Sunday, November 20, 2016

Catching Up

It's been over 3 months since I wrote a blog post.  Not a whole lot has been happening on the swim/bike/run front since the last time I posted.  In fact, I kind of fell apart (again) after a long season of training and racing.  I've got a plan mapped out for next season, but more on that next time.  

Instead, I thought I'd show you what I've been up to since August. It's been a mix of good and bad - but that's pretty much how life goes, right?

In August, Mr R&R and I spent a week in the Smoky Mountains for some much needed downtime.  We did some hiking, lots of reading/relaxing/sleeping late, and tried stand up paddle boarding - which was awesome! 

The not so awesome included a call from my dad that my grandfather was in the hospital - and then another one that he wasn't doing well - and finally one that he'd passed on.  

We got home just in time to celebrate Walter's 7th birthday in early September. How is he 7 already?

Enough with the camera.  Where's the birthday banana?

From there, it was on to dog-sitting for Puppy Girl - who has now hiked approximately 1/1000th of the Ice Age Trail.  For such a little pooch, she really took to the trail.

Mr. R&R and I celebrated 12 years of marriage in October with an evening of wine and French food at Le Reve.

And hiking the Pike Lake Segment of the Ice Age Trail on our actual anniversary.

Walter came down with a nasty respiratory infection in mid-October and we're about to start our 4th round of antibiotics (3rd drug) trying to knock it out. We've been spending lots of time snuggling with both of our boys and listening to music. They don't seem to mind the extra attention.

Hell Month at work was tough, like it always is, but less horrible than it has been in the past few years.  I'm glad I've got 11 more months before I have to do it again!

Up until it got cold/there were guys with guns in the woods, we hiked somewhere new almost every weekend in October/Early November. Nature is always good for the psyche.

We attended Tiny Nephew's (who isn't so tiny anymore) 3rd birthday party on the warmest November day I've every experienced.  He seemed to enjoy his party and will be joined by a baby sister in the next few weeks.
Not-So-Tiny Nephew and his Grandpa (my dad)

A few days later came Election Night.  If you know me outside of this space, you already know how I feel about the outcome.  

A few days after the election, my new toy arrived from Amazon.  I'm now eagerly waiting for the return of warm weather so I can use it!

Quality bunny time has still been at the top of my list. Spot has finally gotten over his fear of crossing the hardwood floor to get into the bathroom, which is hilarious to watch and Walter has been all about the cuddles.

I swear, Mom, I wasn't just in the bathroom!

All. The. Cuddles.

So, that's the high level overview of what's been going on in my little corner of the world.  I'm hoping to get back to posting here more often, but I'm not making too many promises!

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