Normally, I write our FitDog Friday updates while I drink coffee on Friday mornings when I'm not rushed and can reflect on the progress we've made during the week.
This week, though, I'll be herding 289 middle schoolers around my campus as they come to the English Festival I organize each year. The kids will go to three different writing and reading related workshops like a writing contest, literature and music, and sessions on books they've read. I'll be trying to avoid the middle school cooties and scents of pre-teens who haven't learned about deodorant yet. I'll probably be on my 6th cup of coffee by the time many of you read this and will have run up and down the stairs in the building at least 20 times. I'll be counting down the minutes until I can take a nap.
So, I'm writing this on Thursday night as I try to ignore all of the possible things that could go wrong tomorrow morning (in past years, it's been things like a major snow storm causing one of the schools to close and the presenter of one of the sessions to not be able to show up, so I had to reschedule 75 kids at the last minute; other years, it's been more minor things like having two sessions scheduled to be in the same room and having to find a new spot for one of them 15 minutes before kids headed to their sessions). Right now, it seems like this year's stress came early and hopefully I got it out of the way during the planning and scheduling process.
Because of all of the stress of this week, Pup and I went out for a lot of walks. I had to spend a lot of time sitting as I filled out schedules for each kid and then put together folders for them. Barley gave me a great excuse to take breaks and get moving.
We've gotten 2 walks in each day this week, except for Monday because it was raining when I got home from work and we'd already met our daily goal during our morning walk. We logged 25.72 miles this week!
The park near our training center is officially snow and ice free. We also saw our deer friends again (although they were hiding behind a lot of trees), so I guess they survived running out onto the thinning ice on the river last week.
We're loving being able to take some sunset walks after work and agility class again.
The big excitement of the week came at 10:30 Wednesday night when I glanced at my thermostat, which was set at 68 degrees, and saw that it said 64 degrees and I realized that my heat was not working. I have a great little space heater that you can set to a specific temperature and it will go into rest mode if the room reaches that temperature and only cut back on if it goes below that temperature. I pulled it out of it's hiding spot and set it up in the bedroom because I just didn't have the energy to deal with calling maintenance and having them send someone to my apartment in the middle of the night. Barley and Soth made a little nest in the bed and were kind enough to let me snuggle in with them. It's a good thing Barley walked so much this week because she was extra sleepy and snuggly and Soth isn't quite big enough to be sufficient body heat in situations like this!
The maintenance people came while I was at work and I'm happy to report that we're warm and happy again.
Hope everyone has had happy productive FitDog Fridays. Enjoy spending some time with your pups for me because I'll be apart from my girl several hours longer than usual (but once I get through the Festival, I'm on spring break for a week!), so I'm sure we'll both be having a little separation anxiety. I'll be looking forward to catching up on your posts after my nap :)
Also, be sure to send my sister some love--she's running the Shamrock Half Marathon this weekend!