its dc.
its cold.

im going to work for a few hours today (MLK day) - get paid OT at least haha

didnt sleep very well last night (gotta deal with it)
im dreading getting on the metro (obamapalooza tomorrow)
listening to some jerry jeff walker (should have done this ages ago)
trying to decide what i want to do tonight (probably stay in)

thats all for now...
well was a good weekend, didnt do a lot all things considered but thats not the point

obamapalooza is is tue. heres hoping that the metro will do better tue then today. because there were about a jillion different problems on the metro today - stations being exit only, unscheduled problems, all sorts of stuff. if this happens on tue its gonna be a mess to say the least.
anyway...this weekend i made chili, am making chicken encheladas tomorrow and taco soup on tue i think (maybe vice versa?) we will see

this weekend watched a lot of tv/movies. the football games today + a couple of movies
the other "new" thing i have been doing is drinking tea. quite a bit of it i must say. i have been buying it over the last few weeks and got some this weekend too (in town) - its pretty good im getting the times down and its helping me with not drinking coffee, still drink an espresso/latte from time to time but no more coffee lol

as for the super bowl, i am going for the cardinals...read somewhere they were 40-1 odds to make the sB - wonder how many ppl actually took that at the start of this year lol.

this week:
-get setup at the workout place here on our property
-sleep more (as usual)
-relax (off work mon/tue)
-start reading a new book (non fiction)
resolution number two

lose some weight/get more healthy

now this is going to be difficult to accomplish for many reasons, one of them being that i enjoy to cook quite a lot and that what i am best at cooking are things in the category of "sweets"

i would say that i have cooked a LOT more over the last few months than i ever did before, and i have recognized that it really does boil down to calories in & calories out. i am eating more healthy all things considered and i am mostly restricting myself to eating out on weekends (if then even)

also i am going to start working out at the on-complex workout facility - need to get on that - starting towards the end of the month.

i have cut out a lot of sweets (ice cream) and sodas (rarely have any). next thing to cut out is coffee - shouldnt be hard because i rarely drink it anyway and mostly just drink latte's if i have anything...but moving towards tea, specifically green tea which is more healthy and such. anyway i also drink energy drinks, but not that many and not that often - usually they are clustered together over a few days and then none for a while. i successfully did not buy a case of monsters at sams club this weekend, which is great lol but that was as much a financial decision as anything...

but yea, getting more healthy entails 1) eating more healthily slash better + losing weight 2) working out in some way, be it running or treadmill or the hundred pushup challenge and 3) cutting out as much sugar or sweets as i can, another plus of green tea is that i dont drink it with sugar.

i have been able to lose weight since i have been here in DC but thats almost entirely from easting less/smaller portions - which is something i am ok at doing already but can still get better at doing. biggest suggestion for losing weight, and an easy one, is to not keep snack foods around or keep healthy snack foods - like fruits or veggies around. i have taken the approach of allowing myself to only have snack foods around a very limited amount of the time and that has been a huge help

regarding football today, blah. i wanted the chargers to win and it to be a chargers/cardinals SB but no luck...now its eagles @ cardinals and ravens @ steelers. im going to be pulling for the cardinals and the ravens but thats as much because i dont like mcnabb and h-ward as anything else.

watched 24 tonight, and may start watching it more/full time? we shall see after tomorrow night when the second 2 hours of the 4 hour "opening" comes on.

goals for this weekend:
-make salsa
-make chicken enchiladas + rice
-make banana bread + cookies
-go to a wizards game

so i made salsa/banana bread/cookies but didnt do chicken encheledas/rice cuz im doing it later this week. also going to a caps game on tue...

so this week's goals:
-chicken encheladas + mexican rice (will post recipe)
-"be healthy"
-sleep more
-buy more loose-leaf tea (suggestions?)

we will see how many of THESE get done...lol
so i have not realized that yes, i do have a limit regarding sleep and yes, i have come very close to crossing that threshold (or already have)

bad timing i guess

i got my food processor (christmas gift) this week, now just gotta go to sams and get stuff

goals for this weekend:
-make salsa
-make chicken enchiladas + rice
-make banana bread + cookies
-go to a wizards game

one of my new years resolutions is to sleep more.
or better stated: to get more sleep - the principal way to get this done is to go to bed slightly earlier instead of later

sleeping is important.
sleeping is important.
sleeping is important.

good show i have started watching is: leverage.

leverage is a good show, but as my dad pointed out after watching for 5 min, he goes "this is like the A team...a modern day A team" - which is true. its a good show. nothing great but good nonetheless.

the shows i currently "watch" are: leverage, my own worst enemy (which is only going to be 1 season) and some other random ones on hulu.

speaking of hulu, it is a great site. if you havent been there before you def should check it out! lots of tv shows, and i think even full length movies as well...

anyway, sleeping more...yea
255= should be asleep. but am not.

tomorrow is gonna be a long day of sightseeing and such. should be good for me though

texas on the fifth...hook 'em. will be even better when we see that THE ohio state university shouldnt have been in a BCS game. hopefully the beatdown by utah will lead to more non "majors" getting invited to the BCS, and while utah did their part to attempt to shake up the BCS texas tech sucked it up (can you say overrated? guess now we see how "good" tech was after getting rolled by OU and then getting smoked by ole miss here in texas...way to represent the big XII tech. good job). i was glad to see utah beat 'bama, showed how overrated the SEC was i hope) but then tech lost to ole miss - and as a side note would love to see an ole miss/alabama rematch.

in a perfect world we would be gearing up for a utah/va tech/texas/OU final 4 for college football, but not with the big bad BCS stilll in town.

also, why is east carolina vs kentucky and buffalo vs uconn on the sked after jan 1, what happened to the post-jan 1 bowls being the "big games". this is where we should have had the boise st/tcu or some game like that. instead we have 4 unranked teams playing. now im not gonna bash tulsa/ball state because both of them should have been conf winners and actually are decent football teams (have lost a combined 4 games all year, tulsa lost to arkansas, u of h, and eastern carolina - ball st lost in the conf. champ game to buffalo). also, would anyone take cincy/va tech/ohio state over say boise st/tcu/utah? if those 6 teams are playing h2h im taking the second group to win 2 of the 3 games. in fact, i would think that they would have a serious chance to win all 3...ugh. reformat the BCS please. its foolish that a team like THE ohio state university got in the BCS over teams like texas tech (much better team), boise st, tcu and i question if they could beat a team like oklahoma state or oregon.

anyway...bowl picks for the last few bowl games:
buffalo over uconn
texas over tOSU (not even close...pryor gets rocked and tOSU has to go back to the senior QB - bozeman? - which is who they should have had playing all year imho)
ball state over tulsa
oklahoma over florida (i dont think this will be close. i bet venables has the answer for tebow)

life has been good recently, was in texas for christmas - which was awesome. good to be back in DC, work coming up soon - monday is wayyyyyyy too soon. i miss college where we had janterms lol. still looking for more good music. waiting for it to snow in DC (and yes, its **cold**). cooking a lot - dinner tonight: baked chicken, rice, broccoli. thats about it.

happy new year.
2009 is gonna be the best year yet (in a place as far away from last year as i could possibly be - and in the best place i could be for 2009 i think. as happy as i can just about ever remember. future looking up. personal life looking up. got some resolutions, but ill post them later this week - next post maybe? we shall see.)

anyway i am excited about 2009...check out "closer to the truth and further from the sky" by butch walker - youtube and lyrics - its the most recent song i get stuck in my head every time i hear it...

until next time...