Lots going on! 30 Day Shred, Hypnotherapy, Puppy Answers & More

I have been MIA this week, but I’ve been mucho busies (that means very busy in the language my brother and I created — our language is actually quite brilliant. more on that another time). So, here are some updates in the life that is mine:

(1) I’ve joined Caitlin — and about 40 other bloggers and readers — on her 30 Day Shred Challenge! I don’t plan to do this every single day like Caitlin does, but I would like to aim for 4 days a week. I spent a lot of time debating whether to get 2 lb or 3 lb hand weights. I am a very weak person. No strength at all — which of course is why I am doing the challenge in the first place. The boy settled my internal debate by definitively telling me to get 2 lb weights. So I will head to Modell’s to pick up some 2 lb weights and a mat.

30 Day Shred

I brought my DVD player to the boy’s since he doesn’t have one and I don’t have floor space in my own apartment. I need to figure out how to hook it up to his TV.

I plan to begin the challenge this weekend. I am nervous because I tend to not do eksusize that hurts. I also have a short attention span when it comes to videos, but I read so many positive things about the 30 Day Shred that I am willing to give it a shot. Let’s see if I actually stick with it… I figure if I write about it here I will feel more pressure to! A big thank you to Caitlin for keeping us all motivated with the Shredder Support Newsletter! It definitely helps my motivation to have a network of people in this with me.

(2) I decided to participate in the hypnotherapy program for GI problems and it begins on Monday, March 30. I am excited — and will be sure to report on it here! It will be every other Monday for 14 weeks. My time slot is 7:15 pm, which means I will have a gap of time between work and therapy. Ideally, I would like to go to the gym during this time and get in a workout. If I don’t, knowing me (and I know me quite well), I will shop and spend money I shouldn’t be spending.

There are some problems with this plan. I will list these problems now, and then I will describe my hopeful solution.

 – I am not allowed to join the gym in the building in which I work for reasons I won’t explain here
 – My gym does not have locations near my work or the psychologist’s office
 – I do not have enough time to get to my own gym, work out and get to the psychologist’s office

Hopeful Solution: I looked into getting free guest passes to a few gyms in the area of the psych’s office, but I think it will be annoying and I don’t like having to learn where things are, having to take a tour and listening to sales talks. I’d rather just find one that I can go to 7 times and be done. There is a pay-as-you-go gym in the city(http://www.monqifitness.com/), but it’s not near this office. There are also spin studios (like SoulCycle where I am finally planning to visit next weekend!), also not near this office.

I do know that NYSC charges a $15 guest pass, and there is one of these a block away from the psych. I need to find out if I would be allowed to do this 7 times, without accompanying a club member. 6 times really, since I have one free guest pass. If so, I will be quite pleased with the arrangement!

(3) Thanks to those who asked to be interviewed! They all gave such fantastic answers, I am so impressed! You can read their wonderful answers here:

 –  Santana, a real puppy 

–  Mallory

–  Sara

(4) The maternity pants arrived and while they feel wonderful on top, I don’t like how the legs look. Returning them. I need to keep looking for pants for work though. On the non-work clothes front, I discovered jeans like this and got so excited! If I get just one really good pair of maternity jeans, maybe I can be a semi-social human being again! Maybe I can actually make plans to go somewhere knowing I have something I can wear. Maybe when the day of an event comes up I won’t be feeling stressed and anxious about getting dressed. Maybe I can go out to a meal. Maybe I can not wear sweats at times I feel like they seem inappropriate. Maybe maybe maybe.

I went to Bloomingdale’s to try some on, since I saw a bunch on their website. When I got there, I was informed that they don’t sell them in the store because, and I quote, “Pregnant people only like to buy their clothes online.” Uhhhh… really, Bloomindales customer service associate who works on the main floor of the flagship location? Because I don’t know if you’ve ever purchased, um, jeans before. But you kinda need to try them on. There are countless styles, as you can see  from the Nordtrom’s link above, in addition to varying sizes that change from brand to brand and style to style.

The always amazing Sara told me about a store in her hood where she’s seen the type of clothes I’d want: Belly Dance Maternity. I think I will need to take a little detour to this area one day in the not-too-distant future. I am dying to try on some maternity jeans to fit my bloated belly! This all sounds so ridiculous when I read back on it — my quest for pregnancy clothes. But I am intrigured – and it could be something really great for me.

(5) I am very excited about the upcoming NYC Blogger Meetups! I will be attending both the dinner on the 14th and the brunch on the 22nd — the menus for both places look wonderful. Of course I will recount my experiences on here after. Thanks again to Melissa for organizing these!

(6) I have been bad. I haven’t moved on to the next vegetable on my list. I will this weekend and report back next week. Pinky swear.

Pinky Swear

Speaking of pinky swear, I have crooked pinkies. The rest of my fingers are normal. I actually have pretty nice hands. Except for my deviant pinkies. I apologize for my ugly nails. I have been talking about getting a manicure for about 3 months now. Maybe this weekend I will actually do it!


(7) I don’t know if I will get to make the Maple Glazed Pumpkin French Toast this weekend after all. Things got busy! Sads.

(8) I plan to write a post at some point devoted to the language my brother and I have with each other. Maybe even write an entire entry in this language. It is crazies!! Until then I will include a sprinkle of it here and there.

(9) Simba has been out of control.  The hyena laughing has been intense. Last week there was a day with a lot of snow, so the office was empty. As I’ve mentioned, these are the days Simba is at his absolute worst. The howling, the strange sounds, the screaming, the repitition on that day were unbearable. Of course, he is out of control and irritating and incites anger and hatred in me every day.

How does no one reprimand him???

***Random memory alert! Random memory alert!***
Mallory baked me banana bread for my birthday 2 years ago. I went to the post office to pick up the box, and had the box opened and the bread in my mouth before I even got to my apartment. People on the street must have thought it was SO strange to see a girl shoving bread into her mouth from a shipping box.

(10) I love my doll Nicole. I thought it would be fun to find another of her, from 1985, and get it. I searched the internets far and wide. I emailed Playmates, the company that produced her. I begged them to search their warehouse for a doll from 1985 who wears a blue dress, has blue eyes and cries when you shake her. No such luck. My Nicole stopped crying many years ago, after being shaken roughly by my two older, male cousins.

Finally, I thought I found the closest thing to her on eBay — her black counterpart! The description said she cries when shook (uhh I don’t think ANY doll company could get away with that feature these days), I recognized the hair (drawn on lines in a very particular pattern) in the photograph, she was born the same year, same brand — it’s her!

So I ordered it! I was in class (grad school – I was, like, 22 when this happened) when she arrived and my brother sent me a hilarious text saying that the doll is not quite what we imagined. I asked him what he means…. and he sent me this picture.


She is a giant! What is funny is that they were definitely from the same batch. Their similarities are apparent. They have a lot of the same features and structure — but why is the new one so big!

Poor new doll remains abandoned in my old bedroom at my mom’s. I adopted her and because she wasn’t what I expected, I abandoned her.

Have a great weekend, all! AND a very Happy Henry Day this Sunday!

16 comments on Lots going on! 30 Day Shred, Hypnotherapy, Puppy Answers & More

  1. Sarah (Tales of Expansion)
    March 6, 2009 at 4:37 pm (9 years ago)

    hahahaha, i love how your mind works! it’s just one random comment to the next … but they’re all connected somehow.

    i’m so intrigued by the hypnotherapy program. can’t wait to hear how it goes!

  2. sara
    March 6, 2009 at 4:50 pm (9 years ago)

    Aw your ‘crooked’ pinky is awesome! Mine can only bend in one place due to an injury. Remmeber to ask about this creepy feat during the meet up :) Can’t wait! Hope the jeans thing works out, and if not we still are excited to see you wearing sweatpants on 3/14!!

  3. Danielle
    March 6, 2009 at 4:51 pm (9 years ago)

    Can’t wait to hear about your hypnotherapy sounds like it’s going to be interesting, and good luck finding a gym to workout in while your waiting.
    Hilarious story, and I had a doll that looks a lot like your newer neglected doll, except the white version, and I don’t remember her crying while being shaken, but the face looks so similiar, and the plastic hair lines too! Her head smelled so weird and it was so soft I used to push it in and use her head to hold things like beads, like it was a little bowl. Really disturbing now that I think about it.

    • Dori
      March 6, 2009 at 5:05 pm (9 years ago)

      Danielle – Do you still have her??? The Nicoles should have their own meetup!

      Sara, Sarah & Danielle – I added the fact that Henry Day is this Sunday after you already commented, which means you didn’t get to see it and be wished a Happy Henry Day — so I am telling all 3 personally, right now, that I hope you have a truly enchanting Henry Day on Sunday.

  4. Maggie
    March 6, 2009 at 5:29 pm (9 years ago)

    I love the 30-day shred – I did it this morning actually. I do it with water bottles (1 pound). I used to do it without any weights at all and it’s still a great workout. I tried once with 5 pounders and couldn’t even make it through the first circuit.

  5. matthew
    March 6, 2009 at 11:03 pm (9 years ago)

    1. doris you are funnies, muchoes
    2. mallory makes great bannana bread
    3. you neglected new nicole and now she is on the streets. I HOPE YOU ARE PROUD OF YOURSELF
    3.Santanas suggest a solution to your gym by doctor issue: JUST RUN IN CIRCLES IN THE STREETS

  6. Jody
    March 6, 2009 at 11:42 pm (9 years ago)

    I never knew you had crooked pinkies. I have them on both hands> Very unique trait. This is the first time I went on a blog. I look forward to reading more.

  7. gina (fitnessista)
    March 7, 2009 at 9:10 am (9 years ago)

    can’t wait to hear how the 30 day shred challenge goes!
    hope you have a wonderful weekend <3

  8. Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter)
    March 8, 2009 at 3:24 pm (9 years ago)

    Dori, you are too funny. I love how your personality totally shines through in all of your posts!

    I’m glad you’ve decided to do the hypnotherapy, and I’m really hoping you get some good results. please keep us posted.

    Best of luck with the 30-Day Shred Challenge. I bet you’ll notice amazing results, even if you’re not doing it everyday.

    Shopping for jeans has to be one of my least favorite things to do on this planet. Honestly, I’d rather get a pap smear.

  9. Cambridge Hypnotherapy
    December 1, 2009 at 2:37 pm (8 years ago)

    Hi, I’ve accidently come across your blog whilst browsing around Google as I am looking for some info on hypnotherapy and NLP. It’s an interesting website so I bookmarked you and I will revisit you soon to have a more indepth browse when I can give it more time.

  10. Gala Gaddie
    June 21, 2010 at 12:10 am (8 years ago)

    Hi,Fantastic article dude! i am just Fed up with using RSS feeds and do you use twitter?so i can follow you there:D.
    PS:Have you thought to be putting video to your blog posts to keep the readers more interested?I think it works.Best wishes, Gala Gaddie


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