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.
Friday, 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.
Saturday, 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.
After 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.
We 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.
Saturday 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.
Sunday 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.
To 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?