Sunday, February 21, 2010


First, I have to say that I deleted my last post. I was very angry and was venting on this, so if you read it, I'm sorry. More things have happened that make me feel like everything that I am doing is worth the effort.

Good news though!

Lots of adoptions have happened this week! Check out just a few pictures of some of the little ones who got new homes this week! Yeah for Garcia, Marble, Spaz, Ella, and Peace!!! Peace, who was in my house for 6 weeks and I dearly love, got her new home yesterday.

As for running, I did a quick 8 miler on Friday afternoon and 17 miles on Saturday morning. My legs are exhausted today so thank goodness for my day off! I was happy about the times too, so that's good. I have a step down week for the long run, but the regular miles during the week step up a few this week. It will be interesting!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Another Friday, another long run

Sideways picture of Tony, who was adopted and will be going home today. Thank you, Paw Prints!
This has been an interesting week. First, I couldn't sleep very well for some unknown reason. Had I known the reason, I would have fixed it, pronto. I ran 10 miles on the treadmill last Sunday and got a friction rash on my left thigh. Irritating and makes me feel fat. Took Monday off because I was just tired in my legs. I honestly think the treadmill is harder.

Anyway, had great running efforts the rest of the week, and today, I went to the gym for a fast 8 miler, and got a friction rash on the other thigh. What the ???&%# Anyway, got some biker shorts so I wouldn't bleed to death during my 16 mile jog tomorrow. I figured out it was my shorts because I've gotten smaller since I started this and the other shorts have never bothered me before. Grrrr.

I am looking forward to some good food and a great jog in the morning though. I am NOT looking forward to 160 times around the tiny little microscopic track at the gym. Better than slipping on the ice outside....

On a very good note, Paw Prints has received some donations this week, unfortunately not due to the article in the paper. But they are donations anyway. There have been a few adoptions too. Tony, one of my favorite cats, is going home today. He's a hugger and a love bug so his new family will love him to pieces. Velvet, the cat I fostered last year, is at the store, and she looks great. She's running around and acting frisky and happy. She was such a good mom to her babies and to two other kittens. Funny, I have two of those still!

Well, my kids are in shorts and tank tops with their shin guards on ready to play soccer in the basement, so that's my cue to log off here and supervise!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Be the change you want to see

I stole this title line just now from the title of another blog that I follow. But it's a common saying and is such a true one. Some people have vision, some people don't. I think I do. Some used say that I was a negative person, but I just said that I'm "realistic". Then I became a little more optimistic about things and was brought down a little by being disappointed. At this point, I think I'd rather be optimistic and possibly disappointed, then just pessimistic about everything. I think I honestly have an endorphin high from running a lot of the time, which is totally a good thing. I get ideas all the time, and I truly believe they are good ideas. It's just the implementing. It's like when you think of an invention, do nothing about it, and two years later, you see that someone has made bundles from YOUR idea. All you had to do was act on your idea, and see the change you wanted. I am in the middle of trying to make some changes that will improve the lives of Sioux City's abandoned and lost dogs and cats. Not sure if I will succeed as much as I hope that I do, but the main point is that I am trying. I got out there, did research, got facts, and had meetings with people who can help me implement change. Baby steps.
It's hard to NOT be pushy with some of these things. Why can't they see it from MY point of view and see how simple the changes are yet how important they can be? I know that just because something is important to me, doesn't mean that it's important to someone else. BUT I shall keep on plugging away and see if the vision that someone else saw, one that I took hold of and can now see for myself, is a possibility.
I'm also trying to change myself. Beyond being a more patient person that I am now, which part of it is good, part of it not so good, I would like to see some personal goals accomplished this year. Some are to have more fun with my kids. I do have a lot of fun with them, but I was truly overwhelmed with Running for a Paws and the foster cats, cake decorating, and Mary Kay. So I dropped the things that I didn't feel were as important. I like the optimistic person I've become so hope to carry that on when I'm tired and grumpy. Things can be worse, so be happy with what you have. I do carry around a feeling of thankfulness for all that I have, the friends, family, kids, cats, house, car, job, living in the US, just everything. I really CAN'T complain about anything and what I do complain about, I can either change, or it's more venting those little things, which everyone needs to do.
Recently I have felt like the little engine that could. I am running 5 days a week, doing some sort of cardio/weights/yogo on the 6th day and then get one day of rest per week. I never thought in a billion years that I would be able to do this, both physically and mentally, for weeks at a time. Now my legs are changing and responding. Today I went to the gym and ran 7 miles in 57 minutes. I was planning to go slower, but found my pace and stuck with it. I wasn't breathing hard and wasn't sore from yesterday's speed workout. This Hal Higdon (the master marathoner and one who developed the program I'm following) knows his stuff and I really look forward to telling him my success story in May.
I feel tired from lack of sleep all the time, but my legs have strengthened enough that I can still do my normal everyday thing without "feeling it" when I have my longer or faster workouts. It's neat to see and feel and to be a part of. See, I told you I had an endorphin rush! I think a thing that is really neat is that I attached myself to someone else's vision, and someone else has attached to my vision of being a walker/runner. I am humbled by this person who is doing something that I personally couldn't be happy without, and making it her own and a part of her life. I'm not going to go all "George Bailey" on you readers, but try and take account of how you affect people around you. See how you can make a little difference in someone's life by smiling, paying for their coffee, asking how they're doing and actually wanting to hear the answer.
Give it a try as you never know what can happen.
As for me, I'm going to keep on keepin' on! Chug, chug, the little engine that could.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Cat and Kitten Adoption Center NOW OPEN!

Pictures are: Cuddly kittens. There are 4 little babies looking for forever homes along with some older kittens-ones less than a year. There are also some that are a few years old, some are declawed. All but the kittens are spayed or neutered and ALL have microchips and current vaccinations. Fees are $75 for all and include a $30 credit for kittens when they are spayed/neutered.
*Picture of Toby hugging Beth. He is the sweetest kitty. Adult neutered male, not declawed. He is a hugger and a lover!
I am so proud to announce that Siouxland Paw Prints Rescue now has a "rescue center" now open at 3221 Gordon Plaza, just west of the Hy Vee on Gordon. Hours are 11am - 7pm Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and by appointment during other times by calling 253-4099. I am so proud to be a part of this organization!
As for the rest of "things", I am still getting over this nasty cold but it's pretty much gone. My wonderful hubby has spent a lot of time at the Paw Prints store to build shelves for the kitties to climb on. I had a 14 mile run on Sunday and a 7 miler today. I did this cardio sculpting thing on Monday, so my legs are pretty tired. I am so impressed with the way that I am physically able to do what I am asking of my body. I feel so blessed to have a healthy body to run with, and I am so hopeful for the future of Siouxland Paw Prints Rescue! It's a great day!
Stop in and see the place! Cats are running and jumping all over and are socializing. We will soon have pet beds and toys to sell to supplement the cost of taking care of the wonderful kitties that come our way. There's still some work to be done, but we're up and running!