Milk disaster

What do you think how much damage a half gallon of milk can cause? To me, A LOT. Just thinking about what happened yesterday makes me frown 😦

Yesterday morning, I needed to go get some milk. Since the milk store we buy the milk opens at 10 am, I killed some time at the grocery store buying sweet potatoes and olive oil. Because of the cashier’s fault, I got the sweet potatoes for free πŸ™‚ Then I went to Oberweis and got two half gallons of fat free milk and a 2% chocolate milk – my post run treat – and headed back home. It was a dark and damp morning and the rain was on and off. Not ideal weather to ride a bicycle recklessly near a busy intersection. I saw one guy on a bike crossing the road despite the red light. The car in front of me stopped and I put the brakes on too. That was when I heard the crashing sound from behind. No, it wasn’t a car accident. It was the sound that one of the milk bottles – fat free milk – broke. I still don’t know how that happened. When I put the brakes on, the milk bottle carrier must have slid forward, but how one bottle out of three got broken into pieces like that, I really don’t know. Especially since the milk bottles are in the carrier which hugs the bottles and provides some barrier between them.

I moved the car to the nearby restaurant parking lot quickly and used paper towels to clean the trunk. It was a disaster. Broken glass and milk everywhere. I tried to absorb as much of the milk as fast as possible. It was a cool morning but I was sweating so much. If I was driving the other car, I would only worry about the milk smell. But it was our new hybrid car. The Prius V has the hybrid battery pack under the trunk and the manual warns the owner not to spill liquids. I was worried sick. What if the hybrid battery were damaged? That will cost us a couple of thousand dollars. I called my husband and told him about what happened. He worried about me and tried to calm me down. Maybe I sounded like a crazy woman.

He came back home early and we went to the Toyota dealer to check the car. It was supposed to be my rest day but I spent the morning cleaning the spilled milk in the car like crazy and spent the afternoon at the car dealer shop. After waiting about an hour and a half anxiously, we got the good news that the hybrid battery wasn’t damaged. We needed to wait another hour or so. They sucked out the milk from the mats and carpet as much as they can and shampooed them. We paid about 100 dollars. But the stress I got the whole day was immeasurable. It was raining on our way back home. We couldn’t open the windows and the smell of the shampoo was pretty strong. I was exhausted physically and mentally. I thought I will not drink milk for awhile because of this.

It was not surprising I didn’t feel good this morning. My throat was very sore and swollen and even my tongue was sore. I woke up early to go to the trail but I changed my mind and rested more. After resting two hours, I started to feel better. The weather was too nice to stay at home. So I went to the trail with Cappy. The temperature was not bad but the sun was strong. I brought Jeter’s cooling vest and put it on Cappy. She was running okay for awhile but as the temperature went up, her pace started to slow down.Β It felt hot for me too. So I ended our run at 2 miles and came back.

“It’s hotter than we thought!”

Cappy enjoyed the car ride and cool air in the front seat – usually my dogs sit in the back seat for their safety just like human kids but today I drove the 3 door hatchback car. That’s the only time my corgis sit in the front seat. After we came back home, I went out alone and ran 1.2 miles more. Even though she ran just 2 miles, the strong sun made Cappy tired – later in the afternoon when I took my corgis out, it felt much cooler than the morning. But running made her happy.Β She looked like she was smiling while she was taking her nap πŸ™‚

“How could you do this to me!”

 

However, unlike Cappy, Jeter was grumpy. When I came back home, he gave me a pouting look. He wasn’t happy about me taking only Cappy. Sorry little buddy, but you will have quality time with me tomorrow -) Taking one corgi at a time is easier for me and good for them since their running style is different. And they can rest and not overdo it.

Overall, it was a much better day than yesterday. No milk disaster and I ran with my corgi. Oh, and I drank milk – the chocolate milk after the run – without being haunted by yesterday’s memory πŸ˜‰

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Tiring out my corgis :-)

As every corgi owners know so well, tiring a corgi out is a really hard thing to achieve. And even if you somehow succeed doing that, these little buggers recover from fatigue so quickly and start zoomies around the house or bring the ball to you to throw for them. But we, corgi owners, can’t give up. Because tired pups are happy pups and you know how cute the corgis are when they get tired out πŸ™‚

After running 4.6 miles at the Forest Preserve Trail yesterday, Jeter and Cappy looked tired. But they were back to their usual ‘Energizer Bunny’ mode soon after taking some rest. So I took them to the trail again today. My husband stayed at home because of a knee problem. It was another cool morning. The temperature was 63 degrees when we started at 7 am. But it wasn’t sunny like yesterday and felt more humid. Without the bright sunshine, the grass stayed wet with the morning dew. I think that added more humidity to the air. And the wetness to my corgis’ bellies and their 8 legs πŸ™‚

We started our running. My corgis’ pace was definitely slower than yesterday. Even my little ‘Speed Demon’ Cappy didn’t try to run like a sprinter this morning. It was good for me because I didn’t want to run hard two days in a row. It felt great but I can’t take a risk of getting injured. I don’t forget that I just got back to running from weeks of non-running. Running with my corgis at a comfortable pace made me feel so happy but it didn’t last long. After 1 mile, Jeter started to slow down and so did Cappy about a half mile later. So I let them walk for awhile then ran slowly again. Today’s mileage at the trail was 3.6 miles. I wanted to run more but I didn’t want to drag my corgis. Jeter looked tired but Cappy still seemed to have some energy left. So when we came back home, I took Cappy out and ran 0.6 miles more at a faster pace. Then she looked tired too. Running 8+ miles in two days can tire your pups out πŸ™‚

Jeter and Cappy rested almost all day. They fell asleep at one spot for a few minutes and moved to other spots and slept there for an hour or so. Jeter even went under the doggy bed a few times. I don’t know why he did that but it was quite funny to watch πŸ™‚

“Don’t wake me up please….”

They will start to act like not-that-tired-corgis sooner rather than later. But I will give them(and me) a rest day tomorrow.

Beautiful day to run with my corgis

You don’t expect to have a nice sunny Saturday morning with the temperature around the low 60’s that often in August. So if you have that kind of weather, you should go out and enjoy it. That’s what we did this morning. It was the perfect day to run with my corgis πŸ™‚

My husband and I went to the Forest Preserve Bike Trail with our corgis this morning. It was 61 degrees at the trail when we started. Jeter and Cappy were full of energy. They didn’t get a chance to run with me since last Sunday. They loved the cooler air. From the start, Cappy was like an Olympics sprint runner. She must have been inspired by Usain Bolt πŸ™‚ Usually I manage to make her walk some as the warm up before we start to run, but today it was impossible for me to stop her from running. So I shortened the warm up walk and ran with her. Even though I’m more of a penguin runner, I was able to run with a faster pace today and Cappy looked so happy. She looked as if every hair on her body was trembling with the great joy of running. I don’t remember when was the last time I ran this hard. It would be a lie if I said I didn’t worry about myself while I was running this morning but I should admit that it actually felt great.

“Daddy, give us some treats!!!”

Cappy wanted to keep running and she wanted to run fast. Usually, when the temperature was higher than today, she would start to slow down after 2-3 miles of run/walk repeats, but today wasn’t that case. Jeter wanted to run too. So for awhile I took his leash too and ran with two corgis. But our sweet Jeter went back to my husband and walked with him later. He didn’t want his beloved Daddy to walk alone πŸ™‚ Cappy checked on my husband too. Every time she couldn’t see my husband and Jeter because of the curved trail, she wanted go back. So we actually ran back and forth several times πŸ™‚ My total mileage for today was 4.6 miles. Cappy ran pretty well even at the end of the run. My legs felt great and breathing was good. It was the best run for me in weeks and I felt like being a runner again!

“Cappy and I had a great time today!! “

When they came back home, they enjoyed the homemade frozen treat and rested on their clean doggy beds. I had a big doggy related laundry day yesterday. Washing and drying 5 dog beds, 3 crate pads, 3 blankets, and some more doggy related things was not a piece of cake. But the more labor intensive part was getting rid of all of their hairs which were embedded in their beds/blankets/pads and refused to be removed. I needed to vacuum the floor first very thoroughly before I tackled the dog hair removal task – and vacuumed again after. Then I used the Dyson, a lint roller and my hands to pick up dog hairs as much as I could before I put them into the washer. It took so much time, effort and patience. Human laundry is much easier! πŸ™‚ Of course I washed my corgis’ beds and blankets many times before, but never washed everything on the same day. I don’t know what I was thinking yesterday. Once those agonizing pre-wash tasks were done, I did 3 loads of laundry. Jeter and Cappy looked lost while all of their beds were gone πŸ™‚ After I put the beds together I put them on the floor, my corgis jumped on them right away before I could put them where they usually placed. I think they missed their beds πŸ™‚

“Don’t take away our beds again!!!!”

We turned off the air conditioner again today and opened the windows. It felt good to enjoy the fresh air. ( the only downside to this are the loud neighbors.) Hope this kind of nice weather stays a few more days. ( But wish the neighbors would quiet down!)

Things are looking up :-)

Yesterday I went back to the radiology office to take a chest X-ray. It was crowded in the waiting room. No wonder, their machine went down all day yesterday. I prepared myself for waiting there quite a long time but to my surprise, they worked pretty fast. Actually I waited a little bit, took two X-rays, and came out in less than 20 minutes! I wondered why they didn’t work like that before. Anyway, spending less time at the radiology office was good πŸ™‚

This morning after I came back from the gym, I got a phone call from my doctor. He said he got the X-ray result and everything looked cleared. I was glad to hear that. And my blood test results came out good too. Yay!! No more effin’ pneumonia!!!!

It was drizzling on and off all day. Even though it didn’t rain as much as many people want, the temperature was so comfortable. My corgis love this cooler weather. They seemed to enjoy the afternoon walk more today. If there was no thunderstorm forecast, I would take them to the trail. The weathermen said the weather will be very beautiful this weekend and Jeter and Cappy will have some good times at the trail with us. Anyway, these days Jeter and Cappy spend lots of time on the window bench. Sometimes together, sometimes they take turns. But the other day, I saw them falling asleep on the bench together for the first time. They looked just so adorable. You can see Jeter’s nose was in the sheer curtain πŸ™‚

I took the sheer curtain away from Jeter’s face and they still didn’t move and kept sleeping.

“This is a very good napping spot…Don’t wake us up… Zzzzzzz”

Today, I walked/ran 3.2 miles on a treadmill at the gym. I ran more and faster but still in a careful way. It felt good and I sweated a lot. Little by little, I’m going to get my fitness back.

Rest day at the doctor’s office

After running two days in a row, I had a rest day from running. But I felt more tired than a running day because every time I go to the doctor’s office, I got exhausted mentally. Even though our family doctor is very kind and nice, I still get nervous. I think the bad experience I had with the previous one – I’d rather call him a quack – has something to do with this. Anyway, today I had a doctor’s appointment and it went pretty well. Dr.C was happy about my progress. Well…I definitely looked better today than the last time he saw me which was when I had pneumonia. Even though I still have a sore throat, he said that I don’t need to worry about it too much. He was glad I started to run again. He prescribed Albuterol to relax and open the air passage to the lungs when I run outside on a very humid day – use it 15 minutes before the exercise. It would prevent my lungs from working too hard and getting sick again. Let’s see how much it will help my running.

Dr.C wanted me to take another chest X-ray to make sure everything was cleared. But when I got to the radiology office, they said their X-ray machine went down. I need to go back there tomorrow. Inconvenience? yes. But I understand things happen. I just have one more thing to do tomorrow πŸ™‚

Corgis rested, I ran :-)

I ran again today – two days in a row at the Forest Preserve Bike Trail and in the bright sun. I think I got enough Vitamin D πŸ™‚

Today’s run was a corgiless run. Even in the early morning, the sun was strong. That makes it hotter since there are not that much shade on the trail. And Jeter and Cappy still looked a little bit tired after they walked/ran 4.5 miles yesterday. So I let them rest more and drove to the trail. It was about 75 degrees when I started but it felt so much hotter. Leaving my corgis at home was the right decision. If I brought them with me, they would have parked their butts even before the 1 mile mark πŸ™‚ With my iPod on, I started running. I’m still doing walk/ run repeats but today I ran more and actually I ran faster. On Monday morning, the trail was less crowded and more peaceful. I felt pretty good and enjoyed running a lot. I finished my run in just the right time because when I headed back to my car, I smelled cigar. Then I saw a guy was riding a bike smoking a cigar!! I felt sorry for runners behind him. I don’t think what that bike rider was doing was very considerate. It is outdoors but he shouldn’t be selfish like that at other people’s cost. Who wants to inhale someone else’s cigar smoke when you’re out on the trail in the morning for exercise???

Anyway, I ran 4 miles today. It was kind of a ‘pick-me-up’ run and made me happy. My corgis looked happy to see me when I came back home. I think they enjoyed the rest day today. I gave them lots of hugs and kisses and got more from them. It was a good day for me and my corgis.

Sunday family exercise

My husband and I like to go to the trail on the weekend. But yesterday, it was too hot and humid even early in the morning. And I felt quite tired after I came back from the gym on Friday.(I walked/ran 2.2 miles that day.) I think I’m still not strong enough to run two days in a row. I need to remember it will take time to build the endurance back and I shouldn’t rush or try to do too much too soon. Today, the weather was much cooler than yesterday but I still couldn’t get up as early as I wanted. I didn’t feel good and had no energy. So my husband let me sleep more and took Jeter and Cappy out. They went to the nearby park and walked 1.5 mile. When they came back, I felt a little bit better thanks to the extra sleep. It was still early and the temperature was not that bad so we decided to go to the Forest Preserve Bike Trail.

It was a sunny, beautiful morning. There were more people out at the trail. I think many people were inspired by watching the Olympics πŸ™‚ My corgis were so excited for getting extra exercise. After some walking warm up, I started to run with Cappy. Jeter was walking with my husband but he wanted to run too. So I took Jeter’s leash and ran with two corgis. I was happy and so were my corgis πŸ™‚ But they got tired faster. That was understandable because it was their second workout this morning and the temperature went up thanks to the strong sun. I gave them a couple of water breaks but after 2.75 miles, what they wanted to do was rest under the tree. Dragging them in the sun another quarter mile to the car wouldn’t be a good thing. So my husband stayed there with Jeter and Cappy and I went to the car and drove back to them. They were glad to get in the car πŸ™‚ We shared a banana with them and gave them more water. It was another good Sunday family exercise. My mileage for today was 3. These are pictures I took during a water break today.

Jeter looks so happy and handsome in this picture.

Corgis’ pictures and a video :-)

Since the last blog post about Sunday, I went to the gym on Tuesday and walked/ran 3.2 miles. There were less people at the gym and it was quieter than I remember. I had a good exercise but I could see clearly how much fitness I lost while I couldn’t run. Then yesterday and today I had rest days because I didn’t feel good enough to exercise. After experiencing all the pain and the medicine side effects, I really don’t want to get pneumonia ever again. There are not many things to say about my running. So I’m going to fill my blog post with my corgis’ recent pictures and a video πŸ™‚

Cappy loves the window bench

“When will Daddy come back and play with me?”

“Let’s share this window bench!”

“But we’re not always looking in the same direction..”

Afternoon naps on their doggy beds

“Hello, how are you?”

After I saw some videos of corgi vacuuming, I wanted to try it with my corgis. The other day I did it with Jeter and he surprised me by cooperating!! Today we took a video while I was vacuuming Jeter. This is the video πŸ™‚

He is a very good boy!!! I will try it again with Cappy but I don’t know how she will react πŸ™‚