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February 27, 2006

Weigh In

last week 2
total 15.6

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February 26, 2006

Day Eleven

See below, minus the toilet. I told the guy he could take it out. It was getting a little too outhousey for me to actually use.

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Day Nine: More Demolishing


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February 22, 2006

Top Ten List

1. Galvanize - The Chemical Brothers
2. You Already Take Me There - Switchfoot
3. In The Sweet By And By - Johnny Cash
4. Here I Am - Al Green
5. All My Life - Foo Fighters
6. Trouble Me - 10,000 Maniacs
7. Lithium - Nirvana
8. Fall Away - The Fray
9. After The Fall - Elvis Costello
10. Look What You've Done - Jet

Look What You've Done

Take my photo off the wall
If it just won't sing for you
'Cause all that's left has gone away
And there's nothing there for you to prove

Oh, look what you've done
You've made a fool of everyone
Oh well, it seems likes such fun
Until you lose what you had won

Give me back my point of view
'Cause I just can't think for you
I can hardly hear you say
What should I do, well you choose

Oh, look what you've done
You've made a fool of everyone
Oh well, it seems likes such fun
Until you lose what you had won

Oh, look what you've done
You've made a fool of everyone
A fool of everyone
A fool of everyone

Take my photo off the wall
If it just won't sing for you
'Cause all that's left has gone away
And there's nothing there for you to do

Oh, look what you've done
You've made a fool of everyone
Oh well, it seems likes such fun
Until you lose what you had won

Oh, look what you've done
You've made a fool of everyone
A fool of everyone
A fool of everyone

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American Idol

Mandisa, Paris, Lisa, and Katherine are going to the end. Everyone else may leave now.

What do ya got, BAM?

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Tall Or Not

Do this now.

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February 21, 2006

White House Had Prior Knowledge Of Cheney Threat


Via The Onion.

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Grief Update

In retrospect, I can see that I started feeling better mid-January. Maybe because the holidays were over and there was a light at the end of the tunnel of "firsts." Maybe because I've been going to a darn good therapist who makes me work and doesn't just sit and nod her head at me for 45 minutes every three weeks. Maybe both. Maybe other things.

So, I think the worst is over. This is good news but created more questions for me over the last week. For example, if I'm doing better, why does working 30 hours a week absolutely exhaust me? And why do I still need alone time every week and get really tired if I don't have it? I was feeling kind of guilty about these things until I realized recently that while the grieving is not overwhelming right now, my whole life has changed in the last year, especially in the last few months. So I'll keep doing what I think is right for me.

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So, besides the dog last week, here's what happened.

Valentine's Day was spent at a friend's house who just had a baby with two other friends, for a total of four of us, plus a toddler and a little bitty baby who likes to waltz (or, be waltzed.) I made lasagna, a pie, and got garlic bread from work. The friends made a salad. It was very nice. Danny and I never did a whole lot for Valentine's Day, so it wasn't too bad. And spending it with my friends was good, too.

On Friday, I returned to the Piccadilly Parlor in Canfield with a friend. There I had chicken salad on a croissant and was tricked into eating a piece of carrot cake.

After that, aforementioned friends and I went to Sam's Club where we were surprised to learn that, on Saturday, they station people throughout the establishment to hand out, get this, free samples of food and beverages! What a delight.

Are you starting to see how I gained weight last week?

Sunday, I was just plain tired and decided to skip church. ("I, on the other hand, have been having a wonderful day, and I owe it all to skipping church!" Homer Simpson)

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Signs the person in front of you at the grocery store is on a diet.

Admit it. When you're waiting in line at the grocery store, you monitor what everyone else is buying and wonder why they need six tubs of Crisco and one pack of gum. Then you realize you're buying the same thing and judgement day is over.

Anyway, this is how you know I'm on a diet. This is my grocery receipt from tonight.

Progresso microwaveable soup (4 of them)
Weight Watchers drumsticks
distilled water
Weight Watchers cookies 'n cream bars
vanilla coffee creamer (not fat free, that's just going too far)
diet Pepsi
fat free skim milk (a.k.a. water)
lite butter
plain, nonfat yogurt
rice krispies
All Bran bars
baking potatoes

Despite the sadness of this list, the menu today looked pretty good. Here goes.

two slices of wheat bread toast with grape jelly

Wendy's chili (no cheese)

filet mignon (yep!), mashed potatoes (yep!), broccoli (It is, after all, a diet.)

Weight Watchers cookies 'n cream bar (These are delicious!)

Even the mashed potatoes didn't taste diety. I got the recipe from my WW cookbook.

4 baking potatoes
1/2 cup plain, nonfat yogurt
I also added about 2 tablespoons of lite butter.

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Updates from Last Week

So one of the exciting events from last week was the community stray dog that showed up across the street from me.


The theory is that someone dropped him off there because they were moving out of town. My neighbor brought him some hay to sleep on and a couple days later someone else actually brought him a little home made dog house to sleep in.

Long story short, I was walking down the street one day with Roxy and noticed someone parked in front of my house throwing lunch meat to the dog. After trying a few tricks (I've gotten pretty good at trapping stray dogs by now), we couldn't get the dog in the lady's car. She left her phone number so I could call her when she could get him from the pound.

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When I came home from work the next day, he was sleeping on my front porch.


So I called her and after sitting for a while, and with the help of my neighbor, he got in the car and went to his new home. The family lives on one of our walking routes so I'm sure Roxy and I will be visiting when the weather turns nice.

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Bathroom Remodel: Day Five, Still Demolishing


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February 20, 2006

Weigh In

last week +.8
total 13.6

Oh bother.

Last week I ate a lot of things I shouldn't have every day. But there are no particular events this week, so I should be back on track.

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Update Postponed

Yesterday was busy and today was a tired, lay around day. But I thought I'd at least reward you all checking in with this.


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February 17, 2006


It's been a busy few days so I haven't had much chance to check in and let you all know what's up. I'll be sure to get around to that Saturday or Sunday.

In the meantime, check this out.


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February 15, 2006

"Macaroni and Cheese with John Legend"

God bless Martha Stewart! She sure knows how to put on a good show.

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, plus more for baking dish
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
3 cups elbow macaroni
Two (12-ounce) cans evaporated milk
1/3 cup skim milk
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Two (8-ounce) packages extra-sharp cheddar cheese, grated
One (8-ounce) package Monterey Jack cheese, grated
Paprika, for sprinkling

1. Preheat oven to 375°. Generously butter a 13-by-9-inch glass baking dish; set aside. Bring a large pot of water to a boil; add salt and macaroni. Cook until al dente according to package directions. Drain, and return to pot. Add butter, and toss until pasta is coated and butter has melted; set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together evaporated milk, skim milk, and eggs. Add seasoned salt, garlic powder, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper; set aside. In another medium bowl, combine cheeses; set aside.

3. Place 1/3 macaroni in an even layer in the bottom of prepared baking dish; cover evenly with 1/3 cheese. Repeat with remaining macaroni and cheese mixture. Pour milk mixture evenly over contents of baking dish. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake until top layer is lightly browned, 35 to 45 minutes. Let stand 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

I think I could look at this face across the dinner table while eating macaroni and cheese.

john legend.jpg

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Romanian Ice Hotel

ice hotel.jpg

"Workers put the finishing touches on an ice hotel at Balea Lac, near Bucharest in the Fagaras Mountains of Romania, on January 31. The ice hotel, the first of its kind in Romania, is accessible only by cable car and rents rooms for $50 per night." Via.

Sounds romantic.

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Bathroom Remodel: Days Two and Three

There's not much change in the actual bathroom yet. Just a lot of underlayment and chair rail, etc. sitting around the house. More pics when there's more to shoot.

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February 14, 2006

Extreme Bathroom Makeover

I'm getting my very ugly upstairs bathroom remodeled. Here's why, in photo-form. (The packing tape on the light fixture is Dan's handiwork.)


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End of Day One: Demolition


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February 13, 2006

Top Ten List

1. Dead Wrong - The Fray (opened for Ben Folds in November, awesome)
2. Star Bodies - The New Pornographers
3. Still Fighting It - Ben Folds
4. All I Want Is You - U2
5. Hold Me - Weezer
6. In A Sentimental Mood - John Coltrane
7. Lies 7 - Save Ferris
8. When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder - Johnny Cash
9. Evil - Interpol
10. Now At Last - Feist

By the way, U2 is good and all, but can they PLEASE retire so the Foo Fighters can finally starting win ALL OF the Grammy's for which they are nominated? Sheesh!

Dead Wrong
The Fray

If only I knew what I know
I'd make it a point to say so
To everyone that got me here
And everyone that made it

Clear I was dead wrong all along
You said it for my sake
That I would not lose my way
When I was astray

I'm doing the best that I could
Trying my best to be understood
Maybe I'm changing slowly
I'd get out turn around if only I

Knew I was dead wrong all along
You said it for my sake
As if I would lose my way
When I was dead wrong all along

Mine is not a new story
But it is for me

So I was dead wrong all along
You said it for my sake
You thought I'd lose my way
When I was dead wrong all along
You said it for my sake
That I would not lose my way

Did I really lose my way
Or are you afraid

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I'll take the ruler.


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Weigh In

last week 3
total 14.4

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February 11, 2006

Happy VD!

I'm not really in a Valentine mood right now. Thank goodness, I'm not alone.


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February 12

Tomorrow, February 12, will be six months since Dan died. I'm not really sure what that means yet, but I'm guessing I'll know when I wake up in the morning.

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February 09, 2006

Stat Shot


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What the heck is theremin music?


Isn't that what you all just asked yourselves? Me, too. Well now you can't say you never learned anything at Popping Culture where our new motto is "Popping Culture: Providing for all your theremin educational needs since today. Also, ending today.

"Listen to a sampling here and learn more here.

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Top Ten List

1. L.A. County - Lyle Lovett
2. No Sleep Till Brooklyn - Beastie Boys
3. Veronica - Elvis Costello
4. Breeze Black Night - The Ditty Bops
5. Gravity - Alison Krauss
6. How Sweet It Is - Marvin Gaye
7. Hard Times - Edie Brickell
8. Burning Down The House - Talking Heads
9. Evil - Interpol
10. Friday I'm In Love - The Cure

Alison Krauss

I left home when I was seventeen
I just grew tired of falling down
And I'm sure I was told
The allure of the road
Would be all I found

And all the answers that I started with
Turned out questions in the end
So years roll on by
And just like the sky
The road never ends

And the people who love me still ask me
When are you coming back to town
And I answer quite frankly
When they stop building roads
And all God needs is gravity to hold me down

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Grammy Night

No time for commenting now, but check out the results here.

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Weigh In

last week 1.3
total 11.4

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February 02, 2006

New Artist


Bio, track clips, etc. here. Give it a look and a listen. You've got nothing better to do.

I can't remember where I heard of Feist first, but anybody who covers the Bee Gees (Inside and Out) is OK by me.

lyrics via
Helping the kids out of their coats
But wait the babies haven't been born
Unpacking the bags and setting up
And planting lilacs and buttercups

But in the meantime I've got it hard
Second floor living without a yard
It may be years until the day
My dreams will match up with my pay

Old dirt road
Knee deep snow
Watching the fire as we grow old

I got a man to stick it out
And make a home from a rented house
And we'll collect the moments one by one
I guess that's how the future's done

How many acres how much light
Tucked in the woods and out of sight
Talk to the neighbours and tip my cap
On a little road barely on the map

Old dirt road
Knee deep snow
Watching the fire as we grow old
Old dirt road
Rambling rose
Watching the fire as we grow well I'm sold

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Askmen.com's 99 Most Desirable Women

Jessica Alba's #1. Yada, yada, yada.

The big surprise for me was the inclusion of Morgan Webb, host of G4's X-Play. Dan loved this show (maybe I also thought it was funny) and would be pleased with Morgan's success.


P.S. I didn't get to look at the whole list so would someone take a gander at it and let me know what number I am? Thanks.

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Breaking News


President Creates Cabinet-Level Position To Coordinate Scandals

Via The Onion. (Who else?)

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Wait'll Bill Cowher sees this.


If you are a Steelers fan, DO NOT CLICK ON THIS LINK. At least not until after the game Sunday.

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Spears to Guest Star on 'Will & Grace'


"Britney Spears will guest star on an episode of "Will & Grace," NBC announced Tuesday. The pop star will appear as a Christian conservative sidekick to Sean Hayes' character, Jack, who hosts his own talk show, on the April 13 episode, the network said."

Ms. Spears was pretty hysterical as the host of SNL a few years ago, so I expect nothing less from her on W & G. At least playing a conservative Christian she probably won't be wearing that dress. Yikes!

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Moviegoers to Hollywood: 'Make it real'

I guess if I have a guilty pleasure, it is watching awards shows. I watch the Oscars, even if I haven't seen any of the movies and I watch the Grammys, even if not of my favorites are represented. Every year at Oscar time, however, I find myself lamenting the fact that that I either had no interest in any of the movies nominated or just didn't get around to seeing them. This year is different. I did see Crash (excellent) and I still want to see Walk the Line and Brokeback Mountain and wouldn't mind seeing Capote. For me, that's a step in the right direction, as defined by Hollywood, anyway.

This article made me think of these things.

Have any favorites out of these categories?

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