Sunday, September 28, 2008

Beauty of Fall

Bill and I spent a few days at Indian Lake with the pups. We had a wonderful time and the colors were as they were last year, breathtaking. The 2.5 hour drive was filled with all colors of oranges and reds. The cabin we had was comfortable and perfect for all of us. There is something to be said about getting away from television, cell phones and the world for a few days. Spending your days reading and pampering the dogs.
We did forget four very important items for the dogs. Their food bowls! With everything else we were concentrating on trying not to forget, we forget the most simplest of things. Since we had no food bowls we had to improvise. Notice all of them are laying down to eat because they had a hard day of hiking. John (2nd picture) looks like he is falling asleep in his casserole dish. The first day we attempted a six mile hike. Attempted. The hike was supposed to be easy and flat. HA! Easy. Not so much. There was so much mud and muck to get through. At one point Maggie and John got stuck and had to be lifted out covered in black mud. Bill and I were also covered from head to foot. We had enough and turned around. The next day Rimmy and John were having a lot of stiffness in their hind quarters. Rim was really lame on his back right leg. So much so that I gave him a dose of pain meds and we took that day off to do nothing. Going out only for potty breaks. The next day Rim felt much better and we went for a .5 mile hike. Short and easy. There was a point during the hike that all of us had to walk the plank to cross over a marsh area. Crossing the first time was a disaster for three of the four hounds. Sophie knows how to do it because of agility class and went across like it was nothing. The other three. Oh Lord. It was traumatizing for all of us.

During the hike Bill wanted to try and get a photo of all us like he did last year. Was is it that greyhounds NEVER want to line up for a photo? This is the best shot out of the bunch.

If happy hounds are tired hounds, then ours are over the moon!

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Ta Dah! It's a Plane! It's a Bird! It's.....

Bill's first half-marathon was today! It was a local race near our house. There was lots of rain, but that didn't stop many people from coming out. Bill did AMAZING. I am so proud of him. He has put in a lot of work in the past couple years. Here was a man with a blood pressure problem, now he is lean and mean. Lost about 30 lbs since he started running!! Did I say how proud I am of him?!

Before the race picture. Looking ready. Looking strong! AND they are off!

There he goes! Look at that smile. Hopefully he feels like smiling around mile 10!

Bill heading onto the East Trail of the Parkway. He is heading into mile 7. I am on the other side of the water on the West Trail about .25 mile before the 9 mile mark.

Crossing the bridge to the West Trail and the skies have opened up. It is absolutely POURING rain at this point. Which makes for a slippery bridge! He has about 4.5 to go!

Down the straight away. Almost there! RIght now I bet he is thinking two things. Thank God I am almost done and thank God for Body Glide (anti chaffing stick)!

Finish! Time - 1:54:37 A sub 2 hour!

Congrats hon! You did great. Now it is on to Niagara together.

Monday, September 01, 2008

Now for the Good

We did have a couple really good things happen this weekend. One is our new garage doors! My superman of a husband installed them all by his little self. The first door was a BITCH due to a lot of problems, but he figured it out. Since he learned so much about putting in the first door, the second went as smooth as glass. Actually, the first side took him 7 painful hours and a couple trips to Lowe's. The second side only took 3 hours and one trip to Lowe's.

This is our super crappy garage door that hasn't worked in years.

Here is our sexy new door. Yes, I said sexy! They look so good! Now we have to get the automatic garage door thingy installed, which dear husband said no freakin' way is he going to attempt to do that set-up. He made an appointment for Lowe's to come out to do it. I can't even explain how great it will feel not to have to get out of the van in the winter to open the garage door.

The other good thing was I am now running in double digits baby! Yep. This morning, Shannon, Kris, Trac and I hit the trail bright and early to run 10 miles! We did it and finished feeling like we ran 10 miles, but at least not feeling like we ran 20. Does that make sense?

Running 10 has really boosted our confidence that we can truly run 13.1.

Niagara here we come!

Bad...bad...very bad

This was our start of the Labor Day Weekend. A rouge glass lid crashing down on our new stove and shattering the corner. It is hard to see but you can get a general idea of how FUBAR the corner is now. We can still use the other three burners until we get it repaired in the next week or two. Oh, and it isn't covered under warranty. We are looking at least $400 for the replacement top. Ain't life grand!________________________________________________________________
Being upset over the stove I felt the need to make something to soothe my nerves. A recipe for a vegan chocolate truffle pie seemed the perfect ticket. And it was. It was creamy and dreamy.