My blonde Houdini was at it again, but I got the scare of my life to go with it… legally, that is.

My two dogs were out this morning while I chopped veggies and tried to handle feeding and swapping food for 22 parakeets. Well, I was about a minute away from going to get my dogs back in the house when I got a helluva scare. Apparently, my retriever-mix (aka, Blonde Houdini) busted the swivel catch … Continue reading My blonde Houdini was at it again, but I got the scare of my life to go with it… legally, that is.

Those days when your brain takes a staycation behind locked doors and you need it around to answer a bajillion questions…

It's a strange phenomenon when you get to the end of the evening and know that you'd done a lot in the course of the day, but for the life of you, if someone asked what, you'd be hard pressed to give an answer. I'm sure a big chunk of it was spent taking care … Continue reading Those days when your brain takes a staycation behind locked doors and you need it around to answer a bajillion questions…

Oh, how the monkey wrenches keep coming… I just hope I can duck & dodge a little better this time around.

It would've been nicer if I'd been a little quicker on the "idea train" this morning, but oh well. There's always tomorrow. I had a good thing going with my exercise and eating schedule. Had a few missteps and some tweaks I needed to make, but nothing terrible. I was going along pretty well the … Continue reading Oh, how the monkey wrenches keep coming… I just hope I can duck & dodge a little better this time around.

My “financial diet” midpoint report card…

C+. That's the best I can realistically come with at the end of the first 15 days of what I call my "financial diet," and certainly some room for improvement. It would've been a far worse grade, except I did manage to figure out where I was going wrong and started to make changes, improving … Continue reading My “financial diet” midpoint report card…

Six months ago I bought some minimalist / barefoot shoes… & it turns out they were a very worthwhile investment.

I wanted to wait until I'd become a bit more consistent with my exercise routine and could adequately feel how these shoes were on my feet day in and day out. I wore them most of the time when out and about, so it's not like I bought them specifically for exercising. And I gotta … Continue reading Six months ago I bought some minimalist / barefoot shoes… & it turns out they were a very worthwhile investment.

Q#176: What are some good home remedies that can PREVENT chafing & other irritations during exercise (& not ruin your clothes or budget)?

Before anyone says anything, yes, I have several sticks of anti-chafe balm in my drawer. SEVERAL. However, like most anything meant to help with fitness or sports, it's gonna run the price up pretty bad. Though it's true a little can go a long way, they're gonna run out eventually and I hate the idea … Continue reading Q#176: What are some good home remedies that can PREVENT chafing & other irritations during exercise (& not ruin your clothes or budget)?

Using a Rowing Machine is Both Easier & Harder Than I Thought it Would Be

Yeah, being on a lake like that is something I'd love to do in the summer some day. I wanted to wait after a few days of using my machine before writing about it, because it took some time to get re-started on exercise and make it a habit (and adjust my schedule accordingly... exercise-wise, … Continue reading Using a Rowing Machine is Both Easier & Harder Than I Thought it Would Be

I tried out my first pair of “barefoot shoes” this weekend. Can’t wait for the rest to show up.

I don't remember what got me looking for these "barefoot" (or "minimalist") shoes in the first place, but I do know I went from knowing nothing to "I'd better get some" in record time. And I don't mean those weird "toe shoes" that look like slightly more complicated gloves for the feet. Those things wigged … Continue reading I tried out my first pair of “barefoot shoes” this weekend. Can’t wait for the rest to show up.

Oddly, I actually ended up eating dinner WITH my parakeets…

I just started working out again this week (not overdoing it because of congestion and such, and besides, it's hotter than hell out there), and also keeping a food journal. I had a rough start last week and decided to start over yesterday. I just ended up half-asleep this afternoon (benadryl sucks) and did my … Continue reading Oddly, I actually ended up eating dinner WITH my parakeets…