Write 31: March 20th

Two-thirds of the way through March. It will be summer in an instant. I’m starting to for-real plan my 40th birthday trip, at the end of June. I had really wanted to go to Italy, or Spain, or hiking and campaign in New England, or on an eating tour of Chicago – something big. But we’ve decided to tone it down. Not so much because of the money; mostly because of our dogs. One in particular, who has congestive heart failure. We tried going the dog sitter route a few times, but it was super stressful for me, worrying about whether Ditto was staying calm and taking all his medications. I also don’t quite trust people who say they are sleeping in your home, as we’ve had more than one dog sitter who lied to us about this. For short trips, my dad stays at our house with the dogs, which is wonderful. But he can’t be away from his elderly dog for more than a couple of nights. I’m pretty sure my mom would be annoyed if he was gone for a week as well πŸ™‚ Anyway, Jack and I have agreed to stick to road trip-friendly, pet-friendly vacations as long as our little guy is hanging in there. Sometimes I feel like an idiot for letting the dogs control our lives so much, but ultimately, they’re our responsibility and I know it’s what we need to do.

I’m looking at cabins in North Carolina now, so we cram all the outdoor activities we possibly can into that week. White water rafting, horseback riding, hiking, tubing, maybe a trip to a casino – doesn’t sound bad at all, right? Not many options for foodies, but there will be mimosas in the hot tub after an early morning trail run, roasting marshmallows by the firepit, and lots of grilling. I’m excited πŸ™‚

Yesterday was non-stop meetings and lots of rain. I ate my face off at lunch, but kind of redeemed myself at dinner.


  • Food: Breakfast = protein bar, orange, green juice; Lunch was two (!!) sandwiches, fruit, salad, cookies; Snacks were crackers and a granola bar from that damn snack bucket at work; Dinner was cucumber and carrots with some yogurt dip, popcorn, a little cheese dip left over from the night before, part of a slice of cake, and two cocktails.
  • Workout: 30 minutes at the gym after work – 20 minutes of cardio and 10 of strength training.
  • Spending: $23 on OTC meds and food

Happy Friday!


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