Thursday, April 10, 2014

Ode to Pollen

You are the Devil.
An 11 out of 12 count
Is simply evil.
I loathe you.
Why Richmond?

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Gorgeous Spring Weekend

I won't lie, I don't feel like writing.  But, that's just because I've been walking this weekend in the beautiful, pollen filled, sunny weather and I am TIRED.  I followed the suggested training and walked Tuesday at Reedy Creek Park with Canine Adventure, Thursday at Dutch Gap Conservation Area, Saturday at Robious Landing Park, and today at Appomattox Riverside Park.  Those of you who know the Richmond/Chesterfield area know I have been all over the place.  Whew, that was a lot of driving!

Thursday also included a ton of walking.  Of course, that was the intention, but it was more than expected.  I thought I was going for a 3.5 mile walk and figured an hour and fifteen minutes would be plenty to get in the walk with stretching before and after.  The timing was important because I had to meet a client for our first tutoring session.  It's a good thing she is understanding because the walk ended up being closer to 5-miles and took an hour and forty minutes.  I hate being late to see clients, but for the first meeting?  Unacceptable!  I realized I misread the trail map and called the client with plenty of time to spare, but I still felt awful.  Since I hate being late, and was horrified about it, I was seriously hustling and felt disgusting when finished.  Oh yes, changing in the car when you're a hot, sweaty mess, to meet somebody for the first time, is just fantastic.  And I was SO SORE the next day.

The soreness continued into Saturday, but I was eager to start the next walk.  This time, I went to a park that I'm very familiar with and new I wouldn't over do it.  It was perfect.  Here are a couple of views from my pre-walk stretch.  There was a random slab of concrete at the edge of the trail and I chose to use it for my relaxation spot.  The trees growing out from the bank framed the view perfectly.

The rest of the walk was fantastic.  I got to meet several very happy dogs out for adventures and even saw a group of deer jump across the path.  I tried to get pictures of them, but couldn't capture the moment well enough to share.  But, here are a few pics of spring in Virginia with the beautiful shades of green.

 Today I REALLY didn't want to walk.  Thankfully, I was able to meet my teammate Jo and she got me through.  I feel bad for slowing her down, but I'm still adjusting to the new shoes.  We went to a park that was new to me, but she knew the way.  The water views were amazing and I will probably go back on Thursday since it is pretty close to work.


Nice, right?

Okay, I'm exhausted.  Sorry this wasn't more witty/entertaining, but I'm hungry and cranky.  I just couldn't let more time pass before writing again because there would be too much to share!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Best Day EVER!

What an amazing day!  I had the great joy of "shadowing" Meredith from a local business called Canine Adventure.  Meredith and her colleagues will pick your dog up and take him or her on a fun filled trip to a local park for about two hours.  Luckily, the day I scheduled with her had perfect weather.  I know it isn't always so nice, and they go out rain or shine.  It was just perfect for a day at the river with two sweet pups.  And, I did today's 3-mile training walk in a fun, new way.  Lucky girl!

Check out these rock formations.  Do they remind you of The Goonies?  That's all I could think about while walking on them.  Note, I couldn't get the little Pitty out of the picture because she was too busy barking at the floating stick.  The stick was later rescued by a brave, yellow lab who really didn't care if he fell into the water hole.

This afternoon the marketing materials for my new business arrived!  They look great and very professional; I feel like such a grown-up.  I immediately slapped on the car magnet and plan to start getting flyers and business cards out to schools tomorrow.  Another step closer to being my own boss!  If you are in the Richmond area, please keep me in mind if you know of a child who needs a math tutor.  I'm a certified teacher and absolutely love working with kids in a way they get/enjoy.

If you have any ties to Central Virginia please "Like" my business page on Facebook to help spread the word.  Feel free to contact me if you'd like any info.

So, today was awesome.  Tomorrow, I have to get back to the grindstone and try to remember that Spring Break is only a week and a half away.  I can do it!  Then, assuming I still have a suit that fits, I'll be taking Aqua Zumba for my Wednesday workout.

I hope your day was as beautiful as mine and that you have something to look forward to tomorrow.  Enjoy the lovely weather!