The Southern Lights


First a quick update on my foot/ankle: I went to the doctor Monday and had X-rays pulled on my foot. The X-rays didn’t show anything (except for a heel spur, which explains the tightness I always feel in my Achilles after a run), Then as the day went on I noticed that the pain was mostly coming from the outside of my ankle, and only when I was stepping forward (weight-bearing was alright). I have an appointment with a new orthopedic doctor, but not until Jan. 2. Meanwhile, after a few painful days, today I was able to walk my dogs the 3/4 mile loop in our neighborhood with very little pain! So we’ll wait and see. I’ve been on the elliptical twice, but mostly going backwards and for 10-15 minutes at a time. I’m afraid to push it, though.

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Now, back to the subject in the title. It’s hard to imagine that Christmas is now less than a week away. It’s been hard to get into the Christmas spirit because of the uncommonly warm weather, events such as Connecticut, and M’s stress of waiting on a phone call on a job interview he had last week.

Dally and I at the Christmas light display at Buffalo Trace Distillery in 2009.

Dally and I at the Christmas light display at Buffalo Trace Distillery in 2009.

But Tuesday night we took the dogs to go so the Southern Lights at the Kentucky Horse Park, a cool drive-through Christmas light show that ends with different booths and activities in the International Museum of the Horse (if you’re in the area, I totally recommend going). Yes, that’s right…most families take their children to go see the lights, but we take our “fur-children”. When M and I were first dating, we took Dally to see the lights at the Horse Park and all around Lexington. She was enamored with Christmas lights.

Dally looking out the window during the Southern Lights this year. (I couldn't get LaMesa to stay still long enough to take her photo.)

Dally looking out the window during the Southern Lights this year. (I couldn’t get LaMesa to stay still long enough to take her photo.)

I know dogs are color blind, but I think they can captivated by the movement of the twinkling lights. And Dally is definitely one of those that loves it. When she sees the lights, she stands up at the window in the back seat and stares at it until we roll the window down. She’ll then hang her head out and just watch the lights. Last night I brought her up to the front seat and she laid on my lap and rested her chin at the window and just watched.

LaMesa seems to have learned to love the lights, too, because last night she would run across the back seat of the truck between the two windows, as if to try to get in as much of the lights as possible.

We finished off the evening with a late dinner and finishing up some shopping. I think the evening relieved some of the tension and stress we’ve been feeling, plus got us both into the holiday spirit.

How are you getting yourself into the holiday spirit?

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  1. Good luck with your foot issue! I have a random foot issue, too. I thought it was a stress fracture, but the X-rays don’t show anything. I’m told that doesn’t mean there is no stress fracture, only that it’s not showing up. The doctor told me to take some ibuprofen and rest it. That was this summer, when I was hiking twice a week and working on a farm. Rest wasn’t much of an option. I did the ibuprofen course, and that took care of the pain at the time, but it still flares up sometimes. So I can commiserate with your mystery foot pain!

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