The Weekend Wrap Up

So, just under the wire but here is my third post of the week, just as promised.  And to end the week, a weekend wrap up.


IMG_2196Friday, after TWO months of fighting working with Firestone, they decided it was not normal that my front driver’s side tire kept losing 10 lbs. of air about every other week and finally just replaced the tire.  As much as I enjoyed spending so much time there it was really a pain in the ass to plan it into my work day every couple of weeks and I was starting to get way too friendly with the early morning Uber drivers in the area.   This is a huge relief because Hal will be shuttling us 3,000 miles back and forth across the United State in a couple of weeks and now we can be rest assured the new tires will be up for the trip.


vaccinationSaturday, we started off the day by getting our Hepatitis A booster shot.  We got our Hepatitis A immunization before we went to Peru this summer but needed to go back to get the follow-up shot so that we wouldn’t have to start all over with the vaccines again next time we decided to travel somewhere that needed them.  Kaiser Urgent Care on a Saturday morning is a fun experience.  There were some really sickly looking people who were all wearing masks and I wanted to ask where my mask was to protect me from whatever they had.  Before we could get our shots, we had to go through a little triage area where they take your temperature and blood pressure.  My better half has been pestering me ever since because he felt my blood pressure was too high.  My blood pressure could not have been affected by the fact he was staring at me and the monitored with a panicked look on his face that made me freak out inside.  Because of my foot and my sinus issues, I go to the doctor no less than two times per month.  When my better half is not there my blood pressure is never high, could there be a potential correlation?   But, luckily it was a short visit and we were on our way.


IMG_6712After brunch, the next stop on our agenda was to get the pups pictures with Santa at Westfax Brewing.  I was most concerned about this activity.  I had visions of Coaly Dog lurching towards Santa’s face and taking a big chunk out of Santa’s nose.  (Where would I get this idea?  Oh yes, because it’s exactly what she did to me about six months ago!)  But, to my great surprise, both pups were pretty well-behaved.  They didn’t get Santa half as much trouble as the screaming, crying toddlers.  What is it about toddlers and Santa?  Has any toddler ever liked Santa or are all the pictures of Santa and children between the ages of two and three just crying red-faced children staring at their parents pleading with them to get them away from this horrible man?  The Santa pictures came with a free beer so there was some people watching time after the picture taking and we were able to watch a small yippy dog actually draw blood from Santa when it attached Santa’s hand.  Fun times.


IMG_6686We left Westfax without incident and dropped the pooped pups off at home and headed to our next task, cat sitting!  We are cat sitting for some friends and so we needed to check on the kitties and make sure they had food and water.  It’s important to note we are DOG people, not CAT people, but at of all the cats I’ve met these cats are definitely the coolest.  I don’t know if it’s just because they were lonely because their people were away but when we were visiting they were very social and playful and were pretty fun to hang out with.  Not in the sense that we will ever run out and get a cat, but we would definitely cat sit for these cats again if the need arose.


Before heading home, we decided to drive by some homes that are on the market.  We are getting ready to maybe, potentially, start looking for a house.  Why they maybe, potentially you ask?  Because the Denver housing market is 100% INSANE.  We have honestly seen houses that are actually falling to the ground in their real estate pictures and they are for sale for over $300,000.  You would have to scrape the house and start from scratch and people are still have bidding wars over the land.  We are cautiously optimistic that the market is changing and that when our lease is up this next year things will have calmed to a somewhat reasonable pace.  For now, we are finding the neighborhoods we are most interested in targeting and deciding on our must-haves for our house.  For now, we’ve agreed that the house has to have a bathroom or outhouse, we are negotiable on a kitchen, but there must be a yard for the dogs – we’ll consider everything else on a case-by-case basis.


ogcwSaturday night closed out by attending the non-existent Golden Christmas Walk.  I have no idea where I got the idea that Old Golden Christmas would a night-time Christmas walk.  It’s actually a Christmas parade at 10:30am every Saturday between Thanksgiving and Christmas.   So, when we arrived, most of the stores were closed, but the lights were absolutely festive and beautiful and we got some good bar food before listening to Christmas music on the way home and turning in the for the night.


IMG_6721Sunday morning was pretty much the most exciting part of the weekend for me.  I RAN FOR THE FIRST TIME IN TWO MONTHS.  Now, don’t get too excited.  I ran 2.25 miles at non-Olympic pace, but you have to start somewhere.  I ran intervals to test out my foot and get back in the groove and I survived.  The first half of the run was absolutely awful.  It was like my entire body was revolting from the idea of running again and I honestly thought I would never be able to run again but, by the time I hit the midway point and turned the corner to head back towards home everything clicked and it felt so good.    My foot feels like my foot, exactly the same.  There was no pain, no new or different feelings so I am just going to go back to running.   I have missed it so much and I feel like I am turning in to an insane person. I have my third opinion with a new ortho doctor this week and we’ll see what happens then.


IMG_6722To wrap up the afternoon I am home with two sick pups.  Apparently, the excitement from going to the brewery yesterday was too much for them (I blame the snotty kids).  Both have upset stomachs and just not acting like themselves so we are just laying low, my better half is climbing have a great time and I am here cleaning up dog vomit and making rice (oh no, that’s not a tinge of resentment).  I think that re-watching the new Gilmore Girls will really help them feel better.  The upside of the dogs being sick (I will warn you right now this is a little gross and dark, so you may want to stop reading now) is that we have a squirrel that lives in our garbage can.  He has lived there for probably about four years and he goes through our trash, eats our leftovers and strews our trash around our driveway.  He has chewed a squirrel size hole in the top of the garbage can to make it easier to get in and out.  We have named him Trash Squirrel.  As I was cleaning up the dog vomit I was actually excited to throw it in the garbage as kind of a “screw you” to Trash Squirrel.  Halfway through this thought I realized that Trash Squirrel is just that, a squirrel, and even dog vomit up is a tasty meal…sometimes we just go to dark places when we are dealing with vomit.


So, I think we are caught up.  That is a lot of writing for a pretty boring weekend.  But, I kept my promise, three blogs this week and now you know pretty much exactly what we do on the weekend, so now you don’t have to wonder and be jealous!


What did you do this weekend?


Being a Domestic Dud – Part One: Cleaning Failures

IMG_6670Exciting news in Denver, Colorado!  Casa Bonita has put up their holiday lights!  Nothing says Happy Holidays like horrible Mexican food and festive holiday lights!


Now, back to the topic at hand.  I am a domestic dud.  My domestic failures fall into two main categories – cooking and cleaning.  I am equally bad at both but in very different ways.  Today we are focusing on my failures in cleaning.  I know that cleaning is not really anyone’s favorite thing to do, but the funny thing is I actually enjoy the act of cleaning.  There is something comforting in cleaning – starting with a dirty house and ending with a more clean and orderly house…it’s such a feeling of accomplishment for me.   The only problem is that even though I have a sense of accomplishment and a cleaner house, I am definitely not the best cleaner in the world.


From the outside I actually appear to be a fanatic about cleaning.  I am always vacuuming and spraying cleaners and wiping up spilled drinks and while I do like the feeling of a clean house, I am REALLY bad a “deep” cleaning.  One of these areas in particular is dusting.  My better half always makes fun of me so obsessed with cleaning but still having one of the dustiest houses around.   Like Adam’s Family dusty.  The majority of our picture frames and the corners of our rooms have cobwebs and dust hanging around like we have decorated for Halloween (which we have not).  To prove the point let me tell you the tale of Charlotte.


IMG_6672We have a spider in our bedroom that has been in the corner since shortly after we moved in (her name is Charlotte – hence, the tale of Charlotte).  When we first moved in she was busy making a web, catching bugs, and I couldn’t bring myself to kill her so we just left her be.   But, at some point Charlotte left this world but her little body remained.  I left it alone in case she was just sleeping, but over several months that outcome become less likely.  At that point, it just seemed pointless to get rid of her so I just let her be in the corner of our bedroom and there she’s stayed for several years.  Every once in a while, my better half and I will look up at her and think about how we are going to transport her to our next house.  Charlotte’s carcass (and her spirit) are officially part of the family.  A normal person who is concerned with real cleanliness would not let this happen, this spider would have been disposed of and the webs she left behind would have been destroyed long ago, but as a domestic dud, that just isn’t me.  I have bouts of OCD cleanliness and then it passes and I go back to a pattern of keeping everything clean enough so we don’t get rodents.


IMG_6675Next, let’s move on the bathroom.  From the outside looking in our bathroom is usually pretty clean.  The one thing I can’t control is the HAIR.  I can sweep or vacuum the bathroom and within seconds the floor is covered with hair again.  I know I lose hair but with the amount of hair on the bathroom floor I should be completely bald.   The more alarming part is that the hair is 85% people hair and 15% dog hair.  I can count on both hands the number of times I have actually seen the dogs in the bathroom.  How on earth is their hair getting in to the bathroom at this frequency?  So, I continue to sweep, but honestly some days I just don’t have it in me and soon the floor will go from smooth white tile to a slightly fuzzier hair coating and I’ll just let it go.


The final stop is the kitchen.  I love having a clean kitchen but I absolutely hate cleaning the kitchen.  It is a place I cannot wrap my head around finding the right techniques to really get it clean.  I actually look forward to moving so that I have a fresh kitchen to start all over with.  I clean the microwave about every two to three years after the coating of rice and other food remnants get to be too much and I can never, ever, EVER seem to get the stove clean.  No matter what I do, or what tips or tricks I read about, there always seems to be a layer of grease or oil near the hood of the stove that I just can’t get rid of.  Please don’t even get me started with the refrigerator.  Why is it so difficult to keep the refrigerator clean?!  Sometimes I’ll be taking the milk out and I will find pine needles in there.  How on earth did sap and pine needles get into the refrigerator and why are there so many expired condiments in there!   While the kitchen is never filthy, it just never feels really clean either.


The good news is that my better half isn’t a cleanliness fanatic and so he doesn’t seem to notice a lot of the stuff that drives me mad (aside from the dust).    So, I’ll just keep things under control enough to keep the rodents at bay and maybe one day I’ll finally get bit by the domestic bug that will teach me all I need to know to really have a super clean house.


Stay tuned for Part Two when I share tails of my inability in the kitchen!

Life Goals of a Failing Blogger

i told you soLast week when I was posting every day on my blog my better half said: “you better pace yourself.”  I politely nodded and thought “what does he know I have lots of ideas and tons of time, I’ll be able to keep this pace forever!”  That was the day before I went back to work after a week off and a vacation that never happened.  That was after a week where I had all the time I wanted to sit at my computer and write anytime I wanted.  I could stay up late writing because I had nowhere to be the next morning.  Now when the alarm goes off I have to be at work.  This whole work thing gets in the way of this whole doing whatever you want whenever you want thing, doesn’t it?  So, lesson learned.  Advice taken.  I will pace myself.  So, you should probably expect about three posts per week and anything more you can consider a bonus!



IMG_6655Before I get too far let me catch up on our weekend first.  Saturday we went to Fort Collins.  Our trip to Fort Collins had a mission but we turned the day into an adventure.  Better half went climbing at Horsetooth Reservoir and I got a start on our holiday shopping and then we met up for lunch to complete our mission.  Our mission was to get a replacement pint glass from Coopersmith (the best brewpub in Northern Colorado).  I “got” (aka stole) one for my husband when we first moved to Fort Collins and it was one of his favorite glass.  Coaly Dog knocked it off the end table a couple of weeks ago and smashed it into a million pieces and my better half was heartbroken.  So we returned to Coopersmiths on Saturday to get a new pint glass (an actually pay for it – because we have jobs now).   We had a great lunch on the patio, bought a new glass, visited Jax (an awesome outdoor store), tried a new brewery (shout out to the Gilded Goat) and headed back south where I promptly pulled in to the driveway, opened the door to the backseat and the pint glass rolled out of the backseat into the driveway and smashed into a million pieces (AGAIN).  Mother f(&@er!!!  I feel horrible and my better half is still bummed.  So great trip but mission FAILED!


Since we last chatted December has snuck up on us.  It’s officially 21 days until Christmas.  In my world, that means it’s 5 days until the end of classes, 9 days until the end of the fall semester, and 16 days until my next vacation starts.  Lots to do in very little time!  I need to do some sort of holiday shopping, prepare for our journey across the United States trapped in a mid-size car with two bigger than mid-sized dogs, and wrap up everything I need to wrap up at work before the new year.   With all of that to do, I have also decided I am not waiting until the new year to start my new year’s resolutions.  I have never liked the idea of new year’s resolutions and so instead I have set updated life goals and I want to start them today!  I have come up with three broad categories and within each category, there are more specific goals. Seems easy enough.  The setting the goals is always the easy part, it’s the sticking to them that always tends to be a little more difficult.goals


So, without further ado, my three goals:  eat, run, blog.


eatEat –The main focus of this goal is pretty simple.  Eat better.  More specifically, stop eating like a child.  Cool it with the processed food and focus on eating more natural food.  Instead of taking the easy way out and eating packaged food actually take time to prepare meals and take them to work for lunch.


runRun – Get back in to running.  It seems like the problem with my foot is going to be a problem whether I run or not so I NEED to get back into running.  Not running is driving me absolutely crazy (and probably those around me as well).  I’m going to start slow and rebuild my base and stamina and I have a goal to run at least one race every month in 2018 and run at least one 5k, 10k, and half marathon.  December will be spent rebuilding stamina and my first race will be January 1st, 2018.


blogBlog – Find a regular routine for blogging.  I have to take life into consideration.  I work full time (actually usually more than 40 hours per week) and I have lots of other stuff going on like running, teaching, making sure our house is clean enough we don’t get rodents, we have clean clothes, and sometimes we have food on the table.    So, I need to realistically figure out when I can find time to blog and make it a regular part of my routine.  I love doing it and I want to make it a regular part of my life.  And I know how much you all love to hear me complain!


So, expect to be hearing a lot more about these goals and my successes (and failures) along the way.  But, hopefully this time next year I will have lots of great things to report on my life goals.


Have you started thinking about your New Year’s Resolutions or updating your life goals?  What’s on your list?