Happy Birthday to Me!

Today is my birthday!  It’s the big 3-2.

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And I am celebrating it in the best place possible with tons of friends and family.

What’s that?  You forgot to give me a gift?  That’s okay.  Though I would be overjoyed with a donation to Team Fight.

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Cat Crisis

So anyone who follows me on Twitter knows that last week, I was seriously considering having my cat euthanized.  Man, that sounds awful to say.  Spoiler alert – he is still among the living.

Here are the basics:

Since I moved into this house two years ago, this particular cat has slowly stopped using the litter box for all liquid deposits.  That’s right, he’s peeing all over my house.  It started out just being on the fireplace.  Well, that’s easy enough to deal with.  But then he decided that he liked to pee on carpet.  My whole basement – which is the living space of the house – is carpeted, as is my office and closet.  He’s not allowed in the closet or office, but I struggled with keeping him out of the basement.

At first, he just had a few spots on the carpet that he would pee on.  But then he just started going anywhere.  I couldn’t even get the spots cleaned up – he would just pee directly on the cleaning solution.  It was ridiculous and exasperating.  Less than 24 hours after cleaning up after him, there were three new spots on the carpet.

As any pet owner will understand, I adore this cat, but I can’t have him destroying my house.  So I’m grasping at straws.

Here’s what I have done:

  • Full veterinary workup – he’s fine
  • Five litterboxes for 2 cats, 3 without hoods, 2 with hoods
  • Calming treats
  • Cat Attract litter and litter additive
  • Blocking off the spots where he pees (he finds new ones)
  • Puppy pads
  • Cleaning with multiple kinds of enzymatic treatments
  • Multiple types of litter
  • Lots of petting and cuddles

Now, we’re trying Prozac and he’s blocked from going into the basement.  I’ve not yet gotten to the point where I’m confining him to a single room, but that will be the next step if I have to go to that route.  The vet tech, who I adore, is helping me brainstorm ideas and wants me to help keep him.  The vet agrees, but flat out told me that this could be tough to break him of and she wouldn’t fault me if I decided to euthanize him.

So that’s where we are.  I’m willing to hear any tips that anyone might have because I would like to keep this fuzzy little guy around for a while.

Change Your Perspective

At the beginning of the year, you always see comments from people involved in fitness about how all the “New Years Resolutioners” are clogging up the gym, but thankfully, they’ll be gone by the end of January.

I’ll be honest, I used to be one of these people.  (Full disclosure – at this point, I only have a pool membership, not a full gym membership.)  But I’ve also started to think that maybe we’re looking at this the wrong way.

Sure, there are going to be annoying people who show up at the gym and get in the way and clearly have no intent on exercising (lady with perfect makeup and hair, I’m looking at you). Thankfully, those people will likely be gone by the end of the month.

But what about the newbies who are using the new year to spur themselves into action.  Shouldn’t we be supporting them rather than deriding their efforts?  When someone is struggling with a new machine, shouldn’t we walk over and show them how to do it rather than roll our eyes?  Yes, more people at the gym does mean that things are more crowded and machines might not always be free.  But that’s generally how a gym works.

When I first started really working out, I was self-conscious enough as it was.  I didn’t want to think that other gym-goers were irritated by my presence.  Getting started is tough.  Rather than allowing irritation to show through, we should support the New Years Resolutioners and encourage them to stay through January and beyond.

Go Irish!

Guess where I am today?

logo-2013I do not know how I got so lucky as to get tickets to the game (or should I say, get to purchase tickets to the game), but I am not complaining.

And I think it’s obvious who I’m cheering for.

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But win or lose, I’m so proud to be an ND alum.  To finish at the top of the BCS rankings and at the top of the graduation rate list is awesome.  This team has shown that they have heart.