Saturday, April 19, 2014

Kendall's Homecoming

Kendall is home for Easter. Here's how Milo and Steve feel about that:

By the way, Kendall would like you to know that she fell down because Steve jumped on her, 
not because she is overly dramatic. :)

Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday Fragments: Episode #297

I'm feeling kind of mushy tonight; 
I'm so grateful for the friendships I've made via Half-Past Kissin' Time.
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On with the fragging!

In the category of My Worst Nightmare: Last Saturday, when the ER vet squatted down to examine Steve, she FARTED! Can you imagine if your doctor did that? I don't know how Steve kept a straight face! She politely said, "Excuse me." and I admired her ability to keep her composure, as I was LMAO (inside). 

Steve had bordetella and coughed (and wretched) for days but is fine now, thank goodness; we were afraid we were looking at a pricey surgical procedure! Definitely need to get the carpets cleaned, though. If you're dying to know what Bordetella looks like in dogs, you can watch this 30-second video I took of Steve Saturday morning. He was much worse the next day, but tonight he only "huffed" a couple of times and is completely back to normal. He's saying thanks in this video:

If you think "Clothing is a barrier between ourselves and the world and affects the way we perceive ourselves and our environment.” you might be interested in Naked Yoga. Me? Not so much.

You may recall my YouTube video about how to get the Otterbox Defender Series case off of a Samsung Galaxy S4 phone. It's had almost 41,000 views and has 122 comments, 98% of which are positive. I feel great about having helped so many people out. Earlier this week, a troll (people who leave comments designed to get a rise out of people online) left a comment, and I'm really proud of my reply, which was carefully crafted. I think you'll appreciate it. For what it's worth, I never said in the video that any of the steps are "easy," though I did say one of the steps is "pretty simple." Apparently, not simple enough for everyone.

As I mentioned last week, my bad cholesterol had jumped significantly since last year, so I got serious about taking control of my health. (I want to be a grandma and a great grandma some day!) So, when my cousin Shannon recommended that I read Eat to Live, I downloaded it from Audible and having been listening to it on my commute. I am learning so, so much about food!!! Shannon said it changed her life, and I concur; I'm not even finished with it yet and feel it's given me very, very good insights that will change the way I look at food forever.

I'd heard that celery can be re-grown, but I didn't believe it until I tried it myself; here's my little experiment.
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How fun is that?!
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Taking One for the Team

When I think of sororities, I think of rich, snooty, fashion-conscious, exclusive young women with whom I'd have nothing in common. However, I am slowly learning that not all sororities are fit my stereotype. My college freshman daughter Kendall, too, shared some of my judgements about sororities, but then she learned about Alpha Sigma Kappa-Women in Technical Studies, at her university. According to their website,

This sorority of women is committed to achieving academic goals and promoting women in technical fields, through leadership, friendship, and support.

They are also philanthropic, evidenced by their involvement last weekend in Relay for Life overnight event at TCF Stadium, where 126 college teams helped raise money to fight cancer.

Pay no attention to the photo bomber over Kendall's shoulder 
and notice instead how happy these girls are.


This one's my favorite...

Can you believe those teams raised $128, 451.28?!

Before she joined, Kendall wasn’t sure she was into the whole “sisterhood for life” thing; she was mainly attracted to the networking and service aspects of the sorority, as well as the opportunities for leadership (She really liked Student Council in high school). That Alpha Sigma Kappa works with schools and kids also appealed to her, of course. She also figured that a sorority of women committed to academic excellence would be a great place to find support as she works her way through a very difficult major (Chemical Engineering or another engineering field).

Other points that set Alpha Sigma Kappa apart: While some sororities have huge membership fees, ΑΣΚ’s is only $100 per semester, and they accepted every student who rushed. They don’t have any superficial standards related to appearance. As you might also guess, they’re not partiers (Besides, they don’t even have a house.).

Kendall says that in the past two months she’s spent getting to know the girls in the sorority, she’s come to appreciate the sisterhood aspect. She genuinely sees the contribution each girl makes to the sorority as a whole, and she appreciates it. Kendall said that although many stereotypes about “Greek life” are true, “There are so many other faces in a sorority behind the faces that get all the attention; there’s much more to them than meets the eye”.....

.even when that eye is full of pie.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Thankless Job Interviews

This is so great; I smiled so big. American Greetings made this awesome video. First, they posted an online ad for the "World's Toughest Job" here. Millions of people clicked on the ad to read it, and despite the fact that the job description clearly states that the salary is probono/unpaid, 27 people actually applied. Below is a compilation created with their webcam interview reactions. 

Thank you, awesome son Kyle, for sharing this with me. I love you and miss you!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Will the Holiday Meal Knock You Off-Course?

Heading to an Easter banquet table (or two) this weekend? We’re going to an all-you-can-eat Easter buffet for lunch on Sunday; it will be my first feasting occasion since recently committing to a healthy eating lifestyle (with the ultimate goal of decreasing my cholesterol) and I’m pretty sure that eggs benedict and fried chicken don’t fit in that plan.  I know a lot of people will say that it’s okay to throw goals out the window for one day, but for me, I truly want to eat healthy that day, not out of sacrifice, but simply out of choosing to “eat to live.”
I just called the brunch venue and learned that these are the meat options:
roast beef, baked haddock, broasted chicken, baked ham, sausage links, bacon, and eggs
Unless you’re a vegan, your mouth is watering right now, too; right? My plan is to choose the haddock, and I’m going to skip the eggs and bacon section of the buffet altogether.  I’m committed to not eating refined sugar, so I’ll be skipping the dessert table, too, though that’s gotten easier since I stopped eating fake sugar.  In addition, I plan to make sure that I have a healthy dinner planned so that lunch can be my main meal and dinner can be guilt-free. Rather than feeling underprivileged that day, I’m pretty sure I’ll feel fine; eating healthy foods is part of the way that I live now, so as long as there are options for me, I think I’ll be okay.
How about you? Have you set goals for yourself that holiday meals make difficult to reach? What’s your plan? Or do you plan to just wing it?