We’re now in week four of the deployment, and we’re all surviving. Even Hermione, the neediest of my furry children. Keeping her busy and worn out is keeping me busy and worn out. She is also helping me with my goal of staying social.
Thursday night I went over to Sarah’s to watch Grey’s Anatomy. I know, I know… I swore I would never watch it again, but I couldn’t help myself. And I’m calling it – Meredith is going to end up with Alex… you just wait. But anyways, I brought the dog with me, and Hermione wore herself out playing with Max & Finley.
When we first met Finley, he was the cutest boxer puppy ever, and he’s grown up to be such a beautiful dog. He’s so much fun to watch, and watching him & Hermione play together is always entertaining.
Sunday, we spent about 3 hours in the dog park. Hermione is friends with the dogs, I’m friends with the owners, so it’s fun for both of is. And even though this apartment complex is SO expensive, writing that rent check every month hurts a little less because of the people (and pups) we’ve met here.Hermione and I also spent a lot of time in Yorktown this weekend. She got long walks (4.2 miles) on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Every time I walk her in Yorktown (which is, hands down, my favorite place to take her), I feel incredibly grateful to have such a beautiful spot about 15 minutes away. I love the beach, I love the battlefield, I love everything about it. While Hermione & were being active & social, the cats slept the weekend away. Seriously. I left them in my bed on Sunday morning, went to run errands (I was gone for about three hours) and came home to find them in the exact same spot. They are so freaking cute. I’ve also spent a lot of time with dead presidents lately. I’m about 2/3 through with Team of Rivals, and I’m completely obsessed. I now spend a good portion of my Skype time with Graham telling him interesting Lincoln stories. He’s so much more fascinating than I ever knew, and I made the statement that I want to read everything about him I can get my hands on. However, I went to the used bookstore on Friday, and instead of buying more books on Lincoln, I picked up books on other presidents I find fascinating. Disclaimer: I don’t find Teddy interesting. I honestly know nothing about him. I picked this book up because of the HIMYM episode where Ted is obsessed with him. Now, I just need to find a well reviewed book on Thomas Jefferson… In other news, I’m nearly done with my Whole30. I’ll be finished on the 12th, and I nearly blew it last night. I was baking cookies to send to someone, and habit had me going for a bite of cookie dough. I caught myself at the last second, thankfully. I would have been SO livid if I had unintentionally cheated this close to the end, when I’ve been able to resist temptation the past 20-something days. I’m definitely ready to be done with it though. I haven’t felt as amazing as everyone else seems to, and I really just want a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch.