Summer isn’t over

While there are a million blogs and tweets about summer almost being over and lamenting how quickly it went I remind myself summer isn’t over. Sure we have fall weather, but I LOVE it. I HATE 90 degree weather. That’s why summers in DC almost killed me and why I like the climate here in Wisconsin. September and October are the best months of the year. September can easily be another month of summer.

And I have so much going on in the next few weeks I couldn’t be sad about summer ending even if I wanted to be. I leave on an amazing work trip tomorrow. I get to return to Peru, a country I fell in love with in 2005. It is really a work trip and we will be quite busy for the first two thirds and then we will be going to Machu Picchu.

Macchu Picchu
Macchu Picchu

It will be a totally different experience this time. I won’t have to hike for three days and be exhausted. Instead we are taking the train in. I’m also hoping it will be a clearer day. I hope to do a few posts while I’m on the trip like I did in February, but I have no idea what the internet situation will be when we are up in norther Peru.

Two days after I get back my best friend in the whole world arrives in Wisconsin for Labor Day weekend. I can’t go into details yet, but I’m super excited for her.

Me and Marie at Stoller Vineyards
Me and Marie at Stoller Vineyards

Then, three days later the Badgers kick off their season. And if you didn’t know I was excited for that then you probably have never ever read my blog before and certainly don’t follow me on twitter. I got season tickets this year which is awesome.  Thanks to a handy thing on UWbadgers.com I was able to find the view from my new seats. It’s not exact, but it’s close. I’m quite happy with the tickets I ended up with. I’m also psyched to see the new team. New coach, new QB (maybe), new #1 Running back.

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U-Rah-Rah-Wisconsin

Tomorrow marks the date Rosie has been with me for one month. I love her so much. She is such a fantastic dog. We have been doing more running and she is genuinely happy when we run. She’s fast, like wants to run faster than I do, but we do well together.

It's tough being a dog.
It’s tough being a dog.

Running with Rosie

I’ve taken the dog for three runs now. We’ve done a lot of walks, but I wanted us to get used to each other before trying running. Turns out she LOVES running. The first run we did together was just a 1.5 mile loop around the park and it didn’t come close to tiring her out so I decided she needs to run further.

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Rosie meets Lake Michigan

I took her for three miles the other night and that successfully tired the pup out. So much so that I decided to take her by Chill on the Hill for a bit. She was so well behaved. She wanted pizza, but who can blame her? I did too. After sitting on the ground for a bit I decided to take her home and she was ready to run again. We did 3.4 miles and she was happy.

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I love where I get to run.

We took it up a notch and ran with with Sara this morning and Rosie still did great. She didn’t run in front of us or try and trip us. As soon as she gets used to running I’m going to start training her to run longer. I think this is going to be great for me and the dog. And Sara and I decided it will be great running in the dark with a dog. I’m pretty sure Rosie is already protective of me. She is just so happy when we’re out running or walking.

This weekend I’m taking her camping. It will be an adventure for sure, but I think she’ll love it plus we’ll get to try trail running. She does love squirrels so who knows how she will react to other critters.