Holy, four days off seems like an eternity! Where do I even start? The gym was a write-off for the entire week, I am not proud to say. Not proud at all. Alas, there is nothing I can do to change that, I can only affect circumstances going forward!
Instead of hitting the gym on Thursday morning (my first day off), I slept in and then wandered around, washed my car, drank coffee, fussed with my flowers and then got ready for my mom’s graduation. She graduated after 20+ years of night school with a BA in Adult Education! Not bad!
Thursday I didn’t get home until after 9pm from the graduation thing which sort of felt shitty since that day was also the 10 year anniversary of the day Ray’s dad passed away. He took it a bit harder than he thought he would, especially with Father’s Day being right around the corner.
Friday morning we decided we were not going to go camping as we had planned because the weather for our destination was predicted to be quite crappy. Instead I did some errands and when Ray got home we walked 4km up to a pub for dinner and then walked home. The beer that I’ve been loving there has been an apricot Heffewiezen (wheat beer). I’ve had it a few times and not had any reaction to it so I figured I was in the clear. About 4 years ago we drank a wheat beer while on a motorcycle trip and the agony and illness was intense and immediate. Unfortunately this past Friday that came back to haunt me and I spent about 4 hours writing around on the couch. So that’s pretty much the end of the apricot beer. L
During the day on Friday, my dear friend Tara tweeted that she was up on her wine tour and had stopped in to one of my favorites along the way and loved it. And it got me to thinking……there is no reason that we can’t go on a day trip up there (it’s four hours up and four back) and stop at that winery and see if we can get together for lunch with Tara and Steve. So, 7am we were in the car, noon we were parked in town and 1pm we were toasting a lovely day in a mediocre pub (good food and drinks, dreadful service!). After lunch Ray and I headed for the soft ice cream store (over 25 flavours of soft ice cream and innumerable flavor combinations!) to burn off a bit of our lunch buzz before getting in the car and heading home.
We stopped at the winery on the way home and bought a few new bottles. Ray also bought me a pretty silver (not real) bracelet from that winery which I love.
We were home by 9pm and while very tired, had a really great day. Spontaneous road trip was a complete success!
Yesterday we slept and lounged around in bed until 10:45 and then sat around and drank coffee until noon. Since it wasn’t raining we decided to go for a walk and ended up near Friday’s pub location but at a coffee shop. Scrambled eggs and bacon for me, corn & bacon chowder for Ray and then we strolled home.
Ray’s (adult) kids asked if they could go for dinner on Sunday night with him for Father’s Day and while I was invited I opted out. He didn’t need me there for that and sometimes I think it’s nice for him to spend time with them alone. So he went for dinner and I stayed home and made myself dinner….single-girl style. Salad right out of the container and a glass of wine. Easy, tasty, quick!
That pretty much concluded my four days off, bed by 9pm and at work bright and early in the morning.
Unfortunately we did not get delivery of Olive on the weekend like we’d hoped, apparently her current owner isn’t quite ready to give her up. We’re hoping for next weekend, the waiting is brutal! We want her to have time to settle in and relax with us before the long weekend because we are going camping and she is coming with us. In a way it’s good that we didn’t get her this weekend though, apparently Ray’s son had plans to be at our house when they came with her as well (he’s a HUGE boxer fan) and I completely disagreed with that. This has given us (Ray) time to gently explain that we will be the only people there when she comes and when WE are ready for her to meet people, we’ll let him know. Ray is also going to tell him that for the first little while he cannot just come over and take her on walks while we’re at work like he did with Brandy. Olive needs some training and tonnes of consistency in her first few weeks and Kyle coming randomly does not fit with that plan. Ray and I are going to implement rules for her right off the get go (eg. sit calmly before being fed, sit/lie down calmly before getting a leash on, no charging the crate-door or front door the second it gets opened etc) and Kyle doesn’t like giving dogs any rules, he thinks it makes them sad. Obviously I/we disagree and think it makes them disciplined, stops them knocking people over or dragging them down the road and reminds the dog who is in charge. If he won’t “play” by Olive’s set of rules, that just makes it so much harder and more time consuming on everyone, Olive included.
Anyway, it’ll all work out eventually, she just has to come!
Tonight I have an at home appt with my waxist and tomorrow I have a tattoo consult. I’m really wanting to get to the gym tomorrow morning and start the second stage of NROL since I’m pretty much back to my pre-accident weights in the first stage and I’m getting BORED! I also would like to get to the trail and do a jog/walk outside this week to try and assess that situation, I haven’t jogged outside since the accident and only for 12-15 minutes at a time on the treadmill. Ideally Olive and I will do a walk/jog combo a few mornings a week after she gets settled, especially the days when Ray and I are at work on dayshift so she’s tuckered out and can nap easily while we’re gone. I should probably make sure this is actually possible from my end first! 😉
That’s it. Wish me luck getting out of bed tomorrow, I love the gym, I’m just finding it hard right now.