Tuesday, January 10, 2006

This and That

My father-in-law arrived from Sweden for a 10 day visit on New Year's Day. On the day he arrived, he and Kenneth spontaneously decided to drive to Florida (about a 24 hour drive). So they left on Jan 2nd, and only returned Saturday night. It made for quite an easy house-guest experience, all told! Today FIL is returning home, meaning that from a 10-day visit, he was in our house for 3 of them. Not bad! He's quite sick (nothing serious, just a bad cold) so I hope his flight is okay. It's just miserable to have to travel when you're sick.

In the knitting department, I have nothing to report, really. I'm knitting a sweater from the Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns, but it's stockinette in the round, so I am ultra bored with it at the moment. 3 balls down, 8 balls to go. I think I may have to start making something else on the side to add a little excitement to my life.

We watched "The Machinist", starring Christian Bale, on the weekend. Wow. I had heard he lost a lot of weight to do this movie, but to actually see it was shocking. He was just skin and bones. Seriously. When they showed him from the side, his stomach was significantly further in than his rib cage. They interviewed him in the "behind the scenes" documentary that was on the disk, and he said "I just didn't eat. That's it.". Man. And then RIGHT after that, he had to buff up to play Batman! I wonder if he damaged his health at all. They say yo-yo dieting is bad for you. Anyways, aside from the weight loss thing, the movie was pretty good. It was a weird movie, very surreal, but I liked how almost everything tied together in the end. There was only one thing about it that really bugged me, and I won't say what it is, since it's kind of a spoiler.

New Year's resolutions are going all right. I did 3 of each last week, but then I got a cold, and have been lying like a lump since basically Friday. I'm feeling better now, so hopefully tonight I can do my housework and tomorrow I'll get back to the gym.

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