MIMM: Charlie’s First Swim

Hey y’all :)   So much has happened over the past four months – I ran another half marathon, we found out that WE’RE EXPECTING {such a BIG surprise! – our little “miracle”!}, friends and family have gotten married, we traveled to Boston with friends, the school year ended, we hosted a gender reveal party {team pink!}, we went on a Caribbean cruise for our “babymoon,” I accepted a new job for the 2014 – 2015 school year, and oh yeah, we’re moving next month.  Thank goodness for my OCD color-coding tendencies, otherwise I might have forgotten about some of the wonderful things that we’ve done or have coming up in the future.

I never planned to take a break from blogging but life kept happening and one day turned into two, two days turned into a week, a week turned into a month, a month turned into four months, and today is already Monday, July 21st.  That baffles me.

IMG_9258 Rather than trying to recall everything that has happened, I think it would be easiest just to move forward and I’ll sporadically share highlights from the past four months as “Throwback Thursday” or “Flashback Friday” posts.  Kapeesh?  Kapeesh!  Good.  <– I started saying kapeesh a LOT with my students this year.  I’m not why, when, or how it started, but they loved it – I’d say “Kapeesh?” after I gave them a set of directions and they responded energetically “Kapeesh!” if they understood {and oftentimes even if they didn’t}.

I can’t think of a better way of jumping back into blogging than linking up with Katie for Marvelous in My Monday!

Ryan and I approached this past weekend with a “go with the flow” kind of attitude.  We didn’t have any concrete plans, so we did whatever sounded good in the moment…  I baked a batch of black bean brownies, he surprised me with “just because” flowers, we went out to lunch, visited my momma, stopped by our new townhouse for measurements, picked our own fresh fruit and veggies, sat outside at a small town tavern, spent Sunday Funday swimming at our cousin’s house, and ordered pizza for dinner.











IMG_9231 Question:  What have YOU been up to the past four months?  Share a highlight!

Question:  Does your dog love or hate the water?  This was Charlie’s first time in a pool…  I wouldn’t say that he loved it, but he didn’t hate it either.  I think with more exposure he’ll become more comfortable.  He was fast as a bullet!

— Allison


Thinking Out Loud: Mrs. Green’s

I didn’t sleep very well last night and have a 14-hour day ahead, so I’m struggling to come up with an interesting opener today…  Let’s just dive into my random thoughts.  Oh wait, did y’all see that I shared our current favorite dinner yesterday?  Mini Mexican Meatloaves…  Let me know if you try them!


Thanks Amanda for hosting another week of Thinking Out Loud!

Thought #1:  By the time you read this I’ll have already been to the chiropractor and been adjusted…  I still need to attend a 4th grade team meeting, teach a full day, drive to Potomac River Running, work my first shift and learn all things running, squeeze in a late workout, and eat dinner hopefully before 10PM.  It’s a long Thursday!

Thought #2:  Ryan tried spaghetti squash for the first time and thought it was less than delicious.  I shared his thoughts via Twitter and a handful of ladies responded saying that their husbands don’t like it either…  Maybe it’s in our DNA?


Thought #3:  Tuesday night Ryan and I had a headstand/handstand contest.  I struggled to do a headstand and he easily kicked his feet up into a handstand.  A computer wiz and a secret handstander…  I never saw it coming.  Considering I ended up at the chiropractor yesterday and again today, he clearly won.

image Tip: it’s called a HEADstand, but you’re not actually supposed to put any weight on your head – use your arms!

Thought #4:  Quest did it again.  I took a break from buying Quest Bars for the past few months, but the (bad) habit is back because of their newest, latest, greatest bar…  Cookies & Cream.  Get your hands on one or a dozen of them ASAP!  And if you don’t like them, you can most definitely send them to me ;)


Thought #5:  This year I’m tracking my miles and cardio minutes for no real reason, but because I wanna know.  I’ve tried using the Nike Running App, but I always forget to turn it when I do a treadmill run.  A couple of weeks ago I outlined my workouts in iCal and it’s been good so far…  If I switch days or change workouts, I simply have to edit the event.  It doesn’t total numbers, but I don’t mind doing it myself.

  • Running:  54.6 miles
  • Walking:  7 miles
  • Cardio:  840 minutes

Thought #6:  Charlie loves getting tangled up in his t-shirt…


Thought #7:  Hot dogs were our Super Bowl Sunday dinner.  I used to eat hot dogs frequently as a kid (my momma made franks and beans), but nowadays we typically buy chicken sausages.  The jalapeno chicken sausages from Trader Joe’s are our favorite!

Thought #8:  Over the weekend we swung by Mrs. Green’s, a new natural market that offers 100% organic produce, all-natural meats and dairy, artisan baked goods, supplements, and household, pet, and baby products.  It immediately reminded me of Whole Foods, but the prices were whopping expensive.  Ryan said it’s called Mrs. GREEN’S for a reason – you’ve gotta have a lot of green to shop there.



Thought #9:  I forgot my lunch at home today and the thought of eating cafeteria food makes my stomach churn.  True story: A kid found a plastic knife in his hot dog one day at lunch when I was in elementary school.  Thankfully (or unthankfully?) Ryan is working from home today because he’s not feeling well, so he and Charlie saved me from having to buy.  I love my boys!

Thought #10:  Saturday morning I proctored another SSAT test and afterwards treated myself to my favorite “me time” – a mani + pedi…


Question:  Did you usually bring or buy your lunch in grade school?

Question:  Spaghetti squash – yay or nay?  What’s your favorite way to eat it?

— Allison


Protect Your Pet During Winter

The strangest thing happened when I was walking Charlie last week during the snow storm.  Soon after we walked down the steps and onto the snow-covered sidewalk, he started limping.  He didn’t slip or twist his leg, and I didn’t see him step on anything, but about 10 seconds after he started limping he rolled over onto his back.  It was like slow motion…  He slowly rolled over, laid flat on his back, and stuck all four paws straight up into the air.

IMG_5378 I immediately picked him up, cradled him, and checked to see if there was anything visibly wrong with his leg/paw.  I didn’t notice anything so I put him back down and he began to walk normally again – hopping through the snow, sniffing around, and acting like nothing happened.

A few minutes later, when we were walking back to go inside, he started limping again…  And rolled over onto his back, sticking his paws straight up into the air.  Since he already “took care of business” I called it quits and carried him the rest of the way back to our apartment.  Once we were inside I unhooked his collar, unzipped his vest, dried him off, and he immediately went into play mode – running around the apartment, grabbing his toys, acting like nothing had happened.  It was so strange.

Protect Your Pet During Winter Later that afternoon I called the vet and shared what happened on Facebook.  Both the vet and my Facebook friends suggested similar potential reasons:

  • It was too cold
  • The salt was getting stuck between his paw pads
  • The salt was burning/irritating his paw pads
  • Ice/snow was getting stuck between his paw pads

And suggested the following options:

  • Buy a pair of booties
  • Apply Vaseline or Musher’s Secret Pet Paw Protector to his paw pads
  • Carry him and plop him directly into the snow
  • Wash his feet after he’s outside

It could have been any or all of the reasons above, we’ll probably never know.  Ryan and I took Charlie to PetSmart later that night for a pair of booties.  After trying on at least four different pairs (and laughing hysterically at Charlie’s hopeless hobble) we decided against buying him a pair of booties.  Charlie may be a poodle and have his diva dog moments, but he’d rather be bootie-less.

IMG_5436 So, what are we doing?  What’s been working for us?  It’s not ideal and Charlie would rather walk, but we’re carrying him down the steps, avoiding the salted sidewalks, and plopping him directly into the snow.  When we get back inside with a damp paper towel and/or dip them directly into a bowl of lukewarm water.  We haven’t had any problems since, so this probably will be our snow day routine…  Unless Charlie let’s us buy him a pair of snow boots.

P.S.  We didn’t see Musher’s Secret Pet Paw Protector at PetSmart, otherwise we probably would have bought it to try.  Those who use it say that it’s great.  I found it available for purchase on their website and Amazon.

Question:  How do you protect your pet during winter?

Question:  Does your dog wear snow boots?  Do you use Musher’s?

— Allison