Josh is Home!

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Day 81

Josh is home safe and sound, Winston is pretending to act casual and all is well in our little household. After a long, long day we are all done in but I will write a full post tomorrow!

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Happy Tuesday!

Day 80

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Day 80

Today was another gorgeous day in Seattle – we are actually supposed to have a week full of gorgeous days so I’ll try not to brag too much – and I was able to take Winston on a nice long walk this morning before work. With Josh in Massachusetts and me at work, he’s having a hard time adjusting to being cooped up all day. We do have a dog walker now, but it’s not quite the same as being free to roam for most of the day like it has been for the past seven months.

Although Winston may look very relaxed here, by the time I got home he was practically bouncing off the walls. To help with the puppy craziness, I took him to the dog park tonight and let him run for a good forty-five minutes. There were three other dogs roughly his size (Ace, Amanda and Rocquefort) and they all got into a huge game of chase. At one point, it was like watching the Indy 500 – Winston was flying around corners, tearing up the grass with his little paws, legs stretched out to the max to get as much air time as possible. When he’s running that fast, he also makes himself more aerodynamic by tucking his ears back against his head (one day soon, I’ll have to post a video of him running and of him rolling/swimming in the grass.) By the time we got back to the car, Winston was ready to snuggle up in the passenger seat and nap for the fifteen minutes it takes me to get home.

Now, I’m just looking forward to reading a few chapters in my book before bed and was reminded of that quote by Groucho Marx: “Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” Hope everyone is having a good week!

 

Dinner with the Neighbor and a Winston Walk

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Day 79

Although I normally spend most of my time reading before work, this morning I took a walk around the neighborhood. For those of you in Washington, this comes as a complete un-surprise given that literally everyone that could was out doing the same thing after a weekend full of rain. However, for those of you that live outside of our borders, it was practically 80 degrees and sunny the whole day! While I know this isn’t super cause for celebration (global warming is the culprit for our mini heat wave), I can’t help but enjoy weather that is warm enough and sunny enough to make me forgo my book in exchange for taking a sans-Winston, pre-work stroll around the block.

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Green Lake is a pretty nice neighborhood in Seattle. It’s full of old craftsman homes chalk-0-block full of built in bookshelves, adorable stained glass windows, and beautiful gardens. As I was taking my stroll this morning, I passed by one garden that was absolutely full of poppies – red, orange and light pink/purple to be precise. Surprisingly, some of these flowers were almost three feet tall, maybe even a little taller. I’m guess-timating here, but judging from the height of the toddler that waddled past and knowing I’m a little over five feet tall, I think it’s safe to say these poppies were towering over the other plants at about three feet, give or take.

After I was done with work for the day, I took Winston on a walk with our neighbor and her dog – a big lassie dog. They had a fun time being walked together but Winston tired out pretty quickly. I think this was probably the warmest puppy day of his little life, so he got pretty overheated and didn’t want to walk very far. He kept laying down in the grass and rolling around in it. Once, when we were on a fairly steep hill/incline, he laid down in the grass and wiggled from his back to his side to his back most of the way down the hill. The only way I can think of to accurately describe his movements is swimming. Sadly, I did not capture this on my phone. I’m hoping this wasn’t a one time fluke and that Josh and I will be able to get proof of this crazy habit.

Once we managed to drag Winston back inside, our neighbor and I made a kind of Waldorf Salad with pecans, cranberries, chicken, romaine lettuce, onion and brie. She brought over some delicious salad dressing and made pomegranate mojito-ish drink. It was a fun girls night plus dogs and I can’t wait to do it again!

I hope everyone had a good, sunny start to their week!