Tuesday, April 15, 2014


I'm delighted and ashamed (an equal dosage of both) to admit that I was coerced into getting Buttons her very own Instagram hashtag. Her official hashtag is #buttonsgram and she has 116 photos (so far).

As I was going through my phone dump yesterday, there were a number of Buttons photos, so I decided to devote a whole blog to them (You're welcome, Aunt Tina!). So without further adieu, here's what our girl has been up to the last little bit.

Couch lounging.

Faucet drinking.




Getting "sick." For a period of time, B was throwing up nightly. Then, she stopped eating for 3 days, so we took her to the vet. They ran her through the gambit - temperature, x-rays, blood work, barium, cultures, etc. They gave us some antibiotics for her, gave her some fluids, and sent her home, telling us that we should bring her back the next day if she still hadn't eaten. She didn't. So we took her back. They ran a few more tests and gave her more fluids, then gave her a shot to increase appetite, and then sent her home The fluid they gave her really bulked her up - see below.

Poor thing had fat neck/legs for a while, but she started eating again. And the vet called to let us know that there was absolutely nothing wrong with her. So that was fun.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Phone Dump

It's been a while since I've done a phone dump, and we all know that I'm too lazy busy to put an actual themed blog post up for these series of pictures, so phone dump it is*!

We saw this hamster at PetSmart a week or so ago. We actually saw more than one hamster. And both of them were sitting like this. Little chubsters. Still don't want a rodent as a pet, but I had a good laugh over it.

We bought a grill since the weather has been warming up. Rumor is that it is going to drop in temperature again, but I'm hoping that it's just a late April Fools trick from the weathermen. We're pretty excited to GRILL ALL THE FOOD! 

Holland and I have decided to become very cultured this year. We bought ourselves a Shakespeare Theater Company season pass thingamajig (see? so cultured!) and have seen three plays thus far - A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Importance of Being Earnest, and Henry IV (part 1). We'll see two more by the end of the season. We also went with our alumni group to see Peter and the Star Catchers at the Kennedy Center. We've enjoyed all of the plays that we've seen thus far and are definitely considering another season pass for next year.

In true Seattle spirit, we watched the Seahawks all the way to the Super Bowl. This was for the Seahawks vs. 49ers game. I'm pretty sure the cookies helped the Seahawks win that one. And they were delicious.

I went for a couple snowy runs this winter. And I only slipped and fell once. No serious injuries occurred.

Preventative icing. Not fancy-schmancy leggings (thankfully, my legs are not that marshmalow-esque).

More Seahawks pride. This was for the Super Bowl. What do Seahawks say? WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN.

Some Valentine's whoopee pies. Strawberry with cream cheese filling. And lovable sprinkles.

One of our big snow storms happened the night we were watching Peter and the Starcatchers. Our drive home was a little sloppy, but on the plus side, we were going slow enough to get this creepy picture of the National Cathedral. On a second plus side, we didn't die.

We ventured over to the Target parking lot on one of our snow days and I conquered this mountain of snow. You may not be impressed with the picture because it doesn't do it justice, but it really took quite a large amount of effort to get to the top and not fall/have the snow crumble beneath me.

Softball season is upon us. We had our first game last Tuesday vs. some team in red (North Carolina?). We won! In other softball news, I also had to retire my old mitt, which was bittersweet. Bitter because I loved that mitt and it saw me through many good years. Sweet because it was kind of smelly.

*I reserve the right to post some photos more than once as my memory cannot be trusted to remember such things as which photos I've posted on my blog before.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

No Pun In TEN

 This blog's title is brought to you by my friend, Derek, who is a pun master.

I entered 10 puns in a pun contest and didn't win. No pun in ten did.

But in reality, this blog has nothing to do with puns (besides what's already been mentioned). It's about time for a running update. And if you're sick of running updates, or sick of fitness, or just plain old sick and tired of reading my blog, you can read no more. I promise I won't care.*

I hit a little bit of a mile stone in my running endeavors this past week.


I wasn't sure it could be done, but fate seemed to be in my favor. I ended up waking up on Saturday morning a lot earlier than normal (think 5 am - yikes!) and decided to drive downtown to get a change of scenery.

I parked near my work around 6:15 and headed towards the tidal basin around 6:30. I wasn't sure when it would start getting light out, but I ran with one ear bud out until I was comfortable it was light enough out (and I started seeing more people). I actually saw a lot of people even before it became light, so I'm sure it was safe (lest you fear, Grandma).

My course took me from work to around the tidal basin a couple times...

Past Jefferson...

Past a few ducks who were so sound asleep they did not mind that my feet pounded past them at least three times...

Yes, I stopped my run to lay on the ground and take a picture of these sleeping ducks.
Past Abraham Lincoln (and up the stairs too!)...

And finished back by my office.

And all before breakfast! All in all, I'd call that a pretty successful day.
And now, without further ado, here are some


(InFrequently Asked Questions, for those of you who are not in the know):

Are you as fast as a cheetah? No, my friend, but that's cute of you to ask. I am much faster than a cheetah. If said cheetah has only 1 leg and is pulling a cart full of elephants.

Is running all sunshine, rainbows, and monuments? Again, I will answer in the negative. My legs chafe sometimes. I know you were all under the belief that I'm really good at running and I'm basically a professional, but I still got me lady thighs to think about. And they sometimes don't agree with running. Don't get me wrong. I love my legs. THEY TOOK ME 10 MILES! But chafing is not cool. Also, my toes occasionally protest. And I probably am losing a toe nail. THE JOYS OF RUNNING, PEOPLE!

Do you always enjoy running? Heck no. Sometimes, I don't do my scheduled runs. One time, I had to stop in the middle of my 6 mile run and give myself a 3 1/2 minute pep talk to get myself to finish it out. And I was only in mile 1. It's not always enjoyable in the moment. But I love being able to say that I've stuck with it in the end. And sometimes, I think it's okay to just skip a run. #HardcoreTrainer

*Unless you live >10 miles from my house. If so, I will run to your house and stand over your shoulder until you read this word for word. Because I can do that now, you know. ;)

For previous running updates, see the following posts:
My first running post: A Hate Affair
Partway through my 5K Training: Hard things
My first 5K: 5K Foam Fest
When I first ran 5 miles: From the Mouth of Babes
My first 10K: Running Update

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Entomophobes: Beware

Entomophobia: a morbid fear of insects


Dear House Centipede,

Why did you have to run out into the middle of my kitchen and scare me? True, at the time, I didn't know what you were, but perhaps even you can admit that your looks are formidable.

Here's the thing - I just don't like things with more than 4 legs. I just can't handle it. Maybe it's because I'm so uncoordinated that the thought of moving that many legs at once freaks me out? But maybe it's because I just don't know a lot about you. Let's change that, hmm?

First things first, house centipedes are of little concern to households. Oh, well that's good I suppose. But the rest of your resume is kind of freaking me out:

1. The house centipede "readily reproduces in heated structures." Um. No thanks. And I never thought I would say this but, HK - can we turn off the heat just in case?
2. House centipedes feed on cockroaches. I mean, I don't like cockroaches, but somehow the thought of being able to eat a cockroach - which is basically an indestructible insect - is not comforting to me. Plus, I don't have cockroaches.
3. Apparently, you're a clean arthropod and you clean each of your legs after you eat. Hygiene is cool, I guess, but here's where I have two problems. 1. You have to clean yourself after you eat another bug. That's disgusting. 2. You have too many legs which means you have to contort yourself to get to all of them. That makes me want to projectile vomit.
4. You can "bite" with your legs and inject venom. Not cool. You have way too many legs to make that acceptable. Party foul.

Okay. That didn't make me feel better. Please never come back. Ever. It's not me - it's you.

Extreme Dislike,

Monday, March 10, 2014

Book Reviews: March (Part One)

I am making up for my lackluster reading numbers in January and February. Thus far, in March, I've read 3 books. And we're only 10 days in, people! I make no promises that I'll be reading 6 more (as the current trend might suggest), but I figured I wouldn't overload you with too many books all at once.

So, without further adieu, here are the books I've read thus far in March.


The Art of Racing in the Rain
by Garth Stein

Set in Seattle (cue: homesick), The Art of Racing in the Rain is told from the perspective of the dog - Enzo. His human is a professional race car driver. Enzo tells his life story - being adopted by Denny, Denny's marriage, the birth of their baby girl, family tragedy, and eventually, his own death. 

I honestly loved this book. I wasn't sure how I would feel about a dog's perspective, but I think it was done really well. Enzo has a lot of thoughts about humans and human nature (all from astute observation, of course) and what life really means. And yes, I definitely cried at the end. But what else would you expect from me?

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
by Robin Sloan

Clay is a smart, college-educated kid who had a great web-design job. Until he didn't. And then when he couldn't find anything in his field of choice, he got desperate. And this is where Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore comes in. While walking through San Francisco, he runs across a help-wanted sign at the bookstore. He goes in, is asked an important question - What's your favorite book? - and then has secured himself the night shift at Mr. Penumbra's with a few rules. But it's not your average used bookstore (of course it isn't!). There are hardly any current titles, and even fewer paying customers. What they do have are members who rent books from the waybacklist part of the store. And three rules. Arrive and leave on time. Do not browse, read, or inspect the shelved books (the waybacklist), and keep precise records of all transactions (when they occurred, the customer's appearance, their frame of mind, any special clothing, etc).

What comes next is code-breaking, love, technology-using, adventure following, and eternal life finding.

Mr. Penumbra's is quite the adventure. A great set of characters that are so different from each other but somehow work together so well. I loved it. I loved that it was set at a used bookstore. I loved how clever it was. I loved that it blended old knowledge (books) and new knowledge (technology) together and made it so that both were essential. It's different than most books I've read and I would highly recommend it.

In the Woods
by Tana French

The book starts us off with a crime scene. Three 12 year old kids went out into the woods of their Dublin neighborhood one afternoon and don't return for dinner. When the police are called, they only find one of the children, terrified and unable to remember any events from the woods. 

The book is from the perspective of that one child - Rob Ryan - who grows up to become a murder squad detective in Dublin. Almost no one in his life knows of his mysterious past. His newest case, however, threatens to unveil his secrets. It's an investigation of a 12 year old girl who was found murdered in the exact same woods 20 years later. 

Detective Rob has to maneuver this current case, which is strikingly similar to his own, while trying to retrieve the memories he lost.

The book started a little slow for me, to be honest. I'm not sure if it was the language or the way it was written, but I wasn't hooked for the first few chapters. After that though, I was all in. There's something really fascinating about crime-scene books like this - seeing how lead after lead falls through or takes them on to a different lead. Wondering how the two cases tie together. Trying to figure out who to trust. Wondering if you're missing a clue that you should piece together (I did miss it, by the way). Hoping that they will figure it out. I would recommend giving it a read - and make it through the first few chapters because I promise it gets better.


So what are you reading? Any suggestions for the rest of my March?