Our puppy is so ugly right now. Seriously, I still love her, I will always love her, but at the moment she’s going through a reeeeally awkward growth spurt, and she has been savagely, mercilessly beaten with the ugly stick. Her legs are all skinny and weird, and she’s oddly lanky for a Corgi, but the main thing is her head. Oh my GOD does she look stupid. Half her teeth are missing, so she’s got constant Derp Tongue, and she’s got a big bump on her snoot where the cartilage hasn’t caught up with the bone. What’s worse, she’s got crazy, buggy pug eyes right now. And they have different degrees of buggyness. Her right eye pops just a fraction more than her left, so it’s always wandering off to the east while her left eye looks straight ahead. Also we haven’t had rain, so the pollen counts are awful, so she’s got drippy eyes and her face is always stained. And to cap it all off, the poor ugly thing doesn’t feel good. She’s tired from the growth spurt, and her teeth hurt like a sonofabitch, so she’s afraid to eat her dinner. The last two meals have been a mix of soaked kibble and ground beef, so she doesn’t have to chew much, and she wants to eat it out of a HAND, not out of her BOWL. She’s got just four more baby teeth to lose, from what I can tell–one molar and three canines. When that molar comes out, I think she’ll feel a whole lot better. It’s loose, and I want to pull it so badly, but I don’t feel like losing a finger so I’ll just leave it alone.
On a positive note, her adult coat is growing in, and it is gorgeous, all wavy and bright red. I mostly try to focus on that and just avoid looking at her face.
Oh hi! It’s been a week. Between my own fight with the pollen count (I don’t normally suffer from allergies but holy crap my head feels like a bubble of snot), puppy not feeling well, and going straight from work to CrossFit to cooking/eating dinner to spending quality time with my darling to bed… my days have been jam-packed, and blogging has taken a backseat. Later on in my work season, as we start getting shows running and I’m at home during the day more often, it’ll be a little easier to post regularly. In the meantime, things will probably stay a little sporadic.
What have we been up to at CrossFit?
Last Saturday was the typical cardio-heavy, time-intensive, partner WOD. Coach often joins us in working out, so he rarely programs any heavy lifting. It’s mostly bodyweight movements that don’t require him to keep an eagle eye on everyone. It was stuff like box jumps, double unders, and a really fun station (no, seriously) that was a 10-minute AMRAP of ball slams, slam ball cleans, and slam ball wall balls. Wall balls are very different with the slam ball, and I kind of liked it better, although my tendency of catching the ball with my face made me a little nervous (I only did it twice).
Monday was for finding our 1-rep max on strict press, back squats, and power cleans. I PR’d on two of the three! My strict press went up to a whopping 68#. My power clean went to 98# (I wanted that 103# so badly but it wasn’t happening). My back squat ended up tied with my PR of 143#–I brain-farted trying 148# and went straight to 153#, and it was uggggly. I didn’t even go for three fails, the first two were so bad. I needed help bailing out of one of them; I lost my balance and started tipping forward, and there was no way I could chuck it off backward. Scared the crap out of the coach, but I was fine. It did highlight my lack of range-of-motion in my lower half. I always thought it was pretty good, but clearly it needs work, since the bar got ahead of me.
Tuesday was Helen! 400m run, 21 KB swings, and 12 pullups. I sort-of PR’d; my time went up by 20 seconds, but I was able to Rx the kettlebell part, so I’m calling it a win. I finished in 14:14 with jumping pullups. Next goal is to start working on banded pullups (the blue band is not enough, but adding the green band makes it too easy).
Wednesday was a Tabata. *grumble grumble* 20 seconds of work followed by 10 seconds of
trying not to barf rest, for 4 minutes on each movement. Box jumps, which I am SUPER proud of because it was a 20″ box and I jumped EVERY REP, situps, sumo deadlift high pulls, front squats, and hand-release pushups. My scores were 5, 11, 8, 5, and 6. That one killed me–I was okay Wednesday evening, but I got gradually more sore through the day yesterday, mostly in the abs and quads, which brings us up to…
…today. A series of AMRAPs! 3 minutes of 3 deadlifts/3 burpees. 3 minutes’ rest. Then 6 minutes of 6 squat cleans/6 burpees. Then 6 minutes’ rest. Then 9 minutes of 9 snatches/9 burpees. The deadlift round was fine–115#, and I got through 5 rounds + 4 reps. Then the wheels fell off. I don’t like squat cleans on a good day; catching the bar in a squat is scary (I am super careful with my squat, and I don’t like to move through it quickly). And today wasn’t a good day. I did my first round at 75#, then I took off the little plates and did 2 more rounds with 65#. 3 rounds in 6 minutes. Not great. The snatch round wasn’t too bad, I guess… I was just tired. I briefly considered snatching the empty 45# bar, but remembering my snatch failure from last week pushed me to make it 55#. And that was fine. I got it up. It hurt, and I had to rest a lot, but I got it up and it wasn’t ugly. I managed 2 rounds and 9 reps on that.
And now I’m home, bills are paid (pennies are being pinched til they squeak, but bills are paid), and we’re looking at a gorgeous long weekend (4 days, in my case!), which hopefully will bring some badly-needed rain.
All we need is a puppy that doesn’t look like a mutant. That might take a while.
I did not make it to CrossFit on Saturday. My back was still bugging me, and I thought it best to continue taking time off.
So what better way to rest my back than to go to Turkey Run State Park, meet up and have a cookout with Jason’s family, and go for a really, really muddy hike?
When I say “Jason’s entire family,” that’s no small thing. He’s the oldest of six boys. All of his brothers are married or seriously dating, and all but one have at least one kid. So with parents, brothers, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, and one aunt and uncle, there were 21 of us (22 if you count the puppy). We were all gathered because Jason’s third-youngest brother and family are leaving on a 16-month mission trip to South Africa very soon, and the in-laws wanted to get everyone together one more time before they take off.
It was also the oldest niece’s 11th birthday, so we had a good time! Everyone was feeling pretty good, including ready-to-explode Pregnant Sister-in-law, who has had a pretty rough time and is ready for the baby to born, like, yesterday.
My ability to hold it together in such a large group is pretty limited, though (what up, INFJs), so it wasn’t much time at all before I needed to get out for a hike. At first we thought it was just going to be Jason, me, Tegan, one brother, and his wife (they’re the ones we hang out with the most, so they don’t really drain me). Then we realize another brother and wife are following along. And then we realize… the whole.group. is coming with us. I just about had a meltdown before we even got to the trailhead, but I kept it together.
But then… we got out near the trails, and even though I could hear the strains of hundreds of park visitors through the ravines and trees, my blood pressure sloooowly started to dissipate and I began to enjoy the wonder that is an Indiana state park in July.
After that, the trail became a little treacherous. It would have been okay if we didn’t have an excited puppy, an expensive camera, and half the family chattering away while I tried to concentrate on not sliding into a ravine, but… that’s what we had. It had just rained that morning, so everything was slick and wet, and even if it hadn’t rained, most of the trail was narrow, rocky, mossy, and covered with decomposing woodland material. Jason and I always hike in our Vibram Five Fingers and while they grip like crazy, you can’t really expect anything to grip that kind of surface without fail. I was starting to get a little nervous, and when we got boxed into a canyon with some lost-looking strangers, Jason and I decided it was in our best interests to let the family go on without us while we backtracked to an easier trail. They had already gone up the side of the canyon and carried on, so we sent our neice ahead to let everyone know and we turned back.
After we got back to the gravel section of the trail, it was just a smooth, flat, wide path atop the cliffs along the creek. There wasn’t much to look at, but honestly, we didn’t mind–Tegan is still so little, and we want her to like hiking. She was being a really good girl–she happily greeted all the other people we met, she stayed on the path without trying to go diving into the underbrush, and she wasn’t prissy about getting dirty.
By the time we finished our hike/walk, Tegan looked like a homeless guy’s beard. Her belly and feathers were just a mess of black, gritty dreadlocks, and her white bib was gray all the way up to her chin. Thankfully she’s really good about bathtime; she got a good scrubbing when we got home and her white parts shined right up. And she slept really, really well Saturday night. But you know what, she is going to be one awesome hiking buddy when she grows up. I can’t wait to take her camping next summer!
Yesterday. I was still sore. I began to think maybe it wasn’t muscular at all… maybe I was having some kind of weird, symptom-free kidney failure (Jason’s paranoia is rubbing off on me). I’ve never had a pulled muscle hurt for quite this long. So I decided today I’d go to the doctor.
Got up this morning… my Primary Care Physician can’t get me in until THE END OF AUGUST, because I guess when your HMO forces you to choose a doctor off a list and you can only ever go to that doctor unless it’s an emergency or a specific referral, and they put her name on your insurance card, you’re still technically a “new patient” after three years if you never actually schedule an appointment of any sort. THIS IS MY PUNISHMENT FOR BEING HEALTHY. I’m sorry I haven’t needed her services. I guess I should have gone in for a baseline physical, but ugh… paying someone to tell me “Yep, you’re in great shape, keep up the good work”? Grrrrrrrr.
So I went to urgent care. And apparently I have pulled an intercostal muscle, which is between ribs (which is EXACTLY WHAT I ORIGINALLY THOUGHT I had done). The reason it hadn’t gotten any better is because they typically take longer to heal; they never get a break, what with breathing and bending and being a living human being. So the treatment is NSAIDs (they wrote a prescription, but I don’t need prescription-strength), ice, and rest. The doctor also provided a script for muscle relaxers, but that’s completely unnecessary; it’s not interfering with sleep. So I’m not going to have that one filled either.
So I paid someone to tell me to do exactly what I’ve been doing, just wait a little longer, and go back to CrossFit when I feel able.
I hate health care.
Tegan is growing. She’s about a half-inch away from being able to jump on the couch herself. This could be problematic. She’s even starting to lose her baby face–we’re starting to see Grown-Up Tegan.
At this moment, she is playing an odd game of fetch with herself. One toy (a Mr. Bill doll) is on one side of the living room. Another toy (a giant red lobster) is on the other side of the room. For the last ten minutes, she’s been pouncing on one toy and furiously attacking it for about fifteen seconds, then racing away to the other toy and attacking that one for a few seconds. Repeat over and over and over.
I’m waiting for her to squeeze Mr. Bill’s voice box. She doesn’t like it when he goes OH NOOOOOOO. She drops him and barks at him like “YOU SCARED ME, YOU SONOFABITCH!” And then she goes right back to chewing and shaking him. It’s pretty hilarious.
Don’t wanna be all by myself anymore.
Jason had to go to Iowa for work this week; he left yesterday a little after noon. We had to go to CrossFit in the morning, which was really nice. As much as I love going, I also love getting it out of the way early.
Yesterday’s WOD was tough; started off with 5×5 front squats, on which I got a PR (5 reps @ 103#, yeyyyy). Then we moved into the next part of the WOD, which was 3 rounds, 5 minutes each, ladder up by 2 on the second movement, with two minutes’ rest between each round:
10 jumping air squats, chest-to-bar pullups
20 DU/50 singles, med ball cleans
5 burpees, kettlebell swings
I scaled with banded pullups (for the first time!), and I used a 14# ball and a 30# KB. Made it to 8 pullups, 8 cleans, and 10 swings. All my burpees were unbroken! Only 5 at a time, I know, BUT STILL. UNBROKEN. But after all those squats to start with… holy crap, my legs were toast. And then they wanted us to jump squat? And clean? Sadists, the lot of them.
Anyway… so puppy was crated for an hour and a half while we WODed, and again for nearly three hours while I took Jason to the airport (and had delicious sushi for lunch from the best cheap sushi place on the planet). So she was kind of climbing the walls when I got home. She played crazy-crazy for a couple hours, then took a nap before dinner.
After dinner… she became possessed by demons.
Ordinarily, Jason and I will take turns playing with her in the evenings, and when we tag-team her like that, we can have her worn out and ready for bed by about 9:00. She naps for a while, we take her out for one final pee at about 10:30, and she’s in her crate by 10:45, when we go to bed. She’s good about her crate; she’ll settle right down, and when she starts stirring at around 3, Jason takes her out to pee. She’ll go right back to sleep when he puts her back, and she wakes up around sunrise. I take her out for the morning pee, and we start our day. It works perfectly.
Last night, she was having NONE OF IT. I could not get her to settle down for anything. She was all over the place, barking in my face, biting at everything she could reach, just being a crazy meth dog. And when I finally called it quits and put us both to bed, she settled down… until her 3:30am constitutional. She would NOT go back to sleep after that, just sat in her crate whining and circling and obsessively (and noisily) licking her butt (and barking at her butt when she couldn’t quite reach the spot she wanted). She hasn’t cried in her crate since the third night we had her, so I don’t know what her problem was, unless she was really that upset that I took her out for the middle-of-the-night pee, instead of Jason (TRUST ME, DOG, I WASN’T TOO THRILLED EITHER).
So far today she seems mostly normal, but we’ll see. I’m taking her to the park this evening for a nice long walk; hopefully that will help. We can’t take long walks from home; we live in the country, and all our neighbors let their large dogs run loose. We can go a few hundred yards down the road in each direction, but other than that we’re stuck circling our property. Normally a rowdy game of fetch or keep-away is more than enough exercise, but I know she needs a change of scenery too. It’s just hard to walk every day when we have to drive her somewhere to do it. It’s funny, because at home she’s a pain in the ass on-leash; at the park, she’s an angel and a joy to walk.
Today’s WOD was fun. We paired up and did 4 rounds of 400m run and max rep clean & jerk. Partner 1 ran while Partner 2 lifted; when Partner 1 got back we switched places. I was lifting 63#, which is admittedly slightly lower than what I could (and probably should) have done, but a) my partner was new and b) OMFG I WAS SO TIRED. I got in 30 reps, so I was happy with that. Round numbers please me so.
And now I’m back home, I had a big brunch, puppy is being sweet, I’m finally caffeinated, and I have all 3 seasons of Downton Abbey on Blu-Ray that require viewing. I’ll enjoy it while I can.
Tegan and I miss Jason. Monday can’t get here soon enough.
You know how new parents can’t talk about anything but their children and how amazing they are? New puppy parents are the same way.
Our puppy is amazing.
She is SO SMART. She’s barely 2 months old, and she’s already potty trained. WITH NO ACCIDENTS. She’ll even ask to go outside when she needs to. She’s good at entertaining herself–most of the time when she’s playing, she’s happy to just chew and shake her toys; it’s only when she gets really wound up that she wants someone to play with her. She’s great in the car; she settles right down to sleep and stays there until we reach our destination. She’s in her snappy alligator phase, but she’s getting better at “no bite.” The only thing we’re really struggling with is the fact that she insists on chewing the carpet. We have carpet in one room, and it’s kind of a stringy, semi-shaggy style. She just digs her little teeth in and yanks on it, and when she gets going it’s really, really hard to get her to stop. Reprimands don’t work, and she completely ignores other toys if you try to redirect her. Bitter apple spray works, but I’m afraid we’re going to have to do the whole room; she has her favorite spots, but she’s an equal-opportunity chewer.
We need to get some pictures of her at play, but at the moment, we’re mostly working in shifts (one watches puppy while the other does chores/cooks/showers/etc) so sleeping pictures are easier. She does sleep a lot at this stage (almost always on the granite hearth of our fireplace).
Now… she needs to learn not to chase the cat. Cat has knives in her paws and she’s not afraid to use them.