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Today I did the unthinkable - and I'm bleeding for it!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

I have to preface this blog: I've only ever had dogs!

Dogs are easy. They're eager to please, and having had labs and lab mixes my whole life, they always liked water.

So I don't always know what to do with Miss Kitty, because cats are harder to understand. Which is why, when I mentioned that Miss Kitty was shedding and a little stinky, and a very sadistic friend told me I should just give her a bath, I didn't realize that I was being played!

And when De-Trash the Wabash was canceled, I figured that this was my chance to get Miss Kitty all clean and smelling sweet, steam clean the carpets, and mop the floor. You know, all part of spring cleaning...

That's right, Sparkfriends. Today I gave Miss Kitty a bath.

The horror....

She was upset when I first got her fur a little wet, but she didn't mind the shampoo. I think she liked the attention at first. But then it was time to rinse the soap out of her fur. And that was when the carnage began.

I tried to get her back in the kitchen sink, and she yowled. She scratched at me, and when I didn't let go she grabbed the ceramic jar of cooking utensils - which, kudos to Miss Kitty for her innovation - and dragged it into the sink with her.

It created a huge mess, broke the ceramic jar, but it was FUNNY! And while I was laughing my A$$ off, she escaped and ran under my bed.

Side note: last night, as in LITERALLY last night, I bought a new bedspread and bed skirt.

While I was laughing, the soap-covered, shedding, wet cat climbed under my bed, leaving clumps of soapy wet cat fur on my BRAND NEW bed skirt, and refused to come out. I had to take the mattress and box spring off the frame to get her out.


I managed to get her out and locked us both in the bathroom, and the second I turned on the shower - figuring it would be the fastest way to get the soap off her - she started flipping out. She yowled, and scratched and clawed, and attacked my feet and bit me when I picked her up and put her in the shower...and when she jumped out, and I had to pick her up and put her back in the shower, it started all over again.

Five times in a row before I finally got in the shower with her.

And then she scratched up my neck trying to get away while I stood there, fully clothed, and tried to rinse the soap out of her fur.

Once I wrapped her in a towel, she was happy-ish again - still didn't want to get near the sinks and shower, but glad to be getting dry. And now she's laying near me and grooming herself, so I don't think it did any lasting damage to her kitty ego or anything.

I'm not quite so unscathed. For those with dogs - NEVER give the cat a bath!!

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FISHINGLADY66 5/2/2013 3:55PM

    Oh My. I just read your blog and ROFL. I have never had a cat. We have always had dogs. Now I know why. LOL I enjoyed reading you blog. Thanks.

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TWNOMWE 4/29/2013 4:18PM

    We have never washed our cats as they are indoor so they groom themselves.
Glad you made up. emoticon

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OUBACHE 4/24/2013 8:22AM

    Oh my! We used to have to give our cats baths before cat shows. There is a method to it and it can be done, but I guess I'm telling you all this too late!!! Anyway, it sounds like you have a great sense of humor about your big adventure!!

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ALIHIKES 4/24/2013 12:20AM

    Enjoyed reading your blog, it brought back fond memories of my cat!

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JEWELMAKER1 4/23/2013 8:40AM

    I have 7 cats, a couple that enjoy water and the rest that really don't. Anyone with a cat has been through the same war...glad the two of you arent' holding a grudge. :-)

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EASTENDCLAM 4/23/2013 4:45AM

    Great story!

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STODD251 4/22/2013 8:11AM

    Oh, I'm so glad I don't have a cat! My dog actually enjoys taking showers, so bathing her is pretty easy...

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TANYA602 4/21/2013 8:17PM

    Oh my gosh! I'm sitting here holding my breath while I'm reading this to see how it all turns out and you did pretty well, actually. Especially if Ms Kitty is still your friend! This sounds like what I did a few years back - I'm sure that the neighbors thought that someone in the neighborhood was being attacked with all the yowling! And then my cat ran outside after all was said and done and we didn't see her for two days. 'Bet you don't try that again! oh my

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FRENCHIFAL 4/21/2013 1:24PM

    Haha, thanks so much! I'm wishing I had gotten some video, it really was a funny experience! And luckily Miss Kitty loves me, so I've only got a couple of real scratches, no bite marks, now that I've showered and gotten some sleep the damage is pretty minimal!

Of course, she's completely over it now, but for the first hour or so after her bath she was shedding a lot more than usual - is that part of the bath or was it stress? Maybe both?

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SHARJOPAUL 4/21/2013 9:52AM

    Sounds about like my adventure when I had to bathe a cat I had after he knocked over an oil lamp and got the oil all over him.

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FORMYDARLINGS 4/21/2013 5:16AM

I LMAO reading this. It brought tearsa to my eyes. I also have had the adventure of bathing a cat. Usually it ends with a soaking wet everything and me covered, as are you, in scratches. I now have a dog, thankyou very much. I suggest the groomers is the place for her next bath. It is worth the $30.



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LOWFATFOODIE 4/20/2013 11:16PM

    hahaha! oh my gosh- thank goodness I don't have cats. You'd think someone would invent a cat-enclosure for baths...

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MLH148 4/20/2013 10:04PM

    I came home one night after a long day to be told our cat had fleas. 2 years later I can still see the scar where he bit my hand and would not let go. It's a cat thing.
Glad you both survived!

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Ahhh, the relief...

Sunday, April 14, 2013

The food cooperative scheduled a planning meeting, for new and old board members, and a lot of issues came up in the discussion.

Chief among them - the fact that this one problem board member has been attacking other board members, undermining the work of the committees, etc.

And our celebrity keynote had made a lot of recommendations. Most which went against the things our problem board member has been saying and doing.

The bottom line: he resigned. He threw a huge temper tantrum, blamed all of us for his decision (and me in particular) - but he resigned.


Definitely feeling a lot of relief right now!!

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SHERYLDS 4/14/2013 8:13PM

    so who's throwing the party emoticon

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BUTTERFLY-1976 4/14/2013 9:59AM

    That's good news. What a huge relief for you & the other members

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SHARJOPAUL 4/14/2013 9:12AM

    WOO HOOO!!!!!!!
He may have been involved in a lot of things with the coop, but I bet, that things will run so much smoother that you won't miss what he did at all!

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ADARKARA 4/14/2013 7:45AM

    emoticon Isn't it great when those types get rid of themselves for you?!

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EASTENDCLAM 4/14/2013 6:17AM

    Whew, what a relief. Now back to the business at hand.

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The weight of the world is gone!

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Ahhh, it's such a relief to make it through a big event and have everything go well!

The food cooperative had our annual member meeting yesterday, and I was designated "the facilitator."

And given the fact that one of the board members hates me, and does his absolute best to undermine everything I do....given the in-fighting and personality conflicts on the board....the fact that most of the membership hates our volunteer GM and they frequently get heated and personal when it comes to "discussions" with him....and our celebrity keynote?

I've been on tenderhooks all week, trying to figure out the likely topics of discussion, sources of arguments and contention, and the danger areas that might lead to a repeat of our infamous board meeting where two board members actually stood up and shouted at each other, banging fists on tables and swearing up a storm, for 15 minutes before we calmed them down.

Clearly I survived it! But it has been a stressful couple of weeks!

A couple of fights almost broke out, but I quenched them fast. Overall, everyone was really happy with the way the discussion went, and we have four new board members who will be great for the cooperative! And we drew a big crowd...for our cooperative, at least.

Did I stick to my resolution to avoid alcohol? No, I'm really ashamed to say I didn't. But then I got pretty sick last night, so I figure karma has had her retribution - and the desire to drink more is not there at all, and probably won't be for a long time.

I managed to avoid the camera for all but this one picture - and you can probably see how hard I'm gritting my teeth as I try to keep our membership discussion under control!

I feel like I just made it through a massive psychological marathon full of land mines, and it definitely feels GREAT! Though I am finally noticing how tight my neck and shoulders are, from all the stress, so I'll definitely have to focus on yoga and stretching for the next couple of weeks to loosen those knots.

Volunteering shouldn't feel like this. I know that, and it's a big part of why I've wanted to leave the board for the last few months. I don't know if the new board members will be able to improve the situation as much - or as fast - as I need them to for me to feel comfortable and happy to serve the cooperative.

But I believe in the cause, and honestly, no one else was really stepping up. Maybe I'm crazy, but I didn't feel like I could leave the board until certain issues were resolved. Whether I serve out my remaining year as a board member, or whether I do decide in a few months that I am not needed and I resign, we're in a better place now than we were a few months ago when this whole thing really started!

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STFRENCH 4/8/2013 7:24AM

    Aww, you do look a bit fed-up on this photo but you also look very pretty.

Glad things went well - now you can breathe a deep breath of relief and relax those shoulders! emoticon

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DOLPHINSINGER72 4/7/2013 9:05PM

    First of all I need to say even though you do not look thrilled you are very pretty.

That seems very, very stressful. But, you sound like you are getting er done. Congrats.

Have fun with the Yoga.

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MLH148 4/7/2013 1:57PM

    You don't look excited to be ther, but your hair looks great! Glad you held up your end and did your due diligence. Congrat and move on now woth a lighter ster

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EASTENDCLAM 4/7/2013 1:20PM

    The Bozo is still around? Congrats and thanks for all that you do in making a little slice of the world better.

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TWNOMWE 4/7/2013 12:25PM

    You should finish your term and decide if you want to repeat the experience. I believe you are doing a wonderful job. I would say emoticon
You look wonderful, tight shoulders and all emoticon

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SHARJOPAUL 4/7/2013 12:22PM

    I'm glad your event went well. One way to get others to step up is hang back on volunteering to do things until they have had a chance or let it be known that you are willing to help out who ever takes the lead in what ever the needs to be done, possible with limits set on the amount of time you will be able to help.
And now that you have a garden, here is a quote I have seen.
"An hour in the garden puts life's problems in perspective."
Go putter around the garden, its amazing you much better you will feel, and how much those tense muscles will relax.

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ALIHIKES 4/7/2013 10:52AM

    Wow I'm so glad the event went well, and that you attracted 4 new good board members to your board, and that you controlled the event. Great job!

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Camp Tecumseh (almost all pics)

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Last week was the second face-to-face field training for the Indiana Watershed Leadership Academy. I was really nervous, because we had just gotten 9+ inches of snow, but it was in the 40s and most of the snow was melted by the time we left.

While I was there, I went on a run (yea me, most of the class took a nap during our hour free time!), ziplined across the lake, sat at a campfire and ate smores, and spent a couple of hours hiking around the lake! While my food choices could have been better, I made sure that I had a salad and cottage cheese (instead of dressing) with every meal, and I got in a lot of exercise!

As I arrived at the academy:

The lake view at Camp Tecumseh:

The suspension bridge, a view from it:

Tippecanoe River, and pics from the hike:

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MRILEY123 4/15/2013 9:24PM

    Sounds like a lot of fun! I live right across the river from the camp. We love hearing the breakfast bell in the mornings (but are not so crazy about the rifle range sounds!) That camp food is so good -- good for you for resisting!

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NEWRUNNER2 4/6/2013 4:45PM

    Great post--thanks for sharing! I love that you were active while others were napping, too. That takes determination! emoticon

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TANYA602 4/3/2013 9:21AM

    I love that while others where napping you were out and active and enjoy a campfire and s'mores! You are my kinda girl! How beautiful and fun. I hope you came away inspired!

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EASTENDCLAM 4/3/2013 4:55AM

    Cool! Love the bridge and you got to zipline over the lake? WooHoo!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 4/2/2013 10:32PM

    Beautiful pictures

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SEATTLESIMS 4/2/2013 12:06PM

    wow beautiful AND sounds like you had a great ACTIVE time!

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GEMINISUE 4/2/2013 10:53AM

    Beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing. I love the blue!


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NINJA_SMOO 4/2/2013 10:21AM

  Very pretty! I can just imagine what everything would look like in full bloom :)

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One-Month Progress Report

Saturday, March 23, 2013

It has been exactly one month since the start of the 5% Challenge.

Here were my measurements at the start of the 5% Challenge:

Weight: 166.7
BMI: 25.3
Waist to Hip: .83
Body Fat: 37.12%

Neck: 12
Shoulders: 41
Upper Arm: 11
Bust: 41
Rib Cage: 33
Waist: 35
Lower Abs: 38
Hips: 42
Thigh: 23
Calf: 15

Total Inches = 291

According to my BMI, I was overweight. According to my body fat %, I was obese. And according to my waist-to-hip ratio, I was at high risk for heart disease.

And according to my clothes and my mirror, I had gained weight!

One month into the 5% Challenge

Weight: 161.7
BMI: 24.7
Waist to Hip: .83
Body Fat: 35.07%

Neck: 12
Shoulders: 41
Upper Arm: 11
Bust: 41
Rib Cage: 32
Waist: 34
Lower Abs: 36.5
Hips: 41
Thigh: 22
Calf: 14

Total Inches = 284.5

What does this mean? I'm still at high risk according to my waist-to-hip ratio (which hasn't changed), and my body fat percentage, despite being a full 2% lower, still puts me in the obese category.

But it's two percent lower!!

And my BMI now puts me in the normal range, rather than overweight. Most importantly:

= PROGRESS!!! And lots of it!! emoticon

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STODD251 4/2/2013 2:58PM

    Taking this kind of measurements is a great idea! I think I'm going to have to do some measuring tonight...

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STFRENCH 3/25/2013 9:01AM

    Pah! to the hip-to-waist ratio and pah! to the body fat %


and emoticon on your pounds and inches lost! emoticon emoticon

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TANYA602 3/24/2013 8:30PM

    Wow! you are rocking the challenge at this point! I wish I could report the same. Keep up the good work!

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SPARKLINGHOPE 3/24/2013 11:12AM

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NEWRUNNER2 3/24/2013 8:35AM

    Celebrating your success! emoticon

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ALIHIKES 3/23/2013 10:18PM

    WOW! Amazing progress. Congratulations!

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EASTENDCLAM 3/23/2013 3:39PM

    Great progress! One month, huh? You'll waste away to nothing shortly (grin).

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WORDGIRL830 3/23/2013 1:28PM

    That's fantastic! Way to go!

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GEMINISUE 3/23/2013 11:45AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Hugs Linda

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CJADERUN 3/23/2013 11:29AM

    Way to go! You're doing fantastically!

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