And then there were THREE! 

So a lot has happened since my last blog update a few months ago.

1. I finally moved into my new house (more posts on that later)!!!  I didn’t manage to move in by Christmas, much to Mr. Big’s dismay, but I did move in at the beginning of January. 

2. I loving work and getting my ducks in a row to start applying for my Master’s.

3. We have a new addition to the family.  

Meet RUBY:

For the record, I was not planning on getting another dog, but hey, sometimes life happens.  The American Black and Tan Coonhound Rescue has contacted me mid-february to ask if I could foster a Coonhound at a local New Orleans shelter.  I couldn’t foster until the beginning of March because I was still taking care of my parents’ dog while they were on vacation, but I said I was interested. 

Well, long story short they couldn’t find any other fosters after a week or so and she was out of time at the shelter.  She was on medical hold for kennel cough and heart worms and had been in medical isolation for three weeks.  They had no more room to keep here and she was up for the pink juice. So…. I took her.  

She was so skinny!  And that was after putting on almost 10 lbs at the shelter. Yikes!

I don’t think she was ever abused, just neglected.  She didn’t seem like she’d ever had much human interaction and everything about being in a house seemed new to her. 

She also ate (!!!!) my cellphone on day 2 of having her, but I guess she just knew I wanted a new phone…

But look how sweet she is! And her and Pepper get along really well, so after a week I decided to keep her. 

We have a lot of training to do, and of course heartworm treatment beginning next month, but for now we are just trying to put on weight and learn how to be loved. 

Beach Day

Pepper and I have been trying to make our way to the beach all summer and for whatever reason we never actually made it, until today! Our friends Will (human) and Louis (dog) joined us and it made for a fun day out.  We had the most perfect weather, we were the only people there, and the water was lovely and warm.  

We swam a bunch, chased some tennis balls, lounged on a sand bar, and Pepper may or may not have tried to swim-chase a pelican but she quickly realized how big they are and thought better of it. 

Morning Run

Pepper and I went for a nice, quick run this morning at the end of a our normal work.  I’m still trying to take it easy with the exercise, but an easy two miles can’t hurt, right? 

I’m now off to work for 12 hours in the ER, and Pepper has settled back into bed for the day.  What a life of luxury that dog leads…

Fatigue Frustrations

Do you ever have those days where you are just tired?  Like, really tired?  As in “I have to skip my workout today because I seriously can’t wake up” tired.  Or, “five minutes into a run you realize it’s just going to be a 5 K walk instead because running isn’t happening today” tired. We all get that from time to time, and I’ve always taken it as my body’s way of telling me to rest for a day.  No big deal, I’ll get back at it tomorrow.  

Except for when tomorrow comes around, I’m tired again.  And the next day.  And the next day.  Gah!!  What is happening?!  This is the girl that worked three jobs, trained for a half Ironman and went to nursing school full time with no problems and now I’ve been exhausted for a month and a half straight.  Something is up. 

Well, turns out I have a flare up of Epstein-Barre virus, which is the virus that causes mono in teenagers and young adults.   It’s kind of like how a person is substepible to shingles if they’ve had chicken pox as a kid, if a person has had mono as a kid (like me), then they are substepible to Epstein-Barre flare-ups as adults.  The virus manifests as a sore throat, often Strep (I had strep twice in two weeks), swollen lymph nodes, headache, and fatigue. The throat and lymph nodes usually feel better in a couple of weeks, but the fatigue lasts for a couple of months.  

To make matters worse, everytime I start to feel better, I seem to do way too much and then end up feeling awful again for the next three days.  Blah.  Consequently, I haven’t exercised for well over a month and it’s making me grumpy.  Exercise is my stress relief and I feel like I’m crazy without it.  So what to do?! 

Mr. Big has pointed out a few times that for an ER nurse I’m terrible at following medical advice (he’s right, but don’t tell him that!), but I’ve decided to put myself on health lockdown for the next few weeks.  That means actually eating decent food for all of my meals (not grabbing cheese sticks and egg rolls from the cafeteria for a five minute shift lunch), not attending every single social event I’m invited to (apparently sometimes it’s ok to stay home), and laying off the booze for a bit (because even a couple of beers are dehydrating to the body and slows down the healing process).  

Lastly, I have be ok with the fact that fall race season isn’t going to happen the way I want it to.  The 70.3 I had my sights on in November is going to get skipped, and even though I’m signed up for a half marathon at the end of November, it’s ok if I don’t do it.  

My Type A personality gets frustrated when things don’t go according to plan, but I’ll just have to look for some good spring races to keep myself motivated and looking forward.  But don’t worry, I’m still making sure Pepper has plenty of walks, she just gets a reprieve on the running training for a while 😉 

Sunday morning walk on the levee.

Pepper Eats Her Feelings

Someone (Pepper) ate a box of 8 donuts while I was out last night   While assessing the damage, I realized that kind of dedication to junk food binging can only be caused by a handful of possible scenarios.  1. she got dumped by her boyfriend for a younger, hotter bitch, 2. She just saw a particularly sappy engagement post on Facebook that serves as a painful reminder that she’s not married like all of her other friends or 3. she’s realized her modeling days are behind her and her dream of being featured on the cover of “Horse and Hound” will never be realized. 

Thank God she can’t open the freezer to get to the ice cream.

Quiet Runs

I woke up this morning with the plan to squeeze in a quick run before work, and luckily the weather cooperated!  It was unseasonably cool thanks to some storms that have passed through overnight and although the levee was wet, the rained had stopped for now (but more wasnt far behind it). 

Because it was dark so early in the morning and I wasn’t taking Pepper with me (she was grumpy about such an early morning and refused to get out of bed) I decided to run without my headphones in, mainly for safety reasons to be more aware of my surroundings.  However, it ended up becoming one of the most relaxing runs I’ve had.  Everything was so quiet, just the occasional horn of the river traffic, and even looking across the river to the French Quarter it still looked totally asleep.  It was nice to appreciate the stillness of the morning. 

As much as I love running with music, I need to remember to sometimes take a break and just enjoy the nothingness of an early morning run.  Just what I needed before a hectic 12 hour shift in the ER.