Monday, May 30, 2011

I need your prayers please!

Last week when I wrote my post about getting back on the wagon I didn't mention what was going on in my life.  If you follow me on Twitter you may have seen the tweet about prayers for my dog Duke.  Well here I am asking anyone who reads my blog to say a prayer for him.

Last week Sunday I noticed that Duke seemed to stumble up the stairs.  My mom noticed he had a limp.  My dad looked him over, felt around on his back legs (where he had the limp and what seemed to cause trouble for the stairs) and didn't find anything to explain it.  No big deal right?  Wrong.  The next day it was worse.  Duke could no longer go up stairs and he was struggling to walk.  Both of his back legs seemed to give out on him, or it was painful for him to use them normally.  We left him sleep in the house that night.  The next day he didn't seem any better so we left him sleep in the house again and made the decision to call our vet the next day.

Wednesday morning my mom called and took the 1pm appointment time that was available.  I left work at noon to run home quick to get Duke and take him to the vet.  He has been eating and drinking like always so his weight hasn't changed since his last vet visit.  Duke is an 83 pound Gordon Setter.  Lifting and carrying him is no easy task but you do what you have to do for those you love.

Duke tested semi-positive for a disease carried by ticks.  It's not Lyme but it has similar symptoms.  We started him on antibiotics and some pain medicine.  The antibiotics were supposed to have helped by today and if there were no signs of improvement then Duke needs to go back.

Sadly, Duke has shown no signs of improvement and according to my dad he's worse than yesterday.  My mom will be calling the vet's office right at 7:30 am when it opens to see if we can get him in tomorrow.  Fingers crossed that they have an opening.  I will not be going this time.  My brother is done with high school (graduates Wednesday) so he will go with my mom to do the lifting and carrying of Duke.

Lex always tells me POPT, power of positive thinking, so that's what I am going to do.  Another great quote to remember during this time is from the TV show Hellcats.  Savannah always says, "Positive outcomes only."

As much as I try to be and stay positive it breaks my heart to see Duke struggle to walk and I would assume be in pain.  So I ask all of you reading to say a prayer for Duke that this next visit to the vet will have better results.  My thoughts are that it's something besides the tick carried disease he tested semi-positive for.  Whatever it is I hope the vet can figure that out and how to treat it so Duke can return to his normal life and no longer need to be carried long distances or up the stairs.

I apologize that I never posted those interesting posts I mentioned I had floating around in my head last week.  They're still floating around and I will do my best to post them this week.

Do you have a furry child or furry sibling?

Duke certainly is part of our family.  My mom calls him her son.  He's such a special dog to us with an amazing personality that he will be hard to replace.  Replace isn't the right word as you can never replace a family member but I don't know how else to describe it.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Something Borrowed

Discuss reading book & seeing movie.

Discuss how I feel the need to lose weight and become happy and confident with my body in order to feel like I can go out and meet someone.

Back on the Wagon!

Hello Summer!  While the weather here in Wisconsin might not always feel like summer right now I am officially done with school for the semester so it is my summer, woot!  With summer should come more consistent blogging from me (yay!) and less whining about being stressed (double yay!).

I want to say a quick thank you to my readers who have stuck around despite my lack of interesting and regular posts.  Also, I'm excited to say I've reached 200 comments!!  Some of those comments are my own replies to your comments but still, 200 comments!!  I'm excited if you can't tell. ;)

Yesterday marked day one of working 8-hour days at my job.  I don't really get much of a summer break by working 40-hour weeks but I am making money which I need to be able to pay for school so I can't complain.  And I work at the same place my mom does so we carpool all summer.  Not having to pay for gas basically all summer is awesomesauce!

Yesterday also marked day one of no Mountain Dew...again.  Last week I stepped off the no Mountain Dew wagon for a few days.  I got myself back on yesterday, yay for something positive!  I have come to realize that I will probably never be completely Mountain Dew free and I'm OK with that.  If I can consistently limit my intake to 2 per week I would be super happy with that.  So that's my goal, 2 per week...I better drink them slow when I have them then eh?

Sunday Sami and I were schedule for a ride at 10am but let's just say I woke up after 10am and Sami never contacted me so I just said whatever to it.  We aren't schedule for any rides as of right now so I need to get in touch with her.  Because of the full-time hours I'm working for the summer we're only going to be able to get together on the weekends so I really need to get my butt in gear about riding without her.  Here's to getting back on the fitness wagon!

I have an interesting post floating around in my head that I will try to write tonight.  It will have pictures instead of just my boring ol' writing (yay!) so hopefully that helps make my posts more interesting.  I know bloggers love to see pictures and not just a bunch of words.

You are now semi caught up on my life.  I will catch you up a bit more this week with some more posts woot!!


What are your summer plans?  Are you working or do you actually get a summer break?

Carpooling: yay or nay?

Monday, May 16, 2011


If you recall earlier this month I talked about my plans with my friend Sami to bike this summer at least 1/2 times a week together and work our way up to a round trip ride to town from my house (probably about 30 miles).  If not and you would like to read about it and our first ride together you can find it here.

It's now been over a week since our ride and I haven't gone again.  I should have gone alone or asked my dad to go with me over the weekend but I didn't.

Sami and I were supposed to ride together again last Wednesday after I was done with work.  Unfortunately I was coming down with a cold so I wasn't feeling well and decided to leave work 2 hours early that day.  I cancelled our ride.

I should have ridden yesterday as I was feeling pretty good by then but I didn't.

I should ride tonight but as I mentioned in my last post (read it here) I have a lot of work to get done to finish up my speech class.  And oh by the way it's all late so not getting it done tonight (if possible) is not an option.

So, what does this all mean?  Tomorrow when Sami comes over to ride with me it's going to be hell because it's been over a week since I rode last.  Maybe this will teach me a lesson about committing to riding consistently? ;) I can hope!

I'm not going to dwell on the fact that this past week hasn't gone as I thought it would.  I am just going to look ahead and take each day as it comes and do what I can to prevent a repeat.

I still need to come up with some sort of plan for the summer.  The first ride was 8.71 miles.  I'm wondering if that was too much right away?  Obviously Sami and I want to be able to safely ride 30 miles by the end of the summer.  I've never come up with a "training" plan on my own before so I am at a complete loss of where to even begin.


Sunday, May 15, 2011

Something Positive

In my last post I shared with you all my Weekly TV Schedule and already since Thursday so many shows have ended for the season.  The Vampire Diaries, Nikita, Hellcats (I think), and Survivor have all ended for the season.  And many others are going to be ending this week.  Makes me sad :(

So it got me to thinking what shows are on in summer??  Well the first one that came to mind thanks to a well-timed commercial during the season finale of Survivor tonight (Yay Boston Rob won!!) Big Brother came to mind.  Aside from that I couldn't really think of any.  What shows do you watch during the summer??  I would love to watch True Blood but  my family doesn't pay to have HBO as part of our satellite package.  And unfortunately that show is so tightly under lock and key you can't watch it online any where for free.  Something else that makes me sad :(

But anyways, onto the title of my post.  Despite feeling pretty crappy due to a cold Wednesday-Friday (and only semi-crappy Saturday and Sunday) I found the positive in my life.  At the end of a reflective post about my negative feelings I decided to make it my goal to be more positive, to find something positive each day. (Read it here)  I accomplished that goal.  Every day, except for yesterday, I drank at least some water.  While it wasn't the recommended 8 glasses every day it was some.  It might not seem like much but it really kind of is.

Normally when I make that decision to have a Mountain Dew drinking water goes down the tubes from that point on.  But not this past week.  I may have had Mountain Dew multiple times this week but I also had water, even after I had that Mountain Dew.  I feel extremely proud of myself for taking this step and working towards becoming healthier.

There have definitely been moments where I was focusing on the negative things I was doing this past week but when I remembered what I made my goal on Monday I felt better about myself, even if it was for 5 minutes at a time only, because I was able to say "That's something I didn't do well before but I am doing better at it now."

I am going to keep working on focusing on positive things in my life, make more good things happen, and be the person I want to be not the person I make myself be.  Until of course I'm making myself be the person I want to be ;)

Looking ahead to this week I am in the home stretch with this semester.  The home stretch but yet I still have so much to do.

  • COM103 (Speech) ~ Record final speech (late), Critique 4 final speeches (late), Write self-assessment essay w/o feedback from classmates because my speech is not done yet (late), Present speech to live audience & have them complete feedback forms (late)

  • MUS278 (History of Rock & Roll) ~ Take final by Wednesday

  • BUS325 (Organizational Behavior) ~ Take final by Friday

  • BUS327 ~ Write reflective essay by Thursday, Take final on Thursday

It's really Speech that is dragging me down.  I should be done with that class but unfortunately I let procrastination get the best of me and I have put it off and keep putting it off.  So tomorrow afternoon when I get home from work I am going to sit my butt down and just do my best to do it all before I go to bed for the night.  I decided to say do my best to do it all because I am afraid to say I will do it all because my history is not very good with making those types of statements about school work.

After completing this semester I will have three semesters left before graduating college and I am going to vow to put 100% effort into not having a repeat of this semester's performance.  I'm embarrassed and ashamed of how I let my work go when I do not have a challenging schedule at all.  I only work part-time while in school and I had PLENTY of time to spend on school.  I made poor choices and decided not to use that time wisely.

Lisa at I'm An Okie (seriously check out her blog, it is freaking awesome!!) shows me that I can do much better if I just put the time and effort into school.  She works full-time and goes to school part-time but gets As in her classes.  Why?  Because she puts the time and effort into school!  It's so simple but yet I make it much harder than it needs to be.  Lisa is going to be my role-model for the next three semesters.  Thank you Lisa!  Also, I need to send a thank you to you for linking my weekly TV schedule post to your blog the other day.  I had a big jump in viewers after that.  It makes me feel good to see people looked at my blog, even if they didn't comment.  (If you read but don't comment don't be shy!  Come out of the shadows and comment :) )

No questions for you peeps tonight.  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Weekly TV Show Schedule

Thanks to Julie over at Peanut Butter Fingers for letting Lisa from I'm An Okie do a guest post while she's in Europe on vacation I now have an awesome new blog to follow.  As the result of my new love for Lisa's blog I read her post about TV Night.  Lisa asked her readers what our favorite TV show is and I proceeded to tell her that I wouldn't leave her the longest comment ever because my list is so long.  I intrigued Lisa and per her request I am doing a post on my weekly TV show schedule.  I warn you, it's a long one!


  • Dancing With The Stars - Rooting for Kirstie Alley and Maks (um hello Maks is HOT!) and Chelsea Cane (Disney TV star) and Mark Ballas

  • How I Met Your Mother

  • Castle


  • Deadliest Catch

  • Dancing With The Stars: The Results Show

  • NCIS

  • NCIS: LA

  • Hellcats


  • Survivor Redemption Island (boo it's over after Sunday's 2-hour season finale)

  • The Real World: Las Vegas


  • The Big Bang Theory

  • Rules of Engagement

  • Grey's Anatomy

  • Private Practice

  • The Mentalist

  • The Vampire Diaries

  • Nikita


  • Unfortunately nothing is on so the family usually hunts around for something and majority of the time we find a NCIS marathon on USA :)


  • Another night of nothing on :( Again, a NCIS marathon is usually on USA :)


  • Audrina

  • The Judds (record it more for my mom but I've watched the episodes too)

This is just my current weekly TV show schedule.  I'm also a fan of Teen Mom, Teen Mom 2, 16 and Pregnant, Pretty Little Liars, Ice Road Truckers, and Ax Men (occasionally).  I wouldn't doubt it if there were some shows that I've missed too - I mean seriously who can have that many shows to watch and remember them all??

All of these shows are either watched as they are aired or they are recorded to be watched later.  Thursdays are the days I am most thankful to have a DVR because there are always two shows on at the same time that I enjoy to watch.

What are some of your favorite TV shows? 

I know Hollie enjoys ANTM along with Nikki, and Alexis like Wipeout and Grey's.

Do you record shows in some form so you don't have to watch them as they're aired, or maybe you watch shows online?

Monday, May 9, 2011

What the H-E-double hockey sticks am I doing??

Just so you know this post is probably not going to be very positive so if you don't want to read a negative Nelly post skip this one.  And I apologize that it seems like I probably do a lot of negative posts but honestly, that's how I feel and this blog is for me to get those negative feelings out there instead of holding them in.

Lately I am wondering what the h-e double hockey sticks I am doing with my life.  More specifically my health and school.

Thursday I biked with my friend Sami.  I planned to take Friday off and bike again alone or with my dad Saturday or Sunday.  I did neither.

Thursday afternoon through Sunday I basically was a couch potato and accomplished nothing other than reading blogs and watching TV.  I had homework that needed to get done like yesterday.

I now have a lot on my plate for this afternoon/evening after I get home from work.  I am going to feel overwhelmed and will probably resist just sitting down and getting it all done.

And I'm wondering why...

I mean seriously, why would I choose to not use the time available to work on homework so I can avoid feeling overwhelmed?

Why would I choose to not use the time available to bike as planned?  Am I really that lazy?

School is approaching the end (thank God!) but I still have so much to do and I just don't know what has turned me into the student who is fine with turning assignments in late, or not doing them at all.  I never was this way, even in high school when I started my procrastination.

I keep talking about how I want to lose weight, and how after my most recent appointment with my doctor in April I need to lose weight for medical reasons but yet I'm still not putting the effort in on my own time.

I can't rely on a work out buddy.  I need to do this on my own most of the time.

I've blogged about my plans and struggles to give up Mountain Dew, or really soda in general, but I have yet to really stick to the plan and follow through.  I keep saying it's because it is available in my house.  But we all know that's just an excuse.  Yes, it would be easier to kick the habit if it wasn't in the house but it is my choice.  I can just say no if I really want to.  Same with at work and at school.  Is it available for me to buy from a vending machine?  Yes.  Do I have to buy one?  NO!

Why is it so hard for me to just say no to soda??

I just feel extremely frustrated with myself lately.  I don't understand what I need to feel like in order for it to set in that I'm doing this to myself and I can change my ways to not feel frustrated and every other negative feeling.

I hope I can turn things around before I hit "rock bottom" and just feel so terrible that I have to make the necessary changes.

If you stuck around this long, thank you.  I appreciate the time it took you to read this and leave a comment.

Goal: Be more positive.  Find something good I've done each day.  Make more good things happen each day.  Be the person I want to be, not the person I make myself be.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

I'm finally cool like all of you!!

It's been a long time since I've been on a bike but thanks to a friend from high school, Sami, I'll be riding a bike on a regular basis this summer.  Yesterday while at work I was working hard browsing Facebook on my phone and I came across Sami's status which she said her plan was to ride her bike at least 5 days a week this summer and lose 40 pounds by her birthday.  After leaving a comment about how she should come to my house because I would ride with her I used Facebook to get her phone number so I could text her about really following through on this idea of getting together.

The plan was hatched to meet at my house today after I was home from class.  I had mapped out some routes around my house we could try but when we were actually were ready to leave my house the plan(s) went out the window.  Who needs a plan when you can just fly by the seat of your pants?

Thanks to my free Cardiotrainer app our route was mapped as we went and it was timed.  Thanks to this awesome app I can now be cool like all of you and post mile splits and other work out information on my blog!  Yes, I was really excited when this thought crossed my mind as I was reviewing the stats from my work out.

8.71 miles in 1:00:18

Mile 1: 6:16

Mile 2: 7:20

Mile 3: 5:36

Mile 4: 6:19

Mile 5: 7:07

Mile 6: 5:57

Mile 7: 8:19

Mile 8: 7:38

Average pace 6:55 min/mi

Using this app was awesome! This app automatically pauses your work out when you stop moving, awesomesauce!  Between miles 1 and 2 there was in my terms a hill.  Was there really?  No, according to the elevation report there was only a slight change but not enough for it to really be something.  There were also other little hills along the route which you can see from the slower mile splits.  It's amazing how in a car, or even walking, I wouldn't notice these "hills" but biking boy oh boy do I notice them!  I'm sure as the summer goes on and my legs become better conditioned I won't notice them as much.

The only thing I want to change for next time is the bikes we used.  Because of my plans I thought we would be riding on the gravel roads around my house so we used the mountain bikes.  But while flying by the seat of our pants we decided to just stay on the black top roads and just do out and back trips rather than round trips.  My family has a few old road bikes so those will definitely be used next time.

Sami and I rewarded ourselves for our hard work with a piece of the cake I baked the other night.  Recipe coming soon?  As we were enjoying our reward we planned out when we could get together the next three weeks.  We're going to get together again on Wednesday the 11th, Tuesday the 17th, and Sunday the 22nd.  After that we're probably only going to be able to get together on the weekends because I will be working 8-5 Monday-Friday and she works at 6 every night.  But getting together with her on the weekends is better than not at all.  Our goal for the end of summer is to be able to ride to town and back to my house.  Based on the one route I mapped out for this goal trip it will be roughly 30 miles total.

I plan on asking my dad if he would like to ride with me a couple of times a week because lets face it, riding alone with no one to talk to is boring and I can't rely on only riding with Sami if I want to be able to ride 30 miles by the end of summer without dying.  I'm not sure when my next ride will be.  Tomorrow the weather looks amazing, 63*F and sunny, but I'm not sure riding back to back days will be a good idea.  Saturday would be my ideal day to ride, a day of rest in between rides, but the weather is looking to be less than ideal,  61*F with a few showers (30% chance of rain).  Decisions decisions.  Guess I shouldn't talk myself out of riding on Saturday, I mean I rode this afternoon and it was cold, cloudy, and windy and I did just fine.

Well that's my big news for today.  I'll be biking this summer with my new work out buddy!


Anyone interested in helping me devise a biking plan for the summer??  Leave me a comment if you are!

Until next time...

Monday, May 2, 2011

Fast Five

For those of you who read my last blog post, Short & Sweet, you know that Friday night I went to see the movie Fast Five.  To put it simply IT WAS AWESOME!!

It had everything I expected it to have; fast cars, hot men (and women), excitement, action, and a little bit of love.  This movie is the fifth in the "fast & furious series" I guess you could say.  They seem to just keep getting better and better too since I thought the fourth one was freaking awesome as well.

What I loved about this movie is it brought characters from the previous four movies together.  Some characters haven't been seen since the first movie and others were more recent additions.  And then there was a brand new character introduced.

There was one point towards the end of the movie where my mom predicted what happened and I was thinking no way that couldn't have happened.  But then of course they went back to show you what happened that you don't necessarily pick up on the first time you see the scene, and obviously they show you stuff that wasn't shown the first time.  That was probably one of the best moments during the actual movie.

The best part that happened outside of the actual movie was after the credits.  I'm not going to tell you why though because that would just ruin the fun of it and it would take away from the experience of seeing what I'm talking about right after the movie.  Knowing what I'm talking about would just ruin it completely!

Some of you have said you wanted to see the movie so when I told you to watch all of the credits I hope you listened, or will listen.  It's definitely worth the extra minutes spent sitting in your seat.  I'm so thankful the guy at the theater that talked a little bit before the start of the movie told us to stay.  I guess I can let you have this little hint since I didn't think it ruined anything when the movie theater guy told us's a teaser to the NEXT movie!  Oh yeah, another one is going to be made!

I hope if you're even remotely interested in this movie, or even thinking about possibly going with someone even though you're not interested that you go.  It won't disappoint!

**This is the first time I've written a "review" type of post so let me know how I did please!!**

Edit: I forgot to mention that you do not need to have seen the previous four movies to understand this movie.  But since I like them as well I suggest watching them too ;)