Friday, March 24, 2006

Happy Birthday to Me!

Happy Birthday to me.
Happy Birthday to me.
Happy Birthday dear meeeeeeeee!
Happy Birthday to me!

I'm 45 years old. For more info than you ever wanted to know about your birth date.
You entered: 3/24/1961

  • Your date of conception was on or about 1 July 1960 which was a Friday.
  • You were born on a Friday under the astrological sign Aries.
  • The Julian calendar date of your birth is 2437382.5.
  • The golden number for 1961 is 5.
  • The epact number for 1961 is 13.
  • The year 1961 was not a leap year
  • Your birthday falls into the Chinese year beginning 2/15/1961 and ending 2/4/1962. You were born in the Chinese year of the Ox.
  • As of 3/24/2006 1:23:57 PM EST

    • You are 45 years old.
    • You are 540 months old.
    • You are 2,348 weeks old.
    • You are 16,436 days old.
    • You are 394,477 hours old.
    • You are 23,668,643 minutes old
    • You are 1,420,118,637 seconds old

  • Your age is the equivalent of a dog that is 6.43287671232877 years old. (You're still chasing cats!)
  • There are 365 days till your next birthday on which your cake will have 46 candles. Those 46 candles produce 46 BTUs,or 11,592 calories of heat (that's only 11.5920 food Calories!). You can boil 5.26 US ounces of water with that many candles.
  • In 1961 there were approximately 4.2 million births in the US.
  • In 1961 the US population was approximately 179,323,175 people, 50.6 persons per square mile.
  • In 1961 in the US there were approximately 1,523,000 marriages (8.5%) and 393,000 divorces (2.2%)
  • In 1961 in the US there were approximately 1,712,000 deaths (9.5 per 1000)

  • Your birthstone is Aquamarine
  • Your birth tree is Hazelnut Tree, the Extraordinary

    Charming, undemanding, very understanding, knows how to make an impression, active fighter for social cause, popular, moody and capricious lover, honest and tolerant partner, precise sense of judgement.

  • The moon's phase on the day you wereborn was in its first quarter.

Friday, March 17, 2006

You Should Weigh 171

If you weigh less than this, you either have a fast metabolism or are about to gain weight.
If you weigh more than this, you may be losing a few pounds soon!
Pretty spooky ... I weighed 170 lbs yesterday and 171 only a couple days ago.

You Are Sunshine

Soothing and calm

You are often held up by others as the ideal

But too much of you, and they'll get burned

You are best known for: your warmth

Your dominant state: connecting

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

171.0 lbs

Despite not working out much, I am losing weight. I think it is because I haven't been eating big meals.

Friday, March 10, 2006

173.0 lbs

Finally got to the gym! Had a decent workout.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Work is still busy but I have a couple days vacation tomorrow and Monday. Phew. I'm here at work late trying to finish up my latest assignment before I take off for vacation. I haven't been able to fit in work outs. Phooey.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

173.5 lbs

Work is incredibly busy so I sacraficed the work out yesterday but managed to squeeze it in today.

Friday, February 17, 2006

177.0 lbs

Worked out at the very end of the day today. It felt good to get right back in the gym after missing day.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

I was too busy at work today to fit in a work out. Sigh.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

178.0 lbs

Bad day yesterday at work. Today was OK but I'm still recovering from yesterday. It wasn't a very good Valentine's day although dinner out after work was nice. Poor sweetie of mine got an earful on the bad day at work though.

Monday, February 13, 2006

179.0 lbs

I led a hike for GLS on Sunday. It went well. The weather was awesome and the scenery was nice. It was a mostly woodsy hike with some exposed parts with nice views of the woodsy valleys. We saw some nice big redwoods in the valley on the Pomponio trail.

Friday, February 10, 2006

177.0 lbs

Ah shot ... puppy class is cancelled tomorrow. The instructor has a back injury and has been forbidden to go back to work this weekend. So the lessons will start hopefully next Saturday (if her back is well).

Thursday, February 09, 2006

177.0 lbs

Don't you just hate it when the sunny days fall during the week when you are stuck indoors. Grrrr! I hope the sunny weather holds out for my hike on Sunday and for puppy training class on Saturday.

Its my night to cook. I would like cooking better if I could walk in the kitchen and the menu is all planned out with instructions on how to cook it. It is the deciding what to cook that I don't like so much. The actual cooking isn't so bad once I get started. I much prefer washing dishes. I wonder what the ratio would be of folks who woud rather cook than do the dishes vs those who would rather do the dishes than cook.

Friday, February 03, 2006

Astro and Cosmo

178.0 lbs

Here is a picture of the new puppies on my lap. Astro is the reddish brown and white puppy while Cosmo is the black and white puppy.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

177.5 lbs
The puppies are here. They are small and cute cute cute. They wiggle. They bite. They chew. They whine. They sleep. They cuddle. They play. They pee and poo -- the usual puppy stuff.

Cosmo is a bit of a bully while Astro is sweeter. But Astro will let Cosmo know when he is too rough. Astro lay on my lap and slept yesterday while Cosmo found Charlotte's lap. It was amazing how wiggly they were one minute and how still the next when they fell asleep.

I'm a bit overwhelmed by the puppies. I worry that I am doing things wrong in terms of training them. I'll hang in there and follow Charlotte's lead on training until we start puppy kindergarten on Feb 11th.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

179 lbs
The puppies are coming! The puppies are coming! Cosmo and Astro are on their way. In about 35 minutes they will be getting off the jet and be picked up by Charlotte! When I get home I'll meet them.

Monday, January 30, 2006

181.5 lbs
Got myself to the gym today after a lazy weekend. I was going to go geocaching Saturday but it was cancelled and all I ended up doing was running errands with Charlotte and not getting any exercise on Saturday. Sunday was spent getting to Berkeley and watching nieces Eva and Marlena in a gymnastics meet: an afternoon with my butt on a chair. Oh well. I'm back on track today.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Thursday, January 26, 2006

I didn't work out today or weigh in. It has been such a roller coaster week that I decided to just rest today and not push myself to do anything in paritcular.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Forgot my shorts today so no playing hamster on the treadmill. Running in jeans just doesn't work for me. Instead I took a forty minute walk along the Coyote Creek trail of which part borders my work parking lot. I decided not to weigh myself today after the walk. So tune in tomorrow for the latest weight.

Is TV bad for your mental health? Charlotte thinks so and a book I'm reading thinks so. The book is "Beating the Blues : New Approaches to Overcoming Dysthymia and Chronic Mild Depression" by Michael E. Thase, Susan S. Lang. But I love to watch TV. Is my love of TV making my mental health worse? Charlotte had me tipping towards trying to wean myself off TV yesterday but I'm not quite convinced yet. I keep remembering how much I enjoyed my TV before Charlotte came into my life and how it didn't feel like it was detrimental to my mental health. I find myself imagining ways to watch TV secretly so Charlotte doesn't know I'm doing it. Why do I feel a need to hide it from Charlotte? Maybe because I'm ashamed of my TV watching. I might wander around the internet and see what other opinions I can find on the affect of TV on mental health.

Monday, January 16, 2006

182.0 lbs

Name That Puppy!

We haven't picked out names yet for our puppies. Any suggestions? We have some in mind but could use more suggestions.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

181.0 lbs
CCC and I have purchased two male Basenji Puppies due to arrive on Feb 1, 2006. Here they are as of January 8, 2006.

We ended up picking this breed based on

  • desire for a dog that doesn't bark a lot - Basenjis don't bark (although they do yodel and whine)
  • desire for a clean dog - Basenjis clean themselves a bit like cats do
  • desire for a short haired dog
  • desire for a unique dog
  • desire for an intelligent dog
  • desire for a dog that isn't too large
  • we liked the pictures of the Basenjis in the books we poured through and on the internet

We got two dogs because there will be times we will be leaving the dogs at home (going to work, hiking at parks that don't allow dogs, etc.) and we didn't want to leave one dog all by his/her lonesome. We picked males because that was what was available from the breeder we choose to purchase them from. The dogs will keep each other company when we have to leave them home alone.

CCC will be roughly 75% reponsible for the dog care and I'm roughly 25% responsible for it -- mostly because I'm off at work 8 hours a day and CCC is home most days and she is the one who really really wanted to have pet dogs and she is more experienced with animal care. She has had many other pets in her life but never a dog.

We have stacks of books from the library about dog care sitting in the living room. CCC is busily reading them and figuring out how to prepare for the arrival of our new family members. I haven't started reading any yet but will soon. We also intend on signing up for puppy training classes.

For those who want to know even more about Basenji's check out the comments on this post with a link to a blog by two Basenjis: Scootis & Squish.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

184 lbs

The holiday damage is ... drum roll please ... 6 pounds. So it is off to the races yet again to shed those unwanted pounds.

It was worth it. The food was delicious on the holidays and I got to sleep in every single day and I didn't feel guilty for indulging. If I am going to indulge, I might as well enjoy it and this holiday I actually did enjoy it for once.