Monday, May 26, 2008

Pups Hanging Out

Thursday's Box Bounty

Bananas, sprouts, asparagus, mango's, beets (yes, that huge thing is a beet), red lettuce, onions, tomatoes and swiss chard.

Saturday's Run

Saturday's run was hard, but in a good way. Finally broke past the 6 miler. Trac has all the details here.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Tunnels, Chutes and Tires OH MY!!

Sophie and I successfully made it through our 2nd agility class. We worked on the planks in the beginning and Sophie really started to feel comfortable walking on them. Dottie the instructor wants us to start working on getting the dogs to turn while on the plank, which is a lot harder than you would think. Not for the dog, but for the people. It is amazing how your body position and/or slightest movement can make all the difference between your dog walking right along or falling off. Sophie and I have a lot of work to do with the turns.

Next was working on the jumps. They set the obstacles in different angles this time, not just going to straight across. This proved be a little hard for Sophie this time around. She would arc out to the right and miss the jumps. She did this several times and the trainers were bound and determined to figure out why. Well, they decided to have me stand at the far left instead of the center and sure enough she came straight down the middle.

Then....the tunnel...chute and tire. I had a feeling this wasn't going to be easy and I was right. The rest of the dogs in the class were flying through them, but when it came to our turn. Class came to a stand still. Sophie was like, want me to do what? And hence, the greyhound brakes came on. We did conquer the tire and the chute (it didn't have the fabric part on it) after much coaxing and treats. The tunnel was by far the hardest and took a lot of time. I felt bad for the rest of the class because the trainers were bound and determine to get her through, which requires lots of patience, praise and treats. Finally, she went through. It was the greatest feeling in the world.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Restaurant Falls Flat

I am not going to use the name of the restaurant my friends and I tried today because I want to give them another chance. This was their 2nd day being open so I am sincerely hoping things will improve. I mean they are new at this and deserve a break, which I am definitely going to give them because I so badly want them to succeed. Really, this is how I feel about this place because its mission is so wonderful -- all vegan food for breakfast and lunch.

We arrive and it is a cute little place with a nice atmosphere. We sit down and start talking about what we want to order. We can barely contain our excitement! Vegan food! All of it! Woooo hooooo!

I order a BLT with a side of pasta salad and a tea. It came to $9 and some change. It took them over 30 minutes to prepare my order. Now, I am okay with food taking time to prepare especially since they are new, but it has to be good. This was not good. The BLT was as thin as paper and had a two strips of bacon, some cheese, lettuce and one tomato. No chips. No pickle. Sigh. It was very....very....typical. Something I could make in my own kitchen for less than the price they were charging. Seriously, if you are going to charge $5.50 for a sandwich, a few chips thrown on the plate or a pickle would be lovely or maybe some coleslaw? But this isn't what disappointed me the most. It was the pasta salad. There was absolutely NO flavor to it at all. None. My friends even tasted it and was shocked at its blandness. It was terrible.

Here is why I have a problem with this. Vegan food can be known for its twists and turns using wonderful flavors, not for being flavorless. This tasteless pasta salad will just solidify what most non-vegan's think -- boring flavorless vegan/vegetarian food. It makes me crazy because there are limitless options for vegan cooking and this fell so terribly flat. What gets my eye twitching is how is it that the home blog cooks (Fat Free Vegan, Where's the Revolution, etc) create dishes that will blow you the fu** away and yet, places fall short. Why? I don't understand?

Here is the other head scratcher. I went on their website and people were raving about the food! Really?! Was I at the wrong place?

Do vegan support places just because it is vegan, not because it has good food? Is that right? I don't know. I am so conflicted.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Change of underwear

This morning I saw my life flash before my eyes.

Driving to work on the highway I was tooling right along listening to my 80's music going about 70 mph when suddenly traffic was coming to a dead stop. SHHHHHIIIIIIIITTTTTTTTT!
The car in front of me slammed on her brakes, the car in the next lane slammed on their brakes. There were squealing tires all around me, cars swearing to keep from hitting the car in front of them. I managed to keep from rear ending the car in front of me, then looked in my rear view mirror.

Oh fu**. A semi-truck is behind me. All I see is this big ass truck barreling towards me and smoke coming from the brakes because he is trying to stop from slamming into the back of my van. For a moment everything went in slow motion and I seriously thought to myself I am going to die. Thankfully I lived to tell about it. However, I do need a change of underwear.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Courtesy of Grindstone Farms

Each week we get a 'healthy box' from a local organic farm. It is so much fun to be surprised with wonderful fresh produce each week. The asparagus is!

Green leaf lettuce, zucchini, asparagus, cucumber, shallot greens, carrots, cherry tomatoes and strawberries.

A MUST try....

Last night I made a recipe called Cheesy Bean and Cheese enchiladas from vegweb. Holy tequila these are good! I mean damn good. Like, damn good that you can make these for non-vegetarian folks and they would love them. Yea, that good. Didn't get a photo because once we started eating them we couldn't stop.

Don't believe me? Then try them. I dare you. I double dog dare you!

Here is the link to the recipe.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Greyhounds can do agility too!

The past couple months I have been debating on trying agility with Sophie (formerly called Lulu). I have talked to a few greyhound owners and a few non-greyhound owners and it seemed like something Sophie would enjoy. So we took the plunge and had our first class last night.

Sophie is a total people person. Doesn't give two shits about other dogs and that worked in our favor last night. Especially since one of the dogs was an unneutered pug that really...REALLY...liked Sophie's legs. Who wouldn't! They are long, skinny and beautiful. Sophie ignored the other dogs, but fell in love with the two girls watching the class. She would go over and do the greyhound lean. Or maybe she was just sucking up?

The class consists of a lab mix, a pug, a corgi, a skipperkee and finally a poodle/maltese mix. Two of us are total agility virgins. Guess who that would be. Here I am with a plastic zip lock bag full of cut-up teeny tiny pieces of cheese while the rest of the class has those fancy fanny packs. It was hard to hold the bag, treat, and guide Sophie through what I wanted her to do. She is supposed to follow my hand. Instead she followed the yellow filled bag of goodness. Tonight I am buying a fanny pack!

We practiced recall -- I was so paranoid about dropping the leash I made them shut the door even with the ring fenced in and the door babygated. We learned how to walk through a ladder laying on the floor and then walking across a plank laying on the floor, jumping over bars laying on the floor and target.

Sophie did everything and had fun doing it too! We had a blast and I hope it just keeps getting better. I really don't care about competing but having Sophie have fun. Which she did. However, we did teach everyone how powerful greyhound gas can be. She was blowing cheese like crazy. The ride home we had the windows open.