Petting Zoos, Public Humiliation, and Puppies

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

I've apparently fallen into the habit of blogging once a week, and mainly to recap my weekends.  This definitely wasn't intentional, but probably has a lot to do with the fact that I do the same thing almost every day of the week and this routine is by no means interesting enough to share with the world on a regular basis.

Wake up, take the dog for a walk, go for a run, shower, eat breakfast, drive to work, work, drive home from work, sit outside watching the dogs play, watch and episode of tv or two while eating dinner, shower depending on how gross I got from the dogs crawling all over me, read, sleep, repeat.

It's by no means exciting, but I actually do enjoy this routine for the most part.  And I'm sure you are all thanking me for not filling your blog rolls with the repetition of this day after day.

Annnyway.  This past weekend was wonderful... as they all seem to be these days.

There was a little fair going on at the farm down the street from my parents, so my mother and I decided to take my niece.  There was a petting zoo set up (which I think I enjoyed more than her) and a little train that did half a dozen loops that she loved.  The real highlight of the day was when someone tried to rob the farm and escape through the vent system, only to get stuck dangling 30 feet off the ground while a hundred people watched.  There is no better punishment than public humiliation.

Sunday was spent relaxing, reading, and walking and playing with the dog.  I may have even spent a little time working on my tan (shocking, I know). 

I know it's nothing crazy, but I would be happy is all of my weekends could be like this.

8 days until I head down to Texas!!

Another Weekend Down

Monday, June 16, 2014

This past weekend was the first in months that I didn't have something to do or somewhere to be.  I somehow still found myself running around non-stop all weekend, but it was nothing planned or scheduled so it felt different.

Friday after work I went to my parent's house to help do some work on the basement.  I'm not sure if I've mentioned it here before, but a month or two ago I proposed the idea that they finish the basement and let me squat there for the next year or so.  They've had plans to finish the basement for the last 20 years, but never found strong enough reason or motivation to actually do it.  Now they have.  My dad is as giddy as a child.  He actually said the night before it was getting framed that he couldn't sleep because he was so excited.  They are happy to be able to help me out but will probably be happier a year from now when I'm ready to move out again and they can turn it into the family room that they intended it to be. 

I managed to get up and run on Saturday which I was extremely proud of myself for.  I've actually started running in the morning during the work week and it's going pretty well so far.  I only have to get up an hour earlier and I'm able to run/shower/and attempt making my hair presentable for a day of work.  I'm finding it much easier to run in the morning than I would after work so I'm going to try to stick with it.

I spent much of Saturday helping out more at my parents house, but I made sure to get home early enough to have time to lounge outside with Mac.  Getting to watch him play with the other dogs in the building is going to be the biggest thing that I (and he) will miss when we move out.

Sunday was spent pretty much the same way.  I visited my parents and grandparents for father's day, and then spent the afternoon outside with the dog.  I did have to take a quick break to run inside and change after Mac decided to pee on me.  Don't ask.
Mac's art work on my back

It was a busy, but still relaxing weekend.  I'm hoping there are many more to come just like it this summer!

I Need A Vacation From My Vacation

Monday, June 9, 2014

As much as I love summer, I hate how I generally come out of the weekends more tired than I was going into them.  Luckily, this stretch of hectic weekends should be over... for a few weeks at least.

I took Thursday and Friday off from work to spend down on the Cape with Josh and his parents.  On Thursday there was a Deployment Departure Ceremony in a massive hanger on the base.  After the ceremony we went out for lunch and then headed to our hotel for naps.  His parents and I had been up since 4am so naps were greatly needed.  We lounged around for a while and then got dinner next door before heading back for more lounging.

We didn't have anything planned on Friday until later so we just went for a drive, had lunch, and then headed back to the base to relax.  We've spent so much of the past few months trying to cram in all sorts of activities that neither of us felt the need to run around doing anything on our last day together.

There was a cookout in the evening.  It was a good way to get to chat with some of the people he'd be deploying with, but it was overall a fairly somber atmosphere.  The anticipation of the goodbyes was possibly more painful for everyone than the actual leaving.

A few minutes before 8pm the Captain called everyone together and told them that it was time to start wrapping things up.  Everyone quickly got quiet.  It was hard enough saying goodbye to him, but watching the children having to say goodbye a parent, or watching an 8 month pregnant wife say goodbye to her husband was even harder to watch. 

My original plan for the weekend was to drive Josh's car back up NH, stay at my apartment for the night, and then head down to NJ with friends Saturday afternoon, but I instead decided that it would probably be good for me to just drive to NJ from the Cape Friday night.  It was a long drive, but it was exactly what I needed.  It provided some good time to decompress after the previous two days.

I didn't get down there until midnight, but it meant I got to spend the entire day with Alanna and Kat.  Alanna lives within walking distance of downtown Englewood which seemed to have a great selection of restaurants without being overwhelming.  We spend the afternoon laying on a blanket by the Hudson with NYC and the George Washington Bridge as our backdrop.

Later that evening Miranda and Lynsey joined us.  We spent a lot of time laughing and doing a photo shoot before heading back downtown for dinner.  I tried to stay awake for our go-to movie (Bridesmaids) but all the driving and long days had caught up with me. Luckily everyone else was pretty much in the same boat.

I spent most of yesterday driving and I actually got a sunburn on my arm from being in the sun the entire drive.  My apartment is a mess, I have no food in the house, and my laundry basket looks like its about to take over my room, but I couldn't have planned a better (or more exhausting)  "vacation".  

Bittersweet Weekend

Monday, June 2, 2014

This past weekend was the last one my boyfriend and I would have together for the next year.  There will be a few days in July that we'll get to see each other, but this was our last weekend at home and we wanted to make the most of it. 

Friday night after work I drove up to his parents house where we feasted on steak and lobster.  I think we both agreed that the lobster was maybe more work than it was worth, but it was delicious all the same.

Saturday morning was spent running around doing errands that had to be done before he leaves.  A field trip to Home Depot and a stop at his newly acquired storage locker took up a good chunk of the morning. 

We returned to his parents house for showers and lunch before heading out again for our couples massage.  We returned to the same place we had gone a few months before (which was his gift to me for losing a bet we had made on one of our first dates).  Since he is dealing with so much right now, I thought it would be just what he needed to de-stress before shipping out.  It was even better than last time.  I hardly realize how tense and stressed my body is until someone starts working out all of those knots.

After our massages we headed out to central MA for a cookout his friends were holding as a going away party for him.  Despite being a little chilly it was a perfect evening and a lot of fun.  

We slept in a bit Sunday morning and by the time we hit the road we decided that a stop at our favorite Mexican place would be just the thing to start the rest of our day. Following another quick stop at his house we headed up to Manchester, NH to visit the shooting range.  This was our third or fourth attempt at going and I'm happy to say we actually got to shoot!  I've never fired a gun before, but it's something I've always wanted to do.  Luckily he owns a gun and had a couple hundred rounds he wanted to use up before he left.  I'd like to think I did pretty well and even if I didn't I still had a lot of fun.

Following shooting we headed back to his house to eat lunch and hang out with his parents, relax on the couch, and spend some time with a friend.  I didn't get back to my own apartment until around 10pm and although I was exhausted, I could not imagine a better way to spend my weekend.