Completely exhausted after his trying day!
Paco has had a time of it lately - his allergies are hitting him hard, so he's been itching and scratching and chewing and is just a mess. His paw was raw, and he needed a steroid shot, so I made arrangements to drop him off at the vet on Tuesday morning to be squeezed in between the vet's surgical procedures, and you better believe I felt bad about leaving him there after having been gone for three days in San Antonio. What made it even worse was that the night before, he and Kip had rumbled with a neighborhood cat who happened to be in our garage - this cat is very nice and friendly, but none of my animals like him, so they all go ballistic whenever he comes around. Anyway, Paco ended up with a bloody scratch on his face plus a cat claw sheath left in his head - this happened so fast that I didn't get a chance to separate them before the carnage began. He ran back to the door to be let inside, while Kip chased the cat down the driveway and into the street...I guess we know who the real thug is! Anyway, after I picked him up later in the afternoon, I went to McDonald's and got him a cheeseburger:
Dis make ebryting worth it!
A cheeseburger, plus a steroid shot, and a new flea collar that doesn't seem to be causing him any adverse reactions, and he's a happy dog.
The race pictures came in from the Missions 10,000, and they were all free! I didn't expect that, but we got all of the shots downloaded with a special code, which was really nice. I was happy to discover that I liked several of mine - you never know with running how good/terrible you'll look, but usually, it's terrible. Here's a couple of me running through the rose petals:
Wheee! Throw petals at me!!!
This was fun!
This was on the last hill, when I spotted the photographer as I was walking up it and started running for the picture. I like this picture because I'm laughing here, and embodying the "Run Happy" mantra that is on my shirt.
Finish line, woohoo!
Jeff even got a decent shot partway through the half marathon - this was taken at a mission that we didn't run through:
Gotta love the 70s-style runner behind him!
I can't remember what we paid for our race registration - it wasn't super expensive - but we sure got a lot of bang for our buck, and these free pictures were icing on the cake!
Knitting update: I finished another pair of socks, and I just love them! I bought this yarn when I was in Oregon last year; it's another yarn that I'd only read about online, so I was really happy to see it in person and get to buy it. It was super fun to see the designs develop as I knit, and I would absolutely knit another pair of socks with it:
Yarn is Schachenmayr Regia Design Line by Arne & Carlos, colorway is 3762, pattern is my own toe-up sock pattern incorporating the Fish Lips Kiss Heel.
As you have seen, I like to name my projects, and as this sock started developing, the colors made me think of one of the best places where I got to spend time as a kid - Pinecrest Lake, in California. This sock had the blues of the lake where I swam and sailed, the grays of the giant boulders that I climbed, and the browns and greens of the pine trees - it was such a beautiful place and I have such wonderful memories of Pinecrest, so this name seemed fitting.
We are going to run 5 miles tomorrow, breakfast at Blue Baker, and then install a new faucet in our kitchen sink. When the current one began leaking again (we've fixed it once a few years ago), we decided that it was old enough (13 or 14 years) and time for a new one. Then I fell down the rabbit hole of wanting to replace the sink as long as we were at it, and that lead to changing out the countertops, which also lead to cutting down the bar and installing a backsplash. Then I remembered that I don't have the money for all of that, so we just bought the faucet. Oh well.
Have a great weekend!