Monday, July 19, 2010

A brother for Buttons

This was an unplanned adoption, but we are now a family of 6. December 24th 2008, Santa so kindly sent us a sweet little dappled daschund Buttons Rice. OH YES, she has had her moments...all you have to do is walk through the house and see the 'spots' of Buttons chewing wrath! She is however so sweet, and CALM.

Last week, I was preparing for our "Girls Just Wanna Run" event and a co-worker mentioned that her parents had a farm in Arkansas and lived pretty far out and that a daschund had showed up on their deck and had not left after more than a week. They made calls, posted flyers, and no one claimed him. She also mentioned that a family friend was a retired vet and that he had seem him, said he guessed him to be appr. 1.5 years old and in good health.

We talked some more about him and then she told me that where her parents live, there is NO WAY a dog that size could survive for long. Wild coyotes, and wild dogs, etc. would snatch him up. He was probably dropped and abandoned. Her dad planned to shoot him (I KNOW WHAT THE???) after she said that I said, either way, bring him back here and I will find a good home for him.

Fast forward to later that night and Dan and I both decided that we should give it a try and see how he was and how Buttons was, and the kids, etc. So on Saturday night, Stephanie dropped him off and now we have two weinie dogs running around. I am not happy to report that he did some serious chewing on the's basically destroyed in one room---but that was my fault for leaving him unattended for 5 hours. He is quite sweet and such a boy..very strong and muscular. He is at the vet right now for his shots and then later this week, he gets the boys clipped off!!!

Friday, July 9, 2010

That Fish is POISON

Two parents, sick at the same time=crazy house. It all started with two bad pieces of salmon. I ate some, Dan ate some and 24 hours later, the wrath of food poisoning took us both under. Dan took the first hit, feeling bad mid-afternoon and from that point it got worse. I will leave the gory details out of this post, but let's just say I quietly excused myself to sleep in the spare bedroom and closed all doors, because I thought our neighbors could probably hear him (yes it was that bad). I wasn't feeling 100%, my workout had about killed me that day, but I just thought I was tired.

Then just like the ghost of Christmas past, I bolted up about 1:15 a.m. and headed straight for the potty.......what happened after that was a blurr....I crawled back to the bed, and we both laid there like we had been beaten...weak, tired, in pain, I made claims that my tonsils had been ripped out. At some point Dan's poison stopped sending him to the bathroom, and about 4 hours later mine did too. But even though the tornado had passed, it still left a lot of destruction. How he managed to get up and take both kids to school, I have no idea. I don't even remember calling into work, or what I said, or texting a co-worker to take over some duties....

It took another night and part of a day before we felt ok again. We might not be having the salmon for a few weeks, at least.

Friday, July 2, 2010

35 days in....

To my Jillian Micheal's workout and I am a believer in this workout more than ever. No, I have never been 'fat' ---chubby as a pre-teen...YES, but not fat. I had issues in my latter teen years with weight and being obsessed with it (not healthy), but as I have gotten older and more mature in my thinking, I have realized quite a bit.

First of all, I will never be skinny---you know the Calista Flockhart-type girls, and that is okay with me. In fact, really okay with me. I want to be trim and toned and healthy. In the past 3-4 years, I have started working out at a very regular pace. Mostly I have focused on cardio, but in the last few months, I just wasn't happy with the results. I felt I was spending a long chunk of time on this 'workout' and not seeing anything from it. Now, doing 20 minutes a day of circuit training is really all I need. I try to fit in some running a few times a week on top of it, but that is about all. I never thought I could sweat so much in 20 minutes but this workout is really different.

The pressure to be thin is so intense on girls and women (on men too, but nothing like it is for us ladies). Sometimes that really pisses me off, that we as girls fall into the trap of trying to look like the movie stars. I look at my beautiful daughter and remember that she is watching me, my habits, my attitude toward myself, etc. and it's important that I set an example for her!!

With that said, I am thinking about all the yummy non-healthy foods I will be making for the holiday weekend!! Hope you all have a safe and fun 4th.