Friday, June 26, 2009
Posted by nada at 12:31 PM
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
As I was scanning the news this morning I came across an article titled "The Top Ten Pet-Owner Mistakes." Assuming I've made few to none I started reading and to my chagrin, I'm guilty of more than half. I've blogged about Bailey before and while he really is a dog, I think of him more as a sweet, little best-friend (like a Lars but less vocal and much smaller). He's affectionate, selfless and very intuitive. While he may not be brilliant (or even intellectually mediocre) or a circus dog he offers many other great qualities including....a stellar sense of humor and a really optimistic outlook.
Here are some mistake from Real Simple's Megan Kaplan:
Mistake 1: Buying a Pet Spontaneously - Guilty
Mistake 2: Skipping Obedience Training - Guilty
I didn't realize I needed to be so firm.
Mistake 3: Being Inconsistent With the Rules - Guilty
I'm a sucker....
Mistake 4: Dispensing Too Many Free Treats - Guilty
Again, I'm a sucker....
Mistake 5: Neglecting to Socialize Your Pet - Innocent!
This I've done well, he has lots of friends...humans and dogs.
Mistake 6: Skimping on Exercise - Innocent
Bailey has some health issues so exercise is optional!
Mistake 7: Neglecting to Keep Your Pet Mentally Active - Not sure?
I'm not sure about this one.
Mistake 8: Leaving a Pet Alone for Too Long - Guilty
It's hard with working parents but if the economy keeps moving in the same direction one of us will likely be with him more :)
Mistake 9: Failing to Make Your Home Pet-Friendly - Guilty
B's legs are about 2 inches tall so it's not easy for him to jump around without hurting himself.
Mistake 10: Punishing Your Pet - Innocent!
Bailey is rarely punished...plus when he screws up he usually knows he did something he wasn't supposed to....I'm a fan of self-inflicted punishment.....just not with criminals.
Posted by nada at 9:54 AM
Monday, February 2, 2009
- Caffeinated beverages (1-2 per day)
- Cocoa powder (or chocolate in small amounts)
Anyone else going through some of this? Any tips or tricks?
Posted by nada at 4:03 PM
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
I promise this is the last "new year" post I'll publish - I've just been reflecting a lot about the 2008 and expectations I have for the next few months - (imagine Counting Crows "Long December").
2008 was filled with some sadness, a little heartache and a lot of weddings. I've made a few top moments lists of the year.
Favorite Wedding Moments
1. Drinking alone in Alabama at Alex and Susan's Rehearsal dinner
I'm not sure why I did this, and honestly it's all a little foggy, but I just sort of walked around and drank (a lot) and smiled at everyone. I was in a lot of pain the next day.
2. Dancing with Brad at Matt's wedding and falling down
If you've ever danced with me you know I love to dip (mid-song, end of song, within the first few words of a song). Brad and I were dancing and after an impromptu dip I landed on the floor. I remember bouncing a little after the initial impact. It was hilarious.
3. Gospel Choir
Priscilla's was one of the most beautiful and poignant ceremonies I've ever attended. The Gospel Choir took my breath away.
Favorite Being Married Moments
1. Voting together for the first time
We stood and waited together in the rain on a Saturday in November, it was awesome.
2. Election Night
Later that night we talked about how exciting it is that our kids will be born under Obama's presidency
3. Discovering Fillmore Street
Lot's of great shops, restaurants, people.
4. Stevie Wonder
DC and I went to see Stevie over the summer - it was an amazing, almost religious experience.
My favorite books of 2008
1. Water for Elephants
2. The Art of Racing in the Rain
Worst Moments of 2008
1. Thinking we were going to lose Bailey and leaving him at the hospital (he's fine now)
2. MMA getting laid-off
3. Having to learn about testicular cancer
Posted by nada at 1:39 PM
Monday, January 5, 2009
Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Ellen Goodman has a really fantastic outlook on how to think about starting a new year:
"We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives...not looking for flaws, but for potential."
I totally agree with her and plan on doing a little of both. I'm going to work on areas of my life that need improvement and do a better job of appreciating what's on its way to becoming amazing.
Things to work on for 2009:
1. Patience - in every area of my life
2. Greater appreciation of husband, family, friends
3. Take Vitamins (everyday)
4. Being more mindful and present in the moment (I'm reading a fabulous book on Buddhism)
5. Recognize that while my way is usually the right way....there can be more than one right way to do things ;)
6. Live a little less independently - I have great people around me, utilize them, lean on them
7. Be a better wife, in any way possible
8. Remember people's feelings before I make fun (except on American Idol )
9. Not obsess over money (weird thing I do from time to time)
10. Carpe Diem - less thinking, more action, more execution
Posted by nada at 10:04 AM
A good friend sent this to me - it's very sweet and meaningful. I haven't put together my final list of resolutions but paying attention everything below is a high priority for me this year. Expect my resolutions in an upcoming post. Here's to a fabulous 2009.
For a moment, be still.
Count the ways you are blessed.
Be slow to quarrel.
Search out a forgotten friend.
Suspend suspicion, be trusting.
Write a love letter.
Share a treasure.
Give a soft answer.
Show your loyalty in word and deed.
Nourish a grateful attitude.
Keep a promise.
Find the time.
Don't harbor a grudge.
Listen.Apologize if you are wrong.
Be slow to envy.
Think first of someone else.
Count on miracles.
Wage war against prejudice.
Gladden the heart of a child.
Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of the earth.
Make every day a thanksgiving.
Speak your gratitude.
Speak it again.
Speak it still again.
Speak it still once more.
Posted by nada at 9:53 AM
Sunday, December 21, 2008
I'm in the Bahamas with DC and his family. This is my first Christmas away from my parents and sisters which I thought would make me sad but seeing as it's 80 degrees outside and I haven't seen a single holiday decoration to remind me, I'm doing just fine.
In a conversation I had with my sister-in-law's husband I found myself having to defend my personality a little bit. For some reason, they all think I'm an introvert. Ha! Isn't that hilarious? An introvert I am not. I just don't feel it's appropriate to be the center of attention all the time. Also, I can't reveal too much of hilarious personality with people who may not completely understand my humor.
In an effort to prove that I'm not introvert, while at a restaurant last night I went up to the band and took the mic from the lead singer and started to sing "Isn't She Lovely" by my boy Stevie Wonder. I definitely made an ass of myself but I got the point across.
I can't decide what I was more upset about, being called an introvert or feeling that despite a few years of knowing each other, they didn't really know me yet. I'm a very transparent person - confident - comfortable - why do they think I'm an introvert? Anyway - I'll let you know if I do anything stupid tonight to further prove my point.
Posted by nada at 9:43 AM
Thursday, December 11, 2008
I often ask myself this question a lot about a number of different things. A few examples:
1. Workout more than twice a week
2. Cook dinner more than twice a week
3. BLOG more than once a week
4. Catch up and visit with friends
Part of me blames the stresses and nuances of everyday life and the other part me says I need to do a better job with time management. I already multi-task relatively well so I'm on a mission to find my daily time-sucking activities and modify accordingly. (I already know I read too much perezhilton and beauty blogs but the latter is for work :))
My usual go to for life advice (Real Simple) doesn't have much to offer which worries me because I'm wondering if it's even possible to find ways to add in a few hours a day. Some of their ideas included putting the kids to work -
I do make it a point to read every night and actually I read a million and one blogs/news sites so at least I'm getting that in but I just wish I could do a little more. I think I'll just have to quit my job and just start doing a better job at life in general.....I can dream can't I?
Posted by nada at 9:43 AM
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
1. “Thank you for your opinion. I’ll think about it.” Instead of "Are you kidding me, that's a terrible idea"
Posted by nada at 11:21 AM
Friday, November 21, 2008
Posted by nada at 10:26 AM
Hello all, Happy Friday! Seriously, this week couldn't have ended any sooner. Tomorrow DC and I are traveling with the entire family to Hawai'i for a much needed vacation. DC and I haven't been on vacay since our honeymoon so needless to say we have been counting down the days to some R&R and fun in the sun.
I generally try not to look back and reflect on my life with feelings of regret but lately I've made two realizations about what I want to do differently in 2009. First off, I want to make it a point to take a vacation alone each year with DC. I'm not talking about a three day weekend to Napa but taking a few days off to spend together and enjoy alone without the distractions of everyday life. This seems like such an easy and obvious thing to do but it's been alarmingly difficult for the two of us to even plan weekends to Austin for weddings or trips to see friends. My good friend SP says that in her four years of marriage having an alone trip like that to look forward to has been the glue of their relationship and I wish we had done that this year.
My other major life's regret is petty, nothing significant at all but when I bought my car in 2006 it was a total impulse buy and I should have bought the Prius or Civic I originally wanted. Considering I've lived 28 years having 1 major life regret and 1 minor regret isn't bad.
I haven't fully developed my list of changes and resolutions for 2009 but I'm making a mental list of things I want to work on personally and professionally that will hopefully lead to a greater sense of overall happiness. One thing I'm particularly proud of myself for doing in 2008 is working out a lot. I'll admit this has been more of a Q4 thing but experts say you need to do something consistently for a month to make a habit out it and I think I've done that. I'm looking forward to continuing this in to the new year.
Besides planning on taking a vacay alone with DC I'm going to work a little on my temper. Now don't get me wrong 85% of the time I can keep my cool in situations where I'm frustrated, sad or just plain furious but I've lost it a few times this year and found myself in consequently worse situations after the fact. I'm least proud of the fact that I had a few very undiplomatic words with an executive at work about the layoffs last month. While I of course don't regret what I said I should have used a little more tact and diplomacy. Accosting someone in a packed elevator wasn't the best strategy in trying to get my point across.....
I hope you all have a rgeat weekend. I'll try to post from the islands but if I don't here's to a very happy thanksgiving.
Posted by nada at 10:02 AM
Monday, November 17, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
Long story short - BE did a very aggressive round of layoffs without any warning, explanation, rhyme or reason. I'm not claiming to be any sort of expert on human resources or corporate communications but laying people off on Mondays and Tuesdays seems to be a little strange, especially without a peep from senior management or HR. All week I've been sitting in fear that I'd be like one of the many vice presidents, directors, managers and coordinators who lost their jobs. I watched my friends, colleagues, teammate and most disappointing, my sister walk away from a company they loved and source of income they relied upon.
I'm being very selfish, I know. I'm bitching about what's happened despite the fact that I have a job and am "safe" but since the lay offs ended and the healing began I've been reflecting a lot on the economy, the presidential race and my greater purpose. I woke up feeling duped on Wednesday morning, I felt like a sell-out. I thought BE was different, I thought working for a company that helped women feel beautiful meant we weren't as motivated by the bottom line, yada yada yada. I should have sooner realized that working for a public company means I've already accepted and embraced the values and objectives of capitalism. Don't get me wrong, I believe in capitalism and am doing my best to "stimulate" the economy (I'm buying Christmas presents and lots of goodies on Amazon as I write this) but I stupidly thought I was a part of something different.
Today was the first Monday in months that I woke up and wasn't excited about work. I think I need a good kick in the ass because I have a job but I can't convey how affected I've been by all of this. First off, not seeing MMA's everyday is going to be hard and secondly my job is half as fun as it used to be. I almost wish it had been me. She loved her job so much, it's rare for a 24 year-old to find a dream job so early on in life.
Along with MMA went Paris who was my teammate but more than that the closest friend I've made since living out here.
I told myself that today, Monday would be a new start. It's so much easier said than done. If anything I'm missing Austin and my parents more than I thought I could at this point in my life. I've been remarkably happy the past six months. Between work, being so close to MMA and finding Paris I really felt like I was on my A-game. This week, not so much.
DC has been so supportive and understanding. If anyone gets me and MMA it's him. I'm really grateful he's so in-tune to my relationships with my family. Weeks like this remind me of the power and strength of marriage.
So on to tomorrow when I'm hoping it gets a little easier for everyone. Like Scarlett infamously said, "tomorrow is another day."
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Posted by nada at 2:05 PM