Keeping healthy, loved, warm and cool

Some of my favorite things from last week: Breakfast with Joy Bauer: From her 3-day detox diet (which is awesome, by the way! I lost 7 lbs. I loved it so much I ran out the day after and bought her “Your Inner Skinny” book.) This shake is 3/4 cup almond milk, 1/2 banana, 1…

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For some, a snow day is not a good day

I’m gonna sound like a little bit of a downer today, and I don’t mean to. I absolutely love the snow. But there was a time I didn’t, and today I’m spending some time thinking about those who are negatively affected the way I once was. You know the saying, “rain, sleet, gloom of night,”…

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All it took was puppy-dog eyes and a big hug

Ten years ago yesterday, a little beagle-mix mutt was born. Well, maybe. I don’t actually know her real birthday, but it was 8 weeks from that day that I decided to adopt her, so January 6 was the birthday I gave her. Ten years ago I was sharing a 2-bedroom apartment with Shannon. Both of…

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Sadie, the 2-year-old bottomless pit

As an oldest child, I can say that it’s not that we didn’t want our younger siblings to have good toys. It’s that we didn’t want them to have better toys than us. Same with good grades, fun birthday parties and desserts. I see myself in my oldest niece, Mia. When her 2-year-old sister Sadie…

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And in the night, there was a scream

I woke up last night to an intruder. Or at least, that’s what I thought I was waking up to. I’m visiting Chris in Athens, and I woke up to him screaming. I sat straight up and went instantly into fight mode. I think my arms were even in punch position. My heart was pounding.…

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Puppies are not trash.

This news story makes me so sad. Five puppies were found in a dumpster outside of Hickory, N.C. Outside of a PetCo, at that. If you’re going to abandon puppies, why not put them at the front door of the PetCo at least? I know I’m preaching to the choir here – no one who…

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Puking puppies, good referrals, happy home

Warning: This post contains mention of puppy puke. I don’t think it will bother you to read it, even if you have a weak stomach, but you have been warned! So, as I have mentioned before, my dogs are inside dogs but they have not been for very long. Everything is going great with them…

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What I’ve been doing (since I’ve not been blogging)

I wondered why I spent the first part of the week sleeping (and not blogging) but when I look back on my weekend I really should not wonder at all. I’m not 21 anymore, after all … Thursday night/Friday morning Chris came to town on Thursday evening and he and Jeff and I went for a late dinner…

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Dogs still inside, WWIII has not happened.

So, a week and a half later and the dogs are still inside and still alive, so all is well on this front … There have been very few issues, actually. One little bathroom mishap the first time I let the dogs in my home office, but I made sure to spray all kinds of…

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Me vs. pickup: So glad it didn’t happen

My dog woke me up at 5 a.m. to go to the bathroom, which seems terrible but the silver lining was that my alarm was going to go off 40 minutes later (yes, 40 minutes is 40 minutes, but still) for my morning run. As I was already up before the moon even decided to…

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