I started my new job on Monday. Bandit's and my routines are completely different from what we'd been used to. I had worked from home since 1998, so getting up at 5am to catch a 6:40am bus to get into Seattle and start my job at 7:15am is something I'm going to have to get used to. Ordinarily, Bandit and I would have a lengthy morning or mid-morning walk at the local park.
Bandit is such a sweetheart in the morning. I try to give him five minutes of playtime in the bed before I actually start getting ready for work. The first two mornings he wouldn't eat his breakfast. He's been used to eating anywhere between 7:30 and 8am. However, yesterday morning and this morning he ate his breakfast like a trooper at 5:30am. K gets home before I do and he has taken Bandit for some afternoon walks in the neighborhood. And K works from home on Fridays, so Bandit's essentially home alone (with Simba, of course) for four days a week.
On Monday I was asked to start at 8:30am so I was able to get up and take Bandit for a 50-20 minute neighborhood walk before work. But now that I get up at 5am, a morning walk just isn't in the cards. I have taken him to the park after work and given us both a good pm workout.
My one new co-worker with a thick Russian accent came to my desk yesterday and asked me, "N, are you a dog person?" What a great icebreaker for two people who don't know each other! "L" told me that she lost her dog exactly two years ago on August 4. She had a poodle who lived to be 17!! She's still not ready to get another dog.
Bandit has been such a good boy. No destruction of any kind or potty accidents. I knew there wouldn't be a problem with potty accidents, but I'm still going to keep an eye out for bad behavior such as chewing or getting into things he shouldn't. K and I are going to meet up with some friends at a dog park this coming Saturday, so Bandit will get to play with our friends' three dogs, and hopefully they'll entice him to try a little swimming. The temperature is supposed to reach the nineties here this weekend!
I'm sorry I haven't been able to check out blogs lately like I'm used to. Once I settle into a routine and I'm not so tired, I'm sure things will get back to normal, or a new semblance of normal.
I actually kind of enjoying riding the bus in the morning as it's a perfect time to read. And now that I'm done with school I'm enjoying reading books for fun again! K and I both read Anthony Bourdain's "Kitchen Confidential" during our vacation, and now we're both reading (separate sticky bookmarks) his current book that's a bestseller. I'm almost done with it, and then I want to read that book that's been made into a movie that's coming out - the one starring Julia Roberts. I think it's called Eat, Pray, Love. I hope Costco has it for dirt-cheap. The movie's supposed to be a huge, huge hit.