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A couple of pictures of the nieces after the break. 

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Follow-up at the Doctor’s this morning. All in all, things look good. I’ve lost 7 lbs since August 19th and the doctor is happy with my resting heart rate. The blood pressure issues look like they may be genetic, so we’re trying a couple of things.  While the Doc was explaining the side-effects, he said the  one of the side effects was low blood pressure.

It’s good to know the side effect of the medication to lower your blood pressure is, in fact, low blood pressure. I’ll go back in a month to reevaluate and to do an EKG. 

On the working out side of things, today is strength training and tomorrow is an easy thirty minute run. 

Next week, we’ll head to Tennessee to meet the new nieces and attend a nephew’s wedding. The nieces are doing quite well; the oldest, Alice, is now up to 2 lbs 14 oz and Rose is 1 lb 8 oz. Their dad finally got to hold and kiss Rose this weekend. Rose has found her thumb and is going to town on it.  So those are a big deals.

Janet will leave Tennessee to continue on for her Tower of Terror-Disney run, while Boo and I will drive back to Chicago.

Busy couple of weeks!

Yesterday I posted about talking to Boo’s breeder and how we’re first on the list for next spring’s puppies. The breeder is a nice lady that has been breeding labs for about 35 years. Since we got Boo from her, every year we give her a rum cake and breads for Christmas.

Nice lady, nice kennel, such an average website that doesn’t do the dogs justice. Btw, Reno is Boo’s daddy.

Today was 45 minutes on the bike. Small chain ring, high cadence.

With the stress of the last couple of weeks, it’s nice to be back in my routine.

Shit! It happened again.

Some Tumblr love. Thank you Christa and John

Hard to explain the run, so I’ll post what was scheduled:

12:00 light jogging 2 laps, jogging easy on the curves and doing run ups on the straightaways. If you don’t have a track, figure this as build speed for :40, easy :20 and do this 4x. If no track, run the time in paranthesis. 1 x 1600 (6:30) @75% - 1 lap (1:30) easy recovery 2 x 800 (3:00) @84% w/1 lap (1:30) recovery after each 4 x 400 (1:30) @85+% - w/½ lap (0:45) recovery after each Jog easy. It’s a good idea to continue walking for an additional 5:00 to improve your recovery.

5.00 miles
50:00 minutes

Today’s run.

Easy 30 minutes
3.0 miles
3.0 deer
1.0 beautiful lake

We’re okay, the house is just sad and quiet. It was strange not to have a Lilly sized lump at the foot of the bed this morning. 

Thank you all VERY much for the notes and messages. It has helped me tremendously with the loss of a ‘furry child’ that’s been part of my life for almost 15 years. 

I don’t want to pollute your screens if you don’t care to read it. However, if you want to know more, click here:  The Rest of the Story

It’s done.


Here are a couple of pictures Janet took before we left the house.

Lilly came behind my desk and wanted to be picked up. If you look close, you can see Boo investigating. Even with my hippie haircut, I like this picture.

(Ignore the coke…I’ve been doing good and today is a bit stressful)


He’s giving her kisses and telling her that my lap is HIS lap. 


Here’s one of my favorite pictures of my two pups. 

I posted the story behind this about 20 months ago. If you want to read it, click here.

We all climbed in the car this morning for coffee and to look at some future running paths. She’s still refusing food; she sniffed the scrambled eggs and walked away.  Whatever is going on with her, is now moving pretty quick. 

I’m ready for tomorrow to hurry the hell up. 

Chose not to run the 5K race this morning. I needed the sleep and don’t want to leave Lilly for more than an hour-ish. I’ll run here this morning.

Tomorrow afternoon we’ll take Lilly to go see Sophie (our lab that passed away four years ago). It’s going to be a sad house this week.

Thank you all for your support and allowing me to vent/babble/excessively talk about this. It has helped.

My old dog.   (ignore my messy room)

  • I was up with Lilly three times last night. Hypothetically, if I were to preorder a phone this week, Lilly makes an awesome alarm clock for that. 
  • I like the new iOS. It’s pretty snappy on my phone; I’m looking forward to seeing it on the new phone. 
  • I think I found a place that teaches adults to swim. Is anyone familiar with FOSS?
  • Grabbed a neighbor this morning to run with. Took him and his little boy to the Seminary. Great run. We saw a buck and there are hills!
  • Picking Janet at the airport this afternoon.
  • Lilly isn’t eating. I bought her some grilled chicken and tore it up for her. She turned away from it. Never a good sign when a pup turns away from chicken.
  • Whatever is going on, is taking a toll on her. She’s starting to show it.
  • I just scheduled “THE APPOINTMENT" for Monday afternoon. It’s time to say good-bye. 
  • Boo should expect to be loved on really, really hard for the next few months. 
  • I have a neighbor that thinks my name is Don. For eight years, all my other neighbors have pronounced my name correctly, he pronounces it ‘Don’