Wow, Andi said this month is going to fly by. I hardly remember this first week yet I've gotten so much accomplished. And yes, there's still more (much more) to do.
I've been so absent minded lately. Mostly with friends and making connections. I've taken the time to update my journal but I haven't made personal phone calls or sent personal emails. No chance of me falling of the face of the earth though, that's for sure. My friend Beth sent me a clear email the other day and it still took me two days to respond. She hadn't received my response before she called and left a message saying, "Yoohoo, feeling a little neglected over here Superstar. I'm all caught up on your journal but I want my own email."
Her message had me laughing all the way to the dogpark. I know she was kidding. -- You've gotta know her. She's hysterical. She has the best sense of humor. Totally should be a comedian. -- But I also know she was letting me have it for being out of touch. We played phone tag for a moment today. But when we finally hooked up, like always, we picked up right where we left off. Spent most of our time laughing, which I always enjoy and desperately needed. [thanks Beth]
Sure I'm busy, but Beth hardly ever stops. And still she makes time to send a love shout -- even if it was a little needy one (and rightfully so). I mean, geez, of all people, she's the last one I ever want to feel neglected by me. Our friendship goes back to what, elementary school? Junior high, at least. High school for sure. We've known each other for ::cough-cough:: years. A reeeeeeally long time.
I wish I could do it all. I'm pretty happy with my multitasking skills as they are today; handling my work, extra work, packing, scheduling and moving details. I'm also on my game regarding self-care and Hunny-care (although, she's overdue for grooming). She's happy though. She loves her big-girl bones!
I'm afraid if I start being social and making plans, I won't have all the energy I need to get me through the next few weeks. Or I'll forget important little details of work or the move. I'm still trying to find the balance in everything.
Tomorrow I have three dogwalks throughout the day. I also have to wash the PeaceMobile blankets and should really scrub the car itself. My afternoon will be spent waiting in the empty new apartment for the cable/internet guy. Ah yes, anytime between 1 and 5. And even then I can never be sure.
I've been taking crashing naps after work these past few days. I imagine that's how it'll be all next week too. The extra dogs are great - a lot of work, but great.
Lucy, one of my individually walked dogs had a major breakthrough yesterday. She's a big German Shepherd who isn't socialized because she was in a full leg cast for the first 6 months of her life. She had to be immobilized and kept away from other dogs. Now she's being rehabilitated in hopes to be socialized enough to play with other dogs. It's a slow process. And she's really been making great strides.
For the first time since I started walking her (last summer) she let another dog walk with us -- Hunny. Lucy didn't growl for even a little bit. She was curious. Hunny was uninterested. They got close to each other. I kept Lucy calm. And Lucy's mom was home to witness our walking. She was more excited than I was. Thinking about it now brings tears to my eyes.
I owe it to her new trainer's ways. I haven't met the trainer but everything Lucy's mom tells me is what I've been doing instinctively. The one key is the training lead. It's gentle, light and I have full control. Plus, Lucy responds to it better than any other training collar. I liked it so much I started using it with Gizmo. She responds to it just as well. I'm really pleased with the results -- and the information. No more big bulky prong collars for these strong wild ones. Yay!
Dog and animal behavior is fascinating. I learn something new every day.
And now I'm tired again. If you don't hear from me, have a great weekend everyone. And Happy Mother's Day to all the beautiful women in our lives.