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Posted on Feb 14, 2014 in Dear Diary, Pup Posts, Weigh Ins, Weight Loss | 12 comments

Snowpocalypse 4.5 (Weigh-in)

Happy Valentine’s Day!

So I can’t actually remember at this point how many Snowmageddons and Snowpocalypses and Snowtastrophes we’ve had here in the DMV, but I know that over the past few years, it’s been a lot. Yesterday’s epic snowfall was absolutely no different, with some areas around here getting well over a FOOT of snow in one fell swoop.

I actually LOVE snow, which should probably come as no surprise given the fact that I used to live in places like Canada and Poland (where this kind of snow is like chump change) aaaand the fact that I work from home and so snow doesn’t impact my ability to get to work (sowwyyyy). Unfortunately, along with the snow, Winter Storm Pax has also brought flight cancelations for both my mom and my sister-in-law’s planned trips, as well as dogs who refuse to go more than three feet into the yard.

To be fair, I get that the snow comes up to their chins… but I would still prefer it if they didn’t force me to physically toss them into the snow just to go number one. Luckily, at least one of the schnauzers in this family is enjoying the snow…

That’s my brother’s puppy Pixel (or Daxter 2, since we accidentally call him Daxter so often, hahaha) and at least HE knows how to have a good snow day! ๐Ÿ™‚

ANYWAY, enough chitchat about the weather. I know what you guys are all waiting for, so let’s get down to business, shall we?

(Re)Starting Weight: 236.6 lbs
Last Weigh-in: 229.6
This Weigh-in: 227.5 lbs
Difference: -2.1 lbs

Whoop whoop! Whaddya know, I guess all that snow shoveling ended up being worth it, eh? My scale is actually kind of an a-hole, because when I first stepped on it said I had lost like 9 pounds and the emotional rollercoaster that followed went something like this:

“OMG!! YAY!”
“…wait. That’s probably not possible.”
*Steps off scale, steps back on.*

So yes, my scale kind of robbed me of the initial joy from this mere 2-lb loss, but I now have my head back on straight and I am totally psyched to see it. This brings my total weight lost so far up to 9 pounds and my % lost up to 3.85%! (We’re keeping track of percentages for the Yelp’s Biggest Loser challenge at work.)

I actually wasn’t sure what I’d see on the scale today after a week of kiiiind of uneven eats. Calorie-wise I was still doing pretty well each day, but I fully admit to making some baaaaad choices on the food front nutrition-wise… like how I may or may not have eaten an entire bag of ketchup flavored chips that my friend brought me from Canada for dinner last night. #oops

Sidenote: I can’t decide if it would be better or worse for me if they actually sold ketchup chips here. On the one hand, I’d be able to get them all the time, but on the other hand, I think they would be far less enticing if I could. Hrm.

ANYWAY, the point is I’m very happy with this weigh-in and hopefully will only continue to see steady progress like that throughout this journey. And that’s where I’ll leave it for this week. I’m actually finding that I have to be very careful about how much time I dedicate to thinking about my weight loss progress this time around, because it’s so easy for me to get discouraged… especially once I start thinking about the weight that I had lost before (and since regained). Here’s a tip: don’t go searching through your Flickr archives for pictures to use in a post unless you are emotionally prepared to see how awesome you looked -60 pounds and are able to get past them without fixating, haha.

But! As I know VERY well from past experience, trying to lose too quickly and look for that quick-fix solution ALWAYS ends up backfiring and biting me in the ass, so I just have to keep on keeping on. And hey, on the bright side, this is definitely giving me new perspective as to how fit and awesome I looked at 186 pounds! I feel like when I was at that weight, it still wasn’t good enough for me, and I was always trying to focus on the NEXT 20 pounds. But hot damn, right now if I wouldn’t be happy just to make it back to the 180s and see how I feel after that.

Onward, right?

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Posted on Jan 21, 2013 in Pup Posts | 8 comments

They Grow Up So Fast

Happy MLK Jr, Day/Inauguration Day, everyone! I have the day off here in DC for both of those reasons, but if you’re stuck at work today I definitely sympathize. Of course, today is also important to me because it’s a very important day in dog world too: Daxter’s birthday!

Clean Daxter

So yes, feel free to roll your eyes at the fact that I’m the kind of person who celebrates dog birthdays, but also, I mean, you really shouldn’t be surprised, hahaha. My little pupster is a whopping THREE YEARS OLD (sniff, sniff, they grow up so fast!) and it shall be duly celebrated. While Harry rolls his own schnauzer eyes in the background (he turns 9 in April!).


Hehe. I’ll be back tomorrow with a smorgasbord of pictures from the baby shower that I threw for my sister (it was super adorable and OH SO VERY PINK), but for now, enjoy your day! I know Daxter will definitely be enjoying his. ๐Ÿ™‚

Dogs like Yogurt too?

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Posted on Aug 27, 2012 in Dear Diary, Food, Pup Posts | 26 comments

The Everyday Perils of Dog Ownership

Ahh, Monday.

Truly, nothing says “Welcome to the work week, biotch!” like being woken up by your dog puking on your carpet three times in the middle of the night. After he’s already made a onesie AND a twosie on your bathroom floor (but I do appreciate that he goes into the bathroom to do it, at least!). Yes, Daxter got me off to a grrrrreat start this week. Sigh.

My suspicion is that when Daxter gets sick like this it’s mostly anxiety-related. Which is kind of sad, because he has no real reason to be anxious. Ever. Seriously, between my brother’s and my work schedules, the dogs are left alone for maybe like, 3 hours a day — if at all! Not to mention they’re pretty much the most spoiled things ever. But between Daxter’s recent penchant for pooping on bathroom floors and Harry’s new allergy developments (he is so itchy ALL the time! I feel so bad for him. Anyone have any homeopathetic dog itch-relief remedies they want to share?), my little schnauzie-poos are definitely a handful right now.

Let me disclaim: I didn’t actually put Daxter in “jail” for puking. I just thought these pictures that Taylor took a few months ago were particularly apt.

As always, they are supremely lucky they’re so gosh-darned cute.

Anywayyyy, instead of dwelling on all of that literal mess, let’s look at some pretty pictures of sushi, shall we? I met up with my friend Amanda on Friday and we took a trip to my beloved Koi Koi. I actually had already had sushi earlier in the week, so I didn’t end up getting my usual sushi smorgasbord. Just a chicken katsu dish (which was so delicious I forgot to take a picture) and a little salmon roll on the side.


Plus edamame, duh.


Amanda Instagrammed her own deliciousness, so I took a photo of her taking a photo. I’m so meta.

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I hope that you all had wonderful weekends! See you on the flipside. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Posted on Aug 7, 2012 in Pup Posts | 10 comments

No Beard, No Problem!

I have a lot of breed loyalty for the miniature schnauzer (um, duh), and one of the things I love most is that they don’t shed. This means less vacuuming for me (huzzah!) and fewer allergic reactions for everyone else (double huzzah!) Their hair just grows and grows, like people hair! That does mean, however, that grooming can get rather tedious. Also just like people, my puppers require regular haircuts to keep their fuzz from getting totally out of control.

The bad part is that a trip to the groomer can cost anywhere from $60 to $100 PER dog! So, in seeking out another alternative, you may already be aware of the fact that I occasionally take Harry & Daxter’s grooming into my own hands. While in the beginning this had borderline disastrous effects


…I’ve actually gotten fairly decent at it lately!

This time, though, I wanted to try something different. Something that my mom probably won’t actually be too happy about, since she’s kind of obsessed with Harry’s beard. Good thing hair always grows back, on schnauzers and humans alike, eh?


Presenting… the beardless(ish) schnauzers! I chopped off their beards so now they’re both left with what’s more like the schnauzer equivalent of 5 o’clock shadow. Daxter’s actually had his beard almost this short in the past (kind of), but this is a first for Harry. I actually think it makes them look really sweet!


Ben, however, thinks it makes them look like rats. I feel like it makes Daxter look more like a puppy again, and makes Harry look a lot younger, too. Of course, he’ll always be a crotchety old man in spirit (and personality) anyway, so there’s only so much that a haircut can do, ahahaha.


I’m not sure how the two of them feel about their new haircuts though. Eating and drinking is already a much better experience for me, since less food is getting stuck in their beards and less water drippage is occurring, but they both seemed a little gloomy while I was taking these photos of them.

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Perhaps that’s just because they’re totally sick of having cameras shoved into their faces. And to be fair, they were a little on the sleepy side too.


I rest my case.

Anyway, I think it’s pretty stinkin’ adorable, but we’ll see whether or not this becomes the norm. At least I have the adorableness for now! And through me, you have it as well. You’re welcome. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Posted on Jun 6, 2012 in Dear Diary, Pup Posts | 10 comments


Yeah, I was trying to do some sort of clever play on the words “Car”, “Rage”, and “Carnage” for the title of this post, but that didn’t really work out as smoothly as I would have hoped. Oh well, since ultimately this will be but a tiny blip on the life-consuming radar of The Internets, I’m not going to sweat it too much.

I originally intended this post to be all about my hoarding ways, and the means in which I intend to rid myself of them. I’m determined to seriously edit the massive vacuum of STUFF that is my bedroom currently, and wanted to talk about that. Alas, I am a little too ragey to go into the specifics of Stuff Purging right now, so that will have to wait.

I’ve been living through a rather unfortunate bit of deja vu since last night. Remember how my car decided to give me a giant middle finger the night before my birthday, and I spent said birthday in the waiting room of a Sears Auto Shop with naught but my iPhone to keep me company? Well, I got to do it ALL over again when my now still-brand new battery decided to die on me last night. 6 jump starts and a totally unsurprising amount of tears later, I got to spend my entire morning waiting around for my sad, old Chrysler to be fixed.


At least this time I had company. Adorable company.


I’m looking to get a new (used) car sometime in the not-so-distant future anyway, so my biggest concern was having to dump hundreds and hundreds of dollars into a car that I won’t be driving for long. The mechanics were tossing around concern about the alternator, which I know from past experience (oh, 1987 Honda Prelude, you served me well… kinda) can cost $500+ to replace. Fortunately, the automotive gods took mercy on me this morning and it only ended up being a small post terminal that was all rusted and corroded. $2.99 for the part, $40 for the labor and installation, and I was back on my way. Hopefully this time it sticks!

Okay, thanks for sticking around through my vent sesh, friends. To end on a happy note, here are a couple more pictures of my puppers. They’ve been gracing this blog far too infrequently lately, don’t you think? NEED MOAR SCHNAUZERS!



Happy Wednesday! We’re halfway there!

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