Today I consumed:
1/3 a Stouffer’s frozen lasagna
1/2 a Publix sub on italian bread with roast beef, gouda, lettuce and tomato, probably mayo too
4 bowls of zuppa toscana
2 garlic bread sticks
3 ande’s candies
venti non-fat latte
2 liters water
My legs and ankles felt better today, so I pulled out the yoga dvd. It is beginner’s yoga. It is slow and quiet and gentle. It still hurt like a bitch and I only did part of the exercise. I am so very non-limber. I did 3 sitting poses. Each one had my legs bent under me with my ass on my heels. The pull on my ankles was pretty uncomfortable. The knee part wasn’t too bad and I didn’t really have trouble keeping my spine straight or leaning forward to stretch. The dog pose was a tight pull on my hamstrings, but I expected that. I also worked through 2 standing poses, one was just standing, but she called it something fancy, the other was a stretchy one. I could not complete the stretch. After those, I was tired and sweaty, so I stopped. I think I am going to have to do the yoga dvd every day. Since it is mostly stretches and gentle stuff, I don’t think it will be too taxing on any particular muscle group to do it daily. The ballet one I am going to stick with every other day.
I finished A Game of Thrones. I am going to start A Clash of Kings tomorrow. These books are very well written. The character depth is astonishing. The world building is detailed but not boring. The politics can be a bit confusing, but I have no head for politics and that may work against me. I sometimes lose track of characters when the names are similar or too many have the same last name. But there is a handy little appendix at the back that tells who is who in each House and that is plenty to keep me on course. There is a terribly high character count, and that could be a drawback for some folks, but I find it keeps the world richer and fuller. I think when I read this book 8 or 9 years ago, it was the first time I had read a book where each chapter was from a different character’s point of view. I really enjoy that quirk. I get a much better understanding of each character when I can really get inside each of their heads.
I rewatched Dog Day Afternoon yesterday. My husband and my teenager had never seen it. It is older, made in 1975 I think, but it is such a character study that it doesn’t really show its age negatively. The action is really all inside the bank and a little on the street front, so the sets aren’t as important to the story itself. The acting is just amazing. Al Pacino has never turned in a finer performance. He is subtle and nuanced and makes the audience really feel a connection to Sonny. He isn’t meant to be the bad guy everyone loves, he is just meant to be a bad guy who had a reason for what he did. And Pacino makes his reason feel compelling even though you know he’s still wrong. I wish he’d gotten the Best Actor Oscar that year, but I can’t wish it away from Jack Nicholson for One Flew Over the Cuckooo’s Nest. Too bad those were the same year.