Thursday, January 27, 2011

The “Off” Season

This winter, we decided to fit in another activity in the midst of our busy schedule of dog training and agility classes.  In an effort to finally improve our swim technique and speed, we signed up for a Swim Conditioning class two nights a week through the end of April.  Which means that for two hours a week, a perfectly-nice-seeming young man designs ever-creative ways of making us suffer in the water.  This is kind of how it feels:

DSC_6026Except Cadence is actually having a blast here.  He is not troubled by the flaws in his technique, but he isn’t competing in any tris this season either.  Plus he doesn’t have someone shouting “GO!” at him from the dry safety of the pool deck the whole time.

Honestly, we are loving it also, while acknowledging that we have a strange idea of fun. 

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

A New Year

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Back to the usual routine after enjoying a very fun and restful two week break for the holidays.  We enjoyed a peaceful time off, filled with many of our favorite activities:


-Lots of long walks with the dogs

-Agility seminars and trialing


-Knitting (a sweater for myself and a hat) and practicing spinning on my new wheel.  Plus, a “sip and knit” at a local winery – what better combination is there?!

-Visiting with family and friends

-Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village

-Celebrating the holidays, though once again failing to make it to midnight on New Year’s Eve.  Unless you count having to wake up to put a Thundershirt on Tristan when the neighbors started with their firework celebration.

-Watching Ken Burns’ “Jazz” documentary, and listening to lots of it.

-Enjoying delicious food

-Finally getting some relief from my calf injury and being able to run again with Lowell and Cadence.  Thanks to my friend Cari and to Dr. Karl at KET Chiropractic for finally making the pain of the last two months go away!

We said good-bye to 2010, which I am happy to say was a great year for our family, and look forward with excitement to all the adventures planned for 2011.  Hope you all enjoyed your holiday as much as we did, and wish everyone a great new year to come.

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