Sunday, June 23, 2013
Ok, long time since a blog, so its definitely overdue.
Summer semester, 2013 ... I'm into my second semester of my doctorate and I'm stupidly taking TWO classes.
As of May, I'd lost 13 pounds this year. Pretty good towards my 2 lbs/month goal for the year. But doctorate classes started at the beginning of this month and I'm back up around 4 lbs, pushing 200 once again.
This particular weekend has been bad. I've spent almost the whole weekend sitting spread out on the kitchen table working. Books and papers piled high ... one good thing is the tea is close by, but so are all the snacks.
On top of the doctoral stress, is the stress with Eddie. A young woman at his barn has been riding him for the past 8-9 months. Now mind you, I started paying her to EXERCISE him. They have gotten so pushy, as if they have all these rights to him. They aren't leasing him, they aren't paying any of his bills. They've already caused him to have colic once. And she wanted to take him down to Tallahassee to jump in JULY!
Ugh, fortunately the agreement was up end of June and I've already arranged for him to go into a lesson program at the barn. The barn owner already has several students lined up to take lessons on him (which also helps the cost of his board, woo hoo!) Here's to hoping July isn't so expensive for me.
Also, I found a Dressage saddle on sale! Originally $850, HorseLoverz.com had a Memorial Day sale and I got it for $170!!! Granted there are no stirrups, leathers or girth to go with it, I think it was still a great deal. Only problem ... It's a size 17" ... and my butt is still a bit big for it (that's why I NEED to get back to loosing weight).
Right now I'm waiting on my doctoral team mates from one of my classes to contact me. We're supposed to be meeting online, we have a 6-10 page paper to write (I hate team projects that are papers... too difficult!) Paper is due Wednesday. Wish they'd hurry up. Gonna be upset if they don't show up, but it's early and they both tend to run a bit behind.
Other updates...have to look and see... the last time I posted was around Thanksgiving. A LOT has transpired since then, a lot of bad stuff honestly.
Biggest thing was Dolly. In late February her back started hurting her, we took her to the vet, he did an X-Ray and ordered "bed" rest (how do you make a dog stay in bed??). Pain meds and rest ... didn't do the trick. The x-ray had show some herniated disks in her spine. He recommended spinal surgery, so not knowing what else to do, we agreed. A five year old dog that you love and think of as your child, what else can you do? So March 18th, Dolly had back surgery. He went in expecting to find 3 herniated disks and found five. He wouldn't let us start coming to see her till the week before Easter and she'd nearly given up by then. You have to understand, she'd never spend more than one night away from us, so we're sure she felt abandoned. The day after Easter, she got to come home. Home being, to my parents house so they could nurse her wounds and take care of her. That Wednesday she got her wheel chair and was able to start moving around a little (she had 32 staples in her back by the way).
I spent the night that Friday and Saturday to spend the time with her (my cat Callie came with me, couldn't leave her home alone). Saturday I got footage of Dolly pulling herself around in her wheel chair, it tired her out quickly but I think she enjoyed getting to move around on her own. Sunday morning, we got up and started getting ready for church. When my parents went to give her her morning medicine, they found she had passed away during the night. We don't know what happened, we thought she'd been improving. It could have been any number of things.
Its been really hard recovering, its hard to talk about without crying, its still a healing process. But I can say that it caused all of April to be a blur from that point on. I don't remember much of anything that month. My Nana's birthday was that month and I don't even remember how we celebrated it (it was her 89th one).
Needless to say, from Mid-Feb through April and some of May ... we were in no mental condition to do much exercising. We just recently got back to it. Only reason I didn't gain weight during this time period (and actually lost weight) was because just prior to the events, my doctor had put me on some medication. I'm sure the medication would have worked better had I been able to exercise, but it did keep me from eating to quell the pain. Now I'm off the medication though, and the stresses of school and work ARE getting to me. Exercise certainly helps, but on days when I'm not at work, where I can't go to the gym, I haven't been able to exercise ... due to the fact that when I decide I want to go walking ... it starts RAINING! (Not that I'm complaining about the rain per say, we really do need it ... )
OK, I'm sure I have more to write, but my wrist is starting to hurt and I'm still waiting on my team mates... and this post is getting horribly long. So for now, I think this is enough.