Update: Progress With Grace’s Mild Separation Anxiety

Month: October 2014

Update: Progress With Grace’s Mild Separation Anxiety

I’ve mentioned a couple of times I was concerned Grace might be developing some separation anxiety but never wrote an entire post about it, so this is sort of an update. She was showing mild signs of separation anxiety, but was definitely not full-blown SA. Still, I wanted to nip it in the bud because SA can be tough on everyone involved—difficult for the human to deal with and extremely distressing for the dog. Lucky for me and for Grace, just a couple of small changes have made all the difference. You might recall that I eventually had to zip-tie her

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5K in Every State: WI (and a trip to Door County)

~update at bottom of post~ Long story short, I finished the 5K! Woot woot! And even better, no search & rescue! BUT, before the running there was camping. I know, you’re thinking either I really hit my noggin or had some bad mushrooms on my salad. I’m not a camper; I pretty much have a no-camping rule, but I can be talked into just about anything once. So off I went to Door County to camp with my nephew and his family. In Wisconsin. In October. Although I don’t see myself doing the camp-out thing again, I had a great time

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Book Review: Brain on Fire – My Month of Madness

I give five out of five stars to “Brain on Fire – My Month of Madness” by Susannah Cahalan, a memoir written with honesty, courage and raw insight to a degree few of us will ever achieve. It is the story of a young journalist, Susannah, who develops psychotic symptoms and behaviors over a short period of time. Cahalan eloquently tells the story of the events immediately prior to and after her breakdown, and has journalistically pieced together the month she lost while suffering a debilitating, potentially fatal disease of which the medical community is only beginning to become aware.

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5K in Every State: NC

A bucket life list. We all have one, right? The list of things you want to do in your lifetime. Whether it’s a mental list or you’ve actually written it down, it’s there. I decided about a year ago to finally get mine on paper. Intangibles tend to weigh me down. Mental lists loom over me. If I write it down it’s real, has a place, I won’t forget it, and I know I’ll get to it. And so, my life list was born. One of the things on my list is to run a 5K in every state. I’m sure 90% of

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Quick Tip to Air Your Laundry (jeans, I mean)

I’ll let you in on one of my dirty little secrets: I don’t wash my jeans after every wear. Egads! There has been a lot of talk over the past couple of years, with Anderson Cooper confessing that he washes his jeans about four times per year, and Levi’s CEO Chip Bergh stating that jeans should seldom be machine washed. He was wearing a pair that had not been washed in a year. A sponge or toothbrush along with a little detergent is what he recommended. Once a year sounds a little oogy to me, and even four times per

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