Saturday, November 30, 2013
Well that was a busy 30 days! Work, or course, a 5K race, Thanksgiving, dinners with my kids, and various other usual activities. It just FLEW by! And the next few days will be VERY hectic as we get ready to head to Jamaica! But the good news is we are pretty well packed and know what the suitcases weigh, which as we all know is important as the airlines LOVE to stick it to us if we are even a pound over the 50 pound limit! AirTran charges $75 for an overweight bag, and that is who we are flying on!
We'll get through the hassles soon enough, and once we get to Jamaica it is R&R time! Ya man!
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Isn't it funny how weird thoughts hit...I was doing some work planning when it hit me how busy it will be between now and 01/01/2014. Of course the usual holiday "stuff": family get-togethers, shopping, decorating, etc. Then add in a much needed "real" vacation right in the middle of those 34 days (I define "real" as going someplace special and RELAXING -- which we are doing - think Jamaica and 9 days of pampering!), plus the year end work rush, and there you go -- 34 days!
Not complaining...just pondering...as I stated earlier...weird thoughts!
Monday, November 25, 2013
If you look at my SparkPage, you'll probably notice pictures and references to greyhounds. My wife and I have rescued racing greyhounds since 2004, and 5 of them have changed our lives in ways we can't even begin to describe. We currently have a pack of 3 (#'s 3, 4, and 5), which we find is a nice # to have.
One of the unique attributes of greyhounds is that their blood is a universal blood type - it can be given to other dogs who need blood, so our two youngest ones -- Tomas and Teresa -- are both able to donate (they go through testing to make sure no issues with their blood, etc).
So we got a call from our vet this morning. They had a 6 month old lab puppy who had ingested rat poison yesterday, our local e-vet had given him plasma overnight to stabilize him, but now needed a blood transfusion to fully heal him. We decided to send Tomas in, as he is a big boy (84 pounds) and we felt he could handle a potentially larger amount of blood then Teresa (she is just a little 60 pound girl).
Dropped him off at 9:15AM, he was back home at 12:15PM, he's gotten extra treats, a little tired, but as always, his happy self!
Very proud of our boy Tomas! As a fellow blood donor, I know how good it feels to give!
Saturday, November 23, 2013
I've been running for two years now, and a few things I've figured out:
- I prefer warm weather over cold for running
- I don't like wind when I am running!
- I am amazed just how warm I do get when I am running, even on a cold day!
So today's race, the 40th annual Turkey Trot in Newark, Delaware, had both chilly temps, wind, and a new wrinkle for me -- a hilly course! It was in the 40's at race time, but cloudy and windy, so it felt much colder!
In spite of that plus the hills, I am happy with the result -- 29:33 -- good for 10th place in my age bracket and 285th place over all. Between the 10K and the 5K, there was over 800 runners, which does lead me to my one complaint of the race organizers -- only 3 porta-potties?? Seriously?? Oh well, thank goodness for some remote trees!
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Had my 4 month checkup with my Dr this morning. Good news - all my of my key vitals are in good shape and level, weight is in range, so I am now on a 6 month schedule!
The only down side to today's visit is that i was due for my tetanus shot! Nurse did a nice job of administering it, but I know my left arm is going to be sore tomorrow! Oh well, short term pain...
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