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Life Lately…

Despite my good intentions I have yet to resume any sort of blogging consistency. It’s always my intention to do so, but whether it happens is always a crap shoot.

Anyhow, here’s quick rundown of what’s been going on lately:

Running

There hasn’t been a whole lot of running going on lately. I had planned to run the See Jane Run 5K two weeks ago, as well as the Golden Gate 10K today. But my right knee has been acting up so I skipped both.

The knee has actually bothered me for months. When I straighten it after its been bent it hurts like a mother. But it never hurt when running or working out – that is until about two and a half weeks ago. I was at the gym on the rowing machine and started it feel it. At first I tried to ignore it, but I continued to feel it even when taking Coco out for a walk.

I don’t feel like its injured enough to warrant a trip to the doctor but I’ve still taken a conservative approach taking LOTS of rest days.

In fact, I’ve only run once in the past 16 days. And it still bothered me on that test run so I had my chiro look at during my last appointment.

She advised taking a week off of running and doing lots of plyo exercises (like jumps). If it continued to hurt or get worse then we’d know its an impact issue vs gait issue.

So over the past week. I’ve jumped rope, found short plyo workouts and did lots of knee strengthening exercises at the gym. The level of DOMS I felt after each workout was severe. It was a big wakeup call that I need to pay more attention to strengthening these little muscles that make a huge difference.

As for the knee, it’s starting to feel better. I guess this means its possibly a gait issue which is what I need to work on next. Anyhow, I’m gonna give running another try this week.

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My second attempt at the Whole 30 ended at Day 27 when I went to Audrey’s tea party bridal shower.

I’m starting round 3 today and am determined to make it a full 30 days with no cheating this time.

4th of July

I ended up having a 5-day holiday weekend that was just the right balance of fun and productivity.

I finally put together my new BBQ. It had been sitting on my patio for a month and took three hours for me to assemble. I did not use it this past weekend, as I need to have a lesson on how to use a gas grill, but I foresee many grilled dinners in the immediate future…

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I had intended to have lunch in Sausalito with family but it turned out that no one else could go. I wasn’t about to let that stop me so I took a solo drive up to Marin County anyway. Everyone else had the same intention because Sausalito was unbearably crowded. So I continued on to Mill Valley and dropped in to the San Francisco Running Company to check out their new gear.

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Its embarrassing when you realize you already own most of the merchandise they have in stock. So instead, I picked up this shirt just in time for the 4th.

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I also got to visit with my friend Deb and her two pups who were visiting from So Cal. She has been a HUGE resource for me, giving me lots of advice about raising a new puppy. I could not have survived the past six months without her. So when she came home for the long weekend to visit her Mom we made a point to schedule time so our pups could meet.

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We went on a long walk at the Los Gatos Creek Trail. It was so much fun to see them and the walk also wiped Coco Pop out for the rest of the day!

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Yesterday Coco and I met a friend in the Sea Cliff neighborhood of San Francisco to hike the Lands End Trail. It’s just over a mile and a half, yet is kinda strenuous with lots of stairs. I had done a plyos workout that morning and felt it with every step.

After the hike we had lunch on the back patio of the Beach Chalet. They have a pet-friendly area on the back lawn so Coco was able to run around while we had lunch.

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The rest of the weekend was spent doing house projects, experimenting with recipes (future post?) and lots of naps.

That’s all that’s going on lately. Maybe when I start doing more running, I’ll be inspired to do more blogging…

But as always, thanks for reading!

Adopting Coco Pop

Well I didn’t intend to take a 2+ month hiatus from blogging. In fact, it was a New Year’s goal to blog more!

But if you follow me on social media, then you already know that I made a rather significant life change in mid-January when I adopted this little one from the Humane Society of Silicon Valley:

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Some people were shocked that I, a never-owned-a-pet-before person decided to adopt a dog.

I have actually wanted a dog for years and came thisclose to buying this puppy last October:

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But the timing wasn’t right and it didn’t feel right to be buying a dog from a breeder (although she was a good breeder).

I shelved the idea of getting a dog but about a month or so later I met my property manager’s dogs and loved them. He told me he got them from the Humane Society of Silicon Valley and from then on I started visiting their web site daily casually perusing available dogs.

A few weeks later my cousin Lauren adopted Oliver, a 4-yr old Kelpie in Oregon.

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At Christmas we had Chip, Oliver, and another aunt’s two pugs. Being around all those doggies refueled my desire to adopt one for myself.

I researched other rescue organizations but really liked what HSSV does for dogs.

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I intended to get a dog that was at least a year or two old – that was my initial goal.

Then, on the first Saturday afternoon of the New Year I pulled up HSSV’s web site and low and behold this puppy appeared:

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I was immediately smitten. The look in her eyes and the expression on her face just drew me in.

I called them and they were surprised that she was on the web site. She was mistakenly posted prematurely and wasn’t yet ready for adoption. They removed her from the web site, but now that I knew she was there, I called them constantly to ask about her.

A week later I dragged my friend Belina with me down to HSSV to see her in person. As soon as I saw her I wanted her even more.

They didn’t offer pre-adoption, but Belina pressured them and they finally had me meet with an adoption counselor, go through the interview process, and then they listed me as first on a “pre-notification” list to call when she finally was ready for adoption.

Four days later, on Wed, Jan 15th, I got the call that she was finally ready. And I was told that she had a long list of people who wanted her so if I wanted her I had to come right then; I had just a few hours window to get her.

I literally dropped everything, canceled the rest of my meetings for the day and went and got her. I had nothing and my house was not puppy-proofed but they had a store at the humane society where I could pick up the basic necessities.

Not gonna lie – the first two weeks with her were hell. She was only 10 weeks old, and I had never owned a pet, let alone a puppy before. I had no idea what I was doing.

We dealt with house training, separation anxiety, pre-vaccinated confinement and all the other typical things puppies go through. I had a trainer come over to work with the both of us, which was a HUGE help. I don’t think I would have made it without those three hours she spent with us – they made all the difference.

Since then Coco’s completed her first Puppy Manners course, received her all her vaccinations and has more or less gotten the hang of house training.

We are now in a weekly Obedience class, go on 3-4 walks a day and I’ve been able to leave her home for up to three hours so far. She goes to doggie day care and sometimes is boarded overnight with the dog walker/sitter.

She is so much fun and I’m so glad I have her.

To say it’s been a major life change has been an understatement. But it’s all good – because of her I now know so many neighbors that I hadn’t spoken to in seven years of living here and have reconnected with friends who are also pet owners who I hadn’t spoken to at all.

And ironically, now that I have to stick to the schedule I put her on, I am so much more productive with my time and my house is cleaner than it’s ever been. Life has settled down and I now have a new “normal.”

So if you’re still reading, thanks for sticking around – I’m hoping to return to blogging on a more regular basis (at least more often than once every two months!).

PS I don’t intend to make this a doggy blog, but I am now so curious as to how people with dogs raise them – it’s opened a whole new world for me. So I set up a Tumblr for Coco, for those who are interested. And if you have a doggie blog, or are a dog owner and have any tips, please feel free to reach out and share!

New Year, New Look

Having an online presence has become a norm in how we connect and communicate with others, making our web sites and online profiles our “first impressions.”

It was a little over a year ago that I took the Girls Guide to Web Design course. It exposed me to just how much work and attention to detail is involved in creating a web site. It’s not easy! These days whenever I come across a web site, I find myself analyzing how its organized and built. It’s made me develop a deep appreciation and admiration for those who do this professionally.

One of the designers I’ve followed for a while is Blair. I first came across her work when she redesigned Chic Runner. I really liked the colors and simplicity of her new look. Shortly thereafter, Blair also redesigned Twentysix and Thensome. Again, I loved the colors, as well as the use of fonts and how the content was organized to display.

I continued to follow Blair’s work and admired all of the web sites she quickly added to her portfolio. I also added her personal blog to my Feedly which has become one of my favorite blogs to read. I am so impressed with how creatively talented she is. I knew that when I was ready to give my blog a new look she was the designer that I wanted to work with.

I’ve felt a shift in my mindset that has put me on a new (to me) path of personal development. My horizons are being broadened and my views on certain things are being reframed. While I still love my old interests, I’m also discovering new ones that I know I’ll want to write about here. I felt it was time to give this old site a new look.

So when Blair starting taking on new projects, I added myself to her queue. We started working on a new look for my site last November and completed it in December.

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I am so pleased with this new design! It looks clean, organized and nicely incorporates all of the elements and widgets that I wanted included.

And Blair was so easy to work with! I’m not the best when it comes to explaining my “vision” of things, but after providing just a few examples/samples, she created a site that I love!

I find that having my own web site is empowering. It’s my own personal “playground” that provides me, an introvert by nature, a way to express myself.

Thanks Blair for bringing my vision to life!

P.S. To go along with my new blog design I decided to try something new and created a Facebook page for this blog. I’ll be posting links to posts there, as well as other articles, videos and readings that I find of interest and think you might too. Feel free to join my community there too!