monday musings | 119

Haven // our new spring spaniel pup

>> I feel like if I don’t start off by talking about our new puppy, you’ll just be really disappointed. So yea, we got a puppy and it has changed everything. Honestly, I’m positive that my expectations for how this was going to do down were completely unrealistic. She’s great and we love her but holy exhausting! We’re very lucky that she sleeps through the night but she can be a handful during the day. Now that we’re starting week 2, I’m hoping to get a semblance of a routine back. 
>> PS. I just want to put this out there – I do NOT think a puppy is preparation for a baby for the following reasons (plus some): 1) babies wear diapers, puppies do not…ew, 2) you can speak to children/babies and reason with them, 3) you can take your baby with you most places, 4) however, you cannot lock your baby in a crate…so there’s that. 
>> There is NOTHING better than some good friend time to get those batteries recharged after a particularly tough day/week. I had the immense pleasure of seeing a dear friend this past weekend and also got some quality phone time with a few other friends. I needed it so badly and it made my heart feel good just to be loved, heard, and understood. Thank you sweet friends!
>> Between traveling, being sick, our out-of-whack schedule etc. half marathon training is NOT going well. While I’m slightly concerned about this race that is now about 8 weeks away, I’m also trying to give myself some grace and say “what the heck, who cares how much I walk!”
>> Back to the dog thing, if you have one, what treats/food/toys etc are the most motivating? We’ve yet to find a treat that really gets Haven going. Help! 
>> We love going to the local farmer’s market on Saturday to browse and get a few items for the week. We even have a “fish guy” now who is awesome. He gave us a great tip that has totally transformed how we cook fish. He basically said, you should always cook your fish straight from the freezer, no need to defrost. He said not only will it limit your chances of overcooking it, but it’s actually safer. Well we tried it and we loved it. It’s also so much easier because the fish holds together much better. 
>> Now that I work from home, I’ve been getting really into the morning news like Good Morning America and the Today show. It’s kind of funny because so much of the news is repeated and honestly, I’m more just watching because I like the anchors and their personalities…not really for the celebrity gossip. But it’s become a nice ritual and I feel like they are keeping me company in the morning.
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