Our Snorting House Guest, 22 Laps on a Track, and other July Events

Hello blog world!  As July winds down I wanted to share some of the things we’ve been up to this month.  So, without further ado, here I go!

1.  We have a tiny house guest who snorts occasionally. (OK, a lot.)

Meet Spencer.  This feisty little pug belongs to Matt’s sister and her husband and he’s staying with us for a few days.  He has quite a personality and is constantly snorting and sniffing his way around the house and yard.  Quite a difference from the big GSPs and labs that I am used to!  There are more photos of this little character at the end of the post if you haven’t gotten your fill of pug pictures yet.

2. I chose to run 22 laps around a track yesterday.

Yup, that’s 5.5 miles in case you were counting.  Yesterday I must have gone crazy because I voluntarily joined a running club for their weekly speedwork at a local track.  This was my first time running on a track since 2007 and boy, was it different than running a hurdle workout!  The goal was to run the intervals at 5K pace and I actually did that surprisingly well, but apparently an 8 minute 5K pace is pretty slow because even the slowest of the women lapped me at least once during the workout.  But, I guess that’s why I’m trying speedwork… to get faster!!! 🙂  I’m not sure yet but I think I might just go back next week.

Tuesday night speedwork

3. On Saturday we hosted a party for 50 people..!

Did I mention that Matt and I have been crazy busy with housework and yard work since May?  That’s because we knew we were hosting a huge fiesta-themed bridal shower for our awesome soon-to-be sister-in-law and we wanted to get everything looking good.  “Looking good” included a complete overhaul of our front walk landscaping, tons of gardening, repainting and steam cleaning the room that used to be Bailey’s hangout, and a multitude of other self-imposed tasks around the house.  It all came together perfectly on Saturday when 50+ people arrived for the shower.  (That’s a lot of people, by the way.)  The party was a blast but I’m also kind of excited that it’s over… now I might actually find some time after work to sit down and relax! (Or, you know, blog!)

4. Pup of the Month, Miss July edition:

Way back in November I learned that Bailey was chosen to be featured in Purebread Deli‘s 2014 Calendar.  Purebread is a local bakery/cafe that has a dog theme and as part of winning the contest we got a free calender full of dog photos and coupons.  Bailey was named “Miss July” so her photo has been gracing the wall of my cubicle at work all month.  It’s hard to believe that she has been gone exactly 6 months today.  Matt and I still miss her a lot but we are at least fortunate to get to spend time with the other dogs in our family like Spencer, Bella and Hershey.
(The calendar photo was taken at a DockDogs event in 2012 – you can read about it in this post if you’re interested.)


And now, as promised, here are more pictures of Spencer.  He’s pretty cute, right?  🙂  Have a great night!

7 thoughts on “Our Snorting House Guest, 22 Laps on a Track, and other July Events

  1. Your little house guest is soo cute!! He kinda looks like he enjoys getting his picture taken! And your house looks FANTASTIC for that party! Pinterest would be so proud!! I love the picture of your dog Bailey jumping. Did you have to train her to jump like that?
    P.S. I am reading this from Newtown Square right now!
    P.P.S your speed workout looks CRAZY!

    • Thanks Rach! I think Spencer definitely likes getting his picture taken… (It’s funny with dogs because some clearly do not like the camera!) 🙂
      Bailey’s jumping was a long process of playing in the water and lots of competitions. She also was an especially bouncy, springy pup which helped her get lots of height when she jumped. I think you found the “Bailey” section of my blog right after you commented here so you probably know all about her now.
      And wait, you’re in Newtown Square?? ME TOO! Do you live here or work here? (Or both, like me… I have a very short commute!)

      • Bailey’s talent seems like such a fun adventure!! I did find the Bailey section of the blog lol she seems like such a sweetheart – I’m sorry for your loss :c( I only work in Newtown Square (edgemont?) The address is Edgemont, but the GPS says Newtown Square! IDK close enough! hahaha I live in Elverson…allllll the way down Rt 401. But I LOVE Ridley Creek State Park! My sister and I go there and walk around on our lunch break. It seems like the perfect place to go running and exploring!

          • OhmyGod are you kidding I am literally across the street from the red barn! LOL You know where the post office is? I’m in the same parking lot, but the “strip” of businesses down from it! let me run into the parking lot to see if I can find you! hahaha

    • Thanks Salt! He is pretty cute. Spencer’s human mother (my sister in law) actually did most of the decorations for the shower… she really did an awesome job!! I just did the hanging photos and provided the party space. 🙂

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