Sunset at the park.
In the minus column:
- Still with the 112 degree heat and soupy humidity! I think this weather will rank number one on the minus list until October, when it finally abates. As I cull my list of MFA school candidates, I am definitely leaning towards those with more moderate climates. I don't know how many more Texas summers I can survive. Alas, it could be worse. I could be pregnant! (Friends, have those babies soon!)
- Calvin is still going through his crazy puppy stage. His nickname is Animal, which is very fitting. Lots of shoe stealing, nipping, peeing in the house, and play fighting with Seamus. And by lots, I mean non-stop. It's exhausting, but I know it will be worth it in the end. All I have to say is puppies are lucky they're so damn cute, otherwise dogs would have become extinct a long time ago.
Beautiful birthday bouquet from the lovely Mary T!
A very short minus list this week, which is what I like to see. On to the plus column!
+ My official birthday was Monday, but it managed to spill over through most of the week. I got a few more gifts in the mail (including beautiful handmade soap from Jen in Austin, who is the most thoughtful person in the world) and not one by two birthday lunches from lady friends and library friends, respectively. Good food and good company is the best way to start any year!
+ The blogging community. Y'all were so sweet and supportive about my decision to quit the Hotter'N'Hell. Thanks for helping me see that I made the right choice, and helping me realize that changing my plans doesn't make me a failure. I am feeling better about this decision every day!
+ Half marathon training has begun! This fall I am planning to run two half marys - the Tyler Half Marathon on October 10, and the San Antonio Rock'N'Roll Half Marathon on November 14. The Tyler Half will be more of a practice run - it's very hill and my only goal is to beat last year's time of 2:09. I would like to PR at the San Antonio race, which means I will have to run a 1:58 or better. This plan is subject to change depending on whether I get into the Houston Marathon, which will be announced this Tuesday. Cross your fingers! No matter what happens, I feel like I'm back on track, exercise-wise. I love running, I love the variety of workouts (tempo runs! speedwork! hills!) and I love that most of my training can be done in an hour or less. Running! You are the best!
+ Calvin is registered for Obedience Training Classes, which will start on the 24th. In the meantime, I emailed the instructor for advice on how to get Calvin to stop harassing Seamus. She said I was right to recognize this as annoying and typical puppy behavior, and to get him one of those toys in which you can squirrel away treats to keep him busy and distracted. We went to the pet store last night and I dropped $42.00 on dog toys. Yes, I was ashamed, and yes, I am a crazy dog lady, but you know what? It worked. We were able to watch season 4 of Battlestar Galactica in relative peace and quiet while Calvin busily worked at removing the treats and Seamus slept in sweet relief on the couch. I think this two dog family thing might work out after all.
+ Super fun weekend planned, including a comedy show tonight, a Literary Reading tomorrow, an 8 mile run on Sunday, and a double does of Mad Men. Does it get any better than this? Maybe, but for now this is more than enough.
How did your week pan out? What fun things do you have planned for the weekend? Whatever you do, I hope it's the best ever. Happy Friday!