This past weekend was full of activity (hence the blog-neglect). So, a quick recap:
Friday – AM cardio,work, lunchtime yoga, work, dinner at Peche with the hubby and our good friend John. We had never been here before and it was yummy! I had scallops and the caprese salad (one of my faves) and they actually hand pulled the mozzarella to surround the little cherry tomatoes rather than the usual tomato/cheese/tomato/cheese/tomato stack they have going at most restaurants. It was like a whopper (the candy) but with cheese instead of chocolate and a tomato in place of the malted milk ball. An A++ for plating and near the same for the overall taste of the dinner and wine.
Sat – cardio, farmers market, yoga, grocery store, help hubby with floor, babysit for friend (enter ankle-biter #1). One of my besties from college was in town with her husband and 8-month old baby girl for a wedding. Since weddings are much more fun sans child, I offered to stay with the baby while they partied down at the reception. She was only awake for the first hour. It was enough time to play a bit with various things that light up and/or make noise (admittedly entertaining for all involved) and feed her before she passed out for the rest of the night. I caught about 4 episodes of Criminal Minds on A&E while she snoozed.
Sun – Help hubby paint baseboards (to be put up later) while sipping coffee, drive hour to Jensen’s parents house for Father’s Day lunch, watch first half of Ivory Coast/Brazil World Cup game , drive hour back to Austin, shop at favorite store who was having a SALE! and to which I had a giftcard (Anthropologie), help finish floor and baseboards and move furniture back into room.
Ok, on to Monday morning. I knocked out a 6 mile run bright and early followed by some weight work. I ran the 6 miles outside because, though it was still humid this morning, it didn’t seem quite as warm or sticky as it has lately.
As I was running through one of the parks I pass through, there was a smallish dog (minus a leash) on the trail. I had a moment of concern as the dog turned and looked at me with that gleam in his eye. I immediately glanced at the owner who was sitting on a nearby bench and he made no move to come grab the dog. Ok, so he’s clearly not concerned. I guess I won’t be either.
The dog sorta tucked tail and ran away as I got closer (big sigh of relief) only to do a total 180 and charge back toward me teeth bared, barking ferociously and nipping at my legs (OH SH**!). This was no “please pet me” hop around as I would have happily obliged that request. This was an “I would eat you if only I was a big bigger” situation. Look at owner. Nothing. Still sitting there on same bench relaxing as if he hasn’t noticed the all out war that is taking place. The only reason the man got any closer is because I was running towards him as I tried to outrun ankle-biter #2. He did stand up but made no movement or attempt to end the attack and so I finally just stopped with the thought that the agitated dog may chill if I became less of a moving target and in the mean time I could put my hands on my hips, screw up my face to my meanest glare, and challenge the owner to a good old fashioned stare down. My meanest face at 6:30 am while still slightly sleepy, a lot annoyed, and it being Monday to boot was actually probably border-line scary. The tactic worked and the dog finally gave up. The man still did nothing.
Look, I love animals. I have three of my own and am married to a veterinarian. I do not however, appreciate irresponsible owners. I only ask a few things of others when I’m on a run. 1) If you are walking 3 or 4 people wide on a trail or in the street and I come upon you, it would be nice if one or two of you move over so I can avoid being nailed by the oncoming car or end up in the ditch next to the trail. This is not a hard and fast rule, just a courteous request. 2) If you own a dog, please keep it from biting me. Fairly simple, I think. Leash it if it is clearly unstable. RULE! Not a request.
Hope your Monday started a bit better. Mine is sure to be a positive upswing for the rest of the day 🙂