Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Ellie: A Sprinter, Not A Marathoner

I have recently taken up running as a new form of exercise, just to see if I could do it. In the past, I had falsely believed that I could not run due to bad knees, but after a couple weeks of running, I have proven myself wrong!

After getting some decent shoes, I decided that I would take my running off the treadmill and outside because I figured Ellie would enjoy joining me.

Boy was I wrong.

We ran about 3 miles total, and after the first 5-6 blocks, she was lagging behind me, and continued to lag behind me the entire rest of the way. My little pupper is so out of shape!

I have seen her sprint SO fast at the dog park chasing after other dogs or balls before, but I guess it's just that. She's a sprinter, not a marathoner.

After we got home, Ellie crashed out right by the front door (she didn't have the energy to bring herself to her bed) and slept for 3-4 hours. Looks like we'll be going on more runs so I can whip my Whippet [mix] back into shape!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Mom's Work Is Boring

I poke her elbow with my nose to get attention.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Urban Hike

The sun is finally out in Seattle! I was debating on whether or not to go for a hike with Ellie, but didn't feel like driving very far so I chose to just take her for a walk. While we were out, I decided that this walk would go a little further and that I would explore the city a little bit.

We hiked 4.5 miles! And I use the word 'hike' because we climbed up Queen Anne hill so we gained at least 300-400 feet in elevation. There are some beautiful views up there!
Right after climbing the big hill
View of the Space Needle
Ellie poses in front of the Space Needle

I felt very accomplished because I got Ellie to pant, and now she is crashed out on the floor.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Today is a good day for many reasons. I made Guinness chocolate cupcakes with Bailey's Irish cream frosting to share with my co-workers.
March Madness has begun and there is even an iPhone app that lets you watch live games!

I think Ellie is enjoying the day as well... ;)
More attention!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Beeps Stress Me Out

Ellie: Sometimes the TV box beeps. It makes me scared. Sometimes it beeps a lot in a row and it REALLY stresses me out.
I climb onto mom's lap
I start to pant when I get stressed.
Mom says she is going to trade in the TV box for a new one that doesn't beep.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Back from New York!

Last weekend, I took a long weekend to go on a trip to NYC with my dad and we had a fantastic time! We got lucky with good weather and amazing food of course.

Some highlights from the trip:
  • Ate melt-in-your-mouth pasta in Little Italy
  • Got bombarded by people offering "watches, handbags, gucci, rolex" in Chinatown
  • Mastered the subway (even successfully offered directions to a few people who asked!)
  • Visited Central Park for my dad's first time
  • Visited the Metropolitan Museum for both of our first time
  • Went to Macy's. Three times.
  • Went to a fancy, expensive steakhouse
  • Walked. A LOT.
  • Went to the top of Rockefeller Center on a clear sunny day
Dad and I at Central Park

Yummy authentic Italian pizza!
View of Central Park from the top of the Rock
In the meantime, Ellie stayed with her best friend Goldie (and my sister) and had a great time being allowed on her bed and couch. She's not allowed on the furniture at my place ;)
Ellie and Goldie
It was great spending lots of time with my dad and had some very successful shopping outings, but I am glad to be back home with my doggy!