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Bentos and Butts



Another week of Ara’s lunches! This one had homemade tortilla and bean burrito, pumpkin flatbread crackers, orange slices, broccoli, and chocolate pretzels.


Orange chicken, broccoli, strawberries, chocolate pretzels, and a fortune cookie.

IMG_4131Sweet rice, broccoli, strawberries, and coconut almond granola.IMG_4144Chicken sandwich on ww, fruit salad (grapes, pineapple, strawberry, and that green melon that I can never remember), cornbread muffin, and carrots.

IMG_4139Sweet rice, broccoli, sweet rice, fortune cookie, strawberry.

Last week I started dog walking at a local animal shelter. It’s a kill shelter so I’ve been putting off doing this, fearing the emotional toll. I walked 4 great dogs and learned a lot from my walking partner. I went back this last Monday and 2 of the dogs I walked were already dead. Straight from the adoption line to death because they got colds. They were 2 cute little pit bull girls, named Silver and Meadow and though they lived only a short time, they were loved at least by the volunteers. Two weeks in a row now I’ve walked a dog named Simon, which is against the odds of 140+ dogs. And against my better sense I’ve started to become emotionally attached to him. I’ve posted him on facebook but I KNOW people are starting to get tired of my dog posts. Last Monday he had a wound on his face from his kennel mate. They start to break down (emotionally) under the stress and if his wound gets infected he could be gone before I go back. I just had to get this worry off of my chest. I can’t change the fate of the dogs but I can help make their days at the shelter a little better.

On a lighter note my hipjury is getting better! This will be the end of the 3 weeks the doctor told me to take off and I’ve noticed an improvement. So, she was right, it must have been that tendon that was angry. The trainer/teacher at the YMCA noticed that I walk on the outsides of my feet and told me that my problems stem from the wrong shoe. She gave me some stretches to elongate my illiopsis and urged me to focus on building strength. I feel like there is probably wisdom in that, though I MISS zumba Sad smile.

For this week, my schedule is

M-dog walk 2 hours
T-strength class
W- turbo kick
Th-strength class
F-swim or bike
S- get out with Ara

I’m excited for the weather to cool off for bike rides, but here’s the thing; I can’t ride 2 days in a row because the seat is KILLING my butt! Hahaha. I guess it was made for someone with a tiny butt of steel, or maybe someone who has no nerves in the butt region. It makes me think of a friend who rides a recumbent bike and once said that he thought upright bike design went terrible wrong!

Hipjury Monday



I had a nice cloudy bike ride today, I even stopped to see our old horse friends. Bossy, Shyie, and Bitey were all there, unfortunately I was shocked to see how skinny they have become. There are new ‘No Trespassing’ signs that sort of make our old habit of hanging out by the fence and feeding them carrots outlawed. I still wished I had some apples and carrots to give to our friends. Bossy (the horse pictured) came to the fence to say Hi, and then he pressed himself desperately against the wires to try to reach the green grass. It was heart breaking. Is this too skinny? I don’t know much about horses, but I know I couldn’t see their ribs before. Ara and I will be pulling up all of our carrots next time. Anyway..


I needed a little pouch to carry my camera, phone, and water so I borrowed the one off of Ara’s bike! I bet the other bikers were laughing as they passed me, but hey, it worked! I need a water bottle cage thing one of these days! I did miss my biking buddy but it was nice to be able to go at my own pace. I ended my loop home by riding down a fairly busy street and it was unnerving! There isn’t a bike lane and the cars come so close! It’s seriously terrifying, I ended up breaking the law and riding up on the sidewalk. Give a poor bicyclist a break and make a little space next time you see one!IMG_4006

I leave you with a pic of Ara at one of our favorite local restaurants, Wings over Broadway from last Friday! She brought plenty of entertainment for the wait.

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