my faithful running partner

I went for a great run on Saturday at Beaver Lake. I ran a bit longer than usual, and the whole run felt fantastic. As usual, I had my trusty pointer with me. He had great fun as well, but he paid for it later. He was so sore on Sunday that he could barely stand. He fell a few times on the tile floor, and fell down the stairs once. It was awful to see.

He was diagnosed with arthritis in his spine about three years ago now, and it’s definitely worsened over the last six months. He’s on anti-inflammatories, but we’ve been a bit lax about giving them to him. We’ll be giving them to him regularly from now on.

He stopped mountain biking with Greg before he was diagnosed, as he just couldn’t keep up. It’s going to be a sad day when he can’t run with me anymore. I love watching him out there, and I love the silent company (for my one reader who runs with me…I love your company as well, don’t worry :)).

He doesn’t know how to take it easy, and it’s hard to know what’s best for him — enforce restricted activity or let him have his fun. The latter will cause him more pain, but restricting his activity is not the greatest option for him either. Nor for us, for that matter.

On a more positive note, he ran with me again this morning at Macaulay, and he seems fine today. Hopefully we’ll get a few more years out of him yet.

19 days in

I think I’ve hit a wall. I can write consecutively for 18 days, but on the 19th day…I’m toast. Of course it could be the parenting, purging and packing that has taken me to the wall so soon.

But I’ve come this far, and I’ll continue. This post will just be about my day, but I figure it’s better than nothing. My husband questions that, but I don’t see him taking on this challenge. 🙂

We had another beautiful day here in Victoria. We’ve been pretty lucky with our fall weather. My mum is visiting, and we took the kids to the “round-and-round slide park”, which is Elliot’s name for the playground by the Vic West skate park.

We played for about 45 minutes, and then it was on to White Spot for lunch. Usually when we order food for Elliot in a restaurant he doesn’t eat it, so this time I thought he could just eat some of mine. He ended up eating half my burger, which was unfortunate for me because I love White Spot burgers.

We came home after lunch and I attempted nap time. It was mostly unsuccessful. Amy slept for about 30 minutes, Elliot didn’t sleep at all. When he heard me get Amy up, he called out saying he was done. He is definitely outgrowing his nap. I’ve been trying to do quiet time instead (giving him some toys in his crib) and that seems to be working, so I’ll continue. What I am not so sure about is whether he really IS tired and needing a nap, and the toys are a distraction. But my gut tells me he is ready to give it up. The silver lining of this is that he’s in bed by 7:00, which is pretty nice for Greg and I.

On to afternoon snack and reading books with Gran, while I tried to keep an overtired Amy happy. Then dinner prep, dinner with a few tears from an overtired boy, and, like I said, in bed by 7:00.

I’ve just spent the last 90 minutes packing, and now I’m going to veg in front of the TV.

Tomorrow’s post might be a bit more titillating, but don’t get your hopes up.

100 Things Blog Go-Round

From the Dalzells’ blog, via a couple of other blogs. (Thanks for the content idea, Erin, I was struggling tonight!)

Looks like I’ve got some work to do, although if I authored the list, it’d be a bit different…hmmm, maybe that’s another idea for content. 🙂

  1. Started your own blog
  2. Slept under the stars
  3. Played in a band
  4. Visited Hawaii
  5. Watched a meteor shower
  6. Given more than you can afford to charity
  7. Been to Disneyland
  8. Held a praying mantis
  9. Climbed a mountain
  10. Sang a solo
  11. Bungee jumped
  12. Visited Paris
  13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
  14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
  15. Adopted a child
  16. Had food poisoning
  17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
  18. Grown your own vegetables
  19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
  20. Slept on an overnight train
  21. Had a pillow fight
  22. Hitch hiked
  23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
  24. Built a snow fort
  25. Held a lamb
  26. Gone skinny dipping
  27. Run a Marathon
  28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
  29. Seen a total eclipse
  30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
  31. Hit a home run
  32. Been on a cruise
  33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
  34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
  35. Seen an Amish community
  36. Taught yourself a new language
  37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
  38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
  39. Gone rock climbing
  40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
  41. Sung karaoke
  42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
  43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
  44. Visited Africa
  45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
  46. Been transported in an ambulance
  47. Had your portrait painted
  48. Gone deep sea fishing
  49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
  50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
  51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
  52. Kissed in the rain
  53. Played in the mud
  54. Gone to a drive-in theater
  55. Been in a movie
  56. Visited the Great Wall of China
  57. Started a business
  58. Taken a martial arts class
  59. Visited Russia
  60. Served at a soup kitchen
  61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
  62. Gone whale watching
  63. Got flowers for no reason
  64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
  65. Gone sky diving
  66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
  67. Bounced a check
  68. Flown in a helicopter
  69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
  70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
  71. Eaten Caviar
  72. Pieced a quilt
  73. Stood in Times Square
  74. Toured the Everglades
  75. Been fired from a job
  76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
  77. Broken a bone
  78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
  79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
  80. Published a book
  81. Visited the Vatican
  82. Bought a brand new car
  83. Walked in Jerusalem
  84. Had your picture in the newspaper
  85. Read the entire Bible
  86. Visited the White House
  87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
  88. Had chickenpox
  89. Saved someone’s life
  90. Sat on a jury
  91. Met someone famous
  92. Joined a book club
  93. Lost a loved one
  94. Had a baby
  95. Seen the Alamo in person
  96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
  97. Been involved in a law suit
  98. Owned a cell phone
  99. Been stung by a bee
  100. Read an entire book in one day

it was a reminder to drive defensively

This morning I was on Douglas street, going northbound, waiting at a red light at the Hillside intersection. The light went green, and I went. Some idiot coming up Government (on my left) decided to either run the red or didn’t see that his light was red, and he almost t-boned me. Thankfully he wasn’t going very fast and he was able to stop. I would have been a sitting duck, and Amy was in the car as well, on the same side of the car as me.

Shook me up a bit.

guess they didn’t want my money

I experienced some terrible customer service this weekend at Scrapbook Parade. I was looking for blank calendar templates, which I get every year from them. I went into the store and they were sitting right on the counter. There were two women behind the counter. One of them was doing something with the till, and the other was watching her.

I picked up the calendars and the woman doing nothing said they’d be with me in a minute. No problem. Since she wasn’t doing anything, I asked her if the calendars were returnable. She didn’t know, so she asked the other woman, who was obviously in the middle of concentrating on something. The till woman said they weren’t, but if I had any questions about them to feel free to ask.

The only reason I wanted to know if they were returnable was that I was planning on checking Micheals as well, and if they were a lot cheaper at Micheals I was going to return them. So I sort of laughingly said my only question was whether they were cheaper anywhere else. The till woman got immediately defensive, and said they were specially made for the store. Whatever — they are calendar templates. Nothing special.

But I was there and the calendars where there, so I said as much, and grabbed four of them to buy. The till woman was still doing something else, and I was prepared to wait. Then she says to the other woman: “This isn’t working. Did I screw something up while I was talking to her?” It doesn’t sound so bad when I write it down, but the way she said it — I was horrified. First by the way she referred to me as “her” when I was standing right in front of her, second by how inconvenienced she seemed by me interrupting her. But she had said to ask any questions. AND, I’m a frickin’ customer in the store. Sorry if I’ve inconvenienced you.

Anyway, right after she said it, I said: “Look, I’m going to go. I need better customer service than this.” And I started walking out. Her response? “Okay, bye.”

I was seething. I’ve never received very good customer service from them, but that was the worst. I don’t plan on going back. And I don’t even think it’s worth complaining to the manager because I got the impression she was the manager!

So I went to Micheals and got crappy customer service there as well, but that’s to be expected. And in the Micheals case I think the sales lady was just stupid, and I can’t really fault her for that.

I ended up getting the calendars at Memory Lane.

that was a $300 mistake

I’m getting good at filing ICBC claims. No, I didn’t run into another post. This one was Yoshi’s fault.

I went for a run this morning, with Yoshi, and then afterward I swung by the house to pick up the rest of the family and we headed to the rec center to watch a friend’s hockey game. We left Yoshi in the car instead of dropping him off at the house, as he usually prefers to hang out in the car instead of being left alone in the house.

We parked behind the arena. Which is beside a big soccer field. And it’s Saturday. So people were playing soccer. And there were referees. With whistles. And they were blowing them. And Yoshi’s noise sensitivities have gotten way worse over the past year. Bad, bad combination.

We got back to the car after being gone for an hour. I opened the back door to put the stroller in, and my mouth dropped in horror. The back of our seats were trashed. And I mean seeing the metal innards, stuffing and fabric everywhere trashed.

My first thought was, oh crap, we’re never going to be able to leave the dog in the car again. But then we made the connection to the whistles. The poor dog was doing his darnedest to get away from the whistles, which meant trying to get to the front of the car. Thankfully he didn’t make it, because who knows what the rest of the car would have looked like. We felt terrible. There was even blood on some of the stuffing, so he definitely was chewing hard.

Lesson learned.

good thing the second list is longer than the first

What I will miss about this house:

  • Having the sunroom to use as a dumping ground and as a place for Yoshi to get his paws clean before coming into the house
  • The garage
  • The short walk to the dog park
  • Both our kids were born while living here, and it’s the first place Greg and I lived together

What I will not miss about this house:

  • None of the doors work properly
  • Having one bathroom
  • Nine stairs to the front door
  • Carpet in the bedrooms
  • Having to walk across cat litter to get to the washing machine and dryer
  • The leak in the sunroom
  • The broken seals in practically every window
  • The lack of wall space to hang pictures
  • The rats (okay, they are long gone, but the memory persists)
  • Drunk people on the street in the summertime, swearing at each other as loudly as they can
  • The loud furnace

a first for me

I did some Christmas shopping last night. I went to the mall for about 45 minutes and got a bunch of stuff, then I came home and ordered a few things online.

I have never Christmas shopped in November, and I have to say that it feels awesome! I got motivated because I realized my mother is leaving for New Zealand in the beginning of December, so if I want to get any gifts to her or to my sister, nephew and brother-in-law by Christmas (and not have to worry about expensive shipping), I have to get stuff done before Mum leaves.

I think I may continue this trend in years to come.

i’ve succumbed

The kids and Greg have been sick with a cold over the past couple of weeks — the kids having got better about a week ago and Greg just on the mend now, and I thought I’d dodged the bullet with this one, as I’ve been feeling pretty good. But last night I started to feel crappy and this morning I woke up with a definite cold. Thankfully it’s not in my throat, which is where my colds usually are, but my head is definitely stuffy, and my nose was squeaking earlier today. Weird.

Despite this, the kids and I had a great morning at Hillside Mall with friends. A chai, some homemade banana bread, a play in the indoor play area, and then a pretty good lunch with some excellent customer service. It was a lot of fun.