Ups and Downs

Ever have one of those weekends where nothing seems to go right? Yeah that was this weekend. I’ll start with the downright crappiness of this weekend first and end on the good stuff.


It was time for the kitties’ annual check up which is ALWAYS fun. Both of them are suddenly as slick as ice and impossible to catch. Not only that they have been traumatized the last month because of Bella and so I felt really guilt torturing them with a vet visit. When I brought them home, for some reason Maya decided to run down the hallway, through the dog cate, past Bella and hid underneath the kitchen table. Which meant that Bella chased her because she thought it was a game. Why didn’t Maya run under the bed in the bedroom like she always does? Who even knows. SIGH. Playing referee between the dog and cats is getting old.


The worst part of the weekend was Saturday night. It was late, I was exhausted and half asleep, getting ready for bed, brushing my teeth etc… When this happened:

That is my sink, now a sinkhole. It happened so fast and I still don’t really know what happened. I’m guessing I dropped something and it shattered the glass sink. You can kind of see from the picture that the glass turned into a spiderweb. The sink part dropped into the lower cabinet, getting everything wet and showering it with shards of glass. The glass also shattered and scattered all over the bathroom. Like all over. There was glass everywhere.

So what did we do? We closed the bathroom door and went to bed. Sunday morning we woke up fairly early and I started to clean up the mess. I had to throw away a lot of stuff simply because it would be too hard to clean the glass shards out of it. Long story short, we were at Lowe’s at 9am buying a new vanity for my bathroom. I’m glad we found something else and that it was on sale. I’m also thankful that Michael installed it for me.


No more glass sinks! I think the new one looks nice. Eventually we’ll finish the remodel of the bathroom and have new floors and paint on the walls (right now it’s just primer).Β My pool was closed so I had to drive across town to go to another pool. When I got home my sink was attached to the pipes and I had running water! So that’s good.


My weekend started off great. After yoga I went to my friend Debby’s house for our book club meeting. We read “The Haunting of Hill House” this month and after our discussion of the book we watched the original movie from the 60’s. It was so much fun! There was a decent sized group of us, tons of wine and lots of really good food. Too much good food.

Debby’s roommate Alex is a superb cook and spent the day creating all sorts of goodies. He made a Greek orzo spinach salad, some pastry puffs stuffed with cream cheese, other pastry cups with cottage cheese and then baked, a tomato and basil salad, a pumpkin cheesecake, cucumber and onion salad, and little dried apricots with Stilton cheese mixed with Sherry topped with a toasted walnut.


I definitely ate too much. As in, my stomach was so full I probably could have used some Tums for the acid-reflux. Ooops. I more than made up for it on Saturday by being way under my calories for the day. I didn’t do it on purpose, it just kind of happened that way because I was so busy running around doing errands and stuff.


The good thing about Saturday was that I got in a run at the gym and my legs felt AWESOME. The whole run was great, I felt good afterwards and I felt even better on Sunday. No knee pain, no sore quads, nothing. I felt GREAT! I’m also doing really well with my weight lifting! I have another post coming soon about the progress I’ve made so far.

Saturday afternoon we had a dog trainer come out to the house. Her name is Kate and she’s from Cooper’s Dog Training. She was so nice and I could immediately tell that Bella liked her. The first session was 2.5 hours. It was a lot of her just observing Bella. We took her for a walk so she could see how she acts–pulling on the leash, barking at strangers, etc. Of course Bella was on her best behavior. πŸ˜› But Kate got a good assessment of Bella and we went over a lot of stuff. It was a little overwhelming but I did take away a few good ideas and we have homework for this week. We’re working on “Leave It” and also on sitting and waiting during meal time until we say it’s ok for her to eat. She’s sort of getting that. I hold the dog bowl up, put food in it, tell her to “sit” and wait until she sits before lowering it to the floor. If she comes out of “sit” before I tell her to we start all over. I think she’ll get this one quickly because food is involved. πŸ˜€

The best part of the weekend was the playdate Bella and I had with my friend Nicole. She brought her dog Daisy, a little papillon, to Brentwood ParkΒ . There was a great dog park there! It was all fenced and there was tons of room for the dogs to race around. Nicole has a lot of dogs and she does a lot for dog rescue (even rescued a pit bull recently). She was also our reference when we applied to adopt Bella.


This was the first time Bella’s been to a dog park. We have such a big yard and there’s also a lot of HOA space next to our house that we haven’t felt the need. She gets tons of running around in the yard and we take her for walks. But going to the dog park was such a fun experience I want to do it again. Bella barked at new dogs that came in through the gate, but then she sniffed them and everybody was best friends.


I was a little nervous at first but Bella did a great job.Β She was so happy! She raced around like a crazy dog and chased after her ball, play-wrestled with the other dogs and sniffed lots of butts.


It was really fascinating watching the dogs play and interact with each other. It was a good lesson in learning dog body language. The dog training went over some of that with us and we also talked about “calming signals.” I saw a lot of that with Bella at the dog park. I didn’t think she’d be the aggressive dog at the park and I was right. She barked a few times but mostly she rolled onto her back and was submissive to other dogs she encountered.


She was so stinkin’ happy! It was cute to see and it definitely improved my foul mood! Seeing her so blissful with the other dogs was too funny. She wore herself out. We played for about an hour and then said our goodbyes. She zonked out on the couch immediately!

I’m glad the weekend wasn’t a total bust. Thanks Bella!

How was your weekend?

Author: Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

12 thoughts on “Ups and Downs”

    1. The animals definitely make me feel better when things are crappy. I got Bella a squeaky toy shaped like a Halloween bat. She LOVES this thing. She was playing with it this morning and it was so cute it was hard to be in a bad mood!

  1. oh my God – your sink is CRAZY! Just glad no one got hurt. Your new one should last forever.

    Dog parks are great for socialization. Fortunately, Max is great there. Cady was ok, but sooner or later a fight would break out. I’m glad that Bella’s happiness put you in a better mood.

    I’m taking Max to basic obedience, but it’s hard bc Chris isn’t joining us so he’s not being trained too. πŸ™‚ He wants Max to just get it, but it’s work on both sides.

    We want to see Amy when we’re down next so maybe we can all get together at the dog park!

    1. It was such a surreal thing. One moment I’m brushing my teeth, the next minute there’s glass everywhere. It really sucked and no matter how many times I cleaned (scrubbed, swept, vacuumed) I’m still finding pieces of glass. πŸ™

      It would be GREAT to meet up with you guys at the dog park. Bella would have a blast and I want to meet Max!

  2. OMG that thing with your sink is crazy! Good thing you didn’t get hurt.

    I totally understand about wrestling with cats when it’s time for the vet. Luckily, our cats are pretty trained to come when they hear the treats shaking and we also have other audio cues to get them to come out that we can resort to if the treat shaking doesn’t work! Those pics of Bella are so cute! Pure doggy happiness!
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  3. I’ve said it before, but I just wanna snuggle Bella! She is so cute.

    I had a great weekend. We had my stepson for the first time (distance wise it would be comparable to us living in San Fran and him in LA so we don’t see him much). 5 days with a gorgeous 2 year old who wanted nothing else but to cuddle up with me. I think I caught his strep throat tho πŸ™

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