Monday, August 15, 2011
What a weekend! I’m going to start with Sunday because it was the worst day of the weekend. That way I can end my blog on a good note instead of what Sunday was – oy. What can you say about a dog fight. I have two Australian shepherds that occasionally do not like each other and get into a knock down-drag out fight. Nothing I’ve tried breaks them up so I wade in, grab each by the collar and literally try and pull them apart. (this usually takes a few minutes) By the time I’m done there’s blood everywhere, I’ve been accidently bit on the hand and my tummy is in knots. It is not a fun experience. Of course the downside is obvious and there’s not too much upside…but no one needed a vet (all the blood was from superficial wounds, including mine) and everyone seemed happy and back to themselves this morning. Since this is not first time this has happened I’m working out how to keep them apart. No more outside time together. Which is not easy when you have a little house and a little yard, but it must be done. Okay that was the bad weekend day – now on to the good!
Friday I took my car in to have the brakes done. While they were working on the car, I decided to do some geocaching! There are ups and downs to caching in the city. The downs…traffic and traffic noise – no peaceful walks in the forest! And another down…you feel very conspicuous when you are poking around in front of someone’s car looking for a cache just off a busy street. I kept wondering when someone was going to ask me what the heck I thought I was doing!! The upsides of city caching? There are lot’s of caches within walking distance pretty much no matter where you are, and the biggie?.....if you forget to bring water you can swing into the local 7-11! Boy was that a lifesaver! But a great walk (including a climb up to a water tower for a cache) and back to my newly brake happy car!
Saturday I went hiking with friends over at Cougar Bay in north Idaho. It’s at the western end of Lake Coeur D’Alene. The downside…the gazillion mosquitos on a mission to eat us alive! By the time we were done we looked like we had some dreaded disease! I am COVERED in mosquito bites (and did I mention itchy?!) Oh yeah – and one of my hiking partners got stung by a bee…on the hiney! She was not a happy camper about that! The upsides…there are so many! It was a beautiful day, the hike was shady so I didn’t get too hot, the dogs all had a great time, the hike was the perfect difficulty level for me – not to hard, not to easy and it was only a 30 minute drive from my house! Woohoo! Can’t wait to go back there….with bugspray!
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
One of the items on my list of long term goals, is to be able to run around the show ring with Eliot (my springer spaniel). I guess I should say something like “run better and/or faster”, because I currently do run around with him….but I don’t think I run fast enough and it feels like a struggle when I do it. Plus I have guilt that I hold up the people behind me.
So it was my goal to lose 50 lbs by my Portland trip this weekend. This trip is the Springer Spaniel specialty show, where there will by only Springers instead of all kinds of dogs. It will be the biggest show I’ve ever been to with probably 60-70 springers attending, and I’ve been planning this trip all year.
Well, unfortunately, I didn’t make my goal and I’m fighting the disappointment. So I decided to list all the good changes in my life so I could be positive! So here are my Woohoos!
a. I get to go on a fun road trip with Eliot
b. I get to see lot’s and lot’s of springers and take lot’s of pictures
c. I get to see Eliot’s breeder and show her what a wonderful boy he has turned into, and also see Eliot’s sister, Juliet, and his brother, Erik.
d. I get almost a week off from work
a. I lost 25lbs (Yay!)
b. I discovered Sparkpeople and spark friends to keep me interested in and motivated for a new healthy lifestyle
c. I’ve stuck with my new eating plan longer than any other I’ve ever tried in my life….I think this is the one!! (Go Paleo!)
d. I’ve been gradually upping my exercising.
When I read over these two lists, it’s kind of hard to feel down. And now it’s time to set a new weight goal…honestly, I don’t know what it’s going to be. I want it to be realistic and I want it to have some meaning like this last one did. I want to have a specific event to shoot for, so it’s going to require some more thought.
So here’s hoping the trip goes well, I’m getting nervous and excited all at once! One thing is for sure though – I’ll miss sparking and all my spark buddies when I’m away from my computer for 5 days!
And now here is the little man and a picture that makes me laugh -
Monday, July 11, 2011
So on the recommendation of my boss, who also lent me the movie, I watched Shawshank Redemption last weekend....wow, depressing much?! He said it was his all time favorite movie and I remember it was a big deal when it first came out. Guess I'm not really a big fan of that genre. I like the ending...yep, that's pretty much it.
On the subject of exercise, I walked the stairs twice at lunch time . Its a 7 floor building and the first time I made it to the 4th floor before I had to stop and catch my breath. That's the furthest yet! Yay! Second time...not quite so far, but I'm going to focus on the happy right now! Plus, I plan to go for a walk during my late break. I work next to a lovely park on the Spokane river where I can do about a 1.5 mile loop with my alotted time. I brought my camera with me today so I can take some pictures and share the beautiful Riverfront Park with my spark buddies! And lastly, upcoming dog show weekend! Saturday only in Coeur D'Alene. Should be fun!
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
I was listening to sports talk radio on my way to work this morning, and Colin Cowherd was asking the question “What is too over the top?” If you were a billionaire what do you think would be too over the top? A personal petting zoo & amusement park?
A driver to take you to work? A private bowling alley and movie theater?
One caller said a personal chef was over the top. I’m telling you….if I was rich, that would be the very first thing on my to do list…..hire personal chef, check….private gym & swimming pool, check….and yes, I do believe I’d go for the home theater, check! But I think of a personal chef with longing…I hate to cook! I like the food I cook, but hate to cook it. Especially after working an 11 hour day. 90% of the times I eat out are because I can’t make myself cook. Wouldn’t it be lovely to come home to a meal personally prepared just for me?
Ahhhhh wooonderfullll. I’m trying to retrain my brain…(you LOVE to cook, you LOVE to cook)…but mostly my brain says pffffft.
So I’m struggling a bit right now. I lost some weight and right now I’m fighting myself to keep it off, let alone lose more. I just haven’t won the battle against fast food. Sigh. Maybe I could find a personal chef in training that would come cook for me for free!! It’s a thought….
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