Max, day 1

Max, day 1

Went to Target and spoiled the dog rotten. Went to the Animal Orphanage and picked up the dog. He was pretty spooked when we brought him to the car, but he enjoyed looking out the window. The vet deemed him healthy, with a strong heartbeat, clear lungs, and heartworm-negative. Took a rabies shot. Great! Brought him home, and he proceeded to *attempt* to mark the furniture. Once we convinced him not to, he puttered around, solicited scritches and got to know the area. Misty took a swing at him and was banished to the middle room. Charlie hissed and ran to the bedroom. Misty has since emerged and has been atop her scratching post platform, eyeing up the competition. Charlie won’t be seen for days.

Things we’ve learned about Max:
1) He likes to run, and pulls HARD on the leash. We’ll probably have to switch to a harness-type collar so that he doesn’t smush his neck when pulling.
2) He can run FAR. He bolted out the door earlier and ran 6 buildings down before snatched him. I really don’t want to microchip him, but he freaked me out.

Now he’s coughing a bit, and spitting up some clear phlegmmy stuff. I’m a smidge concerned, given past canine health history.

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Max’s Homecoming Day!

After work, BvP and I will zip to Target to purchase bowls, food, and the required squeak-toy for our new addition. Then we zip to the Animal Orphanage to bring our Maxie….to the vet. Naturally, I’ll want him checked out before he enters the kingdom of the cats. Maybe the vet will have a better idea of how old Max is. Some playtime outside afterward maybe…THEN a bath if he still has shelter-stink. I’m jittery. Hope it goes well.

Last night, as Charlie contentedly spread out in the middle of the carpet for his early-evening nap, I felt a wave of guilt. The cats are totally going to HATE life (and me) once Max shows up. They’ll cope (as they’ve all learned to cope with the additions and losses of each other, I suppose) but for a while, they won’t be happy.

The non-bloggable worries from yesterday have subsided, leaving the original non-blog-able worries to be worried about. Get that? :)

Wt: 143 pounds?? (repeated head-smashing against desk) That puts me 10 pounds away from revised goal. Blech. Makes me want cupcakes
Mood: Apprehensive about Max’s transition to our apartment.
Work docket: Damon out today. Did the bar section update, tweaked the center package on the homepage to showcase the blackout stories. (From which we were spared down here in Southern NJ…amazing what a difference 10 exits on the turnpike make). Hot Properties, and grab more photos for Community Guide.
Lunch: Thoroughly disgusted with diet lunches. Didn’t bring any.
Afternoon/Evening: I was going to go to Jenna’s birthday party tonight, but will be tied up with all things Max. I’ll send the gift over there with Mom.
Weekend: More Max-mania. The family’s going to see Mom-Mom’s grave on Sunday, and then visit her house one more time before it’s sold later this week. I don’t think I can go there. I have warm memories of her house. Don’t want to see it empty.

And now…the FRIDAY FIVE!!!

1. How much time do you spend online each day?
Around 10 hours. Keep in mind I work online all day, so that sucks up 8 hours right there.

2. What is your browser homepage set to?

3. Do you use any instant messaging programs? If so, which one(s)?
I use AOLIM at work to keep in touch with Clark, who works from home. Other than that, I don’t use IM programs.

4. Where was your first webpage located?
Ah…it was 1994, and it was or something wonderfully user-friendly like that. :) It was gray with Times New Roman font, some H1 thru H4 tags. Then I moved it to Then Then Now I’m finally at, hosted by Lunarpages. (whew!)

5. How long have you had your current website?
The current incarnation of marked it’s one year anniversary in the beginning of July, and has had one redesign during that time period.

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In movement, there is stillness

“In movement, there is stillness.” — Anne, my yoga teacher

A dollar to anyone who knows what the heck she meant by that one. A rather bland Wednesday. Nap in the afternoon, yoga at night. Added Max’s page to the website.

Today we have a guy from Gannett Corporate coming to see us and talk about career paths within online. So, I am in full corporate-grrl mode today. Wearing a mint-green linen (it’s real linen — see how wrinkly?) suit, and hair slicked down into low ponytail, courtesy of lots of styling products.

Wt: 141.0. I have a scapegoat for the hunger/weight gain. I should be better in a week.
Mood: Non-blog-able worries have compounded. Besides that, pleasant.
Work docket: Did communities, will do engagements and continue finishing Comm Guide Database. Ten am meeting about new healthcare plan (for which I already know my weekly cost will double — why bother going?), and schmooze with Mr. Gannett Corporate.
Lunch: Smart Ones Pizza, microwave popcorn.
Afternoon plans: Go to the gym. I must. MUST. MUST.
Evening plans: May schedule a coffee-n-coping with Mom. Guild meeting at 9 pm.

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Yesterday turned out to be a darn good day

Yesterday turned out to be a darn good day! David was awake when I got home, and we watched a bit of TV. Namely Animal Planet’s “That’s my Baby!” which is Lifetime’s “A Baby Story” about animals. In the first episode, a pug was pregnant with two pups. Her owners threw a BABY SHOWER for her, inviting back her first litter of pups and other pugs in the neighborhood. As the couple decorated their yard in pink and blue and showed off the cake I looked at David and said, “That is what we will become if we don’t have children.” A chilling thought, really.

Followed that up with a visit to see Max at the orphanage. While we where there, we got to see Abner, a blind beagle, get adopted and taken to his new home. What wonderful people! Spent about 45 minutes with Max (who I’ll pick up Friday afternoon), grabbed some food from Chez Elena Wu, and settled in for the evening. I barely played Asheron’s Call and retired at around 8:00 pm with my cats, books, and aromatic ‘sleep’ oil. :)

Wt: 141.2. I can’t go back…I can’t go back…I won’t go back..
Mood: On the fine line between being demotivated and remotivated.
Work docket: Online Mall, Finish redoing our page (vast improvements being made) and hopefully get some recipes updated.
Lunch: Smart Ones Chicken Something-or-other-Bowl, microwave popcorn
Afternoon plans: Will probably sleep a few hours so I’ll be awake for..
Evening plans: Yoga. Last class of session, then I think we get two weeks off.

Seriously, about the weight. I’ve been super-sloppy these last few months. And it’s not just the Iced Chais. I’ve been hitting the snack machine mid-morn again, and having Ben & Jerry’s every weekend. So it’s not really a surprise that I’m above 140. I’ve just been so so so hungry lately. And I hate to be hungry. So here’s my new plan. I’m going to front-load my day with food. Oatmeal AND milk in the morning. Frozen crud AND popcorn at lunch. Salad with a bit of dinner on the side. Lots of water. I’m abandoning the Monday-Wednesday(for yoga)-Friday gym schedule, since I always find reasons not to go to the gym on Mondays and Fridays. Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday may work better for me.

New goal: to reach 133 (note new number) pounds by 10/18/03 — my next WDW vacation. But my size 6 skirts still fit. Figure THAT out, because I certainly can’t.

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