Monday, February 25, 2008

Her Name Was Monte...

Her name was Monte, she was a baby girl.... (are you singing her name was Lola...she was a showgirl?...). Please forgive, it is the sleep deprivation I am certain. We adopted a dog, her name is Monterey Sniffigans, but we call her Monte for short. Her mom was a stray who showed up way out in the country and proceeded to give birth to 13 puppies! The new owners put an ad in the paper and before I knew it I was driving home with a 5-week-old puppy. Yes, you read that right, 5 weeks. The mom was done nursing and the owners were desperately trying to find good homes and low and behold, here we are with a BABY PUPPY.

Miss Monte is now 7 weeks old and we are all surviving. She is actually very intelligent and is going to the bathroom outside MOST of the time, which is remarkable for a dog her age, but my goodness is she exhausting! We never had a BABY BABY in our house, the youngest came home at 10 months, so this whole baby thing is quite challenging. Perhaps instead of the flour sack babies that home ec students have to carry around for a week as a deterrent to teen pregnancy, they should be given a very young puppy. That should keep them abstinent!

The kids are doing well with her and I have high hopes that once the weather finally gets warm enough, we will have lots of fun walks and adventures with Miss Monte at the park that is so close to our house.

On other notes, I have officially completed my first quarter at Walden and I am going to shout it out that in one class I received 100% and in the other 99.58% - and I am bragging now because they were easy intro classes and I am fairly certain I won't be seeing grades that good again. So, yea!!!!!!!

I also started WeightWatchers again. I am doing pretty good and am tracking it all, even when I go over, that is hard. I am already in the 180s again, so hard to believe THAT is considered progress, but it is what it is. My goal is 155, I would be feeling lovely then. The ultimate goal would be 140, but for now, my goal is 155.

I owe you all an update on the New Years Resolutions, things are looking pretty good in the financial realm. We are about to get our bonuses and that will put a significant dent in the nasty debt monster.

Well, that is all for now. I promise to post a picture of Miss Monte soon!

Life is This Good!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The Book MEME

I have been tagged! D over at Dedicated 2 Financial Freedom tagged me to join in this one.

Here are the rules:

1. Pick up the nearest book of at least 123 pages.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the 5th sentence.
4. Post the next 3 sentences.
5. Tag 5 more people.

Okay, my reading is not always very exciting given my here goes.

I picked up the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (a.k.a., DSM-IV).

The term organic mental disorder is no longer used in DSM-IV because it incorrectly iimplies that "nonorganic" mental disorders do not have a biological basis.

Next 3:
In DSM-IV, disorders formerly called "organic mental disorders" have been grouped into three sections: 1) Delirium, Dementia, and Amnestic and Other Cognitive Disorders; 2) Mental Disorders Due to a General Medical Condition; and 3) Substance-Related Disorders. A delirium is characterized by a disturbance of consciousness and a change in cognition that deveop over a short period of time. The disorders included in the "Delirium" section are listed according to presumed etiology: Delirium Due to a General Medical Condition, Substance-Induced Delirium (i.e., due to a drug of abuse, a medication, or toxin exposure), Delirium Due to Multiple Etiologies, or Delirium Not Otherwise Specified (if the etiology is indeterminate).

How is that for exciting reading! How many people diagnosed themselves with anything....fess up!

While I read a lot of blogs, I don't post on too many, so I will just tag those that I DO post on.

I am tagging BSquared over at A Look on the Bright Side, Chris at Mrs. Broccoli Guy, Rachel at Are We There Yet?, and Heather at Living With A Child.


Thursday, February 07, 2008

To Cali and Back

I know, I up and leave and don't check in, I would love to be grounded.

Since I have been gone, I did trade in my old mini-van, pay $3,500.00 of the difference out of pocket, get a newer (not new) minivan with few miles and am happy with my decision.

I have paid off one bill, and am working on continuing the debt reduction, feeling good about that.

D and I went to a conference near Monterey California (hence the picture above) and spent less than $200 of our own money! My employer has started giving "points" that when you reach 500, you can cash them in for an AM EX gift card and I had done that and received the card the week before we left - woo hoo! It was a nice getaway and it was fantastic to meet some actual Navy Chaplains AND their wives (no female chaplains were there...) and to truly get some networking and information. It was fantastic. I am excited about that phase of our life to hurry up and get here!
The kids did great while we were gone, but Shenzy has gotten another nasty cold and despite 2 trips to the doctor now in less than a week, she is still hacking like an old smoker man. I just want to FIX them when they are sick, but "it just has to run its course". Grrr.
School is going well, I am in Week 10 of my first 12-week Quarter and I am looking at 2 A's! Yee Haa!
That is all for now,