New addition to the family


Wrigley and Ivy taking action itemzzzz while I’m on a conference call


So, this happened since December… I now have a 1 year old puppy as an addition to the family.  Wrigley, my 12 year old senior dog, really isn’t terribly thrilled about it, but he’s slowly getting used to the idea.  At least he isn’t giving up the bed within 30 seconds of the puppy commandeering a portion of the dog bed.   Of course, to go with my Cubs theme, she’s been christened Ivy.   But mostly, she goes by “Don’tChewThat” or “QuitLickingMe!”

At least she’s cute.



Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit!

I’ve never really been a superstitious person.  I believe in the wonders of science and logic and superstitions don’t have much place in that world.  In fact, I’m only really superstitious when playing craps, as it’s a requirement for the game, and on the first of the month.

I believe it was my 6th grade math teacher who told our class about the whole ritual of saying “Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit” first thing of the month.  If that’s the first thing out of your mouth on the first of the month, you will have good luck for the rest of the month.  I’m not sure why this stuck in my 11 year old brain, but for as long as I can remember, I’ve either a) said the phrase first thing in the morning, or b) said “dammit!” about 10 am when I realized it was the first of the month and I didn’t say it.

The scientist in me wishes I’d tracked data on whether a month was good or bad, and if I’d extolled the virtues of the bunny immediately upon waking or not.  Alas, I wasn’t that forward-thinking.

However, I didn’t sleep well last night, tossing and turning, and when I finally gave up on quality sleep at 5 am, the thought that it was the first day of the month came to mind, as writing my first post for NaBloPoMo was in my thoughts.  So, “Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit” popped out of my mouth by habit.

Here’s hoping it’s a good month…


NaBloPoMo November 2013


So, in the spirit of my 30 day challenges, I am going to do the NaBloPoMo for November.   And, I promise, my blog posts will not all be about food!  In fact, I’m going to sit down tonight and put a schedule together so I have a weekly guideline for what I want to talk about, as when I think about it – there’s a lot of things I do in my life!

So, grab a seat and hold on – it’ll be a fun ride!

Putting My Money Where My Mouth Is…

I’m on an assignment that requires me to travel a little more often for the next couple months.  I recently had 2 weeks of travel back-to-back, and the first week went quite well, not perfect, but the only deviations to my plan were a glass and a half of wine a night, which I could live with.  The next week, for various reasons, was a bit of a mess and a half.  So, I decided to incentivize myself to get back on track by signing up for a dietbet.

I’d started thinking of doing this when my friend Shelly joined one, but I have a hard time with the concept of monetizing my weight loss.  I already have issues around the scale, and my weight, and putting it into a win or lose based on the scale didn’t seem like necessarily a good idea.  The one thing I really did like about the dietbet concept is that in reality, you’re competing against yourself.  Everyone puts an ante into the pot, and those folks who lose 4% of their body weight in 4 weeks split the pot.  I like this a lot better than the typical biggest loser type competition, where only one or two people win; I personally feel that this type of competition is can really promote unhealthy weight loss behaviors.  The dietbet game, on the other hand, actually says that if you lose more than 12% of your body weight, they won’t make you a winner.

Of course, when I mentioned this to a coworker, he said “I would just totally cheat, most likely”.  I did worry a little about that, but had done some research on the interwebs, and most of the people who signed up do seem rather genuine about trying to lose weight.  And, it’s only $20 at stake for me, and I think that’s below the threshold of trying to fudge things.  Dietbet also requires you to send them two pictures – one of you on the scale with the word of the day in view, and then one right after that of a full length photo of you on the scale.  If you’re a winner on the weigh out, you’ll need to send the same photos within 2 days of the game ending.  I will admit, I did join a game that was already in progress, so I wasn’t as strict about the time of day I weighed in the afternoon, a little after lunch and the like, and I generally weigh in the morning, which obviously will affect the weight loss.

I’ve basically been continuing my Whole30 diet (although allowing myself some dark chocolate), and making it a goal to get 10,000 steps in with my fitbit.  In my journey through the internet, I stumbled upon the idea of intermittent fasting, and have been experimenting with that as well, which is best explained in another post or two.

So, how’s it going?  The good news is that I’m down 6.2 lbs in 14 days (although I’m sure some of that is based on the time of day), but the bad news is I have 11 days to lose 3.3 lbs.  Today seems to be an uptick in the scale, and it may be due to some extra sodium I ate, so I’m not that concerned.



I forgot how hard blogging was!  Or rather, not hard, exactly – just time consuming.  It can take over an hour for me to put my words on paper, and it doesn’t help that I can be a perfectionist.  I’ve got several things that I want to write about – my diet bet, my thoughts on intermittent fasting, my n=1 experiment with bulletproof coffee, and the reading I’ve done on nutritional ketosis, which looks incredibly interesting as well.  Hopefully I’ll have time on this long weekend to do that, but my new work laptop arrived yesterday and I may be spending quite a bit of time with that getting it up and ready before work Monday.

This weekend has been full of fireworks, which I love (and my dog hates).  Wednesday, Julie and I went to the White Sox game, as they were going to have extended fireworks after the game; for $12, it was a good deal, even if the team is doing poorly. And as a bonus, the Stanley Cup made an appearance with Sharp and Bollig.  The fireworks were 18 min long, and were pretty amazing.

Then, on the 4th, another group of friends and I went to Arlington Park to bet on the horses and watch their fireworks, which I was told were the best in Chicagoland.  I was skeptical, since the ones at the ballpark were pretty great, but they were right – these blew them out of the water.  We were about 1000 ft away from the display, so the fireworks were huge and they, like the Sox, timed them to music.  My favorite was when they played the Monkees and every time the lyrics “then I saw her face …”, they shot off fireworks with smiley faces in them.   I’ll definitely go next year, although I ended up sitting in the parking lot for an hour afterwards, which was so not fun.

Unfortunately, I lost $50 on the ponies, alas.  But I did bet on a horse named Dancing Kitten, who won, and that was fun.

Jingle Bell Run – 2011

Audra and I before we get all sweaty from the race
Audra and me before the Jingle Bell Run

As part of my training for the couch to 5K (C25K) plan, I’m putting a plan together to sign up for a race per month just to keep me motivated to go train.  December’s run was the Jingle Bell Run, and my friend Audra agreed to join me.