Category Archives: Cats

Thursday: Locked Up Abroad

It was another happy, productive day!  I don’t know if it was the Starbucks K-Cup, switching back to my GNC vitamins, or some combination of both, but I was WIRED on Thursday.  I was doing laundry, doing the winter decorating, working, cleaning. all at the same time.

And in all of that madness, THIS cat (Pumpkin) got locked in the coffee table.  I laughed.  It was much funnier than it sounds.  I only had the thing open for like  2 minutes.  How did her exceptionally round (and slow) ass get by me? But you have read about her.  Nothing ruins her mood.  She came out purring.

Crossfit: Bar squats, lunges, kettlebell squats, swings, press and jerk and Russian twists.  OUCH.  I didn’t even make it through all of the lunges.

I stayed on track with food. In fact, I have been on track since Monday.  My wired-self missed breakfast except for the coffee so I went straight to lunch.  Chicken and a sweet potato.  Then I had a trail mix bar before CrossFit.  And 3 beef taquito’s with salsa and Mich Ulta.

Sometime Fri or Sat, I have to decide about the half marathon on Sunday.  Let see how the legs feel after that CrossFit workout.

Wednesday: Assaults and Well Wishes

My feet/toe were still screaming at me.  I don’t know what that toe did to its neighbors, but they jumped it and kicked its ass.  Wednesday included yet another bike ride.  This time, I decided to ride my bike into South Mountain Park and see if I could make it to San Juan Rd, which is closed to traffic.  I made it 3.75 (uphill) miles before turning around.  I think I was just one hill from the parking lot.  But I didn’t want to have to climb that particular back up so I turned around.  The uphill trip took me 25 minutes.  The way back, the downhill, took 15 minutes.  Toes crossed I get back to the running on Thursday.

Bike:  8 miles / 43:10

I once again found this in my coffee kcup basket.  Would she still want the basket if I cleared it out and gave it to her?  Of course not, she is a cat! She did come out of that basket smelling like gingerbread tea.

Wednesday Food:

Breakfast:  Coffee and cinnamon scone

Snack: Peach

Lunch:  Egg Beaters, turkey sausage and english muffin

Snack: Butternut squash, raspberries and carrots

Dinner: Pasta Bolognese

Snack:  Mint Choc Chip ice cream

Michael picked “spouse night” (new name, won’t stick) at Giuseppe’s on 28th.  We saw it on DDD the other night and had to try it out.  We both ordered the same thing that was made for Guy on the show.  It was ok.  I was actually expecting more flavor.  But I would definitely go back and maybe try something else.

This guy is sending all of his healing vibes and best wishes to his favorite aunt Jenny.  Get better soon.

Please excuse the multiple changes coming on the blog as I am playing around with the theme and format.

Tuesday: WWPD

Today was COLD at 6am.  I headed out early for my run and it felt ok.  Not great.  Not bad.  No walking.  I am trying to run 3 days straight this week, then a rest day on Friday and 11 on Saturday.

Run: 5 miles / 56:40ish

I write a lot on this blog about our dogs, Annabelle and Solo (Wag and Bark respectively).  But we also have 3 cats.  Hershey, Pumpkin and Lucie.  This is Pumpkin.  Pumpkin is the worlds happiest (and roundest) cat.  The goodwill ambassador for all cats, everywhere.  She has never met a stranger, loves everyone and is always purring.  Or licking.

Her story is this: she was young and in a cattery, being bred for petstore kittens.  Her “owner” died and all cats, plus Pumpkins’ 1-day old kittens, ended up at the shelter where my best friend (and DVM) found her and her babies.  She took them home so they wouldn’t be put down, kept the baby (one didn’t make it) and we got Pumpkin.

I believe that Pumpkin’s attitude is something akin to this: I am not in a cage, being gang raped for kittens.  So I’m good!  No reason to be anything but happy. She takes care of Lucie and we have only heard her hiss at a person once.  Michael did something and she hissed at him. We have no idea what he did.  But he managed to piss off the happiest cat in the world.  But only for a second.   She is so round that sometimes you can flip her on her back and she doesn’t know how to flip herself back over, like a beetle.  LOL!

There are days when my fuse is SHORT.  Non-existent even.  And I ask myself What Would Pumpkin Do (WWPD)?  She would purr, and smile, and roll over and lick (she is a licker).   So next time you are feeling upset, angry, cranky or short-fused, ask yourself, What Would Pumpkin Do?

Cat, meet bird

imageHow to drive a cat crazy….put a hummingbird feeder at eye level.

Regarding: Sightseeing


Last night, Michael decided we should take the dogs “hiking” here, Kiwanis Trail on South Mountain.  Its only 1 mile, but it was 102 degrees and we knew that Solo wouldn’t make the whole thing.  So we did about half of it.

The nice part as that the two peaks shaded the trail for most of the way.

And we saw one of these, a ringtailed cat.  Which is actually a member of the raccoon family.  Michael said I couldn’t take it home.

Remember what a hard time I was having getting up to an alarm clock back in NC.  Well, that problem seems to be solved.  I have been getting up at 5am (or close to it) since we hit the road. Have to get the runs in before it gets too hot.  I am going to bed earlier as well.  But overall, it feels good.

Anyone else caught up in the Olympics? I have been watching online, mostly to avoid Bob Costas and Ryan Seacreast.  But also because I can watch whatever I want.  That means tennis mostly.  But Track and Field starts tomorrow!