Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Thursday 13

Thursday 13

13Things I loved about Living in Washington, D.C.

1. Public Transportation. To me, its so much easier than driving places. Plus, its just so efficient there that its quicker too.

2. Walking everywhere. I lost a lot of weight and really toned my legs up.

3. The city is very pet friendly. Dogs are welcome on the patios of most restaurants.

4. People are more open minded. Oklahoma is not exactly a hotbed of new ideas. I'm a fairly progressive thinker and often don't feel that I fit in well back home, but not so in D.C.

5. D.C. is just a few hours from NYC. Which, if you've read my 100 things about me, is my favorite place ever.

6. The national history. I was humbled to see the actual place Lincoln was shot and the bed he died in.

7. Roommates. It was fun to live with young girls after being married. Not that I don't love being married more than anything, but it was fun to pretend like it was college again.

8. Shopping. As may be inferred by #4 above, Oklahoma does not have all the cool stores that D.C. does.

9. Meeting people. D.C. has so many different people from so many different walks of life. I learned so much about myself and improved my social skills in so many different settings. It always really improved my self-esteem to know I could make new friends, because I've known all my current friends for years.

10. Feeling independent. I am fiercely independent, but moving to a new city all alone was a little daunting. This also helped prove my self-esteem.

11. Everyone works. A lot. I am a self-proclaimed workaholic and it was nice to see that there is a place where a lot of people share this trait.

12. There is ALWAYS something to do. Again, please reference #4.

13. Vegan friendly. Although I wasn't a vegan when I lived there (I made that change when I returned home after a health scare) there are tons of vegan and vegetarian places there.

Friday, May 26, 2006

Brought to You by the Letter S

Write ten words beginning with the letter you’ve been given. Include an explanation of what each word means to you and why. If you want to play, ask for a letter in comments. I’ll issue you a letter. Kelly gave me the letter S.

1. Serious. I definitely know how to be fun and have a good time, but I am not a silly person.

2. Skilled. At least I got something out of law school. :)

3. Smiley. People say that I am usually almost smiling.

4. Sympathetic. I really try to be sympathetic to other people's emotions and situations, and I like to think I am empathetic as well.

5. Sun-hater. I really hate the sun. Why? Because I have very fair skin and I am horrified of sun damage and skin cancer.

6. Siblingless. I am an only child.

7. Saddened. I am greatly saddened when I hear of animal abuse.

8. Spoiler. I spoil my chihuahuas way too much. If I see something they might would like for them...then I'll get it.

9. Singing. I love to sing along with the radio, but God did not give me any type of vocal talent.

10. Swimming inside. Its the perfect combo. Swimming and no sun.

Hugs, love and chihuahua kisses

Monday, May 22, 2006

Its Patches by a Muzzle

Yesterday Casey, the Little-Girl, and I went to the race track about 45 minutes from our house to watch precious little tiny wienie dogs run their hearts out. Anyone who has visited this blog more than once knows that I have the tiniest obsession for tiny little dogs, but this would have warmed even a cat person's heart.

They put the dogs in a starting box, like they do horses at an actual horse race, and then they lift the lid and the little babies are out. Their parents are several feet away sqeeking toys, dangling treats etc. to get their little dachshunds to run their hearts out. The race track is obviously too big for them, so they only run 70 ft. of it. The event is also announced just like a real horse race "its #6 Trixie, oh, #2 Peanut is taking the lead...its Peanut...its Peanut...oh man, #9 Patches has come out of nowhere to run neck and neck with Peanut...Peanut...Patches...Peanut...Paches...and the photo finish says....Patches by a muzzle." And the crowd goes wild. The event was a blast and hilarious. The winning weinie from group one actually won because the original dog in the lead had to stop to "scoot." The pet parents of the winning dog sat in front of us, and you'd think that they had just won the lottery when their dog, Oscar, was declared the winner.

All betting money went to benefit the Free to Live Animal Shelter. You can read more about the Dachshund races here.

Hugs, love and Dachshund kisses

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Food Watch 2006

Sat 7.15.06

4 Tbsp Soy Butter
16 oz. tofu, OJ and mixed berry smoothie
1 cup veggies (carrots and green onions)
2 pieces whole grain toast

Friday 7.14.06

2 Tbsp Soy butter
1 cup Uncle Sam's Cereal
1.5 cups soy milk
4-5 chips
2 pieces whole grain toast
2 Tbsp Soy Butter (gosh, this stuff is yummy!)
1 Cup Uncle Sam's Cereal
1.5 cups soy milk
16 oz tofu and berry smoothie
2 pieces whole grain toast
1 cups veggies (green onions, organic carrots and cucumbers)

Tues. 7.11.06

1 1/2 whole grain pancake

Thurs. 7.6.06

4 slices whole grain toast
5 pieces lunch "meat"
2 cups cantelope
1 handful chips

Wed. 7.5.06

2 pieces toast-180
1 lemon bar-160
2 cups cantelop-140
salad (2 servings veggies (carrots, cucumbers, lettuce))-0
Veggie "chicken" strips--120
2 pieces toast-180
1/2 handfull nuts--200
Veggie burger
Workout: 30 minutes on treadmill w/ incline, and 10 minutes on bike

Tues. 7.4.06

2 cups cantelope-140
2 pieces toast--180
Lemon Bar-200
1 cup Uncle Sam's Cereal--
1.5 cups soy milk--
1 Dorito chip--10

Mon. 7.3.06

1 Pop Tart-200
20 nuts in a peanut/cashew mix-100
Salad (lettuce and organic carrots)-0
can chick peas-450
1/2 lemon bar-100

Sun. 7.2.06
1 cup Uncle Sam's Cereal
1.5 cups soy milk
10 cashews
1 cup Uncle Sam's Cereal
1.5 cups soy milk
1/8 of a mango
1 rice krispy treat
organic carrots

Sat. 7.1.06

1 cup Uncle Sam's Cereal
1.5 cups soy milk
1 banana

Fri. 6.30.06

3 pancakes
1 Pop Tart
veggie tacos
black beans
a few cashews
2 cups soy milk
Workout: 200 calories on treadmill

Thurs. 6.29.06

too much rice krispy. At least they are all gone now!
baked potato
1 piece blueberry bread
1 pop tart
2 med size pancake
2 organic eggs and 1 cup veggies
Workout:331 calories on Eliptical

Wed. 6.28.06 (Cheat Day!)

jelly sandwich
rice krispy treat
Onion Rings
2 rice krispy treats
Oh my...even for a cheat day the rest of today's eating was bad!

Tues. 6.27.06

jelly sandwich
quiche with crust peeled off
2 pieces toast
honey dew melon
sweet potato
homemade rice krispy treat(man, I've been craving these like a pregnant woman!)

Mon. 6.26.06

2 jelly sandwiches
1 banana
honey dew melon
2 servings veggie quiche
1 medium new potato
1 lemon cookie
Workout:330 calories on eliptical

Sat. 6.24.06

3/4 cup Uncle Sam's Cereal
1.5 cup chocolate soy milk
1 banana
1 peach
3 pieces 100% wheat bread
2 cups beans

Fri. 6.23.06

1 cup Uncle Sam's Cereal
1.5 Cup chocolate soy milk
1 gingerbread muffin
1 salad
1 veggie burger
1 banana
beans and cornbread (2 pieces bread)
1 gingerbread muffin
Workout:321 calories on eliptical

Thurs. 6.22.06 (Cheat Day!)

1 cup Uncle Sam's Cereal
1.5 Cup chocolate soy milk
1 corn bread muffin

onion rings
mushroom burger (sooooo not vegan, and boy do I feel fat!)
Diet Coke
Rice Krispy Treat (can you believe this was actually my dinner? The family went out for BBQ and this was as close to vegan as I could get there).

Wed. 6.21.06

1 cup Uncle Sam's Cereal
1.5 cup chocolate soy milk
1 banana
1 salad (lettuce, carrots, cucumbers)
1 jam sandwich
1 Silk Soymilk Smoothie
2 cornbread muffins
1.5 cup pinto beans
1 gingerbread muffin
1 peach
Workout: 15 min on treadmill w/ incline, 15 on eliptical, 15 lifting weights (legs)

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Helping the Pets

Helloooo bloggers. I'm baacckkk. I know that you missed me. Come on. Admit it. Your lives were completely empty without me as you need my humor and wit to fulfill your days.

yeah right. Now back to the real world.

Today I volunteered for the local animal shelter. They were having adoption day at the PetSmart. They had some really sweet babies for adoption, although I somehow got stuck walking this huge 90 lb. dog around the store all day. Actually, to be more accurate--he walked me. And, now I have the shoulder ache to prove it. But my story is actually more for the PetSmart customers instead of the shelter volunteers.

Attention all PetSmart shoppers. When you dog relieves itself on the floor...clean it up! For those of you that ever go to PetSmart they store provides bags, spray, paper towels and hand sanitizer to ease the burden of cleaning up the mess. People. Please. If you are going to have a pet, then take responsibility for it. If you don't want to clean up after it I have a simple solution. Keep your animal at home. PetSmart doesn't require animal accompaniment to enter the building.
I just can't understand this problem. I mean, when my dogs miss their pee pads I don't just shrug it off. I'm cleaning it up. If its gross at home--its even more gross at the store because its someone else's dog that did it and not your own.

I hope that all of you are having a fun weekend.

Hugs, love and chihuahua kisses

Monday, May 15, 2006

Blogging Lag

Hey internet friends. I just wanted to leave a note to let you know that I haven't fallen off the edge of the earth. I've been traveling for the past several days spending time with various family members and in-laws, and now I am preparing for a job interview I have on Wednesday.

I'll catch up with you soon. Please don't forget about me!

hugs, love and chihuahua kisses

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Congratulations Dorinda!

I want to take a moment to praise my close friend, Dorinda. She and I met in Washington, D.C. and quickly became the best of friends.

She is graduating law school tomorrow (Friday), and I could not be more excited for her. She is brilliant, beautiful, generous, kind, and someone that I am honored to know and love.

Please leave a comment wishing her congrats.

Hugs, love and chihuahua kisses

Thursday 13

13 Things Women Do While Multitasking

1. Laundry

2. Talk on the phone

3. Dishes

4. Cook dinner

5. Feed the dogs (insert your own pet here)

6. Clean up after the dogs (insert your own pet here)

7. Help kids with homework

8. Put on your makeup

9. Clean the house

10. Quiz your kid on his/her weekly spelling list

11. Run the house

12. Make the beds

13. And when all that multitasking is over, you try to catch a nap!

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Monday, May 08, 2006

Dog Meme

This meme was inspired by Carmen. Karen is also playing along, so give her doggies a visit too.

1. What is your favorite food?

Tzeitel: Bread.

Belicia: Sonic Tater Tots

2. What is your favorite toy?

Tzeitel: My rat. Its actually a cat toy, but I love him.

Belicia: My stuffed carrot. She used to have a face and green leaves on her, but I've loved them off.

3. What is your best trick?

Tzeitel: I can yodel.

Belicia: I can catch food that's thrown up in the air.

4. What is your favorite human trick?

Tzeitel: I like it when I "starburst" (when I twist my back half) and Mommy thinks its so cute so she drops whatever she is doing and picks me up. Did I mention that I yodel when I starburst. I'm irresistable!

Belicia: I like it when the people eat, because that usually means I'm going to get something.

5. What human rule do you break often?

Tzeitel: I jump off the people's bed when they stop petting me. They say I'm "being
naughty" when I do that.

Belicia: I jump on the people's bed without using my doggie stairs. The people say its hard on my joints to not use the stairs, and they get picky about my health. I just want to have fun, though.

6. What do you wish your human knew about you?

Tzeitel: I wish my Mommy knew how much I love her.

Belicia: The same as Tzeitel.

7. What are you glad your human does not know about you?

Tzeitel: I don't always hit the puppy pee pad when I have to go. I figure, if my front legs are on the pad then I'm peeing right on target.

Belicia: I used to eat the carpet under the people's bed when I was a puppy.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Wedding Update

Just to update...I broke down and bought off the registry for her wedding. I also got her some pretty orange (her favorite color) sexy things for her personal shower. It was a nice wedding, and I'm glad I was a good girl. :)

Hugs, love and chihuahua kisses

Friday, May 05, 2006

Hats & Weddings

So, I'm really needing some help here. I am the Princess of making sure my dogs are dressed to impress, but there is also a functionality to their fashionistaness. First, they are chihuahuas, they get cold. So, the little outfits keep them warm. My girls don't own any doggie boots, but I could see a chihuahua needing them when going outside to peep in a climate colder than Oklahoma. Decorative collars, those hold the tags that bring our babies home if...God forbid...they get lost. But, people. I beg of you. Why, oh why, does a dog need a hat in the summer?

They look like they are really uncomfortable for the dog with that elastic wrapped around their little heads. I, the Pink Chihuahua Princess herself, do not understand why dog outfits come with a matching hat.

Tomorrow I have to go to a wedding for my husband's cousin. I'm really bitter about it because whenever my husband and I got married his family lied to me about giving me a shower. They told me the whole summer that the reason none of them were coming to my other showers was because they were throwing me this big shower the night before the wedding. It turned out to be a wine and cheese party. Let me take this moment to tell you that my family doesn't drink, and felt extremely uncomfortable at a WINE and cheese party. To make matters worse only one person out of my hubby's HUGE family bought off my registery. Everybody else just picked up the first pink thing they saw and wrapped it up.

Well, his cousin has received several showers from his family. One is actually tomorrow afternoon before the wedding. I'm going to go, I guess, but I'm leaving if it starts to upset me by bringing back all the hurt feelings I felt before. I am also not buying her anything off of her registery. She likes orange, so she's getting the first orange thing I see and can wrap up. *see above*

I kind of feel bad about it. Like, its not pleasing to the Lord for me to be so spiteful. And, its not. So, maybe I'll come to my senses before my Target trip tonight to buy for her. If not, I'll probably be easy on myself claiming that at least I bought her something orange!

Good Shabbos to all.

Hugs, love and chihuahua kisses

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Thursday 13

Thirteen Books I've Recently Read/Am Reading

Recently Read

1. The Great Gatsby/F. Scott Fitzgerald

2. Princess: You Know Who You Are/ Francesca Castagnoli

3. Bergdorf Blondes/Plum Sykes

4. Kitchen Confidential/Anthony Bourdain

5. The Hazards of Sleeping Alone/Elise Juska

6. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter/Carson McCullers

7. Party Girl/Sarah Mason

8. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix/J.K. Rowling

9. Waiting: The True Confessions of a Waitress/Debra Ginsberg

10. A Total Waste of Makeup/Kim Gruenenfelder

11. Innocence/Kathleen Tessaro

Am Currently Reading

12. Princess of Park Avenue/Daniella Brodsky

13. The Rackets/Thomas Kelly

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Dog Clothes

Okay my blogging friends. I have to tell you all something because I'm very excited about it.

Check out these new clothes for my babies. They are available at if you want some for your own 4 legged family

The one on my right is my favorite, and I am totally buying it for little Tzeitel when I get my first paycheck.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Goals for the Week

Goal for Week Beginning July 1, 2007
Stay stress-free while doing everything at work to get ready for trip
Spend time in His word at least 3 times

Short Term Goal by Birthday:
Lose one dress size.

I'm actually at goal weight!!!

Book Watch '06

This is a list of books that I have read beginning July 2, 2006.

Currently Reading:
Selected Stories of Sholom Aleichem
The Brothers Ashkenazi by I.J. Singers

Previously Read
Lots and lots of case law!

Monday, May 01, 2006


I am really craving a cupcake. The yummy white cake with gorgeous fuschia icing. All vegan ingredients, of course.


Craving, people.


hugs, love and cupcake...oops...I mean...chihuahua kisses


So we're implementing a schedule for Little-Girl. She can't really seem to take it upon herself to get things done, so at the suggestion of her grandmothers we are scheduling every part of her day out for her. This is really hard for me to understand because I was an only child and was always very mature. It was how I avoided being in trouble. I also always worked very hard. She has seen that modeled at home too because her daddy and I were in law school just these past three years, and I know she remembers me locked up in the bedroom with earplugs in studying away for hours at a time--because she tells me she remembers.

I've never looked at myself as some smarty pants type person, but I knew I could always accomplish what those smarty pants people can if I just worked hard. That's all we are hoping to gain out of this experiment, is for her to work hard in school again!

Is this a good time to say how much I love being an adult, or what!