Sunday, January 31, 2010

Catch Up

Time to catch up on pictures again. Friday's picture didn't get up on Friday because I didn't take it until the very end of the day. What happened? Well, time got the best of me and I spent the last couple of hours playing some Rock Band, singing my guts out on the microphone. So, when the night was over, and with time running out, I took a picture of what I had been using.

January 29th, 2010 - Day 246

Saturday, we went to the Home and Garden show here in town and got a lot accomplished. We have a few people coming for estimates on various projects around the house and we even put a down payment on a spa. Of course, it is refundable, and it will all depend on how we do on our taxes next month, but we could be getting a spa. I am keeping fingers crossed.

Saturday night was poker night. I was knocked out somewhat early so I took the opportunity to take some pictures. I especially liked the following one, despite being a tiny bit out of focus on the cards, because this hand actually knocked out the guy in the background, Uncle Gary, a minute later. Photography foreshadowing!

January 30th, 2010 - Day 247

Today was spent watching some soccer in the morning and the midday was spent over at Jessica's folks' house. Anxious to get my pictures up, I took a quick picture of a fertility idol we recently got in the mail from some friends. Cute little guy...

January 31st, 2010 - Day 248

I hope you all had a good weekend.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

January 28th, 2010 - Day 245

This is Uatu, from an alien race called The Watchers. Guess what their job is...

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Where Everybody Knows Your Name

I have had my bar almost a year now, well, maybe 8 months or so, but I don't think I have really taken a picture of it before. At least I don't think I have. I decided to make that the focus of my pic of the day. I made some glasses that I got for Christmas the centerpiece of my picture.

January 27th, 2010 - Day 244

What is funny is I used to not drink at all. In fact, I hated the taste of alcohol. Then a couple of years ago, my friends and I were out at a bar for a birthday and they wanted me to drink so they told me to try something called Tuaca. It had more of a sweet taste than the normal, all I taste is alcohol, and from there it took off. Tuaca became vodka-cran which became Captain and coke which became shots of tequila. Suddenly, I like drinking. I wouldn't say I am crazy about it as I never drink when I am alone just to drink. I just find it more fun when I am with my friends and we are having a good time. I still don't like beer, only really like wine that is white, and think scotch is god awful. But it feels nice to be able to be a social drinker now with my friends and not have to always ask for a Shirley Temple to mix it up. And I LOVE tequila. Man, do I love tequila.

As my picture of the day was a close up shot, I took an alternate shot so you could see much more of the bar...


Sunday, January 24, 2010

Down and Out

Have three days to catch up on today because some recent developments kept me from posting my daily pictures. On Friday, Jessica had arthroscopic surgery on her right knee. She has been having problems with the knee for awhile and this was somewhat of an exploratory surgery to see if what the doctors believed about her knee trouble was true. While doing the surgery, they would also see if there was anything they could do to ease the pain. As it turns out, there wasn't. Jessica is bone on bone in one section of her knee with no cartilage where there should be some. We were hoping that maybe a knee cap was slightly ajar and they could move it back into place or perhaps there were some loose fragments they could remove. Unfortunately, it was just the missing cartilage and that has to be dealt with in steps. So, during surgery, they took some cartilage samples from the good areas and they will send those to a lab in Boston where they will grow her new cartilage. When that is done and when Jessica has built up enough vacation time for the 3-6 months she will have to be off, they will do surgery again and insert the new cartilage. But for now, she is going to be out 4 to 6 weeks with no pain relief from how she felt pre-surgery.

So, with that being said, I have been fairly busy with taking care of Jess. She is the nurse, but it has been me having to perform the nurse duties. I was able to take the pictures as usual, but posting has been a different issue. Friday, time escaped me and I didn't get a chance to take a picture until the end of the day. While getting ready for bed, I quick grabbed my camera and took a picture of my keys. I guess it seemed only fitting since the previous day I took a picture of a keyhole.

January 22, 2010 - Day 239

Saturday, my folks came by and my dad arranged a bouquet that they got for her. A flower bouquet became the perfect opportunity for the macro lens. Despite my utter hatred for daisies, I had to take a picture.

January 23, 2010 - Day 240

Today was spent pretty much on the couch all day. Some of her friends came over today to watch her around midday that way I could go watch a little football with my friends. When I returned, she was pretty much in the same position as when I left her, poor thing. In fact, she has looked like this the last three days, and I know her butt is starting to get tired!

January 24th, 2010 - Day 241

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Unlocking Possibilities

Had more fun this evening with the macro lens. I tried to get a picture of the side of Jessica's eye, but I just could not get it to focus. Her long eyelashes kept getting in the way and both automatic and manual focus failed me. It is too bad too because you get to see a totally different view of the eye when viewed from the side. It's really cool. I'll keep working at it.

With that attempt being too blurry for picture of the day, I decided to try my macro on the keyhole of the front door. I figured at macro level, it would almost look like a cave. It ended up looking even cooler than I had hoped for. From the beginning, I knew I wanted it to be in black and white. It looked cool and I was happy, but I messed with the contrast and shadows a little and became amazing. I like it because it is clearly a keyhole, but on the other hand, with the shadows and the lines (scratches) all around it, it almost looks like an abstract picture.

January 21st, 2010 - Day 238

Having fun with it, I decided to make some alterations and came up with this. I like it because it kind of looks like the sun. It's fun to mess around with your photos.


January 20th, 2010 - Day 237

Jessica's paw print tattoo on her foot. It is amazing how many lines we can see on a foot up close. She has anything but dry skin, but you wouldn't be able to tell from this picture.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


The rain has been pretty intense the last couple of days and it is expected to continue for the next few days. I am sure there are still PLENTY of things that I could photograph in my house, but I want to get out and about shoot things outside as well. Luckily, there just happened to be a short break in the rain and I quickly grabbed my camera and went outside. There were a few mini flowers on the rosemary plant we have outside so I decided to shoot those. I am still getting the hang of the new lens, but I was pretty happy with them, especially considering how small the flowers actually are. You get to see all 5 of the ones I was happy with with the first one of course being picture of the day. Have a favorite?

January 19th, 2010 - Day 236
Rosemary 5

Monday, January 18, 2010

January 18th, 2010 - Day 235

Want to see what our living room looks like? Click on larger view and look in Jessica's eye!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Friday, January 15, 2010

January 15th, 2010 - Day 232

I took a lot of pictures of burgers last year for the burger contest. I never took one that was this close!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

A Brand New World

My photography had a new door opened to me today as I received my very first macro lens in the mail. I ordered it using Christmas money I received and I couldn't be more excited as I have been wanting a lens like this for a while. It really does give me that much more to be able to photograph!

But first and foremost, I have my photograph from last night, taken before I actually got my macro lens. Jess went to bed fairly early last night and as I had not taken a picture of the day yet and I wanted to go watch tv in bed with her, I took to the camera to the bedroom to find something to photograph. I had been thinking of shooting the towel hooks for a while, but always found something better to shoot or totally forgot they were there. Last night was my opportunity.

January 13th, 2010 - Day 230

That brings me to my macro lens. UPS dropped it off around 11:00 today, but work kept me busy until nearly 6:00 PM and I didn't really get to play with the camera anywhere near as much I would have liked. The colored pencils below were near my work desk and I took a quick photo of them. I think it came out fairly well, but I know a tripod would have made the picture a little crisper. I blame work for making me take a quick photo.

January 14th, 2010 - Day 231

I took a few more photos of other random things around the house and am pretty excited of the possibilities. It's a whole new ball game!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

January 12th, 2010 - Day 229

Want a bite?

Be sure to check out today's other LONG post!

A Decade of Movies

People like lists and that is never more apparent than at the end of significant eras of time. When the century ended 10 years ago, we were subjected to a variety of lists: most influential people of the century, greatest inventions of the century, etc, etc. As we just completed our first decade of the new century, many lists started to come out again in the media. With movies being such a huge part of our culture, lists proclaiming the best movies of the decade were all over the place, and with my love of movies, I decided I had to get in on the action. I know I am a few weeks late on this, but what follows are two lists: my favorite movies of the decade and what I think were the best movies of the decade. The two don't necessarily go hand in hand. Some of the movies I enjoyed the most wouldn't qualify at all as Oscar quality movies. Some of the movies that I think are best movies of the decade might not show up in my list of favorites. I recognize them for being cinematic masterpieces, but even though I might own them, they aren't the types of movies I put in my Blu Ray player to watch when I am bored and have nothing to do. So, all the movies on the lists are movies I liked, but I had to distinguish between the two.

We'll start with what I consider the best movies of the decade. Jess and I watch a lot of movies and because every year we watch every movie nominated for Best Picture, we get to see a lot of great movies we might not have chosen to see otherwise. Sure, we have also seen some stinkers because of this, but I think we have gotten lucky more often than not. Plus, the Oscars don't always get it right. Sometimes, the movies that they choose as Best Picture are stinkers. So, the movies that won Best Picture in the past decade that you won't see on the list are the following: Screw you "A Beautiful Mind", "Chicago" (Not that bad actually), "Crash", and "Slumdog Millionaire".

Before I get to my top 10, I will start with a few honorable mentions:

Honorable Mention - Stranger than Fiction
This movie shows up on list as probably the most underrated of the bunch. In fact, I am sure most people haven't seen this, but I could be wrong. When I saw it on Netflix a couple of years ago, I was blown away. I am sure a lot of people skip it simply because they see it stars Will Farrell and they automatically think they know how the movie will be. Even if you hate, and I mean HATE all his comedies, you should give this movie a chance because it is completely different. It isn't even a comedy. Sure, there are funny parts, but this is way more drama than anything else, and a sad, emotionally touching one at that. Farrell is an ordinary man who thinks he is about to die because there is a writer writing a novel about a person with Farrell's name who she plans to kill off. It is way less confusing than it sounds. If you like touching movies, you need to give this a try.

Honorable Mention - Million Dollar Baby
The first of many Clint Eastwood movies that will show up on this post. This was a boxing movie, but it was so much more and the performance by Swank, Eastwood, and Freeman were spectacular. The movie takes an unexpected turn about three quarters of the way through and despite how hard it makes the rest of the movie to watch, it really takes the movie from great to a classic. And yet, I still have not been able to watch it since.

Honorable Mention - Letters from Iwo Jima
Another Eastwood movie, although this one was only directed by him. This was a spectacular film about the Japanese soldiers who stayed to protect Iwo Jima from the Americans. It was interesting to see this movie from a non-American point of view (movie was all in subtitles too!) and seeing the back story to all these soldiers and getting to know them makes you almost feel guilty for the Americans winning the war. In the end, you know how it is going to turn out (unless you REALLY don't know history) and it is hard to watch, but it is touching at the same time.

#10 - Brokeback Mountain
I didn't want to see this movie when it came out, and it wasn't as simple as some kind of homophobia thing. It just didn't look good and if it was just a love story, I really don't like those movies anyway. I was so wrong. This was a beautiful movie and although it really WAS just a love story, I was really touched by it. The performances were spectacular with Ledger being the standout character. His final scene at the parents' of Gyllenhaal's character was so emotionally charged, it just stuck with you once the credits rolled.

#9 - Gran Turino
How this movie did not get nominated for Best Picture last year is beyond me. Eastwood was at his all time best and the performance that he put on was nothing short of a masterpiece. He was made for this movie and I almost think it adds to the character of an aging veteran if you think of Eastwood and his past performances. This is almost like his swan song as an actor after playing so many tough guy characters in his career.

#8 - The Pianist
Another forgotten movie of the past decade, but one that I still seem to remember. Adrian Brody played a Polish-Jewish musician who struggled to stay alive during the Holocaust of World War II. For the most part, this was a one person movie and Brody was spectacular. Watching him pretend to play the piano (something he couldn't do as he was in hiding and couldn't make noise) and imagine that he was actually hearing music had to be one of the most touching moments I have ever seen on film in any decade. The end had one of the most tense moments that I have also ever seen and I can't say much more without giving it away. If this movie somehow missed you, be sure to give it a try.

#7 - There Will Be Blood
"I drink your milkshake!" With that scene, the film went from great to a masterpiece. There is a lot of mixed reactions to this movie, some hate it while some like me LOVE it. People complain that the movie is too slow, but I think the movie is about one long build up. Hell, I don't think there is a spoken word for the first 20 minutes or so and yet I was already so involved with the characters. Daniel Day Lewis gives the performance of a lifetime and although people complain that a movie with blood in the title should have more blood, the movie is about SO much more than that.

#6 - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Another movie that people either loved or hated. I was in the group that LOVED it. Even though it was a little Forrest Gumpy in nature, I thought it was a beautiful story. Brad Pitt was spectacular as the man who ages backwards and it really had the feel of a modern day fairy tale. I don't know how to answer the people who thought it was both too long and too slow. I thought it was perfectly paced and I didn't think it was too long because there are a lot of things to cover in a person's lifetime. Very touching.

#5 - No Country for Old Men
The Cohen Brothers do it again, this time from a dramatic point of view rather than the comedic approach. I thought this movie was amazing and it was more than just the spectacular performance of Javier Bardem. The movie had a great storyline, tense scenes, great dialogue, and even trademark Cohen Brothers moments and quirks. Some people hate the final scene, but I defended it in that the movie would have been cheapened by some cliche Hollywood ending. Everything didn't need to end neatly with some big shootout and one guy walking away. It was perfect how it was.

#4 - Eastern Promises
This is another movie that I feel was highly overlooked at Oscar time. This movie, led by the great Viggo Mortensen, is a modern day Godfather in my eyes; I really think it was that good. Everything was perfect about this film and in fact, got even better the second time I saw it. If you like crime dramas and this one somehow passed you by, go rent it now!

#3 - Gladiator
It seems like so long ago now that this movie came out, but when it first came out, it was all the rage. Russell Crowe was put on the movie superstar map even though he had already given us strong performances in great movies such as L.A. Confidential. And it was a movie that appealed to almost everyone! It had a great story, blood and guts, a great villain, and everything else in between. Some people still refer to this movie as their favorite of all time.

#2 - Inglorious Basterds
Tarantino does it again. I waited for this movie for as long as I can remember and I wasn't disappointed. Now, if you don't like Tarantino movies, you won't like this one. It was filled with Tarantino-style scenes of talking followed by talking followed by even more talking. The trailers were a little misleading - making it look like an action comedy. I would have been ok with that, but the movie was so much more than that. The back stories of the non-Basterd characters were absolutely essential to making the story as good as it was. It was so much more than just a bunch of Basterds trying to bring down Hitler and that is the thing that disappointed some people. But me, I use the word that is used in the final scene...."Masterpiece."

#1 - The Departed
This movie worked because of two reasons: great story and great cast. Without one of these or if one of these had been marginal, the movie would not have worked in the way it did. First, the storyline; it was amazing. It was a perfect film. A cop undercover as a thug. A thug undercover as a cop. Great one liners. Scenes filled with tension and a shock ending that NOBODY saw coming followed by a final scene that everyone wanted. It was gold. But as good as the script was, it wouldn't have worked if the cast wasn't just as solid. Every performance was good; every single one. I can't even say that one person stood out because every person was on equal footing. And with that many good actors, it was a movie watchers dream.

And now on to my favorite movies of the decade. That is not to say that the above movies don't belong on the favorites list. If I included the above movies, some movies would be dropped in favor of movies already mentioned. But, I wanted to include as many movies as possible. So now, on to my favorites. And yeah, it is twice as long...

#20 - Zoolander
The stupidest movie I have ever liked. And honestly, the first time I saw this movie, I hated it. But then it kept showing up on cable and I kept stopping to watch it. Suddenly, I found the movie growing on me. Suddenly, Jess and I were quoting the movie in everyday conversation the way we quote other favorites such as Pulp Fiction or Raising Arizona. Is it horribly dumb? Oh, hell yeah, but damnit, it is fun stuff.

#19 - The Last Samurai
Have you seen Dances with Wolves? Guy from one culture joins another, learns their ways, and by the end of the movie, is so fully enriched in the other culture than he pretty much denounces his old way of life? This was pretty much Dances with Wolves set in Japan. But it works. Tom Cruise was amazing in it, but it was the grace of Ken Watanabe that really made this movie as great as it was. Dances with Wolves was a critical darling years ago while this one was overlooked for some reason. I even think Samurai was better. If you liked Wolves and haven't given Samurai a chance, you have to check it out.

#18 - The Ring
Why is this on here? It is the only movie in the last decade that scared me. Jess and I watch a LOT of horror movies. Most of the time, they are just fun and occasionally, they may creep us out a little. When I saw this in the theaters, I was scared. What works is that the movie had such a slow build up. For the entire movie, we never really see the "monster." We see build up, we see the aftermath, but we never see what happens. Then "she" came out of the TV and the chills down my arms and legs FREAKED me out. It was horror at its best. The only thing that came even close was the Spanish film, The Orphanage.

#17 - Unbreakable
The Sixth Sense was in the previous decade and this was M. Night's first movie of the new decade. What a great follow up it was too! Another movie with a slow build up, the shock ending at the end was magnificent. But everything before that was great too led by the scene where Willis realizes his power and what he must do. The Sixth Sense is what put M. Night on the map, but this movie may be even better.

#16 - Gone in 60 Seconds
I have probably seen this movie more times than any other movie in the decade save one movie which will appear later. It was so simple a plot too. There is a list of cars they have to steal and they have this long to do it. But it was SO fun. And it introduced me to Eleanor. What a beautiful car that is!

#15 - King of Kong
Such a hidden gem! I watched this on Instant Netflix while I was bored and working one day and what a treat it turned out to be. Who knew a documentary about Donkey Kong competitors could be so good? Not me at least. You have to give this a try if you haven't yet! And Billy Mitchell? Was there a more hated villain in movies this past decade?

#14 - Training Day
Denzel at his finest. This story about a day in the life of a corrupt cop and the newbie trying to avoid going in that direction was awesome. And like I said, Denzel was the MAN in this film!

#13 - 300
Men fighting an army of many against incredible odds. And it looked cool and had a great soundtrack to boot. When I saw the first trailer for it, I thought it would be a failure. Then it came out, got decent reviews, and my dad wanted to go see it, so I gave it a shot. And man, it blew me away. A two hour movie that is 90% kicking ass. I was sold!

#12 - Rocky Balboa/Rambo
These are two different movies, but they kind of go hand in hand. It proved to me that Stallone still had it. I have always been a big fan and was excited for the release of these films, all while eliciting the groans of my wife. And you know what, the films rocked! Rocky Balboa was a touching story and a better way to end it than the travesty that was Rocky 5. Rambo was great because although it wasn't the great story of First Blood, it gave me the old school action that I so craved. Stallone was back! The Expendables is next!

#11 - Live Free or Die Hard
Even better than the return of Rambo was the return of John McClain. It had been over a decade since we had seen Bruce Willis in his best role and it was maybe his best yet. Now, don't get me wrong, Die Hard is a classic, but the 4th movie in the series was so much fun, I might even put it ahead of the original. And that is saying a LOT! It was as if Willis never missed a beat. Too bad the return if Indiana Jones wasn't as memorable.

#10 - Miracle
The story of the 1980 Olympic Hockey team is now easily one of my favorite sports movies of all time, if not my favorite. Everyone likes an underdog story and this was really the ultimate underdog story, and a true one at that. I knew how the movie was going to end and I still was almost brought to tears of joy and happiness.

#9 - Dawn of the Dead
I kind of liked zombies before this movie, but this movie kicked off my craze of all things zombies. We saw it in theaters, and I am not really sure what made us do it at the time, but we both came out LOVING it! In fact, this is the movie that I have seen more times than any other movie this decade. If Jess and I are bored and can't think of what to watch, more often than not, we pop in this movie. This movie was just so much fun!

#8 - Zombieland
This movie may end up being watched in our house more times than Dawn of the Dead once it comes out on BluRay. Just released this year, this movie was such a surprise. It was as awesomely cool as Dawn of the Dead, and had humor at the same time. I cannot wait until this comes out!

#7 - Ocean's 11
Get a group of the coolest and funniest actors on the planet, put them in a fun heist film, and see what happens. The results were awesome. It was amazing how well they all meshed together and it was apparent to the average viewer how much fun the actors were having making the movie. Cool characters, witty dialogue, and great acting made this one of my favorites of the decade. The sequel sucked, but was thankfully revitalized by a great third film.

#6 - Star Trek
J.J. Abrams made the perfect Star Trek reboot. I was a little hesitant at first, but I still believe I saw it opening weekend. Now, I have never been a HUGE Star Trek fan, but I liked the movies, especially those of the original cast. And I thought the newcomers captured the feel of the original characters perfectly. I thought they were spot on and with the script being as fun as it was, it was the perfect action/sci fi movie. Anyone not walking out of that movie smiling had to be dead.

#5 - Kill Bill
Tarantino's two part revenge films from the middle of the decade were awesome. And I am glad they split them up because even though they continue a story, they are two quite different films. I still group them together for rankings sake, but they had different feels. Kill Bill 1 was all about action and killing while part 2 slowed down a bit and gave us a little more back story. Together, they made a perfect film.

#4 - Up
Pixar's greatest film in a group of wonderful films. This film probably touched me more than any other film I have ever seen and probably got me the closer to crying in a film than ever before. I was a fun film, but the first 10 minutes hit way too close to home. Still, it showed how human this cartoon really was and in the end, it is a wonderful movie about love.

#3 - Iron Man
Now, I loved the comic movies before this: I finally got to see Wolverine in movie form, Spiderman was just how I pictured it, etc, but this was the first time where I felt that a Marvel movie really got it right. This movie was so much fun and Robert Downey Jr. WAS Tony Stark. It is no surprise that this was the first film where Marvel had control of the characters rather than a movie studio like Fox or Sony. It started something great too and I expect big things from Marvel movies in the next few years.

#2 - Transformers
It was an 80s child's dream come true. The robots in disguise were put on the big screen and the results were outstanding. It was the movie we had all waited for and it did not disappoint. The action scenes were spectacular, the special effects amazing, and to hear the old sounds again, from the sound of transforming robots to the voice of Peter Cullen, it was perfect way to bring our childhood toys to the big screen.

#1 - The Lord of the Rings trilogy
This is my #1 and if I wanted to, I could have also included these as my number one movies from the other list because they were that good. They were epic films, films that could have gone HORRIBLY wrong, but instead, were perfect. They had pretty good acting, great action, great music/soundtrack, and a wonderful epic story. They were just a visual treat to look at and I still can just pop them in and watch them back to back, even though the extended versions I have total nearly TWELVE hours. They are just movies about an epic adventure and one that I do not tire of watching. THESE were the best films of the past decade in both cinematic quality and fun. And it was something I never expected.

And that is it. The best of the past decade. For those STILL reading, thank you! It took me nearly five hours to write this so it is good to know my efforts were appreciated. Anything you think I left out? Something you would have put on this list? Any movies on here you especially loved, hated or want to see now? And no, I didn't forget to add the Dark Knight Screw that movie...

Monday, January 11, 2010

I See Your True Colors

Just catching up on a couple of pics, but make sure to come by again tomorrow as I am going to try REALLY hard to get my blog post done on my favorite movies of the past decade. If not Tuesday, then probably Wednesday. Now, on to the pictures...

Melts in your mouth, not in your hand...

January 10th, 2010 - Day 227

The wheels on the bus go..........RACING BY!

January 11th, 2010 - Day 228

Sunday, January 10, 2010

January 9th, 2010 - Day 226

The last fireplace I took a photo of was a gas fireplace. This time, I got the opportunity to shoot a REAL one and the results came out that much better!

Friday, January 08, 2010

January 8th, 2010 - Day 225

When I cook, I have this habit where I have to take all the ingredients out first and line them all up in the order I use them. Only way to make sure I don't forget to add anything! I was preparing my kick ass meatloaf!

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Does Whatever A Spider Can...

Posting two pics of the day today plus an alternate.

Yesterday's pic of the day was kind of a last minute thing. Jess was feeling pretty tired yesterday and wanted to just veg in bed in front of the tv pretty early. So, we were in bed watching tv by 8 and I hadn't taken a pic yet, so I took the camera to bed and just looked around the bedroom for things to shoot. The lamp on my bedside table looked to be the best option at that moment.

January 6th, 2010 - Day 223

Today I decided to photograph one of my Bowen statues as I hadn't done that in a LONG while. I decided to go with Spiderman. I took 2 shots with alternate views and although I had to go with one for pic of the day, I LOVE both of them.

January 7th, 2010 - Day 224


In other news, today I ordered my first Macro lens for my camera using money I got for Christmas. It is supposed to get here next Thursday and I could not be more excited. The amount of things I am able to shoot just went up exponentially!

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

The Final Tally

Ok, it has been a few months since the last update and now, we can call this the official results as the year is now over. So, the last burgers of the year were...

Wendy's - forgot what they call it

Ultimate Bacon Cheeseburger - Jack n the box

Mel's Diner - Crappy!

Big Carl from Carl's. Jess and I split this so this is only 0.5 of a burger

Burger at a local diner after disc golf with the guys - Joe's Cafe maybe?

Breakfast burger from Carl's

In n Out!

Double quarter pounder - McD's

Burger from Dairy Queen on way to Oregon

That Wendy's burger again

Double Western - Carl's

Squeeze Inn in all it's glory!

Burger at Center Court restaurant - it would close soon after

Double Quarter Pounder

Double Western

Burger at Burger King

Mel's Diner and again, not good. I won't eat there again.

Double Quarter Pounder

Ultimate Bacon Cheeseburger

Double Western

Barbecued burgers at home, they were AWESOME! Made a regular and one w/ blue cheese

Leftovers from the barbecued burgers!

But the final burger of the year...well, wouldn't you know it, I have NO picture. I ate a Double Western right before I went on my Mexico trip and I didn't take my phone and didn't feel like dragging out the camera. My mom took the pic with her phone and texted it to my phone, but I never got it. But, there are enough pics of Double Westerns above to know what they look like. So the final tally....

90.5 burgers or roughly, one every FOUR days! Yowza!

And who wins? Val!
She guessed 88 burgers making her only off by two and a half burgers! Way to go Val! Send me your address by email or Facebook if you want to claim your prize!

And now on to Jess...

Bowl of ice cream

Ice cream bar at Yvette and Brandon's

Leftover ice cream from her Ben n Jerrys


Little ice cream dessert cup


The first day of the Ben n Jerry's from above


Shake from Carl's

Apple Pie a la mode on Christmas Day

Her last Blizzard of the year!

And Jess, how did she finish? 71 ice cream treats for the year, well below what I did. My Nani was only 4 off with 75 guesses so she wins the prize! I will give it to you next time I see you!

Thanks for playing everyone! Curious as to how you guessed? Check out this post, both the post and the comments...