Friday, August 29, 2014


Today's Friday Favs is dedicated to the greatest time of the year, the time of year that everyone has been counting down to since January- COLLEGE FOOTBALL. IT'S FINALLY HERE!!!! FYI: my weekend recaps for the next few months will consist of Saturdays watching UGA games followed by Sundays recovering.

Favorite Tear Jerker: I'll just watch this over and over and cry alone in my room.

Favorite Moment So Far: 
Bwahahah suck it, Spurrier.

Favorite Red & Black Game Day Looks:

NCAA Georgia Bulldogs 1-Liter Macho Mugs

$205 NCAA Georgia Bulldogs Vulcan Tailgating Cooler/Grill (I mean this is just really cool)

$250 NCAA Georgia Bulldogs 9-Foot x 9-Foot Pinwheel Tailgating Canopy, Red/Black (really want one of these for my extremely bright zero shade backyard)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Everything that's pissing me off right now

I'm in a mood. Ohhhh oh oh I'm in a MOOD. No particular reason, except possibly the time of the month (sorry for the TMI, Dad- I know you're reading). So today's post is going to be a vent post, sorry for the negativit, I'm really anti-spreading negativity but sometimes ya just gotta get it off your chest. And usually once I write it all down I kind of giggle and am like well that was silly and kind of embarrassing...So here it is, my embarrassing list of everything pissing me off today.

1. Work e-mails that basically just say "Hi this isn't working, can you send more options". Oh! You know what? Let me use all the helpful details you included in this email to generate a solution! I'm sure I'll be able to come up with something that works with this wealth of information you included!

2. Mouth noises. MOUTH. NOISES. We are in a meeting, you're going to need to take a break from the nail biting (ripping) for about 30 minutes. Practice. At home. And is this man SLURPING HIS SANDWICH? Like I have never heard someone make SO. MUCH. NOISE EATING A DAMN SANDWICH.

3. Andi's selective attention: Andi (my dog) has been digging in the yard and I read that this is happening because she doesn't have enough mental stimulation and we should try learning some tricks. So you know what we did? Andi and I have spent ~20 minutes/day practicing tricks. In the privacy of our own home with no audience, she can sit, lay down, and come. As soon as one person is present or we are outside- forget it! Even if there are treats. Even if there is REAL BACON. This dog.

4. To follow up on #3, I also read that giving her a kong full of frozen food/Peanut Butter/Chicken broth mix should "mentally stimulate your dog for hours". Well guess what? This diva tried for all of 5 minutes, got a little taste of what was inside and decided she was over it. Literally brushed it to the side with her paw, rolled her eyes, and sauntered off. More time was spent putting together this concoction than "mentally stimulating" my dog. This is who Andi is on the inside:

5. Speaking of dogs, I just un-friended a few people on FB because I am tired of reading their anti-pit bull statuses.  Look, I understand that there are 2 sides to everything, but this is something that has information to back it up- The American Veterinary Medical Association released statistics showing that dogs are most likely to bite when they are unsocialized, kept separate from the family, or abused. So OMG! YES! Banning a breed aka Breed Specific Legislation is definitely a solution! I mean just look at Andi- she's dangerous, she'll cuddle you to death! Not to mention the fact that confiscating and euthanizing a pit bull costs tax payers $68,000 per dog. PER DOG. Man imagine what we could do if we put $68,000 towards each students' education in America... but nah let's put it towards something that has zero data proving its effectiveness in the 10 years it has been happening.

6. People saying Beyonce and Jay Z are divorcing. Just let me live, people!

7. The insane cost of weddings. We were so awesomely within our budget....until we did our walk through and realized every last thing is an add-on. Oh you, the bride, want to walk INTO the ceremony space to walk down the aisle? K well you're going to have to pay to reserve that area right outside the door. You don't want someone having a crazy loud party in the space next to your's which are divided by WINDOWS? You're going to have to reserve that too. You want hot sauce with your food? That's an extra like million dollars.
This is actually insane. My friend sent me this video yesterday and it is 100% true.

8. Loud phone volumes. Did you not know you can put your phone on silent and check it once in awhile? Or even vibrate! The miracles of modern technology!

9. Also, do you have to have your phone turned up to 1,000,000 decibels to listen to this song/watch this video? On the bus/metro/in the office? It is hurting my ears, there is no way this is enjoyable to you. Also, what is the point of headphones that sound just as loud to me as they do to you while they're in your ears?

10. Jenelle on Teen Mom. Why is she so fertile? Why isn't she in jail? Why is reproducing? Why did her son say he wants to teach his baby brother to punch his mom and she laughed?

11. People hating on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Just stop, you heartless people. This is bringing awareness to a good cause and raising tons of money. So just stop, haters.

12. Justin Beiber. Why is he still here?

13. Everything I saw in Food, Inc. on Netflix last night.

That's all I can think of for now. Sorry for the negativity. Cheers to a positive Friday right?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

One More Reason Women Need Exercise: The "Silent Killer"

Osteoperosis: os·te·o·po·ro·sis. /ˌästēōpəˈrōsis/ : a medical condition in which the bones become brittle and fragile from loss of tissue, typically as a result of hormonal changes, or deficiency of calcium or vitamin D.

Let's have a chat about Osteoperosis. Here are the most staggering facts about osteoporosis that I found while researching from The Recall Center, Mayo Clinic and WebMD:
  • Over 10.2 million adults have Osteoporosis and another 43.4 million have low bone mass
  • This disease accounts for more time spent in the hospital than diseases like diabetes, heart attacks and breast cancer
  • One out of every two women and one in four men over 50 will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime. The most serious osteoporotic fractures are hip fractures.
  • The majority of those who experience hip fractures will require assistance in their day-to-day lives. Twenty percent of seniors who suffer a hip fracture die within a year.
  • Nearly 75% of all hip fractures occur in women.
  • Osteoporosis accounts for more time spent in the hospital than diseases like diabetes, heart attack and breast cancer among women over 45.
  • Hip fractures cost more than $11 billion each year (approximately $37,000 per patient) (hello student loan amounts)
  • When osteoporosis becomes severe, it can lead to fractures and a condition called kyphosis. Kyphosis is spinal compression, sometimes described as the "dowager's hump." Both fractures and kyphosis can be very painful. 
  • Osteoporosis is often called the "silent disease," because most of the time, bone loss occurs without any symptoms at all.
These facts are really freaking scary! So what can we do to make sure we aren't old ladies with broken hips that cost more than out of state college and require live-in assistance to perform daily tasks? According to the Mayo Clinic there are 3 simple ways to prevent this disease:

1. Adequate amounts of calcium
  • Men and women between 18 and 50 need 1,000-12000 milligrams of calcium each day.
  • 1 cup almond milk = ~450 milligrams of calcium
  • 1 serving Greek Yogurt = 350 milligrams calcium
  • Dark green leafy veggies (kale, spinach, etc) = ~30 mg calcium per one cup

2. Adequate amounts of vitamin D (helps your body absorb calcium)
  • We need around 600-800 IUs/day 
  • 1 cup almond milk = 100 IU of vitamin D
  • Salmon = 199 IU/half filet (also think tuna, mackerel, other fatty fish)
  • 1 Egg (with the yolk) = 260 IU
  • We should get more than 90 percent of our vitamin D from casual, daily sun exposure
  • The human body is able to produce as much as 10,000 IU to 20,000 IU of vitamin D3 in just 30 minutes

3. Exercise 
  • It always comes back to exercise right? One of the benefits of exercise is that it builds  the amount and "thickness" of our bones (esp in teen years, but it's not too late for us!) aka "bone mass and density", and slows bone loss
  • The best types of exercises for preventing osteoporosis are weight bearing, flexibility, and resistance.