Sep 022015

Remember when I said Bella was going through a destructive phase? And we took her to the vet after eating Michael’s water bottle? Yeah. The next day (Monday) I got a message from her dog walker that Bella destroyed a coaster. It was a papery coaster I bought in Hawaii that was made out of like Hawaiian banana leaves or something. So she put Bella in her crate when she left. It was the wise thing to do for Bella’s safety. Clearly there is something going on with her. I am not sure what it is, or how to fix it yet. But she’s back in her crate when we are at work. At least for now. She’ll have to earn her freedom back when she proves she can be trusted. She just can’t be out on her own if she’s a potential danger to herself right now. God knows what she’d try to eat next!!

I’m not sure if this is attention-seeking, separation anxiety, boredom or something else. She’s been out of her crate for over a year and doing so well. This new destructive phase is out of the blue. When we leave her out she has toys that are safe for her to play with. I give her kongs with frozen treats inside of them for her to have. We leave music on. She sits in the window and guards the house. :) And we have the dog walker come to our place 2-3x a week to play with her, walk  her, let her outside to do her business, etc. We walk her most evenings (depending on weather). This has worked for over a year! So why has this changed all of a sudden?


Doggy daycare is not an option. Besides that it’s way more expensive and I’d rather just add another day to our schedule with the dog walker, every time she’s gone to doggy daycare she comes home injured. That’s not okay with me. I don’t know if it was the place we were taking her or if she just plays too hard or what, but every time she came home from there we ended up at the vet. :(

Michael ordered her a new rope. We’ll test that out to see if that curbs her new chewing behavior. I’ve reached out to her foster mom, Jen, to see if she has any suggestions/ideas. She said if it was separation anxiety she’d be eating the door to try and “find” us…which makes sense. Our dog walker thinks it’s boredom. I’m also doing some research on getting a one-on-one dog trainer to come out and help us with some of these new behavioral issues.

If you have any suggestions or ideas, please let me know! This is all very distressing for all of us! :(

In other news…I am craving some soup! Recently I met up with my friend Robyn at Pho Van. I was in the mood for some Pho and it had been way too long since we’d hung out, so she suggested this place. I’d never been here before and it might be my new favorite restaurant! I am dying to go back.


The restaurant itself was really cute! I loved the garden restaurant vibe–it was bright and airy and very welcoming. It felt like you were in an outdoor garden courtyard instead of in a restaurant. The booths and tables were pretty private and comfortable, which is nice, too. Sometimes restaurants can be too cramped and loud.


We shared an order of the Goi Cuon Chay (vegetarian salad rolls). I LOVE salad rolls. They are one of my favorites. It had vegetables, tofu and noodles in it and a delicious peanut dipping sauce. So tasty. I want more of these things.

Robyn ordered the brisket Pho and I ended up getting the Mi Hoanh Thanh (wonton soup). This was so amazing! I loved every single bite!


It had shrimp and pork in it, plus veggies and wontons with pork in them and ramen noodles. It was topped with fried shallots, which might be my new favorite ingredient. Can everything I eat have fried shallots on it now??

This soup was fantastic. It was savory and not too salty, a little spicy and really filling. I ate half of it and took the rest to work for lunch the next day. I am still thinking about this soup honestly. I want it again SOON!

Overall the experience was wonderful and the service was fantastic and fast, the food was superb. This is a great restaurant and I will definitely be going back. If you live in Portland, check this place out!

Last night I went to yoga. Lately I’ve been going to the Tuesday evening class. It’s less crowded and a little more relaxing. It’s not the high intensity workout I usually do on my Tuesdays, but for now it’s working. The downside is that the class starts later so I usually go home first, eat a small dinner, then go to yoga. It’s a difference in my routine for sure–in the past I knew that going home first meant I’d be less motivated to go back out and go to the gym.

Yoga went well. The pain in my butt is a little better. Not entirely gone but much better. The one thing that tends to bug it seems to be poses where I am on one leg. So half moon pose for example. Today my glute is a little sore, but the pain in my butt isn’t too bad. I’m going to try running tonight at the gym. Hope it goes well because I have my other 5k in a little over 2 weeks!!


Aug 312015

Not sure what’s going on with my body right now, at least it’s not back, right? Yep back is a lot better. I’d say it’s 90% better. Once in awhile it feels slightly tight but nothing too bad. Friday I went for a swim and noticed that my right glute had a knot in it and swimming the breast stroke was really bothering it. I kept swimming and thought maybe it would loosen up, whatever was going on, but it didn’t. I stopped doing that stroke and stuck with the other ones.

Saturday I slept in (it was glorious) and awoke to the sound of a wind storm. It was going to be a rainy, stormy weekend in Portland and I was kind of looking forward to that. Anyways, I went to the gym and did my weights. I even added back the kettlebell swing into my routine after a break since my back issue. Everything went great until I did the one legged Romanian deadlift and my glute started bothering me again. I have no idea why or where it came from. :(

I skipped running on the treadmill even though that was the plan and did the elliptical instead. That did not bother my butt, so that’s good. But pretty much the rest of the day the knot in my butt kept bugging me. What the hell! It’s not painful but more uncomfortable and annoying. I hope it goes away soon…


Calories burned: 514. The rest of the day was uneventful–the usual chores, laundry, errands, etc. But Saturday night I had a dinner date with a good friend!

I picked her up and we went to the Original Taco House. I hadn’t been there in ages! I used to go every once in awhile when I lived near it (before I moved in with Michael) and it was always good food. I was happy to go back when Debby suggested it.


It was nice to spend time with my friend. Bonus: they gave us some crunchy churros for dessert!


Another pain in the butt? Bella is apparently going through a chewing phase. Again I say, what the hell?? Little Miss-Behaving is clearly unhappy about something. Or bored. She’s done SO well for years. She was never really into chewing and destroying things. Then all of a sudden she’s getting into stuff. This time? She chewed Michael’s plastic water bottle to pieces. Little stinker. She has plenty of toys and stuff when we’re at work. Things she can safely chew. Not sure what’s going on here. Any ideas/tips?


Sunday morning I was awoken early to Bella throwing up. Examination showed a few pieces of the water bottle. SIGH. More on that in a minute.

Guess what? Our power went out Saturday night. So we had no power, Bella was sick. The vet didn’t open for a few hours. She was acting normally despite throwing up, ate her breakfast no problem. Since we had no power and couldn’t cook anything, we went out to breakfast. It was not a great experience. I was worried about Bella and just grumpy about the whole thing. Little did I know it would get worse. :( It was pouring rain as we drove to the restaurant (thankfully my car was in the driveway because of course, can’t open the garage door to get the other car out without power!).



We went to Sckavone’s for breakfast because there’s rarely a line. They give you freshly baked lemon scones drizzled with lavender honey (so good). I got the French toast. It came drizzled with cinnamon cream cheese frosting, which tasted good but I didn’t want so I scraped it off.

Breakfast over, we picked Bella up and went to the vet.



Thankfully the wait wasn’t long at all and the exam went well. The vet thinks Bella is fine, but we have to keep an eye on her just in case. Her stomach felt good and she did a rectal exam (I actually said to the dog “see Bella? This is what happens when you eat something you shouldn’t! Remember this moment.” Yes I had a conversation with my dog.)

Vet wasn’t too concerned unless she stopped doing her business, stopped eating and continued to vomit. None of that has happened so hopefully this is over with. I bought her a new toy that dispenses treats, so we’ll see if that keeps her occupied and stops the chewing.

Back home, the power was still off. I’d missed yoga. So I did my own yoga routine (about 30 minutes) and about 30 minutes on the elliptical at the gym and then back home. (Pain in my butt was still there and it was annoying.) Still no power. Shower in the dark.

The rest of the day was spent stressing about the food in the fridge and freezer, obsessively checking the PGE website and calling for updates. Since there wasn’t much we could do we spent the afternoon cleaning out closets and trying to get rid of stuff. We have about 5 bags of stuff to donate and about 5 bags of stuff to sell. So I guess that’s the bright side?

Dinner time comes and still no power. We ended up at Reverend’s because I was craving BBQ. Dinner was fantastic and so much better than the last time we went. We got some happy hour hush puppies that were AMAZING. Stuffed with corn and chunks of savory ham. Spicy dipping sauce. So good!


We both got the brisket plate. I got the collard greens and mac n’ cheese on the side. The mac n’ cheese was topped with crushed BBQ potato chips. Which sounds gross but was kind of amazing. LOL

Dinner was so great. It ALMOST made up for the crappy ass weekend. Almost. But not quite. I ended up eating way too much because we couldn’t take leftovers home…

Then we spent the next hour or so driving to four different grocery stores to find dry ice. At the very least we wanted to try to save the stuff in our freezers (we have two). The stuff in the fridge was already done for. :(

Our power finally came on at 1:30 in the morning. Too little too late. The entire fridge (both of them) went in the garbage. Of course I’d just gone grocery shopping on Saturday and Michael had just gone to Costco the week before. OF COURSE.


Trying to have perspective but I’m in a bad mood. If you can’t tell, I am really really grumpy. :(