Monthly Archives: February 2013

Mid Week Break

Volkswagen does it again!  Volkswagen Jetta Safety Commercial

Volkswagen Commercial

Just remember – life’s short so enjoy it.  I’m off to enjoy my study group.  🙂

-B

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Rolling with the Punches

When working full time and going to grad school, time management enters a whole new realm of importance.  I’m sure it’s similar to going to back to work after having a child or maybe…training wild tigers with raw meat in your back pocket.

I really try to manage my calendar well and don’t like saying “no” to fun events to allow time for me to study, get chores done or just have some downtime but I do.   The even more upsetting part of managing a full calendar is when life throws a setback at you from time to time.

Weekend List

With that said…this is tonight’s Sunday Evening Post.  Have a good week readers!!

-B

Mid Week Break

February 20th is Love Your Pet Day!  So as much as I love all my readers – get off the computer and go spend some time with your beloved 4 legged (or feathered, scaled, even a pet rock) pals today. 

-B

PetDay

The Growing Social Side of Running

Running has always had a social side.  You hear stories of friends holding each other accountable to meet up for daily runs or strangers meeting up for group runs through running clubs.  BUT lately it seems a new social side of running is taking over.  There’s a whole cyber running community out there and is growing in size. 

Social Media Campaigns:  I’ve lately noticed this method for of marketing is successfully taking off with a bang.  I recently ran in the Hot Chocolate Run in Dallas.   RAM Racing did a great job building excitement before the run by posting creative custom images on Facebook and sending fun, motivating emails to registered participants.  HotChocolateRunDallas

Another one I’ve been following is the Rock N Roll series.  I’m training for the Rock N Roll half-marathon in March.  Their Facebook page posts great motivational images to help keep you faithful to your training schedule.  I have to say, it works.  keeprunning

Running Apps:  I like the Nike+ App.  I’ll like it even more when they finally get their challenges working again. (Helllloooo Nike – I hope you are reading this!)  On this App you can log miles through GPS or with a chip attached to your shoe that works as a pedometer.  You can connect with your friends and see how they are doing with their miles.  In the past you could create challenges to compete with your friends or join public challenges to log miles against strangers as your represent your team in the brunettes vs blondes challenge or run for your home town vs others across the world.  (Again – Nike I hope you are reading this – a lot of us miss the challenges!!!)

Other popular apps are:

    • RunKeeper
    • MapMyRun
    • Endomondo

Running Blogs:  I may mention running in my InTuitionat40 posts but I wouldn’t call this a running blog.  There are a lot of great ones out there where people share their journey of starting to run, logging miles at the age of 77, running for charity or motivating other to run.

Here are a few of the blogs I mentioned:

Social Sites:  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Pinterest… running is everywhere.  On Facebook and Twitter we can promote our own accomplishments by saying how far we ran, how fast we did it and where.  (Guilty of all 3!)  On Facebook &  Instagram we can share our pictures and we can pin all kinds of motivational images, training routines, etc on Pinterest.

Social Groups:  When you’re ready to leave the computer to venture out and pound the pavement or trails, you can find a running group on Meetup.com.

With all these options out there to be “social” in your running, I have to say the one that hit home the most was in an article I read where a researcher asked “What is the best way to get someone to start running?”  The answer…”Invite them, make it social.”

Friends

So if you’re a runner, keep things social and invite someone to run with you.  If you do – feel free to share your story below.

-B

Mid Week Break

In honor of Valentine’s Day tomorrow – here’s an infographic.  This is from 2011 but out of all the ones out there (and there were quite a few) this was the best one.  Nothing but the best for my readers on Valentine’s Day!!!

-B

ValentinesDay Infographic

Chronicles of my Online Dog-watching Obsession

As you’ve gathered from some of my previous posts, I love dogs.  I have 2 of my own but thanks to the internet, I have grown attached to a Great Dane, Noel and her 3 babies.

Early January:   While cruising through Facebook, I found a link to Explore.org.  It has links to live webcams of different areas around the world; 4 of them following future service dogs.  The initial one I started watching is of a litter of yellow labs that will one day serve as Warrior Canines through Warrior Canine ConnectionI had been following the labs for a few weeks watching the puppies get more mobile, get their names, move to a larger play area, etc.  BUT then my world changed. 

January 29th (Tuesday):  My sister Denise calls to tell me there is a pregnant Great Dane at the Service Dog Project site.  I log on and there is Noel, a beautiful black and white Great Dane that reminds me of my own pup, Tipper.  She’s apparently going to go deliver her puppies within the next 24 hours.   We see her get up, move around and try to burrow down in the nicely spread out blankets the caretakers have placed for her.  Denise is so excited she says, “I might have to stay up all night watching this.”

January 30th (Wednesday):  The next morning I get a text with an update from my sister, “no puppies” and throughout the day, more texts “no puppies.”  I then start making fun of her how she’s so wrapped up in following Noel.  She’s trying to figure out how she can watch Noel while at the doctor, considering changing her schedule, etc.   

January 31st (Thursday): Morning comes – still no puppies.  I’m now getting wrapped up in this and concerned.  When are these puppies going to come?  Are they OK?  Is Noel OK?  I follow along on my iPad as I’m getting ready for work.  Once settled in the office I log on for a quick check.  I had been resisting following the webcam at work but I had to see if the puppies were coming.  Just as I log on, I see Noel’s human mom, Megan take Noel out of the room.  As you watch the webcam, people comment below in a chat room style discussion so you learn about the people in the room and the operations of the Service Dog Project.  You feel like you’re part of a community following everyone’s comments, getting to know some of the regulars on line, in the room, the dogs, etc.  

In the past a hand written note would be placed stating “Out to Potty.”  By now people all across the world are watching and waiting for these puppies to be born.  So when she’s not in view of the camera, we get worried.  I see the hand written note getting placed on the futon but this time it says “Out for X-rays”.  Of course Denise and I are immediately on the phone expressing our concern for Noel. 

Now I’m not only wrapped up in this…I’m obsessed!!!  I have a 90 minute meeting but I figure out how to bring the site up on my iPhone.  Nothing happens other than draining my battery.

During lunch Noel comes back online and there is one puppy with her.  Come to find out she had the puppy on the way back from the vet.  I now have a 60 minute web conference meeting, so on one monitor I’m following the meeting but on the other monitor I have Noel up. (IF anyone from work is readying this – this is NOT a regular occurrence!)

To top off the madness of trying to keep up with my job and Noel, in honor of Super Bowl weekend my department is having a chili cook-off competition and my team is meeting at my house to cook our chili.  As I’m preparing to leave the office, I get a text from Denise saying “Now?”  I missed the delivery of one of the pups.  Denise tells me play-by-play what happened but sadly the puppy didn’t make it.  I can’t believe I missed it! 

Of course once I get home I bring up the webcam.  My plan is while we’re cooking our chili one person will need to monitor the computer.  As I’m waiting for my team to arrive of course I’m watching Noel.  Just before everyone arrives, Noel delivers another puppy and this time I’m get to see it.  Sadly just like Denise’s play-by-play details, the same thing starts to occur.  A lady helping care for Noel is now rubbing the puppy and rolling it from side to side.  The look on Megan’s face is so solemn.  I’m so sad for them and sad for the one pup thinking, who is it going to play with?  It needs a sibling.  This seems to go on for a long time but all of a sudden you see Megan’s face just light up and everyone in the room is now smiling.  Even though there isn’t sound on the webcam, I felt like I was right there with them.  I know I don’t know any of these people, dogs, etc. but the tears just started rolling down my cheeks. 

Noel had a total of 5 Nuppies.  (The “P” in puppies is replaced with the first letter of the mama dog’s name.)  Three survived – Magnus, Murphy and Mariah. 

Noel_and_Nuppies

February 6th (Wednesday):   I’ve slowed up how much I log in to watch and just check in with Noel from time to time.  BUT Denise told me today that Olive, another Great Dane on the property should be having her babies in about 10 days!  I don’t know if I can handle  another 48-60 hours waiting for the Oppies  (or Oopsies…they aren’t sure who the daddy is…seems like there’s always drama with reality TV!)

I love how the internet has opened up the experience to follow the Labrador puppies at Warrior Canines and the Great Danes at Service Dog Project.  If you dare – log on to Explore.org and follow the pups.  We’ve found a few other ways to follow the pups such as Facebook and blogs.  Other than the webcam two of my favorites are the Doggy Daily blog and the Shutterfly pictures.  Here the Danes are enjoying Nemo and all the snow.

Danes in Snow

You can’t look at these without feeling some of the pure joy they are having.

-B

Mid Week Break

Volkswagen does it again.  No – I’m not talking about the Super Bowl commercial.  I’m talking about the follow up commercial.  Get Happy

San Francisco Fans - Get Happy

I love how Volkswagen as a brand just has fun.  They even have an inactive, Jib-Jab like page on their website.  VW Site  Now if they would add a dog to this, then it would be perfect!

Get Happy

Question – had the Raven’s lost, what do you think the back-up version would have said?

-B