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  • Catching Up

    Started out as a busy week on Sunday, and so far has not slowed down. Sunday afternoon Crystal, Torrey, Brittni, Torrey's nephew Techwyn, Crystal's friend Natasha and her daughter Gabriella all piled in to our van and Crystal's car and drove out to Tanner's Orchard, a local produce farm that's become quite an attraction and a tradition this time of year.

    There are pony rides and playgrounds with unusual shaped slides, goats and llamas and chickens to feed, and a variety of displays featuring heads carved from pumpkins and other gourds grown on the property. Techwyn and Gaby seemed to enjoy the ponies the best. Me, I go to watch the little ones and to pick up some great locally grown squash.

    Yesterday, I started out with the Monday workout. I did a Bottom Up approach, which is the reverse of the Top Down sequence I did on Friday. As always, I began the session with the abdominal sets and then moved to the weights and polished that off with the ten minutes on the Gazelle.

    As you have probably guessed by now, I do like to vary my exercise routines. Partially for the benefit of muscle confusion, but also for the sheer joy of variety. Repeating the same exercises in the same pattern on the same days would drive me more than a little nuts. Mindless routine, even when it is rooted in logic, is not the path I choose to walk, skip, or run on.

    After the workout, I cleaned up, then gathered Olivia for her quarterly trip to the groomer's. As soon as we get there, she almost leaps into the arms of the ladies behind the counter. I think she enjoys her “Spa Day” as much as any woman.

    From there, I drove over to the offices of Dr. Christopher von Hake, the 3rd ENT in the last 7 months, but with surprisingly different results. After filling out the necessary paperwork and waiting a bit in the lobby, I was shown into an examination room. Twenty minutes later, we were scheduling the surgery to take place on December 19th of this year to fix my deviated septum. YIPPEE! Took me three tries, but I finally found a doctor who listened!

    The remainder of the day was spent on the telephone, setting up appointments for my pre-surgical clearance and scheduling various tests, installing a new DVD player (the old one wore out) for the front room, and making an appointment for a technician to come out this morning and do a maintenance on the refrigerator (routine, nothing is wrong). I also did a few chores about the house, and picked up Olivia from the groomer's about 12:30.

    She does run hot and cold, the little Shih Tzu. As anxious as she was to get groomed, she was definitely ready to come home and practically jumped into her sweater as I held it out to put it on her. Tail wagging and prancing about, she jumped up into the front seat of the car and immediately stood on the passenger seat with her head turned around looking at me as if to say, “We aren't there yet?”.

    Little dogs and little kids can be very entertaining. And a whole lot of fun.

    I hope you are having a blessed day.

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