I've gotta do my Year-End Best-Of (YEBO) Movies list a bit differently than in years past. The problem is that Katie and I didn't see all that many movies this year and, to put it bluntly, there are very few we would truly consider to be "great," let alone 10 of them as my previous list formatting would require.
I'm just clipping along on these Year-End Best-Of (YEBO) lists, aren't I? If this were any other year, I'd be waiting until the tail end of the year (even more tail end than today, December 23, represents) to write these. Now I'm actually done with all but two of my YEBO lists.
I'm such an overachiever! Must. Stop.
I really need to keep an audio recorder hidden in Nathan's crib to catch all the strange little chirps and beeps and honks and snarls and whatever else it is that emanates from that tiny little body.
The way I figure it, this might just be the last opportunity I have this calendar year to present you with a Tu(n)esday! Next Tuesday is Christmas and the one after that is the first day of 2013. Well, if we survive December 21, that is.
Wow. Where does the time go?
Sorry I didn't give you a Snippet Wednesday last night. But I've got an idea for you... I need to start doing my year-end best-of (YEBO) lists and I thought, at least with a few of them, I can do them as Snippets. Might be interesting, right?
Plus, I've gotta change things up a bit around here with my YEBO lists as I don't feel right doing a top 10 countdown for music or movies as I wasn't entirely "committed to the cause," as it were, with either. I can easily name a favorite album of the year, but movie? Not so easy this year. So I may just do Snippetized lists of ones that I enjoyed of each.
TV Awards will be done the same, though. No way to Snippet that. Oh, and I'm adding one or two YEBO lists this year. And this is the first of those...
When I was growing up, the big Christmas film to watch was A Christmas Story. This movie came out when I was about six or seven years old and, as I recall, was re-released each holiday season for the next several years and then it was picked up by network and basic cable stations and played to death. Yet we still tuned in annually.
This is not to say that we didn't watch other Christmas movies, but A Christmas Story remained a favorite.
Today, while taking care of Nathan, I discovered the joy that is BBC-America.
Sure, I've recorded shows that air on BBC-A, but I've never just "watched" the channel.
Today was Nathan's first photo with Santa. Or should I say "photos"?
It was an interesting shoot. Thank you, Santa, for your patience.
I don't care what you may hear if you're listening outside the window to my bedroom, I am not, repeat NOT, watching soap operas. It's just what happened to be on the TV after I switched out of OnDemand when I finished this season of The Walking Dead this morning.
No soap operas here, folks.
I was *this* close to having a 50% posting rate last month. *THIS* *CLOSE*. I missed it by one day because I got lazy yesterday. D'oh!
I'll hold that post until tomorrow or the day after and will, instead, give you my New Year's Resolution Recap for November.
Why does my love of reading go in spurts? I hate that.
I have been known to make a reading run where it takes me only a few days to finish a book and this has gone on for as long as three years. Horrible for the budget (unless I make use of the library or friends), but great for my feeling of self-education, especially since a lot of what I read is historical or biographical in nature.
If there is one thing I've been accomplishing during my leave, it was my N.Y. resolution to watch through season 5 of Doctor Who. I've been averaging about five or six episodes each day that I've been watching.
I started leave only a couple episodes into season four and I'm now one episode away from finishing season 5.
Katie and I tackled an interesting task this past Saturday night... introducing Nathan to his crib.
For the last two months, we've had Nathan sleeping in a bassinette (sp?) in our bedroom. We figured it was time, though. We paid for this crib, kiddo gonna use it!
Remember, remember on the fifth of November
a New Year's post I've yet to jot.
I know of no reason a simple blog post
Should ever be forgot.
So there's this whole thing going on with the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney. George Lucas, notorious for his heavy-handed control over Lucasfilm and all its subsidiaries (and rightfully so considering he built it all up from scratch), actually sold it all to the Mouse House.
Can someone explain to me where the time goes?
Today is Nathan's one month birthday. Our kid is ONE MONTH OLD!! Just... wha... how... I... yowza.
I discovered something interesting while watching the season finale of Hell on Wheels last night (yes, I'm a week or two late on that), Nathan loves the song "Devil's Waitin'" by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.
I do not watch the show Sons of Anarchy.
I have had literally dozens of people tell me that I need to and that I'm missing out and all that jazz and, yet, I still do not watch it.
Not that I have anything against it. When it started airing, I felt like I was watching too many TV shows and never picked up on it. Now, it seems like it's too late to try to get involved in the show because it's been on too long for me to even try to catch up.
Hey all. Nope, still no kapgar 2.0. So, in the absence of a baby for the time being, how about a Snippet Wednesday?
No, it doesn't seem like an even trade to me either.
Today is a very sad day in the kapgar household. One from which we may never fully recover.
We lost a friend. A good friend. One that has been with us for several years now and has helped pick us up when we were feeling low. Entertained us. Made us laugh, cry, scream, and think.
Today was a big day for Kapgar 2.0, aka "Chewie."
We started the day with our third, and hopefully final, ultrasound of the pregnancy.
For those of you guys who have kids, how many of your wife's pre-delivery doctor's appointments and classes did you attend?
Me? I've been making it a point to go to everything I possibly can. The only thing I've missed so far was Katie's very first ultrasound and the only reason that happened was because it was scheduled about two hours before it actually happened. The doctor called it an "emergency" and effectively freaked Katie and I out to the point where I said, "just get up there and get it done! Even if I can't get up there in time." We work about an hour apart and her doctor's office is about 30-45 minutes beyond even that point. I never would've made it in time. She was done and on her way back home by the time I left work (everything was fine, of course).
There are many movies that I love to watch repeatedly despite the dictates of good sense.
Films like Crybaby, Hudson Hawk, Undercover Brother, and so many others are considered bad or campy or underperforming or God only knows what else... but I love them.
And I've got another one to add to the list... Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
One of the things that scares Katie and I most about bringing up a child in this world is the last two words of that phrase... "this world."
As you all know, I've been in the midst of self-enforced photo challenges for a a little while now. This is actually my third straight year that I've been taking part in them.
Several television networks have been releasing their "upfronts" over the course of the last week. This is basically how they announce what their fall schedule will be and how we find out which of our favorite shows will and won't be returning for another season.
I tend to go through and pick apart each network when the upfronts come out, but I don't really think I'm going to be doing that this year. I think I'm just going to point out a few of what I deem to be the highlights of the announcements.
What is it about day's off not actually being true "day's off"? I remember when I was a kid, having a day off meant that I was running around outside playing all day long with my friends.
Now? I'm doing laundry and flushing a drain in our mudroom and, well, I am watching Doctor Who so I guess that counts as "recreation." Damn, just disproved my own thesis statement. Way to go, Kapgar.
I'm going to shut up now and recap my progress toward my New Year's Resolutions. Sound good?
Just call me Mr. Fix It.
No, really, do it! Please. This may be one of the few times in my life I've legitimately fixed something that wasn't based in LEGOs, Erector bits, or a remote control car.
As promised, here is the March recap of my progress toward achieving my New Year's Resolutions. I had progress on all fronts!
Last Tuesday, I started back to the gym. I had only been away for a few weeks (maybe a month), but it felt like an eternity. I needed to restart my Couch-to-5K program again... desperately.
By the sound of things, I'm one of the only people in the world that was actually let down by this year's Super Bowl. And the commercials.
I love when art and life comingle a bit, get all kinds of cozy together, and wind up turning out a result such as Left. Left. Left. Right, Left.
One of my Christmas gifts was a copy of the two-disc, 20th anniversary edition of Nirvana's Nevermind. While not my favorite Nirvana album (that honor goes to Bleach), I still feel Nevermind is pretty damn close to perfect and I love it dearly. And, while listening to it on the way home this evening, I expressed this "near perfect" claim on Twitter.
For a couple years now, my buddy Bob, of Voices In My Brain, has been conducting an annual Celebrity Death Watch on his blog. This year, I'm going to follow in his footsteps and, even though we're a week in to the new year, post my own Celebrity Death Watch.
I think the Metro in Chicago is trying to kill me.