Having Scotty here is wonderful. I am, happily, forced to get to bed at a reasonable hour (around 10pm) because I know I have to take him out around 6am. We go for a little jaunt around the neighborhood and he does his thing and then I have a nice leisurely morning to get ready and get to work. I like it. I think mornings are my favorite part of the day. Early mornings, before most people are up. However, Scotty doesn't share my desire to sleep in on the weekends so up at 6am sharp we were on Saturday morning. I went back to bed but it takes me forever to fall back asleep. I did manage to get in at least another hour though. Yay! I met my friends Allie, Marissa, and Jen at a farmer's market where I got some blueberries and tomatoes. Yum! I like tomatoes from farmer's markets much better than the store because they seem to last longer. At least that has been my experience.
Then we headed to the beach. Now, let me just tell you it has been BLIMEY hot here. In the 90s + humidity so the heat index is in the 100s. It's suffocating. If I'm outside for longer that 2 minutes I start sweating. Gross. No one likes the feeling of sweat trickling down your back from just standing. Sick. I was unsure how long I would last at the beach, especially since I heard that the water around these parts feels like bath water. Nasty. Well, I met my pals there and we raced into the water.
Basically perfection. It was cool enough to refresh us but warm enough for us to bob, swim, bodysurf, and play in for a couple of hours. Despite copious amounts of SPF 50, I got burned. AND. Ooooohmylantus the amount of freckles that popped up on my face was incredible. I bet by the end of the summer (because I'll be back at the beach soon), my face will look like one giant freckle. I took my sunglasses off in the car and looked at my face and gasped. I haven't had this many freckles on my face since high school (when I actually had time to go to the beach more than once). Rock on! This was also my first time at the beach all summer. Pathetic I know but I blame working for several weekends in a row and rain on the weekends I had off.
To cool off, because once we were 50 feet away from the water the temperature rose about 10 degrees, we headed to a new frozen yogurt place that opened up on Saturday: Orange Leaf (hello 14 flavors of goodness AND amazing toppings! HECK YES!). Let me tell you, this is the 3rd best frozen yogurt place I have been to in my life (1st is this aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahmazing place in San Diego and 2nd is this awesome place in Boston down by Fenway. I can't remember the name but I could take you there by memory). I had wedding cake, coconut, white chocolate, and chocolate peanut butter. I know. I know. A crazy mixture of flavors, but it was ooooooooooh sooooo good! Topped with chocolate chips and KitKats. I was one VERY happy girl. I will be a regular here. I went today after work...for dinner...BLISS!
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While we were at the beach, some guy advertising for the minor league team the Pelicans came and gave us 4 free tickets to that evening's game. We decided to head home and shower and then we'd head to the game. I headed to Wal-Mart to get some groceries and necessities (including cherries on sale! SCORE!) and then Jen came over to meet Scotty and we met up with Allie and Marissa for the game. It was A BLAST. I can't wait to go again. We munched on Red Vines, Twizzlers, and sunflower seeds but after 4 hours we were starving so we headed to this great pizza joint called Mellow Mushroom and got a really good pizza: Cosmic Karma which is basically pesto, sun-dried tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, some feta. Oh yum! Yum! Yum!
Then Jen drove me home and she put the top down on her convertible. Basically the best day ever.
Next. Let's talk about Scotty! He's had a lot of firsts in the past week. I gave him his first bath on Sunday. He took it like a trooper. He's not really a fan of baths but he never whines, just stands there irritated and a little apprehensive but he's squeaky clean, his coat is shiny and he smells good. He even let me trim off some of the knots he had in his coat and brush him! Scotty met some of my neighbors (older women) who oooohed and aaaaahed and cooed over how handsome and precious he is. He loved it. I don't think my neighbor with the chihuahua likes Scotty much buuuuut...I don't care. Scotty's better (I'm biased, I realize, but Scotty really is cooler. Just ask the neighborhood animals. They'll tell ya). Two nights ago Scotty woke me up at 2am. He does the sneezing thing over and over again to a) either get your attention or b) because he wants to go out. Because Scotty has not had an accident in the apartment (*fingers crossed it stays that way*) and not wanting to break the streak, I took him out...an outing that lasted for 20 minutes. Then I couldn't get back to sleep for about an hour. I was a little peeved when my alarm went off at 6am and Scotty wanted to go out again. He tried getting me to take him out at 2am again last night but that is one habit I am NOT supporting. Never in the 4 years that I have been around that pooch has he needed to go out at 2am. Not happening. Nipping that attempt in the bud. Nice try though.
And in other news...I am comfortably running 4-5 miles almost daily. I was going to run 7 miles last Saturday but the day's festivities dismissed that. I was going to try to run the 7 on Monday but my shoulders are burned and the thought of having a sports bra rub my burnt skin didn't appeal. AT ALL. I'll try again this weekend. My goal is to be able to run 9 miles but the end of the month. I got this.
Now I must get to bed. 6am gets here faster than you think!