Hobbies, Home and Family

From the depths of the 2016 blizzard

January 24, 2016

Snow: 2 feet, with drifts over 4 feet.

kcup snowman

My kind of snowman.

Watching: Fixer Upper, Master of None, WWE wrestling
Reading: Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman
Listening: The Hamilton Soundtrack
Wearing: Layers
Hair color: Garnier 50 – Medium Natural Brown

We didn’t exchange Christmas gifts this year because we wanted to save money for Disney in Feburary. Alas, we decided to be adults and cancel that trip for a bit so we can Dave Ramsey ourselves back into a comfortable spot. (Ollie’s dental surgery knocked out a significant chunk of our emergency account.) But once we canceled the trip, we ordered one gift for the both of us: a Total Gym.

Last week I worked out 6 days, with Wednesday off. I’m aiming for 20 minutes at a time, because I am pretty out of shape. I alternate between a beginner’s workout on the Total Gym, and a 20-minute beginning yoga routine. Whenever I exercise, it sounds like a Foley artist is behind me breaking stalks of celery. That’s ok.

We are cooking dinner every night. While WM does most of the cooking (I excel at packing lunches) I bought Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything: The Basics and I’m finding it’s the perfect remedial book for someone like me. I made his roast chicken cutlets last week and they were goooooooooooooooooooooood.


max sleeping

Although Max is alive and well, he looks like he’s dead every time he falls asleep. It’s jarring.

Max is great. He is still diabetic and blind and old. But he still loves to eat and play and still can get around great. Max’s quality of life is still burning brightly, as evidenced by his cuddles and tail wags. He’s up to 11 units of insulin twice a day. He’s been so stable that I haven’t had to test his pee in months. Every day that he’s still with us is a gift.


Ollie is down almost 10 lbs from his largest. The vet staff is very proud of us. Ollie is probably the most successful of us all in managing his weight. 😉

This blog:

Sheesh. I am having such a time with this blog. All sorts of little dinky reverberations from the weird hacky attempts in November. Now I have a bunch of plugins not working, and my scheduled posts aren’t working either. I have a hunch my cron jobs aren’t working as they should. It’s ok. I’m smart woman formerly in tech. I can figure this out. Maybe.

I hope!

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