Archive for the Cali Category

Early Friday Mornings

Mar 18th, 2011 Posted in Cali | 3 comments »

For the past few months, Ryan has been waking up at 4:30am on Fridays so that he can get into work early to attend to business that needs his attention during the wee hours of the morning. As a result he gets to leave the office early in the afternoon, which is awesome. He gets that time to go home early and nap with Cali or run errands, go to doctor’s appointments–stuff that he could not do because he was at work.

Another side effect of Ryan working these strange, early hours on Fridays is that it is hard to sleep through him being up and about. He does take Cali out on these mornings, but most of the time I am wide awake for about an hour after his alarm rings at 4:30am. Well, this morning was no different…

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Happy V-Day!

Feb 14th, 2011 Posted in Cali, Miscellaneous | 2 comments »

Happy Valentine’s Day to all my readers! All 2 of them…

That is about all of the celebrating I ever do for this holiday. Ryan and I are both in agreement that it is a silly holiday to waste money on. I insist on him not blowing money on flowers for me. And I get out in front of the holiday months prior and let him know that I will not be getting him any candy or gifts or what-not.

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Feb 11th, 2011 Posted in Cali, Miscellaneous | no comment »

Monday night as I was pulling into our driveway, Ryan was just about to take Cali for a long walk. He asked if I wanted to go with them and I was ecstatic because I never get to walk with him. I am usually taking Cali on my own because he is working out on his own–and let me tell you, walking alone with the puppy in the dark gets lonely after a while. They waited for me outside while I rushed in the house, dropped my purse and changed my clothes.

The route he took us on was not one I had ever done before, so it was really nice to get a change of scenery and it was an added bonus having someone to talk to (other than myself) while exercising. It was a little bit longer than my normal walks, which are usually about 25-30 minutes. This walk was about 45 minutes. I felt great after we got home and totally wanted to do that walk again.

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Exercise & Eating

Jan 29th, 2011 Posted in Aidan, Cali | 2 comments »

It is hard to keep up an exercise routine when you are tired ALL THE TIME! When I get in the car after a long day at work, I envision flopping down in bed for a nap. And some days, after an hour’s commute from work to home, that’s exactly what I do. But I try to get outside for a walk 3-4 times per week, usually 1.5 to 2 miles–just far enough to get my heart pumping.

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Cali, My Protector

Jan 25th, 2011 Posted in Aidan, Cali | one comment »

I think that Cali, my basenji-lab mix, was the first one who knew I was pregnant. Towards the last few days when I did not know I was pregnant, she was constantly leaning on me when I was on the couch and practically laying on top of me when we would be close to sleepy time in bed. After I found out that I was going to have a baby, I could see her doing this more and more.

Although she always followed me around before I was pregnant and would be at my heels or under foot throughout the house, she does so even more now than ever before. Even when I get up in the middle of the night to use the restroom, she will hop out of bed and sit at my feet in the bathroom and wait for me to finish. Then she follows me back to the bed, does her circle-pace-circle-pace to find the right spot and lets her body fall to the mattress with a flop and a groan as she leans up against my leg.

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On the 1st day of Christmas…

Jan 4th, 2011 Posted in Cali, Miscellaneous | no comment »

…I got a broken refrigerator and a busted connection from our heating unit to our condo. ¬†Fa la la la la – la la la la! Awesome! We knew the house was chilly; warm air (or any air at all for that matter) stopped filling our house on Dec 23. We called the fix-it guy and he came out, pounded on the roof for five minutes and said that the problem was solved. Well, he was WRONG!

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Here she comes!

Dec 9th, 2010 Posted in Cali, Miscellaneous | no comment »

The countdown is on. My mom will be in LA in 4 hours! Woohoo! I have a fun few days planned for just me and her. Once I pick her up from the Burbank airport this afternoon, we are making a few shopping stops and then heading home so she can see her grand-dog. Cali has been counting down the days on her basenji calendar to when she can see her Grandma from NH. Last time Grandma visited, she had Cali-cookies in her carry-on luggage in a zip-lock bag–one anxious basenji is hoping and praying that is the case this time.

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Because Mom Made It

Nov 29th, 2010 Posted in Cali, Miscellaneous | no comment »

There are certain foods made certain ways that I will ALWAYS love because that is what my Mom used to make for me when I wasn’t feeling well or was having a bad day. When I was younger, any kind of food would be considered “comfort” food for me. Let’s face it, I liked to eat.

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Squirrely Suicides

May 18th, 2010 Posted in Cali, Miscellaneous | one comment »

I counted three squirrel’s dead bodies on my way to work this morning. The first in the intersection outside my house; the second on the left side of the fast lane on the 101 heading South; the third in the middle of a back-road in Encino. I am writing this to all of you to make you aware of these Squirrely Suicides that have been increasing in frequency over the past few weeks.

All of these unfortunate deaths came to my attention while I was out on my usual week-day morning run with Cali in early May. There we were, trotting along and in the distance in the middle of the street, I saw a squirrel hunched over eating something. It was only seconds later when I saw two cars speeding down the street, quickly closing the distance between car and squirrel. Cali and I were both looking at the squirrel as we got closer, but the cars got there first and before I could shout out to warn the creature that its death was swiftly approaching – the squirrel looked at the car and – SQUISH.

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I think Cali needs this…

Apr 20th, 2010 Posted in Cali | no comment »

Exercise & Shake It Up!

Apr 6th, 2010 Posted in Cali, Miscellaneous | no comment »

For the past few months I have been following this exercise routine:

  • Monday – Run 1.5 Miles in the AM only
  • Tuesday – Run 1.5 Miles in the AM & PM
  • Wednesday – Run 1.5 Miles in the AM & PM
  • Thursday – Run 1.5 Miles in the AM & PM
  • Friday – Run 1.5 Miles in the AM only
  • Saturday/Sunday – Long Walks, whatever I feel up to

But recently, I have been switching the afternoon runs for a 2 – 2.5 mile walk. Now that the sun is out an extra hour longer after I get home from work, there’s plenty of time for a long walk. Cali keeps me at a steady pace so while I speed walk, she has time to take in the surroundings and work on her tan.

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Mar 30th, 2010 Posted in Cali | one comment »

A couple weekends ago, the weather was perfect for a hike on the Wildwood trail. I rubbed on the sunblock, fitted Cali with her harness and after Ryan got back from watching soccer at the local British pub, we were on our way.

We had a few good stretches on the trail without anyone else in sight where we could take Cali off her leash and let her roam the trails like a wild beast. She loved it! The lagoon and waterfall were incredible.

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