by Janetha on June 20, 2014

in dogs,oh baby,random rambles

yo! so, i came home from blend retreat thinking i would blog more often. after i typed my recap and looked at the time it took, i quickly realized that, no, i still don’t have the time nor the urge to blog very often. such is life! maybe i will get the blogging bug again soon. it’s been a busy week, but now that it’s finally friday (TGIF!), i have some time to ramble and i thought i would update you all on a few things.

first and foremost and very most importantly: randy dog.


i left you all hanging with the news that his liver is 100% abnormal. he had a biopsy on it three whole weeks ago and we JUST found out the diagnosis. yeah.. that was a long three weeks. and the news wasn’t that great.

they found he has biliary hyperplasia and also portal bridging fibrosis of the liver. i found this out about a week after the biopsy, but it took two more weeks to get the copper stains back. so, if his copper levels were super high, then the damage would be reversible. if not, then it would be permanent and we would need to find a way to stop it from getting worse. we finally got his copper levels back this week, and they were 823. normal range is 120-400, so they were definitely higher than normal, but it is not considered toxic unless the level is 1500 or greater.

so, what does that all mean? well.. the doc said this was caused by auto-immune inflammation and she has prescribed randy three medications to take for the rest of his life. he will be on denamarin, which is an antioxidant; ursodiol, which is an anti-inflammatory; and prednisone, which is a steroid. in addition to these medications, he will be on a prescribed diet that is low copper, high zinc, and easily digestible protein. they did give us a few samples of what they prescribe, but marshall and i are both pretty against processed dog foods now that we know the blue buffalo we were feeding him could have contributed to this problem. since we discovered the issue, we have switched him to a low fat dehydrated raw food from the honest kitchen, and feel much better about feeding him human-grade food. since he has very specific nutritional guidelines for his condition, we will be meeting with a veterinary nutritionist on monday to talk about the possibility of homemade dog food that will meet his needs.

with this treatment, the hope is that the toxic levels in his liver will decrease and to prevent further liver damage. he is going to have a blood panel in a month to check the levels, and then another ultrasound in three months to see where we stand.

soo.. not the best news, but also not the worst. it is sad that his liver is in such rough shape, but we are lucky to have caught this early. and, most importantly, he is not in any pain whatsoever. he’s his usual happy, goofy self.

next on the update list: pregnancy.

well, i am still pregnant!

can i leave my update at that? haha. i am so not good at being a pregnant blogger. for one, i rarely take progress photos.. i take some and then realized 5 weeks have gone by since my last ones. whoops. so i just snap one at work right quick (like the one above.) also, i read so many pregnancy update posts on various blogs and think.. yeah.. no.. not interested in typing those every week/month. no can do. plus, i really don’t think YOU care if i have stretch marks yet or if my rings still fit my fat ass fingers. but, maybe there are a few things about my pregnancy i can update you on!

i hit 30 weeks yesterday, which means i have just over two months to go until my due date. everything is going great according to my doctor. i passed my glucose test (i think i already mentioned that) and my hemoglobin checked out and my weight is right on track, whatever that means. i have gained 20 pounds so i guess that is considered “on track”. i will soon be seeing the doctor every other week and then it moves to weekly. yikes. yiiiikes.

physically, i feel fine.. other than having occasional heartburn and being super sleepy and/or exhausted, i really have no complaints. well, no complaints to publish on the internet. i save all my silly, petty whining for texts with my BFF, who is also pregnant. haha.. we have a ball bitching to each other. but, really, being pregnant has been pretty easy on me and i am grateful for that. yeah, it sucks to not wear all my fun summer clothes (i LOVE summer!), but at the end of the day that’s not a big deal.

emotionally, i am not a nutcase. i think i am pretty easy to deal with and my hormones aren’t taking over the world. i am sure marshall is grateful for that. everyone asks me if i am a basketcase and, other than being a little irritable at times, i am pretty mellow!

as far as the fun stuff goes..

we got our glider & ottoman yesterday! it looked a lot smaller in the store.. it was actually the smallest chair there and i picked it because i knew it would be going in a little room. but now that it’s in the room, it looks humungous lol. it’s way comfy and we love it! and, of course, randy claimed it right away.

the wall has been painted with birch trees, and as soon as we get everything else for the room i will snap a photo and show you the finished product. i am really happy with how they turned out and super grateful for marshall and nick, they painted those trees like it was no big deal!

while we have checked a lot off our list, we still have a ton to get and lots to do to prepare for the baby. it’s overwhelming how much stuff babies require, ha. and not all of it is fun and exciting.. i mean.. most of it is just practical and boring. i have had fun pinning things to my baby list, but at the end of the day i should probably focus on things like bottles and breast pads. bo-ring.

my shower is tomorrow! i am sooo excited!! i know my BFF mands has been working hard behind the scenes (she tells me she has “a vision”) and i can’t wait to see it all come together. geez, getting excited for baby showers? who am i?? hah! but i went to jessica’s baby shower last week and had so much fun. i think i am changing a little bit. it’s weird. but that’s ok.

you know something i have noticed since being pregnant? i can’t stand some “healthy” foods anymore!  i won’t lie, i have become pretty awful with some of my meal choices and that probably has something to do with it. don’t get me wrong, i still make lots of healthy dinners and eat well for the most part, but some of the pre-packaged “healthy” foods i was eating before taste straight up gross now. like today, i tried eating this trader joe’s egg white salad that i used to love so much.

it tasted like water and sadness. and i had a protein bar the other day—one that i used to think was sooo tasty and awesome—and it was absolutely disgusting! i threw it away. it tasted like chalk mixed with cardboard and then artificially sweetened. hmmm. interesting.

i have probably been tainted by my constant consumption of delicious things.. like ben & jerry’s milk & cookies ice cream. ate that last night with a splash of milk.

this photo brought on quite the conversation. jessica was baffled that i put a splash of milk in my ice cream. i have done it my whole life. so has marshall. i thought it was a normal thing to do. i mean, not every bowl of ice cream i eat has a splash of milk, but i would say, more often than not, i douse it in a coating of cold milk. then i smash it together and it’s a slushy mix between a bowl of ice cream and a milkshake.

come to find out, nobody in my family was doing this except me. i thought it was normal behavior. after asking around, turns out me and marshall are the minority and most folks haven’t even heard of doing this. so you bet i am asking about this at the end of the post.. i need to know if anyone else does this!

hmmm.. what else? i don’t have many more updates. my life, as you can see, isn’t all too exciting these days. i mean, i just wrote two paragraphs about putting a little bit of milk in your ice cream bowl…

i just looked at my phone to see if there were any random noteworthy photos. here are a few i came across..

marshall caught the cutest snake at my mom’s on sunday! i love snakes so much!

we went to bill burr last weekend. he’s soooo so funny. love him. one of my favorite comedians, for sure!

i can’t wait to try starbucks’ new blackberry mojito tea lemonade! YUM. i already love the peach one, and i have a feeling i am going to love the blackberry one just as much.


whelp. that’s all i’ve got! three cheers for the weekend, so happy to have a couple days off. i think marshall and i are catching a flick tonight. then not only is my shower tomorrow, but it’s also jessica’s 30th bday! we will be celebrating in style—which means with food, because we are both pregnant. and then sunday is reserved for errands and chores and hopefully a bit of relaxing.

i hope you all enjoy your weekend! happy first day of summer tomorrow!


1. okay, do you put a splash of milk in your ice cream? EVER? have you heard of this? am i crazy??

2. who is your favorite comedian?

xo. janetha g.

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Jenn June 20, 2014 at 5:02 pm

I have been reading your blog for at least a year.. and I JUST noticed that you don’t type in capital letters! How pathetic and random is that?

Janetha June 21, 2014 at 10:30 pm

haha i love it!

Lee June 20, 2014 at 5:16 pm

Hope Mr. Randy feels better soon. I put milk in my ice cream sometimes. I had a nanny growing up that did that and I think I learned it from her.

Janetha June 21, 2014 at 10:31 pm

thank you!! xo

Lindsay June 20, 2014 at 5:17 pm

I’ve never heard of putting milk in ice cream. It’s already milk, haha!

Heather June 20, 2014 at 5:42 pm

I thought I was the only person putting milk in their ice cream, no idea where I got it. I take it a step further tho… I put more than a splash and I put the bowl back in the freezer for 5-10 mins and the milk on the ice cream gets a little solid. I only do it with chocolate tho.
Best. Thing. Ever.

Janetha June 21, 2014 at 10:32 pm

ohhh.. trying that! yes!

Sarah June 20, 2014 at 5:53 pm

Thank goodness I’m not the only one!!! My husbands looks at me funny when I add milk to my ice cream. It’s the best thing in the world. It was even better when I was pregnant and eating cookies n cream ice cream all.the.time. :)

Sara June 20, 2014 at 7:12 pm

You’re a little crazy… ;) ;) I have never heard of anyone putting milk in ice cream. I’ll have to give it a try!

Kim F June 20, 2014 at 7:21 pm

Poor Randy! I am glad you have decided to do some research and feed him a higher quality food. The vets will try to sell you on the Hills Science diet which is NOT good. Sticking with a lower fat diet will be best. There are some high quality kibbles that have a lower fat content, but canned, raw, or freeze dried foods will be best as they are less processed. Definitely watch the fat content; the fish based foods tend to be lower in fat and easier on the system to digest. Adding in a good source of fiber will also help his system remove the ammonia and take less stress off of the liver (oatmeal or pumpkin).

Janetha June 21, 2014 at 10:34 pm

yeah we are NOT fans of commercial prescription diets. can’t wait to talk to the nutritionist! until then, we are keeping him on the honest kitchen stuff. sadly, i think the fish based food is part of what contributed to the toxic level of copper.. since it’s higher in copper and his liver isn’t processing the copper properly. it’s so hard because we thought we were being good pet owners by feeding him that food, but it was hurting him. it’s so discouraging and frustrating!! i read that about the fiber and ammonia! very interesting stuff. thank you for your advice! love your guts xoxoxo

Livi June 20, 2014 at 7:57 pm

Ive never head of milk + ice cream, but I’m so intrigued now!

Erin June 20, 2014 at 8:37 pm

I’m glad Randy isn’t in pain! At least you know what to do to help him now too. I can’t imagine waiting three weeks for those results.

I don’t put milk in my ice cream. I like it really thick. Funny that you and Marshall both do the same thing.

My favorite comedian is probably Kathleen Madigan and I also like Kenny Zimlinghaus.

Janetha June 21, 2014 at 10:36 pm

i haven’t heard of either of them! googling now.. i love new comedians.

ShannonK June 20, 2014 at 8:52 pm

Janetha…it is SO weird that you would talk about milk on ice cream! Just last night I was showing my boys this trick. I have been doing it my whole life too, and I wanted to pass the goodness on to them! They all thought I had totally lost it at first, but once they tried it they were like “Mmmmm, just like a slushy milkshake.” I think it’s the best with cookies & cream or mint chocolate chip. See…Mom always knows best! :-)

Janetha June 21, 2014 at 10:36 pm

omg i love this coincidence!

valerie June 20, 2014 at 9:08 pm

This post made me laugh so hard! Well except the part about Randy. Poor fell. At least you guys caught it now so you can keep him happy and trucking along. I’m send lots of good vibes over your way.

I haven’t heard of a splash of milk in ice cream, and I consider myself an advance ice cream eater. That is such a good idea though!

Before I got pregnant, I was a strict clean eater with little meat. During, I ate a lot of Haagen Dazs and burgers. Almost a year and a half later, I’m finally getting my clean eating cravings back again. Crazy pants!

Janetha June 21, 2014 at 10:37 pm

haha i wonder how long it will take me to get those taste buds back. i am enjoying my pregnant taste buds quite a bit, lol ;)

Cheri Z June 20, 2014 at 9:59 pm

So glad that the news on Randy was hopeful. We’ll keep praying for that guy. He is such a cutie! I’ve done the milk and ice cream thing forever. My grandfather also put milk on cake. My favorite comedian is Bill Cosby – mostly because I grew up with him. Still laugh at his stories about the births of his children.

Janetha June 21, 2014 at 10:38 pm

thank you so much, cheri! love you! also–YES, milk on cake!

kendra June 20, 2014 at 11:23 pm

i totally do the milk in the ice cream thing. rocky road is the best for that. i put it in a mug. jim gaffigan is my fav. i love that he has so many kids!

Janetha June 21, 2014 at 10:29 pm

he is so funny!

Kellie June 21, 2014 at 3:48 am

Ummmmmm there are NO cute snakes…jus’ sayin’ ;)

Janetha June 21, 2014 at 10:29 pm

hahhaha! i loooove snakes!

Erica June 21, 2014 at 4:33 am

First off, glad you caught the issues with Randy’s liver early!! We’re awaiting a third blood test on Frank- which should be in about a month or so. Hope the new food and meds work. Prednisone does amazing things (although that peeing side effect isn’t as much fun haha). You are adorable. I love your honesty. I had zero desire to tough on all the “interesting” pregnancy updates when I was pregnant too- I think thats why I ultimately went to videos. Milk in ice cream? I could see that tasting good! I’ve never done it though. But I almost always eat carrots (raw or cooked) with mustard, so I don’t judge ;)

Janetha June 21, 2014 at 10:28 pm

please keep me posted on frank!!! love you.

Katie @ Talk Less, Say More June 21, 2014 at 5:19 am

Poor Randy! :(

And while I never added milk to my ice cream growing up, I always took my time eating it because I liked when it started to get melty and I could smash it up and have that ice-cream/milkshake middle of the road concoction. :)

Janetha June 21, 2014 at 10:28 pm


lindsay June 21, 2014 at 5:20 am

i love ya woman! and glad randy is better, hopefully he will come round 100% soon!
I think you need some balls in that ice cream…er.. bites

Janetha June 21, 2014 at 10:28 pm

well, sadly he will NEVER be 100%.. but at least we can try to keep it from getting worse! fingers crossed! lovvvve you

Kristen June 21, 2014 at 5:49 am

My brother would always put a few scoops of chocolate ice cream in a big glass, top it off with milk, and eat it with a spoon. I haven’t even thought about that in years!

Janetha June 21, 2014 at 10:39 pm

smart brother!!

Carbzilla June 21, 2014 at 6:20 am

I first tried splash of milk in 9th grade I think. Once I tried orange juice (I just hope it was vanilla ice cream).

Can’t wait to see pics of your shower.

(omg snakes. shudder)

Janetha June 21, 2014 at 10:27 pm

i love OJ in vanilla! yummmm

Amy June 21, 2014 at 6:42 am

I have never even heard to putting milk on your ice cream. Makes total sense though! I wish I had heard about this one a long time ago! :)

Thinking lots of positive thoughts for Randy! And I’m gonna go hug my dog now…

Janetha June 21, 2014 at 10:39 pm

thank you!! <3

Julie June 21, 2014 at 7:06 am

Don’t think I’m a creep for saying this but I love your belly photos. It gives me an idea of what I might look like prego…I’m a fellow shortie (5 feet even) and I worry sometime I’ll just look like a whale as opposed to a cute pregnant lady, which is how you look – totally cute and adorable.

Also – I used to work with one of bill Burr’s brothers! He looks just like him, except shorter, thinner and with black hair.

Janetha June 21, 2014 at 10:27 pm

awww thank you so much! not creepy at all :) cool about the job! where did you guys work?

Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries June 21, 2014 at 9:23 am

YES! I do put a splash of milk in my ice cream, and love it that way. You’re not the only weird one. ;)

Good to hear the news about Mr. Randy isn’t too terrible. All of the meds + special diet kinda suck I’m sure, but it could be worse, right? I’m glad you guys fiiiiinally found out the news, and more importantly, that he’s back to his normal, happy self!

Have so much at your shower!!! xoxo

Janetha June 21, 2014 at 10:26 pm

thanks, girl! love you!

JennyV June 21, 2014 at 9:54 am

We has to put down our 9 year old German shepherd last month due to autoimmune issues and incredibly low platelets (started bleeding out her nose, couldn’t stop it, etc…) Our house was too quiet so we moved forward with a new gsd puppy and she started on raw. There are so many benefits and we will never feed kibble again.

Janetha June 21, 2014 at 10:26 pm

<3 sorry you had to do that! glad you got a little pup <3

Jessiker June 21, 2014 at 10:36 am

Ok ok ok… So some people do the milk thing haha. I’ll give it a whirl! Yay for today!!!! Fun day!!!!

Janetha June 21, 2014 at 10:40 pm


Lindsay @ Lindsay's List June 21, 2014 at 1:53 pm

i ALWAYS pour milk on my ice cream! and always have! Makes the best little “crust.”

Janetha June 21, 2014 at 10:26 pm

i knew i liked you.

Purelytwins June 21, 2014 at 3:17 pm

SOOOO happy to hear Randy is okay! Sorry that he has to go through all that but sounds like you have a good plan!

Love reading any and all of your updates whatever they are about ;)

I still need to do some of the boring stuff too.


Janetha June 21, 2014 at 10:40 pm

<3 thank you!

Amy June 21, 2014 at 3:30 pm

Hope Randy does well with his meds and special dog food! Bassets are tough dogs! Mine lived a full life until he was 16 years old!

Janetha June 21, 2014 at 10:25 pm

wow that is remarkable! i sure hope randy pants hangs on at least a few more years.. he will be nine next month.

Anna June 21, 2014 at 4:22 pm

I absolutely love adding milk to my ice cream! I’ve always done it as well and no one in my family does it. My husband thinks it is very odd, but I LOVE IT! :)

Janetha June 21, 2014 at 10:42 pm

YES!! he is the odd one for not, right?! ;)

natasha June 21, 2014 at 5:30 pm

Nope no milk in my ice cream though I used to crave milk after eating ice cream when I was growing up. Weird because I never really drank milk at home except for in my cereal.

Janetha June 21, 2014 at 10:43 pm

i get soooo thirsty after eating ice cream!

Pua June 21, 2014 at 7:36 pm

Poor Randy. :-( I hope every thing works out! I’m totally on board with milk in my ice cream. It makes it soooo much better! Like a milkshake! I was wondering… how are you doing with working out? I’m curious because I’m at 25 weeks and it’s gotten tougher for me to work up the energy.

Janetha June 21, 2014 at 10:25 pm

oh, i don’t work out. i have worked out probably 5 or 6 times my entire pregnancy. i haven’t been to the gym since february. i do prenatal water aerobics every once in awhile, but that’s not a workout. it’s more relaxing and nice on my lower back.

Pua June 22, 2014 at 2:22 am

Haha, oh thank goodness!! I’m so glad that I’m not the only pregnant woman who would rather lay around than do a clean and press! :-)

Paige @ Your Trainer Paige June 22, 2014 at 12:39 pm

Nope, I’m pretty sure you made up the splash of milk in the ice cream thing ;) ;) haha, I kid – I haven’t ever heard of it before, though!
Sorry to hear the news about Randy, but that’s so good that he’s acting and feeling fine.
You’re the cutest pregnant person – love when you post bump/progress pics!

Corrie Anne June 22, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Bummer to hear about Randy. Glad he has puppy parents who take his care seriously!! You look gorgeous — hope you enjoyed your shower! So fun that you are pregnant at the same time as your bff!!

julie June 22, 2014 at 5:10 pm

i grew up doing good the milk in ice cream thing but haven’t done it in forever! thanks for reminding me!

Lindsay June 23, 2014 at 8:11 am

I ALWAYS do the milk thing!! Those little frozen balls that it makes are the best! (If that makes sense at all?) So sorry to hear about Randy! :( Curious to know what you found out about the Blue Buffalo food as that’s what we give our pup.

Janetha June 23, 2014 at 8:29 am

It increased his copper stores in his liver to a toxic level. Obviously this won’t happen to all dogs, Penny’s liver is fine, but the food paired with his faulty processing has created a world of problems :( It was the salmon variety.

Lindsay June 23, 2014 at 8:31 am

I hate that, but am SO grateful he’s not in pain!! Thinking of y’all!

Stephanie @ My Freckled Life June 23, 2014 at 9:42 am

I have never heard of this before!! Excuse me while I go take a mandatory ice cream break and test this out…

Lindsay June 23, 2014 at 9:51 am

My friends and I all put milk in our ice cream in college. I still do it occassionally, but not all the time. But you’re definitely not weird! It’s like people who have never heard of putting chips on your sandwich. Another of life’s great pleasures!!

Janetha June 23, 2014 at 10:11 am

omg yes! yum. now i need a sandwich.

Stacey June 23, 2014 at 9:54 am

We do not do the milk with ice cream only because our ice cream does not leave the container! We are straight from the box kinda people. I actually take it out of the freezer for about 10 minutes and then come back when it’s soupy :) Then i dig around the edges and eat all the melted stuff out. My husband hates it since I ‘ruin everything’. So dramatic.

Pregnant now with our first and finding it super hard to function – It has been very hard for me to accept! I am a type A go get-em type person who never sits still. This whole, starving but can’t eat because everything but bread makes me want to throw up is for the birds! Not to mention it takes me 3 times longer to get ready in the morning. I have resorted to doing all humanly possible at night besides basically putting on clothes and make-up…. however that may be next.

I can work out in spells thus far – 2 days on, 1 day off. However, I am not sure how long this will last. I also can’t eat much for health food – which is just odd. I feel foreign with all the crap I have been ingesting!

Happy to read Randy is better – our dogs are everything to us!

Janetha June 23, 2014 at 10:11 am

Congrats, Stacey! It sounds like you are in your first trimester–is that right? Hopefully.. because typically the sickness and unappealing aspect of food will go away after the first tri (at least it did for me!) I hope you get to feeling better.. and don’t be hard on yourself if you get nothing done in a day! Growing a human is a lot of work even though it doesn’t seem like you’re doing much by laying around, you really are! And, yay, I love the way you eat ice cream!

cassy June 23, 2014 at 11:09 am

hey pretty lady!
first off, you are one of the most gorgeous knocked up ladies EVER! i love seeing your belly grow!!

My exbf (now roommate, i know- weird!) puts milk in his ice cream too.
i thought it was SO weird when he did it and now i love it!! I actually prefer if he make my ice cream/milk and then premixes it for me.. its so good.
funny thing is, i just texted him that i want some ice cream.. at 945 am Callifornia time. love it so much.

calee @ life + running June 24, 2014 at 11:07 am

Sorry to hear the prognosis on Randy (dog-nosis?), but it sounds like it’s pretty controlled. I’m checking out that dog food. I have been changing up my lil dude’s food pretty frequently, but now I’m kind of freaked out too!

Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner June 24, 2014 at 2:36 pm

Randy is adorable! He certainly looks happy even if he isn’t feeling that well. My brother used to microwave his ice cream, but I’ve never heard of anyone adding milk to it except when I am purposely making a milkshake…..kinda crazy that you and Marshall both do it!

lea @ healthy coconut June 26, 2014 at 2:42 pm

I literally gasp when I saw the snake, you are so brave and good for you that you love them (I’m very terrified of them :( ).

Just like we go through ebbs and flow in life, the same goes for blogging for me. It serves a different purpose now, with a toddler around, I don’t get use the computer much.

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