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Day 10 Kicked Me In the Pants

March 22, 2017

This is day 10 of my writing challenge, and I’m pecking this out on my phone with a glass of wine, so you can judge for yourself how this day has gone. Some small frustrations, and one emergency turned avoided crisis, But hey, all is well now and I’m prepared to enjoy the rest of the evening drama free.

Not too sound too dramatic about it, but one of my dogs got loose today, and I’m sure as any other fur mamas might understand, my heart immediately dropped when I realized she was missing. (Jailbird is on the right in the picture above.) I kept envisioning her running into the street, or getting so far away from home we couldn’t find her. I was also terrified someone would find her and not report her missing. I spent about two hours canvassing my neighborhood on foot and bike. A very smart coworker suggested calling animal control, and as I was on hold waiting to see if they had received any calls, when I saw her running towards the back fence. As I joked on social media, an unexpected benefit to being in good running shape was having the stamina to keep pace in my search for her. I’m so relieved she came home.

Dog chasing aside, I’ve had to get up an hour earlier than usual this week to get in my runs, and I’ve been surprised that 1) I’ve actually been able to get myself up; and 2) I like the extra peace to be found in this earlier early run. I highly doubt I will continue to get up this early without cause, but it’s nice to know that I am able to, and who knows. This morning’s run was an easy, but cold, 7 miles with some strides at the end. I had trouble turning over the strides as quickly as I usually do, but like I said…colder and earlier.

I’ve also been biking to work this week, after finally getting a broken brake fixed, and it’s been a lot of fun. There’s something about biking that makes me feel like I’m 10 again, though riding on the road with cars isn’t something I feel completely comfortable with. I have no idea, for example, how in the world you’re supposed to safely get out of the bike lane on the far right side of the road to make a left turn out of the left lane. Any other bike commuters out there feel free to blast me with traffic tips.

This has been kind of a brain dump as I wait for dinner, but I hope you’ll forgive me. I’ll be much more prolific tomorrow (I hope).

Happy Wine Wednesday,


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