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Monday, September 27, 2010

Friday, September 24, 2010

Dairy Aerobics


The other night I stopped at the grocery store to buy a gallon of milk and then I spotted one of those little freezers with the individual frozen treats. Since I was having a crappy sort of day, I cracked into that thing and picked out my favorite frozen treat, a nestle drumstick.
When I was checking out, the cashier said to me "These things ought to be illegal! They are so good."
It's true, they are tasty. That's why I can't keep them in the house; they would be gone inside a day.
But no fear! Most dairy people have this infatuation with dairy products, that is why I have come up with an exercise routine just for them(us).

She just wants to do some mountain climbing
Unfortunately I despise exercise. I don't like to run, except when I am chasing after a cow that has gotten out, and then I only like it if I am winning and the cow is going back the direction she is supposed to.

That is why my routine has been expertly integrated with my daily chores! So let us begin:

Like all good exercise, you should start with a warm up.

-Put some muscle into pushing open the barn door for the cows and you can stretch your shoulders, side muscles, and maybe your back if there's snow.

-A brisk walk out to the end of the pasture and back to bring the cows in should just about cover the warm up and get your heart moving a bit faster.

-Side stepping along while tying up the cows will warm up the hips, just so long as you are coordinated and don't trip over your own feet (as I so often do).

Next as you are setting up the milk house begins the weight training portion of the session/ chore time.

-The milking machines are pretty heavy, probably around thirty pounds, more if there is water in them that didn't get properly flushed out, so by picking up two at a time, one per hand, and doing a few curls with them as you carry them out to the barn you can tone the biceps and triceps before milking has even begun!

-Instead of leaning in to hang the milkers up on the cable, lift them up with your arms and stretch out. Feel the burn! Do this each time and by the end of milking you may be sore, and will probably save time by not having to take a step back to get into milking position for each cow.

-for even more shoulder toning, carry around the milking bucket while it is full of milk from one end of the barn to the other, or empty the milk into a five gallon pail and carry that around. Be sure to lift with the legs!

When everything is all ready to go it's time to start milking and strengthen your hands by:

-wiping each teat repeatedly (being slightly obsessive compulsive I count each teat; Wipe-two-three, wipe-two-three, wipe-two-three, wipe-two-three)

-stripping a few squirts of milk from each teat(strip-strip-strip, strip-strip-strip,strip-strip-strip, strip-strip-strip)

Repeat on each cow until there is one for each milking unit. Counting isn't necessary to keep track of how many you've done, since you won't be done until all the cows are done.

And now for the aerobic portion of chore time:

-Briskly step across the gutter stretch out those arms and hook up the machine.

- Squat down into position and hold for a count of four

-Extend those arms and attach that milker! (milk, two, three, four) Milk that cow!

- Pop back to your feet

- Step across the gutter (pick those knees up!)

And here is where your chance to get that heart pumping comes into play as you scurry to the next cow. *

-Repeat as needed until every cow has been milked.



*for best results milk alone for that extra incentive to get to each cow sooner.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

A blogging family

Yup, it's true, my family is full of bloggers now!

As I said yesterday, my twin sister started her blog called Zee cast and posted about crocheting hats.

Now my younger sister has started a blog with her roommate (non-lover roommate, in case you were wondering) called FlutterFriends and will be posting funny stories in regard to life and living on a college campus (I assume).

And also, My Italian sister-in-law has a blog simply titled Miriam's blog which is full of gardening and the love of her family.

I am excited about this because it means I'm not the weirdo in the family sharing stuff with strangers anymore!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

October's plan


Well since it is well established that I like to join in things that are designed to get you in gear with writing by setting deadlines and goals, even if I never seem able to keep up or finish, I have gone ahead and signed up to blog every day in October.

But I have a PLAN! Yes I do. You see, I have a long history with animals, and there have been many in my life so I will do the simplest thing and dedicate each week of October to a different species, and hopefully make it all the way to the end. So get ready for old photos of cats, sheep, dogs, and cows. And watch out for the paintings of goats, pigs, and yes, cows too.

Some content may be recycled from my Facebook notes, just so you know.

Now let me see if I can do some links to the person hosting the event...
Sure, NotHannah seems to be the poster at NaBloWriMo.


And Also Big NEWS! My twin sister has started her own blog! It is Zee cast and she has blogged about crocheting, something I have tried to teach her, which is pretty exciting to me. Check her out!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Stealing ideas from Mari and Tami

My friends posted something called a Dirty Dozen TV blogfest thingy and since I pretty much follow them around I figure I may as well too. Except I have no idea what a blogfest is. But I won't let that stop me from listing my ten favorite tv shows, the ones that I veg out in front of instead of writing or painting or *cough*cleaning-my-house*cough*.

In no particular order...


1.Burn Notice
Michael Weston is a super-hot burned spy and he runs around Miami blowing stuff up. It's super awesome.










2.N.C.I.S
I wouldn't mind being arrested by Special agent Gibbs, or very-special agent Anthony DiNozzo. Oddly enough, I was reading fanfic for this show long before I had ever seen it on tv, but now I am hooked on it, unfortunately it airs while I am at work so I'm always a season behind watching it on USA instead of on CBS.


3. Star Trek Voyager

I used to hurry home from work so I could get the goats all milked and be back in the house by 9:00pm so I could watch this show. And I would ignore all calls to dinner and the cursing of my family while it was on.

4. Doctor Who
I found Doctor Who on PBS late one Saturday night while my husband was at work and was sucked in right away. It took a while for me to realize how far behind I was while watching the first season of the new series over and over again on PBS but then I went and found the next three seasons on the internet. That was the first time I had ever made an effort to watch something online, and the only time since, too, come to think of it.



5.Torchwood If you must know, I have a thing for SciFi, and Torchwood is a spin off of Dr Who, the Best SciFi show there is(IMHO). And a Thing for Captain Jack, the good Captain Jack, not that effeminate Pirate.




6.Total Drama World Tour
Yes, it's a cartoon. on cartoon Network. But it rocks. I love the humor and all the drama.

7. Dr.Quinn Medicine Woman I once watched this show all the time, back when there was a channel called PAX. My sisters made fun of me for it, but I liked Sully and really wanted him to get together the the lady.


8.Futurama keeps me up too late at night laughing. They should put it on a little earlier on comedy central so I can get to bed earlier.

9.Psych I like this show mainly because of it's goofy humor and the improbable crime solving that goes on.

10.Animaniacs
My favorite show as a kid was Animaniacs. Imagine my delight to find them on tv one morning. Unfortunately it must have been a one time deal since i haven't seen them in a while.

(apparently it's a blog-hop ....sooo... a listy of sorts should appear here?)