Gretchey jumped in a fountain the other night a block or so away from the house while we were out walking. I realized the fountain was teeming with little.. guppies? THEN I realized no one lived in the house where the fountain was. The lower tier of the fountain was plenty deep, but the middle tier was only a few inches deep, and I imagined it would dry out after a few more days of bright sun. So I took the dogs back to the house and got a gravy sieve (or something), a bucket, and a flashlight. You can guess what I did next.
The guy who lived across the street came out to investigate what I was doing. He explained no one had lived there for a year, and he had no idea how any fish got in there. He seemed fairly amused by me, scooping out little critters from a fountain in the dark.
When I got the bucket o’ critters back to Chris’s place, I noticed that some of them had… legs! So they were tadpoles. I mean, I realize that they LOOK like tadpoles, but we don't have frogs - or toads! - in our neighborhood, so I was completely NOT expecting that. I have seen tiny frogs from time to time sharing a shelter with the tortoises, so MAYBE that's what these are. I guess we'll see. Anyway, I was at a loss for what to feed the fish, but now that I knew they were tadpoles, I was happy – I had Reptomin! They were so happy, too. They all just attacked it. Four tadpoles per stick, swimming around the bucket. Mmmm!
As a testament to what a good guy Chris is, that night I asked him which office he was going to in the morning and if that one had a pond. Yes, it did. And he didn’t even TRY to get out of bringing those tadpoles to the pond to let them go. In his little shirt & tie. Not even a BLINK from my boy. What a good guy, right?
Anyway, instant karma paid me back the next day. It really did. Funny story if you knew my work, but you don’t, so I ain’t going to bother explaining. :)
anyway, about the pics, why is that?
1. we were only there 23 hours.
2. i didn't bring my camera. see above. plus, you know, you only want to carry on so many things. plus, chris was bringing the powershot.
3. chris forgot the powershot at the house when we went to the wedding, which was most of the photo-worthy stuff we did there.
his mom did take pics, which i hope she sends over. i did snap some pictures of pictures this morning around the house. i LOVED the childhood pics of him and his sisters. they were everywhere. each of them has their own collage in the living room. patty was a dancer! chris dyed his hair! both of them cooed over da bo! :) it was very cute.
ha ha, i'm the first girl he's ever brought home. EVER. i would take a lot more pride in that fact only chris's ma had to bug him to bring me. he was trying to spare me the wedding (so he says), and i respect him for it. weddings are weird.
this one cost $60 grand. this basically means it was a $60,000 party. very nice, but.. i just don't understand. also, it took a year to plan. a party that takes a YEAR TO PLAN. i mean.. i don't mind going to them, so i guess more power to the folks who want a perfect wedding. i'll shut up now. :)
but yeah, it was really a pretty wedding. very pretty venue. one really messed-up, sloppy-drunk-by-7-p.m. maid of honor. double-fisting the vodka & cranberries. making really goofy, incomprehensible speeches filled mostly with giggles and coos. crying in the bathroom after knocking stuff down in the hallway on the way there. god bless 'er.
pittsburgh was prettier than expected, but also very strange. very.. it just keeps going. lots of tunnels and bridges and trees and steep hills and, well, chain stores like everywhere else. i mean, i only saw a very little bit of it. it seems a little confusing. like it'd take 10 times longer to find your way around if you moved there, in contrast to, say, florida.
chris's parents are very cute. i really like them, actually. :) i'm quite sure his mom was the type that encouraged/pressured for success (obviously, it worked - she has three doctors for kids), and i know that gets hard for kids.. but she and chris's father were also the type of parents that gave the kids dance lessons and piano lessons and took them to disney world and to the beach and helped them with their homework and framed pictures of them all over their house and helped them through college and are still helping their youngest and proudly display their diplomas and cap-and-gown pictures, and i wonder what it would be like to be raised like THAT!
they drove us around the city, took us to a pretty lookout point, drove us through the campus of carnegie-mellon, pointed out the building where chris's dad worked on getting his phd (he's an engineer) and then pointed out the little pond where he proposed to chris's mom. very cute. that campus is gorgeous, actually. is it a law somewhere that campuses have to be gorgeous?
chris's mom spent much of the time talking about US getting married and when are WE going to have kids, etc. and how much chris loves kids, and how good he was with his baby sister when she was born, and how he still takes such good care of her.. and how we shouldn't wait too long to have kids because, if you do, you can't be assured you can have them and then how sad would we be. i told her not to worry; my sister kamille just had a baby and she's 35! i finally shut her up when i said i didn't know when i wanted to get married, which is only a half-truth because i haven't really thought about it. which is because there isn't much of a point in thinking about it, because it's just not happening right now! but that didn't faze her; then she stopped asking and just started talking matter-of-facting about when we did this or that, we should..., e.g. "when you have kids, you should definitely..." we just kinda smirked at each othat at that point and let it go... it's kinda like she thought if she said it really fast and we didn't argue with it, it would be set in stone. like she was writing the future with her words. very sneaky, that chris's mom. :)
anyhoo, we're back now. i was so exhausted, i hardly moved from the couch once i got back from taking kitten to the vet (ear mites) this afternoon until this evening. now i need sleep. that's either the topamax - which has caused the lovely side effect of my foot feeling like it's fallen asleep - or just plain ol' fatigue from going to pittburgh for, like, 23 hours. ha!
okay, anyway, time for me to get some sleeeep!
oh, yeah, by the way, i had a headache from,. like, wed-friday last week. that was a blast. i came home and took a 5-hr nap friday, though, and that finally deep-6'd it. dawny, i wonder if your constant lack of quality sleep is what's sustaining your headaches. it surely i think is what was sustaining mine!
but the boat isn't quite water-ready yet. well, it IS in the water yet, but one of the engines isn't at 100%. and we're in pittsburgh anyway. also, the cats have a vet appt sunday when we get home. THAT should be fun - ellie literally tries to dismantle the crate when i put him in it nowadays. i had to do that back when they had to stay in the garage when we had to open the door and it was honestly scary. we're talking 'the exorcist' scary. the whole crate was shaking. ay.
anyway, i'm sleepy! i took the night off. i needed it. towards the end of the day, i was bigtime dragging, so i drank some yerba mate, hoping it would help. it seemed to. as i was walking out to my car, i felt the old familar you're-getting-a-headache ache. oh, shit! so i took an imitrex and all was fine, but i also was playing the 75/25% game on whether i would be nauseous or not and i lost. and i'm so sore from the past couple of days at the gym that i feel sick, seriously. also, the unit on transcendentalism was due tonight, so i had a lot of work to do. so, yeah, it was time for a night off. tomorrow, i'll go back but will do an easy, slow jog.
i opted out of our wednesday evening out and instead we ate thai to go. mmmm!
food: breakfast smoothie with protein mix, greens powder, a banana, romaine, and spinach. it was actually good, even if it was a frightening color green. lunch: a romaine sandwich (ha ha) - two pieces of romaine surrounding zucchini hummus with bell peppers. one kiwi fruit. 1/4 papaya fruit. also, someone had left a bag of chocolate-covered raisins OPEN ON THE COUNTER in the kitchen so i had probably a half-handful.. luckily they were sugar-free so relatively not as bad. having had a raw lunch, of COURSE two hours later i had to go get a yogurt. :) to drink at work, 1 green tea and 1 half bottle yerba mate (40 cals). when i got home, 1/2 serving sorbet (60 cals) and then a bunch of yummy thai food - tofu panang and tofu pad thai. also, coconut shrimp, but there were only 5 and i shared them with chris, kitten, and oreo. which means i got, like, two.
i know no one is actually reading all this food stuff, but it holds me accountable, so i'm writing it all down anyway.
I thought these were funny, even if they're five months too late. Also, I could think of some better ones for "Huang." :)
Time for me & Orzo to retire! I've done my one discussion post! I had a busy night. I did my 45 minutes on the treadmill and, trust me, I felt every one. It was seriously tough. I accepted it wouldn't be a great workout and did 5 minutes running, 2-3 minutes walking, 5 minutes running, and so on. And I just did that, barely. I did some squats and crunches and stuff to pass the last 15 minutes of the Law & Order I was watching, too.
How cute are we? Example of me & Chris at home. I get dressed to go to the gym. Sebastian mistakenly thinks I'm getting dressed for an outdoor jog, on which he always gets invited even when I don't want to invite him. I just can't leave him disappointed. "Will you give him a treat?" I ask Chris. "Sure." "But now?" "Okay." Chris goes in the other room, where the treats are. Sebastian keeps his ass planted, staring at me expectantly, despite the obvious noises of treats being retrieved in the other room. I start going, "Daddy has treats! Better go see!" Finally, I lead Sebastian to the other room, lead him TO the Milkbone. Then, as soon as Sebastian starts to go for it, Chris says, "Run, baby, RUN!" I do, scrambling for my keys. On my way out, though, I pause to let Oreo in while praying Sebastian doesn't catch up with me. :) Such a happy family.. like, I dunno, the Brady Bunch - my three cats, his three dogs. Except the cats hate the dogs and one of the cats hate the other two and the feeling is mutual and I'm not sleeping with any of them and none of them has an alcohol problem. Well, except maybe Oreo. She sure keeps weird hours, that one, and we don't know where she goes. Also, she keeps getting fat and then thin and then fat again. A lot like Britney, and we know how that one is.
After the gym, I came home and ate dinner, which Chris made (of course). After dinner, I cried about my school situation -- I want to go full-time, but I want to have a life too. Arrrr. There are loans, but oh my god, the amount of money I will have to take out to both go to school and to live is ginormous. At least, if I want to keep myself in rented rooms and organic romaine, anyhow.
Anyway, then I stopped crying into my tofu and made some raw zucchini hummus (instead of chickpeas - zucchini!) and my lunch for tomorrow (romaine sandwiches! with hummus!) and the tortoises' lunch. Then I prepared tomorrow's breakfast smoothie - now, with spinach! - and put it in the blender in the fridge, so tomorrow all I have to do is add water & ice and turn the little sucker on. Then I cleaned up after all of that and dinner. All of this took, like, two hours. Phew. Tired. Why is it, again, I don't just eat at McDonalds? The drive-thru even.
We're going to Pittsburgh this weekend, for like 23 hours. Did I mention that? I'll get some pictures. Maybe. I'm not sure in 23 hours that I'll have time, or really anything to take pictures of.
For now, though, I just want to get some sleeeep.
Oh, wait, food! Breakfast: shake with fruit & protein mix. A banana mid-morning. Lunch: salad from Einstein. That Asian one. Delicious. But was digesting myself again about two hours later so had a yogurt with peaches mmmmmm. Digesting myself again by about 5 p.m. so went to the store after work for a raw fruit pie, papaya mmmmm Dinner was 3 Asian bean pastry things that Chris hates probably with the paper still attached to the bottom (extra fiber), bok choy, and lots of tofu. Chris makes excellent tofu. I venture to say I ate too much of it. To drink today: one green tea, lots of water.
I've really kicked coffee's ass. I'm pretty proud of myself there. :)
i knew i should have made more.
also, doesn't this look just delicious? i was hoping the lizards and snakes would float. they did not, but that unexpectedly turned out to be a plus as they scared more than one party guest when they appeared in their drink when it was drunk to a certain point. hee! :)
i think i'll just start using random pics. yeah.
all is well. it's 11. i'm hot. the fan in the bedroom rocks so i'm gonna make this quick so i can go visit it.
i slept badly last night, maybe on account of the dogs being in the next room. chewing and chewing. and growling, because they were not chewing on the thing they WANTED to be chewing on. et cetera.
tonight, i drink chamomile. yo no se si this is gonna work, but we'll see.
breakfast: juvo raw shake mixed with almond milk and a squeeze of honey, and a banana.
lunch: half a papaya. funny, i was starving but ate the papaya and felt fine. later, there were about 50 fake meat jerkys up for grab in the break room so i had one (and took about 15 home) - 160 cals, 15 grams of protein. yeah, baby. to drink today i had the second half of that pomegranate yerba mate (40 cals), one green tea (0 cals), and one decaf green tea (0 cals). and lots of water.
you'll note that i have not had a coffee since last friday. and surprisingly this hasn't even really been work, especially compared to last time when i kicked it. i am assuming this has something to do with the fact that i am not trying to substitute it with another sugary, creamy beverages like chai lattes. i do have some decaf chai mix, but i think i'll save it for special occasions, rather than every day. this makes me happy because coffee is one of those horrible-for-me things i've wanted to stop forever and just could not do. i really, really wondered if it would be possible. but so far i have done it and it has been fine and it's so good to be dropping the 200-500 calories a day i was consuming on the two or so coffees & iced coffees i was drinking each day. at least one was from dunkin donuts, and they were a nutritional nightmare, i'm guessing. even when i asked for half and half, they gave me cream... and think of all those cups i was throwing away!
pre-workout was a half-mug or so of greek yogurt with a few shakes of ground-up flax and dried blueberries.
the workout was tough - 45 min on the treadmill, nothing special, but i was PUSHING myself. sweatin' up a storm. after, i lifted weights and lunged around the room for a bit.
dinner was the customary wednesday at oceans grill, only this time i had shrimp quesadillas -- without the queso. that is, shrimp and veggies with salsa, guac, and sour cream. tasty. oh, and a few of chris's french fries. i came home wanting dessert so had a genuine *serving* of strawberry sorbet (120 cals) covered in soymilk. trust me, adding milk or soymilk to any ice cream or similar dessert makes it yummmy after it freezes.
ha ha ha. tonight i went to the smaller gym since the bigger gym had a dude workin' out in it. i turned on law & order. 10 minutes later, a girl walks in and i see her visibly wilt. she was in there on friday, watching her e! and doin' her thang. i'm sure most people are like me, and want the gym to themselves.. and if they have to share, they at least want to be there first so they can pick the station. i almost felt guilty. and on friday, she ended things on the uh.. you know, the crunch-assister thing. well, i was doing that tonight when she left, which means she probably wanted to do it. i bet i just ruined her whole night.
the master bath now officially belongs to the dogs.
as chris says, "due to stacey's lobbying, a.k.a. NAGGING," he finally followed up with the vet to see if it was advisable to leave the doggies outside during the day in this heat. (i said i'd shut up about it if the vet said it was okay!) the vet said no. fine if they all three were going in the pool voluntarily, but only gretchey does that.
so chris went and bought a special thing for the sliding glass door to make a doggy door out of it, and then we went and got this much-bigger crate tonight so they could all fit comfortably inside. and success! they do!
i'd love for them to have free run of the bathroom, but buddy still doesn't go potty where he should, and we don't know who we can trust around the wood bathtub and cupboards. but this is a great solution for now, for sure.
i'm such a dork! :) and so excited for them to have a nice, cool place to come nap when it gets too hot. then they can head back out to have fun when it gets a little cooler. plus, the bonus is that we won't be waking up at 7 on saturdays to let them out - they can let themselves out! :)
oh yeah -
food: breakfast was some jackfruit and a juvo shake with almond milk. lunch was half a papaya (yes, a big one) and a juvo shake. pre-workout snack was a few spoonfuls of greek yogurt with blueberries (for the protein, you know). dinner was a green salad with a raw dressing from glaser with yummy ravioli pasta and sun-dried tomatoes. to drink today, i had half a bottle of yerba mate today (40 cals), a straight green tea (0 cals), and lots of water.
exercise: 55 minutes on the treadmill. i was gonna do 45, but figured i'd tough it out until seinfeld was over.
working out at the gym versus running outside has big-time pros and cons.
con-wise, which has foremost on my mind, is that i like running outside. i run for 45 minutes or an hour or whatever and don't mind it. but on the treadmill? i am counting every minute. constantly calculating how much time i have to go. it's tedious, even with the tv on. also, i can't bring sebastian.
but pro-wise, it's very quantifiable. i know exactly how far i've gone, how fast i'm going, and have an estimate of how many calories i've burned.
today, though, i just started to realize that i should take advantage of these benefits. i've tried to hover at around 5.8 mph, with speed-ups to 6.0 and 6.5, but also slow periods of walking at 4.3 (often at an incline, depending on my energy). towards the end of my workout today, i was setting little goals of staying with the running until, say, the commercials were over. or staying at this speed (5.8) at this incline (5.5) for one full minute. trust me, at the end of a workout, it's harder than it sounds -- at least for me it was hard!
so anyway, long story short: today's workout indoors was the first one that i didn't absolutely hate for not being an outside run. this is good because i don't get headaches after inside workouts, so it really is for the best that i start to like them! :)
monday, over already? thank goodness.
breakfast - banana & juvo raw health shake
lunch - juvo raw health shake (someone didn't plan their day's menu well) and half a papaya. half a big papaya! and a handful of strawberries.
please note no coffee. :) i had some straight hot white tea, but that's it.
after-work-omg-i'm-gonna-die-snack - glaser farms papaya fruit pie.
dinner: two boca burgers and chris's extra especial tater tots, with a handful of cherries.
exercise: 45 min on the treadmill, while watching my faaaaavorite show, then some weight-liftin'.
all in all, a very successful day. :)
(Warning, this is a bitchfest, but with a happy ending.)
I really like my doctor. He seems nice.
Today he gave me a Topamax starter pack. I was nearly in tears at his office, explaining how I have a headache just about all the time. Let’s see, let’s start out on my trip home to Wisconsin.
1 Imitrex before I left work Friday
1 Imitrex when I arrived in Minneapolis on Friday
1 Imitrex when I woke up in Wisconsin on Saturday
Then I was fine until Tuesday, which was last Tuesday. I went for a jog, had to take an Imitrex. Then Wednesday night, I went for a jog, tried to not take an Imitrex, but realized I really needed to. But it either too late or just didn’t work, so the headache came on anyway. I’ve had a mild headache ever since, save for Saturday, when it was awful, and yesterday, when it was awful. I tried an Imitrex Thursday night, to no avail, and one Friday as well. At that point, I gave up on getting rid of the headache, especially in light of the fact that I am only allowed 9 per month. I took a Maxalt yesterday, out of desperation, and either it worked or yesterday was the day my headache was going to go away.
Great, until today. Today a little while before I was set to go to go the doc, I felt a pang in my head. Ignored it, hoped for the best. But soon I realized it was definitely the beginnings of a headache. Then I got to the doctor’s office and some chick was wearing way too much really rank perfume and I started panicking, because strong perfume has given me a headache before, but couldn’t find a place to sit where I couldn’t smell it.
It’s just annoying now, but annoying enough that I really can’t do anything once I get home. And jesus, am I ever SICK of doing nothing. I've been keeping weird hours on account of it, too, which sucks.
Please oh please let the Topamax work.
Oh, and ha - the doctor said beware of the side effect that it may make me lose weight. And when he said that, I told him right where he could shove those pills. (Answer: Right down my throat!) That sure would be nice, but mostly I just want it to make the headaches go away so I can start MOVING again. The doc said that these work pretty darn well, as long as I can tolerate them. Let's hope!
On another bitchfest note, I didn't get to see the fireworks last night. And you do know that the 4th is one of my favorite holidays. Maybe next 4th I need to go to Wisconsin, to make sure the day doesn't sink into just another weekday..
i took my midterm in college algebra today - a 94%! i don't think this says so much about me, however, as much as it does about the test.
thank god it was multiple choice, and thank god for chris for helping me prepare. for some unknown reason, we stayed up 'til like 4 on saturday night -- this is COMPLETELY out of character, mind you. i think the bad move was starting to watch talladega nights at, like, midnight. so anyway, chris woke up at 8:30 anyway, so was ready for bed EARLY last night, but stayed up past midnight to help me anyhow. such a guy. :)
this weekend was pretty much a wash. why? you guessed it: headache. well, that and homework. saturday i woke up with a horrible, whole-forehead headache. chris attended to me and we got it to go just to the normal migraine spot so i was able to actually get out of bed, but i was pretty useless all day. sunday, the headache was pretty much under control, but at that point i REALLY had studying to do, so planted my ass on the couch from, like, 4 p.m. to midnight with my math book in hand.
today, i stayed home. i still had a headache, of course, but it wasn't so bad. i slept in, studied, and went swimmin' with the dogs for a while. you really should not live in south florida without a private swimming pool; it's ridiculously nice. then tonight i had to go take my midterm, last minute. it was all fine, though. :)
i would do the food report thing, but - eh, not really worth reporting, esp. for the weekend (which was the usual of unhealthy breakfast food and pasta and all that other good stuff). friday, well... we don't want to go there, considering my breakfast was basically sugar and sugar (dd coffee, dd donut). i did have a nice salad from einstein's for lunch, but it was offset by multiple handfuls of granola. today, i had a big bowl of special k for breakfast/lunch, then a coffee with a fruit pie & a little bit of this sweet potato, cranberry, & mango stuff (excellent). dinner was burritos and store-bought baklava that chris didn't want to eat. so i had to have both of 'em. grr. ;)
anyway, i got a migraine book tonight. i am going to go read it in bed soon and see what i can start doing different to maybe help this bullshit. i've had a headache more or less constantly since last wednesday. woooooo.