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A Kitten for a Day

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

So I have a big cat named Bentley and he's about a year old.



(He hangs out in the sink [that drips water on him] and we didn't put him there to pose for the picture)

Both my husband and I work during the day, so he's at home by himself. He has a little bit of separation anxiety when we leave--he runs in front of the door and chases us out. I told my husband that maybe we should get a kitten so that he has someone to play with.

I've been telling him this for a LONG time and always fawn over the kittens when I go to get food at the pet store. Jay almost bought me a kitten for Christmas, but the on I though was really cute was adopted.

Well, he went to go get food on Sunday and was gone for a long time. I looked at my cell phone and there were 3 missed calls. I called him back and he asked me, "Do you want a kitten?" I sputtered and said something about now not being the best time, but he replied with, "Too late, I have one!"

So the kitten comes home and she's cute as she could be. I never though this would happen, and actually asked if we could bring her back! I was just in shock. I had to go to work the next day, so it'd be best to add to our family in the summer, when I'm off.

Well, this little girl is SO sweet and adorable. She melted my heart. But not Bentley's! He did NOT like her. I really start bonding with her and as we're sitting on the couch, my hubby gets a call.

It's the pet store. Apparently, someone had already adopted the kitten to another family for their daughter's birthday and when they came to pick her up, she was gone. The girl was almost crying, so they asked if we would give her to them.

That was a hard choice, but I honored their being there first. Even though we only had her for 4 hours, it was SO SAD!

When Jay went over to talk to the family (the daughter was actually 16 or so) she was holding the kitten and she leaps out of her hands and onto Jay, purring immediately.

It was sad, but it did cure my need for another one....at least for a little while!

  
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TX_WILDHEART 1/18/2009 5:00PM

    awah... thats sad. I can't believe they called you and wanted the kitten back. It was their mistake... and I would have been hard pressed. Remember, female cats are higher on the cat heirarchy than males, so they have a tendency to get upset when females are introduced.... not to mention - the girls go to HOWLING when they go into heat... you dont need that!

Sorry for the trauma.. bless yer heart
Rhonda


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DEB2448 1/15/2009 1:30AM

    This is so funny. We have a cat that looks just like the one in your picture that we find in the bathroom sink all the time. Sorry to hear about the kitten you had to give back.

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BREAFAWN 1/14/2009 9:06PM

    Oh, honey!! SO sad :-( I had that happen with a puppy not too long ago. They should keep better records. (I bet Bentley's happy though. LOL) My kitten [Socrates] would be SO mad if we got him a little brother or sister.

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1st Road Run!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

This morning I did my first "run" outside. I've been on the treadmill for the past few weeks, but I was challenged (thanks Bree!) to go outside today.

I got all set up for it--the HRM on, my outfit on, my iPod and Nike+ sensor. I mapped out my run at mapmyrun.com and wanted to do 1 mile. I've been doing about a 20 minute mile according to the treadmill, so I figured that was good.

I've been following the Couch to 5K program and got a podcast a guy did that tells you when you should be running or walking. Only thing was I forgot about the warm up and cool down. So I ended up back at my starting point (aka, my house) way before I should have. I just did a smaller loop and finished.

Being outside was a little thrilling--I also didn't take notice on the weather channel that a cold front had come in, so I was a little chilly at first. The car issue was scary and I had dogs barking at me...haha...they were cheering me on!

But all in all, I enjoyed it. I think that my Nike+ sensor is more accurate than the treadmill. Unless the mapmyrun.com is not accurate. The distances were really close between the sensor and the map. My goal was 1 mile, but I ended up doing 2 miles!

I liked the feeling of running (or really jogging for me) without having a treadmill belt to worry about (or falling off the treadmill).

My pace outside was the second best it has been, and I didn't really feel like I was working harder than normal. Maybe it was because it was cold outside and I wasn't sweating as much as normal. Haha!

  
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TX_WILDHEART 1/12/2009 9:18AM

    wow... Running outside is very different! But all the fresh air is great!
Congrats on your running! You are wayyyy better at that than me!
Color me impressed!
Rhonda


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BREAFAWN 1/10/2009 4:48PM

    Congratulations!! I am SO proud of you!! It's an awesome feeling, isn't it? ;-) AND you did 2 miles! THAT ROCKS!! I'm glad that you found a good path to run. And it's nice knowing that your Nike+ is accurate...maybe you run faster than you think?

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MRSBEASELY 1/10/2009 2:02PM

    Running outside is way different than the treadmill. The mother in me wants to make sure that you are running in safe places especially when you are running alone. Are there any running groups that you can join? They are very good as they give tips, motivation and good company.

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ITISSPARKTIME 1/10/2009 11:31AM

    Hooray for you!! I have been contemplating doing my C25K runs outdoors too. But I am a wuss when it comes to cold weather. Texas girl through and through. lol I've been waiting for it to warm up just a little in the mornings. I think after this cool front I might try it. What a wonderful start to the weekend!

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Blah!

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

I (AM NOT) getting sick again. I over-stressed my voice today during work and my tonsils started to hurt on my way to the gym. My body was rather resistant to the work-out--I went swimming to give my legs a rest and I've been feeling worse and worse.

I also dropped out of the Bootcamp challenge. I don't have room for a stability ball and I though I could do it at the gym, but it hasn't worked out. I feel kind of bad for quitting, but I have been doing SO much I'm feeling a little burnt out. I don't want that to happen.

Training was good yesterday, we did abs and back/shoulders. I'm not too sore today but during my muscles were SCREAMING!

I had the biggest cravings for bad food today, but came home and had my veggie soup for dinner. I was pretty low on my calories for the day, so woo hoo!

It's getting hard for me to keep my eyes opened, so I think I'm going to turn in early.

  
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TX_WILDHEART 1/12/2009 9:19AM

    I dropped it too.. It caused too much anxiety for me - cuz I already have a full schedule. So I was fretting too much and decided to just let it go. Dont feel bad.

Rhonda


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Good Goal Today!

Monday, January 05, 2009

I decided to try for 3 miles on the treadmill today since I've signed up for a 5K (Run for the Rose: Sunday, March 29th). I have my Nike+ sensor that when I was at about 2.6 miles on the treadmill reading, it said that I was at 3.17. So today I was shooting to go 3 miles for sure and since the treadmill had a longer distance, I know I met that goal.

I would have NEVER thought that I could go 3 miles non-stop. I remember a semester in college where I did an exercise study--I worked out 3 days a week for 30 minutes a day on an elliptical for 3 months. They made us run/walk a mile when it was over to measure our progress and I could BARELY make one mile in 24 minutes.

I've been following Couch to 5K too which I am kind of worried about. I think I'm just going to keep it slow and if I feel pain, take a step back. My legs were hurting pretty bad (their usual) today when I would kick it up to a jog, so I think I'm going to have to eat it and go get professionally fitted. If it makes that much of a difference, that would be amazing. But how much of the "hurting" is my legs getting stronger? I mean, when I first do a few squats it hurts like $@#@% but soon, it doesn't bother me as much......

  


Back to Work

Monday, January 05, 2009

Being a teacher is GREAT for the time off, but today is the day I go back. And having my New Year's Resolution be, "Be more positive about my job," I will say.....I'll be happy to see some of my students and co-workers.

I've been following Couch to 5K and did that yesterday. I really wanted to hit the 10am spinning class, but my right leg was in PAIN. So I decided to give it a little more time before I tortured them again. I did pretty good in my 35 minute walk/jog. Someone (I didn't catch her name) came on and told me "Congrats, this has been your best mile." So I was hoofing it a bit faster yesterday....getting ready for the fact that I...........................

SIGNED UP FOR MY FIRST EVER 5K IN MARCH!!!! OMG! Sunday, March 29th Run for the Rose. I'm excited and kind of scared. But if I keep going as I have been I'll be ready in time.

I ended up with 153% on my goals met on my HRM. emoticon

Well, I need to go pack my gym back and figure out what I'm going to wear. Yay work. I mean, YAY WORK!

  
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ITISSPARKTIME 1/5/2009 11:15PM

    Wow, sounds like you are doing fabulous on C25K! I am stuck on week 3. The holiday bustle kept me from completing Day 3, then didn't hit the gym for 2 weeks (bad Becky!)! Now, I need to start week 3 over but I tried today and this darn cold is not going to let me. At least I did some cardio though. I made the same mistake as you and did the bootcamp video after the gym workout and 1 minute intervals of walking and jogging. I'll be feeling it tomorrow.

Congrats on signing up for the 5K! I thought about signing up for that one as well, but I don't know if I will be ready by then.

Where do you work out? I go to the LA Fitness by Randall's. It would be cool to have a partner! emoticon The fiance and I usually do our own thang.

Have a good day at work tomorrow! emoticon

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