Thursday, July 26, 2012

Just Some Updates

So I have another migraine. I've felt it trying to come on since Tuesday. At least it picked a day when I have no obligations.

I'm thinking I should probably talk to the doctor again. That is, if I can get an appointment. I'm just not sure the Verapamil is working like we want it to. I've been having more migraine symptoms lately, just not always with a migraine. I also need to have them check my cholesterol. Apparently high cholesterol runs in my family. Yay. And mom said I should make sure they start checking my thyroid since we have a history of thyroid problems, too. Yay again.

I went to my friend and fellow migraine sufferer's house this morning. We just sat and chatted while our dogs wore each other out. Her baby boy was napping for most of it. Her husband is getting home from his deployment today and of course she woke up with a migraine today. We both have arthritis as well, just in different joints.

I'm starting to realize just how close J's real deployment is. As in, this time he really will deploy. We have no set dates yet, and probably won't until a week or two before he takes off, but I know he'll be gone by Christmas.

I'm planning on doing a little shindig for Chanukah this year, inviting my good friends. I'm also planning on telling my family they are not allowed to come spend Christmas with me. I'm not the biggest Christmas fan as it is. I think I would like to do a Christmas dinner with my good friend Kristy, whose husband will be in the same place as mine. Otherwise, I want quiet time with my critters. And Dr. Who specials. I hope they have them. If not I can watch past Dr. Who Christmas specials on netflix or something.

Ok. I need to get off the computer now. Gotta eat something and then I'm going to crash on the couch for a while. 

Friday, July 20, 2012

Soy Un Perdedor

Been a while since you saw that title, eh?

Stepped on the scale this morning and was back down to 152. Not entirely sure how I did it, but then again I'm not entirely sure how I put the weight back on to begin with. I'll just go with it. Keep doing what I'm doing and hope it works.

I did manage to get some activity in, at least a walk, every day this week. Plus the previous week I could some extra activity by hitting the pool with J a few times.

Today, however, I am tired. Yesterday was an emotional roller coaster ride for no real reason at all, and I think it wore me out. Emotions make me tired.

I honestly don't have anything else to talk about. Did I tell you about the dog park? The post put one right by the pool. It's right on our walking and running route, so as long as Rem's not a total stinker when we go out, he gets to stop at the park. He loves it. He's usually the only dog there, but he just HAS to go in every time and sniff around.

OH, and we got him a doggy couch. It's cute. He's learning to use it. Last night J was on the big couch, I was on the love seat, and Rem was on his doggy couch. I would post a pic but they are on my phone. Oh well. They're on facebook, under mobile uploads. Look it up.

Guess that's it for now. Just wasting time till J gets home and we can go to Toro for some super tasty burgers and sweet potato fries. Mmmmmmmmmmm.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

New Kicks

Decided to try the New Balance WT00s and see if the fabric holds up better. They are comfy and a great color. I tried on their road shoe also (this is the trail shoe) but the store guy said the road shoe sole gets torn up easily and he wouldn't recommend it for running on dirt, which I do.

First run will probably be tomorrow morning. I'll post again if I have any issues. As you can see, Rem seems to approve.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Cleaning Update

I got tons of advice from all kinds of people, and it's helping.

I posted that cleaning schedule on my fridge in a plastic sheet protector. I mark off the chores each day as I do them. I just started week 2.

Week 1 went well. I did end up with a bit of a migraine on Friday and didn't get the master bath done, but I knocked it out this morning. I think it might work.

For my "once a months" I'm going to do that thing on the week it's next to. So this week I pull out the movable furniture (couches, chairs, any shelves that are easy to move) and suck up all the dog hair that collects there. Some of the furniture, mostly shelves, is hard to move and will get done during big cleaning sprees.

I would love to start doing a spring cleaning in preparation for Passover. I haven't even been able to celebrate Passover the past few years, but I'll be home for it next year and have some girlfriends who would be interested in coming.

Anywho, the cleaning is going well. I have a basket that I drop my purse and stuff in, which has helped to keep me from losing my keys, sunglasses, etc.

In other parts of my life, I'm training for the Iron Soldier Spring Triathlon at the end of September. I made some saddle adjustments on my bike that make my ride much easier. J and I have been hitting the pool as often as we can. And I got the same hole in my running shoes as the last pair, right at the arch. I'm going to try on some New Balance zero drops and think I will try a pair of those to see how they hold up. The Merrells lasted 9 or 10 months, which is pretty good. But I would love for them to last longer.

Weight is still a struggle. I still have those 5 pounds that I put back on. I did get a new Gordon Ramsay Healthy Appetite cookbook, though. Can't wait to try some of these recipes!

And now I have a cleaner house to try them in. Yay!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

An Ode to Duke

I was going to enter a cat story contest Purina is hosting, but they only give me 600 characters (that includes spaces) to tell the story. I can't make it happen. I have too much to say. So I'm posting here instead.

Safety Cat

First, I should mention Lenore, our first cat. We call her the Spawn of Satan. She was evil in cat form. She attacked us out of nowhere, and even after J threw her against a wall once (literally), she came running back to attack again. She was EVIL.

We had her for 2 years before I couldn't take anymore. J would have stopped after 1 year. There's more, but I'll leave it for now. We turned her over to the local Humane Society on my birthday, 2004. J proposed to me the same day and felt so guilty. It all worked out in the end.

We got married on July 23, 2005. J left for Basic Training on August 19, 2005. I brought home Duke on August 24, 2005.

Duke obviously loved people. He was also already neutered and declawed when they found him, making his adoption price pretty cheap. He was mostly grown, 1 1/2 to 2 years, when I got him. He was fat and lazy. That checked off all the items on my list.

Duke had been found and turned in to the Humane Society as a stray, but he was already neutered and declawed when found, meaning he was owned previously. J and I have since come to some conclusions about his previous owners. Let me explain...

When I adopted Duke, I was commuting to work, and working full time. He didn't like me leaving. I could hear him crying when I left. I don't know if he cried all day, but he cried when I left. He also had an issue with men, which we discovered when J came home from AIT for Christmas. Duke would flinch and duck his head if J raised his voice at all, even in a fun, positive way.

So, we're pretty sure Duke formed a relationship with a woman or women, and was abused (i.e. hit on the head) by a man or men. However, after some love and attention, and patience, Duke learned to love men. In fact, his favorite cat sitter in Kansas was a guy. He LOVES Justin.

So, about my cat, and why I love him. He's a snuggler. He loves people, greets them at the door, and if he sits next to you/on you, you know he likes you. If he starts grooming your hair, he thinks you are part of his family. He's also super patient with kids. This was a worry after having Lenore. I would never have let little kids near her, but we had my sister, bro-in-law, and nieces visit after getting Duke. He was amazing. He let Carrin play doctor on him for 10 minutes before letting out a weird kitty growl to let us know he was done. Never so much as a bite (even though he gives me "love bites" all the time). He's shown the same patience with every little kid that is old enough to pet him. Attention is all he needs. He pretty much ignores babies.

I remember at least one occasion, on the rare occasions that I cry (yes, they are rarer than you may think), when Duke would come to me and lick my tears. Yes, they are salty, but he doesn't always like salty food. He also tends to snuggle me more when I'm sick or migrainey. He just knows.

Finally, there's the dog. Duke hated it when we brought him home. He hid upstairs for months. The first few weeks, I had to bring him downstairs just to eat. That's saying a lot for a fat cat that's obsessed with food. Over time, a few months, he learned to put up with the dog. Now, when I come home with pup after we've been away a while (like if Rem stays at the kennel while we travel), he has to have a minute to sniff the dog and make sure everything is OK with him. As much as Duke would never admit it, I think he loves his brother dog.

There is so much more I can say about my cat. I love him to pieces. The past year has been hard on me, dealing with his Feline Leukemia and the consequences of that. But he is healthy right now, and lovey. He seems more playful than ever after we started his prescription food (for urinary tract health), and I often find his favorite toys (yellow mouse and frog) have moved while I've been gone. Especially when Rem and I go for our morning walks/runs and Duke has the house to himself. It's funny, but he likes to take his toys into our bathroom to play. Maybe he's anticipating the drink from the bathtub faucet that he'll get when I return (which he cries for). Duke will race us into the bathroom to get his drink.

Recently, I've stopped filling a separate bowl of water for Duke. He drinks more from the dog bowl, probably because it gets filled more often, and he likes fresh water. But, just that he's willing to drink from the same bowl as the dog means a lot to me. He has accepted Remy as part of our family. He has included him with the rest of us.

OK, one last thing. We sometimes call him the Duke of Flop. He has this habit of flopping over, not laying but flopping over, onto his side. It's to give you his belly, like a submissive dog. He wants belly rubs. Like a dog. He also tends to headbutt things when he wants love. He'll headbutt the bathtub and it doesn't even phase him. Whatever is in front of him when he wants love, he headbutts. I love that. When I want to show that I love him, I bonk heads with him.

He still annoys me with this noisy baths, his drooliness, and his paw on my face in the middle of the night, but I love this cat to pieces. He is my kitty, my first kid, and I wouldn't trade him for the world. 

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Cleaning (Sigh)

I made myself a monthly schedule. I went with a whole month so I can add some monthly items in, like pulling out the couches and vacuuming under and behind those. I plan to laminate it, probably with contact paper, and hang it on my pantry door. I'll use a dry erase marker to mark off the items as I complete them each day. This lets me mark off my monthly items when they are done as well.

But I keep thinking I'm forgetting some things, so I'm posting it here.
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Let me explain a couple things: You'll notice I put the cat box on there. My cat isn't picky, but I really should clean his box more than once a week, if just to keep his room from getting so stinky. I have vacuuming instead of sweeping, because I use a stick-vac on my hard floors. It takes care of dog hair much better than a broom. I have my side notes in red on Sunday, those are just notes. I will wipe down the bathtub weekly, but I like to give it a good scrub every so often, especially with the hard water buildup we get here. Oh, and "declutter" is time to sort things and put things away if I didn't put them away when I was done with them.

I didn't really schedule in cleaning the upstairs at all. We rarely use that bathroom, so it's something I can tidy up when we are having guests.

What am I forgetting? I'm sure there's something I didn't think of. I haven't printed it yet, so please make suggestions!

I thought about doing a cleaning caddy, but I don't know that I really need one. It's something I can do later if I find I need it. I already make my own cleaning wipes and I love that. I also have a spray bottle I can put my all purpose cleaner in. I'm careful with what I use because my dog licks everything.

I think the dog just farted. OMG.

Anywho, I started putting our weekly menu on the fridge a while back, and it's helped both J and I keep track of what we're eating and not let the food go bad before we can cook it. I think having a schedule posted might help me clean also. As of right now, I'm planning to get the chores done when J leaves for work in the morning. I usually get up and do something active while he's at PT, then we clean up and eat breakfast together, and he goes to work. Unless I have something I have to get to, I can get my chores done then and get them out of the way. I'll try to start doing this next week, with extra time to clean the current mess up to maintenance stage.

Yay! I feel somewhat accomplished. Now I'm going to get a little sewing done and try to clean house a bit. When J gets home, we're hoping to hit the pool and do some laps.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

In Need of Advice

Most of my local girlfriends follow me here, so I can ask for advice.

I'm a messy person. I always have been. J knew this when we started dating. He knew it when we moved in, when we got engaged, when we got married. He still isn't used to it, and eventually we argue a little about the state of the house.

I've never been very organized. I'm a stacker. I like to make stacks and piles, and then leave them there. Fortunately, I'm not a afraid of germs or dirt. Or maybe that's unfortunately, since it would probably help me keep a cleaner house.

I see my friends' houses and don't know how they do it. Especially the ones with kids. How do you keep your counter so clean? How do you keep things put away?

Another part of the problem is that I don't like cleaning. I mean, sometimes I actually say, "Oh, let's do some dishes. That sounds like the thing to do now." Sometimes. Other times I look at my dirty dishes and want to just throw them away and get new ones. I hate vacuuming, but have to do it because the dog sheds. I can't stand sweeping. I hate mopping. I actually don't mind cleaning the tub from time to time.

Can you believe I spent a summer in college as a housekeeper at a hotel?

So, my friends, let me pose some questions:

How often do you do dishes that can't go in the dishwasher?
How often do you vacuum and mop?
How much does your husband help out with chores, and which chores?
How do you keep your counters and tables clean?
Do you have a system of chores or keeping things clean?
If I made dinner and drinks, would you clean my house? (only half kidding on that)

Any advice is welcome here. If you want to come over and give me ideas, let me know.

I know some of it is just getting off my lazy ass (and off the computer) and getting things done. But I'll clean, and it all goes back to where I started. How do I keep it clean?

Final note - I'm glad y'all love me despite my messiness.