Things I’m loving this week

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Evening kayaking. I think the best time of day to kayak is just before sunset. We are lucky to live close to a half dozen nearby water sources (and many more that are less than 1/2 hour drive) and we’ve been taking full advantage this summer. I like evenings because they are cooler, quieter (fewer boaters, etc.), and you usually are treated to a cool sunset. One of my summer goals, though, is to do a sunrise paddle. Haven’t done that yet.

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Exploring new trails. While I wouldn’t call running miles in the woods “fun,” per se, it’s definitely less painful with girlfriends and new territory to explore. This week, we headed out to nearby Mayville, N.Y. and ran on the Fred J. Cusimano Westside Overland Trail. The trailhead starts at the Chautauqua gorge, which we ran down to check out when we were done doing the serious stuff. We all wished we’d brought a change of clothes because the swimming hole there was pretty sweet (and oh, so blessedly cold).

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Smoker Sunday.  Dan fired up the smoker on Sunday and we made a bunch of our favorites: sausage, salmon, shrimp, and armadillo eggs (banana peppers stuffed with cream cheese and wrapped in bacon). I usually buy a half a salmon and since I’m the only one who eats it, I get to enjoy leftovers—like smoked salmon salad—all week.

Things I’m not loving this week

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#summer (don’t go!)

August. HOW is it August already? HOW can summer be winding down already? I mean, I love fall, but…I’m not ready to deal with school and paperwork and activities and….wearing pants again.

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Fleas. My animals are all infested and I suspect the dog brought them home from the groomer. So, now I need a new groomer, too. We’ve done it all — aromatherapy oils, powders, baths, Advantix II, the expensive flea collars (that don’t work), diatomaceous earth. I’m not sure what is left…I guess the chewables that we’ll have to get at the vet, which is going to cost us. Damn groomer.

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Plantar Fasciitis. I‘ve done a little battle with this before, so I know it when I feel it. I’ve been feeling it in BOTH feet lately. Not good considering the mileage I need to run to prepare for the 50K I’m doing in the fall, so I started rolling my feet over frozen water bottles and I’m doing these six stretches and — knock on wood —it seems to be taking care of the issue pretty quickly.