Saturday, August 30, 2014

Old friends

  Yesterday was Vanessa's birthday, and that means that 4 out of 5 of the people in this picture have been friends for more than 30 years.  That is a LONG time.  Sarah (in the middle) is a new addition but she fitw right in with all the rest of us.  We celebrated Vanessa's birthday by going to a .38 Special concert Thurday night, then hacing dinner and drinks Friday night.  Because I am the good girl, I went home early, but evidently they ended up on a boat before the night was over.

    Evidently, we get older but we do not grow up

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Yadi's birthday

   Yadi turned a year old on July 23. He was not thrilled with the hat situation, which is kind of odd for a dog who willingly wore green fairy wings at a bonfire. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Back by request

Im back again!  I am not sure how to catch up from not posting in almost a year, but once again, someone has mentioned it and said they missed it, so maybe I should try to get back to posting.

Some things have changed since last year when I posted last--we are far down in number of horses.  Thank God.  There are two babies this year and there will be no more.  I have lost interest in it and doing business with horse people makes me hate the world--I am currently waiting for owed money from a prominent trainer who is lying to me all the time.  I can get that at work and get paid $200 an hour for it, so there is no reason to put up with it for free from horse people.  Thank you, no.  I just won't play anymore.

Work is awesome.  We are becoming a pretty serious team, and are getting some great results for our clients. I am doing a lot of family law, but I still do criminal law and appeals, and it is fun to change things up.  I like being with the trial court attorneys because they are so quick on their feet and there is a lot of cameraderie.  I'm feeling far more comfortable in newer areas of the law than I ever thought I would by this point.

Yadi, the puppy, is a big ol boy now.  He just turned 13 mnonths.  The last time I had him weighed was at 10 months and he weighed 109 pounds.  He is a funny dude--very lazy, kind of simple, typical Mastiff.  He is completely in love with Chris, and could take me or leave me. Tweak and Taser are good too.

I just had surgery AGAIN.  This was number 12, I think.  Hopefully I am close to the end, but so many of my surgeries have been from complications, that I am afraid to believe it is almost over.  Its been two years since the first surgery. Right now, my boobs are way too big, so that has to be dealt with--boob lipo, who knew there was such a thing?  Its been two weeks since my last surgery and I still cannot get through a full day of work without cutting out early, or taking a three hour nap lunch to nap in the middle of the day. BUT I can tell you that I just bought a formal dress for a charity event that is stick straight and fitted and it looks pretty damn good.  I never thought I would see that again.

I will try to start posting more. Right now, I need to go look for Bocephus---its 100 degrees and he has not come for his snacks.  That is not Peeg like

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Oh so true

A girl's pets

This is a fine look into the brain of a girl and her animals, and what they mean.  Looks pretty true to me

Monday, November 4, 2013

Spare jackass

This neighborhood donkey has turned up again. His owners came to fetch him but the ol boy does not want to go home. Evidently his horse died, then his pony died and hes all full of the lonely right now.

I heard a rumor that his owners were going to ask if he could just stay Here since hell probably just keep coming back and since they can't catch him anyway.....sure enough, his owner came over yesterday to see if jack can stay.

Yep, that's his name. Jack.

Jack loves Fonzie but Sly wants no part of that. There has been some chasing and snorting at each other, but unless Jack gets too close to Fonzie, all seems OK out there.

I don't want a donkey, let alone an intact one. Looks like i have one though. Cross your fingers it doesn't backfire


This is the biggest pack of idiots I have ever gone around with, but I've never had more fun. We took this photo to blow up for a missing members new apartment because we think we are funny.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

More home repair disasters....

An exploded water line can do more damage than one thinks. Quite likely due to hiring people not licensed and bonded--- or for a totally other reason-- all hell has broken loose in the master bath.  All the new custom cabinetry must be redone, floor ripped up and rebuilt,....well over 400 s q feet of not cheap materials or labor. We are hoping to save the shower unit and jacuzzi tub,
What's important is that ITS JUST MONEY......AND THATS WHY IM WELL INSURED.  Or so i thought...the adjuster seems to think contractors  work for 1982 rates still.

From the time I started this post, until now, it has been more than a month. The bedroom floor and closet have been redone with dark hickory hand scraped floors. Nothing has happened in the bathroom yet but at least we are back in the king size bed instead of living in a guest room.

I hear this should all be done by the end of the week. Six weeks with your house torn up is a long time. Who would have ever thunk I'd care about the house being a disaster but this is making me crazy

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Wisdom from the Huffington Post

Man, does this hit home!  It is posted today on Huffington Post

The covers of most men's and women's magazines have similar headlines: "Get Great Abs" and "Have Amazing Sex."
From the looks of it, these two issues have been recycled over and over (with some other stereotypically gender-relevant articles thrown in) on every Men's Health, Maxim,Cosmopolitan and Glamour cover since the dawn of time. In fact, I'd bet that if we could get a better translation of cave drawings, they would read something like "Grok get flat belly. Make girl Grok moan with joy."
And we keep buying them. We keep buying this lie that these things will make us happy. I've had washboard abs (past tense) and I've had some pretty phenomenal sex. Neither one made me a better person. Neither one completed me or made my life more fulfilling.
We chase this idea of "I will be happy when... "
I will be happy when I have a new car. I will be happy when I get married. I will be happy when I get a better job. I will be happy when I lose five pounds. What if instead we choose to be happy -- right now?
If you can read this, your life is pretty awesome.
Setting aside our first-world problems and pettiness, if you are online reading this, you have both electricity and WiFi or access to them. Odds are you are in a shelter of some sort, or on a smart phone (and then kudos to you for reading this on the go). Life might bump and bruise us, it may not always go the way we plan and I know I get frustrated with mine, but here's the thing: You are alive.
Because you are alive, everything is possible. So about those eight tips...
1. Stop believing your bullshit.
All that stuff you tell yourself about how you are a commitment phobe or a coward or lazy or not creative or unlucky? Stop it. It's bullshit, and deep down you know it. We are all insecure 14 year olds at heart. We're all scared. We all have dreams inside of us that we've tucked away because somewhere along the line we tacked on those ideas about who we are that buried that essential brilliant, childlike sense of wonder. The more we stick to these scripts about who we are, the longer we live a fraction of the life we could be living. Let it go. Be who you are beneath the bullshit.
2. Be happy now.
Not because The Secret says so. Not because of some shiny happy Oprah crap. But because we can choose to appreciate what is in our lives instead of being angry or regretful about what we lack. It's a small, significant shift in perspective. It's easier to look at what's wrong or missing in our lives and believe that is the big picture -- but it isn't. We can choose to let the beautiful parts set the tone.
3. Look at the stars.
It won't fix the economy. It won't stop wars. It won't give you flat abs, or better sex or even help you figure out your relationship and what you want to do with your life. But it's important. It helps you remember that you and your problems are both infinitesimally small and conversely, that you are a piece of an amazing and vast universe. I do it daily -- it helps.
4. Let people in.
Truly. Tell people that you trust when you need help, or you're depressed -- or you're happy and you want to share it with them. Acknowledge that you care about them and let yourself feel it. Instead of doing that other thing we sometimes do, which is to play it cool and pretend we only care as much as the other person has admitted to caring, and only open up half way. Go all in -- it's worth it.
5. Stop with the crazy making.
I got to a friend's doorstep the other day, slightly breathless and nearly in tears after getting a little lost, physically and existentially. She asked what was wrong and I started to explain and then stopped myself and admitted, "I'm being stupid and have decided to invent lots of problems in my head." Life is full of obstacles; we don't need to create extra ones. A great corollary to this one is from The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz: Don't take things personally. Most of the time, other people's choices and attitudes have absolutely nothing to do with you. Unless you've been behaving like a jerk, in which case...
6. Learn to apologize.
Not the ridiculous, self-deprecating apologizing for who you are and for existing that some people seem to do (what's up with that, anyway?). The ability to sincerely apologize -- without ever interjecting the word "but" -- is an essential skill for living around other human beings. If you are going to be around other people, eventually you will need to apologize. It's an important practice.
7. Practice gratitude.
Practice it out loud to the people around you. Practice it silently when you bless your food. Practice it often. Gratitude is not a first world only virtue. I saw a photo recently, of a girl in abject poverty, surrounded by filth and destruction. Her face was completely lit up with joy and gratitude as she played with a hula hoop she'd been given. Gratitude is what makes what we have enough. Gratitude is the most basic way to connect with that sense of being an integral part of the vastness of the universe; as I mentioned with looking up at the stars, it's that sense of wonder and humility, contrasted with celebrating our connection to all of life.
8. Be kind.
Kurt Vonnegut said it best (though admittedly, and somewhat ashamedly -- I am not a Vonnegut fan): "There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- 'God damn it, you've got to be kind.'"
Kindness costs us nothing and pays exponential dividends. I can't save the whole world. I can't bring peace to Syria. I can't fix the environment or the health care system, and from the looks of it, I may end up burning my dinner.
But I can be kind.
If the biggest thing we do in life is to extend love and kindness to even one other human being, we have changed the world for the better.
That's a hell of a lot more important than flat abs in my book.

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