Stay Frank, staaaay….now come here! (Frank learns to listen)

Now that we’ve had Frank (aka the amazing little ball of awesome dog joy and happiness) for a couple of months now I guess that it’s about time to show off some of the sweet tricks that I’ve been teaching him. Well, since I didn’t really have any of those, I figured that the next best thing was just to show something that could potentially be viewed as a trick. If nothing else this at least shows a little bit of obedience on his end, even though I have had to give him like 170 treats to get him to come to me on command. You can even tell that he was expecting a treat after he ran up to me, but hey — it’s the end result that counts and I think it’s pretty cool.

Take a look at the video below and let me know what you think. Smart little guy, isn’t he?

Frank’s second Pug Sunday at Alta Plaza Park in San Francisco

Yesterday Stephanie and I had a super packed Sunday, which included taking Frank to his second ever Pug Sunday at Alta Plaza Park here in San Francisco. If you didn’t get a chance to check out his first Pug Sunday last month, be sure to check out this post that includes a great video of a few the new Pug friends that Frank met during his first outing.

This month’s get together had a little better weather, but a really muddy park for some odd reason. I know that it didn’t rain up there, so that wasn’t the issue. Some people were saying that it was the sprinklers that they had going on that morning, but no matter what caused it, the mud was all around and of course if there’s mud then there’s plenty of Pugs who want to roll around in it. Frank couldn’t help rolling around in some of it himself, which was perfect timing considering that Stephanie and I just gave him a bath earlier that morning. Oh well, so we ended up having to give the little guy an extra bath — as you can see from the pics below I would say that the amount of fun that Frank had was totally him having to go through another one. :)

Here are some of the highlights of the day:

Lots o’ Pugs everywhere!

Frank needed a little breather

This little guy’s name was Apollo and he was SO cute!!

I love me some Pugs!

We gave Frank a bath before we came to this — bad idea. (think he’s happy?)

A great shot of Apollo — check out the size of the paws on this guy

I had an Apollo obsession…

View from one side of the park

View from the other side of the park

Someone was poooooped after his second Pug Sunday!

It’s officially our wedding month (and yes, we’ve been blog lazy)

I’m not sure if you’ve ever started  blog or not, but I have to admit — it’s a lot harder than you think it would be. I mean, it’s not physically or mentally hard to actually sit here and knock out a few words here and there, but for some reason just keeping up the habit of making sure that either Stephanie or I post something here isn’t real easy. Also, coming up with things to write about isn’t the problem, either as we probably do as much stuff as anyone that I know and for some reason we end up with more weird stories than anyone I’ve ever met. Oh, and don’t even get me started with Frank, I mean he gives us both enough things to talk about to keep this blog filled with new posts every single day.

I guess with these facts in mind and considering that both Stephanie and I are fully capable of posting something here at least a few times a week, the only thing that I can say for us is that we’ve just been a little blog lazy. Now, this is a pretty sad thing considering that 1. we’re not lazy people (I mean Stephanie DID run a marathon) and 2. we know that our friends and family love to read what we’ve been up to over here on the West Coast, so we know that we have an audience (at least a few people, at least). So, with all of this in mind and considering that we both hate to be considered lazy (and the fact that we’re getting so close to our wedding) we have decided to dedicate ourselves to posting at least one thing a day from here on out. Both of us won’t be posting something new every day, but one of us will get something up (even if it’s just a cute picture of Frank standing on paper towels). If you can, please hold us to this as we do honestly love updating this blog and for some reason our lives feel much better when we know that we’re sharing them with all of you.

That’s all I’ve got for you right now, but be ready for some serious wedding updates and what-not coming soon. Although we openly admit that we’ve been blog lazy here lately we want to let you know that we’re going to do all that we can to make it up to all of you (if you even cared in the first place). Oh, and as always, it could be much worse — I mean, we could be as lazy as the guy in the picture below.


Frank standing on paper towels

If you don’t think this is funny, there’s something wrong with you.

Yep, you got it — the only point of this post is so that you can see what Frank looks like when he’s standing on paper towels. I had him stand up there when I brought home this 8-pack or Brawny from Safeway this morning and once I saw him standing up there I thought that it was funny enough to share with all of you. I mean, it is funny, right? :)

Frank’s first Pug Sunday at Alta Plaza Park in San Francisco

One day when I was walking Frank home from work I ran into a fellow Pug owner who filled me in on a monthly event called Pug Sunday. Pug Sunday is a meet up where all kinds of Pug owners bring out their pups so that they can hang out with each other on the first Sunday of each month in Alta Plaza park here in San Francisco. Well, Stephanie and I looked up the details and ended up heading out to our first Pug Sunday yesterday and let me tell you — it exceeded all expectations.

It was actually really funny because Stephanie and I were way more excited than Frank was, but once we got there I think that he realized just how awesome hanging with some more of his own kind really is.

There was a lot of snorting, pooping, running and sniffing going on there, but of course that’s wall Pug Sunday is all about. It’s a time to let your Pug off the leash so that he can go meet some new friends and of course Stephanie and I have made friends with a few Pug owners too (no sniffing involved, I promise).

Luckily we got some video of the sweet Pugtastic afternoon, so feel free to watch it below.

Marathon training update: the big 2-0 is now behind Steph!

As you all might remember, I am going to be running in the San Francisco Marathon on July 26th.  It’s hard to believe that I have been training for this race since the beginning of March.  It most definitely has not been easy, and it’s not so much the running part that has been hard. Don’t get me wrong, convicing myself to wake up at 5:30 every morning before work to run is not a bit easy in the least, and running an increasing amount of mileage is no piece of cake.  But that’s not what has been the hardest part.  You see, I haven’t spent the entire 5 months training alone.  At the beginning of the training I had a partner, Ryan.  Our plan was for us to run the marathon together as a “we should try to do something really cool together before we get married” sort of thing.  If you recall we posted a video of our first “long weekend run” on our blog towards the beginning of the training.  It’s always so much easier to have a partner in any sort of training program.  Although I love running and have been running since I was just 12 years old, I often have times (like at 5:30 in the morning!) when I honestly could care less about running.  It always helped to have Ryan there to push me to get out and run with him, and to stick together on our long runs for support and encouragement.  But all did not go according to our plan and unfortunately, Ryan hurt his shoulder and has been out of the running game for about 3 months now, and will not be running the 26.2 miles by my side in a few weeks :(

Since I have not had Ryan by my side it’s been a tough road to run during these last few months, but surprisingly enough, I’ve made it to almost 3 weeks left to go and I’m feeling better than ever! This is my first marathon and I’ve been following the Hal Higdon’s training guide religiously. It’s been a great program to follow and I would highly recommend it to anyone that is trying to complete their first marathon. He also has programs for intermediate and advanced marathoners as well. As you can see from the chart, at week 15 the long run is 20 miles. That is exactly what I did yesterday, 20 miles… I still can hardly believe it. It’s funny how when you run that far it’s almost like an out of body experience. It’s truly surreal to push your body to that level, and It’s an incredibly exhilarating feelings once you’ve finished (minus some major body aches and dehydration).

I’ve never felt a “tired” like the tired I felt yesterday. I probably would not have felt so bad had I planned more accordingly and brought some money to buy water or packed some energy gels for the trip. I actually ran the entire way with only taking a few swigs from a couple water fountains that I ran past around miles 13 and 17. What I didn’t know is that Ryan and Frank had actually been searching for me with water and power gel in hand, the entire time!  Ryan decided that as soon as I left for my run he would head over to the Sports Basement to grab a couple bottles of water and some Gu to give to me while I was running.  He figured that since I was running an out and back course there would be no way that he could miss me…. well… turns out he was miserably wrong.  For some reason, we missed each other.  No matter how hard Ryan and Frank tried to find me, we somehow missed each other amongst the traffic, tourists, and farmer’s markets.  For almost 3 and a half hours those two searched for me, bless their hearts.  When I got home and nobody was there, I just figured that Ryan had walked down to pick up a couple chais at Peet’s.  Little did I know that they had been on a crazy adventure throughout San Francisco the entire morning!  I truly appreciated their efforts, and although they didn’t find me, it was almost worth it because Ryan made a great video of their trek across the city in hopes of saving me from exhaustion.  It’s the thought that counts, and I know that those two really tried to help me out :)

Now that the big 20 miles is in the dust behind me, I’ll be in the process of tapering off on mileage for the next few weeks up until the marathon.  Ahh it feels good to make progress, and I’m eagerly anticipating the day when I’ll wake up and run an entire 26.2 miles! :)

Frank gets neutered (the video)

Here’s a little video I just put together of Frank’s big operation yesterday. So far he’s doing really well and honestly I can’t even tell that he has had anything done. He’s not in pain, he’s still running around like crazy and seems to be the same ol’ Frank, which makes me feel a lot better. Check out the video below or over here on YouTube whenever you get a few — it was quite an epic journey that we both went through yesterday.

p.s. Stephanie just told me that this is one of her favorite videos that I’ve ever put together. I’m not sure if it’s my favorite (that’s saying A LOT), but I do really like it. What do you think?

Frank gets the snip

Yesterday I reluctantly took Frank into the vet so that he could have the operation that all male dog owners hate doing to their canine companions — Frank got neutered. It’s definitely going against any and all man laws to do this to another member of the male species, even if it is a dog. But, it’s for his own good and luckily he seems to be taking is really well. I shot some video of the experience, so I’ll be posting the video soon. But, until then I thought that you would enjoy taking a look at these pics of Frank after I carried him for over a mile on the way home from the vet. I’m not sure why, but he sure looks super cute in that cone, doesn’t he? :)

Hup teaches Frank a new trick

This is whatus guys end up doing while Stephanie is at an all-ladies wine night down in Palo Alto and Nic is out of town at a wedding. We do guys stuff like set up obstacle courses in the kitchen with random pieces of furniture. Hey, no one got hurt and it taught Frank a new trick, so no harm-no foul, right?

Just don’t tell Stephanie, OK? :)

Some surgery fun: Hup fixes his AC Joint separation

Over 3 months ago I wrecked my bike like an idiot (only a block and a half away from my apartment) and jacked up my shoulder something fierce. I don’t get injured a whole lot, but whenever I do it usually happens at the most unexpected times like it did this time. It never happens when I’m do something really stupid like ramping something, dodging a car or racing a scooter down a major city street — it happens when I’m simply riding my bike home from work, just wanting to get home to see Stephanie. Since I wasn’t wearing a helmet (like a real idiot), I’m just happy that I got away with just an AC Joint separation and not some type of head injury. Even though I had the worst possible case of AC Joint separation, it’s still much, much better than landing on my noggin’ and doing some serious damage to that big brain of mine.

Well, like I said, it’s been nearly 3 months ago since my wacky accident happened and about 3 weeks ago I had surgery to fix the AC Joint separation that I unexpectedly gave myself during the first week that we lived up here in San Francisco. The surgery went great and I’m finally healed up enough to sit at a computer for longer than 20 minutes, which means that I can thankfully start making some videos again (they take a little bit o’ time to put together).

To celebrate the fact that I’m finally healing up and that I can start playing seriously on the interwebs again, I thought that it was only necessary to put together a video of my fun surgery experience that Stephanie snagged some clips of before and after I went under the knife.  Check out the video of my surgery fun below or over here on YouTube and be expecting more and more videos from us again now that my shoulder is officially on the mend (and now that we have Frank!).

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