I apologize for the absence as I have had an insane week. I was asked last minute to attend a trade show for two days and then yesterday I was at work from 7AM to 7:30PM working on a report. Plus there is some sad news regarding Oddie that is really tearing me apart.
Oddie has disappeared. We let him out a couple of days ago with Nemo for their morning bathroom break. We have done this for awhile now and they always hang out and come in after sniffing all the new scents in the backyard. Well, Nemo came inside but Oddie was nowhere. We have taught him to come by whistling and tried this for nearly an hour but nothing. I came home from work and whistled some more and looked around but I couldn't see him anywhere. We talked to our neighbor who said that she saw him and Nemo in the morning together. I feel terrible. I feel like a terrible owner for letting him outside in the first place as he is still intact. He was to get neutered this weekend. I feel like a terrible person for not getting him tattooed yet. Again this weekend was supposed to take care of all of that.
I do feel it is highly unusual for him to take off like that. So, it is possible that he caught the scent of a female in heat. He is also very skiddish so it's unlikely that he would just walk up to someone and they would take him in kind of thing. I have contacted every organization, vet, and website possible to get his picture and info out there. I will be printing posters today and placing them on mail boxes and telephone poles in the area.
I have read that it isn't unusual for an intact male ( AKA a Tom) to be gone for days looking for the scent of the female in heat. As much as I don't want him "spreading his seed" and causing a greater impact on overwhelming pet population, this is my biggest hope at this time. I have placed a scarf outside on our fence as I read that toms can become so overwhelmed with the scent of a female that they can get lost. I know it's long shot but I'm trying everything. I also have been leaving food outside every night. It is eaten every morning but there are tons of cats in our 'hood so who knows who/what is really eating it.
Please no haters. I feel terrible enough as it is:(
As my title indicates, I have gone sugar free this week. I was planning on making a big post about it but I just don't have the energy. Maybe later on. But we all know sugar in large quantities isn't good, right? Right!
I started on Monday and surprisingly it hasn't been that difficult. Maybe I've had a lot of distractions this week but with all the added stress I usually turn to sugar to soothe my emotions. So I guess you can say it's a victory already! Yet, the weekend is when I usually indulge more so tomorrow and Sunday will be the real test.
I have really noticed my habits lately. I eat stellar all day and then at night I just eat too much sugar! This not only makes me sluggish in the morning, it often leads to a vicious cycle where I beat myself up about it. I used to tolerate those negative thoughts but I'm becoming more and more sick of feeling like crap emotionally and physically the morning after.
I know a week without sugar seems like nothing so I think I'm going to continue for another week and re-evaluate from there. Dr. Scott Olson ND who is the author of Sugarettes , has a free program to help you go sugar free for 30 days. Jen at Girl Heroes went sugar free for 2 years in order to conquer her cravings. Cheers to that!! Charlotte even gives some tips on Silencing The Siren Song Of Sugar.
It's very interesting and I think I'm going to read a couple of the books on the subject to get a better understanding of the whole sugar deal. I don't think I'll ever cut it out completely but I would like to come to peace with it.
What's your relationship like with sugar?
Peaceful, love/hate, full of emotion?
I sign off today with a picture of my beautiful little guy! Please send good vibes my way in hopes that he will be found safe and sound:)