116 – Zima, Weight, Woz

Welcome to Savoring Our Lives!

In this week’s episode, we talk about:

Wineza with Friends This week, we invited some friends over for wineza. We had some fun timesand some Zima (a malt beverage from the ’90s)! Our friends brought their beagles, Timmy and Annie. Tini let Annie play with her (favorite) toys.

Searching for Dogs
We attended Fido Fest on Saturday and chatted with a behavioral specialist about Tini and her grief. We’re not sure we’re ready or if Tini’s ready for a new dog, but we’re starting the process. We contacted BREW Beagles and another rescue group to inquire about available dogs.

Shopping and Meal Planning
Today we went grocery shopping using a digital list in the Paprika app. Turns out Chad is a digital guy; Ruth is a pen and paper gal. We’ll be prepping three make-ahead meals this Sunday. We found an easy lasagne recipe on DamnDelicious.net.

Managing Our Weight
We’re still using the LoseIt app. Ruth realized she’s consistently about 600 calories over her allotment. Chad has lost an entire quarter pound in the last month. We’re going to stick with it and add in some exercise (whaaat?!).

Inspiration This Week
Chad watched a video of Apple Computer co-founder Steve Wozniak (Woz)  where he talked about the formula for a happy life.

H =  S – F Happiness equals smiles minus frowns
H = F3 – Happiness equals food x fun x friends

Ruth had a crappy Wednesday but remembered her friend Meg’s mantra: “Look for the happiness in life’s crappiness” when she had some really great things happen.

And we were both inspired by a blog post by professional speaker Jason Kotecki – “What if you knew the numbers” which focused on how important it is to really savor every moment you have.

 

Want to share your story about how you’re savoring your life? Or if you have make ahead meal recipes, tell us!



114 – TEDx, Fidget Spinners, Gravity

Welcome to Savoring Our Lives!

In this week’s episode, we talk about:

Sarah Knight TEDx Talk
Ruth watched the TEDx Talk “The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck – how to stop spending time you don’t have, with people you don’t like, doing things you don’t want to” by Sarah Knight. Sarah set a ton of boundaries is now living life on her own terms. Her story is so inspiring.

Chad was part of a speaker showcase
He was able to give a new version of his Origami Rocket presentation to a  group of credit union meeting planners. He also wowed his tale with a 3-D printed Fidget Spinner he made.

Gravity…It’s The Law
Ruth missed a step and fell down the stairs and managed to sprain her left ankle. She’s really bad at asking for help and is now (slowly) learning how to do it. It reminded Chad of a mug he saw at his presentation which said, “She believed she could, so she did.” really inspired Chad.

It’s a Dog’s Life
A colleague sent Ruth a link to a dog available on PetFinder who looks just like Tini did when she was younger. We reached out to the rescue program of this dog as well as BREW beagles to keep us in mind.

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113 – Maker Faire, Margaritas, and Music

Welcome to Savoring Our Lives!

In this week’s episode, we talk about:

Bay Area Maker Faire
Chad attended the “Greatest Show and Tell On Earth” in San Francisco last weekend. He was able to attend the press day on Friday and was inspired by the Maker to Market section. Chad also got to meet geeky celebrities from This Week In Tech (TWiT). Visit makerfaire.com to find the faire closest to you.

Yet Another Weight Loss Approach
While in the Bay Area, Chad visited his childhood friend Mike who was looking great and had lost a lot of weight. Turns out, Mike’s being more mindful of what he’s eating by using the LoseIt app.

New Budgeting Strategy
We’re still figuring it all out and we had the idea to check in with each other to try to talk the other person out of discretionary purchases. We’re hoping bringing more awareness to what we’re doing will stop unnecessary spending.

National Wine Day
You know we love wine. We might have failed miserably trying to celebrate. Spoiler alert: there were margaritas.

Kicking Off Summer
Here in Wisconsin, we’re in Hardiness Zone 4 meaning you don’t want to plant flowers before Memorial Day due to the possibility of frost. Ruth got everything planted this weekend and we’re ready for summer. We were listening to SomaFM and heard “I Can’t Break Away” by Big Pig from the Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure soundtrack.

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111 – Beagles, Budgets, Burgers

Welcome to Savoring Our Lives!

In this week’s episode, we talk about:

BREW Beagle Adoption Event
Tini’s been pretty sad since her big brother Tater Tot passed, so we took her to a BREW Beagle adoption event to see if she’d be happy to hang out with other beagles. She ignored the dogs and decided to go shopping for treats and bully sticks instead.

Are Budgets like Diets?
We sat down to figure out our budget and found we might be savoring a little too much in the Restaurants & Bars category! Awareness is key to finances/budgeting. It’s important to sit down and take a look at your finances so you know where you are and can determine where you’re going.

Industrial Revolution
Chad had a client in Indiana and was intrigued by Industrial Revolution Eatery & Grille.  It looked cool, so he stopped in for dinner. They offer a featured burger for their weekly salute to an innovator.

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108 – Meditation, Tini, and Alton Brown

Welcome to Savoring Our Lives!

In this week’s episode, we talk about:

100 days of meditation.
Ruth’s using the Insight Timer meditation app. She started by reading 10% Happier by Dan Harris. Chad talked about DEFCON radio by SomaFM.

First lunch on the patio!
We enjoyed a Blue Apron recipe for lunch and ate outside for the first time in 2017. We find out that Chad dislikes cardinals.

Tini’s 6th anniversary.
Today is Tini’s birthday or as some people call it, “Gotcha Day.” We adopted her through BREW Beagles (Beagle Rescue, Education, and Welfare). You can visit their website and see adoptable beagles at gotbeagles.org.

Seeing Alton Brown live again.
We got to see Alton Brown’s “Eat Your Science” tour. It’s food! It’s science! It’s so us! We previously saw his “Edible Inevitable” tour in 2014. He puts on a fun show and is so good with impromptu audience interaction. You can find him on Twitter at @altonbrown.

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