10 Reasons Why I Love to Run

Posted by on Jun 19, 2016 in effingthedog | 0 comments

10 Reasons Why I Love to Run

Who are we really trying to kid here? Reason number 7 that I love to run was something I discovered this weekend at the Lee Foster Memorial 5 Mile Run in Saint Marys (being the 7th race of my life – and my quest to 30, I thought it was fitting). Let me start this recap by saying in the days leading up to this race, my motivation to go run it tanked dramatically. I don’t know why, but I was extremely nervous for this one. I knew it was just a flat out and back, I knew I could run 5 miles (seriously, I just ran 10 the Monday before, and it...

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It’s The Little Things

Posted by on Jun 9, 2016 in effingthedog | 0 comments

It’s The Little Things

Tonight I went to a neighborhood party and it was actually fun! Nothing crazy happened. We ate, drank, talked and laughed. Neither of the boys had any kind of meltdown, they both ate something and neither of them got into any kind of scuffle with any of the other dozen or so toddlers at the party. They’re just getting to that age when the two of them can each play and have enough direction from us to be “good” boys (or at least have the potential to be). So I’m happy. I’m just happy that we could be at a social...

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One Day Power Vacation

Posted by on May 28, 2016 in effingthedog | 0 comments

One Day Power Vacation

I felt really free today. One day of vacation with my husband at a hotel in a fun city. We’re going back home tomorrow. One day is perfect! I could enjoy it without guilt. We stayed late at dinner with friends. In fact, we talked until after MIDNIGHT, which is way later than our usual bedtime! I didn’t think once about what time it was or about having to rush home to relieve the babysitter. But I’m also so happy to go back tomorrow to see the kids. I think that long vacations are totally over rated. One good day is much...

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Like Water Off A Duck’s Back

Posted by on May 14, 2016 in effingthedog | 0 comments

Flying back from our vacation today was quit a hectic affair. With a toddler and a lap child in tow, we trekked through the jungle that is the airport and somehow made it through our flights. There were numerous ups and downs as you might expect on an all day traveling extravaganza with kids but one moment stood out for me. There was a woman sitting in front of us that was very agitated during the flight. She was frustrated with the person sitting in her row that kept going to the bathroom and she made sure all of us around her knew it. She...

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Bah-humbug!

Posted by on May 7, 2016 in effingthedog | 0 comments

I hate Christmas and the whole damn holiday season. Here’s why: They start stocking the store shelves with all the Christmas froufrou at the beginning of September. By the end of November I am so tired of looking at all the shit that I want to stick toothpicks in my eyeballs and serve them as cocktail onions just to keep from having to look at the crap a minute longer. I used to wonder how people justify spending so much money to decorate their homes for one stinking holiday, but now I know. They start putting the shit up after Halloween and...

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Letting go a little

Posted by on Apr 29, 2016 in effingthedog | 0 comments

Letting go a little

Oliver started with a cold this weekend and coupled with the giant boulders he’s cutting, he’s been quite crabby at times. The thing with him, though, is that even though he’s a right stinker when he’s in a pissy mood, he’s so bloody cute that it’s hard not to want to fold him up in your arms and smother him with slobbery kisses, even after he’s walked up to you and spontaneously punched the mug you were cradling, knocking coffee all over you. Over the last couple of weeks I’ve noticed a big difference in Oliver, and I think part of it has to...

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Vengeance Is Mine Saith The Fox

Posted by on Apr 7, 2016 in effingthedog | 0 comments

Almost two weeks of sheer bliss have gone by without hearing from my ex-boyfriend, but then I get a phone call from him today. He called about some winter clothes that he says he has in my storage room, but I am pretty certain that he got all of his clothes when we broke up. It was just another excuse for him to try to cling on to a relationship that was over long before we broke up. I asked him why he felt it necessary to call my father at work to “tell on me”. His only defense was that he was mad. Well, no shit. I was mad too. Maybe I...

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On to Middle School!

Posted by on Mar 22, 2016 in effingthedog | 0 comments

On to Middle School!

My 10 year old (soon to be 11 year old) is now a 6th Grader. I am so proud of him and yet I can’t help feel sad. He is my little one! He is almost as tall as me and I am sure he will surpass me in height pretty soon. I have often imagined myself needing a stool to step up and talk to him as he is older. Still, he is my baby. He is such a wonderful child.  He finished 5th grade with a bang. Yesterday, they had their class picnic which is a great way to end the school year. I volunteered to help out at the class picnic.. I signed up for...

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Just Shy of Crazy

Posted by on Mar 7, 2016 in effingthedog | 0 comments

Yesterday started off like any other. I woke up, wrangled the dogs for a little while, then laced up my Salamon’s for some backyard hill sprints. My current training program calls for track speed work today, but in the wonderful world of trail running, that’s about irrelevant right now, and the more proficient I get on these hills (both up and down) the better off I’m going to be. After about a million four of those, I did a quick Tough Mudder inspired strength finisher ala carrying logs. There’s a quarter mile trail loop behind my house and...

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Why not you come closer and inspect the Julia?

Posted by on Feb 26, 2016 in effingthedog | 0 comments

Seven reasons why yesterday kicked serious ass: 1) I put on a pair of pants that I haven’t been able to stuff myself in to since college…and the fuckers fit! BOOYA! 2) I snagged a washer and dryer for $450. We included our washer/dryer in the sale of this house thinking that we’d buy a nice new set when we moved. After we found our new house, however, we decided to try and get the cheapest price we could for new appliances in order to have more money to do other, funner cosmetic things like painting and a funky backsplash for the kitchen and...

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