My favorite day…

It’s Saturday, and I’m planning on spending the day cooking and then having some new friends over for dinner.  On the menu is:

Toasted Baguette with Goat Cheese and Tomato Sauce

Acorn Squash Soup

Homemade Mushroom Ravioli with mushrooms and carmalized onions in a cream sauce

Strawberry layer cake

A day spent cooking.  I love it.

Where’s the line, and how do I tell her that we’ve crossed it?

I’m currently watching my friend’s dog.  She is in Seattle for 3 weeks, and due to some other people ‘not being able to deal with her dog’, I ended up with Sonya (the dog) for all three of those weeks.  Now, three weeks is a long time to watch someone else’s dog, especially if that dog is as poorly trained as Sonya is.  We’ve had her for 6 days, and in those 6 days, she has:

-Pooped in her crate twice (once getting it all over my carpet as well as the crate and herself)

-Peed in the house once

-Taught my dog to chew on shoes, resulting in one of them (not sure which one) ruining a pair of flats

-Chewed up a red Sharpie marker, getting red ink all over my tan rental apartment carpet

-Destroyed half a pack of blank stationary that is for a committee function, not my own personal supply

-Destroyed 2 rolls of satin ribbon and 3 tubes of lotion, also for the committee function

-Chewed on, and broke, my prescription glasses that I wear every day.

I get that she’s a high energy dog.  I get that she misses her mom.  I get that I need to be patient with her, and make sure that I’m being careful about feeding her and walking her and making sure that she goes to the bathroom before I leave the house for a long period of time.  I get that she’s not very well trained and that I need to take the time to work with not only my new dog that we are trying to train, but also Sonya.  I get that as a Christian, it’s important for me to show Christ’s love to my friends, and to follow through on something if I say that I will do something.  I don’t get how I’m supposed to keep this dog, who has cost me over $350 in 6 days, plus drastically increased my stress levels and is teaching my dog all sorts of bad habits, for two more weeks.  I feel like this has gone past the ‘doing a friend a favor, even though it’s inconvenient for me, because I need to show her love and be a good friend’ stage and moved on into the ‘I’m going to go crazy keeping this dog because I’m not sure what else I need to do to take care of it and it’s causing huge problems and there’s enough shit going on right now that neither Husband or I need all this extra stress’ stage.  I have a migraine today.  I used to get migraines all the time when I was in the Navy and super stressed all the time, and it’s been several months since I’ve had one.  College starts tomorrow and I’m not at all ready, because the time that I wanted to spend today preparing ended up being spent trying to get red Sharpie out of my carpet and rushing to LensCrafters before they closed to try and get new glasses tonight. (Which I did, thankfully.)  And I have no clue what I’m going to do with the dogs tomorrow while I’m at school for several hours.  At the same time, I’m not sure how to tell my friend that she needs to either pay for a kennel for her dog or find another solution and oh, by the way, it would be nice if you would help me out with these new glasses because that totally wasn’t in our budget right now.  I have no idea if that’s at all appropriate or not, and if it is appropriate, how to say that to her, but I do know that if things keep going the way they are going right now, I’m not going to be able to keep this dog for two more weeks.  Thoughts?

Some resolutions

I just got back from a week at Lake Tahoe and I made some decisions about my life. This year, I want to:
-Be more assertive. This is big for me because I tend to be very quiet and I don’t stand up for myself and then I find myself being talked over or interrupted or not noticed and I just put up with it until suddenly I just explode and yell and cause a huge scene and if I had just bothered to be more assertive, it wouldn’t have happened.
-Try new things that are out of my comfort zone, such as snow skiing, kayaking, rock climbing (which I’ve done before but am very bad at and always get scared and then give up), and I’d like to run a race. So I’ve decided that my first ever race should be the Rock and Roll Half Marathon in Las Vegas in 16.5 weeks. Totally do-able.
-Compete in a race (see above). I’d also like to start training for a triathalon.
-Stop eating fast food. I love cooking and I’m a great cook, so I’m not quite sure why I eat so much crap. I should stop this.

So that’s about it. Husband is going to be underway a lot starting in October, so I figure, why not DO stuff? It will keep me busy, so I won’t be so miserable missing him constantly, and all these things will make me a healthier, more fit person, so I don’t actually see a down-side to this plan. Check back in a month or so, though. I’m sure I will find one. What do you think? Is any or all of this doable? Any words of advice or encouragement?