Sunday, November 15, 2015


Thank You, Science!

Science: It works..

Posted by Hashem Al-Ghaili on Sunday, November 15, 2015

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Pot Roast Story

"That pot roast is done. Why don't you let me have a little taste and I can confirm."

"Tell her to let me have a little taste."

"Duke would like a very small taste of the pot roast to make sure it's done."

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Analyze this!

Finally making progress again with losing the weight I gained over the past six months or so. I don't have as far to go as I did in 2013. Forever thankful for trainers Matt and Patrick at the Y. They both inspire and help a person keep moving forward.

But my dreams are getting freaky.

I'm an animal lover and I have a soft spot for cows even though I do enjoy steaks and hamburgers. Last night I was leading a fat, docile cow up a flight of stairs on the outside of a building. At the top he didn't stop. Just kept walking and fell, what looked like to me, several stories onto the ground.

There was a cut-away portion of his body where you could see all of the adipose tissue. It was gross but bouncy. And apparently protective because HE SURVIVED!

I was relieved!

And then I woke up.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Something that's been helpful

I am grateful to my Catholic friends for the helpful prayers they have suggested. This one is at the top of my list:

Litany of Humility

I fight with wanting to be right all the time which has caused more than enough stress in my life. That prayer right there has been an antidote.

We are so small.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The Ginger Magician

Updateto fitness and wellness issues. (This is all going to be bullet-pointed because I can't do the narrative.)

1. I got fat and sad a couple of years ago and met with The Meathead who changed my life for the better. You can read about that here. (Get a tissue because you all are going to cry.)

2. I went off on my own and decided to try to lift too much weight over-head and bent-over row style (StrongLifts 5x5). I ended up with a back injury that was likely exacerbated by those movements and mostly related to running lots of long, slow distances with my sweet dog, Peggy, who was always leashed to my waist.

3. Peggy died of cancer and I quit running and got fat. (See 1 above.)

4. I went to a chiropractor who recommended an MRI.

5. MRI showed spondylolisthesis (which had been there for years but I didn't know) and a bulging lumbar disc.

6. Awesome lifter/PT, Erika Mundinger, to whom I was referred by The Meathead, gave me exercises and a positive attitude and hope that I could return to deadlifts and squats. (Which I am doing!)

7. And then there's Patrick.

Patrick Umphrey is a trainer at the YMCA whom I met through Matt. He talks a LOT. And offers advice. And seems to have a sense of when a person is flaying a bit (or a lot and all over the place) and needs extra help.

I can't thank him enough.

He gave me a program. He messaged me through Facebook one day and said he was putting together a plan for me to work around my back problem. I worked though it and feel like I was pretty successful in following his plan. I'm ready to continue the progress with both Matt and Patrick.

Oh, the title of this blog post?

And dis Pat:

Friday, June 05, 2015

Last Day at FMS

There's a breakfast at Fridley Middle School this morning and staff who are leaving are recognized. I don't think I can make it. I'm an ugly crier when it comes to goodbyes and I don't want to show that face in public.

I've been there for eight years and loved it. I am so thankful I had the opportunity to work with the staff there and I am grateful to have made life-long friends at work.

Most of all, I am going to miss the day-to-day interactions with the kids in the autism program. Every single one of them taught me something about life and about being a human being. I am so grateful I had the fortunate chance to get to know these kids, and that their parents trusted our program with their children. The staff in the autism program at Fridley has made it a really good place to send a child to school. I have learned a lot from my fellow teachers and special education staff.

I hope my next job is half as rewarding.

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Crazy Glue

Maybe that's me.

As a kid I used to imagine myself with a broken leg, or having the misfortune of being in a car accident.

Maybe if I was hurt, I thought, the dumb-shits around me would stop being dumb-shits.

UPDATE: Have decided I am not sticky enough to work as glue.

Monday, May 04, 2015

A First

One of my photos turned up on a banner for a concert featuring one of my favorite musicians.

I took this in 2010:

Filtered it up a little bit:

And discovered it on Jackie Greene's Facebook page:

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Meltdown Tips

Call your mom and dad.
Pet your dogs.
Reassure everyone that you are A-OK!
Accept your shitty feelings.
Know that it will pass.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

More Gratitude

Andrea Neblett (aka "Arnold" by Hank around age 3/4; aka (inexplicably) "Michelle" by Hope at the same age) makes. me. laugh.

I wonder how my life would be different if that city girl hadn't gone to Iowa for grad school.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Gratitude/Filler Post

This blog seems to be waning, so here's a filler post.

I have things to be thankful for/for which to be thankful:

1. Health
2. Family
3. Friends
4. Dumb-ass dogs
5. Hobbies that entertain me
6. Inspiring people (you know who you are)
7. Food
8. Shelter
9. Music
10. Love

Sunday, September 28, 2014


I don't want Hank to have knee surgery every week but it feels really good to be needed for mom stuff. For basic things -- like icing a knee, getting a pillow, fixing a snack, making him drink water, watching a show together (even South Park), or telling him I love him.

Duke likes it, too.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


It's official. I am tied for shortest in the family. Hope and I can 'stand touchin noses' for now but her legs are 5 inches longer than mine. I expect she will pass me by soon.

Being smaller than your own children is weird.

Too Lazy to Write My Own Post

Go read an excerpt from Cindy's book:

Suraiya Jafari Prologue & Chapter 1

Thursday, September 18, 2014


Surgeon, all ortho staff, football coaches, football players, lacrosse coaches, and others who had (or are familiar with) the same surgery:

"6-8 months careful, slow, steady rehabilitation and recovery after ACL reconstruction."


"You can totally be ready to wrestle in three months. Sooner if you wear a brace and just tell yourself you only have one leg."

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Workout Update

1. Calluses on hands from pull-ups;
2. Bruises on shoulders from squat bar.

The prescribed treatment is a large dose of late-night ice cream. (I prescribed it.)