Friday, July 23, 2010

Friday Five


No, that sentiment is not original, but damn is it ever heartfelt.

2. I am going with A. this weekend to be with our friends. It turns out they are going to be spreading the ashes of J.'s parents, so yes. I will most definitely be there.

3. I am taking my laptop and will work in the car. We are leaving tonight after work and the scenic part of the drive will be in the dark. So, I may as well make use of the time. I took your advice and I have two small but distinct goals for the weekend. Hopefully that will help me focus or relax as needed.

4. I have gone to the gym a few times, and am faithfully recording everything I eat and drink. I manage to stay around 2,000 calories, but haven't really put my heart into trying to stay around 1,500. I think it will be quite possible with some planning, but I just haven't put the time into it. As it is, by staying around 2,000 I am consuming about 4- to 500 less calories a day. That's progress, yes?

And damn. If I try to get all the fruit and veggies and fiber in that I am aiming for, I am stuffed. It is pretty cool.

5. We are kenneling the dogs over the weekend. We both hate doing this. They really don't like it - at all. They are both exhibiting separation anxiety, and it just kills me to see little BELLE shivering as we walk away. OH, GOD. I just kills me. My little brave Belle. Shivering from fear of being left.

We do all the recommended stuff - or rather don't do what isn't recommended. We don't coo over them or say bye or look back. We don't make a big deal of it when we pick them up. But still. THEY SHAKE AND SHIVER.

Help me feel better about this. SOMEHOW.

Happy Friday to you.


  1. Aw. Are they upset the whole time or do they eventually settle in? I don't suppose there are any dog-walkers in your area to avoid the whole kenneling thing?

  2. I was going to mention on your last post that you should go on the trip but try to set certain times to work on the thesis, so I'm glad you're going.

    RE: the dogs? Oh, I'm sorry they have such bad separation anxiety. I cry every time we board Shorty (which we're doing this weekend as well). He just looks SO SAD even though I know he's fine 2 seconds after we're out of sight. He also still shivers uncontrollably for no reason around 5:00 or 6:00 at night, and we just make sure to peek in on him to see if he's OK, but otherwise we don't make a big deal out of it and just wait for him to come out of whatever hiding place he's in.

    I think you're right by not making a big deal out of it. It would be so much easier if the dogs were comfortable around another person (like at the kennel), but I don't suppose that's possible.

  3. Oh, poor dog. I follow all those rules about walking away matter-of-factly, too (with my kids at daycare/ school), and it seems to work in that they do like it, once they're gotten used to a new place. I have to admit a sheepish feeling of being cold and unfeeling when I do it, though.

  4. Hope your weekend went well. You keep hanging in there, girl!


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