Zoey and I made yet another drive up to Oregon yesterday, this one very smooth until the last hour and a half of sheeting rain and fog. Yikes! Passing those huge trucks when mostly blinded is no fun. But we made it. If I could manage to get my act together and leave earlier in the morning versus noon, that would help. Maybe one of these days.
Today, I got up at the crack of dawn (well it was 7am but it was pretty dark!) and hung out with my little niece, V, who is now three-years-old and finally willing to let me play and read to her with her parents not around. So fun! And they appreciated a little free time to get ready and do a couple chores.
Then, I took Zoey on a walk and went to work out at the athletic club (part of the family business). Before I left, I got really pissed off at Zoey when she knocked down the baby gate I set up to keep her downstairs. Getting angry backfired on me, though, because then she wouldn't come when I called and I had to chase, cajole, and finally bribe her to come downstairs. Then tonight I noticed she peed a little bit next to her crate. I did not leave her for more than 2-3 hours at a time today and she goes several hours at a time without peeing at home. What gives? Anyone have insight into dog behavior as to why this might happen? Because apparently my brother found a pee spot last time after we left, too. :-( She's usually such a good dog, but I guess she's really accustomed to her routines maybe.
This afternoon, I met my family for lunch and they gave me a few gifts for my birthday, which was nice. I need to decide whether I will get a pedicure or a massage tomorrow - which would you choose? Very much looking forward to it! And I was also given a pair of workout/running shoes and nice dress that goes well with boots. Then I spent some time with my Mom driving around running errands and chatting. She was a little altered by the pain medicine, but I was really happy to have the opportunity to hang out with her.
My sister, brother, sis-in-law, nieces and nephew and I finished the day going to a Duck basketball game, which they won in overtime to Santa Barbara (non-conference game). Rode home in the back seat between my nephew, E, an oldest niece, J, laughing and singing Christmas carols. A very full and fun-filled day!