The major moving won't happen until later this month because that seems like a good spring break activity, but it still meant there were plenty of things that had to happen immediately.
First, I took a long time browsing different Etsy shops looking for the perfect ID tags for Barley and Soth. Barley will be getting her teeth cleaned at the vet while the movers take things out of the apartment and put them into the new house, but Soth will be shut in a bathroom at the new house during the process. I don't want to take any chances of us not being able to reunite if a mover accidentally opens the bathroom door and Soth bolts out. Thankfully, the shop Stamped by Colleen got Soth's tag stamped and shipped the day I ordered it and it arrived already!
I spent a lot of time on the phone with different utility companies (thank you to my electric company who let me start service online without talking to a human being!). Luckily, I have a dog that demands attention and reminds me to take breaks. When I called the water company, I got a recording that said, "We're experiencing a higher volume of calls than usual. Please visit our website for more information or call back later." Then it hung up on me. I tried again and got the same message. It seemed like a good time to go for a walk with my Barley girl. We did a little loop around the neighborhood and I was prepared for my third try with the water company where I first talked to a machine, which then sat there in silence for two minutes--I actually checked my phone to make sure I hadn't been disconnected--before telling me it was putting me on hold for 12-15 minutes, so I could talk to a human being.
The packing has continued and Barley still hasn't gotten used to it. She's still staring at every single box and trying to gnaw on them if I turn my back on her.
|This is not the face of a happy dog.|
Barley also tried to help with getting the new bedding for the new guest room out of its package. She wanted to be sure she was the first to test it out. Unfortunately, I had to tell her that it's staying in the packaging until it goes to the new house to be washed.
|Foxes, Owls, and Books! Three of my favorite things!|
Luckily, we had agility where Barley got a chance to run around and get some of the crazy out. We were back to the jump-treat-jump-treat-jump-treat method for the first couple of turns, but she eventually settled down and got focused and we had a really productive night. Our trainer praised us for doing so well when Barley's whole world is upside down right now (it's nice to have our regular trainer back!).
And I had a chance to unwind when I saw that the grocery store had the new Great Lakes variety pack--which included two IPAs I've never tried before and pairs very well with packing.
By the way, it's really hard to take a good picture of a beer! I knew this before, but I just assumed nobody could do it--until I saw Jen's pictures every week for her Barks 'n Brews posts and they are all amazing. (How do you do it?! Besides having handsome Leroy in the pictures, of course!)
Despite the stress, we had a really great walking week. We got in 23.12 miles this week and are only two miles behind schedule--that's the closest we've ever been to staying on schedule this early in the year! (Thanks, Mother Nature, for the mild winter!) We might not have gone anywhere special for those miles, but since they're some of the last miles we'll get in this neighborhood, that's ok. I'm so thankful to have my Barley girl by my side while I'm working through all of the adventures that come with buying a house. Happy FitDog Friday everyone!