For the last two weekends, Maggie has had exciting walking adventures.

Last weekend she went to Great Falls park with a former coworker of mine and her dog. The two puppies had a great time getting to know each other. They were the baddest dogs in the park, but they were super cute.

Pictures from Great Falls Park )

Everyone thought my friend's dog was a pitbull and would back away from her. Then they'd see Maggie and rush over to play with her. I felt a little bad about it. Maggie was the rockstar of the park.

This weekend, Ben and I took Maggie and Noname to Claude Moore Park. Noname had to come along because last weekend she was so upset about being left behind, she completely chewed all the hair off her feet. I wasn't sure she'd be able to handle the walk today, but she managed to make it the entire way!

Pictures from Claude Moore Park )

Both dogs slept really well when we got home. I wish I had the time to take them on long walks like that every week. They are so much happier when they get to burn off all their energy.
Currently I am trapped in my old apartment with no heat. But I have electricity, so I'll just try to distract myself from the cold.

Last night was the worst commute of my life. Not exaggerating. Five hours long and I came home with the beginnings of frost bite.

First of all, the trains were packed. But I did get a train without waiting longer than 10 minutes, so it wasn't that bad actually. The real problems started when I got to the bus station.

The line for the buses snaked around the platform and up the escalator into the metro station. I waited 90 minutes for a bus; and most of the waiting was spent out in the snow and wind. Eventually a bus did arrive. Not MY bus. But A bus. By this point I wasn't even sure my bus would EVER arrive, so I hopped on this one figuring a bus that goes part of the way was better than waiting out in the cold. Bonus: I got a seat!

I was really glad for that seat too, because it was a two hour bus ride. It only took us about 15 minutes to get almost to our exit because the buses get to use a special lane. But there's one final mile of highway that needs to be passed before we exit. And that's where we spent most of our time. The highway was a parking lot. And to make it worse, people did in fact park their cars and start walking home.

I do have to compliment everyone around me through the waiting and the bus ride. Everyone kept their spirits high and were more than willing to share their food and drinks with other riders that were feeling hungry or unwell.

After we finally got off the highway, it became extremely clear that we weren't getting to the park and ride. The roads here were parking lots too. The driver finally got us as far as the cross street and let us loose into the snow.

Ben had tried to dig our car out to come get me, but he couldn't compete against the snow. So I was left at the park and ride with no way home. I had to walk. Which actually wasn't as bad as standing because at least the movement was keeping me warm. However, I noticed during the walk that my feet were feeling more and more like clubs as I went.

While walking, the sky was flashing and booming because we had THUNDERSNOW! Although I was miserable at the time, I can appreciate the epicness of it all.

Trees were falling all around me as I walked. TRESS! One large one came crashing down right into the road. Luckily no one was hit. If it had fallen just a foot more to the right or left, it would have hit someone because there was nowhere for anyone to go to avoid it.

Lots of people were out trying to move the trees. And some people were even nice enough to direct traffic to help people avoid more roads with fallen trees. The local gov't may be totally incompetent when it comes to dealing with snow, but at least everyone else was able to work together and try to get through it the best they could.

After I had totally lost feeling in my feet, finally a kind person drove by and offered me a ride. Her car was so wonderfully warm. She was actually lost because she had to detour from a road covered in fallen trees. I gave her directions to the road she was trying to get to. I think it was a fair exchange of favors.

And then I was finally home! Ben was concerned about the loss of feeling in my feet and filled the bathtub with warm water for me to soak them in until circulation returned. Some of my toes were extremely pale. When the water finally started to warm them, they itched like crazy! Poor sad toes....

Ben and I watched some more My Little Ponies, and then went to bed. Except we had no blankets or pillows or pjs or even a change of clothes. But we did have an air mattress! We went to bed in our work clothes and fuzzy robes, using my dog's stinky bed blanket for warmth. BECAUSE WE LOST HEAT. And was anyone going to get out in this weather and fix it? No, of course not!

So we slept for six hours before it got too cold in the apt to stay still. I hope my bird is going to be ok. We still have gas and electricity though. I have pots of boiling water on the stove to try to keep things in here a little warmer. And ben is trying to shovel out the car with our stupid little travel shovel. The full sized shovel is at the house...

I have a 2 hour delay for work. I can't believe they are asking us to come in. I don't even know how I am getting in. The buses are running on a saturday schedule. I would try working from home in the apt, heat. Yeah... And the house has no internet. Awesome.

So what have I learned from yesterday? When the office lets you leave 2 hours early for weather, leave 3 hours early.
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I had nightmares all night about work. I kept dreaming about making edits to a very difficult package that was already overdue to the printer.

I definitely woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning. Once I was done crying, ben suggested we take a walk down to the bagel place for breakfast. That was a very good idea because I felt a lot better after.

We also stopped at the library to return a bunch of books, which made me feel really productive.

When we got back, we tried watching Dark City but all that sunshine and fresh air had totally exhausted me. I kept dozing off. We paused it halfway through and I took a four hour nap. I didn't dream about work so I felt pleasantly rested when I finally woke up. And then we finished the movie while I worked on fixing my sweater.

All the collar holes have been repaired and it doesn't look too bad now. The collar is still a bit tight but I think it'll be ok. So I'll start on the sleeves tonight. I want to get far enough along that I can go back to knitting on the bus again.
Ben and I have been trying to think of ways for me to go to pottery and he to d&d despite there being one car between us.

Today's plan was for me to walk there. Then ben would pick me up on the way home from his game. Unfortunately ben hit a ton of traffic and I was stuck hanging around lake anne for an extra 30 minutes.

Normally that wouldn't be too bad, but I had an extremely heavy bag of clay with me, so it was difficult to move around.

Aside from difficulties going home, pottery lab went well. Attempt at yarn bowl #1 from last week was too small for said task. I trimmed it to make a nice little cereal bowl instead. And cup from last week once trimmed did not seem suitable for a handle, so I didn't add one. Not sure what I'll do with that one. I guess give it to someone at work.

Today I threw a couple more yarn bowl attempts and my very first attempt at a jar with a lid. I didn't know how to make a jar with a lid, but the lab has lots of very well illustrated books on how to do all sorts of things, so I followed one of those step by step and I think it came out pretty well.

The lady running the lab today commented that I was very clever to use the books rather than ask her how to do things. It sounded to me like she is tired of people asking her how to do stuff that they should have taken a class for.

I had to buy new clay today (hence being able to walk there but not back) because my old clay was far too wet to work with. It turns out the lab now sells a new brand of white clay and I was the very first person to ever try it. Everyone kept asking me what it felt like. It was a little embarrassing.

I do like the new clay though. It has a much finer texture to it, making working the clay less painful on my hands.

Next week I do not have to walk to the lab or back, because ben has a late game. That is good for my poor spine.

I need a crafty icon.
This morning I walked by a deli that had a sign saying, "We now serve hot dogs with proper sanitation."

Somehow that doesn't make me feel more confident about the food there.
Yesterday evening I missed my bus by about 2 minutes. :( And the next one wasn't for another 30 minutes.

I killed time with video games so the wait wasn't actually that bad. I'm glad I noticed the next bus arriving though because the driver took off as soon as I got on. He didn't wait for anyone!

I don't know what this driver's problem was. He completely ignored my stop. It wasn't that much of an extra walk home, but there were caterpillars in the trees!!! Hundreds of them! In swarms! I was so scared I nearly threw up.

Ben came home late too. But he was at a party. That's a much more fun reason than missing the bus.

I went to bed pretty early. It has been an exhausting week. However, I had a nightmare that ben was no longer attracted to me and wanted to leave me. I was very clingy all morning.

I've got tae kwon do in about an hour. And after that I need to go yarn shopping. There's also an arts and crafts fair I kinda was curious about, but I have roleplaying tonight so I think I'm going to nap this afternoon instead.
I was going to walk to the farmers market this morning but I realized that there really wasn't anything I needed, produce-wise. So instead, I walked to the supermarket to pick up cornstarch and sponges. I still did some walking today, and that's what counts.

On the way to the food store I was harassed by mormons on bikes. (Mormons on bikes!) They were trying to convince me that if I joined their fan club, I'd go to heaven and stuff, and that it says so in their big shiny book. I politely told them I wasn't interested but they kept going so I just tuned them out after that. Luckily since we were going through a tunnel under the road, there were some stairs up ahead. Bikes can't go up stairs. ;)

I guess they found someone else to bother once they found the ramp, cause they didn't chase me anymore. They really should have known they weren't going to get anything out of me. For one, I'm wearing a darwin t-shirt. That might be a hint that I am not swayed by unsupported promises of a god and afterlife. And two, I said NO THANK YOU. I'm already not interested in what you have to say. Move on, leave me alone.

It's my punishment for doing the right thing and walking, right? That's what I get for not burning fossil fuels.

Anyway, as I continued on my way to the store, I saw these bushes full of really pretty flowers. I thought that since they were so pretty, they'd probably smell nice too. So I stopped to take a sniff and NOTHING. They had no scent at all. It was so disappointing.

I eventually got to the store and bought what I needed. Thankfully the walk home was uneventful. Now I'm going to freak out as I attempt to marinate beef. I need to find a way to do this without touching the meat.
Walking to the library was a good idea. My legs feel all invigorated. And the walk was really short too! I think it just always seemed so far away because the stoplights and everything made the car rides take so long. Maybe I should walk around more often.

I got two books at the book sale. Nothing exciting though. One is a book about cooking veggies called "Almost Vegetarian." I got it thinking it might be useful when our farm things starts and we need some inspiration. The other book is about calligraphy and illumination called "Borders for Calligraphy." Other than that, there wasn't anything that caught my eye.

On the way back I was really in the mood for bubble tea. I wish they sold it around here. Not that I could enjoy it with my stupid tooth....

Oh! And as I was walking, I had the theme to super mario brothers stuck in my head. I ended up walking passed some mushrooms growing and I couldn't help but laugh. I wonder, if I had picked them up, would I have grown bigger?
Whenever my world combines into a mass of mental and physical stress, I end up having a potassium deficiency. I think I may be getting it again, since my left leg is starting to hurt today while walking. It's the right kind of pain, but in the wrong spot. So it's possible that my leg is just tired.

Don't go and tell me to have a banana. They are vile nasty things that shouldn't even be considered food. I looked up other sources of potassium. I can get it from breakfast cereal, which I have a lot of. And milk. And orange juice. And cantaloupe. Look! It's a complete breakfast!

So let's see. After the whole evacuation thing, I finally got to sit down to my now cold dinner. We started to watch azumanga daioh again. Then we heard another knock on the door. You can imagine how thrilled I was.

The gas people wanted to come in now to inspect our pipes. They waved instruments around for a bit, and then stood in my apartment discussing where our pipes go to. Eventually they left. I was relieved that I didn't have to evacuate again.

When our show was over, ben and I took a much needed nap. After ben left for work, I went right back to bed. I had to get up at 6:30 this morning to catch the 8:10 bus. After walking for half an hour from the bus stop, I got to work two minutes before 9.

I have permission to leave early to catch the bus today. I will probably use it so I get to the bus stop nice and early. I would be insanely upset if I missed the bus and had to wait an hour for the next one.

If there is any goodness left in the world, my car will be done this evening.
The bad day continued last night with ben losing his ID to get to work. I starting spazzing and crying because now my bad luck was affecting him and his ID was gone and he was going to be late for work. I didn't want him to leave because I was convinced something else bad was going to happen to him, like a car accident or something. He made it to work fine, but it didn't help me feel better.

Today seems to be revenge of the bad day.

It started bright and early at 3:30 in the morning when I realized I had forgotten something SUPER important. I had to get up out of bed and take care of it or today probably would be even worse.

Right, so I got up bright and early this morning and spazzed because I had also forgotten to figure out bus vs taxi for today. I decided bus, since it is cheaper.

I couldn''t find the bus stop. The signs in town center have no mention of where the bus stop was. The information office was closed. I asked random people on the street and NO ONE knew. Finally a construction worker mentioned that he sees the bus stopping a lot at BLAH corner. I went there, but it was for the wrong bus. Finally a tiny bit of good luck, a bus employee guy said I looked very lost and sad and asked if he could help. I told him I wanted the 574 bus but couldn't find the stop. He was helpful and told me where to go, but the next one wasn't for another half an hour.

So I waited. And finally the bus came. I managed to get on the right bus and get off at the right stop. But then I had to walk from the stop to work. Took me thirty minutes in the hot sun.

I'm finally at work now, but all I want to do is take a nap. My body can't take this abuse anymore. This has been the week from hell. And it's not even halfway over. :(



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