I'm not exactly known for my spontaneity. Making quick decisions doesn't come easy for me, especially if they are bigger decisions - like jobs, houses, vehicles, travel. Really, anything that involves money or being away from home for any period of time longer than 8 hours at a time. Well, actually, really anything. Sometimes even picking a restaurant for dinner can be a struggle. Although I made the decision to go to Taco Bell for dinner Friday evening. See why I would question my decision making ability?
Luckily, my husband and I balance each other out in some ways.
This weekend started out like a lot of others. First, I slept in a little bit on Saturday. Over the past week or so, I've been exhausted and craving sleep. I rolled myself out of bed at 6:30 AM, wasted a little time and then headed out with the goal to get in a 16 mile long run. I didn't have a plan for the long run which is about as spontaneous as I get. Minutes into the run, I was questioning the heat since it felt very humid and was starting to regret that extra sleep. At 2.3 miles, I was at my first decision of the day and the song 'Heavenly Day' by Patty Griffin was playing. It just seemed appropriate to go right instead of left like I usually do. The rest of the run was quite uneventful. Just hot and not near enough shade but I struggled through it and got in 16 miles, which is my longest continuous run in quite some time. They really only go up from here!
In the afternoon, things got spontaneous. We got in the car and drove 2.5 hours. We now own this:
...to haul dogs.
Last weekend for the Miles and Mutts run, 6 dogs hit the path with runners. We took the shelter's official van which has built in cages. Surprisingly, only 4 large dogs fit in it since there are 4 med/large cages and then 4 smaller ones. My husband found what sounded like a good deal on a used cargo van. We went to check it out. I was incredibly uncomfortable at the dealership because it's kind of a crazy thing to do but now that the decision has been made, I'm excited about it.
The van has some issues but nothing major and he drove the thing home for 2.5 hours without any trouble. There was one very questionable tire so he wanted to stop at a Wal-Mart to get a new one. The closest one to the dealership closed on Aug. 4th only at 3 PM. So, I used the GPS to find the next closest Wal-Mart in a South-west direction which should have been heading back towards home. Wal-Mart number 2 was under construction. By this point, we were both very tired and the cards didn't seem to falling in the right place. I hadn't eaten anything all day except for a yogurt and handful of pretzels after my run and my husband hadn't eaten anything all day. We opted to grab a quick dinner (this time Arby's - it was such a healthy weekend!) and just head back hoping for the best since our 2.5 hour driving kept multiplying by 30 minute increments.
Over the next couple weeks, we'll hopefully get the van set up with crates, either custom, metal or plastic. That part hasn't been decided yet but we have some rough plans and I'll be doing some research to hopefully come up with the best plan to make it cost effective and maximize the space we have. We originally thought we could get 13 but after seeing the van and measuring, we came up with 11.
We didn't take it for today's dog run so our own cars were in use for 5 dogs. This is what our driveway looked like during the post dog-run car cleaning. It's starting to look a little ridiculous and the number of red vehicles looks a bit comical! This weekend has flown by but I guess that's a good thing!
What's the most spontaneous thing you've done?