Posted: June 11, 2009 in Food, Health/Fitness, movies, Uncategorized, vacation

1iconcalvinfacesAlright, this is bullshit.

Seems like EVERYTHING I eat lately makes me feel vaguely ill. I suppose I could try, you know, NOT eating. But I have a problem with depriving myself, in that I can’t. I’ve been “good” the past few days – I’ve eaten healthy, whole foods, and I’ve been drinking a crapload of water. Heh, maybe that’s what’s wrong. I’m totally shocking my system. “What the fuck, she’s eating vegetables? THE END IS NIGH.”

I’ve decided to stop taking the diet pills (Lip0fuze, for those of you who are interested) because the nausea didn’t abate, even when I took them with food. So, not for me. Lip0fuze offers a full money back guarantee, though, which is one of the reasons why I went with them in the first place. So all I have to do is send them back the remaining product, and they’ll reimburse me.

No harm, no foul.


We rented and watched Gran Torino the other night. AWESOME movie, though not for those who are easily offended. Or, really, even for those who are moderately difficult to offend. Dude was over-the-top racist, yo. Great ending, though.

Most importantly, THE DOG DIDN’T DIE. The movie totally broke my “rule” that if it becomes apparent within the first 10 minutes of a movie that the main character is very attached to a dog*, the dog will bite it within 45 minutes of the end of the movie. We saw the dog, what, two minutes in, and I said, “Dammit, the dog’s gonna die.” Usually, I’m RIGHT. This time I wasn’t, and I was happy to be wrong.

Don’t get used to that. Usually, I’m not happy to be wrong.

(*Interestingly, this rule does not apply to cats**. The main character will bite it, before the cat will, usually.)

(**Except for in the first season of True Blood***. That’s the only exception I’ve ever come across.)

(***You’ve been living under a rock if that was a spoiler.)


We leave on our Epic Road Trip seven weeks from today. Once we leave Cody, WY, we’re winging it all the way back home. All we know is that we’re going in the direction of Aspen, CO, and we’d like to see Arches National Park on our way back toward Arizona. Those two facts sort of dictate the direction we’ll be going in… and then there’s the goal of visiting the Grand Canyon as our last stop before home (we’ve both been there before, but never together). But, no hotels booked, no firm dates set, just the hard fact that we need to leave Cody on Thursday August 6th, and be back home in Arizona sometime in the evening of Saturday August 8th. We could push it as late as getting back home on Sunday the 9th, but Calvin and I both have to work on Monday the 10th, so we don’t want to be rolling in after an eleven-day road trip and then have to head right back to work mere hours later.

Here’s some interesting facts – according to MapQuest, a straight shot from Cody, WY to home is 18 hours, and 1160 miles. A straight drive from Aspen, CO to home is 11 hours 30 minutes, and 729 miles. So that’s, what, six and a half hours difference? And yet MapQuest says it takes 9 hours and 20 minutes to drive from Cody to Aspen. So, riddle me that. The routes look the same according to the bird’s-eye map.

Feh. Math makes my head hurt.

(The third installment of my UpTake “Epic Summer Road Trip” series is up, if you’re interested.)


I made orange roughy for dinner last night, and it was excellent. I posted the recipe on WFN, if you’re interested. I paired it with some steamed broccoli and ate entirely too damned much, because…

Calvin pooh-pooh’d it, and made himself a pot of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. Everyone’s a critic. So I had to eat as much of it as I could, right? So it wouldn’t go to waste, right?? There are starving children in China, right???


And now for something completely random. My husband could have TOTALLY played Spicoli*.

(*Damned embedding Nazis.)

  1. Jeanette says:

    I thought Grand Torino was a great movie, too. Especially since it was filmed in Michigan. Just FYI, there was a article in the paper when the movie was being filmed about the people that own the house the movie was filmed in. They said that they got a whole new porch rebuilt, new front door and new front siding. They were not allowed to go anywhere near the house while they were filming and never got to meet Clint Eastwood. But it was their bathtub that he was taking a bath in! I thought the ending was pretty awesome, too. Did you see Marley and me? It was a cute movie but I was depressed for a whole day after seeing it.

    • Laura says:

      Huh! Imagine taking a bath where Clint Eastwood soaked his… well, you know.

      I did not see Marley and Me, and I refuse because I ALREADY KNOW HOW IT ENDS. BADLY.

  2. iamheatherjo says:

    I LOVE Kraft Mac n Cheese! 😉

    I rarely let myself have it though…

  3. crisitunity says:

    Possible that on the roads from Cody to Aspen the speed limit is low. Mapquest takes the speed limits into account when calculating the amount of time it’ll take. That’s the only thing I can think of.

    I’m sorry about the illness when eating ANYTHING. I had that once and told myself I was going to fast with only fruit and fruit juices over one weekend, and towards late afternoon on the first day my body said ALL RIGHT, I give up, and I ate a gigantic chicken-fried steak dinner at Friendly’s and felt fine. I think if you just tease and threaten enough you can get your body to do what you want.

    • Laura says:

      Heh. That’s happened to me before, too, where I decided to fast, or only eat fruits and veggies, or only drink a lot of tea and water… I’m all determined for, like, three hours, then I give up and have a cheeseburger and feel MUCH better.

  4. Kim says:

    We just saw a commercial for Grand Torino and will hopefully be renting it this weekend. Gotta love Eastwood. And I’m with you on dog dyings in movies – I will NEVER see Marley and Me for that reason. Though I agree, cats don’t really bother me so much.
    I guess I’m going to have to go check out your recipe because I’m pretty knowledgable about food but I have NO IDEA what an orange roughie is.

    • Laura says:

      It’s a fish. I looked it up on Wikipedia and apparently I’m a bad, bad person for even CONSIDERING buying it and eating it. Bad fishing practices, over fishing of the species, lots of mercury or whatever. Etc. etc. the sky is falling look out for the baby chickens.

  5. boundandgags says:

    Gran Torino was awesome. I loved when he was in the neighbor house (being fawned over) and said he had more in common with these people than his own kids. That was, to me, the water shed moment for his turn around. But, in reality, he didn’t turn around. He was the same he just realized everyone’s the same.

    And the set-up to the end! Man! I know people who hated it but it was pitch perfect planning. He took care of everything.

    • Laura says:

      The ending was fantastic. There really was no other way for him to resolve things. I mean, he could have shot them all up, but that would have been 1) unrealistic (one old guy against a bunch of punks with sub machine guns); and 2) would have decreased the audience’s sympathies for the protagonist, having him go all Die Hard at the end.

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