I sat down to write three or four different blogs tonight and I finally decided I just had too much on my mind. So, in a shift from my normal style of topic based posts I am doing things a little bit differently.
Things on my mind:
1. I can’t believe that Casey Anthony was acquitted. I am sorry but a mother (or aunt, or grandma or human being) does not lose their child for 31 days and not say anything to authorities. Then there is the duct tape, emails, smells, the partying and pathological lying. Just the fact that a case is based on circumstantial evidence is not a reason alone for reasonable doubt. No prosecution’s case is perfect because usually if it is than there is a plea deal and no trial! Reasonable doubt is not no doubt. It just makes me sick that she could do this to her beautiful daughter and that she is getting away with it. I’m sorry but it does. Plus she was not found to be innocent. I hate it when people say that . All she was found of is not guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. There’s a difference!
2. The debate of a debt ceiling has also been on my mind. Unfortunately I think the Republicans will capitulate to the President and continue the status quo of debt without any guarantee of real reforms. Cuts will be bantered about but no sacred cows will be touched, no real entitlement reform. Neither party wants to be seen as the ‘bad guy’ that is hurting babies and senior citizens- how about who is hurting our entire country? The greater debt we sink into the weaker our country becomes. The only thing that Obama seems willing to cut is defense- something very comforting with the 9/11 ten year anniversary quickly approaching us (even if he cut the entire defense budget it still wouldn’t make a dent when compared to entitlement reforms of medicare, medicaid and social security). Now Moody is considering lowering our rating, which means the dollar gets weaker, while the Chinese get stronger. Is that what we want? Not me. Come on Republicans- get some guts!
3. On an entirely different note- Can’t wait for the new Harry Potter movie to come out. I wasn’t nuts about the last one because I felt it dragged a bit, but I am eagerly anticipating this final chapter. Every review I have read is full of praise (97% on Rottentomatoes.com). I am not a huge fantasy fan but I loved the books and have also thoroughly enjoyed the movies. The performances, special effects, and screen adaptations are first rate. Its nice to have one summer movie to look forward to. It just wouldn’t be summer without it. Btw- my sister is seeing it like 4 times this weekend! Now that’s hard core
4. On another movie note I saw Woody Allen’s new movie Midnight in Paris over the weekend and loved it. For some reason it hasn’t gotten much play but it is a whimsical and funny story of a liberal writer who arrives in Paris with his less-sincere fiance and her parents. He wants to soak up the mystique of Paris (the photography is great- makes you want to go to Paris so bad! Anyone interested?). Meanwhile, the fiance is more interested with her pedantic professor friend who muses in a different sort of way- he is all about knowledge, even trivia, where the writer wonders about life and love. One night he steps through time and ends up in 1920’s Paris and then meets his literary and artistic idols of the day such as Gertrude Stein, Picaso, and Hemingway. The movie asks the question- would life be better if only we had lived in a previous golden age?
5. I must admit that coming back from my break has been harder than I would have thought. I miss the ocean so badly it hurts. Sometimes I pretend the sound of the traffic outside my apartment is the waves and then I almost don’t want to step on to the patio and have the illusion ruined. Its been cloudy and gray here and yesterday I was feeling a little depressed. I have also been struggling to get low blood sugar readings (they are ok) here like the I did in Hawaii. It makes no sense because I ate terribly in Hawaii. I think it may be that I went longer without eating so my levels got low and just couldn’t rise as much as they do, even with mediocre food. I have been back at the diet front; however, and I think I have already lost 1 lb.
6. My trainer is setting up a boot camp system that will help me record my progress in ways besides weight loss. Starting next Wednesday we are going to do a set of challenges (push ups, tricep curls, crunches etc). Then we will repeat the same things every 6 weeks with a small prize for improvement. I am very excited about. I am also on the lookout for long-term goals for this year, something sort of like surfing was for me the last 2 years. Any ideas?
7. Read a book this week that was a real snooze (how do you make the end of the world so dull? she does it!) but one of the things that annoyed me is the author threw in a number of references of how lame Fox News is and how the President from Texas (obviously President Bush) is an idiot. It didn’t have anything to do with the thoroughly boring story but it still annoyed me. If you want to write an opinion piece call the New York Times, don’t write a novel and subject the rest of us unwillingly to it.
I also reread All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot and thoroughly enjoyed it. Its funny because you wouldn’t think an animal-phobe like me would like a story about a country vet but I do. You see the story really isn’t about the animals- but the animal owners. I counted over 40 different characters that Herriot creates throughout the book. They are funny, sad, charming and totally delightful. It is a terrific book- particularly for the light and airy days of the summer. If you haven’t read it- read it!
8. Had a Chinese cooking lesson with my friends Taylor, Darcy and Melissa. Was a lot of fun and totally what I needed to get out of my funk. We made egg rolls with pulled pork, pineapple, cabbage, carrots and scallions; along with wantons stuffed with real crab and cream cheese. I even bought a fry daddy for the activity- something I’ve wanted for years and felt was too fattening. Its still for a rare indulgence but it is healthier to fry at home. Anyway, it was a good time and just what I needed. Sadly I did not take any photos. I always forget because other people in my family were always taking the photos. Plus, I’m kind of in between cameras right now. I am still researching before I buy a new one.
9. I received, you won’t believe it, a REFUND from my eye doctor for a payment I had made previous to my surgery. In order to work I had to pay my doctor $1356- part deductible and part my 20%. Well, I get my mail coming home and there is a refund check! I call the doctors and they said the insurance company only applied $695 to the deductible so the rest was sent as a refund! Who ever gets money back from the doctor? When does the insurance company cover more than expected? Never. I still can’t believe my good luck (and let’s be honest I was due for some good luck after the year I’ve had!)
10. What did I do with that refund? Well, I spent a small portion of it on an item I have wanted for several years- I bought a kindle! Over the course of this trip I realized how much I wanted one and how tired I was of lugging around those heavy books. I went ahead and ordered the 3G wireless and have been downloading up a storm- mostly novels before 1923 which are free! I have all my Jane Austen, George Elliot and Elizabeth Gaskell. Its great! I can also download all my audible downloads on the kindle at no extra charge. I’ve always loved gadgets but come on the kindle is just fun!
Anyway, so those are my random thoughts for the day. I love you all. Thanks for listening to me ramble…