My Kittehs

Sooooo this is a slightly selfish blog…but it all has a point I promise. 


So this time 2 years ago my husband Dan and I opened our home to these two furry children…Oliver (orange) and Felix (black and white).




Awww… isn’t that cute? (Pretty sure this is the only time they slept together like this since we’ve had them)


And from that point on…our lives have never been the same. 



True, it was an adjustment….we even thought and wondered if we made the right decision. All my thoughts about interior design and decorating had to change since they were getting into EVERYTHING….



And yes….they get into trouble….



And can be costly at times….. Whether they get sick or…..



Bite their own tail……


(at least that’s what we think happened to Ollie…he chases his tail like a puppy, and one day last summer he caught it. He wouldn’t leave it alone, thus the crate and cone of shame. You can see the bandages in the second picture. He’s fine now.)


But their good moments always outweigh the bad. Both of these guys love to cuddle…



and provide LOTS of entertaining moments….



We really do consider them our furry children. 



So Happy Adoption Weekend to Oliver and Felix! 


Want furry children of your own? There is a WONDERFUL opportunity this weekend.


CARE is hosting an adoption event this Saturday from 1-4pm at Petco in Columbus. They will have several kittens, cats, puppies and dogs looking for a forever home. 


They are also providing micro chipping for $20 and low cost spay/neuter sign ups:

Bartholomew County cats: $10
Other cats: $30
Dogs: $60


So talk to the family and see if you are ready to welcome another family member this weekend and check it out this Saturday!





Have you seen Prince George?!?!

Have you seen Prince George lately?!?! He is soooo adorable!


Prince William and Duchess Catherine are on tour in New Zealand and Australia, and they brought Prince George along for the ride. And you know what that means….




Someone check my temp…I may be catching baby fever after seeing this cutie! 


Check out this roly poly cutie if you haven’t yet. (Photos stolen from











Running thoughts….

Gotta love Buzzfeed….
I’ve definitely had all these thoughts run through my head while on a run. The longer the run, the farther down the list I go. 
Fellow runners- can you relate? 
*FYI- I’ve edited this list to keep it PG. 
75 Thoughts Every Runner Has While Out For A Run

1. What a beautiful day for a run!
2. This sucks.
3. Well, five miles is only two and half miles each way, which is basically two miles each way, so I’m really only running four miles. That’s not too far.
4. It’s starting to feel far.
5. How long have I been running? A year?
7. I can barely remember what my life was like before I started this run.
8. OK, concentrate. There are still four-plus miles to go. 
9. But who counts the first and last mile? This is pretty much an easy three miler.
10. Oh, poop! A fellow jogger!
11. Should I wave?
12. I’m totally gonna wave.
13. OOOK, they didn’t wave back. Never doing that again.
14. Just keep running, no one saw. Except that old guy who may or may not be averting his eyes.
15. Man, I think I’m hitting that “second wind” thing my gym coach was talking about.
16. Wait, never mind. I’ve been running down a decline. 
17. If I leap to avoid dog poop, does that make me a CrossFit athlete?
18. What the heck is CrossFit anyway?
19. Mental reminder: Google CrossFit when I get home.
20. If I ever get home.
21. If I had a heart attack right now, I wonder who would find my body.
22. OMG, I hope I never find a dead body. Joggers always find dead bodies.
23. Bodies. Body. Bod-ay. Runnin’ all day, no one can catch … may.
24. OK, I must be halfway done by now.
25. What?! Only two miles in?
26. Alright, stay focused. What am I going to eat when I get home?
27. I’m running five miles so I should probably eat five slices of pizza.
28. Or I could buy one pizza and ask them to cut it into five slices.
29. I should probably get a side salad too. 
30. …
31. Nevermind the salad actually.
32. Man, what are these people doing in front of me? Walking?!
33. Is this a contest to see who’s the worst at walking? Because you are both champions in my heart.
34. Maybe if I pound my feet on the ground they’ll hear me coming and let me pass.
35. Oh, poop. They didn’t turn around and now I’m right behind them. They’re going to think they’re getting mugged by the world’s sweatiest criminal.
36. You know what? Now seems like a good time to run in the street.
37. * Jumps off curb * Parkour!
38. Hi hi hi please don’t hit me with your car. 
39. Pedestrian pedestrianizing over here, let me cross. 
40. Thank you, Mr. Blue Honda. I’m trying to smile at you but it probably looks like I’m having a stroke. 
41. Actually, I wonder what I look like right now. 
42. * Checks out reflection in shop window * Yeesh.
43. Is that what I look like when I run? What am I, a newborn deer with a drinking problem?
44. Whatever, I must be almost done by now. 
45. Heck yes. Three miles down, two to go. It’s all downhill from here. 
46. Except for that very real uphill in front of me. Crap.
47. Wait, is that… Is that…
48. A DOG! 
49. Hi dog! You are so cute. You are now my mascot. I will finish this run for you, pup.
50. And — hello — what do we have here? Your family is adorable too.
51. Hope you like drunk fawns, adorable family.
52. Watch my bambi butt prance up this hill.
53. Holy poop, prancing is exhausting. I am exhausted. 
54. Honestly, I don’t even like running.
55. Why do I even run?
56. Why does anyone even run?
57. Why are we even alive?
58. OK, let’s not go down that road.
59. Focus. Focus on that sweet, delicious ‘za waiting at the finish line, calling your name with its cheesy breath.
60. Wait, less than one mile to go? I am KILLING this run. 
62. YES, including ostriches.
63. Honestly, I should sign up for a marathon.
64. What is it, like 30 miles?
65. That’s just 15 miles each way, which is practically 10, and 10 is twice five, and I can run five miles EASY.
66. That’s it, I’m doing it. Thirty miles.
67. Thirty-mile marathon…30-mile marathon…30 Rock marathon.
68. On second thought, I’ll probably just binge-watch every episode of 30 Rock. That takes a lot of dedication and I will be winded from laughing so hard.
69. But I could probably do a marathon IF I wanted. 
70. OK, almost home. Should I shower first and order pizza or order pizza and shower before it shows up?
71. Yep, definitely ordering first. I earned that pie.
72. Oh, no. Oh no. Another runner. Should I wave?
73. No, be strong! Do not get burned again. 
74. SHE waved first! Hello! Yes! We are both runners! Look at us run!
75. I guess running’s not so bad.


Those folks over at NPR…they’re so clever….

So this past April Fools day, the pranks were everywhere on the interwebs. Even the smarties over at NPR got in on the fun and turned it into a social media experiment. 

They wanted to see how many people actually READ the article before commenting on it. 



So they posted this on Facebook:


But when you clicked through to the article…you got this message:


Congratulations, genuine readers, and happy April Fools’ Day!

We sometimes get the sense that some people are commenting on NPR stories that they haven’t actually read. If you are reading this, please like this post and do not comment on it. Then let’s see what people have to say about this “story.”

Best wishes and have an enjoyable day,
Your friends at NPR



And their response was huge! It also proved their point that most people who comment on posted articles on FB don’t actually read the articles… they just make assumptions by the headline and run with it. 


(Come to think of it, I would think that die-hard commentators would comment on the original article anyway, and not go back to the Facebook comment thread, but to each his own.) 


Check out all the great responses to those that “read the article” at this link: 



Fight Stress and Fat with Dark Chocolate and Red wine?!?



At least that’s what this article says….


True- not everything we read on the internet is carved-in-stone truth. But that is hard to remember when you have your opinions and desires clouding your mind. 


and my desire is to eat Dark Chocolate all the time. 


But seriously- this article has a great list of super foods that aren’t super scary and some are even affordable. 


Check out the full article HERE…and here’s a list of some of my favorites…


Dark chocolate—the darling of the superfoods—has been found to reduce the risk of a number of stress-related diseases:  lower heart disease risk, a measurable drop in melanoma skin cancer rates, a lower diabetes risk, and better cognition in older people.
Coffee is packed with antioxidants that make it one of the healthiest beverages on earth. In addition to being beneficial for athletic performance and brain function due to the caffeine, coffee decreases disease risk, including cancer (lung, prostate, breast, endometrial, pancreatic, stomach, and colon), heart disease, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome.
Red wine is famous for containing the antioxidant resveratrol that has been shown to reduce muscle soreness after exercise, lower cancer risk, and promote insulin sensitivity. Along with red grapes and grapeseed extract, high-quality red wine has the ability to fight stress when consumed in small quantities and it also improves estrogen metabolism.
Asparagus is nutritionally rich, containing folate, vitamins A, C, E, and K, and chromium, which is often low in the modern diet and will reduce sugar cravings and stress eating. It’s also high in glutathione, that super antioxidant that is at the core of the immune system.
 Avocado is called an “anti-obesity” food by scientists because it’s jam-packed with nutrients and antioxidants that can produce a lower body weight and waist circumference, as was seen in an analysis of the diets of 17,567 Americans.
 Blueberries and related dark-colored fruits like raspberries and blackberries are on this list. What you may not know is that they are one of the most useful foods for building muscle and strength because they accelerate recovery. They help remove the waste products or “garbage” produced by intense training. Eat them alone or add them to high-glycemic carbs for better insulin sensitivity.  

Repost: SBCM Bracketology 101 Review

It’s time for my yearly repost! Below is a blog I wrote a couple years ago around this time of year…March Madness Season. Though years have past, last names have changed, my feelings and theories still ring true. So if you are new to the world of March Madness, welcome, and enjoy the advice below! 


I love March Madness! Just like this guy:



I do love college basketball. It’s a passion that started when I became a cheerleader at good Ol’ Milligan College and I fell in love with the excitement and thrill that comes with watching basketball.



Sure we never made it to the Big Dance, but it was enough to get me hooked onto March Madness.


And I will also admit- I am a horrible college basketball fan throughout the season because there always seems to be something else more important, so I usually end up making up for lost time and become a psycho-super fan for the next couple weeks. (and most of the time there’s nothing else on, so unless you have a bunch of stuff on your DVR, enjoy it!)


ANYWAYS- I’m sure there’s plenty of buzz going around the water coolers about office pools and bracketology…who’s the Cinderella story and who’s the dark horse….who’s your elite 8 and your upsets? I’m always amazed at the scrutiny and analyzing that goes on during this time! However- you shouldn’t let the over-analytic thinking get you down and discourage you from entering a bracket into the office pool! They are so much fun! And the best thing about it is everyone has an equal chance once the games start….and usually the guy that was bragging about his stellar picks ends up with the bleeding bracket. If anything- that is worth entering the pool!


So over the years I have come up with my own way of making my bracket picks…and fair warning…my methods have NOTHING to do with stats! So if you are serious fan, go away. You will just be frustrated.




- go with your gut- write your choices in PEN! I know! I’m going against every grade school teacher’s philosophy that I had when I say that, but it’s true. Overthinking causes doubt and leads to those “ARGH! why didn’t I go with my gut?” moments that we all hate. AND it also saves you from those cheaters who write their choices softly and half erase them and try to say “oh well I had that down!” You can also go with a pool online and fill out your bracket electronically. Computers don’t lie for you. 


- it is OK to fill out many brackets! – when Syracuse is in the Dance, I fill out two- one as my dream bracket- with one of those said teams going all the way to win. The second one being more realistic and thoughtful with my choices.


-be sure to allow some upsets- I know I said earlier I don’t go by stats- but the little tiny numbers are sometimes smart to go by in the first couple rounds. Your 8&9, 5&12, 7&10 and 6&11 games are going to be where most of the upsets happen….so be sure you allow a couple of those….1 for each region maybe? and the best way to choose these is to base your decision on:


  • school location – would you rather vacay in Cali or Maryland? or did you have a bad experience with some cheese in Wisconsin?
  • school mascot – if those two mascots were in a fight for realsies…who would win?
  • school popularity – have you even heard of said school? If not, go with Hollywood references- Ole Miss if you’re a fan of Sandra Bullock’s performance in The Blind Side, and Marquette if you’re a fan of Tommy Boy (Tommy Boy’s Alma Matter).


because really…..they’re gonna be some upsets…so you may as well base your decision on silly reasons.



- the coolest names are always the safest bets!- Who can’t love a school called GONZAGA!! Seriously- part of me wants to go get a second degree from there and become important enough to change their mascot to GONZO! Creighton and Bucknell are always fun names too…


- family/friends personalize your bracket - have family that went to Michigan or Butler? you best be putting them down to make it to the second round! Family that lives in Cincy? Go for it! Is your ex’s alma mater in the tourney? Make sure his/her school gets beat in the first round. :)


- when in doubt- its all in the team colors. I personally can’t stand UT’s shade of orange. It makes me sick. Also make note of team jersey styles. Sorry IU fans, but I want to slap the person who thought it was ok to give IU clown warm-up pants. (It’s a good thing they didn’t make it this year!) And even though I was only in 6th grade at the time….it still makes me mad….UK should have been disqualified for showing up to the tournament with denim jerseys! yuck!





So there ya have it! SBC(M)’s Bracketology 101! Hope this guide will help you in your bracket choices….and if it doesn’t, at least you had fun filling it out!


Sara Beth :)