Living Maintenance - Maintainers Weekly Chat March 10 - March 16




BillBlueEyes
03-10-2014, 06:17 AM
Our first week out of February was without snow. Makes me believe in spring.

I did work the exercise class issue by trying two different classes. Both convinced me that I'm in need of catch up work on a zillion different muscles. I'm not discouraged, but I am chagrined that the slightest pause in any exercise causes that muscle to take a vacation. I wish I didn't so clearly remember high school football where we'd start practice in mid-August and be in full shape by the first of September.

Congrats to Alison's Bogey for responding to the Dog Whisperer.

Ouch for Andrea's Loki for remembering to be a tad neurotic.


Megan1982
03-10-2014, 09:34 AM
Morning all,

I had a rocky weekend. I ended up going home early Thursday getting sick and stayed home Friday. It was one of those "I could make it through a workday but my coworkers will not thank me for coming in" nasty colds. I sat on the couch and watched TV all day, which I haven't done in... well, a long time. Saturday I was still sick but tired of sitting on my rear, so I did a lot of house cleaning. I did take the dog for a long walk all 3 days and actually the fresh air was the best part of my weekend. I'm on the mend today.

I found out the project I submitted for my class online 1.5 weeks ago somehow didn't make it through tech world to the rest of the class to see. I spent the weekend being frustrated by tech issues. Now the system we used to submit projects won't even let me log on. Of course not only was it the weekend but it was spring break, too. Hopefully tech support is in it today. It's frustrating bc I try to do my school stuff during non-work hours, but this can't be avoided.

Allison, if your hummingbird is still alive (which I'm wondering at this point - unless it's been downing sugar water constantly) I would call google animal/bird rehabbers in your area or call any local Audubon chapter or vet, or any wildlife or nature-type place might be able to recommend a rehabber. Often injured birds have injuries or diseases that aren't visible to the naked eye. A broken wing can be fixed. We get tons of calls at my office and end up transporting lots of injured birds to our local rehabber. Hummingbirds in particular have very great energy needs.

Andrea, sounds like you need to find a dog trainer, too.

Bill, being young was great. Scratches healed on the walk home. Sports were easy. Those were the days... ah well. We do the best with what we have now.

Have a great week everyone. :)

alinnell
03-10-2014, 10:00 AM
Sadly the bird did not survive. I really didn't think it would. It was pretty mangled. I feel bad though.

Andrea~there are dog trainers everywhere. I found this guy by a Google search. And then I read reviews on him on Yelp. I've found that usually people only complain about service on Yelp rather than give praise but this guy (and his partner in San Diego) had nothing but praise. I had originally planned on taking Bogey to a different place (who had great reviews on their site) but had a nagging worry about leaving him for up to 4 weeks at boot camp. I decided to check Yelp on them and it was nothing but complaints.

Anyway, Google dog trainers and really read what they can do. There is obedience which all dogs need, but it sounds like Loki has some aggression that needs to be ironed out. Be sure to see if they can work with aggression. I'm sure you can find someone. Good luck.

Sorry you were sick Megan. What a way to ruin a weekend. Feel better!

Bill~we're no spring chickens, are we?


Mudpie
03-10-2014, 10:24 AM
Good Morning! I rejoin the land of the living today. My alarm clock said 5:10 a.m. when I woke up. For me daylight savings "springing" forward is a real bonus. I think most of you are the other way and feel tired and cranky without that extra hour of sleep? :mad:

I am quite happy this morning as the dog sit will end tonite and I will have internet and can go about getting the tobacco smell out of all of my clothes, my hair, etc. Amazing that I'm still so sensitive to the smell after 30+ years of being a non-smoker. I have been gagging all week. :barf:

I am not going to weigh myself this week but will stay OP all week. DH is now quite confident that he has a permanent job and he's going to give weight loss a real shot. I will do what I can to support him while losing my own 6-7 lbs. that have piled on this winter.

Good week all!

Dagmar :D

paperclippy
03-10-2014, 11:03 AM
Good morning! Thanks for the advice about flicking the baby's hand. I will try it out tonight. As for which is more interesting, babies, or Carter . . . I have to say, the babies are more interesting, but Carter was much less work! :lol: He is due for his annual vaccines and his nails are enormous again. I'm wondering if they can knock him out, clean his teeth, trim his nails, and give him his vaccines all at once. He can't have his nails done without being knocked out so it seems like we might as well do his teeth at the same time. OTOH just getting him out for the nails requires less anesthesia than getting his teeth done. Hmmm....

Andrea, sorry about the dog. I would definitely recommend hiring a pro ASAP to help you out. Your local human society can probably give you a referral (as can your vet).

Megan, that sucks about the project submitting tech problems. Hopefully you can get it sorted out soon! Glad you are feeling better.

We had a messy weekend. I was home from work Friday for a meeting with our lawyer to review our estate planning stuff. It's finally warmed up enough to go outside so we took the girls to the park and they enjoyed going in the swings (the bucket style). Then sometime in the middle of the night Friday night, baby A started refusing her pacifier. Since usually nighttime wakings consist of us going in there and popping a pacifier in her mouth, this was pretty tough! In the morning she ate her breakfast bottle okay, but then started refusing all her bottles. We got her to eat a little by sippy cup but ended up mixing most of her milk into solids to get her to eat. I'm pretty sure she's teething.

In any case Saturday and Sunday were a big giant pain because of her bottle refusal, pacifier refusal, and fussiness, but she seems to have gotten over the worst of it and is eating again as of yesterday afternoon. Unfortunately refusing so much of her milk the previous day left her with less hydration and now she's really constipated. Sigh. DH made their oatmeal with prune juice instead of milk this morning to help things along so hopefully it will clear up soon. At least C has been eating fine the whole time and sleeping well too.

We decided to not change their schedule at all because of DST -- instead of going to bed at 6pm and getting up at 5:30am they would just switch to going to bed at 7pm and getting up at 6:30am. Of course last night they were overtired somehow and went to sleep at 6:45 instead of 7, then got up at 6 instead of 6:30. They are doing well with being switched to scheduled naps though so now their naptimes are 9am and 1pm regardless of everything else.

The only other new development is that A has decided she hates going to sleep, and will now cry as soon as we take her into the nursery. I want her to associate the nursery with sleep, so I don't want it to be a play room, but I don't want her to cry every time she goes in! Just babies being babies.

Sorry to ramble so much about babies, those guys have pretty much taken over my life.

traveling michele
03-10-2014, 11:27 AM
Jessica-- if Carter needs his teeth cleaned, definitely do it all at the same time. Dogs do well with anesthesia normally and he won't be under long. Sorry you are dealing with fussy babies-- sounds like you handled the time change well with them though.

Megan--- sorry you are having tech issues! Hope they resolve soon. I all of a sudden can't get my emails on my phone or iPad because my "user name or password is incorrect". Huh? I can get them at work though. Weird.

Dagmar-- fingers crossed this new job works well for dh and you can stress less about his stressors. I hear you on the tobacco smell. Everything in my parents' home reeked after they passed. We have some of their things in my garage and they still smell years later.

Hi to Bill, Allison and everyone else!

I had a nice weekend as dh came home from China. I was happy to have him home as he was flying when the news broke about the missing plane in China. I knew it wasn't his plane but I still wanted him home. I have my book fair next week so this week is a busy one planning/preparing for it. Dh and i are going to Napa for the weekend too so I'm trying to be extra good food wise so I can splurge on the weekend. I found out they are having "Taste of Yountville" while we're there which sounds amazing. You walk around sampling foods from some of the restaurants. The restaurants in that area are pretty amazing for the most part so I'm excited to see what is represented. The weather looks like it will be sunny and warm!

CalCounter1003
03-10-2014, 10:42 PM
Allison, I'm sure your son won't have trouble finding a job with a CS degree after graduation but it is important to try to get jobs doing anything IT in the summers. And if he can't find such a thing he needs to work on his own - perhaps learning Objective C (learning to write an ios app) or Java (writing an android app). He can learn it with the many tools online. Then get a github and publish there!

Dagmar - gosh no Internet AND cigarette smell too! I wouldn't have survived!

Jessica, I don't know how you do it with twins! My DD was such a difficult baby from 0-4.5 years -- if I had two of her, oh boy! But she turned out wonderful, after her exorcism at 4.5. Joking of course, but I always say that's what happened because she completely changed at 4 1/2.

Megan - sorry about your tech issues. As a professor, I hear so many excuses but if someone can prove that they did submit it, I would take it. However, I have to admit, I am more lenient than most. Probably because I teach HS also, so I have to give some leniency there and it carries over to my college classes I teach. Hope you are feeling better!

So ... my DD has had several interviews for a summer internship and she was hoping to stay in NYC for the summer. So far the only offer she has in Monterey, CA. So she took it! After consulting us, of course. I found a great deal on an apartment, in fact it's so good, I'm a little worried. Like is he going to kidnap her? (I know... but I must worry about these things!) Anyway, I am going to go out and stay with her - she has the apartment for 10 weeks (for the whole internship) and since I don't work summers I am going to go 4-5 weeks. I know you are thinking -- what? Let her be! Well, she wants me to. Since she left for college 3 years ago to go to NYC, I have barely visited. Last summer, she had an internship in London and she wanted me to go and I couldn't because I had a college class. This year I told the college - I am not teaching in the summer! And the plan was to visit her where ever she ended up. So CA it is! I've never been to CA, so I am quite excited! And I am going to maintain my weight loss while there! I am not sure if I can do my normal exercises because they are on DVDs and it looks like this is on the second floor, so while she is at work, I will walk and walk and walk and do whatever exercise I can. Also, I'm working on an App so I'll be doing that too! I am actually just going to get a one way ticket to visit and if it turns out she is super busy with work all the time or with people she meets there I will leave early. We won't do a lot during the week but on the weekends we will travel around!

Shannon in ATL
03-11-2014, 12:03 AM
I've always wanted to go to Monterey! It always sounds so pretty.

BillBlueEyes
03-11-2014, 05:14 AM
I'm so ready to spend a summer in Monterey! (California that is. There is a Monterey Massachusetts out near the New York border in the Berkshires - so that would be neat also.)

So many thing to do in Monterey, CA. Be sure to include at least one visit to the Giant Redwoods. Closest might be Muir Woods just 12 miles north of San Francisco which is always crowded but beautiful anyway. Paying to cross the Golden Gate bridge is a challenge since they photograph your license plate to collect tolls. Once you know that, it's easy to go online and figure out how. If you take your Easy Pass (or equivalent) with you the problem is solved.

I'm up early celebrating that my body is confused about this Daylight Savings Time. I have some tax work to do so the time won't be wasted.

Mudpie
03-11-2014, 06:50 AM
I'ts going to be above 0 degrees all days today. :yay:

Followed by snow all day tomorrow. :(

I definitely think March is the "cruelest month" for Canadians. We keep getting these little hints of spring, and then winter dumps on us again.

But spring is definitely coming.

Dagmar :cool:

paperclippy
03-11-2014, 09:16 AM
Dagmar, I am right there with you! Yesterday was in the 50's (F), and today will be too, and tomorrow we have a low of 7F and 2-4 inches of snow expected. Sigh. At least this time the snow that was already there is pretty much gone!

CalCounter - Monterey is lovely! Actually most of CA is lovely. Full disclosure, I grew up in LA. :lol: In any case the central coast is a beautiful place and there is plenty of outdoor stuff to do which helps with exercise. You're also only a couple hours from San Fransisco up there (but I would not recommend driving into SF, rather drive to the end of the BART line and take a train in). Now I'm homesick thinking about CA. Actually I always get homesick in March thanks to the crappy weather here! :lol3:

Megan1982
03-11-2014, 09:53 AM
Morning all,

We're getting teased by spring, too, but are also expecting more cold weather tomorrow. I jogged in a tank top yesterday for the first time this season. My poor BF is once again being hurt and stressed out by his family's drama. Last night he kept calling people - his dad, his mom, his BIL - and I knew he wouldn't get any resolution. I wish I could just shield him from it and make him not care.

I think I figured out what my tech problem is. I was added to the group for Spring 2013 in our online project submission forum, and I'm assuming this year's group is Spring 2014. I don't think I can add myself, someone with power must change my group. So I just submitted my project to the wrong group. My messages to our online support staff went unanswered yesterday but when I emailed her earlier this semester she was very responsive, so I sent a second email first thing this morning and hopefully will get switched into the right group. I'm glad this project is only worth 5 points of our final grade and I've done well on all the quizzes and tests I've taken so far. :dizzy:

CalCounter, I've heard great things about Monterey Bay! What kind of internship? Florida, NY, CA, your daughter is quite the country-wide traveler.

Bill, shouldn't the time change be making you sleep in instead of get up early? Glad you were able to find something productive to do.

Michele, GL prepping for book fair. I always loved it as a kid! Your weekend plans sound so fun!

Jessica, did A cut any teeth yet? Poor baby.

CherryPie99
03-11-2014, 10:49 AM
It's nice here today and I think I am actually going to be able to get outside to run at noon today BUT we have a winter storm warning for tomorrow where the temps will be dropping to 14 degrees and we are predicted to get 12-20 inches of snow. I may just completely lose my mind if that happens - so don't be concerned if I disappear.

I have a job interview in 1 hour. It's an advancement within the state system, but I would go from being a counselor to more of a supervisor and wouldn't be working with clients any more. I don't know if I can do that, but it would be a raise of at least $30,000 per year!

I might have a very tough decision to make depending on how this interview goes and I still don't know where I stand mentally on it!

silverbirch
03-11-2014, 10:55 AM
I have a job interview in 1 hour. It's an advancement within the state system, but I would go from being a counselor to more of a supervisor and wouldn't be working with clients any more. I don't know if I can do that, but it would be a raise of at least $30,000 per year!

I might have a very tough decision to make depending on how this interview goes and I still don't know where I stand mentally on it!

Good luck, Jen! Remember that you are interviewing them as well as the other way around. And you won't have to make a decision on the spot, will you? Even if they want you to ask you to decide immediately, you can ask for time to think it over. :hug:

bargoo
03-11-2014, 11:11 AM
Cal,I used to work in Monterey.It is a little bit touristy but you will soon learn the right places to go.Dont miss the aquarium

alinnell
03-11-2014, 11:28 AM
CalCounter~your DD sounds a lot like mine! You remember the terrible twos? Well we had the torrid threes and the furious fours! I remember one day she was particularly mad for any unknown reason and I'd had a bad day at work and only wanted to sit down, read the paper and relax with a glass of wine. Our house was set up with sliding doors in the living room and master bedroom and both were off the back patio. And my bedroom door locked. Since she refused to go to her room to calm down, I surreptitiously unlocked the living room slider, went to my room, locked the door, changed my clothes and then slipped out my slider and into the living room. All the while she furiously kicked at my bedroom door and wailed. As soon as she calmed down, I slipped back into my room and let her into the bedroom and it was as if nothing had happened. But had I confronted her with her bad mood she would have continued for the rest of the night.

Oh, and my son has already helped create a few Apple iPhone apps. He built a game by himself but never submitted it. He just wanted the practice. He's been a wiz at coding and such since middle school robotics class.

And Monterey is beautiful, but very cold (for me, the desert rat!).

Good luck on the interview, Jen! That would be a nice raise!

Tonight is Bogey's last obedience class and graduation. The transformation has been amazing. Last night and this morning I was able to get his food ready and feed him all the while he just sat and watched me. No more having to have DH hold his leash. No more tying his leash to the Jeep. No more of his jumping and trying to get to the food before I was done dishing. Next up is his e-collar training starting on Friday with the main goal to get him to stop wanting to chase the cats.

traveling michele
03-11-2014, 11:33 AM
Good luck Jen! Let us know how it goes!!

CalCounter-- Monterrey is so nice! And yes, go to the aquarium! Carmel is nearby and it is gorgeous too. I'm very jealous. I'm a little over an hour away so you could always come and visit me!

bargoo
03-11-2014, 12:10 PM
When in Monterey have lunch on the wharf and watch the otters play while you dine.

CherryPie99
03-11-2014, 12:43 PM
Back from the interview - I think it went really well - it was 4 people interviewing me and one guy on video conference.

It will be some time before they decide apparently - the state works SLOW.

Taking a job that I won't like nearly as well for 30,000 more a year (and in retirement)? Maybe I won't even need to make the decision, but my understanding is they only interviewed a few people....

joyofsix
03-11-2014, 01:37 PM
Just reading along. I hope dog graduation is great and the job interview works out.

CalCounter1003
03-11-2014, 07:54 PM
Wow! So many great tips for Monterey, thank you! I'm going to have to bookmark this page because in June I don't want to have to look through months of threads. Oh wait, there is a search feature!

Megan - She is a CS major (like her mom :)) Yes, she is quite the traveler, and last summer she was in London and every weekend she went to different cities/countries. I was a nervous wreck because she had to do a lot of it alone, she was the only intern at her work and there were two guys but they never wanted to do anything. The internship is some type of programming job, no idea in what language or anything.

Bargoo- I can't wait to see the otters! They look so cute!

Alison - that's great that your son has already written apps! He should submit them, it just looks better. Who cares if there are not many downloads! It shows he can get something done! Oh yes, it was awful from 0-4.5 with DD. I remember days like you described. At two weeks the pediatrician said "oh this one has a temper!" And I thought, what?! How can you tell? Was he ever right!11 The first fit she had was 11 months and they continued for years. If that nanny show had been on back then, I would have been tempted for an intervention, ha ha. My DS was the opposite, aimed to please like our golden retriever. But I am so blessed with how they both turned out as adults.

Jen - good luck! Sounds like a hard decision. More $ is awesome but not liking the job... IDK. But, you never know, you may love it! Especially when you get paid!

Michele-thanks I will!

CalCounter1003
03-11-2014, 08:59 PM
Just reading along. I hope dog graduation is great and the job interview works out.
I love your quote about excuses. I may look for a poster of that for my classroom, high school students. They are great kids, but they do have excuses!

Mudpie
03-12-2014, 08:58 AM
I have a very light day today - only 3 dogwalks. I'm so relieved that the nasty weather is happening today. Going to go and buy a small chest freezer this morning and then go to work. So strange not being rushed and trying to do 15 things at once this morning.

Kind of nice. I imagine retirement will be kinda like this. A small workday with a lot of time for all the other stuff.

Dagmar :coolsnow:

ICUwishing
03-12-2014, 10:20 AM
:wave: Working from home today - we are getting slammed with more snow and wind. We have about 5" down already and it appears it is supposed to keep falling through the day. Good thing DS is home to shovel it. :p

I've been lurking, as nothing has been happening that's worth posting. :shrug: I'm tired of winter and until I see a crocus bloom, it's not going to be "better".

alinnell
03-12-2014, 04:41 PM
Bogey graduated last night!
The photo should be public on Facebook, but if you can't see it let me know and I'll put it on my photobucket for you to see.
https://www.facebook.com/DreamDogsDogTraining/photos/a.10151865047771735.1073741983.107954281734/10151865050431735/?type=1&theater

CherryPie99
03-12-2014, 07:25 PM
OMG that is beyond AWESOME! Great job Bogey - Chakotay and Archer are barking claps of happiness you good boy!

CalCounter1003
03-12-2014, 11:10 PM
Bogey looks so sweet! Love the picture!

traveling michele
03-13-2014, 11:23 AM
Bogey graduated last night!
The photo should be public on Facebook, but if you can't see it let me know and I'll put it on my photobucket for you to see.
https://www.facebook.com/DreamDogsDogTraining/photos/a.10151865047771735.1073741983.107954281734/10151865050431735/?type=1&theater

He looks so proud! Congrats to you and Bogey!:carrot::D

Mudpie
03-13-2014, 05:54 PM
In one of those weird :eek: small world things I might be walking the dog that now lives at my former family home. The people who bought the house from me are looking for a dogwalker and asked my realtors for a referral. :shrug:

I am really interested to see their reno. I have always seen the house in my dad's old fashioned view - it would be really cool to see it updated and modernized. :yay:

Today was also weird in that I had to scrape ice off the INSIDE of my car windows. This winter has been most decidedly :crazy: weird. I'm going to go to a big flower show this weekend to convince myself that spring really IS coming.

And that I really have to start to DIET! :yikes:

Dagmar :sunny: :flow1:

saef
03-13-2014, 06:08 PM
Is every winter like this, and I just forget conveniently during the subsequent months?

I'm bundled up at my desk on my work from home day. No snow, but 40 mph winds and temperatures in the teens.

Just saying hi. Nothing much happening. I'm deeply itchy with the shingles, and sometimes aching, but the rash is getting smaller and the sores are scabbing over. Massive and extensive projects are coming my way at work. I've surely gained weight this week and feel unmotivated to restrict food, and it's been hard to drag myself to the gym. I think it will be easier if the weather relents and I'm feeling physically better.

Mudpie
03-13-2014, 06:38 PM
Is every winter like this, and I just forget conveniently during the subsequent months?

I'm bundled up at my desk on my work from home day. No snow, but 40 mph winds and temperatures in the teens.

Just saying hi. Nothing much happening. I'm deeply itchy with the shingles, and sometimes aching, but the rash is getting smaller and the sores are scabbing over. Massive and extensive projects are coming my way at work. I've surely gained weight this week and feel unmotivated to restrict food, and it's been hard to drag myself to the gym. I think it will be easier if the weather relents and I'm feeling physically better.

saef No, this winter is definitely the worst I've experienced in at least 15 years. I used to be able to go most of the winter without boots. This winter I've had to wear them every day. Precipitation used to be pretty consistent in winter - snow and a couple of sleet storms. Now it's God-knows-what. Temps used to be fairly consistent. Now they can vary in a several day span by as much as 25-30 degrees.

It's been a very hard winter. Every single person I've talked to who works outside feels that this has been the worst winter in at least a decade.

Dagmar :brr: :tired:

CalCounter1003
03-13-2014, 09:53 PM
The winter sounds terrible! I can't wait for spring for you all! I hereby reserve my right to complain about the awful heat in central Florida in the fall. We can deal with it in the summer but when fall comes you feel like it should cool down and it doesn't. DH and I want to retire somewhere else. But not as cold as what you all have.

BillBlueEyes
03-13-2014, 10:37 PM
Yep, it's cold out and predicted to get colder.

But, one small good news. I just attended an event with refreshments that I made into dinner and didn't over eat. I left good breads and cheeses UNTOUCHED.

Sometimes I act like I'm maintaining. Kinda nice.

Mudpie
03-14-2014, 06:19 AM
Yep, it's cold out and predicted to get colder.

But, one small good news. I just attended an event with refreshments that I made into dinner and didn't over eat. I left good breads and cheeses UNTOUCHED.

Sometimes I act like I'm maintaining. Kinda nice.

:bravo: Bill.

Dagmar :cool:

saef
03-14-2014, 09:06 AM
This morning was one of my periodic crashes. I overslept by two hours. At least I'm in gym clothes but I didn't make it to the gym. Yet. I'm pretty sure I'll get myself there by this evening. But in the meantime, I've got a lot of work to do.

I have no idea what I'll do this weekend. I think I'll do something. Eventually.

Clearly I need more coffee.

Megan1982
03-14-2014, 10:03 AM
Morning all,
TGIF. I've finally felt like I'm back into a good routine this week after a few weeks of work travels, a bad cold, and extra social events that led to extra cocktails. I realized a poor exercise week had stretched into 2 weeks so the dog and I have been hitting the bike path hard this week, and it feels good. I've been eating much more lightly the past few days, too. Like Bill says, I act like a maintainer sometimes. My parents are coming for their annual spring break trip next week, after changing their dates around many times. I'm looking forward to the trip since our plans to see each other in the past year have gotten derailed repeatedly by events out of our control, but am not as sure what we'll do. We usually do lots of active things and though my mom's back is much better, it's not where she usually is. We'll just have to see. I've already told BF he'll be giving lots of sailboat charters.

The winter sounds terrible! I can't wait for spring for you all! I hereby reserve my right to complain about the awful heat in central Florida in the fall. We can deal with it in the summer but when fall comes you feel like it should cool down and it doesn't. DH and I want to retire somewhere else. But not as cold as what you all have.

CalCounter, don't worry, I've got this crowd conditioned to hear it from me as well. I get cranky for 4 months. :cool:

Saef, sounds like you do need that coffee! Yes, you've been feeling poorly and the weather has been horrendous. It's not necessarily an excuse to overeat/not work out but given those events you have every reason to feel poorly and yes, perhaps get a little rest. Maybe some R&R is in order for the weekend. I'm going to finish my coffee now, too. Hang in there.

Great job Bill! "Sometimes I act like I'm maintaining." I understand completely.

Dagmar, what a nice circle: seeing a new family redo the house and walking their dog as you also start anew in your new house. Enjoy the flower show.

Allison, congrats on Bogey's graduation! I can't look at the FB picture from work but I can't wait to see what a handsome boy he is.

Does anyone have any plans for the weekend?

alinnell
03-14-2014, 10:23 AM
I gripe about the weather here in the summer when our temperatures hover above 110 degrees. We all have our weather gripes. Growing up in SLC, I used to say I wanted to live somewhere where it snows in the mountains but not the valleys. That is exactly where I am, so I shouldn't complain.

Today is Bogey's first personal training day. I can't wait! I'll report later, but I expect it will go well. Last week, during his evaluation, the trainer worked with him and his food bowl. The first week we had him, Bogey would lunge and jump and wreak havoc as I tried to dish his food. After that, I'd leash him to DH's jeep which basically forced him to sit and wait until I unleashed him. He was getting more and more patient but the trainer worked with him for about 5 minutes and now I don't have to leash him at all and he sits (without being told) and waits until given the signal (okay with a hand clap) to eat. The transformation is amazing! The ultimate goal will be allowing him off leash inside with the cats and knowing he won't lunge at them.

DH's sister and husband arrive today and will stay with us until Tuesday. Tonight I'm fixing a veggie laden pasta dish for dinner. MIL is bringing garlic bread. I should fix a salad, too, but with all the veggies in the pasta it seems superfluous. I suggested to DH that we go out on Saturday (but that depends on everyone else's plans). Sunday the kids are coming home to celebrate my birthday a day early and I'm fixing marinated flank steaks, salad and risotto. Oh, and I'm making a cake, too. I really shouldn't but my BFF sent me the recipe and it sounds wonderful so I have to try it.

CherryPie99
03-14-2014, 10:54 AM
You will never hear me complain about the heat. It cannot be too hot for me! I run in the summer at noon when it is 90 degrees and 60% humidity - everyone worries about me and that I'm going to get heat stroke but I LOVE it.

I'm starting tomorrow off with the Shamrock Run where I'm going to wear the tutu DH got me - I'm okay with looking like a fool! This weekend I also have to get our basement all prepared for the new baby chicks that are coming in a week or so! We keep the babies inside for a while before transitioning them into the coop with the adults.

I am desperately trying to maintain a positive mental attitude and not let this miserable weather pull me into the darkness that has been looming....

Jen

Mudpie
03-14-2014, 05:43 PM
You will never hear me complain about the heat. It cannot be too hot for me! I run in the summer at noon when it is 90 degrees and 60% humidity - everyone worries about me and that I'm going to get heat stroke but I LOVE it.

I'm starting tomorrow off with the Shamrock Run where I'm going to wear the tutu DH got me - I'm okay with looking like a fool! This weekend I also have to get our basement all prepared for the new baby chicks that are coming in a week or so! We keep the babies inside for a while before transitioning them into the coop with the adults.

I am desperately trying to maintain a positive mental attitude and not let this miserable weather pull me into the darkness that has been looming....

Jen

You have baby chicks? - AWWW! :love: Pictures, I want pictures. Just in time for Easter. So sweet. :egg:

And you will rock that tutu Jen. Again I demand pics! :p

Dagmar :twirly:

shcirerf
03-14-2014, 10:59 PM
I rarely post here, but follow along, daily.

WINTER can DIE anytime NOW! I'm over it!

I want sunshine! I want to garden! I want to not FREEZE, and wear 16 gajillion layers of clothes, and boots that make me look like bigfoot, to just dump the garbage!

And, the new roof at work, yup, it dumps snow and ice on my head in the morning as we are taking boarding dogs in and out. Sick of dodging that too!:dizzy:

CherryPie99
03-15-2014, 03:44 PM
Back from the race - you ready??

http://i61.tinypic.com/qphqvk.jpg

MISERABLE race conditions -cold with a strong wind and blinding wet snow. My goal was to finish under 40 minutes (it was a 5 miler) and I finished in 38:51. Took 2nd place for my age group.

Dagmar - the chicks are ordered but not hatched yet. I have to get everything ready - making sure the heat lamps work, putting down fresh bedding, that type of thing. I will post pics though as soon as we get them!!

Jen

Megan1982
03-15-2014, 04:43 PM
LOVE the tutu Jen!!! For some reason St. Patty's day had me picturing green. Rainbow is so much better!!! Great job!!!!:kissluck:

Mudpie
03-15-2014, 06:19 PM
Jen You look great :cp: - the tutu, leg warmers (tights?) and shoes all compliment one another. Great job on the race too! :bravo:

Dagmar :D

CalCounter1003
03-16-2014, 12:11 AM
Jen, that's awesome! Just read some of your blog and goal post... Wow what an inspiration you are! I am inspired to try to run now! You look amazing! I thinks it great you came in second in your age group. I'm thinking by the time I can race like that I'll be the only one in my age group so I'll get first.

My DD is home for spring break this week. Today we went to an outdoor farmers market and all she could say was "wow, oh my gosh, I can't believe how nice it is outside". Of course I was wearing jeans and a light jacket. She has on shorts, flip flops and tank. She admitted how brutal the winter has been this year (she never complains to me on phone about it). We are both just busting about going to CA.

We went out to breakfast and I got sick afterwards. We have this thing where we get a healthy omelet and a decadent pancake or waffle and split the two meals. In the past I could eat just the pancakes myself but she has never been able to eat just something sweet for breakfast so we started this split two breakfast thing years ago. Maybe because I haven't eaten such a sweet thing like that for breakfast in a long time it made me sick, I don't know. There were two teachers out last week with a stomach bug, I sure hope it's not that. I feel fine after resting. I really can't afford to miss school days, not money, but with what I still need to teach the kids, so hopefully all will be fine. I am taking off Friday to be with DD because I won't see her again until CA.

CherryPie99
03-16-2014, 08:52 PM
Thanks everyone - I know it was full on dork, but I'm ok with that :))

Calcounter - glad you enjoyed my blog. Running has taught me how AMAZING the human body truly is. I ran my first mile outside EVER IN MY LIFE - in May 2011 and it took me 16 minutes. In May 2013 I ran my first 1/2 marathon with each mile being around 8 minutes. How a body can change and adapt is so stunning to me.

There's nothing whatsoever special about me - if I can do it anyone can!!

bargoo
03-16-2014, 10:53 PM
Back from the race - you ready??

http://i61.tinypic.com/qphqvk.jpg

MISERABLE race conditions -cold with a strong wind and blinding wet snow. My goal was to finish under 40 minutes (it was a 5 miler) and I finished in 38:51. Took 2nd place for my age group.

Dagmar - the chicks are ordered but not hatched yet. I have to get everything ready - making sure the heat lamps work, putting down fresh bedding, that type of thing. I will post pics though as soon as we get them!!

Jen

Love it!