Monday, April 21, 2014
Well, as of today I am no longer the answer to the ultimate question of the universe. Hey, Douglas Adams could only do so much!
My dad and sister got me a birthday cake yesterday. That was our Easter desert. I had a small piece with no icing. We had a fun time.
Now, today was my actual birthday. First, I got to sleep in until 7 am. That is almost unheard of for me. Hubby and boy child took care of the girls and left me sleep. It was so nice to really get rest and just “wake” on my own.
Then, I got dressed up – full Morticia look. And we decided to do breakfast and go to the zoo. Had an awesome time at the zoo! There was a 5 month old baby gorilla and a 6 month old baby wombat. They were so cute. It was a bit overcast but nice out. We were there for a bit over 4 hours.
Then we stopped at my favorite Hot Topic to use my birthday coupon. It is funny how I can wear anything from a small to large depending on cut! Crazy.
We’re home now and going to just enjoy a movie and some Chinese food. Tomorrow I will return to real life – work, gym, work-out, etc. I will also be re-visiting my goals for the upcoming year. I’m not certain where I’m heading this year so I need to set up a definite plan. I’m at 80 days of making my 10,000 step goal. So that would be somewhat of a direction.
More soon. Warm wags and Happy snuffles!
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Race day always means up bright and early but today was even earlier than normal. I was so uncertain about the weather; I packed extra clothes to take with. Decided to go fully covered but light weight (worked out perfect). We had to take the boy child with as he is staying the weekend with my sister and she was meeting us at the race. Also, hubby didn’t want to leave Bilbo alone. He arranged a “squirrel sitter” (Evil cherub).
So up early, get everyone ready, pack warm clothes, bundle up squirrel, out the door, drop off squirrel, get gas, get food, and drive downtown. It was a bit more hectic than my normal race morning but we pulled it off.
The wind was cool off the lake but the sun was nice and warm. I decided on just going with my legging and shirt. Glad I did. I also went with my MCR’s Greatest Hits CD. This ended up being another good choice. Alternative rock is a good beat to run to.
We played at the petting zoo a bit before the race. The baby donkey was adorable.
(that is boy child in the brown jacket next to me!)
I lined up closer to the back of the pack than normal. I’ve been having some leg pain, so of course I wait until the night before the race to get new shoes and wear them untested. Some day that isn’t going to work for me, but it did today.
I started out at a nice even pace. I was passing a lot of the people I started with but my pace felt right. I didn’t have a rabbit this race but I concentrated on my music and just putting one foot in front of the other. I never saw the 1 mile mark but my legs felt good as I approached the turn around. I kept up my pace, not a fast run but quicker than the jog I use as warm up on the treadmill. I was getting a bit winded at the 2 mile mark but I just started playing games with myself.
If I can do a mile on the treadmill after my ab workout, I could run a mile now. I just keep pushing, trying not to let my pace change. I kept passing people, but didn’t think anything of it. 4, 4 beat in my ears and one foot in front of the other.
I saw the 3 mile mark and continued the head games. One tenth of a mile, you are NOT going to walk now. My shoe was untied so I did stop for a quick moment. I caught up to the people I was with passing the 3 mile mark.
I really tried to sprint when I saw the finish but my lungs had other ideas. There was no more air to be had. I finished at my better than jog pace. I was really proud of myself as I didn’t walk once the entire race. Not something I have been able to do in the last two races.
I ended up with a 32:25 time! That’s a pace of just over 10 minutes per mile. My second best time ever!
When to China Town for lunch and now kicking back at home. I’m also at over 19,800 steps on the day. I’m going to make 20,000. Haven’t done that in over a year! I so don’t feel 43 right now.
Sunday, April 13, 2014
I forgot how tiring it is to have a baby in the house. I fell like I haven't slept, wow. I've been so worried about my little guy I'm constantly checking on his breathing.
So, a few people asked me how the girls are dealing with this. Gypsy has decided she is mama dog. She's all protective, she is sleeping where she can see his cage, and she tries to groom him every chance she gets. He's not found of her grooming, there's a bit too much slobber for him.
Tazzy just wants to sniff. However, as of this am, Gypsy is no longer allowing her within 2 ft of him. Gypsy has chased Tazzy off twice this am. The whole thing is pretty sweet.
Also, I opted for a run with the girls this am over going to the gym. Of course we saw squirrels on our run. At one point, Tazzy chased one up a tree. I'm used to her barking at the treed squirrel so I gave her a minute. Instead of barking, she cried at it and tilted her head. I think she wanted the squirrel to come down and play.
I'm ruining my dogs!
As far as names go, we are between calling him Bo or Chuckles. I'm not certain. We usually take a few days to decide. Also, I'm not trusting he will be 100% ok for about 4 or 5 days. I can't say I'm not getting attached, I already am but I'm trying to be realistic.
Will keep you all informed.
Well, it's bottle time again. I'm so happy he likes puppy milk. We are going to try leaving out some paste (peanut butter) for him tonight. He is starting to chew on the bottle so that's a start.
Saturday, April 12, 2014
I was waiting to say anything until I was certain everything would be ok.
Yesterday morning when I got to work there was an electrician working in the netpop out back. I didn't think anything of it. About 5 minutes later my co-worker walks in and asks if I saw the squirrels?
Out back, the guy is taking baby squirrels out of the thingy (netpop) on the building.
Well, I raced out back fast a I could. I discovered that "someone" had eaten electrical lines for the building next door, shorting them out completely. The guy showed me the wire with some fried fur. He said he didn't find a body but didn't think a squirrel could survive what was running through that line.
There were 3 babies that he had dumped on the ground (dumped being the nice term). One had already made a run for the dumpster. One was screaming it's head off and attracting every squirrel in the neighborhood. The third was just kind of lying there. The runner and the noisy one were a good inch or two larger than the third.
I pick the runt up. Healthy, clear eyes, good coat - just really small and thin. I know most mother squirrels only raise one or two babies successfully. This little guy was not meant to make it. And we're not even certain mom is alive. Trust me when I say NONE of the gathering squirrels were acting like a mama.
I got a paper box for the store room, cut some holes, and lined it with paper towels. I had one of the girls help me as I popped him in. Fortunately my big boss's only comment was "keep it in the box until it becomes a hoosier".
I got him home and gave him a good check over. Blue eyes, milk teeth - this guy is really young. He would have been a meal had I left him.
This am, he started taking puppy milk by syringe. We've had about 2 tablespoons so far. He is active and alert. I'm really hopeful he will survive. I've done this several times in the past. Usually I release once the squirrel is grown but I did have one baby girl stay with me over 5 years. I'm not certain how this little guy will turn out but for right now I'm in heaven.
Here he is:
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