Saturday, August 31, 2013
I'm still here! Just very busy with my move so only just barely here. The drive from Yeppoon to Perth went well. It was long, very long. We drove for 12 and 1/2 hours one day since we gained 90 minutes of daylight with the time change. This was all done after a tough mudder which I did with a nasty head cold and cough.
As for Tough Mudder I didn't really think it was that tough. It may have been because we were waiting for team mates at each obstacle. The obstacles were marginally challenging and I would have liked to have been able to run faster but I was coughing and having trouble breathing. Plus my butt still hurts. Stupid injury, will just not go away. Anyway I thought running a marathon and walk/running 100k was much much worse. The only obstacle I failed at was the monkey bars but I knew I would. I might add some photos later but they make it really obvious I've gained a bit of weight and that makes me a bit sad.
I'm actually kind of happy I wasn't that sore after tough mudder since I had 10 hours of driving the next day. Not much to say about the drive except it was long. Really pretty in some places and we saw a lot of emus and roos. The dogs were exceptionally good even with my thoroughly overloaded pickup truck. My husband drove our little Yaris and it went okay as well.
After arriving in Perth we ended up doing some cleaning at my father-in-laws place. He really needs a full time cleaner but I don't want to pay for it, he has 3 other sons who are much older, more well established and make A LOT of money but it isn't my dad so I'm not getting as involved. However we did scrub the bathroom and clean out filth due to mice from the kitchen shelves. My husband is supposed to spend some more time cleaning while he's living there. I was a bit peeved to be cleaning after doing our bond clean. On a positive note I must have done something right as we got our whole bond back even after my husband totally failed at cleaning the oven and there was no time for me to clean it better. I mean who doesn't think to clean the roof of the oven.....
Anyway we spent a couple days in Perth, visited my sister-in-law and brother-in-law whom I've never met and then I started my drive up to Exmouth. It is 14 hours north of Perth. I brought the dogs with me. We stopped at a road house and camped for the night. Dogs were a bit concerned about being in a tent on the air mattress but one of them thought it was the best ever since he got to lay next to me. They are never allowed in bed at home. The next day we got up early and got to Exmouth.
It is a really beautiful, very remote place. There's the gulf on the east and beaches/ocean on the west. The gulf is very popular with humpbacks, especially this time of year. We saw 15-20 of them the other afternoon when we were out on my friend's boat. There was even a super friendly pair of males swimming under the boat and right up next to us. A little scary as they were about 10m long and the boat was 5m but absolutely amazing too. You can see the whales even from the beach.
I've got three and a bit weeks up here working in my friend's place. I'm the only vet in town and the nurse this week/weekend only started a week and half ago. The more experienced one will be back Monday or Tuesday. So we've had to muddle through. Being a vet is the same, finding stuff and using a different computer system are the real challenges. I am making a percentage of turnover so the busier it is the more I make. I will say I won't mind if it is a little bit quieter. It has been rather busy the last couple of days. Spent most of the day in the surgery today on a Saturday and we're only open 2 hours.
I already have a very big surgery to do on Thursday, amputating a big dog's leg to get rid of a tumour. Fingers crossed that goes well. I spent today figuring out their old school radiographs, We had digital at my old work so it was a challenge using the old machine here. However I figured out the dog's leg was dislocated and got it back into place. Let's hope it stays as I haven't done the surgery needed to remove the femoral head.
Aside from working I'm looking after my friend's two dogs, they're about half the size of my two. So far they are all getting on pretty well. Only some minor fights. It is quite hard to control a pack of 4 dogs however. We've been hitting the beach in the afternoons and yesterday one of my friend's dogs snuck off to chase roos so I had to come home without her. Thankfully someone nice found her for us. Apparently she's done that 3 Fridays in a row. Naughty dog! At least they are insured anyway. Mine have been loving the beach and new playmates. They really like that I'm home with them all day as the clinic is in the backyard of the house. Tomorrow my friend's boyfriend is going to take me driving up into the ranges. Should be fun. Then he heads east to join her on their holiday. I'm thinking I'll be talking to the dogs a lot.
As for diet/exercise I have eased into it with being sick. I have been running a few times but no more than 5k and slowly.... My legs does hurt a bit :-( I need to get back to doing weights. Was planning to today but ended up exhausted after working. Perhaps if I sit down and make up a training schedule that would help. I'm hoping to get back under 80kg (I'm only at 81.7kg) and also get my diet under control. So far so good with that. Eating a bit much but healthier. And too many beers. I'll get back to tracking this week I hope!
Alright it is super early but I think it might be bedtime!