ERIN1128's SparkPeople Blog ERIN1128's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Day 298: Back on Track or Else! I badly need to get back on track, I've been slipping way too much the last couple weeks. So I'm going to make today a fresh start - no hitting my coworker's candy bowl after lunch, no snacking after dinner, etc. I am going to aim to eat really well from now till next Friday...on Nov. 4th, I'll be heading down to SoCal for GOTV (get out the vote) and it'll be difficult to eat well while I'm on the road. But easier if I get myself on a good track before then! <BR> <BR> This meme really re... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 12:58:53 EST Day 295: Hey, I finally got on the spark site! A friend posted on FB that the Russians hacked the Internet or something. I dunno...all I know is I couldn't access Twitter or Spark, which made me sad. <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Did about a half hour of yoga this morning, felt great. My arthritis has really been kicking up the past couple of weeks (I have rheumatoid arthritis). The down side of cold mornings, I guess! We're in that weird time of year now, where it's often down to 50 or... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:17:23 EST Day 294: Hauling Myself Back Onto the Wagon Okay, enough pity party already...time to get back on the wagon! I got my butt out running today, finally - hadn't run since my "epic fail" on Sunday and I knew if I let it go another day I'd be dangerously close to just giving up on the running altogether. <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> So I decided to go back to Day 1 of Week 5 (C25K). I did great on Day 1 and Day 2 last week, but Day 3 totally defeated me on Sunday. But you know what? I'm just going to keep trying. And it rea... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:28:20 EST Day 293: Grumpy I am feeling tired and grumpy and negative today, so what have I been doing? Eating like crap. Not completely off the wagon, but not great. Which I'm sure isn't helping my mood or anything else. I am going to try to get out and run tomorrow morning to see if I can shake things off. I am kind of afraid to try again, after my epic fail on Sunday...but I've got to get back on the wagon and try, try again. <BR> <BR> I got some weight work in this morning, which I haven't done in a few weeks... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 19:32:16 EST Day 292: Make Sure You Vote! Well, I seem to be fighting another bug, sigh...last week it was a sore throat, this week it's a tummy ache. It was bad, on and off, all day yesterday, and bothered me a lot last night - I slept horribly. But it seems to be a lot better today so I'm crossing fingers that I'm getting through it. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, between getting to bed too late on Sunday night, and sleeping like crap last night, I was in no mood for a real workout today! But I got Bam-Bam out for a pretty good walk (1.7 mi... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:05:18 EST Day 291: Coffee, Coffee, Coffee Well, no workout today...Paul didn't get home from his golf trip till almost midnight, so we opted to sleep in a bit today! We'll definitely be heading to bed early tonight. <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> Sadly, the rain is done - it was so nice to have rain most of the weekend! Got Kate a good pair of rain boots at REI yesterday...couldn't find anything at Target in her size, they were totally picked over. Because you know, you can't wait till it actually starts raining to go get ... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 12:34:15 EST Day 290: Silver Linings I decided to attempt the big 20-minute run this morning (C25K,Week 5, Day 3). Probably a lousy was raining, I was feeling stiff and achy (I have rheumatoid arthritis, and arthritis and rain do not mix well), and I was feeling a little fuzzy from the two glasses of red I had with dinner last night. But mentally, I just really wanted to do it. I think I'm just tired of dreading it, and I just wanted to get the first attempt over with! <BR> <BR> I was sure I wouldn't be able to d... Sun, 16 Oct 2016 13:06:28 EST Day 289: Things I Need to Learn So many patterns and bad habits that are so easy to fall into... - drinking a glass of wine too often leads to drinking a second glass of wine. Lots o' calories. - drinking too often leads to unhealthy snacking. More bad calories. - trying to keep my eating super minimal for most of the day always results in bingeing in the evening or even late afternoon. I'm pretty disciplined about exercise...I really really need to figure out how to apply that discipline on the earring side. The hol... Sun, 16 Oct 2016 00:17:15 EST Day 288: I Did It! So very weird...after several days of feeling exhausted, and fighting a progressively stronger sore throat, at the end of the day yesterday I suddenly started feeling a lot better! Sore throat stopped, energy level went up, and I basically felt great all evening. Totally bizarre. So at bedtime I figured okay, I'll set the alarm early so I can work out, since I hadn't in two days (other than dog walks)...worst case scenario, if I woke up feeling crappy, I'd go back to sleep for a bit. <BR> ... Fri, 14 Oct 2016 12:12:59 EST Day 287: Fighting Something :-p I have just been so ridiculously tired this week! And I've been fighting a sore throat for a couple of days now. Blechhhh. Hopefully it doesn't get any worse than this. Fortunately, no major plans this weekend, though Paul is on a plane right now to go on a golfing trip with a buddy and won't be back till late Sunday night. Because you know, always fun to get sick when you're single-mom-ing it. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, no workout again today, just didn't have any oomph. Though I did take Ba... Thu, 13 Oct 2016 11:52:35 EST Day 286: Pooped Well, when the alarm went off this morning, I rolled over and went back to sleep for half an hour - so I guess we'll call it a much-needed rest day! I am just feeling super tired these days, and I have no right to - I just had three days off last week, our lovely little break in Carmel. But for whatever reason, I'm just pooped. :-p <BR> <BR> Anyhow, it's probably good that I took a day off, because I had to walk to a meeting this morning that was about 6 blocks from my office, and my knee... Wed, 12 Oct 2016 16:35:19 EST Day 285: C25K Week Five! Well, I've done it - the first day of C25K, Week 5. I can't believe it! I have been trying, albeit very on-and-off, to run, for years now - probably four or five years, to be exact. And this is the furthest I have ever gotten, so I'm pretty proud of myself. <BR> <BR> What changed, you ask? Well, several things. First, I have been working really hard not to let myself get psyched out by the increases in running. As I've been doing Week 4 (three times), I've been coaching myself to recog... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 12:26:12 EST Day 284: Maybe a leeeetle overenthusiastic... Yesterday morning I went for a bike ride and ended up going 14 miles! I usually do anywhere from 6-10, maybe 11 or 12 on a good ride. Yesterday I just felt like pushing it. But it might have been a little OVER legs were sooooo tired after! I really wanted to just crash for a couple hours, but as soon as I got back, Kate started harassing me about going to Evangeline's to look for a Halloween costume. So after breakfast I showered and dressed and off we went. <BR> <BR... Mon, 10 Oct 2016 12:38:36 EST Day 283: Biker Chick Today I just did a long bike ride - wanted to explore a new area that just opened up to bikes and that added a little more than I realized! But I love exploring places that I haven't biked to before...I find that I don't even notice I'm exercising when I'm busy checking everything out. The ride home was definitely harder though - I usually ride 45 min to an hour, but today I was almost at an hour when I started heading back home. I definitely feel like I've done something! <BR> <BR> <em>332</... Sun, 9 Oct 2016 12:48:37 EST Day 281: TGIF! Got my Couch to 5K workout in this morning! Day 2 of my third round of Week 4. I'll see how ambitious I'm feeling the next time I get out, but I'm actually thinking that maybe I'll skip Day 3 and take on Week 5. Yikes! <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> But I was thinking about it this morning while I was running, and while three 5-minute runs sounds pretty intimidating (Week 4 is run 3/5/3/5), it's actually one minute less than the Week 4 workout! And I'm already doing two 5-min run... Fri, 7 Oct 2016 12:01:59 EST Day 280: Back to Reality Just a quickie today, not much to say. I'm back at work after three lovely days off. So funny...I had an 8am dentist appt and when the receptionist asked me how I was, I joked, "great, how else would I want to start off my week than by going to the dentist?" and she looked at me like I was nuts and I realized oops, it's not Monday for anyone else but me! LOL! <BR> <BR> Anyhow, because I had the early dentist appt I didn't have time for a workout today, and yesterday we just took a short (... Thu, 6 Oct 2016 19:25:55 EST Day 278: Bedroom Progress Report I thought for fun I'd give you all a "progress report" on our bedroom. I'd like to say it's all finished, but more things keep popping up! <BR> <BR> We finished putting together the Ikea bedside tables today. Our old ones were looking pretty tired and we realized we bought them right after we bought the house - in 1999! Time for a change. We love the new ones: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 20:40:06 EST Day 277: Keeping Moving in Vacation Quickie since I'm doing this on my phone! We're in Carmel, our happy place. Our inn is down at the bottom of the hill, about a block up from the beach. We "hiked" to dinner and back last night - our fave place is at the other end of town, up the hill, about a mile. Totally worth it. This morning we took a long walk on the beach. All the way down to the end, about a half hour walk, then sat for a few minutes watching the waves. Well, Paul watched the guys playing up at Pebble Beach! I f... Tue, 4 Oct 2016 16:49:20 EST Day 277: Off to My Happy Place Never got a chance to blog yesterday! A busier day than I'd planned, since we started it off with taking Kate to urgent care. Nothing terrible, she just got a bunch of bug bites on her face and was super puffy - her right eye was swollen half shut! Doc prescribed benadryl and antibiotics, and she's icing her face regularly. This has happened before, once or twice, she must be allergic to spiders or something. Needless to say, we gave her bed and room a good once-over last night. <BR> <B... Mon, 3 Oct 2016 10:40:09 EST Day 275: Running Is Making a Difference! I've been a little frustrated over the running...I've stalled a bit on Week 4 of C25K, I haven't lost any weight, running still feels really hard. <BR> <BR> However, I have made a great discovery this week, which is - RUNNING IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE! <BR> <BR> Let me explain. Up until Wednesday's run, the running workouts were just killing me - at the end of each one, I was just wanting to lay down because it felt like my legs just couldn't hold me up anymore. But on Wednesday, and again... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 13:30:35 EST Day 274: Hear Me Roar! I finally conquered that damn 5-minute run! WOOT! <BR> <BR> <em>410</em> <em>179</em> <em>410</em> <em>179</em> <BR> <BR> For those who don't know what I'm talking about...I'm doing my second round of C25K, Week 4. You run 3 min, walk 1.5, run 5 min., walk 2.5, then repeat. I've been doing well up till that last 5-min run, which has been killing me - the first week I was splitting it into three runs, and this week I've been splitting it into two. But today, I ran the who... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:41:05 EST Day 273: Getting My Groove Back We overslept by about 15 minutes this morning - I think we need a new clock radio, it's been pretty unreliable lately! I was going to blow off the workout and take a rest day, but Paul got up and got dressed to go for a walk and I realized you know, I still have time for a'll make my morning a little crunched but better than not doing it! So I did weights. First time in nearly 3 weeks (couldn't access them while the bedroom was torn up), felt good. Finally getting everything ... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:17:17 EST Day 272: Stress Monster Ugh, rough morning, but I suppose this too shall pass. <BR> <BR> Battling with the kid again...we let her stay home Monday because she was having tummy trouble, then she was fine yesterday, but again today she's home. I think she's getting herself stressed out about school (she just started middle school), for no good reason (she's running A or A+ in everything except science, which is B+) and that's kicking up her acid reflux again. We talked about it a little this morning, will have to h... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:00:42 EST Day 271: Soon to be Back to Normal Got a solid night's sleep last night, thank goodness - the dogs were both quiet. They're getting pretty snappy with each other though, thank goodness Paul's parents are coming home from vacation this afternoon! We're really ready to go back to having one dog again. <BR> <BR> <em>338</em> <BR> <BR> Phonebanked last night - not my favorite part of the job, but a necessary evil (we were calling on behalf of a State Senate candidate). We were calling seniors and let me tell you, seniors ... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:47:54 EST Day 270: I'm Sooooo Tired, I Haven't Slept a Wink... ...remember that old Beatles song? That's definitely me today. Scotty, my in-laws' dog, was having tummy trouble and was up and down the ENTIRE night. The one time he actually settled down for a while and I managed to drop off, Bam-Bam started snoring so loud she woke me up! I tell you, we may make them both sleep out in the dog run tonight. Oh, and did I mention that he threw up on the living room rug and took a dump on the guest room carpet? Because, of course, those are the only two ... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:16:50 EST Day 267: If You Need Exercise, Get a Dog I soooo wanted to take a rest day today....but when you have two dogs jumping up onto the bed the second the alarm goes off, rest ain't happening, LOL! So I sucked it up and took Scotty (my in-laws' dog) for a couple-mile walk. <BR> <BR> <em>338</em> <BR> <BR> On the bedroom front...they started laying floor yesterday, WOOT!!!! We're loving how it all looks. We'd been a little unsure about whether the white trim would work with the whitewash-type floor, but it's turning out great. <B... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:20:27 EST Day 266: Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My! Crazy commute this morning...apparently they found a suspicious package at the high school (which backs up to my daughter's middle school) and evacuated. I guess they told the kids to go to the middle school or go home, so there were kids wandering all over the neighborhood. Maybe not the best evacuation plan?! That school has over 2,000 kids! And the road I take into work was just a mess, they must have shut down the road next to the high school. My usual 10-minute commute was closer to... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:52:09 EST Day 265: That Which Does Not Kill Us, Makes Us Stronger In a fairly crappy mood this morning. :-p Contractor got all the "smoothing" work done on the concrete yesterday (evening out the low spots, in preparation for putting the new laminate floor down), and was ready to lay it today and tomorrow. Which meant we'd be moving back into the bedroom this weekend. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> But, as with all things construction related, we hit a big kink last night.... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 12:34:53 EST Day 264: Pizza Lessons Well, since I couldn't do weights this morning with our bedroom still torn up (more on that in a minute), I decided to go for a walk. Which may not have been the best decision...halfway through, I was really wishing I'd chosen a shorter route, LOL! My legs are definitely a bit tired. I've learned the hard way that I can run and bike back-to-back days, and I would certainly never try running back-to-back...usually I do a rest day or weights or yoga in between. Definitely feeling it today. ... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 12:29:14 EST Day 263: I Think I Can, I Think I Can Tackled Day 3 (which is supposed to be the last day) of Couch to 5K, Week 4. But I still had to split up that last 5-min run into three shorter ones, wah! I am doing pretty well with the first three runs, but that last one is just a killer. <BR> <BR> So I guess I'll have to repeat Week 4, sigh. Discouraging, but I'm trying not to beat myself up about it. Better to repeat than to give up, right? And I am actually running 16 minutes now, even if it's broken up...that's a lot of running fo... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 12:30:49 EST Day 262: Craving Fall I am soooo ready for sweater weather, but it's supposed to hit 100 here today, sigh. <BR> <BR> I've had a lovely lazy Sunday morning, I rarely get to indulge like this! Slept in all the way till 8:15, unheard of (I get up at 6am during the week to work out so my body generally wakes up early on the weekend too). Lazed in bed with breakfast and coffee and a book for quite a while, then got myself up to do some yoga. Felt great! Now we're about to settle in to watch the 49er game and I'm g... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 14:18:38 EST Day 261: C25K Week 4, Day 2 Oh lordy, I'm tired, but right now I'm a happy tired because I tackled a C25K workout despite feeling like I really just couldn't do it today. How'd I do? Well, I didn't get it perfect, but I did get all 16 minutes in, even though I had to break up the last 5-min run into three runs, and up to that last 5-min run, I kept all the walks where they were supposed to be instead of letting them run long like last time. So, definite improvement. <BR> <BR> What have I learned? <BR> <BR> 1. I'm f... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 10:33:43 EST Day 260: TGIF Man, this has been a frustrating day. I won't bore you with the details...suffice to say I've been trying to get online access to my dad's checking account, which I am already a signator on, and I've been completely unsuccessful. I get that banks want to protect your money, but geez, the security has gotten out of control!!! <BR> <BR> And yes, I could go into the bank with him and probably make this easier, but my brother and I want to start monitoring his finances and we'd like to kind of... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 18:41:58 EST Day 259: Tackling C25K, Week 4 Whew, my legs are TIRED! Today I tackled Week 4 of Couch to 5K. How'd I do? Well... <BR> <BR> Let's start with the workout. what it is. Week 3 is run 1.5 min, walk 1.5, run 3 min, walk 3, repeat. Well, Week 4 is a big step up - run 3 min, walk 1.5, run 5 min, walk 2.5, repeat. Not only are the runs longer, the walks are shorter, and the total running time is greater. So I've been feeling VERY intimidated about taking it on. Me, run 5 minutes??? And those short little walks? I real... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 12:21:49 EST Day 258: Docs and Vets Well, as it turns out, it was a darn good thing they sent Paul in for a colonoscopy and endoscopy - the doc found NINE polyps in his colon! I guess some polyps can turn cancerous if you leave them long enough, so it's a good thing he got this done now instead of the usual waiting for the 50th birthday (he just turned 48). <BR> <BR> So they took all those out. He also has a polyp in his esophagus, which I guess is quite unusual - doc said she's been doing this nine years and had never see... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 11:52:27 EST Day 257: Dining Challenges, Coming Right Up Well, today is the big day - I'm taking Paul in for a colonscopy and endoscopy. He's had a lot of intestinal bugs - or something - over the past 9 months so he finally went to the doctor and has been going through lots of tests - blood test, ultrasound, CT scan last week, and now this. Mostly to rule out the bad stuff, like cancer, but obviously it would also be nice if they find some nice little problem that's easy to fix. They have said he has some very small gallstones, but they don't t... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 12:11:57 EST Day 256: Moving, Packing, Running My coffee flavor today is chocolate raspberry and it smells HEAVENLY. Important to enjoy the little things. <BR> <BR> <em>106</em> <BR> <BR> Well, our bedroom is all cleared out and my back is doing okay, though not great. Waaaay too much packing and moving the past three days! More than my back could really handle. Thankfully when our contractor and his kid stopped by last night for a final walk through, we were able to sweet talk them into moving the bed. Whew. Here's the empty ... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 12:37:27 EST Day 255: Getting Into Good Habits Ugh, you never realize just how much stuff you have, till you have to move it!!! <BR> <BR> We've been emptying out our bedroom in preparation for repainting/reflooring starting tomorrow. I peeked into our walk-in closet this morning, which I'd thought was empty...and realized that there was still a ton of hangers in there! So I had to grab a garbage bag and clear them all out. It's a constant process. <BR> <BR> And a little while ago, I got a big lower back spasm when I was walking acr... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 13:42:56 EST Day 254: I Finally Bit the Bullet and Guess What, It Felt Good Just got back from a nearly-12-mile bike ride, so I'm mainlining water right now! I was debating whether to bike or C25K it, since I haven't had a chance to run since Wednesday, but I can only ride on the weekends now (too dark when I get up during the week), and we're about to move most of our bedroom into the garage so the bikes won't be accessible for a while. <BR> <BR> <em>332</em> <BR> <BR> As for the bedroom...our contractor will start work on Monday! I'm really looking forwar... Sat, 10 Sep 2016 12:28:16 EST Day 252: About to Enter Home Improvement Hell So, we're about to redo our bedroom - the walls will go from a rosy tan to light blue, and we're having the carpet ripped out and replaced with a whitewash-looking laminate. We've got the paint color and the laminate picked out, and our contractor came by a couple weekends ago to measure everything out and go through it with us. He told us he'd get back to us with a start date. Last Friday, Paul pinged him and he promised he'd get us a date this week. <BR> <BR> Well, he called last night,... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 14:34:25 EST Day 251: Sticking It Out Just read the latest installment of "Journey to 5K," which is a great blog by a total beginner who's doing Couch to 5K: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>journey-from-couch-to-5k-mastering-the<BR>-long-run?cmp=312&memberid=134052681&l<BR>yrisid=45895165 </link> <BR> <BR> It scares me a bit because she talks about how in the second half of C25K, you lose your "beloved walk breaks." I totally agree with her when she says the walk breaks are what make the running bea... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 13:07:51 EST Day 250: Starting to Believe in This Running Thing I have tried, in on-again, off-again stints, over the past four or five years, to run. I've tried Couch to 5K, I've tried my own thing. It seems like every time I start making any progress at all, either I get discouraged/bored and quit, or get sick, or life otherwise gets in the way. I think the best I ever got to was running 4 min, walking 4 min, for three or four sets. <BR> <BR> But this time, I am REALLY trying to make it work for real. I've been doing C25K, and while I haven't been ... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 12:50:04 EST Day 249: 190?!!! Yes, I just entered the fabulously awful number of 190 into my weight tracker...pretty much my highest ever. It's a little hard to believe I can be gaining when I exercise almost every day. I mean, I'm not running marathons or anything, but geez, I am getting out and moving! <BR> <BR> <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> Clearly, the eating side is the problem. I can push myself on the exercise side, but I just have such a struggle with willpower on the eating side. It's not like I eat horribly - ... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 13:35:27 EST Day 247: Play Ball! Wow, I can't believe it's noon already! Amazing how fast the day slips away when I don't have a schedule. Plus, I got the luxury of sleeping in today, WOOT! The dog was nice enough to let us sleep till almost 7:30 before she rousted us. Paul took her out, then came back and put her on the bed and she settled right down and I passed right back out for another hour. I'm finally starting to feel human after that killer 16-hour work day on Wednesday. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, I haven't been very pr... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 15:06:24 EST Day 246: A "New" Year September always feels like New Year's to me...the kiddo starts a new school year, the Legislature (where I work) ends its legislative session, etc. So I'm thinking it's a good time to really get going on a good exercise-and-eating program. Even though my weight hasn't really changed, my pants/jeans have all been feeling REALLY tight lately, which is making me feel horribly fat. As I saw somewhere this morning, I think it was on Facebook, "you miss 100% of the shots you don't take" (Wayne ... Fri, 2 Sep 2016 14:26:25 EST Day 244: C25K-ing It Well, the good news is that I got home from work by 7:30 last night, which is pretty unprecedented for the night before the last day of the legislative session. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> The bad news is that Kate and Grammy went to the local bakery to get a "Boston Cream Pie" cake for Paul's bday, so I had a big slab of that for dessert. After wolfing down a rice bowl from Panda Express for dinner. <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Even better, they picked up "donuts for b... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 16:27:50 EST Day 243: D-Day Minus 1 Today is going to be a LOOOONG day at work. The legislative session ends tomorrow, and the Senate isn't going in till 2pm today because of a funeral this morning that a lot of Senators and staff wanted to attend. So we're likely to be here till 9 or 10pm, easily. Since tomorrow is the last day, we'll be here till at least midnight. But then we're DONE till January, woo hoo! Four months of 9-5, getting out for lunch every day, and jeans. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Got a littl... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 13:06:23 EST Day 242: All About the Planning It may sound cliche, you may have heard it a million times but so much of this whole journey is about the planning. For example, I've been finding myself lately making daily forays after lunch into my coworker's office to raid his candy bowl. So finally this weekend I got smart and picked up some "mint fudge brownie" Fiber One bars at the grocery store to stash in my snack drawer. So today, when I got the post-lunch sweet craving, I headed to my drawer instead of the candy bowl! Yes, I sh... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 18:48:19 EST Day 241: Sunday Funday Got my Sunday off to a good start, with a 10-mile bike ride. It was a tough one - I took a route I haven't done for a while, and turned on the wrong street so instead of avoiding the hills, I had to take them on! It's funny, I grew up on a huge hill so I used to be super good at them, but now I live in a mostly flat area so hills are a killer. I actually had to walk up the last part of a particularly steep one, which really annoyed me. ;-) And I was feeling pretty pooped the rest of the r... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 13:16:30 EST Day 240: A death in our (animal) family Bit of a sad day in our of Kate's guinea pigs, who just underwent surgery on Tuesday for a malignant tumor (ovarian cancer), died last night. Kate's doing okay - sad but not heartbroken. We knew the pig's days were numbered, since the tumor turned out to be huge and vet said he couldn't get it all because it had attached to the this didn't come out of the blue, but we had hoped to have a little longer. Kate wants to go to SCPA etc. next weekend to look for a new bu... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 19:04:38 EST