Today is day three of my house sitting adventures. The L’s (L is an arbitrary letter that I picked for the family I am sitting for because of anonymity and stuff…) left Thursday and entrusted their house, all of their possessions and their animals including their dog C (Hey! dogs deserve anonymity too) to my care. Honestly, the fact that they asked me, made me feel loved. That and the fact that the L’s left a whole pie in the fridge for me! I’ve come to like pie…a lot. Maybe part of it is subconscious. In one of my favorite shows, Supernatural, the main character Dean Winchester loves pie more than almost anything else. Maybe that has something to do with my new found love of pie.
This morning started off well. I woke up at 7ish and fed C. She always seems to get really excited when it’s meal time, which for some reason gets me pretty excited too. She also takes a tablet once daily that I think helps with joint strengthening. I’m noticing that dogs eat a heck of a lot faster than humans do, but I guess that is normal. When I pour out C’s food, go off to do some quick task, and come back, the food just disappears. I think I’m too easily entertained and fascinated by mundane things like this.
After C’s breakfast, I tried to put a leash on her so we could go for a walk/jog/run (we did all three) on the main road. I had a bit of trouble figuring out how to put the collar on her which poked at my pride a little. Come on Landon you have a degree in computer science. You’re a problem solver by trade. You were born for this. These thoughts didn’t help much. Eventually, I Googled it. How to put on a dog leash? I watched a video of this guy put a dog collar on his dog. I watched it three times and was no closer to solving this puzzle. This is impossible I thought. C’s head is way too big for the front part of this collar and the straps that loosen and tighten the collar won’t open up any further. Then it hit me! If it is impossible to put the collar over her head then it is impossible to put the collar over her head (I know I know I just said the same thing twice). But when I thought about this, I realized that I didn’t have to put her collar on the quote on quote “right way”, I could simply put it around her neck instead of over her snout and over her head. And you know what? It was a perfect fit. This is how I put my college degree to good use. I solve complex and real life problems like how to put a dog collar on a dog whose head is bigger than its collar.
C and I had a great walk/jog/run…actually It was more like a run/jog/walk. C and I decided that running at full speed wasn’t sustainable. Also, we kept starting
and stopping. Occasionally C would stop and show me some poop she found interesting and I would stop to take a photo every time I saw a new flower I hadn’t seen yet. I think I saw about 7 different flowers total. The experience of walking was delightful and it honestly couldn’t have been a better day for it. It was early enough that it was still pretty cool.
I listened to a bit of music on our walk. I brought along an old Sony Walkman WM-FX101 portable cassette player and a copy of the album The Joshua Tree by U2. I ordered the Walkman off of Ebay a few days after the APL book sale. I picked up the U2 cassette yesterday. I like a couple of U2 singles, but I have not dedicated any time to listening to an entire album. I have a friend who really likes them so that influenced me a bit too. I also picked up Miles Davis’s Album Amandla, Yanni’s Out of Silence, The Best of Chopin, Classical Music for the Reader, The Rhythm of the Saints by Paul Simon and Double Fantasy by John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
Anywho, C and I had a nice walk and we decided to start heading back when it started to feel like Texas. When we got back home, I topped off C’s water bowl and decided to make breakfast. Since early this morning, I had been craving pancakes. Cracker Barrel has pretty good pancakes but I decided since I was house sitting and the L’s were kind enough to allow me to use their baking supplies and cookware, I was going to make my own pancake breakfast. I had all the ingredients I needed. There was a cast iron skillet ready for me on the stove and I had some leftover sliced pork loin from house church the night before that would pair nicely with a scrambled egg mixed with pepper, salt and shredded sharp cheddar cheese (this cheese is brought to you by Kraft…also does it bother you that craft is spelled with a k…). Anywho, I had a pretty good breakfast and the pancakes were wonderful (so were the eggs and the pork loin, but I was most worried about the pancakes coming out okay). The one thing I didn’t really take into account was how fast the pancakes would cook on the cast iron skillet…they turned a bit dark but they didn’t taste burnt. It was my fault for cooking them on medium heat. I should have cooked them on low (even though the directions clearly said medium-high heat). They tasted great though despite my mistake.
I have to say that today has been pretty eventful and it’s not even noon yet. I see a nap in my future. Or maybe I’ll read a book. Or go exploring with C. Or listen to that cassette I have on Jean-Paul Sartre because I secretly wish I could have also majored in philosophy (and theology, and English, and …) in college. Or maybe I’ll…