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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

50 Followers!

I know it doesn't seem like a lot considering the amount of followers some more seasoned bloggers have, but to me: quality, not quantity.  

I was so excited when I logged on to Blogger today and saw that I had 50 followers! It makes me happy that 50 people thought well enough of my blog to hit the follow button.  Pretty exciting!
I always try to follow new followers back, but sometimes I am dense and can't figure out who the new ones are! So if you followed me and I haven't followed you back, leave me a comment or shoot me an e-mail (justanotherdayjbe@gmail.com) and I will be sure to follow you back! 

I've had the opportunity to meet so many new people and I love to interact with people on my blog.  I respond to every comment - so if you comment, check back because there is probably a response!


Thanks everyone, so much, for checking me out here at Just Another Day! And if you're looking for something else, I have a photo blog, too!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Fast & French

Today I met with a college student downtown for a lunch meeting/interview.  She's a business major doing a report and had some questions about the organization I work for.  It was a nice time and I hope I was able to assist her with her project.

We ate at Fast & French, a nice little lunch counter place with delicious food! I had a hot turkey and brie croissant with a bowl of cold gazpacho soup.  Everything was so good.  

It's right down the street from our downtown office so I fully intend on hitting it up again sometime.  Yum!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Tag, you're it!

Hilary over at Feeling Beachie tagged me in a post, a Q&A session with her and her furbaby Alex! I'm going to try to follow her lead and have my furbabies respond to the questions from their perspectives as well!


1. Describe yourself in 7 words:
Jennifer - Try to be funny, friendly, and happy!
Daisy (dog) - Perfect, intelligent, cuddly, adorable, center of attention.
Loco (cat) - Too good for this question.
Phantom (cat) - Duhhhhhh...
Buster (cat) - I think I am a dog, seriously.


2. What keeps you up at night?
Jennifer - The cats meowing that they want more food or want more attention.  Or they are running after each other in the house making a ton of noise, which in turn makes the dog jump out of bed and take off after them.  When they are through, they all get into bed and prance around until they find their perfect place, even if that means doing laps on my pillows.
Daisy - The cats.
Loco - The other cats.
Phantom - Buster.
Buster - Phantom.


3. Who would I like to be?
Jennifer - Myself, I like myself.
Daisy - A human so I can eat whatever and whenever I want.
Loco - Daisy, she's spoiled.
Phantom - Where is Buster?
Buster - Invisible!


4. What am I wearing now?
Jennifer - T-shirt and shorts.
Daisy - Fur.
Loco - Fur.
Phantom - Oh my gosh, what is that? What IS that? 
Loco - It's fur.
Buster - Fur.


5. What scares me?
Jennifer - Tornadoes! I fear nature's fury!
Daisy - Thunder, lightening, loud noises, exercise balls, laundry baskets, mean dogs, Rey, wind, sticks.
Loco - Nothing.
Phantom - What IS that????
Buster - Phantom.


6. The best and worst of blogging:
Jennifer - The best is the people I've met! I'm not sure I have come across the worst yet, maybe the guilt of when life gets too busy and you can't be as active as you'd like.  That is a major bummer.
Daisy - Best - when she talks about me.  Worst - when she embarrasses me! Like when she talked about how I was a bad dog and ate the chocolate... Oh and when she doesn't spend time with me because she's on the computer!
Loco - I don't really care.
Phantom - The best is the heat from the computer so I can sit there and get all warm.  The worst is when she takes pictures of me and posts them without asking!
Buster - The best is when I can hide under the desk when she's on the computer.  The worst is when Phantom finds me!


7. The last website I visited:
Jennifer - Aside from Blogger, my bank web site.
Daisy - What's a web site?
Loco - I really don't have time for this.
Phantom - Blogger.
Buster - Duhhhhh....


8. What is the one thing I would change about myself
Jennifer - I need more discipline.  I let myself get off track too much.
Daisy - I'd be a human.
Loco - I'd have less siblings.
Phantom - I'd get rid of this thing that keeps following me!
Buster - I'd be bigger and tougher!


9. Slankets yes or no?
Jennifer - Heck yeah! I love being cozy, I love my Snuggie so why now?
Daisy - Yes, my pup Snuggie is a little drafty.
Loco - Yes, that looks like a warm place to lay and paw.
Phantom - Seriously, what IS that? Make it stop.
Buster - Yes, I'd like to cuddle on that.


10. Tell us something about the person who tagged you:
Hilary is a great writer and an excellent fur mom to Alex.  She's smart, funny, and a good friend.  Also, she's a New Yorker and you can't go wrong with that!

I'm supposed to tag people, but I don't know who to tag, so I'm going to say everyone!!! If you read this post, tag - you're it!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

It hurts to move!!

I mentioned briefly in another post that Brad and I purchased a gym membership last week.  We're now members of Anytime Fitness which is just a few miles from our house, the closest fitness center to us.  I have gone three times now and he has gone four.  I like doing the cardio machines because they have a little shelf where you can place a book while you move.  So I've been doing the readings for my class while exercising which is nice.

Last night, we met with the personal trainer to do an orientation.  Ouch.  My legs hurt, my arms hurt, my back hurts, my butt hurts.  I don't want to move.  I stayed in bed almost all morning because I didn't want to use my muscles.  I know that means what I did last night worked, but ouch!

The personal trainer was nice enough.  He didn't push to the point where I wanted to box him, he let me go at my own pace and just showed me how to use the different machines and what to do to work what muscles, what I should steer clear of, etc.  It was actually pretty fun.  If only I didn't feel like I was on the verge of paralysis.  

I'm skipping the gym today but I'm going to try to go tomorrow.  I'm enjoying the gym and the urge I feel to eat healthy because of it.  Once I start seeing some results I'll be even happier!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Follow Friday!

Happy Friday! Tonight is an orientation at the gym with a personal trainer... Brad made me do a few chest presses last night and my arms hurt.  I'm so pathetic.  I don't even have muscles, I have mush.


Each week, Hilary lists four statements with a blank for you to fill in on your own blogs. If you want to join the fun and come up with four fill in’s of your own, email them to her at feelingbeachie@gmail.com. If she uses them, you can be a co-host to the hop! This week’s co-host is the wonderful Brenda from Ficton with a Purpose. She came up with the last two statements.

Please help me spread the word about this hop…. Tweet, FaceBook share, and add the linky to your post…

This week’s statements:

1. Nothing is better than.____
2. I ___my ___ in ___but never ____
3. Those _____ that are always _____ make me want to ___________
4. My favorite _________________ is when __________________________.

My Answers:

1. Nothing is better than the moment you walk out the door at work for the evening.

2. I pick my nose in private but never in public. Kidding!! It just fit way too perfectly... redo... I wear my shorts in winter but never outside. Except this week, it has been WARM! And seriously, I don't pick my nose. :)

3. Those peaches in the grocery store that smell so good but that are always rotten make me want to scream.  I love peaches and I can smell them across the store and I make it over there and they're all shriveled.  Happened yesterday!

4. My favorite wedding memory is when I first saw Brad on the other end of the isle.

Link up!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Litter box help! CAUTION: this post contains discussion about cat poop.

Greetings! I hope everyone is having a fantastic week! I, for one, cannot wait until I get some chill time this weekend.  I have a date with the personal trainer at our new gym tomorrow to do an orientation and all I can think about is that humorous e-mail that went around many years ago about the woman who kept a gym diary and started out in love with her handsome personal trainer and by the end of the first week she wanted to kill him.  I can SO picture myself in that position.  Sunday I am hoping for some time to make some cards with friends!

On to the point of this post... I know some of my readers are cat people, so I'm hoping someone can offer some advice! 

I have a cat, who shall remain nameless (::cough:: Buster ::cough::), who WILL NOT poop in the litter box.  And before anyone asks, yes I keep a clean litter box.  I scoop it as often as I can and I completely change out the litter weekly.

We have two luxury sized litter boxes.  They are the Cadillacs of litter boxes.  Extremely spacious, huge domed lid, etc.  These litter boxes cost forty bucks a piece so believe me when I say they're amazing.  They can probably fit two cats at a given time.

He's not afraid of being enclosed since he goes inside to pee, he just won't poop in there.  He does it right outside the box.  We keep the boxes in the garage, so it's not like there is feces all over my house, it's in the garage and I always clean it up as soon as I see it.

I tried getting an uncovered box and that didn't help either.  

I know that ideally I should have one box for each cat, and I am not opposed to getting a third box, but they do so well with the two (oh yeah? then why are you writing this post?) and considering how often I clean them out, I don't really see the problem with two.  

If an additional box is the best suggestion, I will surely do that, but I'm kind of hoping there might be some underlying cause I can cure before I bring on another box to maintain.

Please share your thoughts and advice!!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Good Reads...

As I was going through some old files on my computer, I came across a couple of "good ones" that I thought I'd share... 

As the World Turns

If we could shrink the earth's population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all the existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look something like the following.

There would be:
57 Asians
21 Europeans
14 from the north and south Western Hemisphere
8 would be Africans

52 would be female
48 would be male

70 would be non-white
30 would be white

70 would be non-Christian
30 would be Christian

89 would be heterosexual
11 would be homosexual

6 people would possess 59% of the entire world's wealth and all 6 would be from the United States.
80 would live in substandard housing
70 would be unable to read
50 would suffer from malnutrition
(ONE)1 would be near death;
(ONE)1 would be near birth;

(ONE)1 (yes, only 1) would have a college education;
(ONE)1 (yes,only1) would own computer.

When one considers our world from such a compressed perspective, the need for acceptance, understanding and education becomes glaringly apparent.

And, therefore . . .
If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75% of this world.

If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week.

If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace, you are among the top 8% of the worlds’ wealthy.

If you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death, you are more blessed than three billion people in the world.

If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation, you are ahead of 500 million people in the world.

If your parents are still alive and still married, you are very rare, even in the United States.

If you can hold someone's hand, hug them, or even touch them on the shoulder, you are blessed because you can offer healing touch.

If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly thankful, you are blessed because the majority can, but most do not.

If you can read this message, you have just received a double blessing in that someone was thinking of you, and furthermore, you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world who cannot read at all.

As you read this and are reminded how life is in the rest of the world, remember just how blessed you really are.

 And this one always makes me laugh!

20  Ways To Keep A Healthy Level Of Insanity

1. At lunch time, sit in your parked car with sunglasses on and point a hair dryer at passing cars. See if they slow down.

2. Page yourself over the intercom. Don’t disguise your voice.

3. Every time someone asks you to do something, ask if they want fries with that.

5. Put decaf in The coffee maker for 3 weeks.  Once everyone has gotten over their caffeine addictions, switch to espresso.

6. In the memo field of all your checks, write “for marijuana".

7. Finish all your sentences with "in accordance with the prophecy".

9. Skip down the hall rather than walk and see how many looks you get.

10. Order a diet water whenever you go out to eat, with a serious face.

11. Specify that your drive-through order is "to go".

12. Sing along at the opera.

14. Put mosquito netting around your work area and play tropical sounds all day.

15. Five days in advance, tell your friends you can't attend their party because you have a headache.

17. When the money comes out the ATM, scream "I won! I won!"

18.  When leaving the zoo, start running towards the parking lot, yelling "Run for your lives! They're loose!"

19. Tell your children over dinner, "due to the economy, we are going to have to let one of you go."

20. And the final way to keep a healthy level of insanity.. it's called THERAPY


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Tuesday Coffee Chat: Life's Little Oddities

Joining RoryBore @ Time Out For Mom again this week for the Tuesday Coffee Chat! Really wish I had a coffee right about now, but being that it is 10:30pm, that would not be a great idea!


So this week's chat is about life's little oddities, things that make you go "hmmmmm?"

I have a couple...

Why can't people drive? I know I don't need to elaborate on this one and I know there is no answer.  Moving on...

Why do said people pull over into the median rather than to the right side of the road? I swear this only happens in South Carolina.  I've never seen so many cops with people pulled over in the middle of the road, even on the interstate.  In fact, when I was a teenager I distinctly remember a state trooper making fun of my at-the-time boyfriend for pulling over into the middle of the road (he had just gotten his license).  Really people? How do you expect to merge back into the fast lane? 

Why do I have heartburn? I haven't eaten anything unusual and it's been present for 2 days now.

Why do people drive all the way to a gym, work out for 10 minutes, and then leave? We finally went to the gym tonight (bought a membership last week) and someone did that.  Why bother? What do you expect to gain from 10 minutes? Not like my 20 minutes on the treadmill and 20 minutes on the stationary bike make me an expert on fitness, but come on!

How does Tylenol or Advil find the exact spot that it hurts? (Hehe, I know the answer to this one, now I'm just being goofy!)

Why do zebras and tigers have stripes? Seriously.  Multicolored cats and dogs rarely have the same patterns as one another, even in the same breed, but zebras and tigers always have stripes.  Why don't they ever come out with spots or patches or something like that? Why are they always stripes? 


Where is my cell phone and why has the battery been dying so quickly? Even though I haven't been using it a lot?
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