Heart and Def Leppard

Aug 27th, 2011 Posted in General Musings | no comment »

On July 31, 2011, John and I went to a Heart/Def Leppard concert.   I had seen Heart in concert in 1985 or 1986, so I was excited to see them again.  I was sorta luke warm about Def Leppard.  John had seen Def Leppard like 20 billion times before or something.  I am not sure if he’d seen Heart before.

I do not do very well with loud noise anymore (actually I’ve always been somewhat noise sensitive and it seems to get worse the older I get), so I was a bit dubious about a rock concert.    There were times that Jeff Dunham had me climbing out of my skin and he’s a comedian (who we are going to see again in November, I might add…very excited about that).

It was an outdoor venue, so I was hopeful that I would handle it ok.   After we left the house, I thought I should have brought ear plugs, but figured I’d just tough it out.  I was thrilled to discover they sold ear plugs there for a mere $3 so we snapped those suckers up when we bought our other souvenirs.

It was very hot out and I felt bad for both Heart and Def Leppard.  Maybe they are used to it, but they looked a bit miserable, in the heat.  Ann Wilson, in particular looked like she would rather be just about any place else, but she sounded quite good still.

I suffered through Heart without the ear plugs and the first couple Def Leppard songs, before finally giving in and once I put them in I really wish I had just used them at the start.  It made it SO much more enjoyable.  It was SOO SOO SOO loud that a lot of the time it was just a lot of noise to me.  If I didn’t know the song (like with Heart’s new song), it was just a garble of loud noise to me.  I could not make out any words at all.   Once I put in the ear plugs, it filtered it out to where even if I didn’t know the song I could hear the actual words and it made it a much better experience.

Then I was sad, I really didn’t get the full enjoyment I could have out of Heart if I had just used them from the beginning 🙁

Overall, I thought Def Leppard put on a better show, but did not sound as good vocally as Heart.   Joe Elliot, I think sounds a bit rougher than Ann Wilson in his later years.  The other parts of their show, the lighting and such, was much better than Heart’s though.   You got the feeling that Def Leppard really wanted to be at the venue.  Heart..not quite as much.

I spent a week doing nothing but saying “I have to recharge the camera batteries,”  “we can’t forget to take the camera” and variations of that and then…forgot to take the damn camera, of course.   So the only pictures we got were with John’s blackberry and are not very good, but I am putting them up here anywhere because it’s the only ones we have, unfortunately.

Blind Allegiance To Sarah Palin (Book Review)

Aug 26th, 2011 Posted in General Musings | no comment »

There is no stopping me now!   These are kind of fun to make and I am all over the map, as you can tell.   Actually, I was poking around the site and found the Squidlit area and was curious what it was.   Since Blind Allegiance was one of the last books I read, I figured I would go ahead and review it..again.   I should really have done The Lies of Sarah Palin by Geoffrey Dunn, but I kinda liked Blind Allegiance better.   I may do another lens for Lies later on, we’ll se.

So, as you probably guessed by now, I have made a lens for Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin.    Take a peek and if you have any other suggested reading be sure to add it to the list there with the handy module I have used that allows anyone to add books to the lens.   You can also vote books that are listed up or down.

You can rate Blind Allegiance and give it a thumbs up or down, as well as leave a comment as to why you liked or hated the book.   You can also just leave general feedback or comments at the bottom of the page.

If you buy anything I have recommended on the page, including any of the books that I or others recommend, a portion of the proceeds are automatically donated to the National Wildlife Federation Alaska Regional Center.  (You can verify this at the top of the page, near the rankings which I have no control over).

Towal’s Trinkets

Aug 25th, 2011 Posted in General Musings | no comment »

Well, I had so much fun making that Is a Papillon Right for Me? lens that I decided to make one that was all about meeeeeeeeeee!   Seriously, I have so many irons in the fire now, I can barely keep track of them myself.

So now, I’ve made is super simple for all my internet stalkers out there to keep track of me in one easy place 😉  Browse on over to Towal’s Trinkets and have a peek.

You’ll find a list of all my blogs, my zazzle stores, my non-blog websites and even my twitter feed and etsy store is listed.   Everything right at your finger tips.  You can even see some products from several of my stores.

As an added bonus, if you see something you can’t live without (remember all my Zazzle products are customizable making them one-of-a-kind gifts!) a portion of anything you buy from my Towal’s Trinkets lens goes directly to Big Cat Rescue. (You can verify this at the top of the page by the ranking, which I have no control over).

Is a Papillon the Right Breed For Me?

Aug 24th, 2011 Posted in Papillons | no comment »

A funny title for someone that has a bunch of Papillons, eh?   I know Papillons are right for me, but a lot of people come to my page with questions about Paps, so I decided to make a Squidoo lens to try and help answer some of those questions.

We spent a lot of years doing Papillon rescue and have/had many of our permanent resident dogs become residents because they were “unadoptable” rescues.   We love the little guys here, but they are not right for everyone.

A couple other things before you go, if you agree and want to expand on something I said or disagree with something I have said and want to offer a differing point of view, please feel free to post your perspective in the comments at the bottom of the page.   I’m happy to have other perspectives for potential Papillon owners to read.   I just want informed folks out there so Papillons are getting into good homes that are prepared to take care of them.

There is a poll where you can weigh in on the side of the Papillon or the Phalene.

Finally, if you buy anything recommended on my lens a portion of the proceeds automatically go to the National Wildlife Federation Alaska Regional Center.   They are a group dedicated to Alaska conservation issues, including clean and renewable energy solutions, sustainable tourism, global warming solutions, the cultivation of youth conservation leaders, green jobs, and getting kids outdoors. (You will notice that this can be verified at the very top of the page near the ranking that is automatically done by the system.  I have no control over it).

If you wonder if they are right for you or you just want to see what I had to say, head on over to my Squidoo lens Is a Papillon the Right Breed for Me?

Diet Update

Aug 23rd, 2011 Posted in Dieting | no comment »

So it’s been forever since I gave a diet update.  Yes, just like all other updates because I suck, I know.  Yikes, I just went back and looked and it really has been forever since I gave a diet update..whoopsy 🙁   I thought I had posted a few more times in there.  Well we have lots to catch up on then.

When we last left this saga, I was no longer as suicidal as during the first phase and resigned to never really losing any weight to speak of, while John merrily shed weight like he does clothes every night, getting ready for bed.

Things went on like that for a while, but somewhere in there they….got better!  I actually started losing weight.   Not like John was losing weight, but I knew that wasn’t going to happen, so I was ok with that.

John met his goal weight and then went about 5 pounds more about 6 or maybe 8 weeks ago now, so he’s been in maintenance mode.   He gets a lot of comments about his weight loss and he does look a lot thinner.  In fact, if he loses any more weight, he is going to start looking a bit gaunt, IMO.   He lost about 30 pounds total.

We are still using Livestrong to track calories and you can see I added a little tracker doohickey over there on the right that shows my weight loss so far.    Right now (well at the time I wrote this) it’s at 26 pounds.  I was at 30 pounds lost as my lowest, but gained 5 back somehow and I’m really not sure how because I haven’t changed anything I was doing, but that is pretty much how it goes with me.  So I am working that back off again.

Oh this is a fun little story that happened right when I finally started losing weight pretty well.  I had lost about 8 pounds total (which took a fair amount of time for me I might add) and then in 2 days I gained 8.5 pounds.   I was doing nothing different.  I was not cheating or anything.  Of course, I was less than pleased about this turn of events.   I talked to my drs. about it and they had no clue.  I couldn’t do anything but just wait until I lost that weight again, which didn’t take months like it did the first time, thankfully, but since then I have just learned that sometimes I randomly gain a few pounds for no apparent reason and I don’t stress about it.   It comes back off and then I start losing again from there.   Annoying?  Sure, but there is nothing I can do about it, so it doesn’t do me any good to get worked up over it (I was plenty worked up over the 8.5 pounds, though..just for the record).

So back to the present.  We have modified what we are doing a little bit since John met his goal weight and realistically I am going to be losing weight for years to get to my goal weight.   We added potatoes in for one thing.   They are not allowed on the South Beach Diet, but I was not willing to live the rest of my life without baked potatoes.  It was just not happening.  I’d rather die fat and happy than thin and miserable.  Seriously, what is the point of losing weight if you are just completely miserable all the time.  So I read about potatoes on the internet (so it has to be true!) and decided that the pros outweighed the cons.   One of my docs agrees with me.  One wishes I would eat sweet potatoes instead.     I agree with the one that agrees with me..natch!

We also have cheat days once in a while now, which make life much better.  My pain dr. says we should have a cheat day once a week, but we don’t do that.  Usually once a month or so.  Sometimes more.  It just depends.   We are making vastly better food choices overall so I’m not sweating it.

What we are doing is obviously working.  John’s blood work, the main reason we went on the diet in the first place is vastly improved.  His triglycerides were so high that the machine could not even read them and last time they were checked, I think they were 108, which is down like 300+ points.

My blood work is good, too.  My triglycerides have always been good.  I was at 108 when we started.  I’m still at 108.   My bad cholesterol has come down a little bit and my good has gone up a little bit.   My dr. is happy with it, so yay me.

Baff Day!

Aug 22nd, 2011 Posted in Chihuahuas | no comment »

Here are some pictures from the dreaded bath day for the Chihuahua picture fans.   These are actually from pre-robe days, so I really need to get some new ones.  I’m so far behind on blogging and picture taking both!   The poor abused Chihuahua gets a bath every 2 weeks, whether she needs it or not!  She always votes for NOT!  She is pretty good in the bath and being small, it’s not too hard to keep her under control anyway.  John used to be able to just hold her completely in one hand to bathe her.

She did escape the bath tub once.  I’m still trying to figure out how she managed that since she can’t jump out of the tub and she certainly can’t climb out of a tub.  It was funny as hell though.

Guess What! Another TBA.

Aug 21st, 2011 Posted in General Musings | no comment »

I hit the jackpot on July 20, 2011.   I got 2 Today’s Best Awards!   This I’d rather be golfing apron was the other one.   I actually have 4 different I’d rather be golfing designs and this is my least favorite, personally.   I think the one with the golf clubs (also pictured below on a polo shirt) is cuter if you are going for a generic type design, but maybe that is because I’m a girl or something 😉

This apron also got a little Top 10 Apron views ribbon for July 20th, so that’s kind of neat.   It’s the little things that keep you going in this business sometimes 🙂

Another TBA

Aug 20th, 2011 Posted in General Musings | no comment »

I am not even going to try and put these posts in order of the way they actually happened, they are so old.  I am a really bad blogger and I just have to come to grips with that.  So do you, my 2 or 3 readers 😉   You probably already know all this stuff anyway and are just hoping I will get around to posting some cute pics of Tequila soon (and don’t want to hear that I have been super lax in even taking them for the last 6 or so weeks)…on to the topic at hand!

On July 20, 2011, I got a Today’s Best Award for this darling cartoon monkey.  If you know me, you know that I am not a fan of monkeys, at all.  I call them “my clowns.”  This guy is really adorable though.

Cartoon Monkey keychain
Cartoon Monkey by totstogs
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I got a TBA (a long time ago)

Aug 19th, 2011 Posted in General Musings | one comment »

Well, I didn’t do very well on my catching up, but I’m going to try and do it this week…and I just realized it’s Friday.  Well I’m going to try and do it this weekend and next week 😉  Shall we take bets on how that goes?

So anyway a really long time ago (July 7, 2011), I am happy to announce that I got a TBA (Today’s Best Award) on this cute little guy.   So far, they don’t translate into sales, but like Sally Field it makes me feel like they like me, they really like me!

Playing Catch Up

Aug 3rd, 2011 Posted in General Musings | no comment »

I’m playing catch up..again 🙂    At least I’m not going years between posts now.   I don’t know how people manage to do this daily.   I am ok for a few days at a time, but then I just can’t sustain it long term (as you can tell by looking through old posts).

So over the next few days I will be catching things up again.   I’ve been busy, busy, busy so lots of things to update on.

I have gotten a couple more TBAs!  I am always happy for those.  I’ll be doing individual posts about those in the coming days.  I haven’t updated on the diet progress in forever, so that is coming as well.  John and I went to a concert on July 31st, so I will tell you about that at some point.   There are new pictures of Miss Tequila, of course.

In some housekeeping news, I have changed up the links a bit to add some new favorites and to add links to my other websites.   If you are looking for my graphics site, I made it a bit easier to find by giving it it’s own category in the menu on the right, as well.     I need to update that site one of these days 🙂

I also added a nifty little widget that tracks how much weight I’ve lost to the sidebar.   I was up to 30 pounds lost, but had a bit of a backslide for some reason recently.  I’m not sure what caused that, but meh.  It’s summer and it’s freaking hot.  Frozen yogurt is going to happen some days 😉   I’m still going in the right direction so that’s what matters.  I’ve been losing weight even with eating the occasional frozen yogurt, so I don’t think that is the issue anyway.

Instead of the obligatory chihuahua picture, today we have a picture of the Poochie Pillow I made for Getty the Chocolate Lab.   I normally made these for toy size dogs.  This one used a full yard of fabric!   The dogs (and cats) really love them though.