Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Swamp Things

I've become obsessed with Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series. I liken my new found love to that of the excitement everyone else seemed to have for Harry Potter - a fever of which I never caught. I couldn't understand why the world was so crazed about some boy sorcerer. But the story of an 18 year old girl who falls in love with a vegan vampire while maintaining her relationship with her best friend who just happens to be a werewolf, now that's intriguing.

I've never read a fantasy book until this four-book series, but I can't but them down. Like reading under the covers until 2 a.m., can't put them down. Who cares that these books were originally written for teenagers? I've totally created my Team Edward shirt and I will be wearing it at midnight on November 21 when the movie opens alongside all the other adult women who love this book as much as I do. Oh - I've also discovered a few great podcasts as well. OK, obsessed is a bit of an understatement.

Maybe my girls realized my sudden fondness for monsters. After all, they are the ones most annoyed by my late night under-the-cover reading (Kev's snores the whole time). We've just started back on our training regimen in preparation for fall lure coursing. I walk both girls on a 1.5, 2 or 3 mile trek every evening. The varied distance helps me to see how well their stamina is building up. We only do the short route once a week and the long one twice. Most evenings we do 2.5.

We typically walk in the evening around 7-ish. It's around 85 degrees by then. Sure it's still a sauna outside, but at least the sun isn't beating down on you. I got the bright idea on Saturday morning to take the girls out at 9 a.m. It wasn't all that hot out and somewhat overcast. What I didn't plan for the weather phenomena where the sun rises as the day gets goes on, burning off the clouds, and increasing the temperature ten-fold. So here we are, 2 miles in, GBD is about to croak from heat stroke (drooling really isn't her best look), we've slowed to a snail's pace and I'm wondering how many phone calls to the house it's going to take to get Kev to wake up and come and get us in the car.

And then the girls uncharacteristically pull me to their sanctuary - our neighborhood pond. It's rather large, but my two girls ran toward it like they had been swimming in it for years. We found a somewhat safe edge for them to wade into - Seka just gets in enough to lay down, while Roxy walks in all the way up to her chest instead of laying down in the water. After a 10 minute soak, they emerged covered in pollen, muck, dirt, algae, and who knows what else. Needless to say we went straight home, being chased by a swarm of bloodsucking mosquitoes the whole way (half a mile or so), so the girls could get a good rinse off with the garden hose.

Now on every walk my two swamp monsters want to take a dip, no matter the temperature. I remind them that the swamp is there only for emergencies and maybe for their Halloween costumes if they want to go as the Swamp Thing. However, I think they both would make really cute vampires.

8 comments:

Trina said...

I bet that smells lovely..swampy wet dog..
Shiloh is horrible about just laying in any old puddle..

Amy said...

wow...y'all are making me tired just reading this...wonder what it would take to whip Amber, Josephine, and Amy into shape? I know two out of three would work for marshmallows...

Denise- LessIsMore17 said...

Spooky LOVED getting in the lake at the farm and her curly tail would pick up all kinds of swamp crap. Peanut is also a swamp lover and even swims...after the geese:-/.

gyeong said...

My little sis has the entire twilight series. You've gotten me quite intrigued. I'm always looking for the next great read (or audiobook). Gonna have to check this out!

Zan said...

Rosie and I have been doing similar walking "training" and Nick had come along the last couple of days. We had to slow down some for him though. You'd think he'd be in better shape just coming off the track. Hasn't raced since June though. I've heard great things about the twilight series. Maybe I'll give them a try.

greytblackdog said...

Zan & Gyeong, give Meyer's series a try. Zan - kill two birds with one stone and get the audio book and listen while you walk! Remember, Nick is a sprinter - not a distance runner. After 2 miles, my girls are WHIPPED. 3 miles kill them really, but it's good for them.

IHateToast said...

mmm manky dogs.

did you have 60s beach music playing during your Swamp Dogs from Planet H movie?

how did you feel about the last book? i noticed on amazon that it gets 5 or 1 stars. people are pissed or happy. i haven't met a happy one yet. i haven't started those books... yet. have them, though.

greytblackdog said...

I LOVED LOVED LOVED book one. LOVED LOVED LOVED book two. LOVED LOVED LOVED book three. I'm almost done with book four and I love it too. I'm happy with the way she developed the characters. I don't know what people wanted from her. I think you'll like them.