Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Reunited, and it feels so good!

My laptop is home, and the world is right again!!  Waffles sure missed sleeping on it, and walking all over it while i try to type.

My weekend was (shocker) jam packed.  Friday night, we went and saw GirlTalk!
This was my third time seeing girl talk, and it did not disappoint!  As usual, i sweat more than i normally do during a 20 mile run.  It gets so freaking hot in the Congress theatre, especially when you are smushed in with so many people trying to dance to a perfect fusion of music from the 80's and hip hop.

We didn't end up going to bed until almost 4:30, which is when i usually wake up to go running.  Needless to say, i was useless saturday.  I did some cleaning, and met up with rachel to run some Team Run for HD errands, and that was it.  Sunday morning, i had a 20 miler on deck, and ran with the Sunday CARA group.  They were all really nice - it's a MUCH smaller group (maybe 10-12? way better than 50)  The only downside was the 90 percent humidity.  It was so unbearably swampy.  I actually was wringing out my clothes at all the water stops.  I ran into Pete B at mile 18, and he slowed down long enough for a photo op and quick hello - man is he fast!!
I look like i just took a dip in lake michigan!

After my run, it was time for puppy class.  It was bad.  Like, real bad.  She does fine when we work with her at home, but as soon as she enters petsmart, she goes beserk because of all the other dogs.  She will not heel.  All she does is pull as hard as she can, sometimes flipping herself over with excitement.  We had to get a special super intense harness that goes around her mouth and pulls her snout down whenever she pulls.  Upon putting it on, she laid on in the middle aisle of the store, and REFUSED to move.  At all.  It was a full fledged temper tantrum.  They even recruited a SECOND trainer to try and work with her, and it ended up being a complete, embarrassing failure, and we carried the little brat out of the store.

We were so stressed, we stopped at a bar after dropping her off.  In the middle of the day.
Then we had to get home to start cooking dinner, because Matt's parents were in town.  Thanks to Kelsey at Ready, Set, Feast, i had the recipe to make the same green beans that Matt and i had when we went to Girl and the Goat!  Believe it or not, it was a total success, and they were AMAZING!!

Then on Monday, we took them on an architecture boat tour down town - it was perfect weather, and i was so impressed by some of the history of Chicago i didn't know, despite living here for so long!
Matt was in charge of the camera, and neglected to photograph any of the modern/international style buildings, which were my favorite.  (Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe is my homeboy.)

We also went exploring in the city, and by the time Matt and i got home, we were EXHAUSTED!   Such a fun weekend - now time to get ready for the Chicago Half Marathon next weekend!!

22 comments:

  1. YUM! I'll have to make the green beans at home, or you could just make them for me and bring them to my apt. Speaking of my apt, did Matt purposly cut out my apt building in the first chicago picture? That's rude, tell him I'm mad at him.

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  2. Nice "running" into you too! Yes, this muggy weather is for the dogs. I look so sweaty that it looks like I just ran a full marathon, not mile 13 of 16! Again, poor Waffles. She seems to have a mind of her own. Look on the bright side, she is setting the obedience hurdle so low, that if she finally comes around and obeys just a little bit, you guys will be ecstatic! Congrats on still rocking it out at Girl Talk in the midst of your marathon training. :-)

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    1. I love her free spirit, just not when it's embarrassing me in public!

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  3. Oh Waffles. Is there any hope?! I love your Waffles stories... so I kind of hope not!

    Isn't the boat tour fab? I have done it several times with different people (TWSS, HAHAHAHAH) because I like it so much! And I work in a Mies building ;)

    Happy you were able to fit your 20 in despite the weekend craziness!!!

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    1. I mayyyyy have cut it at 19 due to cramping, but close enough :) I have a feeling that there will always be waffles stories.... :D

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  4. Ahhhh so jealous that you saw girl talk!! I bet that was freaking insane!!! YESSSS. Also, hooray for having a working computer again! I bet that feels awesome!

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  5. But bad dogs make for the best stories! Seriously, though, my first dog would do the same thing when my dad tried to take him to obedience class. That dog basically became a Schnauzer-shaped floor mop.

    Also, tell me more about this Girl Talk thing. I am intrigued...

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    1. really? I am going to have to send you something to listen to. It's AMAZING!

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  6. Oh Waffles you are lucky you are so darn cute! I love that boat tour. We did it this summer again after many years and there are SO many new buildings.
    It was 100% humidity this morning. Joy.

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    1. I know! I had never really gotten to see the Trump tower before in its entirety!

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  7. Sorry but so glad to hear about Waffles and his issues....just love knowing I am not alone in the dog eat dog world days...today the kids started school....first day for the pup to be home with me and the other animals (who sleep most of the day away)...HE was NOT happy...there was a lot of whining going on and the dog was barking too...ha!

    Every time I left the room the pup was in he barked or whined....Oh, we will be breaking him of THAT ....I hope!

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    1. Thats my only saving grace - her breed can't bark! Everyone always compliments me on training her not to bark, haha

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  8. Oh puppy school...we went through that with one dog and because of that couldn't put the other dog through. Our experience wasn't the greatest, but at least she got a snazzy diploma out the deal that I did frame and hang on our wall. Yep, I am that crazy dog mom.
    I am sure that Waffles will eventually get the hang of it. She seems pretty smart. :-)

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    1. Oh, our certificate from beginners class is totally on the fridge right now. So proud, haha.

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  9. green bean recipe?? Will you share it?

    Waffles is so funny.

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    1. I embedded a link, so all you have to do is click on the word green beans in the post!

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  10. I love the architectural boat tour. I've taken it a few times, and I love anything that relates to the history of Chicago, and I also love boat rides, so it's a win-win for me.

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    1. Same! despite my fear of water, i LOVE boats!!

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  11. Ari has the same snout harness...the "gentle leader". He throws himself down and rolls on the ground, rubbing his face on whatever he can get near. I feel your pain.

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    1. YES! It is totally the gentle leader, and there is nothing gentle about it, other than that it shames them into laying on the ground and looking sad.

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