This weekend has been one hectic whirlwind. And this kind of sums it up:
I woke up at the crack of dawn on Thursday (3:30am to be exact) in order to go to work and the gym before driving to Janesville to meet up with Brenda (we were driving together to Gray Summit, MO). We loaded her car like pros and off we went! Caravan style to UFLI Nationals at Purina Farms with two other cars of teammates. And our car was full!
Envy, once again, traveled like a pro. She mostly enjoyed our rest stops. I am ridiculously lucky that I have two dogs who are such good travel companions!
We made it to Gray Summit in exactly 6 hours (not counting potty breaks for either humans or dogs) and saw the Arch along the way (from the car of course)! I am going to have to come back at some point and see it for real.
Thursday night we got settled in our awesome camper that was delivered to our campsite and grilled brats. Day 1 = success. And, yes, we camp in style. With air conditioning, refrigerators and microwaves.
Friday began single and pairs racing along with a Dream Team Challenge. And this is where we were racing:
4 of our team dogs raced in pairs: BB and the Beast (Italian Greyhound and Dutch Shepard) and A Little Bit Rusty (Pug and Aussie). They took first and second place!! Heck yes, MH!
And Callie ran on a Dream Team called “Red Alert!” Having never run with or met any of the handlers or dogs, we took 3rd place out of 6! We were excited! I love my LRD!
And a friend, Ron, with the club CIA cleaned house when it came to singles racing. Look at that bling! (I am running with CIA at CanAm in October!)
And Envy loved the racing area! I was nervous about bringing her up because of the noise and chaos, but she was not bothered at all by what was going on around her! And she absolutely LOVED watching the dogs race. Her little head just went back and forth. Back and forth.
That day left me with two extremely tired pups!
Although, we did find out that my precious pup is quite the jumper for 10 weeks old–she could get herself right out of this crate (but isn’t she precious??):
Day 2 = success.
Saturday we woke up to a gorgeous sunrise:
We raced hard and ended the day with 3 wins and 2 losses. This was good positioning for placing in the top 3 (which meant we would get a plaque). And Callie ran several 4.4s along with 4.5s and 4.6s! She made Mom so proud!!!
We strategized like crazy which is something we normally don’t do but was really fun! We wanted more than just a ribbon!
I also box loaded for CIA which was a blast! I got to meet some great people that I look forward to seeing at CanAm as well! They worked hard to win 2nd place–so I gave the ribbon to Envy since she was a little jealous of Callie’s ribbon the day before.
But don’t worry, we are going to have an awesome time at CanAm!
We ended the day with margaritas, grilled pizzas, sweet corn and s’mores. You can’t go wrong with that combination!
And Brenda had never had a s’more! So we definitely introduced her! I think it was a win in her book!
And “Tequila S’mores” were also invented…don’t ask. But this pretty much sums it up:
“It makes the marshmallow bubble.”
And then we got to watch part of the qualifier for the World Disc Competition. The free-style competition was awesome, and if I could post videos on my blog, I would totally post some of the ones we got to see Saturday night.
Day 3 = success.
BTW, Envy has been socializing like CRAZY! Which also makes for one tired pup! She passed out on my bed, on my feet, under the camper, in the crating area…everywhere!
She even got to meet her Uncle Tundra who is a Flyball dog that was here at the tournament from Ontario, Canada!
On Sunday, racing started at 7:30am sharp! We had 4 races and won 3 out of the 4! Do you know what that means?? Umm…we kind of sort of won FIRST PLACE IN OUR DIVISION!! Oh, yea!! We are that awesome! We actually posted a 19.4 and several 19.5s with a green dog at start and a couple wide passes! Just think if we tighten all those things up a bit! =)
Winning 1st place at UFLI Nationals with an awesome team = Priceless.
Day 4 = SUCCESS!!
In typical Mostly Harmless fashion, we came up with the top 10 things we learned at the tournament.
Top 10 Things Learned at UFLi Nationals 2013 in St. Louis, MO:
10) The stick used to roast marshmallows is a s’mores poker.
9) It doesn’t count if you go over the jumps instead of your dog.
8) It is possible for a small tennis ball to roll under a Tindall box during a run.
7) There is no reason for a Dutchie to come back for a tennis ball when he already has 2 at the box.
6) Farmdogs and Pugs can climb out of 3 foot x-pens.
5) Tequila soaked marshmallows add a certain je ne sais quoi to a s’more. Even when you’re out of chocolate and graham crackers.
4) If you don’t take your margarita on the first pass you get no margarita.
3) Plaques are better than ribbons. Big plaques are better than small plaques.
2) Whoring without the pimp can be profitable: AKA nothing beats 7 conniving females in pursuit of a plaque.
1) It is possible to lose a by. (Especially when running a pug and green aussie.)
Quote of the Weekend:
“I have the metabolism of a dead turtle.”
This recipe is one I made awhile back, but I have made it more than once and it is delicious!!
– 1/4 oz active dry yeast
– 2 tsp sugar
– 2 tbsp EVOO
– 2.5 cups AP flour
– 2 tbsp dried rosemary
– 1 tsp fine salt
– 1/2 tsp kosher salt
– Stir the yeast, sugar and 1/4 cup of warm water in a large bowl. Let sit until foamy.
– Add 1 tbsp EVOO, flour, 1.5 tbsp rosemary, fine salt and 3/4 cup warm water; stir with a wooden spoon until dough forms. Knead until smooth and elastic (10 minutes).
– Brush large bowl with EVOO, add dough, cover with plastic wrap and let stand at room temperature until doubled (2+ hours).
– Brush baking sheet with EVOO.
– Turn dough onto floured work surface and divide dough into 4 pieces; working with one piece at a time, sprinkle flour on dough, then fold the top and bottom portions into the middle; fold in the sides to make a free-form square.
– Tuck in corners to form a ball; place seam-side down on baking sheet; let stand, uncovered until doubled (2+ hours).
– Preheat oven to 400*; bake 10 minutes. Brush with EVOO, sprinkle with kosher salt and rosemary. Continue baking until golden (10 minutes).