Archive | June, 2013

I Stand By It

30 Jun

Written a couple months ago:

So today was a much better day at work, but I made the co-worker (that I think consistently works hard) angry with me.  Here’s the scenario:  It’s the end of the day, three employees are a half hour late getting out of work, and we are still finishing up treatments on the hospitalized patients, and have some cleaning and closing tasks to finish yet.  It was a terribly busy, stressful day with a slow doctor.  One of the in-patients cats has straight up liquid diarrhea–like fill-the-box blow-outs multiple times in the day.  The other is a buddy with a urinary catheter-read *dripping urine constantly, that we need/want*  Of course, both have been bathed and brushed multiple times during that day.  My co-worker wants to give both of the buddies a bath before we leave.  Which I think is extraneous.

And yes, a partial reason is the extra effort and extra time this would take.  Call me lazy if you will, which may be a little bit at that point in time, but not entirely.  I also think there is a point when you have to evaluate if what you’re doing to the patient is giving a tangible benefit.  And deciding how long that benefit will last.  OK, the benefit is we leave 2 clean cats at the end of work.  A second benefit is the cats may feel better if they are not scummy.  Thirdly, the kitties can avoid potential urine scald.

BUT, how stressful is it for an already sick, already hospitalized cat to receive repeated baths?  How long will the cleanliness last either?  They will be sitting on diarrhea and urine in their kennel all night long anyway (we aren’t 24/7).  Urine scald benefit is erased.  Cats may feel better, but for how long?  Even if they are bathed at 6 PM, the still have to sit in a soiled kennel all night long until someone gets to work in the morning.  At which time they will have their cage cleaned and get yet another bath.  Also, the heater turns down at night (this was in February, when it was still chilly out) when no one is in the building–will leaving wet cats make them suffer more because they are cold?

Plus, I think both cats have bigger problems then grooming.  I don’t know if when we have to syringe feed, medicate, express bladders, give fluids, etc, etc if constant bathing (especially right at close) is necessary.  Will it make them mean to treat later?  When it’s time to clean up in the mornings or before they go home, will it make the task impossible, because they’ve had baths so often they’re really tired of being messed with?  Do we want to make their patience expire for a bath or for a more crucial treatment?  Will they hate the vet for life, because we picked on them so much?

There is an unlimited amount of things you could do to a patient:  Take vitals, palpate and examine, check blood-work, syringe feed, groom, clean and bathe, medicate, warm up, write notes and chart progress, vaccinate, do blood pressures, x-rays and other diagnostics -think of something and it could probably be done every hour or more.  A saturation point can be reached, I believe, where doing unlimited things becomes just futzing around.  And does the animal benefit?  Does it start to suffer?  These are questions that should be addressed.

AND though I hate it, you have to look at the business side a tiny bit.  Is two baths worth paying 3 employees to stay late, and potentially over-time at the end of the week?  When we’ve gotten to work between 6AM and 7:30AM, missed lunch, are already leaving late, and already given several baths during the day and cleaned the kennels many times?

So even though she was disgruntled, I still stand by my decision.  And I don’t think I should be deamonized for it either.  Yes, I was thinking of me, but I was thinking of the cats and the business as well.  I think the costs outweigh the benefits, and those cats can both wait for baths (and clean cages) until morning.  And certainly during the day when we’re there for a few hours.  But yes, I indulged my co-worker and gave the cats hasty booty baths immediately before we left them in a kennel alone for 12 hours. . .

When Doing a Group Project. . .

29 Jun

Don’t get me started on the legitimacy of group projects.  I really think it is an instructor’s lazy way out of planning, grading, and time-management.  But part of the problem of groups are social behaviors of the members.  I guess as a general rule, people just don’t know how to work in teams well.  As a lifelong member of sports, leadership, student council, and clubs, I’ll impart some key points I have taken from successful interactions–and those that weren’t so much:

-Firstly, you are all in the group and that’s it.  So instead of kicking mud, just buck up and get it done.  You’ll have to accept Laurel's pics 476the fact that you’re going to work together as a team.

-Instead of looking for differences in team members, search for commonalities.  Believe me, this will help everyone find a middle ground and work nicer.

-Find something for everyone to do.  Make sure everyone has an equal part in the project.  Saying *insert task* here is already taken care of is closed-off.  Group projects are open and even things that are perceived to be done can always be improved upon.

Follow the golden rule–do unto others as you want done to you.  Don’t say or do things you wouldn’t want said & done to you.

Laurel's pics 055-Don’t shut ideas down.  Never say something negative when a new idea is brought to the table.  It takes courage to speak up about an idea, AND it might work.  Thinking of reasons why things won’t work is annoying and change-averse.  Especially if it’s the first thing out of your mouth.  Even if you think the idea 100% will never work, entertain it for a second.  How could it work?  Can it be modified?  Even if not, acknowledge the idea, take time to mull it over, and attempt to change it so it would work.  Discuss the pros & cons.  Shooting down ideas makes people stop saying them.

-Meet in the middle.  Compromise is the name of the game.  Give and take is central to group work.  If you get your way one time, offer for the other person/people to also get their way.  Keep it equal, and everyone’s Laurel's pics 157stamp will be on the project.  I think this is why some people slack off in group work–they don’t feel as if they CAN make a contribution, by having any control over the outcome of the project.  So they give over full control (all the work) to the dominant person.  Make sure everyone gets something they want–or you may just end up with ALL the work.

-Don’t criticize the other person’s efforts.  Even if you think they suck.  And if you must–b/c it’s explicitly against the project’s guidelines or some other extreme situation–temper it with 2 pieces of praise.  People remember negative things far better.  So if you gently put down a person’s idea (only b/c it is El Nino, L cubed, L-Tronexplicitly against the rules!) really, tell them 2 ideas of theirs you like.  Sounds cheesy–but really do this.

-Never use the words, “bad,” “insensitive,” or marginalizing a population” in association with your partner’s ideas or work.  I mean, c’mon this should be basic stuff–but using negative language to describe other group members or their ideas is off-putting, rude, and counter-productive.  Refer to golden rule above.

-Don’t ignore problems.  They need to be dealt with early on.  Silence makes problems grow, not disappear.  And it is disrespectful to other member’s feelings to deny problems or concerns.  When there is a disagreement, do not undervalue the other person’s feeling or opinions by saying there is no problem, and adding statements like, “relax” 8th grade VBor “chill out.”  You are pretty much saying, “You are oversensitive and stupid and I’m not listening to your high maintenance complaints.”  Not the greatest attitude from teamwork or productivity.

-Communications have broken down, nobody is happy, and some rules above were broken.  You have to fix it.  Firstly, take responsibility for YOUR bad behaviors.  Whatever they were.  Then, listen.  Really listen to the group’s concerns.  And all of you work together to FIX it.  Don’t rehash who’s fault it was or what went wrong–move to correct things.  Address problems by actively brainstorming solutions.  This is critical–don’t just complain or point out problems, say how to make errors better.  Otherwise you will be up against a defensive, upset Laurel's pics 555reaction.  The group will probably break down all-together at this point, and then what?  One person will end up doing all the work, everyone will be disgruntled, and nobody likes that story.

-OK, so you don’t like an idea or portion of the other person’s work.  Instead of bad-mouthing it, vetoing it, or deleting it, why not just modify it?  ADD to it to make it better.  Just remember to keep the original idea.  This is what can make a group project great.  This is multiple people linking brains to make things better then just one person alone.  It’s what will make everyone invested in the project too–and keep communication open, and respectful, and Sierra Exif JPEGpositive.

-I should have said this sooner, but start right away.  It is much easier to edit then conceptualize.  And one procrastinator holds up the entire group, because steps cannot be skipped without making crucial decisions as an individual.  Make all the decisions FIRST, and then if there is a lazy, slacker, procrastinator, at least you have the outline or bones of the project ready to turn in.  Let me repeat–Don’t save the project until the last minute, b/c this makes your partner have to procrastinate as well (Douche).

-Lastly, make sure to give everyone props.  Everyone should walk away feeling appreciated and valued and proud of their own and everyone else’s contribution to a project well done.


Laurel's pics 233And when you’re watching a presentation:

-Don’t embarrass the presenters.  The experience is already nerve-wracking, don’t be a dick.  Remember–YOU have to take a turn up front too.

-Don’t ask intense questions they can’t answer.  Leave that to the instructor.

-It would actually be cool if you asked an easy or fun question the presenter might be confident about or ready to discuss.  Laurel's pics 833It’s OK to make other people look good–they just might return the favor.

-Don’t dispute what they say.  There’s no point to this–have you ever been presenting and someone’s argument made you change your facts?  No of course not, it’s too late.  This only makes people feel dumb and embarrassed.  It’s counter-productive and ass-holish to call peers on erroneous facts when the research is complete, papers are written, and it’s too late to do anything about it.

-Don’t criticism their research, visuals, or presenting style while they are putting themselves out there in front of the class.  facial muscles 1People are nervous.  They are humans.  Refer to golden rule.

-Especially don’t do these things if you’re the instructor.

-If you think someone was ill-prepared or did a shitty job, take off points.  No need for public humiliation   Shame on you, bitchy prof.


Anyway, as a person who hates, hates, hates putting my grades in someone else’s hands, I hope some of these tips help every person in a team and make the project even better!  Because let’s face it, those mo-fo professors aren’t soon going to grade twice the work, take twice the time, and assign individual projects. . .

June Goal Self-Monitor

28 Jun

I think it’s been difficult to adhere to my goals because it’s summer. There is less structure and routine imposed on me by others, so my time is more free. Which is a good break, but bad for productivity. Also, the weather is very un-summer-like every other week it seems, so that makes it feel just like a semester. And despite the tone of this intro, I actually did OK.

Let’s see–flossing. I may actually have this one licked (pun intended) as I have been flossing nightly-yay me! Now for bleaching the chompers for b-day pic purposes. Hopefully, that Sensodine does its thing.

9Encourage Cool. Things are really good right now between us. And I am sure my birthday w/her in Walla Walla will be amazing!

And speaking of that drinking has been a big FAIL.  But in my defense, we went from house-sitting with unlimited free beer and wine, to Cool’s birthday, into Independence Day, right into my birthday.  And it’s summer anyway, so it’s not impeding my ultimate career goals.  But between the birthday and Labor Dave, scaling back will be had.

Work–still stresses me out and preoccupies my mind and my time. But I’m not counting the days when I’ll be out of there, so I suppose this is not that bad either.  But I agreed to work full days that I do not actually want to work, and will bring me misery, and derail more school/career goals–but I AM getting my birthday weekend off so I’m considering this a trade. And the money will be good. I am thisclose to paying off my Care Credit wisdom teeth and my Visa card–and without using ANY school loan money. Big sigh of relief.

Money. Well, since Cool has none, it makes me spend less. Which I never like, but is good for me. We have been cleaning minisout the freezer and eating every edible thing in the pantry in order to save for my birthday. So meals suck right now, but the money is adding up.

Speaking of meals, calories are only OK. I guess. It’s hard to have both worlds–healthy eating on a budget. So since this is a week of better weather we’re out at the track. And it hurts and it’s terrible how out-of-shape I am this late in the season. And how I can’t even focus on times, because I’m merely trying to finish the distance. And it’s going to make winter feel ever so long–this rain and clouds of summer. But it forces us outside on sunny days even when we want to be lazy, so I guess it’s a good scene after all.

ossicular chain 6And on all those cloudy days, I’ve managed to read the textbooks, and outline 35 pages of anatomy (1 large chapter), 1.5 chapters of Audiology for next spring, and 1.25 chapters of Aural Rehab for Fall.  And counting.  So I’m slowly (and daily) getting through those, which will take some stress and pressure off during the classes.  And this time, typing the outlines, so I don’t have to re-write things when professors give that as an assignment, because dopey classmates don’t read.  Which as I’ve said before should be punishment enough–let them test lower, don’t baby-sit us.  But at any rate, I’m ready for it.  And if it isn’t an actual assignment, I can just print out the notes and use them.

So I guess I feel like I should and want to be doing more, but I’m actually doing alright on the goals.  Next time I report in–I’ll be 30!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Scripture is a Distance-Maker

27 Jun

Mostly it makes me sad when Dayton has ignorant, hateful, judgments.

Here is my rambling rant sadness:  And quoting verse only creates more of a divide.  When religious people dehumanize thegod hates fag idiot argument and start quoting verses, it does 2 things:  Quickly renders the more liberal or gay person quiet–as they (usually) cannot, from memory, quote opposing verses.  Squarely places the argument inside a book that does not have an equal value to each side of the argument.  The church person has placed faith into the word of the book as coming straight from God, while the other side, may think the book is inaccurate, pieced together by the most influential people of the day, interpreted in such a way as to accomplish current ends, and not scientifically proven.  No matter what the thoughts about the Bible, each side is now focusing on its contents rather than the current effects on actual human lives and relationships.

What I think church is supposed to do for people:

-Give them a safe, hopeful feeling because life, choices, death, and the after-life are in someone else’s capable hands.

*This requires faith.

-Bring people closer together.  Through common beliefs, values, and goals.

*This means pledging allegiance to the doctrine, attending group services and events, and having a common cause.

-Support those less fortunate and educate them.

*”less fortunate” is subjective, as in the case of Native Americans.  Educate means indoctrinate into the popularly held religious convictions.

rainbow 3 (2)I’m not saying these goals or the requirements to achieve them are right or wrong.  Religion can be a very positive, uplifting thing.  BUT we have to remember religion is an institution with a power structure.  And capital behind it.  So good intentions can be skewed by those at the top in order to make money ultimately.  Churches need more and increasing members to pay their bills.  They need those people to unquestioningly act for their church.  And the goals may get icky depending on the political agenda of the leaders.

So back to Dayton.  A small, conservative town, where the biggest employer is the school district.  This means most education goes as high as a Masters degree.  It also means the incomes stop in the $50,000/year mark.  If that.  And peopleVC cemetary may or may not have experienced travel and diversity.  I suspect most people have taken 1-2 big trips to other cultures and viewpoints if any.  So I’m not judging my town, but there are reasons they may have a more narrow life view.

Instead of judgement, I would like to see compassion.  Instead of heated arguments about verse, I want each side to stand in the shoes of the other party.  Really, I believe arguing with a fool–makes two.  I think the best way to handle such hateful attitudes is to be that person that lives an upstanding life.  A person that those Dayton people didn’t realize was gay.  It would show them the same person they always knew and liked, is still the same despite being gay too.  That is what really makes people change their views–knowing someone personally who doesn’t fall under the stereotypes.  Someone good, and kind, and educated.  I hope by living an upstanding life, and showing people through my actions that their hate and judgement is wrong–not the way I love, that real change can occur.

And I’m proud of my mom for having the courage and inclination to post a gay-positive sentiment on her Facebook, even if it was quickly shot down by well-intentioned, though ignorant people of Dayton.  I hope that doesn’t discourage her from changing her own mind to a more accepting viewpoint.

Suspicions Confirmed

26 Jun

A higher percentage of lesbians smoke and are overweight than straight women.  I think this, because it’s what I’ve rainbow 1encountered personally.  It’s what I’ve seen at the gay bars, at Pride, in LGBT organizations, in my friend and dating life, on the streets, on television, in movies, and per what I read about famous lesbians.  Now, research backs up my theory.

rainbow 4And it makes sense because marginalized populations are more susceptible to vices.  Anyone who faces discrimination must have a bit of self-hate to overcome.  Plus, if you’re already stigmatized for being gay, what’s the difference if you smoke as well?  Also, the gays have a larger disposable income.  And so they are targeted by advertisers.  And they have more time without kids.  And gays generally want to be around like-people (we all do) so where do you hang out?  Well, at gay bars–where smoking is commonplace.

And the weight issue?  Well, as a feminist, I do not prescribe to the strict beauty standard set by the patriarchy.  And I would guess most lesbians don’t either.  And without that constant pressure, we look–well, more portly as a group.  My guess is rainbow 8that lesbians take more stalk in a personality than physical attributes.    Also, I think a little self-esteem and boundary issues play a part.  Maybe lesbians let themselves go a little.  To prove they don’t need to please men?  To protect themselves with a physical layer of insulation?

Anyway, here are the facts from other sources that back up my claims:

-A new study from Community Marketing, Inc. provides insights about how gay men and lesbians spend their money and live their lives.  Gay men (27 percent) and lesbians (23 percent) smoke cigarettes at higher rates than the national averages for adult men (22 percent) and women (17 percent) (3).  Among rainbow 7homosexuals: 37% of women smoke; 33% of men smoke.  Among heterosexuals: 18% of women smoke; 24% of men smoke (4).

-Researchers say that lesbian women are more likely to smoke, drink and to be overweight, putting them at greater risk of health problems than other women, HealthScout reported April 17 (2).

-Roughly 56 percent of lesbians are current or former smokers, compared to 36 percent of straight women, and gay women are slightly more likely than other women to drink alcohol. Furthermore, about 28 percent of lesbians are obese, compared to 19 percent of heterosexual women (2).

-In all, 11,876 women were involved in the study. Eighty-seven percent of the women surveyed were self-defined lesbians, butterfly glitter rainbowwhile 12% considered themselves bisexual. (The researchers used the term “lesbian” to collectively refer to both groups.) (5).

-Nearly three in 10 lesbians surveyed were obese, compared with about one in five women overall; nevertheless, lesbians were less likely than average to consider themselves overweight (44% vs. 56%). Although there was no significant difference in current alcohol use between lesbians and women overall, the same was not true for problem drinking. More than 12% of lesbians reported having a history of problems with alcohol, a rate far higher than the 4% standardized estimate of women nationally who reported having five or more drinks almost every day. Lesbians were also more likely than average to rainbow 2currently use tobacco (21% vs. 16%) or to have used tobacco in the past (34% vs. 20%) (5).

-A comparison of these data with standardized estimates for all U.S. women suggests that lesbians and bisexual women are significantly more likely to be obese, smoke cigarettes and abuse alcohol (all known cancer risk factors). Furthermore, they are significantly less likely than average to have ever used oral contraceptives and to have ever been pregnant or given birth to a live infant (all shown to be protective against ovarian and endometrial cancer). Lesbians and bisexual women are also less likely than American women overall to have health insurance and to undergo cancer screenings (5).

These figures come from researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Published in the August issue of rainbow 9Tobacco Control, they’re based on a review of 42 studies about tobacco use among sexual minorities.

-The massive study was led by Elisabeth P. Gruskin, a public health researcher with Kaiser Permanente, and supported by the California Department of Public Health. Between July, 2003 and March, 2004 it dialed 187,000 telephone numbers in California, screened 31,000 households for eligibility, and completed nearly 3,000 survey interviews with adults, comparing those with the results of rainbow 5existing surveys of all Californians (1).

-Partly due to the tobacco industry’s relentless campaign to target gay men and women through bar promotions, sponsorships, andadvertisements in the queer press, LGBT adults and youth have roughly 40%-70% higher smoking rates than the general population; and bartenders and cocktail servers in LGBT oriented nightclubs are disproportionately exposed to secondhand smoke (7).

-According to the summary of an earlier report from the CDC, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine in 2001:  Estimated smoking rates for lesbians, gays, and bisexuals ranged from 38% to 59% among youth and from 11% to rainbow tiny 150% among adults. National smoking rates during comparable periods ranged from 28% to 35% for adolescents and were approximately 28% for adults (4).

-I’ve just learned from NPR’s All Things Considered that in California, gay men and lesbians are 70 percent more likely to smoke than the general population (4).

-The 898 women participating in the survey divided fairly evenly: lesbian 34.2 percent, bisexual 29.3 percent, and women who have sex with women (WSW) 36.5 percent. The 1052 men showed stark division, with 85.4 percent identifying as gay, 7 percent as bisexual, and 7.6 percent as men who have sex with men (MSM). This gender rainbow fractaldichotomy reflects what seems to be a real difference in the way men and women experience sexual orientation (1).

-gay culture may be more accepting of lifestyle choices. Lesbians may also be less concerned about smoking and drinking because they’re less likely to have children, and more tolerant of weight (2).

-Tobacco companies also advertise heavily in gay magazines. . .  smoking is common in gay bars — often the center of lesbian social life (2).

-Likely explanations include the success of tobacco industry’s targeted marketing to gays and lesbians, as well as time spentlights in smoky social venues and stress from discrimination.” (4).

-As a matter of fact, childless households (whether gay or straight) spend, on average, 56 percent more on cigarettes and alcohol than their childbearing neighbors. (Among households where the parents have some education, the discrepancy is my x-mas 14even larger.) Nor is there anything mysterious about why. First, parents have extra reasons to live long and stay healthy, both so they can be there when their kids need them and so they can enjoy the company of their grandchildren. Second, parents have extra expenses—starting with diapers and continuing through college tuition—that leave less disposable income for cigarettes. Third, a lot of parents don’t like the idea of smoking in front of their children (6).

-Among the general population, 68 percent of women had never smoked, while in the study population those numbers were 43 percent of lesbians, 51.3 percent of bisexual women, and 21.5 percent of WSW.  Gay men were more likely to smoke than the general population (27.3 percent vs. 19.7 percent), while the smoking rates for bisexual and MSM did not differ significantly from the general population (1).sparkle-stripe

-When data from the males and females were combined, the study participants were much more likely to be heavy daily smokers than the general population (G/L 22.2 percent, bisexual 22.6 percent, same-sex partners 29.7 percent) (1).

-People 18 to 24 are more likely to smoke than those who are older (24 percent vs. 20 percent), but they are highly motivated to quit (1).








Modified Summer 2013 Goals

24 Jun

I.  Apply for scholarships

AA.  Find such scholarships

OK, turns out this is sort of an unproductive time-eater.  Most places require full-time student status or some involvement in some group or activity to apply.  Since I’m not, I’m wasting a lot of time looking. . .

BB.  Do the app

111.  write the essay(s)

aaaa.  modify vet school essays & last years school essays

What I WILL do:  edit my school scholarship essays as well as the LGBT essay in order to maximize my chances for success in the few areas I do qualify.

333.  send it in

II.  Start working on my school application

AA.  look up what is required (for my schools)

 Application for Admission to the UNC Graduate School. Click here for application information.

  • Official transcripts from each college or university attended
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test Scores (no more than 5 yr old)
  • 3 Letters of recommendation. Click here for Recommendation forms. (2 from prof)
  • $50 Application fee
  • Resume or vita (1-2 pg)

CC.  write the CV

111.  look @ CV exp


222.  follow the owl’s guidelines

333.  modify my resume into a CV

  • Audiology and Speech-Language Sciences Statement of Professional Goals (letter of intent) (under 500 words)

EE.  write the essay(s)

111.  edit the writing portions

BB.  confirm timing

111.  make a physical hard-copy timeline

Deadline for Fall Semester Entry: February 1, 2013 (please submit prior to that date)

Applications will not be processed until all information is received

processing takes approximately 20 days.

notified of an admission decision between March 15 and April 15.

aaaa.  hang this timeline somewhere I’ll see it often

 III.  volunteer

AA.  search for (flexible) opportunities

111.  hearing related?

222.  actually go to the VA in person–>web site unavailable

BB.  Apply/complete volunteer paperwork/req

111.  schedule it

222.  make time to do it

aaaa.  just DO this!

iiiii.  SOON.  This will also help w/scholarships.

IV.  Observe

AA.  update resume

BB.  try to call for a consult/make appt/find out good time to stop in

CC.  go to a place in person

111.  talk to someone & hand off resume/goals

CC.  make time in sched for this

DD.  take notes of what I learn

V.  Read Textbooks

AA.  Hearing & Hearing Disorders

111.  Anatomy book

222.  Netters

333.  make flashcards

444.  start drawing

BB.  Aud Rehab

111.  Fix outline so it stops making me crazy–>change to powerpoint?

222.  track down & make flashcards

CC.  Audiometry

111.  outline–but not super-detailed.

222.  on winter break skim & make a ppt of most pertinant info

Endurance Training

23 Jun

This morning’s 400 meter splits were ROUGH!  After about 70 meters, I feel tired and fatigued.  And I never really posterior musclesrecovered either.  Bad.  None of my muscles are hurting per say, my legs still feel fantastic.  It’s this horrible out of breath, tired feeling where my brain screams, “stop, stop, stop–you need to rest.”  I think this is my body’s way of telling me I’m not breathing right when I run.  I have no endurance, because I haven’t trained my LUNGS.  So in an effort to improve my 400 meter splits, so I can eventually improve my mile time, I need first–to be able to complete the distance without dying!  It’s my lungs and my head that need work–then my times will follow.

2 posterior muscles of respMission:  Strengthen my diaphragm.  Taking speech anatomy is very helpful in this endeavor, because now I now the diaphragm is the back bone (pun intended) of the respiratory system, which is the power house.  So it’s obvious I need to belly breathe–but that is easier said then done.  HOW to do it:

-Concentrate on proper form.  And I know I tend to hunch and stoop the more tired I get so I have to concentrate on running tall, head up, shoulders back, and hips forward.  Actually use my damn 1899-13167arms to help propel me.  RELAX–don’t tighten up.

-Start with long, slow, distance runs.  This trains out of shape muscles (mine) to take in more oxygen to actually perform the tasks you are demanding from your body.

cell 2-open the mouth wider to maximize air flow.

-Try a 3-2 pattern eventually.  Maybe start at a 2-2 pattern.  Breathe in on a right, left footfall, then breathe out for the next right and left steps.  Try to increase to a 3-3, then 4-4 pattern with practice.

-Practice.  It takes time and conditioning.  And I know this.  I just have to get out there consistently, and it will hurt a lot less, and I’ll get much faster!

Meh. I’m Tired

22 Jun

Sometimes I’m brimming with ideas–and sometimes I can’t think of a thing that would be interesting to say. I think it has to do with my level of tiredness levels. And work.

Well, work was really frustrating on Friday, and very busy today. Cool is really working on her divorce. Finally. Which is good, but extremely (there is no accurate descriptive word for how much!) annoying to deal with her ex, Monostat.  This nickname, is case you’ve never heard it, is similar to my ex, Douche.  Both are red heads, both, fat, both ugly outside & in, both trouble–both regrets.

I could go on and on about the annoying details of just how horribly ANNOYING orchestrating this divorce paperwork was, as there are many dumb things that went on, but I think this post would just turn into a string of swearing. So just know it’s been a frustrating week and I’m tired.

But it’s looking slightly less cloudy today, is not raining at all, and I’m motivated to organize the yard sale, run, read/outline my textbooks, and Wii. It will be a good and productive week!  I’ve got this.  I’m ready!  I’m this-close to my dirty-30.  That’s the big 3-0 people, exciting stuff.

Genius Yard Sale Inspiration

21 Jun

I just came up with this idea:

Have a yard sale to get rid of unnecessary items and downsize for future moving.

Make a portion of the profits a donation to some speech & hearing-relevant organization.

This would help said-organization, motivate people to spend more money and buy more quantitiy (and probably get more people TO the sale), and let me write leadership/volunteer on some essay or application.



To accomplish this:

-find a suitable organization/charity

-decide on an amount/% to donate

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The Hook:

-gather sign-making materials:

**cooler chests that won’t fit into the trash at work.

**make a huge sign out of the plywood at work

**old cardboard from boxes @ work

**that “trash” paint that needs throwing away!

**need paint/markers

**gather rocks to weigh down coolor ground signs

-include the donation on sale signs

-decide sign locations

**big ply wood sign on empty lot fancing I-90

**a white box sign on corner in front of Grocery Outlet

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Display the Merch:

-use Aunt Linda’s driveway area

-borrow tarps at work

-find tables to stack things on?

-save boxes to put like-price items in?

-save hangers to hang clothes on fence

-get stickers for individual items?

-just make a cardboard sign for like-priced items?


Engage Help:

-talk to Aunt Linda about use of her yard

-pick a date

-decide on times

-actually sort out the items into boxes

-run an ad on the FB page

-keep track of time spent planning & executing the event

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Sale Day:

-get change, a couple of calculators, and a make-shift cash box

-place signs around town.

-move all vehicles out of the driveway

-sit at tables & work sale

–oh, and I almost forgot:  Take my cookbooks to sell at the sale!

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Clean it up:

-take down signs

-donate the unsold items

-take everything back to work

Camels in Nevada

20 Jun

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I grew up in Dayton, and we had historic camel barns downtown.  And yet, I never really knew the story of camels in North America.  So last time I was at Walla Walla, I snatched up a book (The Last Camel Charge:  The Untold Story of America’s Desert Military Experiment, by Forrest Bryant Johnson) on the subject.  I highly reccommend the book, even though the NV history for which I purchased it was less than a chapter long–probably less than a page.

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Here is more or less (less) the short version of the story, copied from various (less reputable/researched) sources:

-Purchased by Jefferson Davis when he was the US Secretary of War in 1855.  He purchased 77 bactrian (two hump) and dromedary (one hump) camels in the Near East for southwest desert transport (2).

-Middle-Eastern Dromedary (1).

-Congress funded a small naval expedition which was quickly dispatched to the Arab nations along the Mediterranean. After eight months, this naval “Noah’s Ark” returned (4).

-US Camel Corps put together back in the mid 1800’s (3).

-The idea was to find alternate means of transportation in the dry and rough climate of the South Western United States. To put the plan into motion $30,000 was set aside on March 3rd, 1855. Although it took awhile traveling to the Middle East, the US eventually had 34 camels (3).

-Several handlers from the Middle East were also brought with the camels. The most famous was a Syrian named Hadji Ali, although he was called Hi Jolly. A second later shipment brought the number of US camels up to 77 (3).

-Edward F. Beale maintained the animals could haul materials for the military in the arid West. They could carry more than horse or mules, and they had a legendary ability to survive without much water (1).

-could carry 600 pounds for 30 miles in desert conditions without water (2).

-After their trial run, Beale put the camels up on his friend’s ranch, claiming that they should stay in California for future use if a war with the Mormons of Utah ever occurred. His friend, Samuel Bishop utilized the camels to haul freight on his own ranch and back and forth to Fort Tejon. The route taken to Fort Tejon passed through lands controlled by the Mojave Indians who often attacked civilian transports, but avoided any military soldiers. As Bishop was a civilian and the camel experiment currently officially a civilian experiment, no soldiers were with the camel caravans traveling from Bishop’s ranch to Fort Tejon. A large force of Mojave Indians threatened Bishop’s teamsters, forcing Bishop to order them to mount the camels and charge the attackers. The surprise charge of the teamsters on such strange beasts did in fact rout the Mojave Indians and also went down in history as probably the only camel charge in the west, which ironically was performed by civilians as opposed to the military (3).

-There are rumors of a few more experiments performed with the camels. They are attributed to the US army when it was still trying to find a use for the beasts. The first involved using the camels in an attempt to perform a pony express or “camel express”. Sadly in both the first and second attempt the camel dropped dead from exhaustion. It was determined that although the camel could carry enormous loads and travel for extended periods of time with little rest, food, or water, it was not an appropriate steed for a mailman to speedily deliver the mail, especially since its maximum speed appeared to be no faster than the mules already used to deliver the mail. In the second experiment, the army turned the camels over to a survey crew, mapping the Nevada / California border. The expedition became lost, was forced to abandon their equipment, lost their mules, and grew hopeless of ever surviving to see civilization. The camels took over the mission, led the crew back to Visalia, and saved the surveyors (3).

-The Civil War distracted the army from the experiment and the Deputy Quartermaster General for California got permission from the Secretary of War to sell off the animals.  A corral was built on the southern part of the arsenal property and all the camels were gathered from all over California to be auctioned off.  The local youngsters of Benicia earned extra money hauling water to the barns.
The 34 camels which were auctioned off brought a total of $1,495 in 1864 and were purchased by Samuel McLeneghan to haul freight to Nevada mining camps (2).

-By November 1863, the California Camels were put up for sale and purchased largely by zoos, circuses, and mining operations with a few camels going to private individuals such as Beale himself. Those camels remaining in Texas were sold off in 1865, though the government later reclaimed some of them as stolen property and then promptly released them into the desert on their own (3).

-Sam McLeneghan purchased ten of the Army’s Dromedaries for hauling supplies in the territory. Camels brought salt to mills in bothVirginia City and Austin (1).

-On his way to Virginia City with ten camels in 1864, McLeneghan stopped in Sacramento and staged a “Dromedary Race” in the city’s Agriculture Park. Some of the camels were recruited into circus acts; others were used by private freight-hauling and road construction outfits. Eventually, many of the poor beasts were abandoned in the desert, where some survived for years. Angry Wells Fargo stagecoach drivers complained of camels all the way from Lake Tahoe to Ely. Their teams panicked at every encounter with the strange, humped creatures. Even 30 years later, some wide-eyed prospector would stride into a Comstock saloon, belly up to the bar and tell the bartender of the bizarre “mirage” he had seen (4).

-They were resold again but only a few were purchased and the remaining camels were released into the desert where they startled travelers for years (2).

-In 1875, the Nevada legislature prohibited camels on public highways to safeguard horse traffic. This effectively ended the commercial use of camels (1).

-In Lyon County [my county of Dayton], if you let your camel stray, they threw you in jail for 30 days (4).

-The act was repealed in 1899 (3).

-Operators set many camels free while selling others to circuses. For decades, various people throughout the West reported seeing the wandering beasts throughout Nevada and the southwest (1).

-The last surviving camel died in 1934 in the Griffith Park Zoo in Los Angeles (2).

-Camels later assumed a different role in Nevada history and culture. In 1959, the revivedTerritorial Enterprise reported the results of a fictional camel race held in Virginia City. To the delight of residents, the San Francisco Chronicle reported the event as fact. The following year, actor-director John Houston, in northern Nevada for the filming of The Misfits, heard of the contest and became determined to ride in the “second annual” camel race. Virginia City held an actual competition, Houston won, and the annual camel races grew into a tradition celebrated to this day (1).