Thursday Thirteen


We’re still snowed in here in the Bogs. More snow (3-4 inches) is expected tomorrow.

Are we having fun yet?

Well, yes, we are. 🙂 The sledding has been good. Unfortunately, the pond has been well insulated by the snow and is now mushy. M the Younger and a friend both fell through the ice yesterday. They were near the shore so it wasn’t a serious dunking, but they both had some pretty cold feet by the time they trudged back up to the house in their wet boots.

In need of something to write about, I now present Thursday Thirteen, a list of 13 of whatever it is you feel like listing. This week, I’m going with movies.

The last 13 movies I’ve seen:

  1. Lost In Translation (Thought this was a great movie. Different for Bill Murray.)
  2. Thank You For Smoking (Not bad. Had its funny moments.)
  3. Ratatouille (Was expecting something funnier, but it was ok.)
  4. Hard Candy (Very good psychological thriller.)
  5. Evan Almighty (Waste of time!)
  6. Spider-Man 3 (Exciting, fun.)
  7. The Hours (Watched this on my own during the Super Bowl. It was ok.)
  8. The Bourne Ultimatum (I enjoyed the Bourne series. Lots of action. I read the books decades ago and like the way they updated the story.)
  9. Sicko (Gave me a new cause, as if I needed one. Everyone in the U.S. ought to watch this one.)
  10. Factory Girl (I enjoyed it. M the Elder wasn’t thrilled with it.)
  11. High Anxiety (Not Mel Brooks’ best, but it has it’s moments.)
  12. An Inconvenient Truth (Interesting.)
  13. The Bourne Supremacy (See #8)

What films have you watched lately?

Week 8

(M zooming down the sledding hill. February 2008)

It’s that time again: Move 2008 Check-In (week 8)

I have to admit I was a bit of a lazy slug this past week. I got sick with the flu on Thursday and it was all downhill from there. Because my week runs from Monday through Sunday, that’s a good chunk of the week lost. Not completely lost, though, because I did go sledding on Saturday. Walking up the sledding hill is a darn good workout.

Without further ado, my stats for week 8:

Walking mileage for the week — 19.16 miles

Total mileage for the year — 164.20 miles

Strength training: 1 x

Yoga: 4 x

Not bad, but could be better.

My goals for this week are to walk a minimum of 20 miles, do at least 2 strength training workouts, and hit the yoga mat every day.

Thinking about it

(Penn’s Cave. December 2007. © Robin)

I see NaBloPoMo has some new rules. They’re going monthly.

I might give it a go in March. I’ve been almost ignoring this blog for a while now. Time to breathe some new life back into it. Or shut it down.

One reason I haven’t been writing here has to do with this being February and winter. Not much is going on with M and I. Just everyday living. I like everyday living, but it doesn’t always make for good blog fodder. For instance:

Today I’m going to do some laundry and a little cleaning around the house. M is at an auction where he might bid on a walking plow and a spinning wheel. M has been attending auctions around here for the past year or so to get a feel for how they work. He’s even done a little bidding, successful and unsuccessful.

Tonight we’re going to meet Meredith’s parents for the first time. We’ll be having dinner at their house, and toasting the newly engaged couple. It’s hard to believe my youngest son is engaged to be married. Meredith came here for dinner last night. I made Thai food without meat because it’s Lent and Meredith is Catholic. (My father will be happy to hear that.)

We had a couple of snow storms over the past week or so. It’s going to warm up to freezing (32 degrees) today. Tomorrow will be downright balmy with a high around 38 degrees. The nice part is that the sun will be with us for the next few days.

And well, you see what I mean. Not exactly a fascinating read.

Then again, some of the most interesting blogs I read are about the everyday happenings so I could be wrong about that.

The theme for the March NaBloPoMo is lists. I’m not sure I’ll go with the theme, but I’m considering it. I’m also considering the possibility the Photo Challenge. That might be easier for me.


(On the laundry table.)

Move 2008

It’s the Move 2008 — Week 7 check-in.

I had a very good week.

Total mileage for the week: 22.90

Total mileage for 2008: 144.04

Strength/weight training: Twice this week with 10 lb. weights

Yoga: I missed 2 days (we weren’t home for those 2 days).

All in all, a good showing this week.

I do need to work a little harder on the healthy eating. My eating wasn’t horrendous, but there’s still plenty of room for improvement.

In other news…

We went to visit with the Exquisite Emma and her parents this weekend. I had a great time and really enjoyed seeing Emma again. On Saturday we went to the Franklin Park Conservatory so Emma could see the Enchanted Express exhibit. She seemed to enjoy it.

I loaded up on lots of Emma hugs, but I still can’t wait until our next visit with her. 🙂

It’s cold, windy, and snowing here today. I’ll be glad when February is over.

Review: The Omnivore’s Dilemma


I’ve just finished reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan. A friend loaned this book to me when she found out I had read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver, et al.

The Omnivore’s Dilemma is a beautifully written book in which Pollan follows the food chains of the various ways in which we can feed ourselves. He starts with the industry of food which is probably where the majority of us who live in the U.S. get the majority of our food. Industrial food is, according to Pollan’s journey, corn based. This is the chapter that I found most thought-provoking in terms of how I eat, what I eat, and where I buy what I eat. It made me rethink the eating of meat, not for moral reasons but for health reasons.

The author’s meal at the end of the industrial food chain was a fast-food meal eaten in a moving car, something that seemed rather fitting.

Pollan’s second journey takes him to the world of what he calls pastoral food (grass based, or grass-fed), some of the alternatives to industrial food that are becoming more popular. This seems a more reasonable way of eating to me, given that some of the animals we regularly eat were made (evolved) to eat grass. It’s more involved than industrial food, and certainly not as cheap, but it does appear to be a healthier alternative.

In the pastoral section, the author also looks at organic foods and what he refers to as Big Organic. Now that organic food has become so popular the food industry is looking for ways to industrialize it in order to cash in on the market (which in turn also makes organics more affordable and shippable).

And for his third adventure in eating, Pollan becomes a hunter-gatherer, foraging his food from the forest (tree-based food). He ends with what he calls The Perfect Meal, a meal made from the foods he hunted (a wild pig) and gathered or grew on his own.

I found the book to be very interesting, although by the time I got to Part III of the book (Personal/The Forest) I was beginning to get a little irritated with some aspects of it. I felt as though the author was repeating himself with too many recaps from the previous sections. However, he redeemed himself (in my opinion) in the chapter about gathering fungi. I found it fascinating. I’d also like to learn more about collecting wild yeasts to use in the making and baking of bread, something Pollan does as part of The Perfect Meal.

I learned quite a few things along the way in my adventure in reading this book. I recommend it, especially to those who are interested in the food chain, and how the food you eat was grown and brought to your table.

Websites of interest:

Move 2008

Week 6 of Move 2008 has not been my best week so far. I have a bad case of the February blues, making it hard to motivate myself to move. Moving — exercising — would be the best thing to do to get rid of the blues, but it’s a Catch-22 of sorts: blues, lack of motivation, more blues due to lack of exercise, even less motivation, etc.

But it wasn’t a completely bad week. I did manage to make myself move more than a few times. Here are the stats:

Walking mileage this week: 16.35 miles

Total for the year: 121.14 miles

Strength training: 1 time this week. (Poor showing there — I need to be doing this at least twice a week.)

Yoga: 3 times this week.

Not great, but not bad either.

The weather here is bitterly cold (the current temperature, with wind chill, is -6 F). Much too cold to get outside which is a big shame because we’re seeing something today we haven’t seen in over a week: The sun!

A big snow storm is supposed to hit tonight and tomorrow. Perhaps we’ll get enough snow to go snowshoeing.