Posts Tagged ‘dogs’

Happy Father’s Day!

Saturday, June 20th, 2009

Happy Father's Day to Paul Penick, the man who taught me to:

°    Love writing
°    Have fun with dogs (That's us on a lake in Arizona, with our dog, Pepper. I won't even tell you how many years ago this was! We were about to pull up to the shore and my dad needed to tie up the boat. He doesn't normally stand like this in the middle of a lake!)
°    Value education
°    Feel comfortable in a new environment
°    Talk to strangers
°    Care about spelling.
°    Enjoy chocolate and raspberry together
°    Love my family

Thanks, Dad. I have no doubt that without your influence and encouragement, I wouldn't be making a living as a freelance journalist today. I love my life and (especially now that I'm a parent myself) I appreciate everything you and Mom did, and continue to do, for my brother and me.

I love you!

See Mommy Lose Weight: Week 4

Thursday, September 18th, 2008


Yep, yesterday was technically "Weight-Loss Wednesday," but I was so swamped with work that I ended up waiting for today to hop on the scale and get down to business here.

So here's the rundown so far on my Wednesday weigh-ins:

Week 1: 138.6 (starting weight)
Week 2: 137.2 (total loss: 1.4 lbs)
Week 3: 137.2 (total loss: 1.4 lbs)

And… drum roll… Week 4: 136.8 (total loss: 1.8 lbs) Woot!

OK, it's not a huge loss. But it's better than last week's plateau. And I had some challenges this week, namely taking my son to Olive Garden for lunch one day. Now, soup, salad and breadsticks doesn't sound too bad, right? Until you add in the word "UNLIMITED." Unlimited OLIVE GARDEN BREADSTICKS. Oh, man.


Happy to report that I had ONE breadstick. Somehow I knew that if I had two, I'd have five, and all would be lost. So I nibbled one while Matt, happy to have the basket to himself, scarfed down five. And I had a salad and a bowl of soup. Not bad. Certainly better than my old Olive Garden habit of hitting that bread basket 'til I burst. All in all, I'm counting it as a victory.

The other challenge: exercise. I'm just not getting enough. Too much desk-bound time and not enough time walking the dog. So today, I'll commit to going for a long walk with Charlie the Wonder Dog. (He pooped on the rug this morning — I have no idea what possessed him to do that — and I had to clean that up before I even had breakfast. Talk about an appetite killer!) So Charlie will help with the weight-loss plan in two ways today.

Ah, the weight-loss gods work in mysterious ways.