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Training Journal – Military Miles Half Marathon

img_3737I’ve been a little quiet about my health, both mental and physical, because I always feel like no one wants to hear about it. You’re here for books and kittens, after all! Last week, however, was extremely rough for me as I suffer from chronic pain in my hands. It was bad enough that I became somewhat depressed about things and was feeling a little hopeless, so I decided to handle my physical issues in my favorite way – running all the miles!

I went to Dr. Google and looked up June races, and found one in Las Colinas called the WW Military Miles half marathon that looked promising. After a little bit of internal debate and a conversation with Charlotte, I signed myself up for 13.1 miles in the Texas heat.

Now I know I said I would never run another race in the summer after the Badass Texas half but I was certain I’d do better because the elevation wasn’t so crazy. Also, they gave me really nice socks (pictured above).


The race was pretty good! I didn’t do better than the Badass half but I definitely enjoyed it more up until the last 3 miles when I once again felt like I was baking. They were awesome about keeping us hydrated and trying to keep us cool with iced towels and water every mile, and a lot of the course was shaded trails. It was hot and I was exhausted from finishing a book the night before, but it was a lot prettier and I just feel better running under the trees.

I finished with the exact same time as last month but I’m proud of myself, and I feel so much better. My hands are still killing me but hey, I don’t run on my hands! I got so down about what I’m having trouble doing that I completely forgot what my body is still capable of doing. I also wore shorts again because good gravy, Texas is hot in the summer.

Also, bonus kitten pic of Robin Lord Tater Tot snoozing!



Tiny Kitten Toes

Well, guess who got another dang cat? If you guessed it was me, you’re very correct. I would like you all to meet my new babycat, Robin Lord Tater Tot.

If you’re a fan of Gotham, you’ll recognize that I’ve basically named her after the guy who plays The Penguin. He’s a really cool guy, an animal lover, and a great actor. Who else can convincingly do heartbroken one minute then swing completely the opposite direction to murdering someone with a beer bottle?

Anyhow, this little fritter was found by a lady who works at the bank next to our clinic and she called to see if someone could come and check to make sure she wasn’t injured. I went over and immediately fell in love. She was found in the middle of the road, frightened and weak, with her mama hit by a car on the side of the road. The lady scooped her up and brought her to the bank and the rest, as they say, is history.

There was a whole lot of hissing the first night she was home, and my husband was so worried that the other cats wouldn’t like her. As it turns out, she is Lemondrop’s new BFF. It took them a couple of days but now they play gently, chase each other, share toys and today I caught them cuddling by the window. I think she needed someone close to her own age; my other cats are 13, 8 and 7 and they don’t want to tussle as roughly as they used to. I even brought her home on Lemondrop’s birthday!


This kitten is ridiculously agreeable! She loves to cuddle, regularly falls asleep on me at night, meows gently when she wants to be fed, and has already learned to get in the big cat litter boxes, take a flying leap off the couch without hurting herself, and climb up the couch to see us. My husband is in awe of how smart she is, and you can definitely see the wheels turning in her little head. She’s only about 5-6 weeks old, so I’m a little excited to see how she does when she’s older. I think she’s going to be a good fit for our family.

I had to do a little convincing to get my husband to let me bring her home but once he met her he fell in love. My main argument was that she needed us and also that with Rufus gone we had a slot in our house for a fifth cat. She’s currently eating Royal Canin Babycat (the cutest food ever) and is doing very well. I’m excited to have a new baby in the house and can’t wait to share more pictures with y’all!


Goodbye, My Cranky Boy

If you’ve picked up a copy and flipped through it, you’ll notice that I dedicated Drowned History to Rufus, and I’m sure some people are wondering who the heck he is.

IMG_5090Rufus Bartlett was my 15 year old cat who passed away in December. He was named that because after I fed him he resembled a Bartlett pear, something that my textbooks informed me was ideal. He was two days old when I snatched him out of the jaws of Animal Control, who would have put him to sleep because they don’t have the resources to bottle raise kittens and puppies. He was found in an abandoned rabbit nest with a baby bunny, his umbilical cord still attached. The bunny went to a wildlife rescue and Rufus came home with me.

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Cats in Sweaters

I’m still working on my current filet crochet project so this week I’m going to show you something else I recently finished!

A cat I know was getting a shavedown because he was so matted (he’s 19 and not grooming as well as he used to) and it’s strangely cold in Texas right now that I decided to make him a little sweater! He doesn’t like his feet touched and I couldn’t find a pattern for what I was looking for so I chose to wing it!This is my cat Strider modeling the finished sweater. My shaved buddy is significantly bigger so it’s kind of long. Strider was very patient with me as usual.

I wanted to make a more “sweatery” sweater for our paraplegic clinic cat’s birthday so I used this pattern from Ravelry and Min Pin Sweaters and some greens that would compliment her eyes.

Strider once again helped me out when my other cats fled because he’s such a handsome and helpful boy. This is before I attached the sleeves. Please excuse the mess, we’re cleaning.

The finished sweater! Strider looks so handsome in this sweater I was a little sad I had to give it away. I settled for making it my phone’s wallpaper instead. And now for the birthday girl!

She looked so cute! Unfortunately that was the same day I had to go home with the second half of my flu so I missed the party but I’d like to believe she appreciates it.

Next week I’ll have my new filet project to show off! And…today is MY birthday! Woo!