Thursday, April 7, 2011

This And That and Some Other Stuff Too

For the last couple weeks A and I have been trying to get our butts in gear for a 5K. One of the women I work with did it last spring and afterwards she was talking about how we should do it as an office this year. At the time I said yes and then forgot. She didn't and 2 weeks ago pulled out the paperwork. Holy shit, we've only got 6 weeks (down to 4 weeks now)! Really it's only 3.10685596 miles (I had to look it up) but well I'm just not a runner. I've always believed that the only running I should do is for my life. Since I live kind of low key, that opportunity has never presented itself. I'm more of a speed walking kind of gal. I imagine I'll do a combination of walking and jogging since I'm not in it to beat any certain time; just to finish before time is up. That means I may coast in at 44 mins and 59 sec but damn I will be finished in time and then we're off for Bloody Mary's.

Whenever I think of running, I start feeling that sharp knife pain in my side and I remember those horrible days in gym class when you had to do laps around the football field. I tried every suggestion to stop from cramping but nothing ever worked. It was a miserable experience and then afterwards I would be forced to go back to class and take a math test or give an oral report. My god, I just realized I'm still traumatized.

The weather is finally improving and just this week the snow is finally gone from my yard and most of the world around us. Still there are no real signs of life out there yet but maybe I saw some buds on the trees. This means we have finally started taking LuLu out into the yard, after we catch her of course. 
She's more comfortable but still a work in progress. She will come take food from our hands and lick peanut butter off our fingers. She scratches at my leg when I'm getting her dinner ready. Every few approaches she may let us scratch under her chin or behind her ear for maybe 5 seconds and then she's off again. Catching her means cornering her and I have tried to limit that as much as possible. I see her watching the others get attention and can tell she wants to join in; 9.5 weeks in and only a little progress. I still have hope since it took nearly 8 months before I could touch Orville without catching him.

Around here life with 8 dogs is still kind of a zoo. It has been wonderful to be able to just leave the back door open when we're home and let the crew wander in/out as much as they want. It really is like living in a house with 8 toddlers and no matter how much we try to dog-proof the house, they find things to get into. I mean look at this book. It's been on that spot on the book shelf for months and just today they decided to rearrange the cover. I didn't find all the pieces so I can only assume someone ingested it.
Plus it doesn't help that we bring home exotic new things like a pineapple.
Look at Cassie take that thing down. We watched for awhile and then I asked A if pineapple on the list as being poisonous to dogs. We couldn't remember so took it away just in case.

My little earless cat Tippy watches it all with disgust. I know she misses the days when there were no dirty smelly dogs in her house.
We used that pineapple to make my "This Shit is Gonna Kill Ya" Pineapple Upside Down Cake. Made with two sticks of butter (the real stuff) and topped with a mound of real homemade whipped cream (why try to save calories now) and you can feel your arteries forming a new layer of plaque. 

Saturday A and I went to check out a tattoo artist and made a little side trip to check out the Minnesota River. It's high and there is flooding but it's in the places that it usually flood every year.

In the past they have closed this bridge when the water was too high. Even with all the heavy flooding predictions this year, it's not even close. We wandered along the riverbank and around the municipal campground and as we walked through the playground and back to the car I noticed this piece of paper on the ground. I thought it looked old and flipped it over with the toe of my shoe.

It's army postmarked December 23, 1943 and addressed to Iowa. Such an interesting find and I couldn't believe it wasn't wet, wrinkled or damaged in any way. 

Saturday night we stopped to visit with our friends Faye and Jeff. He had an Elvis show in the town where I work. We had a lot to catch up on since they had just returned from Hawaii a few days prior. This bar isn't my favorite place to go since 90% of the people in there are patients at my clinic. I don't want to talk to people about work or their dental problems and I really want to maintain some professional distance. That means I sit and quietly visit and hope people don't approach me. Even going to the bathroom can be a gamble since I've been cornered in there a few times by people pulling at their cheek and saying "Take a look at this." Ugh!!!

I did have an unexpected encounter with an old friend that I haven't seen or talked to in nearly eight years. We had a falling out; we were both mad and hurt. A and I chose to extract ourselves from the high-drama situation and have kept a distance since. The two of us visited and laughed and after a short time it was like no time had passed at all. I've been "over it" for a long time already but it was still nice to finally put those things fully to rest.

A has been wanting to get another tattoo and I'm planning one for my birthday this year. We had heard good things about this artist and stopped in to check out his work. We didn't have time Saturday but A made an appointment this afternoon and came home with fresh ink on her right shoulder. Isn't it sweet how she sacrifices her body to test things out for me? :)
I took this picture as soon as she came home and I'm glad I did because shortly after it was red and swollen. This is a car decal that A picked up in Key West during one of our trips. We took a photo and she took it in and he did it all freehand. He did an awesome job and I'm getting excited to have him do my first tattoo in just a few weeks. 

So the RV comes out of storage next weekend. Yippee! 
When we first brought it home, we considered doing some painting inside to lighten it up a bit. It's brown paneling and so dark but then we thought we would just keep the retro feel of it. That was until I came across these pictures on an RV blog (Kate and Terry-Travels in Cholula Red).  A really thinks we should do some variation of this paint job.

Love it or hate it? Should we consider doing something like this? 


Ms. Moon said...

What a lot of news! Doggies and pineapples and tattoos and RV's and old friends and, and, and!
Oh- a run!
Good stuff.
I'd paint the RV. I think life is too short for beige and brown. Except as skin colors.
That's me.
P.S. Give my love to A, too.

Redbone210 said...

I love the trippy RV colors. My vote is to paint.

@Ms. Moon - skin colors - too cute (and very true!)

LilliGirl said...

lots going on! I like the paint so I way if you are up for the work go for it!

crystal said...

Oh my goodness, so many things to comment on!! :)

Frist, I am also not a runner (at all!!) and as you were reliving your high school trauma I was right there with you. I actually would make a point to buddy up with the person in class who I knew was slower than me so it would look like I was running slower just to talk! (Im going to hell!)

I love that the dogs at the cover off of The Silence of the Lambs! The irony just makes me giggle :)

I love the look on Tippy's face, like "Oh remember the good old days....these dogs are imbeciles!!"

That postcard is amazing, Im so glad you decided to pick it up. Doesn't it just make you wonder how on earth it ended up there?!

My very first tattoo (when I was 18) is a little colorful gecko that looks pretty similar to that. I love it! :)

And finally, yes, I think you should paint the RV just like that! Its so happy and fun, I really really love it! Plus (this is how I think) how cute would a bunch of black and white pups look in contrast to so many bright colors?!

Trooper Thorn said...

The Silence of the Lambs looks even scarier in that condition.

Domestics said...

If you want to run a 5K I suggest the Couch to 5K program It's a 9 week program but it could help you get a little more ready for the run in 4 weeks. We really enjoyed it and found the time we spent running together was good quality time.

I LOVE the new tattoo, that's beautiful. Be careful with your first, they become very addicting after that.

Jude said...

Good luck with your run, walk, jog, mary's!

Nice tat job. Can't wait to see what you get.

Retro is cool but whimsical seems better...esp for you two ;)

love and hugs

tommy said...

only because I'm planning a 5k myself, though have no intentions of running it whatsoever, only walking it i'm going to say, YOU CAN DO IT :) You got this...and just think of how great that bloody mary will taste afterwards :) lol. but for real, you are in way better shape than I am, I have total faith in you...

not only that think of the dirty kinky sweaty sex you can have as a reward afterwards :) good luck . I just love your blogs... they make me happy.

Bethany said...

Great post. Love your adventures.
The RV colors all together like that sort of make me car sick. And I have lime green and mango in my kitchen so am not afraid of color. I like the light colors though, the yellow seems nice and cheery. Maybe stick with one or two colors?
A paint job will be fun.
Love your "new" doggie and hope she keeps improving.
You guys are the best.
PS Glad that wasn't a library book!

Bethany said...

A's tat is adorable!

Bethany said...

and oh, the postcard, i hope you saved it.
also very impressed with your 5k venture.
go Mel!