Do you ever have those times where you are getting tons of things done, you are checking things off your list left and right and it feels really, really great. But then all of a sudden you stop doing a ton of things. Like you take a break because you earned it but that break seems to have taken on a life of its own and you find it won't release you? That's where I have been this week, maybe the week before that too. Of course when you have one of those wonderful spurts of being super productive, going back to normal can feel like you are doing less than you are. This down turn usually leaves me feeling very sloth-like. Which might be evidenced by the title of this post "things" because that's about the only kind of words my mind can muster at this point (i am probably going to reuse that word a lot in this post). I am hopeful, this weekend will prove to release me of feeling like even the smallest of tasks make me want to groan.
But speaking of things, while I don't feel I am on the same roll I was a few weeks ago of accomplishing the many extra things I want to do (you know those things that are above and beyond the things I have no choice but to do, or should do, or need to do), I have been doing a lot of something I haven't really done to this degree before, and that is care for a dog. It's a lot of work!
I am trying to be very diligent and committed to training her (i've also been watching the dog whisperer a lot and i don't want one of those dogs. i can't afford to hire caesar millan). She now sits, lays down and stays - but pretty much only when treats are placed in front of her face before hand (or when I get the leash out). Sometimes when she remember that she loves treats she starts wildly doing all of these things in front of me in rapid succession (it's pretty cute). Sometimes I think she's really smart and other times I can't figure out what exactly she's grasping from all of this. While she walks on a leash with me like a champ, she also started spinning in circles when we are inside. When she's not spinning she's wandering from door to door, from me to door, from door to the middle of the room. And this might go without saying now, but she never lays down unless she's in her crate. I told this to a trainer and he said it sounds like "stress response" and asked me to remove all stressors - which would be everyone in my house most likely. He also let me know it could turn into OCD if I don't deal with it "properly." So, the positive is she's feeling much better, but the negative is, if I don't train her right she might just spin in circles forever. She's also still sweet as can be when you force her to cuddle (ie give her treats on the couch while you pet her or carry her around with her head on your shoulder - she loves that) or for the 15 seconds between taking our 100th walk of the day, playing tug of war, getting treats, er, I mean training her and chewing. I am making it sound worse than it is, but I have been trying to figure her out and that is a big thing to do I have realized.
I also did two things this week I swore I'd never do: I bought an umbrella and I bought dog clothes. The umbrella, well, we just don't use umbrellas here so that's why I have not done so before. People do double takes if they see someone who has an umbrella in this town. But my new morning routine replaced my old one of waking up to have a little snuggle time on the couch with my coffee, to pulling on my boots and going outside to stand in the rain before my coffee. It's nice not to be freezing and soaking wet first thing in the morning. Though I am not sure how long that little nylon shelter will last me, it's become a source of many a battles already between M+L. And the dog clothes, same thing, having a wet dog first thing in the morning wasn't my favorite either. I thought it was hideous as I buying it but as soon as I put it on it became adorable, and now I fear myself. (also milo has taken to wearing one glove, 100% of the time, that's what that bottom photo is about. and hot chocolate, it's also about that because it's that time of year. yum).
Have a happy weekend. xo