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.
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!!
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!!
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!
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:
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:
Waist to Hip: .83
Body Fat: 37.12%
Upper Arm: 11
Rib Cage: 33
Lower Abs: 38
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
Waist to Hip: .83
Body Fat: 35.07%
Upper Arm: 11
Rib Cage: 32
Lower Abs: 36.5
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:
POUNDS LOST: 5
INCHES LOST: 6.5
= PROGRESS!!! And lots of it!!
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