Thursday, January 29, 2009

3 days til Super Bowl

Familiar faces around me
Laughter fills the air
Your loving grace surrounds me
Everybody's here
Turn it up, turn it up, turn it up, turn it up
Meet me at Mary's place, we're gonna have a party
Bruce Springsteen

So I have been limping around this week, much more than normally, after getting landing a little funny playing volleyball on Sunday. It has kept me from doing much cardio, it hasn't kept me from working out. Much more sit ups, arms, shoulder, chest and back than normal, but no treadmill, no mall, and no pick up volleyball. One thing that sucks bad about getting older is the fact that it seems to take forever to recoup from an injury and you almost feel that these injuries will stick with you for the rest of your life. I had a sore shoulder from August thru November and now this. I never got injuries sitting on my couch, but the activity and mostly the playing volleyball has brought my such joy these last couple years that I can not imagine being without it. So if it means I limp, or I am sore in places I shouldn't be sore, or I creak and crackle when I stand up....Screw it it's well worth it.

A little bit about food. I have been to the supermarket every day this week in preparation for our Super Bowl party. But I have made a very conscious decision to eat less this week, to help prepare for Sunday. Taking joy from food is not a bad thing when done on occasion and when you realize it and prepare and recover the way you know you should. I will never be the person who can say no to good times and parties. I think I have a little too much hedonism in me :) I am, however a person who realizes that calories are like a charge on a credit card and if you are going to spend extra on the weekend be cheap the week before and really tighten the belt afterwards.

So with all that being said I hope everyone has a wonderful Super Bowl. Go Cardinal's for Kristin and Owner Bill Bidwell who is a Georgetown Prep alum like me. I saw The Reader this week and just have Benjamin Button left on the list of Best picture Nominations. I liked it okay, and am sure it was a tremendous book that lost a lot in the transition to the screen. Kate Winslet is excellent and very naked throughout much of the film. It probably doesn't deserve to be in the top 5 but is well above average.
Exercise Log
Tuesday OFF
Wednesday 400 sit ups, medicine ball tosses, biceps, triceps, neck
Thursday 400 sit ups, medicine ball tosses, shoulders, chest, lats, calfs
As always have a great week and enjoy "The Boss" in what should be a memorable halftime this year. Here is the Super Bowl Quiz we will be partaking in at the Trudeau Party this year: Peace, Jim

TRUDEAU Super Bowl Quiz 2009
1 Will Jennifer Hudson
Speak before the anthem begins
Speak after the anthem ends

2. Will she be introduced as “Oscar Winner” Jennifer Hudson?
3. The Coin Toss.
4. Who Receives the Opening Kickoff?
5. The first animal we see will be:
Bird or Fish or Bear
6. The first player to score a touchdown’s jersey number

7. What happens first?
Field goal attempt
Fumble lost or interception
8. The first time we see a Pirate Ship:
First Quarter
Second Quarter
9. The first Kickoff of the game will be:
Returned and placed outside the 29 yard line
Returned inside the 29 or not returned

10. The first Internet site advertised will be
11. Will there be any scoring in the first 7 minutes of the game
12. The first Movie ad we see:
Monster v Aliens
Star Trek
13. Will we see Tom Hanks, Tom Brady, or Tom Cruise?
14. Will we see any Manning’s?
Only One
More than one
15. Will we hear the name Obama?
16. Who will you see first at the game?
Kurt Warner’s Wife
Any other relative of a player or coach
No relatives

17 The first commercial using a sports star will have a player from
Basketball, Baseball, or Swimming
Auto Racing, Boxing, or Soccer
Any other sport
18. First Television Show Ad we see
The Office
30 Rock, Law and Order, ER or Earl
Biggest Loser, Dateline, or Heroes
Some other show

19. Bruce Springsteen’s first song will be:
Born to Run
Dancing in the Dark
The Rising
10th Ave freeze-out
Glory Days
Any other song
20. Will Steve Van Zandt be wearing a scarf or bandana?
21. Will Bruce ever touch his wife, Patti?
22. Will anyone not in the band be on stage dancing?
23. Will Bruce be wearing blue jeans?
24. Bruce and the band will play a song off the new album

25. Clarence will be wearing a shirt that is:
White, Black, or Grey
Red, Orange, Pink, Blue, or Green
Some other single color

26. Bruce will speak the words E- Street Band or “big” to the crowd
27. Last Song played at halftime
Born to Run
Born in the USA
Glory Days
The Rising
Any Other Song
28. How many people throw a pass in the game?
2 or less
3 or more

29. The first commercial after the start of the second half:
Movie or Car
Food or Soda
30. Will you hear the name Michelle, Heinz, Cowher, or Slumdog?
31. Who will have the ball to start the 4th Quarter?
32. Will we ever see a girl in a bathing suit or hear the word “Ybor” or “Gasparilla”?
33. Will we ever here the words “this economy”?
34. Will Larry Fitzgerald score a touchdown?
35 The first car we see advertised will be from

36 Will we see a current member of Saturday Night Live?
37 What will you see first?
John Madden’s bus
Jerome “the bus” Bettis
Any other bus
38. Will we ever see Pepsi in a Coke commercial or Coke in a Pepsi commercial?
39. Who will we see first?
Wendell Middlebrooks
Conan O’Brien
Tina Fey
Someone wearing an animal suit

40. Will we ever see a stretcher or cart with a player on it?
41. First time that we see John Madden?
Wearing a sports coat
Not wearing a sports coat

42. The final outcome of the game
Cardinals Win
Steelers win by less than 8
Steelers win by 8 or more
43 Total points scored in the game:
Under 38
39- 47
55 or more
44. The last play of the game will be
A running play
A passing play
A kick
A QB kneeling down
45. First person interviewed after the game

Monday, January 26, 2009

January almost done

Fat man sitting on a little stool
Takes the money from my hand while his eyes take a walk all over you
Hands me the ticket smiles and whispers good luck
Cuddle up angel cuddle up my little dove
We'll ride down baby into this tunnel of love
Bruce Springsteen
Another weekend down and nothing too major or exciting here in Madison. I stayed home Friday and went to sleep at like 9 pm. Went out Saturday and saw a couple mediocre bands and had a few beers with some buddies. Sunday I saw Revolutionary Road in the morning and played a volleyball at night. It was another wicked cold weekend with temps in the negatives.
Revolutionary Road is a torturous tale of suburban life and the misery of lost dreams. Not one happy person in this movie. Excellently acted but not fun by any measure. I also saw Frost/Nixon last week and enjoyed the re-telling of this time and history around these interviews.
We are in slightly over our heads in the winter volleyball league we are in. The rec league didn't fill and we decided to play in the competitive league where I feel old, slow, and not much of a jumper. It's still fun and it will make us better, but it's a powerful form of volleyball. And to top it off I twisted my knee jumping at the net and am hobbling around today :(
Sunday is our biggest annual party. I'll post some pics next week of the food and packed house and if you can get to Madison you are of course invited. I'll also post the Super Bowl quiz we do so anyone who wants can play along. Have a great week. This week will mark the end of my keeping an online food log for awhile. It has helped but is time consuming to record and type in here. I'll keep the exercise log going
Breakfast: Grapefruit, cold cereal w/ skim milk,
Lunch: Tuna on Rye, carrots, lettuce, tomatoes, and pickles. 150 cal chips
Dinner: leftover spaghetti, salad, dry white toast
Snack Ice cream sandwich
Breakfast english muffin, peanut butter, strawberries,
Lunch: Two chicken breasts, 2 lt buns, hot sauce, pickles, carrots
Dinner: 10 oz shrimp, cole slaw, cocktail sauce, crackers
Snack 4 beers
Breakfast Medium popcorn
Lunch ham sandwich lt rye, mustard, carrots, pickles
Dinner: Hamburger no bun, baked potato, salad
45 minutes walking
200 sit ups
2 hours volleyball
200 sit ups
1 hour volleyball
slow warm-up on treadmill
Lifted dumbbells for chest, shoulders, biceps, triceps
300 sit ups, 200 med ball tosses
Peace, Good luck, and have fun, Jim

Friday, January 23, 2009

Please let it be spring

Somewhere along the line we lost the horizon,
I've been looking 'round, up and down
Nowhere there, nowhere there
Someday I hope we can find the horizon
Rachael Yamagata
Nothing really new or exciting to point out. I enjoyed watching the inauguration most of Tuesday. No matter how you feel about the election, you have to admit that the excitement generated and the crowds were like no recent inauguration. And one thing no one can debate is when it comes to throwing parties the Dem's get a much cooler group of musicians.
I spent Tuesday night watching the Terps win a bball game vs UVA (sorry Pam), Wednesday night playing Team Trivia at Byrds pub with my new friends Sara and Jon, and Thursday night home on the couch laughing at 30 Rock like I do every Thursday. Team Trivia is an interesting concept that they use to draw people into local bars. It's a 20 question quiz, with a wide array of trivia. There were about 20 teams competing. We were in second place going into the final question, and I get a dream category Oscar winners. The question was what best picture winner of the last ten years was also the name of a 1941 comedy starring Ronald Reagan? we whiffed. We named nine of the last 11 winners (missing Chicago and American Beauty) and then proceeded to name a movie that wasn't even a Best Picture winner and came out 12 years ago. "As Good as it Gets" UGH!!
Exercise log
Weights/Sit ups
2 hrs Volleyball
20 station Circuit workout
2 hours volleyball
Mall walking 35 minutes
Food Log:
Breakfast Grapefruit, power bar, whole wheat english muffin
Lunch Tuna on salad greens
Dinner 1.5 chicken breasts, baked potato w salsa, broccoli, 1 scoop lt, ice cream
Breakfast 1 fried egg on whole wheat e. muffin, pineapple
Lunch 3 slices lo cal rye, turkey, baked chips, pickles, carrots
Dinner Cheeseburger, roasted potatoes, lettuce, tomato
Breakfast Grapefruit, Toast with lt peanut butter
Lunch Roast Beef on lt rye, pretzels, carrots, hard boiled egg
Snack Baked scoops w/ salsa
Dinner Spaghetti, salad, baguette, reeses pb heart
Hope all's well. Peace, Jim

Monday, January 19, 2009


I can't feel nothing but this chain that binds me
Lost track of how far I've gone
How far I've gone, how high I've climbed
On my back's a sixty pound stone
On my shoulder a half mile line
Come on up for the rising
Come on up, lay your hands in mine
Come on up for the rising
Come on up for the rising tonight
Bruce Springsteen
My life used to be really mundane, now it's only kinda mundane. I used to stay home alot. Now I really try to find cool things to do, see music, games, and not be tied down the fears I used to have and still have to a point. Anyway the reason I tell you this is because part of being out more and being more social is you deal with some new problems that you didn't face sitting in your house. Saturday I attended the Barrymore Theater's Holiday party. There was free beer which isn't really an issue for me but I will drink in a social setting where I never drink at home. So over the four hours I had 5 beers. Probably an extra 600 calories...thats the good news :)
I was faced with a 25 yard pot luck table that had so many foods in my sweet spot that I did what you would expect.... Grabbed a plate and tried to fit as much on it as possible without making a spectacle of myself. There was jambalaya, meatballs, roasted potatoes, beef with broccoli, some chicken thing, some doritos with guac, and homemade choc chip cookies. I have no idea how much I ate or how many calories I consumed. None whatsoever. Now I'm not a guy who takes much pleasure in eating in front of others, so you would think I would enjoy my plate of food and beers then relax and watch the music. I tried but for a good half hour that pot luck table kept calling me like the sirens leading the ships to their doom. I went back and got more. Sunday wasn't a whole lot better :(
Breakfast:Turkey sandwich with lettuce tomatoe and pickles.
carrots, and pretzels
Lunch: Baked scoops with left over taco meat and salsa
Dinner Pot Luck Bonanza
10 am medium popcorn at the movies
3pm a few beers with my volleyball teammates
8pm 1 chicken breast, 2 lt buns, hot sauce, 150 cal chips
exercise log
1 hr volleyball
So I figured I would pay for my sins on the treadmill today and for the first time in my life did one full hour on a treadmill. I'm sure alot of people have done this, but I sweated, and huffed and was glad as hell when it hit one hour.
I saw Defiance ( not very good) and The Wrestler (okay, but not upto the hype) over the last few days. Congrats to my loyal reading AZ Cards fan!!! Two weeks to super bowl and we throw one heck of a party if you have any desire to come to Madison. Peace, Jim

Friday, January 16, 2009

Ridiculously Cold

drive wherever the roads will take you to
down beside a river frozen brown
January days and their scarecrow trees
so cold - feel your ears burn
The Sundays

Current conditions (as of 6:53 AM)
Today's forecast
°F °C
Wind chill warning
I know I said I wasn't going to bitch about the winter here....but come on....this is ridiculously bad. The temps dipped last night to almost negative 30, my house is making very strange sounds, my heating bill is going to fund the bailout of citibank, my dogs have just decided that the downstairs is their personal bathroom because after ten steps outside their paws are frozen, and just for fun tonite it is supposed to snow. I really need to reassess this whole living in Wisconsin thing. I have left the house once in the last two days... Jacky drove me to see Gran Torino. Did I mention that I have become a giant wuss when it comes to driving in this crap as well. Anyway the movie is excellent. Funny, touching, sad and thoughtful. Oscar worthy and on top of my list of Movies for 2008, which now looks like this:
Gran Torino
Slumdog Millionaire
Roman de Garre
I still need to see Frost/Nixon, Revolutionary Road, The Wrestler, and The Reader. As for the people pushing either Wall-E or Batman for inclusion in best picture talk....No. Wall-E was cute, and with a good message but was not even pixars best offering. And Batman while great for its genre was to me silly and pointless and way too over the top.
Exercise Log (this is easy)
Wed- Sit Ups
Thurs- Sit Ups
Food Log
Breakfast 1/2 grapefruit, turkey on rye
Lunch Salad greens with tuna
Dinner Two Chicken sandwiches, cole slaw, roasted potatoes
Breakfast 1/2 grapefruit, strawberries, pineapple, toast
Lunch Ham on rye, mustard, carrots pickles, 100 cal chips
Dinner:2 Chicken Tacos, Baked Scoops w'salsa and guacamole
Snack 150 calories ice cream

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


silver trees and a whispering breeze
are my sight and my sound
the thought of heaven couldn’t drag me from the path
when I’m wandering here alone
The Sunday's

It's tuesday night here in Madison and the weather reporters have big grin's on their face cause they lead every newscast with stories like "coldest days in a decade" and "unsafe wind chills in the negative 40's." The temperatures between now and saturday morning are expected to drop and drop some more. Lows in the negative teens, and highs around negative five. It's going to be hard to leave the house for the next 48 hours, and awfully hard to find a reason to actually want to leave. I put in two strong days of exercise and good eating in advance of this weather and hope to get out, but they are calling for snow on top of the cold so it is anyone's guess when that will be.

I also want to talk about two really good things. My new favorite movie for the year is 'Doubt', and I will be saluting one of my all-time favorite cds with this weeks quotes The cd is Static and Silence by the band The Sunday's. The album was released in 1997 and they have been on "hiatus" ever since.

Food Log

Breakfast half a grapefruit and tuna on greens
Lunch Jacky and I split some popcorn at the movies
Dinner: whole grain pasta, with homemade sauce and meatballs, and a giant salad

Breakfast Half a grapefruit, turkey sandwich with pickles
Lunch Peanut butter sandwich, 100 cal pretzels
Dinner 2 chicken Breasts, baked potato, cole slaw light dressing
Snack ice cream sandwich

Exercise Log
200 sit ups
35 minutes mall walking
20 circuits at the gym

25 minutes mall walking ( traffic)
weights, sit ups, stretches at the gym
2 hours volleyball

Stay Warm Peace, Jim

Sunday, January 11, 2009

weekend in Madison

And I know I can share it if you want me to
If you're goin' my way, I'll go with you
Movin' me down the highway, rollin' me down the highway
Movin' ahead so life won't pass me by
Jim Croce
I was snowed in my house all day friday, spent saturday watching the Terps win their first ACC game, and the NFL playoffs, and spent sunday winning my first competitive indoor volleyball game in atleast 15 years. Also we had Jacky's family Christmas sunday, two more NFL games, and tonite a great ACC basketball game UNC at WFU and the Golden Globes.
So just before they start here are my predictions on your winners:
Director: PETER BOYLE Slumdog Millionaire
Actor: SEAN PENN, Milk
Actress:ANNE HATHAWAY, Rachel Getting Married
Supporting Actor:HEATH LEDGER, Batman
Supporting Actress: KATE WINSLET The Reader
Breakfast Grapefruit, Orange, Protien Bar
Lunch: 3 pieces Rye bread, 1.5 chicken breasts, carrots, celery, pickles, 1.5 oz chips
Dinner 1.5 slices of pizza, small salad, 12oz skim milk
Breakfast 2 fried eggs, 2 pieces dry rye toast
Lunch. 3 oz baked scoops, 4 oz ground beef, salsa, 2tsp sour cream
Dinner 8 oz. shrimp, baked potato, carrots
Snack Ice cream sandwich
Breakfast: Turkey sandwich, carrots, pickles pretzels
Xmas Lunch: 2 Ham on dinner rolls, mustard, 4 oz potato salad, 1 small piece veggie pizza, pickles, handful of nuts, 2 mini twix bars
Dinner Tuna on salad with spritz of dressing
Sit ups everyday
Saturday outside walking in the snow 25 minutes with the dogs
Sunday 1.5 hours of volleyball
Have a good week everyone, wednesday and thursday high temps in Madison should be in the negative 5 range, but i bought an airline ticket to Vegas for March so I'll make it. Peace, Jim

Friday, January 9, 2009

USC>FLA>UTAH>TEX>>>>>>>>big ten

In Atlantic City or out in Malibu
Or any where between, I'm telling you
When you feel those balmy breezes on your face
Summer time is the best time any place
Cause it's summer
Summer time is here
Yes it's summer
My time of year

I figured today would be a good day to break out my all time favortie summer song. I had a light day execising yesterday, mostly because because I was sore from four hours of volleyball. However, I wish I had pushed off the light day til today, cause it is of course snowing.

Already a couple inches on the ground with snow expected to continue throughout the day :(
I have been doing some para-legal work on the side, mostly to keep my brain functioning. Yesterday I put together a motion to supress the in court identification of a suspect tainted by a suggestive out of court identification. Sound like fun? Go ahead ask me a question about Neil v. Biggers or State v. Wade. I think it makes me much happier to sell a Bob Marley t-shirt.

Exercise Log
200 situps
30 minute leisurely stroll
Food Log
breakfast: protien bar/half grapefruit
Lunch: 3 slices lo-cal rye bread 2oz turkey 2 oz r.beef mustard
pickles, carrots, 1oz baked lays
dinner: 2 chicken breasts, 2 lo-cal buns, hot sauce, 2 tsp lite blue cheese,
1 serving roasted potatoes, pickles,
snack: 150 cal ice cream sandwich
I hate the BCS and feel cheated that there is no NCAA football playoffs. Oh well only two months til March Madness Peace, Jim

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Calorie Counting!!

But save your resolutions for your never new year.
There is only one solution I can see here.
Love you're all I ever could need only one good thing
Worth trying to be and it's
Sara Bareilles
So as I walk around the mall each day it occurs to me that I have really spent much less time in a mall than most people. Partly cause I'm not really a shopper, partly because walking around the mall with all those people kind of scared me in an agoraphobic sort of way. So when I say I have never in the last decade eaten in a mall food court I am telling the truth. The food court at my mall is truly a buffet of everything that makes us fat. I mean where else can you get an Arbys sandwich, McDonalds fries, a Slice of pizza, and a DQ blizzard as your meal.
(with calorie estimates)
10am Chicken sandwich 3 oz chicken breast, 90 calorie light bun, mustard=210
handful small carrots=30
1pm 2 slices rye bread=90/ 2tbsp peanut butter=190
5pm salad with tuna(90) olives(75) lite 1,000isle (60) veggies(50)=315
7:30pm 1.5 chicken breasts (200)
baked potato (120)
late snack ice cream sandwich (150)
Total Calories=1450
6:45 215 sit ups
7:30 mall walking 35 minutes
1:00 pm 2 hours volleyball
1 day closer to Utah now 74 days away Peace, Jim

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

I'm a mallwalker, I'm a mallwalker

I'm one of a million pieces fallen on the ground
It's one of the reasons when we say goodbye
We'll still come around, yeah we will come around
Counting Crows
Just a quick Tuesday note, food and exercise log and what not. Note to myself when you have been awake 7 hours and burned a ton of calories a marathon energy bar and grapefruit wont get you through two hours of volleyball.
6:45 200 sit-ups
7:35 31 minutes walking the mall
8:30 20 station circuit workout
1 pm 2 hours of volleyball
Breakfast Fiber one bar, whole grapefruit
Snack Snickers Marathon Energy Fiber bar
Lunch Pouch of tuna over salad greens
Dinner two chicken breasts, carrots, pickles, 100 cal pretzels
Just realized that after tonite there will only be 8 meaningful football games left to watch. :( Have a great tuesday!! Peace, Jim

Monday, January 5, 2009


Give me love, Give me love, Give me peace on earth

Give me light,Give me life, Keep me free from birth

Give me hope, Help me cope, with this heavy load

Trying to, touch and reach you with,heart and soul

George Harrison

Happy New Year:

As I alluded to previously, I am going to switch up a little bit the direction of my blog for the first two months of this year. I am going to keep a daily food log and daily exercise log. This is 99.9% for me to keep motivated and more so for the accountability I was lacking through the holiday season. And although ice, wind and cold is a damn good excuse for staying home, watching tv, never leaving the house and eating what you want it's not an excuse I plan to invoke anymore.

I have a particularly unimpressive history when it comes to keeping food logs. I know that they are extremely beneficial, and I know they help you cut down on what you are eating. Here's the thing I've kept them in the past never lasting more than a week or two, I have turned in food logs to doctors and nutritionists that I have tried to fill in two weeks in 10 minutes before an appointment and I have basically lied mostly to myself when I have kept them. Any way my promise to you guys is every morsel of food that goes into my mouth will be recorded here and while I am willing to lie to myself there's no way I'm lying to you.

Since I haven't done an update in I think the longest time since I started let's recap the last ten days. We came home Christmas evening to discover our furnace wasn't working. 58degrees and dropping. A couple extra blankets to make it through the night and and the repair guy got us up and running the following afternoon which made two shivering greyhounds very happy. Madison,Wisconsin gets on average 45 inches of snow in a winter. we got 42+ in December. It sucked for business, sucked for getting to the gym and volleyball, sucked for walking the dogs, and sucked for mine and most people's general disposition, but I'm not really complaining (yes I am).

Between Christmas and New Years my schedule was basically try to watch every bowl game imaginable, some college hoops, and a little NFL. I got in two game nights at friends houses, saw no live music, kissed my wife at midnight and then drove her very drunk butt home at 3:30 am.
So what's on tap for 2009?
Here the stuff I know right now. I'll be at Fitness ridge from March 22nd through April 5th. Jacky will be there from Feb 15th thru the 22nd. I am attending the Mountain West basketball tournament, ASD trade show, and a festive weekend with friends including quite a few of my really good friends from high school the preceding week in Vegas. I'm excited that I have tickets to see Brett Dennen in Madison on February 28th and Sara Bareilles March 2nd at a very, very small venue Chicago. We have our annual Super Bowl party on February 1st it it will be the best and biggest yet. If you happen to be near Madison or want to come to Madison for that or any other reason let me know. As far as exercise, mall walking, gym workouts, lots of sit ups, and of course 3-4 days of volleyball a week.
Exercise January 5th
6:45 200 sit-ups
7:35 29 minutes of walking at the mall ( i am officially old)
8:20 26 minutes on the treadmill and 200 sit ups
Food log
1 nutrition bar
1/2 grapefruit
1 orange
some pineapple
Lunch 2oz ham on rye with mustard, carrots, 100 cal pretzels
Dinner 1.5 chicken breasts, baked potato w/ salsa, salad
Snack 100 calorie pop corn
I hope everyone had a happy and wonderful new year and we should all strive to make 2009 as fantastic as it can be. Give me love, Give me peace, Give me hope, Jim