10 weeks at the gym

My exercise for the past couple years has been playing three to four games of racquetball three times a week; playing a couple hours of Ultimate two to three times a week; and an occasional 15- or 20-mile bike ride (when the weather cooperates).

But this week, I just started going to a gym on Saturday. I’m planning to go three times a week for 10 weeks. The first day was just orientation, but I have so little upper body strength and do so little with weights that I did get a sore from orientation. Here’s the workout from my second day, which was today:

Do as many reps as possible in 15 min.:
• 40 air squats
• 30 sit-ups
• 20 push-ups
• 10 pull-ups

… and here’s what I managed:
• 109 air squats
• 60 sit-ups
• 40 push-ups (from knees)
• 20 pull-ups (assisted)

That was enough to make me lightheaded and I imagine I’ll be quite a bit more sore tomorrow than I already am.

 

Guido’s movies 2014

 

The following is a list of the movies that Guido (and usually Julie) watched, for the first time, in 2014.

#. TITLE (YEAR RELEASED) – FORMAT – DATE COMPLETED

  1. “Jack Reacher” (2012) – online – 01/05
  2. “Ultimate Avengers 2″ (2006) – online – 01/05
  3. “Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus and 2012″ (2013) – online – 01/06
  4. “The Bletchley Circle” Series 1 (2012) – online – 01/06
  5. “Olympus Has Fallen” (2013) – online – 01/06
  6. “Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior” (2003) – online – 01/07
  7. “Downton Abbey” Series 3 (2012) – online – 01/10
  8. “John Hodgeman: Ragnarok” (2013) – online – 01/12
  9. “New Girl” (2012) – Season 2 – 01/14
  10. “Supernatural” Season 7 (2011) – online – 01/15
  11. “Boy Wonder” (2010) – online – 01/16
  12. “Her” (2013) – theater – 01/20
  13. “American Hustle” (2013) – theater – 01/29
  14. “Attack on Titan” Season 1 (2013) – online – 01/21
  15. “Justified” season 1 (20xx) – online – 01/27
  16. “Tai Chi Hero” (2012) – online – 01/27
  17. “Ip Man: The Final Fight” (2013) – online – 01/28
  18. “Ninja: Shadow of a Tear” (2013) – online – 01/30
  19. “Justified” season 2 (2012) – online – 02/05
  20. “Rush” (2013) – DVD – 02/09
  21. “The Lego Movie” (2014) – Theater – 02/10
  22. “Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United” (2013) – online – 02/21
  23. “Hustle & Flow” (2005) – online – 02/24
  24. “Samurai Champloo” (2004) – online – 02/28
  25. “Breaking Bad” season 6 (2013)
  26. “The Croods” (2013) – online – 03/09
  27. “Non-Stop” (2014) – theater – 03/10
  28. “Veronica Mars” (2014) – download – 03/15
  29. “Turbo” (2013) – online – 03/16
  30. “Divergent” (2014) – theater – 03/22
  31. “Muppets: Most Wanted” (2014) – theater – 03/23
  32. “Title” (20xx) – online – 03/xx
  33. “The Messenger” (2009) – online – 03/xx
  34. “Star Wars: Clone Wars” seasons 1-6 (20xx-2014) – online – 03/31
  35. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (2014) – theater – 04/06
  36. “Soul Surfer” (2011) – TV – 04/08
  37. “Generator Rex season 3  (2011) – online – 04/12
  38. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (2014) – theater – 04/12
  39. “Prisoners” (2013) – DVD – 04/13
  40. “Kick-Ass 2″ (2013) – DVD – 04/13
  41. “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” (2013) – DVD – 04/17
  42. “Justice League: War” (2014) – DVD – 04/17
  43. “Bates Motel” Season 1 (2013) – online – 04/18
  44. “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” (2013) – online – 04/20
  45. “Man on Wire” (2008) – online – 04/20
  46. “Rapture-Palooza” (2013) – online – 04/23
  47. “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ (2014) – theater – 05/10
  48. “True Detective”  season 1 (2014) – online – 05/19
  49. “Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay” (2012) – online – 05/22
  50. “X-Men: Days of Future Past” (2014) – theater – 05/26
  51. “House of Cards” season 1 (2013) – online – 05/31
  52. “Unhung Hero” (2013) – online – 06/02
  53. “The Monuments Men” (2014) – DVD – 06/09
  54. “Let Li’s Fearless” (2006) – online – 06/09
  55. “Game of Thrones” season 4 (2014) – online – 06/23
  56. “The A-Team” (2010) – DVD – 06/30
  57. “Rocky” (1976) – online – 06/30
  58. “Comic Book Villains” (2002) – online – 07/01
  59. “Nebraska” (2013) – DVD – 07/03
  60. “Edge of Tomorrow” (2014) – theater – 07/06
  61. “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2″ (2013) – online – 07/06
  62. “Orange is the New Black” season 2 (2014) – online – 07/06
  63. “Tiny: A Story About Living Small” (2013) – online – 07/13
  64. “Best Worst Movie” (2009) – online – 07/14
  65. “Snowpiercer” (2013) – theater – 07/16
  66. “The Americans” season 1 (2013) – online – 07/22
  67. “A Fantastic Fear of Everything” (2012) – online – 07/28
  68. “Guardians of the Galaxy” (2014) – theater – 08/04
  69. “All is Lost” (2013) – DVD – 08/10
  70. “Under the Skin” (2013) – DVD – 08/11
  71. “The Expendables 2″ (2012) – online – 08/15
  72. “Mud” (2012) – online – 08/16
  73. “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” (2014) – theater – 08/24
  74. “Thale” (2012) – online – 08/25
  75. “Drinking Buddies” (2013) – online – 08/26
  76. “How to Lose Friends and Alienate People” (2008) – online – 08/31
  77. “Young Dectecive Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon” (2013) – online – 09/01
  78. “Journey to the West” (2013) – online – 09/03

Started: “There Will Be Blood”(2007) – TV – xx/xx

* Movies on TV count if unedited

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PAST YEARS’ STATS

In 2003: 28 films (est.); 2004: 73 films; 2005: 62 films; 2006: 72 films; 2007: 65 films; 2008: 66 films; 2009: 113 films; 2010: 99 films; 2011: 102 films; 2012: 76 films; 2013: xx films.

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Guido’s Movies 2013

The following is a list of the movies that Guido (and usually Julie) watched, for the first time, in 2013.

#. TITLE (YEAR RELEASED) – FORMAT – DATE COMPLETED

  1. “Tucker & Dale vs. Evil” (2010) – Online – 01/01
  2. “Dreamscape” (1984) – Online – 01/02
  3. “Jeff, Who Lives at Home” (2011) – Online – 01/03
  4. “The Next Three Days” (2010) – Online – 01/04
  5. “Planet Hulk” (2010) – Online – 01/04
  6. “The Lincoln Lawyer” (2011) – Online – 01/05
  7. “The Do-Deca-Pentathlon” (2012) – Online – 01/05
  8. “Take Shelter” (2011) – Online – 01/06
  9. “The Help” (2011) – TV – 01/06
  10. “Superman vs The Elite” (2012) – Online – 01/06
  11. “Justice League: Doom” (2012) – Online – 01/09
  12. “Skyline” (2010) – Online – 01/09
  13. “Lillyhammer” (2012) Season 1 – Online – 01/13
  14. “The Grey” (2011) – Online – 01/15
  15. “Casa De Mi Padre” (2012) – Online – 01/16
  16. “Avatar: The Last Airbender” (2007) Season 3 – Online – 01/17
  17. “Hulk vs” (2009) – Online – 01/17
  18. “Jarhead” (2005) – Online – 01/19
  19. “Dredd” (2012) – DVD – 01/20
  20. “Premium Rush” (2012) – DVD – 01/20
  21. “The Watch” (2012) – DVD – 01/20
  22. “Total Recall” (2012) – DVD – 01/21
  23. “Avatar: The Legend of Korra” (2012) Season 1 – Online – 01/22
  24. “Silver Linings Playbook” (2012) – Theater – 01/26
  25. “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” (2012) – DVD – 01/26
  26. “Argo” (2012) – DVD – 01/26
  27. “The Five-Year Engagement” (2012) – DVD – 01/27
  28. “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” (2008) – Season 1 – DVD – 01/27
  29. “Downton Abbey” (2010) – Season 1 – Online – 01/29
  30. “Dante’s Inferno: An Animated Epic” (2010) – Online – 01/29
  31. “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” (2013) – Theater – 02/01
  32. “Lawless” (2012) – DVD – 02/02
  33. “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” (2012) – DVD – 02/02
  34. “The Bourne Legacy” (2012) – DVD – 02/03
  35. “Thor: Tales of Asgard” (2011) – Online – 02/04
  36. “Warm Bodies” (2013) – Theater – 02/06
  37. “Downton Abbey” (2011) – Season 2 – Online – 02/07
  38. “Hit and Run” (2012) – DVD – 02/11
  39. “Flight” (2012) – Blu-Ray – 02/12
  40. “The Impossible” (2012) – Theater – 02/15
  41. “Pitch Perfect” (2012) – DVD – 02/18
  42. “Bernie” (2011) – Online – 02/22
  43. “Red Riding: In The Year Of Our Lord 1974″ (2009) – Online – 02/28
  44. “Jack The Giant Slayer” (2013) – Theater – 03/02
  45. “Taken 2″ (2012) – Blu-ray – 03/02
  46. “The Whistleblower” (2010) – Online – 03/03
  47. “Origin: Spirits of the Past” (2006) – Online – 03/05
  48. “The Saphires” (2012) – DVD – 03/09
  49. “Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon” (2011) – Online – 03/17
  50. “Nacho Libre” (2006) – Online – 03/18
  51. “Black Snake Moan” (2006) – Online – 03/21
  52. “Marwencol” (2010) – Online – 03/23
  53. “The Last Enemy” (2008) – Online – 03/26
  54. “Rise of the Guardians” (2012) – DVD – 03/xx
  55. “Oblivion” (2013) – Theater – 04/27
  56. “Pain & Gain” (2013) – Theater – 04/27
  57. “ParaNorman” (2012) – Online – 04/27
  58. “This is 40″ (2012) – DVD – 04/28
  59. “Iron Man 3″ (2013) – Theater – 05/05
  60. “The Conversation” (1974) – Online – 05/06
  61. “Star Trek Into Darkness” (2013) – Theater – 05/17
  62. “John Dies at the End” (2012) – DVD – 05/18
  63. “The Awakening” (2011) – Online – 05/19
  64. “Lbs” (2004) – Online – 05/30
  65. “War of the Arrows” (2011) – Online – 06/04
  66. “Top of the Lake” (2013) – Online – 06/08
  67. “Continuum” Season 1 (2012) – Online – 06/14
  68. “This Is The End” (2013) – Theater – 06/15
  69. “Man of Steel” (2013) – Theater – 06/22
  70. “Monsters University” (2013) – Theater – 06/22
  71. “Side Effects” (2013) – DVD – 06/23
  72. “The Heat” (2013) – Theater – 06/29
  73. “R.I.P.D.” (2013) – Theater – 07/20
  74. “Pacific Rim” (2013) – Theater – 07/20
  75. “The Wolverine” (2013) – Theater – 07/28
  76. “Detective Dee: Mystery of the Phantom Flame” (2010) – Online – 08/01
  77. “Arrested Development” season 4 (2013) – Online – 08/03
  78. “The Sorcerer and the White Snake” (2011) – Online – 08/03
  79. “Elysium” (2013) – Theater – 08/09
  80. “Orange is the New Black” Season 1 (2013) – Online – 08/10
  81. “Freakonomics” (2010) – Online – 08/10
  82. “Identity Thief” (2013) – DVD – 08/11
  83. “Admission” (2013) – DVD – 08/11
  84. “The World’s End” (2013) – Theater – 08/23
  85. “Solomon Kane” (2009) – Online – 09/02
  86. “Arbitrage” (2012) – Online – 09/08
  87. “Hot Coffee” (2011) – Online – 09/10
  88. “Stoker” (2013) – Online – 09/21
  89. “The Adjustment Bureau” (2011) – Online – 09/29
  90. “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn” (2012) – Online – 10/07
  91. “Captain Phillips” (2013) – Theater – 10/11
  92. “Gravity” (2013) – Theater – 10/12
  93. “World War Z” (2013) – online- 10/13
  94. “Religulous” (2008) – online – 10/17
  95. “The Dictator” (2012) – online – 11/03
  96. “Fringe” Season 5 (2013) – online – 11/04
  97. “Thor: The Dark World” (2013) – Theater – 11/09
  98. “The Legend is Born: Ip Man” (2010) – online – 11/15
  99. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” (2013) – Theater – 11/22
  100. “The Bling Ring” (2013) – DVD – 11/23
  101. “Burke and Hare” (2010) – online – 11/25
  102. “Continuum” season 2 (2013) – online – 11/26
  103. “Call The Midwife” series 1 (2012) – online – 11/27
  104. “Robot & Frank” (2012) – online – 11/29
  105. “Beware The Batman” season 1 (2013) – Online – 12/02
  106. “Wu Dang” (2012) – online – 12/02
  107. “Supernatural” season 1 (2005) – online – 12/09
  108. “Phillomena” (2013) – theater – 12/09
  109. “Woochi” (2009) – online – 12/11
  110. “Supernatural” season 2 (2006) – online – 12/13
  111. “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” (2013) – theater- 12/13
  112. “Red 2″ (2013) – DVD – 12/15
  113. “Supernatural” season 3 (2007) – online – 12/15
  114. “Tai Chi Zero” (2012) – online – 12/15
  115. “Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” (2013) – DVD – 12/16
  116. “Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox” (2013) – DVD – 12/16
  117. “Arthur Newman” (2013) – DVD – 12/20
  118. “Supernatural” season 4 (2008) – online – 12/20
  119. “As Cool As I Am” (2013) – DVD – 12/21
  120. “Supernatural” season 5 (2009) – online – 12/25
  121. “Behind the Candelabra” (2013) – DVD – 12/26
  122. “Frozen” (2013) – theater – 12/28
  123. “47 Ronin” (2013) – theater – 12/29
  124. “We’re The Millers” (2013) – DVD – 12/29
  125. “Saving Mr. Banks” (2013) – theater – 12/30
  126. “The Way Way Back” (2013) – DVD – 12/30
  127. “Supernatural” season 6 (2010) – online – 12/31

 

* Movies on TV count if unedited

———

PAST YEARS’ STATS

In 2003: 28 films (est.); 2004: 73 films; 2005: 62 films; 2006: 72 films; 2007: 65 films; 2008: 66 films; 2009: 113 films; 2010: 99 films; 2011: 102 films; 2012: 76 films.

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Ethnic Christmases

Since 1999, my family has been making food from a different country or region for our Christmas dinner instead of having similar meals for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. This year, we put our heads together to make a list of what we had each year, and this is what we came up with. It’s pretty close but we might be off a little. Some dishes we tried are included when we could remember some.

• 1999 — Cajun/Creole
Jambalaya
Gumbo
Bread pudding

2000 — Indian
Curry

2001 — Chinese
Egg rolls
Fried rice
Shrimp in lobster sauce

2002 — Mexican
Tamales
Sopapillas
Enchiladas
Flan

2003 — English/Irish
Standing Rib Roast
Yorkshire pudding
Trifle

2004 — Greek
Lamb
Baklava

2005 — German
Sauerbraten
Potato pancakes

2006 — Russian
Borst

2007 — French

2008 — Japanese
Tempora
Miso soup

2009 — Spanish
Pialla

2010 — Caribbean
Avocado soup (cold)

2011 — Swedish
Crepes/lingonberries
Herring various ways

2012 — Hungarian
Bean soup, creamy
Goulash
Baked Walleye with sauce
Cabbage/sausage/egg noodle
Kiffles
Bread

Vacation: Turkey

Julie and I went to Istanbul, Turkey, for about 11 days, from the evening of June 19 to early in the morning July 2. We stayed with our friend Sean in the Şişli neighborhood.

We toured some historic sights like the Aya Sofia, Chora Church, Topkapi Palace, and the Basilica Cistern. We rented a boat and went up the Bosphorus one afternoon, swimming and hanging out. We walked through the Grand Bazaar and shopped in the Spice Bazaar a little bit. We took a ferry to the Asian side of the city and had dinner and drinks there. We played board games and danced at a gay bar and watched a couple of the Euro2012 soccer games.

I played Ultimate twice; one pickup game, one team practice (Turk Kasi).

… lots of stuff.

 

Guido’s Movies 2012

The following is a list of the movies that Guido (and usually Julie) watched, for the first time, in 2012.

ORDER#. TITLE (YEAR RELEASED) – FORMAT – DATE COMPLETED

    1. “I Love You Phillip Morris” (2009) – Online – 01/02
    2. “How I Met Your Mother” season 1 (2005) – Online – 01/03
    3. “Blue Valentine” (2010) – DVD – 01/05
    4. “Buck” (2011) – Online – 01/06
    5. “Ip Man 2″ (2010) – Online – 01/06
    6. “Bandslam” (2009) – TV – 01/06
    7. “Tales from Earthsea” (2006) – Online – 01/09
    8. “Ninja” (2009) – Online – 01/13
    9. “Bored To Death” season 2 (2010) – DVD – 01/16
    10. “Haywire” (2011) – Theater – 01/23
    11. “Beginners” (2010) – DVD – 01/24
    12. “The Descendants” (2011) – Theater – 01/30
    13. “The Artist” (2011) – Theater – 02/07
    14. “Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne” (2008) – Online – 02/24
    15. “Abduction” (2011) – DVD – 03/04
    16. “John Carter” (2012) – Theater – 03/10
    17. “Tamara Drewe” (2010) – TV – 03/12
    18. “The Hunger Games” (2012) – Theater – 03/23
    19. “Midnight in Paris” (2011) – TV – 04/07
    20. “Bad Teacher” (2011) – TV – 04/08
    21. “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa” (2008) – TV – 04/08
    22. “The Cabin in the Woods” (2012) – Theater – 04/13
    23. “Colombiana” (2011) – TV – 04/21
    24. “Priest” (2011) – TV – 04/25
    25. “The Pirates! Band of Misfits” (2012) – Theater – 04/28
    26. “The Raven” (2012) – Theater – 04/30
    27. “Game of Thrones”season 1 (2011) – Blu-Ray04/xx
    28. “Marvel’s The Avengers” (2012) – Theater – 05/04
    29. “Dark Shadows” (2012) – Theater – 05/14
    30. “30 Minutes Or Less” (2011) – TV – 05/27
    31. “We Bought A Zoo” (2011) – DVD – 05/30
    32. “Prometheus” (2012) – Theater – 06/12
    33. “Drive” (2011) – DVD – 06/15
    34. “21 Jump Street” (2011) – Drive-in – 06/18
    35. “Men in Black 3″ (2011) – Drive-in – 06/18
    36. “Chronicle” (2011) – Airplane – 06/20
    37. “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” (2011) – Airplane – 06/20
    38. “Immortals” (2011) – Airplane – 06/20
    39. “Moneyball” (2011) – Airplane – 07/02
    40. “The Amazing Spider-Man” (2012) – Theater – 07/06
    41. “Moonrise Kingdom” (2012) – Theater – 07/06
    42. “The Dark Knight Rises” (2012) – Theater – 07/22
    43. “Smiley Face” (2007) – TV – 08/xx
    44. “Lockout” (2012) – Online – 09/20
    45. “Dexter” Season 6 (2012) – TV – 09/xx
    46. “Buried” (2010) – Online – 10/05
    47. “Looper” (2012) – Theater – 10/08
    48. “Defiance” (2008) – DVD – 10/07
    49. “50/50″ (2011) – Online – 10/10
    50. “Hocus Pocus” (1993) – DVD – 10/28
    51. “Wreck-It Ralph” (2012) – Theater – 11/07
    52. “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” (2011) – TV – 11/08
    53. “Safe Men” (2098) – Online – 11/09
    54. “Skyfall” (2012) – Theater – 11/11
    55. “Conan The Barbarian” (2011) – Online – 11/13
    56. “The Warrior’s Way” (2010) – Online – 11/15
    57. “Luther” Season 1 (2010) – Online – 11/17
    58. “Luther” Season 2 (2011) – Online – 11/23
    59. “Brave” (2011) – DVD – 11/25
    60. “Suck” (2009) – TV – 11/27
    61. “Life of Pi” (2012) – Theater – 12/01
    62. “Beastly”(2011) – TV – 12/02
    63. “The Three Musketteers” (2010) – TV – 12/04
    64. “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” (2012) – Theater – 12/14
    65. “Dexter” season 7 (2012) – TV – 12/17
    66. “The Secret World of Arietty” (2010) – TV – 12/18
    67. “Real Steel” (2011) – TV – 12/19
    68. “Avatar: The Last Airbender” Season 2 (2006) – Online – 12/21
    69. “Sleepwalk With Me” (201x) – Online – 12/24
    70. “Beasts of the Southern Wild” (2012) – DVD – 12/27
    71. “Warrior” (2011) – DVD – 12/27
    72. “Predators” (2010) – DVD – 12/27
    73. “Django Unchained” (2012) – Theater – 12/28
    74. “Batman: Under The Red Hood” (2010) – Online – 12/30
    75. “All-Star Superman” (2011) – Online – 12/31
    76. “The Ten” (2007) – Online – 12/31

Started:

“There Will Be Blood” (200x) – TV – xx

* Movies on TV count if unedited

———

PAST YEARS’ STATS

In 2003: 28 films (est.); 2004: 73 films; 2005: 62 films; 2006: 72 films; 2007: 65 films; 2008: 66 films; 2009: 113 films; 2010: 99 films; 2011: 102 films.

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Swedish Christmas

Continuing my family’s 12-year tradition of having a different ethnic or regional or country’s cuisine for Christmas, this year we tried making a variety of Swedish food.
Let’s see if I can recall most of what we tried:

  • Crepes with whipped cream and lingonberries
  • Waffles with whipped cream and lingonberries
  • Beet salad
  • Herring salad
  • Perch baked with eggs
  • Salmon pudding
  • Fried herring
  • Saffron bread
  • Herring in a paprika sauce
  • Boiled potatoes in cream sauce
  • Rice pudding
  • Chocolate candy
  • Toffee flavored candy straws
  • Glogg
  • Ginger cookies

In addition, we listened to a good bit of Swedish music thanks to Spotify. Plus, Julie and I just saw “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” last week. And we noticed the baddie in “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol,” which we watch Monday, was Swedish.

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