This one is all frisky from an early morning, impromptu, one mile, sub-zero run. And by “this one” I mean the one on the right. Frisky would mean something different for the one on the left.
Anyhoo, it always takes Athena a few days to acclimate her paws to subzero temps. Usually we put these great neoprene booties on our dogs’ feet, but Athena will absolutely not let anyone touch her feet. So we have to take her out for shorter periods until her paws toughen up.
She was ready to come back, so we did. I, on the other hand, was thoroughly enjoying the crisp air and crunching of the snow underfoot and wanted to keep going.
When Chicken Pox Grow Up
I haven’t posted in a while. I’m just recovering from a two-week bout of shingles. God, what an ugly name, but given what it looks like on your skin, it’s pretty appropriate.
I haven’t had anything chronic like this, really, in my entire life. There have been periods of acute pain, but it passed in a few days. This has been a two week long, slowly peaking then slowly receding pain that felt really like a big ol’ heat rash that someone was constantly rubbing sandpaper over. For a while it drove me batshit crazy, but after awhile my brain must have started to compartmentalize the pain so I could carry on more or less normally. I mean, I lost all interest in posting to Tumblr (though I did keep up on my dashboard), and I did force myself to get to the gym on occasion, but it really did take the color out of life for awhile.
I know my outbreak was caused by an unusually intense amount of stress over the past few months - stress I haven’t dealt with very well. Since stress will always exist, I realize I do need to develop some stress management techniques - some, like high intensity exercise, are really easy for me. Others, like yoga or meditation, come harder for me, but I think will be a good tool to add to my stress-management toolbox. Katiechasesinfinity has been inviting me to do yoga where she goes and I’m just about ready to make the commitment to try it. I know from her sweaty, tortured selfies that I may not realize what I’m getting into, but if nothing else, I will have sweaty, tortured selfies of me to post for your viewing pleasure!
It’s 8:05, the sun is coming up, breakfast is ready and Thanksgiving Vacation has started. My mind and body have never needed this break more. Happy Thanksgiving week!
This Flashback Friday is motivated by my dream the other night of karikeepsrunning and becky-balances that took place in a ghost town named Como in the South Park area (yes, THAT South Park) of central Colorado. This cabin was probably built in the 1880s when there was a silver boom in the Colorado mountains.
The first picture must have been taken in 1970 or something. I am the boy with the cowboy boots. Yeah, cowboy boots. Me. The last pair I ever wore I’m pretty sure. My mother is the one with the black hair sitting on the porch. Mom, could your hair have gotten any higher!? Dad was taking the picture. As usual.
The second picture is just inside the front door and is where we kids slept. There is/was a bunkbed to the right of where the photographer stood. We scared the bejesus out of each other telling ghost stories, then went to bed and listened to mice scurry across the floor and in between the walls all night.
Picture #3 is the dining room where Kari and Becky were having cocktails. I loved that room - so many laughs, so many stories, so many games of blackjack, such good times. I am in the foreground. See! I had hair!
I loved going there in the winter. South Park is a broad, gently rolling bowl of land at about 10,000 feet surrounded by 13,000 - 14,000 foot mountains and the wind just howled in the winter, making these huge snow drifts around the cabin that we sledded down endlessly. What a magical time.
What’s that you say, universe?
I know it’s been too long since I’ve been on tumblr when, within the past twenty-four hours, these tumblrs have come to mind or into a dream:
runalwaysrun's twin sat next to me yesterday in spin class. It was….. distracting.
I dreamt about karikeepsrunning and becky-balances last night. They were sipping cocktails in a cabin my family used to go in the mountains of Colorado when I was a kid. Becky was wearing a tiara and leopard print pants. I don’t know… I can’t figure out what it means. Probably don’t want to.
This morning on the bus, trivialbob's twin boarded the bus two block from my house in the same hat Bob's wearing in his avatar photo. He caught me looking at him. I think he thinks something was happening other than what was really happening.
It’s going to be a chilly ride in today.
After a bit of a rocky start of the weekend (completely overcommitted) Sunday has been fantastic.
We got out bright and early to rake leaves. There was not one part of our front or side yard that wasn’t buried in leaves, but by the time we finished, they all ended up in 24 Kraft bags with only the gutter in front of the house and the roof left to clean up. We would have done those too, but we ran out of bags.
This afternoon I took Athena to a park a few blocks away and threw a stick for her to retrieve. She was so excited to play and burned a huge amount of energy. She will sleep well tonight.
Otherwise, the house is clean, Joe is making pumpkin bread, I’m going to grill salmon and roast Brussels sprouts for dinner and am almost ready to pour myself a glass of wine and settle into the evening. I think I may even run a hot bath later on and soak my satisfyingly sore muscles. I will sleep even better than Athena.
I’m Avoiding Work, So you get this map….
I am having a really hard time focusing on my job today. And then I see something fun this like to do. This is a map whose legend follows:
RED (well, pink anyway): States/provinces you’ve driven or flown through or spend very little time.
AMBER: Spend some time/seen a few sights
BLUE: Spend a lot of time in
GREEN: Lived in.
I’ve never set foot in only two states (Maine and Alaska). I have a lot of work to do in Canada. Conveniently, Maine and Alaska border Canada so maybe I can double up sometime!
There are two small ponds near our house. This is the smaller of the two. It’s hard to tell from this photo but there is a very thin layer of ice covering the surface. It’s the first coating of the season. It will melt before noon probably. But in a few more weeks, this pond and all the big boy and girl lakes in town will be ice covered. Being the winter lover that I am, this makes me ridiculously happy.
Oh brother. No wonder I’m whiling away the time on tumblr this morning. Look at this mess. I’m in the middle of budgeting and updating our website and am looking for anything and everything to distract me from diving into work.
On top of that I’m practically giddy about the first snow fall of the season and (hopefully) getting to the climbing gym today. I don’t write much about my workouts, but I’m continuing with spin and running, but I finally took the plunge and began climbing a few weeks ago. The climbing gym is about a block from work so it’s really easy to get there, and I much, much, much prefer it to lifting weights And let’s be honest, there’s a lot of really nice eye candy there.
But I guess I should give my employer a little of my time today.