Saturday, June 16, 2012
In the three weeks since I have had Izzy, she has illegally obtained and eaten every substance poisenous, harmful and dangerous to dogs. Actually she was recovering from Kennel Cough during her first week home and was the model doggie, a perfect angel. So in just two weeks she has:
1 Torn open the garbage, spread it all over the kitchen, and eaten chicken bones. She did not feel well the next day but made a full recovery.
2 Found a wrapped bar of dark chocolate in a basket next to my chair, unwrapped it and ate it. No ill effect.
3 Opened a can of mixed nuts and ate them. A large, heavy cardboard can with a plastic lid, like a coffee can. Chew chew chew marks all around the edge of the top, plastic lid laying next to the can.
4 Got an empty cookie box with a foil pouch out of the garbage, ate some of the foil. Garbage is now in a can with a locking lid. Very unhappy dog, could not eat dinner, did not eat breakfast next day. Decided to take dog to vet after work if not better.
5 Dog feeling better, ate dinner, snatched the cats' ham wrapped thyroid medicine out of my hand as I was giving it to the cat and ate it. Peanuts in poop.
6 Plastic bag from pepperoni and plastic container of ham slices found on the floor. What the ??? Did she open the refridgerator? More nuts in poop.
7 Opened cabinet door, pulled out can of cocoa, tore the lid off, carried it into the diningroom to enjoy at her leisure and spill all over. Not satisfied, carried a pouch of cornmeal muffin mix into the dinningroom and tore open. At least she knows what a dinningroom is for!
I have a feeling this is not over!
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Not in any particular order, just as I think of them. I will add yours as they come in, so check back often!
2. Task avoidance
3. stress (work, family, child care, parent care)
A. I deserve it, I work hard (rationalization)
A. portion control, lack of (meals and snacks not planned)
A) Ordinary fatique-worked all day, tired, don't want to cook.
B) Deep fatique-need a vacation, (rested, determination returns)
13. Lack of motivation
14. Lack of planning
1. sight and smell (see it, want to eat it!)
A. grocery shopping
B. food at work
2. Disruption of routine
3. pressure from others
4. watching tv, commercials for food
If you are reading this and have some more of your own, please write them in a message and I will include them.
Sunday, December 04, 2011
Why is housework like exercise? Because you hate to get up and do it but feel great when it is done!
Sunday, October 02, 2011
Unhappiness is part of the human condition. We all have to experience unhappiness from time to time but we do not have to be at its' mercy. We can take control of our own emotions.
What can you do when you find yourself sad, or crying, or hopeless, and can't seem to shake these feelings? They pull you down into a pit of apathy, unwilling to get out of bed or leave the house. Or you spend day after day crying, unable to find solutions to innumerable problems, overwhelmed by events and the daily grind.
You have been living your life as a victim, letting things happen to you with no ready response. Make a conscious decision to be happy. Take the bull by the horns and face your problems, begin to tackle them one by one, one at a time.
Make a list of everything that is holding you back from happiness. Write down all of your problems, from the most urgent to the least. Start a journal and write one problem on each page.
Now figure out the solutions and write them down, no matter how impossible they seem. The solutions to some problems may have problems of their own to solve. Leave space for solving those problems. Break the answers down into do-able steps. Don't leave out solutions that seem impossible, they may become achievable latter on. Set up a time frame for taking action.
When you have written down everything you can think of that is standing between you and happiness, and when you have come up with as many solutions as you can, you will feel better for having taken an active step, for having been proactive.
Now that you have organized your problems, identified which ones are your worst enemies, have come up with possible solutions to many and have made plans, it is time to make a conscious decision to be happy. Recognize that it serves no purpose to continue thinking about those problems and decide to stop thinking about them until it is time to take action. You are no longer helpless and hopeless, you know what you are going to do and when you are going to do it. In the meantime, do activities that make you happy and that occupy your mind.
Call some friends and go out. Go hiking, mall walking, or go to a gym. Don't have any friends? That's a problem. Did you put it in your journal? Start an arts and crafts project, something you can give, or donate, or sell. Pick one small area of your house and concentrate on clearing it. That may not be something you enjoy but when you have finished you will have a sense of accomplishment. Don't try to do all your work at once, that will only lead to more hopelessness. It doesn't have to be perfect. It just has to be one step that gets finished.
We fall into that pit of hopelessness when we get overwhelmed by the multitude of problems that life heaps on us. The only way to get out is to start, one step at a time. The first step is to face all those problems and put them into a manageable, organized format. This will help you find the solutions that no one but you can find. And as you solve these problems one by one your confidence will grow. You will see what you have accomplished and you will know that you are capable, able to make the changes necessary to care for yourself.
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