June 13, 2011


I am not a dog of few words. I have lots to say and I often take the time to say it.

Monty ate something he shouldn't have. Trust me, you don't want to know...

But some days…well, some days I get behind and no matter how fast I type (or walk or talk or race around), I can’t catch up. This is when I must rely on shortcuts. Sometimes, in my work, this means that instead of taking one dog out for a walk at a time, we take three. In essence, we’re squishing a 3-hour duty down to one and while that might not seem like a lot to you, it’s HUGE in our busy lives.

Sometimes we drive the car traveling on wheels to each walking job instead of by foot (which we try to do most of the time). Five minutes in the car can save us a half hour because even though we walk fast, we usually can’t go faster than 4 miles an hour. The car, on the other hand, does much better.

Sometimes we eat lunch on our walks or in the car. Sometimes we don’t eat lunch. Sometimes get up early to finish up our billing statements or go to the store to buy food for dinner or clean the house.

Sometimes we don’t clean the house.

And then, after weeks of not catching up (shortcuts or no shortcuts) everything kind of slams into us and we must take stock of our lives and reassess the use of our time. That was what this weekend was all about. We had to say “no” to a number of really fun options. We had to hunker down and get stuff done or we were going to pull our hair out. In other words we had to implement short cuts not only in our work life, but in our personal life.

All of this is to say, we are behind on our blog and the reasons are too many to list here, but suffice it to say, we’re taking a short cut today in review of last week. The short cut comes in the form of a slideshow, which, I hope will review for you the many and fun outings of our work and of our weekend. I’m hoping captions can capture it all — it’s the best I have to offer — and when I am fully “caught up” I promise to do the opposite of a short cut (which would be called what?)…promise.

And let the new week begin! (See the slideshow below…)



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