Saturday, February 26, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
**We usually don't eat out on Valentine's Day, but I'm still surprised to find out that Olive Garden is the most popular dining destination on this Hallmark holiday, according to Google.
** I have most of these essential kitchen tools. I need to use some of them more often though!
** Check out what KFC cooks abroad. I guess they don't HAVE to sell us crap, they just choose to sell us the Double Down and other "food" products. But I still love their cole slaw. It must have crack in it.
** I would like to make perfect roasted potatoes, which I found from a link on brokeandchic.com (same as the interview above.)
** A whole lemon can be used to make something that gets great reviews: whole lemon bars. And I think I can follow this recipe!
** Surprise--working folks might find cooking dinner on work nights to be difficult or think it can seem like drudgery!
** I try not to follow TOO many food blogs, but OMG...Oatmeal, Cranberry, Walnut cookies and No Crust Quiche. I need to find more time to cook...
Thursday, February 24, 2011
When I started listening to the book, it seemed pretty simple. As I continued to listen, I found that it IS simple, but it reminds the listener of things we know, but don't know. I found parts of the book powerful enough that I would listen to this book again; I would even consider purchasing the audiobook myself.
This is not a diet book--it is about my relationship with my body. *sigh* I do not have a good relationship with my body. But I do know, more or less, how I want to live--I want to live a healthy, active life. And that is his focus.
I would summarize this book by comparing it to a budgeting tip that suggests thinking "do I need this?" as part of the spending decision (put a post-it in your wallet, on your cards). He is essentially saying: think about everything you bring into your house, put in your pantry or refrigerator, or consume: "does this help me live the life I want to live?" The answer doesn't have to be yes, but we should be aware of this decision.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Since Cassi was not in class, we went with the 16 inch (jump height) dogs. The first sequence was set up in three rows, first a tunnel, then two jumps (long-wise, same direction as the tunnel), then the weaves. There was also a jump on each end of the grouping. We sent the dogs over the end jump, through the weaves, over the other end jump, into the tunnel. While in the tunnel, we only came halfway, to pull over the jumps in the middle, ending with the end jump. (The three jumps made a serpentine.) Teka had trouble going in the tunnel if I didn't get right there with her, but she did her weaves just fine.
Next, we worked on a jump sequence. Teka had trouble with the around-out section on one end (pushing)but not the other (pulling). All of the dogs were having trouble with sniffing in this exercise; it sounds like puppy class (lots of treats on the ground) is the night before.
Our last exercise was a distance exercise. A dog walk and a teeter were parallel, with a tunnel on one end and a jump on the other. Teka wanted to skip the jump every time. I have trouble with distance on the tunnel with her, having to go in closer than anyone else does. But she does the dog walk and the teeter without any issues, no matter what I'm doing or where I am. I should get my tunnel out at home and work on this more...
The instructor (I'm not sure of her name but I think she used to be with Jumping Chollas?) was running her dog in our group too and not paying much attention to what her dog was doing at the the end of the leash while she was watching the other students, so I told her that Teka is not polite with other dogs. What a huge mistake. She spent the rest of the class asking if we tried this (Cesar Milan method) and we tried that (socializing) and on and on. At one point, I commented that people don't believe me when I tell them about Teka, until she snaps at their dog--and then they won't let their dog around her; the instructor commented and acted surprised that people would do that. Then she walked around Teka with her dog (without asking me) and then declared that Teka was fine, see, she didn't react at all. Well, actually, yes, Teka did react--she was giving me that look that means she's nervous. I tried to give the instructor a bit of a brush-off and I guess she finally got the hint. She said that she wasn't trying to nag, so I interrupted her and said that we have been dealing with this for a long time (which she already knew from the original conversation that she partially or completely ignored) and we don't want to deal with it in her agility class. It's Teka's time to have fun and work with me on agility training. I don't know if she really got it but she acted like she did.
So does caramel coloring in sodas. (We already know that aspartame in diet sodas is killing us.)
But maybe we'll just evolve like the bottom feeding tomcod, a Hudson River fish that has evolved in the past 50 years to resist toxic PCBs.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
I also received some tips on caring for roses in the desert, which led to when to prune roses in Arizona, and I'll have to go back to read some additional information on planting trees.
Next we worked on the channel weaves, with three jumps set up to give three different entry points. This let us work on weaves and front crosses while practicing different entries. Teka did really well and was very excited about doing well. In fact, she really made a decision to complete the set once while I was moving away.
Our last exercise was the four weave entry exercise. There was a jump at each end to work on entries again. Teka did pretty well, although she had trouble with one of the entries, so we repeated it a couple times.
She stayed very upbeat throughout class, even with a dog being too close for her comfort during our last exercise. So I let her take a turn on some of the contact obstacles that were still out. She did the teeter, the dog walk and the table with a down. She acted like it was a fun reward!
Next we had a sequence of four jumps in a straight line, with a contact box after the third jump. We took the jump bars off for Cassi. She ran around the box the first time, so we backchained the sequence, starting with the third jump. She did really well throughout the sequence then. In fact, my partners were excited about her speed and she hit the box each time.
Next, we worked on the dog frame. Since I didn't want her to jump, we just started midway on the ramp and let her run down to the treat pouch. Next, we did the A-frame, still low, and her speed was very good. In fact, A was as excited as me about the way Cassi leaped over the apex. It was kind of a breakthrough for Cassi. There was no hesitation--she just leapt over the point of the A-frame.
D was not there tonight, so she left instructions with A. Those instructions included that she wanted Cassi to skip the teeter. It sounds like the reason was due to Cassi's fear of the plank in our last class. So D wants to be there when Cassi works on the teeter or plank again.
Monday, February 21, 2011
Sunday, February 20, 2011
(B) Bed Size: King
(C) Chore You Hate: Cleaning the bathroom (toilet included)
(D) Dogs? Two--Cassi the Weimaraner and Teka the Vizsla
(E) Essential Start Your Day Item: required--medicine; essential--doggie love
(F) Favorite Color: Yellow
(G) Gold or Silver? Gold
(H) Height: 5'7"
(I) Instruments You Play: Piano (okay, not really, but I try--and would be a lot better if I tried more often)
(J) Job Title: Staff Planner (or wife. or pet mother.)
(K) Kids: 2 dogs and 2 cats. Oh, human kids? borrowed (nieces and nephews or friends' kids)
(L) Live: in Arizona
(M) Mom's Name: Mom
(N) Nicknames: Vee, Ginia, Honey, Virgi, Ginny....
(O) Overnight Hospital Stays? yes, more than should be allowed at my age
(P) Pet Peeve: over-connected people (yes, you can put your phone away for an entire meal/movie/10 minutes)
(Q) Quote from a Movie: "I want you to know, despite my appearance at this function, I remain now, and will always be, the Duckman."
(R) Right or Left Handed? Right, but I was born left-handed
(S) Siblings: Lots!
(T) Time You Wake Up? 6:30am, more or less
(U) Underwear: yes :P
(V) Vegetable You Dislike: cooked carrots
(W) What Makes You Run Late: hitting snooze (more than once) and trying to do too much before I leave the house
(X) X-Rays You've Had Done: back, left leg, right ankle, left elbow (plus MRIs of the spine and brain)
(Y) Yummy Food You Make: cookies and cakes, salmon cakes, lasagna, enchiladas....
(Z) Zoo, Favorite Animal: Tiger
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
Sunday, February 13, 2011
So now the dilemna. Jill is no longer using the litter box, but mostly using the puppy pads. She has missed a couple times recently that we know of--once in my (carpeted) closet and once on the dog bed she was laying on in M's office. In addition, she is vomiting hair balls and we don't know how often since we have dogs. (Figure that one out? ewww!) M is against shutting her off in one of the bathrooms, like we did for a month at our previous house when she had constant diarrhea. Now, like then, the question becomes, do we put her to sleep or keep working at it? Surprisingly, M thinks that she feels fine and we should not consider putting her down yet. But he is concerned that thing on her face is going to explode. I think we (I) need to get her into a new vet near the new house to see what they think. We are not willing to spend a lot of money on an 18 year old cat, but we will have to spend some to make a decision.
Saturday, February 12, 2011
I also got a reminder that no outside food is allowed, but they have something there. I did not get a notice that some huge cheerleading competition was also happening. Or that the "cafe" only had junk food. So I left to look for lunch. My phone's Navigator found a Paradise Bakery, which I eventually found. As many others who found it, I stood there a minute in disbelief. It was closed.
I wandered around, looking for something light/small to hold me over till dinner. I eventually found a Starbucks and had a latte and perfect oatmeal. The toppings for the oatmeal came in a paper bag that said this:
I think that should be apply to everything we eat! (and it was really good.)
Friday, February 11, 2011
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Monday, February 7, 2011
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Our first course was the P1 Gamblers. I tried to walk it with a lot of "what-if's" since the opening is all for points and getting in position for the closing. (Unlike AKC FAST, the closing cannot start until there is a buzzer; then it must be completed before the second buzzer.) Teka was working with me but I felt like I was urging her along. When we started the closing, I was concerned (as everyone else was with their dogs too) that she would go out to the teeter instead of staying closer for the jump. So I called here and she came in too far, missing the jump. So we did not get our Gamble.
Cassi started out well but went over a jump I sent her over and the judge called zero--and mentally, I think I was thinking about that, but later found out it was not bi-directional. He had not said anything about it in our briefing, so everyone was doing the same thing I did. We went on but got done with my planned course before the buzzer, so I fumbled for something to keep Cassi going without heading into the closing. During my hesitation, she headed to the Aframe, so when the buzzer went off she was at the top and headed in the wrong direction. I panicked a little (a lot?!) and got it in my head that I needed her on my right but couldn't get her there, so we wasted some time. She almost went to the teeter but came in and did all four jumps in the closing. Unfortunately, we were over time.
On our P1 Standard course, I felt like I was cheerleading Teka through every single thing (this is a trend for the day). She missed her weave entry, then I changed sides and she popped out at the last one, and then completed it on the third try. She completed the course, over time.
Cassi also missed her weave entry and it wasn't even a hard entry. She did everything else but she seemed to be in slow motion (this was all day really). There was a long pause before she decided to go through the tire jump. (I just stood there in one place and tried to support her without moving.) Her teeter was pretty slow, not at all what I was hoping for but she did it. Cassi ended over time.
I walked the P1 Snooker course and looked for the best flow I could find for both Teka and Cassi. Since they were both moving in slow motion today, I was able to get them through without taking any extra obstacles, and I remembered to run off the course after the last obstacle, so they both qualified. That completed Cassi's P1 Snooker title.
I was a little frazzled at the end of the day since I had P1 Jumpers with Teka and P2 Jumpers with Cassi. I walked Teka's course while they were setting up Cassi's course. They started walking in the other ring while Teka's group was running. I let A (the instructor from my TNC class) have Teka and the cream cheese while I walked Cassi's course. Then I came back and ran with Teka. I came out of that run feeling like she made me work for every jump out there. She did it but she was over time. A said that I should do more front crosses to build her desire (?) but I couldn't see how I would do it with the hand-holding I had to do for her. It was a draining way to end with Teka for the day, but I stayed positive for her and gave her "good girl" treats.
I ran with Cassi a very short time later (there were only 11 dogs for her class) and I was concerned that I would forget where I was going. Actually, since she was going so slow, that wasn't an issue. However, she almost missed a jump, and she went around one so we missed time. I thought she made a good effort and I gave her lots of "good girl" treats to end the day.
Overall for the day, I felt that the courses were too difficult for Starters (P1) and the Advanced (P2) course I ran had some funky stuff too. It was so discouraging to have Teka acting like she couldn't do anything herself when we've worked so hard at getting distance and independence. While I don't feel totally responsible for the issues we had, I do think I could have done a couple of things better at least. The only thing I felt I messed up for her was calling "here" instead of "this way" on the Gamble. I am beating myself up about Cassi's Gamble because I could have put her back in a tunnel for no points just to keep her busy and lined up for the gamble and she would have had it. If Cassi was her normal self, I think she would have done better and had more fun. I'm going to get her into the vet and see what they think is going on. She's so skinny since that bug bite. M also said that a lot of people felt their dogs were "off" this weekend and the grass (straw) was not good.
Saturday, February 5, 2011
And in the news:
Friday, February 4, 2011
The blood draw wasn't bad, and only a couple of tubes. I didn't notice before then, but by the time we got to Hope, I noticed a pain in the back of my right arm, above the elbow. That was the arm of the blood draw, so I asked N to do the blood pressure on the left. Maybe it's just a coincidence--I did do planks during my yoga Wednesday night.
They have put a photo in the lobby at Hope of R and his sister. (R was my care coordinator until he died in Haiti visiting his sister.) Wow, they looked alike. The frame had a bible verse (I don't recall what version), John 15:13: "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." (King James Version)
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
I talked to A for a little bit before leaving her to get ready for her puppy arrival. She thought Cassi looked really thin. I thought it was still from the five days she couldn't keep food down due to whatever bit her (we now think it was a black widow--M found and killed a lot of them on the gate side of the house), but she pointed out that was almost 2 weeks ago. She was also concerned that I have not had Cassi's "fatty tumor" biopsied. She did not want to scare me but thought I should get her in. I have asked about it at least once or twice when she has been in to the vet but she wasn't concerned. However, Teka has been sniffing it occassionally, which does concern me quite a bit.
I mentioned that she is eating and drinking normally, but she does wolf her food down, so I've been interrupting her eating to make her slow down. A gave me one of those food bowls with the knobbies that slow dogs down. She also said that Cassi didn't have any real issues with the kennel. She lets her "boarding dogs" out every 2 hours after she puts her dogs away so they get to know the routine. The only time Cassi acted anxious was when A put her dogs away and then did something else instead of letting her out. They were gated in the back (Arizona or dog?) room when I arrived.
We also talked about Teka's issues, specifically about the dogs visiting at our house, and she felt that we should have just ignored Teka (while muzzled) and played with the other dogs, among other things. If C and R decide to bring the dogs next time, I might ask A to come over and help out. If nothing else, I need a mediator since everyone has an idea of what should be done or what should happen.
We were looking at Teka's muzzle, a size 6, and one of A's muzzles, also a size 6, and noticed hers is bigger. I mentioned that I have a size 7 that I never got around to returning. She said she could probably use it, so I'm going to let her have it.