's strike, several of my shows are not playing every week, so that allows me to catch up a bit. American Gladiators is very addictive!! I never watched the original, and would not have watched the new stuff, but the ole husband wanted to and now I am hooked!! Check it out!! It may actually motivate you in the gym - everytime I watch it, I want to run to the gym right then and start training for the show! Then I eat a whole pound cake, so don't take my word for it!!

Lastly: I suck at doing sweet things for V day. Last year I gave him a framed picture of us together. This year I am totally lost! I normally make him dinner, but then we are too full for any sex, so maybe I will forgo dinner this year and just get to the fun stuff - maybe try something new.... Anyway, good luck and let us all know what you decide!!

God, this is a really long comment - I think more pound cake is an order :O

Amber said...

As for TV shows, you should watch Friday Night Lights. I'm completely hooked on it. All of season 2 is online.

Also, I think the perfect romantic date dinner for a guy is to make a couple of nice size steaks in a cast iron griddle skillet (you could grill them, but I'm partial to this). Then sautee some fresh onions and mushrooms. When they start to get soft add in some butter, worchestire sauce, and italian dressing to make a nice sauce. To go with it you can add whatever veggies/side dishes CN likes. I usually add steamed broccoli (to make the meal somewhat healthier) and some form of potato side dish.

don said...

I agree, Ambian can lead to strange things.

Meghan (The Declaration of MY Independence) said...

Congrats on the weight loss!! I have been trying to get my lazy butt to the gym, but it hasnt been working lately. I would rather sit on the couch and stuff my face with Doritos.

Hmmm for Valentines Day? Well, I can give you and idea what I'm doing for Alex for his birthday, I think CN would like this too. I'm getting boudior pics taken by a professional photographer! I'm super excited, but really scared at the same time!!! Ahhhh!!! What was I thinking?!?! And why am I NOT going to the gym?

Oh I love crap TV too. Biggest Loser, My Fair Brady (I absolutely LOVE Adrienne!), and Cashmere Mafia. I think a show called Lipstick something-or-other is coming out next month. It should be along the same lines as SATC and CM. Oh and my new favorite show? Monster Quest on the History Channel!! There was one about werewolves a couple nights ago! How awesome!

P.S. I emailed you a couple of days ago? Did you get it?

Phantom Hater said...

I don't really seem to have time to watch much TV. I want to, but I'm always doing something when the good shows are on. I'm looking forward to the new season of Lost starting next week, even if it is only going to be 8 episodes because of the stupid writer strike.

I have a huge crush on Adrianne Curry. No one understands it, because they think she looks sorta manly, but I think she's super hot. And she's tall.

Hey, congrats with the diet thing. And running 2 miles is great!

Man, f*** Valentine's Day, but I think just cooking dinner with the cake and a card would be fine. And V-day sex, of course. That pretty much covers all of a man's basic V-day needs.

Christina said...

Congrats on the weight loss! That is awesome. With every change, it will take time and ups/downs. Keep it up!

I don't have much time to watch tv but when I do it is mostly reality. I love Jon and Kate plus 8. It is hilarous and amazing how this family deals with a set of twins and a set of sextuplets. When I can watch regular tv it is Niptuck-of course, Scrubs, Cashmere Mafia-love it and soon to be Lipstick Jungle. And I hate to admit my 15 year old side-Gossip Girl.

As for VD, I am always lost at what to get a guy. I think it should be all about the girls. The guys gift should be awesome sex which is based on the awesomeness of the gift. :) CN will love whatever you do for him.

* meish * said...

Congrats on the weight loss! Keep going! You can DO it!

As for Valentine's dinner, one year I made a bunch of finger foods, spread it out on a blanket in the middle of my living room and surrounded my place with candles. It was simple and romantic and very much appreciated by the BF. Have fun :)