What you can't get from this picture is the "rowr rowr rowr" gutteral throat noises Paco is making as he and the squirrel give each other the stinkeye.
The next day, the squirrel decided to rip up our weed-prevention fabric and use it for his nest:
Oh no no NO. Paco did not like this AT ALL. The squirrel would tear off a piece and run up the tree with it, then come back for more. I finally got tired of the barking and let Paco outside to run the squirrel off - for a little while, at least. He'll be back...
Last month I decided to try a Stridebox subscription - it's a monthly box of goodies tailored for runners. At $15/month, with free shipping, I figured why not? I placed my order and soon received an email saying the October box had been shipped, along with a tracking number for the U.S. postal servise. I waited a bit and checked - no updates. Waited a bit more and checked - no updates. Finally I emailed Stridebox, who couldn't have been nicer - they shipped out a second box to me, priority mail, and I received it within a few days. They said if the other box showed up, it was mine to keep as well. Finally, the shipping status on that box was updated. I don't know what strange system the USPS has for sending mail, but the package started in Washington state, then went to Pennsylvania, then to Ohio, then to Iowa, then finally to Dallas, and two days later, it arrived here. Here's a map I skillfully drew on, in Paint, to show you the route:
...and they wonder why our postal service has issues. This box shipped on October 7 and I received it on October 22, more than two weeks later!
After all that, here's what was inside:
A nice assortment of energy drinks and fuel, plus a Bottle Band, which you can use to make any water bottle a handheld...we'll throw this in with our running bag, just in case we ever forget our water systems.
I'll go ahead and do another month of Stridebox, first out of curiosity to see if the postal service can get it here in a timely manner, and second, because we've had fun trying out all the goodies.
File this under "true connections" - I've been needing to clean out my main drawer in the bathroom. I put it off and put it off, but finally on Tuesday, I remembered it was my BFF's day off, so I figured I'd call her while I cleaned it. I dialed her number and she answered with "I just sent you a picture!" - and this is what it was:
HER bathroom drawer - cleaning in process!!!
Freaky, right?? There's a reason we are friends. I didn't take a before shot, but here's my drawer after I cleaned it out:
Got the drawer cleaned, the bathroom cleaned, and had an excellent talk with my best friend. Life is good.
I hung out with my friend Loretta yesterday - she had surgery for her hip stress fracture, so I kept her company and brought her ice packs when she needed them. Mostly we chatted and watched movies. Plus, there was Moose:
He was a sweetheart. When he wasn't busy sneaking a lick on my bare feet, he spent most of the day looking out the window and not barking at everyone who went by outside. Paco could take a lesson from Moose!
Have a great weekend - we are running 10 miles tomorrow (eeeeekkkkkk!!!!!).