Bad Dog

Today, I was taking out my recyclables out to the trash can and Casey got out shortly before Rob called to tell me he was on his way home.  As soon as Rob called me, I went to go take Casey out for a potty and he’s nowhere to be found!

So, I called Rob back and told him that we had a problem.  Casey had gotten out of the house.  I walked up and down the two main streets (not wide enough for two-way traffic but busy enough that the road should be wider with speed limits of 30 km/hr [18 mph]) for 30 minutes looking for him, asking the neighbors that were outside if they had seen my dog.  I called him to me, fearing the worst.  I walked down to the two major streets (much more traffic than the main streets and are clearly marked two-way traffic roads with a speed limit of 50 km/hr [31mph]) and called for him.  I didn’t see him or his dead body laying in the road.  So, I quickly walked back to the house.  Rob had just gotten home and he was in the car looking for his beret so that he could help me look.

We both walked down the same path that I had just walked and we couldn’t find him.  I bawled the entire way home shouting, “I’m so stupid.  How could I let this happen?”  Rob doesn’t know what to say, so he just put his hand on my back and rubbed it.  We were almost home and Rob says, “Somebody probably just picked him up.  They’re not going to keep him, but they are keeping him safe.”

The words were a little comforting, but still, I was worried about my dog.  As soon as we walked up our street, Rob hears Casey barking.  He shushes me.  We walked slightly faster up the steep hill to our house and there we see some neighbors from up the road that had seen Casey.  He walked into their house!!!  Apparently, they knew who’s dog it was and they put him back in our yard.  My face was tear-stained and all I could do was just hug the woman for bringing my dog back.  I offered her a Coke or something to drink and she politely declined.  I thanked them many times over.  The neighbors to our right were out and said something in German that I didn’t quite understand.  I couldn’t think of the words for “Bad dog” in German, but I said, “Big trouble” and pointed at Casey.  They laughed.  They could see that I was relieved.

Bad Dog!

Children Learn What They Live

If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.

If children live with hostility, they learn to fight.

If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive.

If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry for themselves.

If children live with ridicule, they learn to feel shy.

If children live with jealousy, they learn to feel envy.

If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.

If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.

If children live with tolerance, they learn patience.

If children live with praise, they learn appreciation.

If children live with acceptance, they learn to love.

If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.

If children live with recognition, they learn it is good to have a goal.

If children live with sharing, they learn generosity.

If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness.

If children live with fairness, they learn justice.

If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect.

If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and in those about them.

If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live.

Excerpted from the book CHILDREN LEARN WHAT THEY LIVE
©1998 by Dorothy Law Nolte and Rachel Harris
The poem “Children Learn What They Live”

Starting out on the right foot

Well, today I started my new regiment of exercise and diet.  So far, so good.

I should have mentioned before my goals:  To become healthier, make better choices about my diet, start an exercise routine that I can stick with and get my weight under control–my ideal weight is between 130 and 135.

Weigh in:

160 (technically, 159.8, but who’s counting, right?)


35 minutes on elliptical machine, 3 sets of 10 ab machine.
Calories burned: around 250


Breakfast: A bowl of Life Cinnamon flavored cereal with 1% milk.
Calories consumed: approximately 300

Lunch: 2 Boca Burgers with American Cheese on Italian Bread
Calories Consumed: Approx. 230

Snack: Did not have a snack

Dinner: Mango Glazed Chicken
Calories Consumed: 240

Total Calories consumed today: 770
(I so didn’t mean to eat so little today, but I do have a propensity towards anorexia)

Perhaps I should not worry about having a snack and eat slightly larger main meals, but I don’t know if that would work or not.  I like having the option to have a snack before Rob gets home from work…

July NaBloPoMo

Well, as July quickly approaches, NaBloPoMo’s theme for the month is FOOD.

Well, I decided that I’m not going to complain about my weight anymore.  It’s something that I can control.  So, starting Monday I’m going on a new exercise/diet.  That’s what I’m going to blog about.  Sure, I’ll probably still be ranting and raving about this, that and the other–but I’m going to be theme blogging everyday in July.  I need to keep a FOOD diary anyway.

Here’s the plan:  I found a blog about dieting on Saturday and I determined that in order to lose weight, I needed to figure out how many calories I need to eat in order to facilitate weight loss.  How it’s determined:  Take your weight and multiply that by 7.  That is the number of calories to eat in a day.  Divide by 4.  This magic number is the number of calories to eat in 4 meals.  Basically, 3 regular meals and a snack.  This blogger said that you should not eat less than 1050 per day and no more than 1500 at the max.  Add in exercise and wall-la!

Rob and I went to Ramstein today.  We decided that we were going to have brunch at the Officer’s club.  $37.80, 2 large helpings of food and 2 desserts later, we went to the bookstore on Ramstein.  It’s so much bigger than the one on Vogelweh.  I ran into some people that we knew in Hanau.  We got to chatting and she was telling me that she rides with her husband in for PT and then she hits the gym for an hour or so while he’s doing Army PT.  What a great idea!  So, I talked to Rob and asked if I could ride in with him to PT.  He said as long as I don’t slow him down in the mornings, sure it would be no problem.

We’re both going on low-calorie diets, too.  One thing my parents taught my brother and I early on was that the only way to effective weight loss was a balanced diet, reduced portions and exercise.  Well, back then, I used to be anorexic and I think that my parents on some level knew that.  That’s why they tried to teach me that.  I don’t really have a problem with anorexia anymore and I seem to have an overly healthy relationship with food.  So, for the month of July, I’m going to try to lose some weight.

Once a week (on Mondays) I will weigh myself at the gym (since my scale isn’t worth anything except an over sized paperweight!) and I will report it here.  I will also log EVERTHING that I eat, how many calories it was, and my activities for the day.  If I think about it, I might even take pictures of the food I eat.

I hope that this will motivate me.  It will also give me two added bonus points.  One for blogging for the day and another one for blogging on the theme of the month.  I hope you check out my blog and leave encouraging comments to keep my motivated!

Well, I need to get some shoes put on and take Casey and Rob for a walk.  Thanks for reading and have a great day!

It was not meant to be…

Rob has to work late again tonight, so we won’t be going on date night after all.  I’m a little bit bummed, but I should have seen this coming.

I need to call and cancel.  That’s alright.  I should get most of tomorrow with him though, since it’s Sports Day.  I think it’s going to be an early day (though, I seriously doubt that it will), but at least we have the weekend.

We were going to go see his cousin who is coming to Germany over the weekend of the 4th, but that will also not be realized.  He’s leaving to go to the field on Sunday morning.  We’re going to meet Charcoal on Saturday for a few hours (who knows really how long!) and then, we’ll have to come home so that he can go to bed at an early hour.  Sometime during the course of the week, I’ll need to pack his bags for the field.  Yes, I pack his bags for him.  He likes me to do it.  I do it well.  He never gets it packed up the same way that I do–I’m much more efficient about it than he is about it.  I’m surprised he’s never left anything behind, all things considered.  I usually make him take an extra duffel bag so that he can get everything he left with!

Well, so much for a date night!  Oh well.

Thanks for reading!

Why’d you do that…?

A friend of mine, Randomability, sent me an email today.  She wanted to say thanks!  Here is the original post that she sent me and this is the link inside the post.

It made me cry.  Thanks for sharing…and you’re welcome! 🙂

So, to all of you out there: friends, family, vets and to our soldiers/sailors/airmen/marines/coasties:  Thank you for supporting us, our country, our way of life.  Thank you for your sacrifice!

God Bless America.  Freedom isn’t free!  “All gave some.  Some gave all.”

Back to the grind…

Well, we had a break (if you want to call it that) for about 6 weeks with most of the battalion on leave at various times since April.  Now, that has ended and everything is getting back to busy again–which includes me.  Though, if you asked Rob about it, he’d tell you that there was no break for him whatsoever!

As for me and the animals, we’re doing great.  Casey’s fine and Gizmo’s thing seemed to have cleared up as well.  One more vet trip for him.  The doc wants to MAKE sure he’s okay and I still have to pay for everything.  I’m worried it’ll be a lot of money, but I’m sure it’ll be reasonable enough.

Charcoal’s going to join our family soon.  I’m so excited!  I can’t wait–well, I can do without potty training again, but it might be a little easier here than it was when we were living in the apartment.

This week is already starting to be busy.  Tonight, I have to get some info about the Sports Day that the battalion is doing.  In October, HHB and B Batteries teamed up and hosted a haunted house and now Service and B Batteries are teaming up to do an obstacle course.  I had originally said that we were going to do it and Service battery’s FRG leader said that she had volunteered to do that…I don’t recall her saying it, but we’re going to do it together.  It’s just so frustrating.  Everyone wants to do what I do.  It’s not like I have the best ideas or anything, because I can’t claim that I even came up with the idea to begin with, but still!

Tomorrow is the Coffee Group meeting which should be fun.  Lots of adult conversations to be had!  🙂  On Wednesday, it should be low-key for me, but Thursday is a free date-night hosted by the ACS.  Italian buffet and a movie.  I’m not sure what the movie is, but if it involves film, I’m in!  Friday is Sports Day.

Next week’s going to be interesting.  We will also get to meet the puppy.  🙂  That should be fun for all.  I know that on Thursday the 3rd, there’s a Community Fun Run (3 miles at 9-10 mins/mile) or walk (1.5 miles).  I’m going to go.  It should be lots of fun.  Yes, I’m bringing my camera (my nice one, even!)  On the 4th, perhaps we’ll go to Mannheim to the Volksfest that is sponsored by the Mannheim community.  It’s always fun to go to!  Then, I’m sure on Sat we’ll had to Wurzburg to meet Charcoal.

Rob’s cousin is headed to Germany/Europe sometime next week as well and I know that Rob would like to see him, if only for a couple of hours.

Anyway, I need to get some stuff done around here…no time for idle chit-chat! 😉

Cell Phones for Soldiers

How many times do you open a box of stuff that you’ve ordered on-line and just thrown away the advertisements?  Today, I opened the box of DVDs that my husband ordered.  I never give much thought to the ads that are inside the package–until today.

There were 2 coupons for new sandwiches at McDonald’s (which 1.  They don’t have the same sandwiches here in Germany that they do in the US and 2.  I don’t like to eat at McDonald’s!), there was a coupon for some prepackaged meat (which I may have to use since Rob loves lunch meat sandwiches) and then there was this curious plastic ad.

I gently pulled it out and there was a drawing of a Soldier wearing a kevlar helmet on a radio.  I read further and I realized that this was for cell phone donation for Soldiers, so they can call home!  I turned it over and it’s a mailer so you can send your phones in.  There’s a web address so, I go and visit it.

Now, I’m thinking, wow!  I actually got something worth keeping (until I can find Rob and I’s old cells)–worth reading about and worth passing on!  If you go to the website, you can print off a label and you don’t have to pay for shipping, but come on, cell phones don’t weigh much–you can pay for the shipping yourself (it’s not going to be too much) and then more money can be put into the program to help our troops!

What this program is:  It’s a cell-phone recycling movement.  They sell the donated cell phones for money and then they use that money to buy calling cards for the Soldiers who are overseas.  This program was started by two ‘tween children who are now 15 and 16 years old.  AT & T got on board and they donated about $300,000 dollars worth of calling cards for the troops!!!  It’s amazing.

I know you all have a least one phone that you don’t use anymore, so what are you waiting for?  Donate it to our troops (and pay the shipping costs yourself–if you can)!

Get the word out and watch the videos on the webpage.  They made me cry!

The Amazing Adventures of Casey and Gizmo

Hi all!  Well, we certainly had an adventure today!  Gizmo, Casey and I went to the vet today!  Casey seemed to be doing much better.  His urine seemed to have cleared up (or so I thought–it’s still a little bloody, but I’ll just have to make sure he’s drinking a lot of water).  He does have a UTI and is still running a fever.  It came down .2 degrees from yesterday.  Still not acting sick, though.  They weighed Casey and he’s almost back up to his pre-op weight of 15 lbs and Gizmo inadvertently weighed himself and he’s a whopping 9.5 lbs.

Gizmo on the other hand, he’s not as sick as Casey is, but is acting much sicker.  We found out that he’s got impacted bowels and quite a lot of it, too.  The vet had to do some xrays on him and draw blood on him.  This was not an easy task, either.

Gizmo had an enema done.  If you’ve never witnessed one of those performed on your animal, your missing out–I’M KIDDING!  It was a nightmare!  Two of us had to hold him down while the other put the stuff in him.  He refused to go to the bathroom, so they had to do it AGAIN!  He finally went a tiny bit and then threw up.  After that fiasco was over, the vet gave him two shots, not sure what they were for, though.  I opened the kennel up for Gizmo and he was more than happy to get in–normally he hates the kennel, but he’s much more tolerant than Lilo was about getting in it.  He was also ready to leave!  I don’t say that I blame him.  The whole time he was there, they kept poking him with needles and shoving stuff up his butt.  I would have been none-too-thrilled if the doctors were doing stuff like that to ME!

As soon as we got home, Gizmo went straight for the litter box and then came back out to the living room and laid down, cleaning his wound where they drew blood.  He’s rolled over twice, but stayed in the same spot that he plopped down in.

Casey is keeping a good watch over Gizmo and walked up to him after he laid down to make sure that he was okay.  Gizmo tolerated it.  No hissing or growling.  When Casey decided that Gizmo was okay, he started to eat breakfast and now he is laying at my feet.

Both animals have to go back to the vet on Saturday morning.

The vet is an older gentleman.  A lot of the equipment that was in the office was ancient and they still used a manual filing system.  He was nice and gentle.  He has a kind heart and he didn’t frighten my animals (yeah, like anyone would scare Casey!  If you give him an ounce of attention, he’s your new best friend!)  Even getting shots doesn’t bother Casey.  They may have hurt getting them, but he quickly forgets the pain and carries on as if nothing happened.  Gizmo on the other hand…well…let’s just say I’m not going to touch hm for a little while longer…

Thanks for all the prayers and thoughts coming out to us.  I think we’re gonna be alright!