So much has happened over the last couple months that I don't even know where to begin. I thought about going through long, drawn-out updates to let you know exactly what the last 12 weeks were like but I realized that would probably put you to sleep and since it's still the beginning of the week, it would just be mean to put you through that. Instead, here is a recap of lessons learned/realizations:
- Collecting my Tiffany's necklace after the NWM in DC was great and so was seeing close friends; running through an injury which put me out for 3 months was not so great.
- When I'm not updating this with healthy recipes and fitness tips, my cooking suffers and I embrace a lazy lifestyle a little too easily. Blogging apparently holds you accountable (or at least it holds ME accountable).
- Weekends away in the wine country with girlfriends are fabulous; staying in spider-infested cabins in the woods - not so relaxing!
- After three bad lodging situations in 6 weeks, I'm thinking it's about time to buy a camper.
- Very few things make me happier than getting books in the mail :) Fortunately, I've received quite a few recently.
- You have to hug your pup every night because sometimes incredibly terrible things happen. So, go now, grab your puppy and snuggle with it as long as it will let you. **See note below.
Ok, so all those things sounded better in my head but, hey, at least it's a start! I'll try to get things back up and running over the next few days. Before you leave, please check out my friend's sad story and sign this petition to support more responsible gun handling/decision making by off-duty officers.
**My dear friend Kim lost her family dog, Gunner, this weekend when he ran out of the yard to follow Kim's 12 year old step-son and 5 year old son after they hit a baseball over their fence. When the boys were looking for their ball, Gunner saw a neighbor walking their dog and went up to say hello. The neighbor's wife tripped and said she was scared for her life, so her husband, an off-duty officer, immediately shot Gunner at point-blank just feet from the 12 and 5 year old boys. The boys were devastated as they watched their 4-year old dog take its last few breaths. It's absolutely horrible that someone can be so quick to shoot an animal, ESPECIALLY right in front of children. The fact that he was an off-duty officer makes it even scarier. He is someone we trust our safety with but it doesn't comfort me to know that he is someone who will pull and discharge a gun in a residential area with no hesitation and questionable threat.
Check out Kim's family's story right here. It is one of several news reports from the Houston area.