I am on Day 19 of the 30 Day Shred and…

I have no results to share.

I actually weigh more now than when I started – 3 pounds more.  Yeah, yeah, muscle weighs more than fat, which is why I measured myself in order to do a before and after. And my measurements are either not at all different or GREATER than before. For example, my arm was 12 inches when I started. It is 12.5 inches now. They are muscley inches though and I’m definitely stronger than when I started.

Before anyone says anything about food, I’m eating pretty much exactly what I ate before, but smaller portions.

It’s frustrating to see no physical results but I’ll keep going because doing something is better than nothing I suppose. I’m looking forward to running outside again once the weather stops being dreary.

And I’m trying to remember that I’m not really trying to lose a ton of weight or inches…I’d be happy to lose 5 pounds (well, 8 NOW), delighted to lose 10 & be back to my 25 year old weight. I’m fine with the size I am right now, though I’d be ok being a size smaller mostly for vanity’s sake. But bottom line, I do want to look better, and part of that is  having less squishy bits. So I will continue to shred, even if it means I weigh more and take up more space so long as it means I look better…does that make sense?

Stay tuned.

So I’ve tried to post eleventy times in the last few months but I’ve had some struggles, mainly because every time I try to write something, I feel like I have to give paragraphs of back-story to make it make sense.  So in the interest of making things easier in the future, here are some general updates to help me clear my head:

  • Life right now is lived in the city in a (very) small condo with my may-an and the jerkcat. The place is nice, the neighborhood is safe, but we’re ready to move on. We can’t due to the housing market so that’s a bummer. Patience.
  • Work is at a city elementary school doing things that I don’t really enjoy but that is decidedly better than what I COULD be doing. So I try to not cry about it too much.
  • Love is going swimmingly, as we’re getting married this July. (woot!) Planning it takes up more time that I wish it would, but it is very exciting and fun. I can’t wait. More patience.
  • Health is on the upswing. I had some rough weeks of feeling pretty awful. I feel better now. I’m also trying to get into a real workout routine and I’m attempting the 30 Day Shred, inspired by E.

There. That should help.

Um, hi? Is anyone there?

I haven’t really thought much about this blog for a year or two. But then lately I’ve been thinking back to why I sought out a place to put thoughts to public writing in the first place, lo those 5 years ago.  Situations have changed a lot since then and the reasons behind it are different, but again I am feeling like I might need an outlet for some of the gurgles in my brain.

So…maybe you’ve just had this mutely sitting in your reader for years and just today thought “what the…really, a new post?”. Or maybe in 6 months someone will look back for an anecdote and realize I’m blogging again.  Whichever is the case, let me know if you’re reading and I’ll do my best to keep the gurgles coming once more.


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Originally uploaded by Kayewe

It’s hard to believe that it was only/already one year ago that I first met baby OLE. Well, that isn’t completely true — I actually met him a month earlier but he wasn’t quite ready to be held or have adoring fans quite yet. He was pretty cute at first to be sure, but now he is head-explodingly more so. It makes my ovaries ache. Not enough to have my own baby just yet, but it makes me kinda want to hide all of my friends’ birth control so I can have an never ending supply of tiny, nappish, pot roast-shaped people around whenever I need one.

…has your leetle Keem gone? Oh where oh where could she be?

I’m back, after a 2 month hiatus during which I healthied up, relaxed/made the best of unemployment, fell in love, and started my new job. I’ve been asked by more than one Loyal Reader when I was going to start writing again. I think that being home (and therefore online) all the time for most of the summer made me feel like I had nothing to post on the Gurgle, since every time I had a delicious thought or something to share I had any number of hardworking online friends to chat with immediately. But now that I’ve been on the job for a month, I’m starting to feel the disconnect again. That, coupled with the resurgence of blogging from friends, has inspired me to make a better effort here.

Stay tuned.

I’m now on day seven of the Throat of the 1000 Glass Shards so lately my experiences are severely limited to Internet fun and movies on TV. Right now I’m watching When Harry Met Sally… and am dismayed to discover that I am now the same age that they are for the final 3/4ths of the movie. I remember thinking how OLD they seemed, how grown up and established and professional with outfits and nice winter gloves and such. And now…I totally and horrifyingly relate.  It makes me wonder what other “grown-ups” from TV and movies I’m older than or the same age as now… I’m older than Mary in the Mary Tyler Moore Show already. Older than Tom Hanks in Big? Older than Archie Bunker?? (ok, prolly not that last one. Yet.)

Oh well. One of the doctors I saw this week thought I was 24. So there. And WHMS is still one of my favorite movies.

I’m still pretty sick, though I’ve finally kicked the fevers. I lost most of the week sleeping and sweating and cringing with pain every time I swallowed, so the holiday sort of snuck up on me. Anyway, Happy Independence Day!

And of course, a very happy birthday to Mrs. G-pants as well. Here is a Muppetacular video for you:

I’m super sick and hating life a teensy bit right now. I had to go to a new doctor this morning to get some tonsil-saving medicine (Z-PAK! to the rescue!) and the only appointment available was at her office located right off of Michigan Ave. Right by Water Tower Place. On a gorgeous summer day. The week of the Taste and two days before July 4th. I can’t tell you how close about 157 smiley, non-traffic-light-following, self-absorbed,  super-annoying tourists came to being mowed down by a feverish and frustrated Keem.

Luckily, Neatorama pointed me to this Flickr set of extra duckies that turned my frown upside down. They aren’t all winners but there’s something about the way the duck keeps looking at me and seems to be posing and grinning in each one that keeps cracking me up.

Yes yes another movie list…I do like them so. This one is Entertainment Weekly’s 100 New Classics (new = from the last 25 years). Bold titles are the ones I’ve seen. I’m sort of surprised that there are so many I haven’t seen yet, though if I’m honest with myself, I don’t really want to see many of the non-bold movies.

I’m not sure I even agree whole heartedly with the list. Why so many sequels?

1. Pulp Fiction (1994)
2. The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-03)
3. Titanic (1997)
4. Blue Velvet (1986)
5. Toy Story (1995)
6. Saving Private Ryan (1998 )
7. Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
8. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
9. Die Hard (1988 )
10. Moulin Rouge (2001)
11. This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
12. The Matrix (1999)
13. GoodFellas (1990)
14. Crumb (1995)
15. Edward Scissorhands (1990)
16. Boogie Nights (1997)
17. Jerry Maguire (1996)
18. Do the Right Thing (1989)
19. Casino Royale (2006)
20. The Lion King (1994)
21. Schindler’s List (1993)
22. Rushmore (1998 )
23. Memento (2001)
24. A Room With a View (1986)
25. Shrek (2001)
26. Hoop Dreams (1994)
27. Aliens (1986)
28. Wings of Desire (1988 )
29. The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
30. When Harry Met Sally… (1989)
31. Brokeback Mountain (2005)
32. Fight Club (1999)
33. The Breakfast Club (1985)
34. Fargo (1996)
35. The Incredibles (2004)
36. Spider-Man 2 (2004) [added June 21]
37. Pretty Woman (1990)
38. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
39. The Sixth Sense (1999)
40. Speed (1994)
41. Dazed and Confused (1993)
42. Clueless (1995)
43. Gladiator (2000)
44. The Player (1992)
45. Rain Man (1988 )
46. Children of Men (2006)
47. Men in Black (1997)
48. Scarface (1983)
49. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
50. The Piano (1993)
51. There Will Be Blood (2007)
52. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad (1988 )
53. The Truman Show (1998 )
54. Fatal Attraction (1987)
55. Risky Business (1983)
56. The Lives of Others (2006)
57. There’s Something About Mary (1998 )
58. Ghostbusters (1984)
59. L.A. Confidential (1997)
60. Scream (1996)
61. Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
62. sex, lies and videotape (1989)
63. Big (1988 )
64. No Country For Old Men (2007)
65. Dirty Dancing (1987)
66. Natural Born Killers (1994)
67. Donnie Brasco (1997)
68. Witness (1985)
69. All About My Mother (1999)
70. Broadcast News (1987)
71. Unforgiven (1992)
72. Thelma & Louise (1991)
73. Office Space (1999)
74. Drugstore Cowboy (1989)
75. Out of Africa (1985)
76. The Departed (2006)
77. Sid and Nancy (1986)
78. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
79. Waiting for Guffman (1996)
80. Michael Clayton (2007)
81. Moonstruck (1987)
82. Lost in Translation (2003)
83. Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (1987)
84. Sideways (2004)
85. The 40 Year-Old Virgin (2005)
86. Y Tu Mamá También (2002)
87. Swingers (1996)
88. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
89. Breaking the Waves (1996)
90. Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
91. Back to the Future (1985)
92. Menace II Society (1993)
93. Ed Wood (1994)
94. Full Metal Jacket (1987)
95. In the Mood for Love (2001)
96. Far From Heaven (2002)
97. Glory (1989)
98. The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
99. The Blair Witch Project (1999)
100. South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut (1999)

How embarrassing is it that I am three hundred times more excited about my new air conditioner than I am about my new job?

To be fair, the air conditioner is super fancy and digital and has a remote and a sleep timer. And the job doesn’t start until August, while the air conditioner is making my life better NOW. But the AC costs me money and the job gives my money.  On the other hand, the job will make me think and work hard and the air conditioner wants me to just sit and be comfy…

Upon consideration, I believe my priorities are completely sound.