Dogs and People-ing

Hey, friends!

It’s been so long, I don’t remember what we talked about last time. I could look I up, but I’m too lazy. So let’s pretend we discussed the idea of me getting a dog. Because I really want one. Like, really, reeeeeeeely want one. I’m the crazy lady grinning uncomfortably at every jaunty mutt trotting next to its owner on the trails. And I also know that getting a dog is a terrible idea. Like, a really reeeeeeeely terrible idea. There was an extra “e” in that misspelled “really” for emphasis to accentuate that getting a dog is a worse idea than just wanting one.

Look at me, being all practical and grown-up and stuff.

It doesn’t help that my friend has not one but TWO adorable puppies, and they were just featured on the @thedogist instagram. Just click on that link and try not to squee in delight. I dare you.

But no doggie for me right now, since I’m still hanging by my fingernails trying to hold down the 9-5 and keep the two small humans functioning and thriving on my weeks.

But it’s not all doom and gloom. This Friday my friends and I are heading down to San Jose for the Foam Glow 5k and foam party. I don’t exactly know what that is, but there is colored foam and music and I’m told to wear clothes I don’t mind throwing out after because they’ll be destroyed. Sounds like a fun time. Then on Sunday I’m joining a group hike organized by Jackyn from Mind, Body, Soul and Sparkles, which will be interesting since there has been a ton of unseasonably rainy days this week and I’m not sure how excited folks are for a good ol’ fashioned mud slog. But there aren’t really any bad locations to hike in the Bay Area so it’ll be a good time no matter what happens.

And after all that I’m going to introvert hard all alone in my apartment, because two whole days of peopling will have me running for cover.

That’s all I have today. Any fun weekend plans for you & yours coming up?

As always, go make it a great day!

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Fur Buddies – Why Working Out with Dogs is the Best

One of my favorite things to do on a weekend morning is go for a hike with the one creature in my household that may rival me for my love of the outdoors.

I’ll admit, a big reason why I’m a dog fan is they keep me active. Olive can get rather, um, destructive with one’s personal property if she’s not regularly exercised.

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Clearly I didn’t need that.

It is another commitment to my already-packed schedule, but Olive is pretty good about giving me hints that she’s ready for a walk. And by hints, I mean she doesn’t leave me alone until the leash is in hand and we’re walking out the door. Now I know where the idiom “being hounded” originated. But going for walks and hikes is something I enjoy doing on the regular, and I probably wouldn’t get out as much if it wasn’t for Olive’s insistence. It’s good for her, and it’s good for me! Plus, nothing beats a pooped pooch after a long, rambling hike through the hills.

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For more info on the benefits of exercising with your best four-legged buddy, here’s a cool infographic from the canine lovers at PuppySpot (and can we just take a moment to appreciate that dog yoga is a thing? I may have unintentionally practiced this! What a great time to be alive):

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While Olive is a rescue dog and your local animal shelter has many animals that would make great pets, I recognize that not everyone is up to the task of adopting and caring for a rescue, and may have different needs when selecting a new pet. PuppySpot is a great alternative to bringing a new fur-member to your family. PuppySpot is a service committed to helping responsible breeders place their puppies with caring individuals and families. They are a community of dog lovers whose mission is to make lives better by placing healthy puppies into happy homes.

And even if you’re not in the market for a new puppy, it is a worthwhile effort to check out their website just for the cute puppy pictures. Cute puppy pictures are scientifically proven to brighten your day. Okay, maybe not really, but that’s the kind of science I would totally sign up to be a test subject. You now, for posterity.

If you have a dog, what kinds of activities does your dog enjoy? And if you have a cat, do they even do anything? (<–Okay that last question was so my sister can be annoyed that this post was only about dogs.)

Go make it a great day!

 

Meet Olive

In the latest of our “bad decisions make good stories” adventures, we adopted a puppy last week. Meet Olive!

  
Olive is a three month old lab mix we stumbled upon at the local shelter. Our last dog Duke was adopted when he was full grown and already trained, so this is a bit of a new world for us.

  
Whatever. Squish is just over the moon with having a puppy. He’s already declared her as “my best friend.” 

  
It is absolutely worth everything to see those two play together. Squish gets to exercise his bossy side with her, and I think Olive sees him as another giant, hairless puppy to play with.

  
Anyway, new baby, new house, and now a new dog. I hope Olive’s cool with new owners that are just a bit nuts.

  
“Nah, we’re cool. All I need is pets and noms.”

Make it a furry day!

Catch-up and a Baking Fail

I’ve been blogging a day behind, and my OCD is starting to get on my nerves about this. Let’s see if I can catch it up.

Thursday morning started off with a 5 mi. interval run.

Pre-game: one egg.

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By the way, I can’t believe I never thought of microwaving eggs sooner. We’ve lived without a microwave for two years before moving here, and I completely forgot it’s an option. Now I’m nuking everything out of novelty and sheer convenience. Plus, they come out of the bowl in a convenient round shape, perfect for fitting on the plate.

Anyway, my intervals were:

  • 1 mile slow (pace ~ 12:00/mi)
  • [1 mile fast, 2 min slow] x 3 (pace ~ 10:30/mi)
  • 1 mile slow (pace ~ 12:00/mi)

Done-zo.

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Duke was happy I was back. “IT’S WALK TIME!!”

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He never sits correctly.

I had a lot of fun with the WIAW post, so I tracked most of my eats again. Breakfast was bacon ‘n ‘eggs with some leftover sweet tater fries from Wednesday night.

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After doing the work thing all morning I came home and threw together a quickie lunch for the Squish and me: sausage and an heirloom tomato caprese salad, minus the basil. I don’t have any fresh basil (sad panda).

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I might stop eating sausage just because there’s no way to make it look good in a photo.

The afternoon I was yawning in my meetings, and decided to use my Starbucks treat reward on a pumpkin spice latte.

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Fall is here, y’all! Sorry about the dirty street, I was going for “gritty urban” but didn’t look closely enough and instead I ended up with “who puked here?”

The PSL didn’t do enough, so I had a couple of these too.

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And a few unpictured squares of dark chocolate. My biggest takeaway from my London 2011 trip was ALWAYS have afternoon tea. 🙂

After all my post-lunch snacking, I really wasn’t feeling hungry for dinner. So Squish and I ran a few errands, and I decided to whip up a treat for when Hulk gets home today. I was feeling bread-snacky, so I tried out Carrots ‘n’ Cake’s Chocolate Pumpkin Bread (maybe with a glass or two of unpictured wine). At first it came out heavenly,

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So I gave myself a sample slice for breakfast this morning with my eggs, sliced heirloom tomato, and olives.

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See? Working on the “pretty” factor.

And coffee.

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But on further inspection of the pumpkin bread, I found it was wayyy undercooked. Baking #fail.

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Oh well, it’s like chocolate pumpkin lava  cake bread. Still delicious.

Duke was disappointed there was no bacon.

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“Seriously, why do I even get out of bed? You’re a terrible human.”

Had an awesome arms/core session in the gym this morning. Due to my back injury and Hulk’s suggestion, I’m holding off on leg/lower body training while I’m running. That’s right, I listened to Hulk. I’ll wait here while you let that sink in. Done? Cool. So, I am doing light stuff with my legs but I’m not trying to push the weights like I was before. However it was my first time in the gym this week, so I felt like touching on a bit of everything:

  • Light warm-up: joint mobility, arm circles, etc.
  • 3 rounds of 10 reps:
    • Shoulder press, 20 lbs
    • Squats, 45 lbs
    • Deadlift, 45 lbs
  • “Regular” sets of 3×10:
    • Bench press, 30 lbs
    • Rows, 30 lbs
    • Lat pulls, 30 lbs
    • Dips, bodyweight
  • Another 3 rounds of 10 reps each:
    • Chest flys, 12.5 lbs
    • Shoulder flys, 12.5 lbs
    • Tricep kickbacks, 12.5 lbs
  • Everybody’s favorite, 1 min plank hold

Time to shower my stinky self, get the Squish going for the day, and go earn my bacon. I’m so, so happy it’s Friday! We have a super-fun weekend planned, I’m so excited! Squeeeee!