Tuesday, August 12, 2014

What Frustrates Me is Also What Motivates Me


We often talk about our Yellow Labradors on here but often neglect to talk about this guy. This is Dexter. He is our 14 year old Weimaraner. He is not that active anymore and he doesn't run with me cause well, he's 14. He has been having trouble with his back legs for a few years now, but other than that he's pretty healthy for  a 14 year old dog.   To help with his pain, we take him for Laser Therapy. That's where we took the picture above ( and why he has goggles on).

So why am I telling you all about this?  Well today's Tuesday's on the Run theme is "Mantras" but I'm going to turn that in to "Motivation".  As I started training for the Goofy Challenge this summer, I have been getting up earlier to run than I ever thought I would ( Think 5:30-6:00 am).  I would like to say it was because of my sheer motivation to get up and run but the truth of the matter is I've been getting up because of this guy. Because of his weak back legs, he has trouble "holding it" and has "to go" more often. This means getting up very early in the morning to leave him outside or to clean up a mess, or to just make me him more comfortable. As much as this frustrates me, it has been good motivation for me to get my butt out of bed and since I'm up, I might as well go run. But I do have to admit as of lately I have been so exhausted from constantly getting up early and cleaning up messes that I have been going back to bed ( thankfully he is taking some puppy pills so this should help him some).  Taking care of Dexter can literally be exhausting some days! 
( I know there are mothers out there that get up this early every day and take care of little ones so I can sympathize with you all)

Is there something in your life that exhausts you or frustrates  you yet keeps you motivated?

In other news we just wanted to say how sad we both are to hear about the death of Actor Robin Williams.  He was one of our favorites. Growing up, my sister and I LOVED the movie Mrs. Doubtfire.  As an adult, RV was a definite favorite of mine. His comedy will be missed for sure.


I know this is an awful picture, but this is me and Robin Williams at Madame Tussauds in New York City! I'm hopping for a Robin Williams movie marathon sometime soon.

                   Do you like Robin Williams movies? Which is your favorite?

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39 comments:

  1. I never realized how much of an impact Robin Williams' movies had on me until I looked back on all of them. We lost a grab talent!

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  2. Our Weimaraner is 9 and runs much less than she used to, but fortunately, she can still join me for short runs. I'm not sure my dog would like wearing glasses, but yours doesn't look like he minds at all!

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    1. I have a 9 year old yellow Labrador and I still run her ( no more than 3 miles though).

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  3. The news of his death has hit me way harder than any celebrity before. I loved too many of his movies to have a favorite....Good Will Hunting, Alladin, Jumanji, Patch Adams, etc, etc. He was such a huge talent, but also it seems, just a wonderful person. My heart really goes out to his family. I know about depression, as my mother has suffered from it for as long as I can remember. It is horrible.

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  4. When I heard about Robin Williams yesterday my heart just sank. I don't know how to deal with such a loss... he was an amazing actor and definitely left a large print on the world. My favorite of his is definitely Aladdin...he brought Genie to life!

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  5. I started telling my kids about all the movies and shows I loved with Robin Williams. We plan on Dead Poets
    Society this week. Sad :(

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    1. I hope your children enjoy Robin Williams as much as we all did. They should watch RV too!

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  6. I cried, I will freely admit I cried. I didn't know how to process the news when I saw it, no tears went to a trickle and went to floodgates. I'll be watching the Birdcage today when I get home from work.

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    1. I hope to see some of his movies on tv this weekend,

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  7. I was sad to hear the Robin Williams news too. I loved Dead Poets Society as well as The Birdcage, among his many other great movies. I hope the pills help Dexter. That is such an adorable photo of him in the sunglasses.

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    1. Thank you Chaitali. Dexter can be a sweetheart at times...lol

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  8. Such a very sad ending for someone so impactful!

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  9. Poor puppy! You are a good puppy mommy to get up and take care of him so early. Glad that it gives you some motivation to get your running in as well. Robin Williams is also a favorite of mine. I don't think I can narrow down just one movie that was my favorite...although RV was up on the top of the list.

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    1. RV is my favorite for sure. I will watch that every time I see it on tv!

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  10. Having a dog is tough work - which is why we don't have one. Well, we are allergic too :). The news of Robin Williams is heartbreaking. So many good movies. But Mrs. Doubtfire was one I could watch over and over whenever it was on TV.

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    1. Having 2 dogs is even double the work, but they give us so much joy!

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  11. Caring for our pets especially when they get older can be a very time consuming thing. Your an awesome person to take the time out of your day to help your dog!
    Robin Williams was a great actor. We were just up camping last week and one night it was just pouring so instead of a campfire the whole family piled into my parents 5th wheel and watched RV.. I bet I have seen that movie 20 times and all times while being up camping, LOL and each time it seriously makes me laugh!

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    1. RV is my favorite Robin Williams movie for sure! How fun that would be to watch it while on an RV trip!

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  12. I thought that was really Robin with you!! haha!
    I'm still so sad about it...
    I love how you take good care of your dogs. My dogs mean the world to me <3

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    1. You should visit Madame Tussauds if you ever get a chance! My dog ( my Labrador) means the world to me too!

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  13. Hello, Dexter! Glad that he is mostly healthy for a 14-year-old dog and that he's helped you get up early to go for runs. (My dog is still young but is like a teenage boy and loves to sleep in. I have to wake him up several times over the course of an hour before he is finally ready to go outside, ha ha!)

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    1. Haha, I have a Labrador that sounds like your dog. She will sleep on the couch all day long if I let her.

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  14. I love that pic of your pup! What a cutie in his goggles! I'm so sad about Robin Williams, too. I teared up during the segment they did this morning on GMA :-(

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    1. I missed the segment on GMA but caught a little bit on the Today show.

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  15. I was really gutted to hear about Robin Williams - he was an amazing actor and person. We are going to watch Dead Poet's Society tonight.

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    1. I'm hoping to catch a few RW movies this week too!

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  16. I cannot get over the pic of your Weimy. OMG too too funny. And Robin Williams will be missed. He was an important part of my childhood, and still managed to keep me laughing with the same joke over and over.

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  17. Awe, Dexter is a cutie! Mrs. Doubtfire was my favourite. :( We owned it on VHS as kids. :)

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  18. Aww Dexter is precious! And yes so sad about Robin Williams! I was actually named after Mindy in his tv show "Mork and Mindy!" ;-)

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  19. I loved him in Mrs Doubtfire! I love that pic of your pup in the goggles! Our Golden is turning 11 this fall and he's holding up great but is getting a grey face! Thanks for linking up with us today! (And yep, I'm a get up at 5:30 for work on weekdays and at 6am with the preschooler on weekends person!)

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  20. Super cute picture of Dexter!

    I couldn't believe it when I heard about Robin Williams. So many good movies, Hook, Mrs. Doubtfire, Dead Poets Society...I need to go watch some movies now.

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  21. Our weim is 7 and she is still running with me. Good thing yours still get you up early for those runs!

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  22. I loved Robin William's movies growing up. He was always a favorite of mine.

    Thanks for joining us! I love how your love for your dog is motivating you to get up to run. Next week, we're chatting about fueling.

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  23. Good morning! I just had to stop tying this comment so I could let out our 14 year old lab- which takes more than twice the time it used too! So I understand. Robin Williams will be missed- he had so many good films! What a loss! Enjoy your early mornings- I do!

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  24. I've never stopped at a Celeb's death as much as Robin Williams'. He seemed such a down to earth guy, one of us with a funny bone. Stole the show as Genie.

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