Tuesday thoughts

Hi friends! Happy Tuesday! I hope you’re having a lovely morning. We’re doing the distance learning thing this morning, and I’m finishing up filming this afternoon. Can’t wait to pop some champagne when I’m done this this whole thing! I feel like we haven’t caught up a bit lately, so for today’s post, it’s more of a thought dump than anything. 😉

– Today is our 13th anniversary! We’re officially at that point in marriage where we have to calculate how long we’ve been married. It’s been a wild ride to say the least, but so thankful to have this guy by my side. This week, we’re going on our first date in almost 6 months! Before the ‘Rona, we went on dates every week and it’s something I’ve really missed. I’m looking forward to having him all to myself, an amazing patio dinner out, and uninterrupted conversation. 🙂

Wedding recap here, how we’re navigating this current season, things I didn’t know about marriage, and how we met here. <3

– We’re having a bit of a hard time with Bella lately. I noticed that her eyes had gotten a bit cloudy over the past 6 months, but chalked it up to old age since she’ll be 14 in December and she was acting completely normal. About a week and a half ago, we noticed that one of her eyes was swollen and inflamed and that she wasn’t tracking correctly. She’ll look at me straight on with her right eye, but her left eye just looks to one side. It was a red flag, so I took her into the vet for an emergency appt last weekend. The vet said that she definitely has the canine version of cataracts – the lens hardens as they get older, which is expected in smaller breeds as they age – but the swelling an inflammation could be linked to something behind the eye. The recommended taking her to a dog ophthalmologist to figure out an action plan, and I got an appointment for her yesterday morning.

The ophthalmologist agrees that it’s either an infection or tumor behind her eye and they want to do a CT scan to figure out the plan. They took blood work yesterday to see if it’s safe to anesthetize her for the CT scan and we’ll go from there. I’m trying to not worry until we know for sure what’s going on, but I’ve been pretty sad for our first-born baby. 

We’ll do whatever we need to do and I keep reminding myself that it’s just an eye. She’ll be ok. I just love her so much.

– Distance learning has been a peach, let me tell you. It’s been pretty challenging to get Liv logged into classes while trying to keep P busy and also get anything done around here. I just keep crossing my fingers that it will be easier. P’s preschool went back to school this week and I can’t help but wonder if we made the right choice keeping her home. She constantly asks when she can go back to school and see her teachers and friends again.

– Lox on toast is pretty much the best thing ever.

(I’ve been using the Cook’s gluten-free sourdough with Kite Hill cream cheese, lox, capers, and red onion. SO satisfying.)

– I started watching Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist and am already obsessed. When a crowd of people started impromptu singing and dancing in the street, I was like, “I’M IN.” 


Ok, I think that’s it. 😉 I hope everyone has a great day and thanks for stopping by the blog today!

Any friends out there with one-eyed pets? I’d love to hear any recovery tips or things we could do to help her, if we need to go down that road.

Best thing you’ve watched on TV lately?



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  1. Lauren on August 18, 2020 at 8:31 am

    I want to watch Zoey’s playlist!!! I’ve been watching Killing Eve…it is CRAZY!

    • Fitnessista on August 18, 2020 at 1:34 pm

      you’ll love it!!

  2. Reenie on August 18, 2020 at 10:41 am

    Happy Anniversary!

    Prayers for sweet Bella.

    • Fitnessista on August 18, 2020 at 1:34 pm

      thank you, friend <3

  3. Kathy on August 18, 2020 at 10:55 am

    Happy Anniversary!! As for Bella, I’m so sorry to hear that! I have a friend who also has an older dog and she actually lost an eye due to a yellow jacket sting a few years ago. She’s been doing good though and hasn’t really had any issues eye related. I also had a shih tzu growing up and her hair actually infected one of her eyes, so we had surgery on it and her’s wasn’t removed (like my friend’s dog), but she couldn’t see from it and she lived many years afterwards and it was never an issue. So if removing the eye is what’s needed, know that she can live a happy life without it! Although I hope that it can be easily fixed and it doesn’t come to that.

    • Fitnessista on August 18, 2020 at 1:34 pm

      that’s reassuring to hear – thank you!

  4. Liz on August 18, 2020 at 11:02 am

    Oh girl, I’m having exactly the same thoughts about preschool. I decided to keep my daughter out and homeschool her for the time being. I was actually excited about it. Well, we’re three days into it and she’s already throwing fits and saying she doesn’t want to do school because it’s “boring”. She never said that about her preschool, so I can see that being at school was clearly a better fit for her. I’m now struggling with doubt and feeling like I made the wrong call. The last thing I want is for her to develop a bad association with learning, and I feel bad that I’m depriving her of the school that she loved. It’s really hard :/ Anyway, rambling over. Just wanted to say you’re not alone in the struggle.

    • Leah on August 18, 2020 at 11:13 am

      Happy anniversary!! We start distance learning in two weeks! Hoping it goes smoother than spring. We will be at it all year. Have a good day!

      • Fitnessista on August 18, 2020 at 1:33 pm

        good luck!! <3 i've found it's been easier this week than last week, so you'll find your groove

    • Elissa on August 18, 2020 at 12:01 pm

      Def feel you re:preschool. I’ve chosen a daycare w/preschool for my son because daycare doesn’t get shut down. COVID numbers are rising in BC now. I can’t comprehend working f/t and home schooling my 7 year old with him home too. A hard choice, but needed for sanity, and mental health of all of us. You can only do so much Mama!

      • Fitnessista on August 18, 2020 at 1:32 pm

        it’s such a hard decision no matter what. hang in there!

    • Fitnessista on August 18, 2020 at 1:34 pm

      i feel you on all of this. the kids went back yesterday and p was here, telling me how much she misses her teacher and crying for her friends. it’s horrible. she’s hanging in there but i feel awful for making her miss out on something she loves so much. i just can’t fathom her wearing a mask all day and letting me drop her off on the curb. really hoping she can go back in January 🙁

  5. Erin on August 18, 2020 at 12:36 pm

    Happy Anniversary, Gina & Tom!

    • Fitnessista on August 18, 2020 at 1:32 pm

      thank you so much!

  6. Kate Shungu on August 18, 2020 at 3:34 pm

    You are doing a great job, mama!
    On a completely separate topic but I wanted to share—your post about painting your kitchen cabinets awhile back convinced me to do ours (I had been thinking about it for awhile!). And I’m loving the result!

  7. Shannon A. on August 18, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    There is one season of “Rogue Trip” on Disney+ through Nat. Geo. it is a travel show with Bob Woodruff and his son Mack. Only 6 episodes but I loved it, the 5th episode they visited Lebanon/Beruit. That was interesting to watch now knowing what happened there.

    My son was the same way with preschool. We did send him back. Day 1 he was excited and thrilled to see friends. Day 2 he cried and wanted to stay home.

  8. Jessie R on August 18, 2020 at 4:26 pm

    Happy Anniversary! Sweet Bella, sending good energy her way <3. Our pup is aging too and I'm fully in denial.

    Thinking of all you parents out there trying to manage young children (at home or in school) in these crazy times. You are all amazing!

  9. Harley on August 18, 2020 at 5:23 pm

    Happy Anniversary!

  10. K on August 18, 2020 at 7:56 pm

    Aww, it’s my 13th anniversary too! Happy anniversary to you and the Pilot!

  11. Kimberly C on August 18, 2020 at 10:47 pm

    My good friend has a dog that is blind. It went blind around 1 years old and the dog is super happy! It doesn’t effect her life much. The only thing is she runs toward people but can’t see them so she runs into them! We all know to get out of indy’s way or to keep talking so she hears where we are. The vet told her that dogs main sense is not sight so it’s easier to adapt to vision loss. So Bella will be fine with one eye!!

  12. Jen on August 19, 2020 at 1:46 pm

    Happy Anniversary! Welcome to the 13 year club
    We have a dog who had an enucleation (eye removal surgery) when she was 11 and I have zero regrets about it. We picked her up the same day and I wish someone would have warned me that she looked so sad and down and out…just downright miserable but then a day or two later she did great! I really worried that first day or two that we had made a terrible mistake but now I’m thankful that we did it. We also struggled a bit with keeping it protected as she absolutely panicked with a cone on. Praying for little Bella. I’ve been a reader since the beginning and I can’t believe that little sweetie is already nearly 14!!!

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