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Kitten Season

The Pixie Project doesn’t just rescue dogs. The also have cats! They foster cats and kittens waiting for adoption and the also have a small room with a few cats at the actual shelter. The last time Michael and I were there to walk dogs, I saw that they had TWO KITTENS! Two tiny kittens that must have only been about 8 weeks that were the cutest things I’ve ever seen. Next to my babies, of course.

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The little tabby was pretty shy and didn’t really like me holding him. But the orange kitt was a little love bug. She was playful and hilariously uncoordinated. She let me pick her up and cradle her in my arms like a baby. She looked up at me with her pretty little eyes and just gazed.

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The little bugger discovered my braided hair, too. She started batting at the braid and the realized there was a hairtie on the end of it that was removable and by golly she removed it. I grabbed it just in time before she ate it. Stinker.

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Have you died from the cuteness yet? Don’t worry, I have two more pictures to share that will send you over the edge.

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The little baby was tuckered out! All that playing. So yes, it is indeed KITTEN season! Consider rescuing some babies if you’re in the market for a cat. Kittens are a lot of work, though. Don’t disregard getting an older cat. There was one 8 year old tabby that looked a lot like Fat Kitty (but skinnier) and she plopped right down on my lap and started purring.

After the kitten play time, it was time to walk some dogs. Michael and usually end up walking a pair of chihuahua named Cindy and Tiki. I’ve written about them in the past. They are adorable and a little odd. They are older and Tiki has some gray hair on his face. Tiki is a great dog. He just wants to smell everything on his walk. He has his nose to the ground and just goes. Cindy is goofy. She tends to pull on the leash and when she stops to pee she does a hand stand.  It’s the funniest thing!

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They were rescued from a crackhouse so they are very socialized. Nothing bothers them –bikers, kids, other dogs, nothing. They aren’t fazed one bit.

After Cindy and Tiki, we walked Chewy! Chewy was the dog I walked last time I volunteered at Pixie Project on my own, so I’m glad that Michael got to meet him. He’s the goofiest looking dog but SWEET. So affectionate. Chewy has a lot of energy but knows some commands like “sit”.

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It was a hot sunny day and the dogs were SO HAPPY to be outside playing in it! After walking the dogs we were hot and sweaty and hungry so we went back downtown for dinner. Michael had a Groupon for Via Tribunali, a pizza place in Old Town. What I love about Groupon and Living Social is that it gives us the opportunity to try new places I haven’t heard of. I never would have known Via Tribunali was even there!

The place was really cute and had a perfect location– right next door to Voodoo Donuts. There was outdoor seating and plenty of people-watching opportunities. The wait staff was really friendly and quick. It was a pleasant experience.

We ordered the “SALSICCIA E CIPOLLA” pizza. It was Italian sausage, oven-roasted onions, fresh mozzarella, basil, grana padano cheese. It was a white pie, no mozzarella and they brought out sweet chili oil to go with it. Loved the chili oil!

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It was a smallish pizza, perfect for two people to share. I had three pieces and that was perfect. It was thin crust and the crust was smoky and crispy. They also brought out scissors to cut the pizza! I’ve never seen that done before but Michael said that was how his grandma cut pizza.

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The had a huge, gorgeous pizza oven that looked like a piece of art. It was a great place and we had a good dinner together. I’d definitely go back to this place!

Man, what a post! Kittens, dogs, pizza. The trifecta of happiness.

QUESTION: Are you getting kitten fever?

Thursday Hodge Podge

This is a “hodge podge” kind of post!

Google Reader

So how about that Google Reader news? I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty bummed. I’ve been using Google Reader for about 5 years. I love it! It’s such an easy way to subscribe to blogs and news updates. It’s pretty much where I get all my news; I certainly don’t read a newspaper or watch it on TV. I’m currently researching other alternatives to Google and I hope there’s one that I like just as much.

In the meantime, you might want to consider subscribing to blogs by email if you don’t use Reader or are worried about it going away soon. I recently added the widget on the right side of my blog so people can sign up for the posts to be delivered in their email. I know, I’m kind of slow to the game. A reader actually suggested I add the feature (so thank you for the tip!). It’s a program that does it all for you and I don’t have your email addresses, so it’s not like it’s a spam program. Anyway, you can find it on the right side:

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Physical Therapy

Yesterday I saw my physical therapist, first time since the end of January. I thought I had been making really good progress and in a way I have. He tested my strength and my quads are super strong but my glutes are still weak. I thought all the squats I was doing in Body Pump was helping but apparently it’s just making my quads strong.

He gave me a few new exercises to do in addition to the One Leg Bridge.  I’d already been doing the “clam shell” but he is having me add a resistance band to it. I definitely felt the exercise in my glutes with the band! I guess that’s what I’ve been missing.

He gave me two others that are hard to describe. One is with the resistance band around my calves and I get in a squat position and side-step. He also said that I need to start keeping a workout journal. It’s not something I’ve really done before. I’ve kept mileage logs for cycling and running but that’s about it. I think it will be a good practice to get into and it will help pinpoint causes of flare-ups.

Pixie Project

After work on Wednesday Michael and I volunteered again at the Pixie Project.  It was another gorgeous day in Portland–dry and warm (like 65 degrees) and it was the perfect dog walking weather.

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The first dog we walked was Duke, a beagle. He was super chill and all he wanted to do was sniff everything. He tended to pull on the leash and lead us but he was a really good dog. I have a soft spot for beagles.

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Next up was Nora. She was intimidating at first. I’m not sure her breed but I think there was some pit bull in her. I admit, that made me pause a little bit. But she reminded me not to judge a book by its cover. She was the most gentle, sweet, affectionate dog we’ve walk thus far. She was well-behaved on the leash and all she really wanted to do was roll around in the grass.

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After walking the dogs we got to play with two puppies! They were named Giselle and Kate Moss. 🙂 Two tiny chihuahuas.

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Man! Did they have energy! The puppies were super tiny and crazy but too cute. It was such a fun night! I absolutely love volunteering there and look forward to it all week long. Michael said he liked volunteering a lot more than he thought he would.

Dinner

After the puppy playtime, we went to Iron Horse for dinner. It’s one of our favorite Mexican restaurants in Portland. The food and service is always good. I was hungry but didn’t want to eat a bunch of food so I got a half order of a salad. I love that they have a “lighter fare” option.

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I got the spinach salad with steak. It had some shredded parmesan cheese, slivered almonds, onions and tomato on top with a vinaigrette  I had some of Michael’s rice with my salad. I love this salad. You wouldn’t think a salad would be so good you’d think about it the next day, but I am!

QUESTION: Are you a Google Reader fan? How do you feel about the news?