Monday, December 31, 2012

New Year's

Today I spent my afternoon at work and was lucky enough to get to leave early; for whatever reason people are smart enough to not all want surgery over the holidays. That will change soon though; give it a couple of weeks when all the surgeons return from the Cayman Islands. My shift was fairly uneventful, except for the non-patient who projectile vomited right beside me in the cafeteria; talk about an appetite suppressant- I wasn't hungry the rest of the day (anyone surprised? no?).

Anyways, I'm now getting to enjoy my New Year's Eve with a glass of wine, my furbabies, and the TV (AB has to work the night shift). There was one year where I went to a party for NYE but to be honest, it's just not my thing. I prefer drinking on my couch by the fire in my own home. No need to dress up and go out just to spend time in a strange bathroom half the night (peeing, I have a small bladder).

Now that I've deleted my FB as of 30 minutes ago (and backed up all of my pictures) I have a LOT of extra time to do other things, namely clean, read, and plan some healthier meals. I will get more in shape in 2013 damnit! Let's see if this time I make it without being weak (and I'm talking about FB and eating better).

I wish everyone a Happy & Safe New Year's! I guess the Mayans were wrong...

Sunday, December 30, 2012

15 Healthy New Year's Resolutions (Borrowed)

I found this post (ie I did NOT write it!) over on The Frisky and wanted to share the "meat" of it on here (because it's all good advice). The bold sentences are the borrowed resolutions but I put some of my thoughts next to a few of them. As I mentioned in one of my previous posts, I suck at keeping resolutions, and although most of these are common sense, they are good suggestions regardless.


1. Only eat when sitting down- I need to work on this. The key is not bringing everything to the sofa and then sitting down and watching TV while eating. I can put away some food when not paying attention!
2. Use small dinner plates
3. Park in the back row at the grocery store- Unless you're at the WalMart in a scary city. Then don't park so far away.
4. Take the stairs at work- I really need to do this more...but the elevator is soooo much easier. I do take the stairs down though; it's a peeve when someone takes the elevator DOWN one floor. Really?
5. Switch out coffee for green tea- I just started liking coffee (specifically from Raleigh Coffee Company, which was started and is owned by one of AB's cousins) so this one is a toss up.
6. Sign up for a 5K- Been there, done that. I'm not a runner. I' haven't run in months and surprise! My knees quit popping and hurting. I think I'll stick with the treadmill and elliptical.
 7. Give your spouse one compliment a day- My husband and I need to work on this...
8. Start a journal- That's what I have this blog for...when I use it...
9. Ditch naysayers- For now that's impossible- I work in a career with women as the majority. It's hard to avoid anything negative when swimming in a sea of estrogen.
10. Find more positive friends- Or in my case just find friends? I like being antisocial though; less commitment.
11. Give up soda- Good, but I don't drink it much anyways.
12. Sign up for a class- I'll count starting riding lessons as a class.
13.  Turn off the local news- Super depressing; I don't read/watch it anyways.
14. Commit to vegan days- What? No meat? Probably healthier though.
15. Read more- Already on top of it! See "Books" tab at top of page.

Happy 40th Anniversary...

...to my parents! Love them both very much.























Saturday, December 29, 2012

Goals for 2013

I don't really like making resolutions, because I always fail at them; usually within the first month. This year I'm settings goals- things that I want to achieve by the end of the year or manage to consistently do throughout the year. I figure if I put them on my blog I'm held more accountable than when I write it on a sticky note and promptly lose it.

  • Do 1 random act of kindness every week for the entire year (and hopefully record it on this blog so I know I did something)
  • Blog at least 4 times a week. I've had this blog for 4 years and every year I go MIA for months
  • Exercise every single day for a minimum of 30 minutes regardless of the weather, if I'm working or not, or my mood. This doesn't include the 2 walks/day the dogs get. I'm not aiming for weight loss this year but I would LOVE to be more in shape- preferably a 6-pack although even a 2-pack would be fabulous
  • Get back into riding horses and comfortably be jumping 2' by the end of the year (my first lesson is next week so that's a start)
  • Relearn to play "Wedding Day at Trouldhagen" on the piano. It's the last piece I played when taking lessons from my Grandma; it was long and hard so if I can play it again I'm doing well
  • Buy a bike and then start riding it. AB loves mountain biking; I don't think I've even sat on one for several years
  • Visit somewhere tropical...b/c it's time to and my passport never gets used
  • Read at least 1 book a week (and be sure to list it on here for others to try)
  • Pay off the vet credit cards- while this is personal everyone on here knows my dog is being treated for cancer and most people can assume it's not cheap
  • Start writing a book. As a second part to that, write several chapters before giving up and dumping it in the recycle bin. I'm thinking I should participate in NaNoWriMo 2013 in November...
  • Find a job I enjoy (don't laugh, I'm sure it's possible)
  • Do a better job of staying in touch with relatives. How I plan to do that TBD
  • Be done with Facebook...for real this time
There are plenty of other things I need or want to do, but maybe if I aim low[er] I'll actually succeed at most of them. Any support is appreciated.

Chemo Week 1

Stetson is on Day 8 following his first dose of carboplatin chemotherapy. So far, nothing has changed and his potential side effects appear to be well prevented. He's still eating (although picky like always), has plenty of energy, and has no apparent GI disturbances (thank goodness). I took him to the vet this morning for his post-chemo blood work and the vet just called to say that everything looks good. 3 more treatments to go- there's more info under the ASAC tab on the top of the page.

Stetson & Penny: A Portrait

(This may actually be one of my favorites)

Penny Love












Friday, December 21, 2012

Stetson's Surgery, etc

I know, I know, I've been incredibly slack about updating Stetson's surgery, recovery, etc! Everything that has happened should now show up under the ASAC tab at the top of my page. Some of the pictures are graphic, but to be honest, when I was researching the surgery and recovery, there was almost NOTHING that was relative to what my own dog was going through (most of the anal gland removals were non-cancer related). Hopefully someone can get useful information from my experiences.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

ASAC

My dog Stetson was recently diagnosed with anal sac adenocarcinoma; if you're interested in reading about his diagnosis, surgery, and further treatment, please click on the tab up top labeled "ASAC".

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Suckvember & Such

November is from this point on known as Suckvember in our household; Thanksgiving is now known as Sucksgiving. Why you ask? My first cat Callie died of heart disease over Thanksgiving back when I was in college. My cat Harrison passed away last year from heart disease over Thanksgiving. This year? Our betta fish Wally just died of dropsy and my dog Stetson was diagnosed with anal sac adenocarcinoma. So needless to say, screw the 11th month of the year from here on out.

In other less depressing news, we adopted a 6 month old kitten from the Durham Animal Shelter. She came with the name Penny and since she answers to it, we left it alone. She's crazy soft and a total nut. We adopted her because she seemed so sweet and cuddly; we got her home and discovered the mask on her face has been hiding her deviancy. Luckily it only took a few days for my cat Indy to accept her (ie tolerate her) and only a week for her to calmly be in the same room with the dogs.






Sunday, October 21, 2012

Washington

I haven't blogged at all over the past week (obviously) because I went to visit my sister, brother-in-law, and nephew in DuPont, Washington. I don't carry my laptop when I travel on planes- mainly because I'm too lazy to deal with the hassle at the airport- so I figured I would just wait until I got home to update anything. I flew my first red eye last night, and while I still had to sleep some when I got home, I have to admit that I liked spending an entire day visiting before getting on a plane to sleep. In other words, when I traveled I didn't miss a thing (other than some shut eye because our pilot managed to get us from Seattle to Atlanta in under 4 hours). I also didn't take many pictures but here's my trip, in bullets:
  • Saturday October 13- Arrived in Seattle around 11am- my sister picked me up and we went to Ikea so she could get some furniture. Ikea's are awesome. Went back to DuPont and spent the rest of the evening with her family. My nephew is the most adorable kid ever.
  • Sunday October 14- Got up early to drive to Puyallup and run a 5K- it was my sister's first 5K ever so it was neat that I got to be there for it. The race was called the "Haunted Hustle 5K & 10K" and people showed up in all sorts of neat costumes. My sister, nephew, and I dressed up as candy corn; we managed to finish together in 34:29.
  • Monday October 15-Friday October 19- We spent a lot of time chasing my nephew around the block. The area my sister lives in is FULL of walking/running trails that go on for miles; I'm very jealous. We did some outlet shopping (I super-love Under Armour now), I went to my first Cabela's store (could totally live out of that store), we did some 30 minute runs around her apartment and a 4 mile hike at Nisqually Nature Reserve, I met some of her friends, and we watched several good movies (Memento, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, Rango, Spiderman, Dark Shadows, Madagascar 3). Oh, and between my sister and I we accomplished a lot of good cooking.
  • Saturday October 16- The 4 of us took another trip to Cabela's and then I spent the rest of the day doing laundry and getting ready for my flight (which was completely uneventful thank goodness).
I will definitely miss the 3 of them very much, but luckily my husband and I are flying out there in January and heading to Whistler, BC for a week with my sister, nephew, and mom.
Candy corn

About to cross the finish line

The Brownings on base

Chasing the kid down the Nisqually boardwalk

Pretty trees

My first Cabela's


My nephew fascinated with himself...



Working the candy corn outfit

Watching something Elmo-related

Running through legs

Upside down

Mom swinging baby around

Looking at something in Nisqually

Riding the escalator (about 10x)