RIP Bonk

It is with great sadness that I have to report the passing of Bonk on Tuesday evening.  She went unexpectedly and suddenly but thankfully very quickly.  Phil and I were both in the room when all of a sudden she appeared to have a heart attack.  It is also possible that she had gastric distress which is very common with rabbits.  Either way, she will be dearly missed by her bunny and human family alike (we are one).

Bonk..

Bonk had a unique personality.  She was born at a petting zoo on the fourth of July.  She loved Llamas and Burros but insisted that “Goats are jerks”.  She even had a pet elephant!

Bonk and Elephant

Bonk had a great sense of fashion and liked to dress for special occasions.

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Phil and Bonk would crack each other up during their verbal sparring.  Phil was her favorite person in the world.

Bonk and Phil

Bonk was a really Good Bunny and a really good friend who will be dearly missed.

This Too Shall Pass

I cannot tell a lie, I have not been feeling super jazzed about running lately.  Don’t worry, the feeling won’t last.  I have been here before and I am sure I will be again.  A few things are happening simultaneously that are trying to derail me.  First and foremost, my stupid neck!  Some days I barely notice it and others it just plain hurts. Right now I am in a hurting phase….this too shall pass.  Second, I have been a busy bee over the last couple of weeks and I am sort of worn out.  The sore neck and the too tired to blink feelings seem to travel hand in hand…hmmmm….is there a lesson here?  Finally, Autumn is fast approaching!  While I do love the cooler temps and the colors of Autumn in New England, I have always started to feel a little blue right around this time of year.  Again, it will pass.

I had an epiphany while running one day last week.  Being pooped after work I decided to run a flat course.  The thing about running a flat course is, it sucks.  No wait, hear me out!  You see, not only do you not have any hills to conquer, (we all know that conquering the hills really spikes those endorphins.) you also do not have any hills to coast DOWN.  The downs are great not only to give you a chance to catch your breath, but also to increase your foot turnover, aka speed.  Running is as much mental as it is physical. That extra little push of tearing down a hill is going to keep the smile on your face a lot longer.  Just make sure you keep control…no somersaults!!!

The Randoms:

After walking with Dana, Chris and Julie Saturday morning I ran a few errands then headed over to J-Dawg’s pad.  Last week when we were in Northampton visiting Jenn’s daughter we wandered into an awesome art supply shop.  They had an entire room filled with fancy papers…so cool.  We purchased a package of random samples to goof around with.

This was a great purchase!
This was a great purchase!

We laid out all of our supplies….

some supplies
some supplies

…and went to town!

Town
Town

Some people visit over coffee, we visit over art.

Done?
Done?

Okay, there was coffee too.

C-Dog was not inspired.

Done!
Done!

This sucker fish was staring at me while I was waiting to see Lori on Friday.

Are you mocking me?
Are you mocking me?

The turkeys came wandering past the window while I was folding laundry on Sunday (I know, you thought my life was all glam!)

Gobble....gobble....
Gobble….gobble….

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Tattoo Day

Sunday was a day of adventure.  J-Dawg and I hopped in her car and headed north.

Northampton, MA
Northampton, MA

Jenn’s daughter Hannah was having a Birthday!!  Her one request…a tattoo.

This does it all.
Pull the trigger.

Jenn agreed as long as she was there.  So off we went.

Hannah and her girls were busy with school stuff for the morning so Jenn and I got to wander around town a bit.

Cool stuff inside.
Cool stuff inside.

There seemed to be owls everywhere I turned.

Whooo are you?
Whooo are you?

Then it was time to pick up the girls.

The Quad at Smith College
The Quad at Smith College

We stuffed as many as we could into the car and headed off to grab some lunch.

I can still taste the pesto.
I can still taste the pesto.

After a short walk to “Bang Bang Body Art”….

Bang Bang!
Bang Bang!

… we got Hannah signed in…

Hannah's girlfriend Haley was with her all the way.
Hannah’s girlfriend Hayley was with her all the way.

…. then we waited…

Not what I imagined a tattoo parlor to look like.
Not what I imagined a tattoo parlor to look like.

…and waited….

I love this train!
I love this train!

…finally it was Hannah’s turn!  There were too many of us to all go in with her.  Sadly I was not able to see the work in progress.

Then she emerged with the BIGGEST smile on her face.

Beautiful Badass Girl!
Beautiful Badass Girl!

The tattoo that Hannah chose is a Yiddish saying.

I would run in the streets.
I would run in the streets.

The translation is “I would run in the streets”.

Imagine for whatever reason you cannot do or be what you want to do or be. There are many nuances to this, from physical ailments to religious and political oppression. Then someone asks, “what would you do if you had the freedom and capability to do anything?” The answer….”I would run in the streets”.  Hannah told me that she chose this saying as a “gentle reminder”.  Take it as you will.  This tattoo is not for you or for me, it is for Hannah and Hannah alone.

The funniest part of the day was right after Jenn popped out with a look of absolute horror on her face.  Her concern was that because the phrase was in Yiddish the artist would not know if it was backwards or not.  Neither Jenn nor I would know if it was backwards either!  Fortunately Hannah’s friend Sophia who is also in the Yiddish studies program was there to confirm that the direction was correct….whew!  For extra confirmation, Hayley understands enough Yiddish to be able to confirm that it was correct as well.  Dodged a bullet there Bang Bang!

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Holiday Weekend

The Labor Day weekend has been a quiet one for me.  Consequently there is not a lot to report.  Most mornings involved a book and a big steaming cup of black coffee!

More please!
More please!

I took Friday off to make it an extra long weekend for myself.  I have been feeling really burned out lately.  I realized that the only time I have taken off in months has been for various doctor appointments.  Now it is Labor Day and I feel like I missed the entire Summer…so sad.  I actually slept until 7:06 Friday morning…that is HOURS later than my usual 5:15.

...just five more minutes...
…just five more minutes…

I spent the day on Friday running errands, but the fun kind.  I went to Michaels and stocked up on some art supplies.  I also went over to Home Goods for a gift for a friend.  While there I noticed “Party City” has opened in that particular shopping plaza.  I think I am happier than I should be about this fact.  We had a Party City in town years ago and I loved it for Wrapping Paper, etc.

Saturday was walking at the reservoir with Dana and Joey.  ALWAYS a good time with those two!

Sunday I had planned to take myself for a three miler.  I had not covered three miles in one shot since June and I was a little anxious and excited to try it this day.  Happily the weather was perfect for running.  The temps were in the high 50’s and the air was clear and dry, Yay!

Here we go...
Here we go…

I parked at the high school which would have me starting and ending flat with rollers in the middle.  I felt good all the way around!  The most fun part, (let’s face it, if running isn’t fun then you shouldn’t be doing it.) came near the end of mile two.  I rounded the corner to discover the sprinklers, the ones that cross the sidewalk, were still spraying.  I knew that I could run through them without melting. After calculating that my phone was safely tucked under my shirt and on my left hip while the spray was coming from my right I forged ahead.  While running through sprinklers (about six of them) is refreshing in the moment, once you pop out on the other side all of that moisture warms up really quickly.  Now not only was I soaked but so were my sunglasses.  I was currently on a section of sidewalk that is badly buckled and even caving in in spots.  The sun was right there!  I couldn’t take off my sunglasses and I was having a hard time navigating through the water droplets on my lenses.  While focusing on all of this I suddenly noticed that I was coming up on the parking lot where I had left my car!  I was DONE, I did it, score!  3.1 miles without ever wanting to take a break.  I stopped at the car, grabbed a swallow of Gatorade, and then just for good measure ran a lap around the track.  I’m back!!

As strange as it may sound, I have a hard time finding slippers that I like.  Don’t judge.  When Zulily was offering “Muk Luks” not long ago I decided to stock up!  On Sunday a box of slippers arrived at my door, what’s better than that?

Ready for Fall!
Ready for Fall!

I pulled out my painting supplies on Monday and messed around a bit.

Meh
Meh

Ultimately I was not happy with anything that I turned out, but that’s okay.  It was still great to sit outside and enjoy a quiet morning.

That was my weekend.  Thanks for stopping by!

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Phil and Chuck and Andy

A couple of months back I told you about my running shoe collection.  Phil has a similar shoe collection, although his sneakers are not necessarily for running (he does spend most of his workday on the run however).  Phil has an affinity for “Chuck Taylors” by Converse.

Check out the Chucks!
Check out the Chucks!

He is also an admirer of Andy Warhol and his works.  Not long ago Converse added “The Andy Warhol Collection” as a subset to their “Chuck Taylors”.  Can you imagine?!  Phil was as excited as a kid at Christmas!  I surprised him with a pair of hi tops sporting the iconic Campbell’s Soup Can design by Warhol.

Pass the crackers please.
Pass the crackers please.

My husband is a very patriotic man.  He added the “Stars and Stripes” to his collection early on and his most recent acquisition is the “Eagle and Stripes” added just this week.

Stand up when you wear those!
Stand up when you wear those!

Did you know that you can design your own Chuck Taylors?  Here is the pair that Phil designed.

Sure, why not?
Sure, why not?

And this is a pair that I designed for myself.

I am a sucker for "Sugar Skulls".
I am a sucker for “Sugar Skulls”.

I must admit that watching Phil pick out the next addition to his collection is as much fun for me as it is for him!

In Other News;

Tuesday evening the girls and I took the beautiful Melinda out to celebrate her Birthday!

Happy Birthday Girlfriend!
Happy Birthday Girlfriend!

While I was waiting outside in front of our favorite restaurant…

Another great evening...
Another great evening…

…I looked up and noticed a BLIMP directly overhead!

Heelllooooooooooooo
Heelllooooooooooooo

Looks like “Goodyear”…maybe….hmmmm

Back to Melinda.  I think she was more enamored with the bow than the gift.  Not really.  I have always been adept at making bows and I forget that it is one of my talents until someone gushes.  Good ego boost, I can’t sing or dance but I can tie a bow!!!

That's a wrap!
That’s a wrap!

The Bunnies’ friends Jen and Nancy gave them carrot tops this week.  Interestingly only the girl bunnies (Bonk and Otter) like anything other than Hay or pellets.  The boys are minimalists.

Nom....nom...nom
Nom….nom…nom

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Thank You!

I am truly humbled by the interest that I have seen in my blog!  When I thought about writing a blog my thoughts were, who would be interested in my life?  Well apparently a lot of people!  I have had readers from Canada to South Africa and everywhere in between!  It is so exciting for me to look at the “stats” map and see that someone in France, the United Kingdom, or Honduras has read my ramblings.  All I can say is “Thank You” and I will try to keep it interesting for you so that you will keep coming back.

I saw Lori (awesome nutritionist) and her assistant Sal on Friday.

“Sal”

Lori has given me amounts for different nutrients (carbs minus fiber, protein and fat) that I need to stick to every day.  In order to do this I need to shop appropriately.  I got a D- for shopping last week.  I have a hard time eating enough protein and when I run out early it doesn’t go over well.  I did manage to put together this awesome meal for Thursday’s supper.

Veggies with a side of scallops.
Veggies with a side of scallops.

I also managed to lose FOUR pounds!  Whoo Hoo, I’ll take it!!!

Saturday was a quiet day.  I was looking forward to Sunday when I would be able to take part in the running clinic with the amazing Jennifer again.

Hey Anne, What time is it?!
Hey Anne, What time is it?!

Seriously, look at how much I have to carry just to go for a run, crazy.

We met at 9am, it was so good to see my running buddies again!  After about a half mile (maybe more) jogging warm up we started “Hill Repeats”.  These are exactly what they sound like, running up and down hills over and over.  The Apple Harvest 5K is a hilly course so this is much needed practice.  After 5 repeats we started heading toward the parking lot where our vehicles were waiting with water and AC.   About halfway back we noticed that we were climbing a short but long incline.  We had a meeting and took a vote and decided to call it SIX repeats for the day.  We  finished up with a quarter mile jog on the track followed by a quarter mile walk.  All combined we covered approximately three miles for the morning.  It was hot and I tired early but wouldn’t change a thing!

In other news;

Dana loaned me a new book that she really enjoyed and thought I would too.

So far so good!
So far so good!

I have only just started reading it but so far it feels like a good story.

I bought my first pair of Crocs ever!

Classy Right?
Classy Right?

I’m just a little behind the times.

Sunday’s lunch was an oldie but a goodie.

Sloppy Joe!!
Sloppy Joe!!

Got some good protein here!

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Dear 50, Knock it off!

Saturday dawned bright and beautiful.  I got my grocery shopping done first thing (7am) and then tied on my running shoes.  I drove to the high school track where the football team had already begun practice one field over.  I que’d up Pandora, on shuffle, and readied the runkeeper app, hit “go for a run” and took off!  I wanted to run the full three miles around the block but I knew deep down I wasn’t there yet.  As I rounded the first corner the sun hit me like….well….the sun.  I did complete the three miles with just a few short walk breaks.  Remember, it’s a process.  Back at the track I met up with Jenn who came prepared with all sorts of wonderful tortuous drills.  Let’s face it, I wouldn’t be doing one triceps dip let alone 120 without her pushing me.  Thanks Jenn!

48...49...50
48…49…50

I was a bit of a slug the rest of the day on Saturday.  Phil and I watched a movie “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” with Emma Watson.  We both enjoyed it, Emma had an American accent and pulled it off well.  I am a big Emma Watson fan.

Tomatoes are one of my favorite foods.

Any size any shape
Any size any shape

So is cous cous, put them together….yes please.

A perfect pair.
The Tomatoes are Under the Cous Cous….Genious!

Sunday was a planned “Off” day but I got restless and climbed aboard the treadmill for some hill walking.  Most of you would probably agree that the treadmill can be incredibly boring.  That is why I try to mix it up with varying workouts.  Sometimes I run sprints, and sometimes I find a pre-programmed 5K.  On occasion I just walk while bumping the incline all the way to the top.

I can see my house from up here!
I can see my house from up here!

I was looking forward to getting in a couple of miles on Monday.  I parked where I knew my route would be relatively flat.  I was looking for distance and endurance, not speed or hills.  It started out fine, I was feeling good but a little warm, that darn summer sun LOL!  Then as I was about to enter a crosswalk I noticed a car about to turn in so I stopped short, and then I felt it…I had jammed my knee!  I kept on going and made the one mile turn but not long after that my knee was really starting to hurt so I stopped to walk.  As much as I wanted to keep going I really, really don’t want to be sidelined again.  I finished the second mile at a run/walk…so sad.  When I got home I promptly iced my knee and it felt better right away….whew!

This ice pack was the best investment.....
This ice pack was the best investment…..

This latest (near) injury got me to thinking.  When I turned 50 earlier this year my friends were trying to tease me about “being old”.  I laughed it all off because until recently I was feeling like I was 30 not 50.  There is nothing we can do about our age so why stress about it?  I have to say though, lately I have been feeling all of my 50 years.  Well NO MORE!  I am done with the injuries and the tiredness and the “feeling old”.  DONE I tell you!!!  Today, Wednesday, I drove to a starting place that I had never tried before.  Sometimes a new venue is the best thing to pull me out of a rut.  I am happy to say it worked!  I FINALLY managed to stomp out a little more than two miles without one single walk break!  I can now admit that I was starting to worry just a little that I wasn’t going to be able to build my distance back to where it was.  Now that I have the “easy 2 miles” under my belt again I am feeling MUCH more confident.  There’s no stopping me now!

Otter was privilege to a private puppet show.

Is that an alligator or a crocodile?
Is that an alligator or a crocodile?
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