Nov 2005
08

Rio

An online mommy friend just had to put their dog down, and it made me very sad… especially when thinking of the day when our dog will join the Flying Spaghetti Monster in the sky. We have had our beloved Rio (yes, as in, “she dances on the sand”) for nearly 10 years, and she was 2 when we adopted her, and Chows usually live to around 12 years old. She is starting to have trouble getting up steps, getting into the truck, and just generally getting around.

Rio is one of the sweetest, most gentle dogs on the planet. She turned me around actually – because I never was a “dog person” before meeting her. Some people recoil when they see that we have a Chow, but don’t get me started on my “there are no bad Chows, just owners who don’t know how to raise them to be sociable” speech. (Insert Bryan rolling his eyes.) And Rio is pretty much the best example of Chow out there… In fact, our homeowners insurance agent went to bat for her and got an exception to their (stupid) policy that will not cover Chows.

What is not to love?

Nov 2005
04

Press 1 to kill your husband.

A: ((dials Bryan’s extension… ringg ringg))

B: ((answers phone)) Hello, thank you for calling Bryan. If you would like speak to Bryan, press 1.

A: ((1))

B: I’m sorry, all Bryan’s are busy right now. If you would like to talk to a horse, press 2.

A: ((2))

B: Now, if you would like to speak to a horse in Spanish, press uno. Or, if you would like to speak to a German horse, press zwei.

A: ((2))

B: I am sorry, the German horse has been put out to pasture.

A: ((presses buttons all over the phone and holds them for annoyingly long periods of time))

B: I am sorry, I did not understand your selection. Please try again.

A: ((forgets what she called about and hangs up))

Nov 2005
03

Hot Potato

A friend asked over the weekend what my favorite Halloween costume of all time was. I told her about how I loved the costumes my mom made for me growing up (she was super handy with needle and thread, a gene that did NOT flow into my veins)… Bozo the Clown, Cinderella, Peter Pan… and my all-time fave – Raggedy Ann. Complete with yarn wig that my mom made herself. And the bloomers were out of this world!

As for costumes I made for myself… my baked potato get-up was the best. Circa 1996-ish, and all hot glued together…. it was still pretty impressive.

Nov 2005
02

End of the Puppies.

Bryan just called. Declan had a dental checkup this morning. First off, he did AWESOME. He let the dentist do all sorts of poking and prodding…. and his teeth look really good. WTG Dex! BUT. The dentist says he needs to get rid of his “lovie”- OH MY GOD. His lovie is actually a set of 14 blue stuffed puppies, whose ears he sucks whenever he is tired, upset or just needs some luff (to quote Luka Bloom). The dentist says that the sucking has moved his teeth about 6mm already… and that adult teeth follow the pattern of baby teeth… So the sucking is only going to continue to make it worse. Eek.

He got his first Puppy from Oma while still in the NICU… That original puppy was bigger than Declan was. As he grew, he developed a taste for their ears, and we stockpiled puppies to be able to wash and rotate them.

Sigh… How the hell are we going to get this kid to give them up???



Nov 2005
02

Some things about me.

I grew up in Maryland. Went to college in Florida. Have lived in Colorado for 12 years.

Married Bryan nearly 10 years ago. We are great for each other.

Had Declan in Sept 2002.

We didn’t think we were ever going to have kids. We spent 2 years changing our minds. It was a great decision, although it definitely is hard sometimes.

Bryan loves me. A lot. (He just told me.)

I love Bryan and Declan. A lot.

I am a Creative Director who works in health education.

Staunch liberal. Well… middle of the road liberal. Not too crunchy, but definitely in a blue state of mind.

Love photography and pottery.

Am generally a happy person, but there is still always something for me to bitch about.

For example, my father died when I was 11. He was an abusive, schizophrenic alcoholic. It pisses me off that he still affects me 20+ years after his death.

I have wicked night terrors… but Lunesta has helped those tremendously.

I am of mostly German heritage, with a little English and Irish in there too.

I believe Declan to be an old soul.

Have a graphic design degree from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida.

As you will see, I generally have a typos in just about every other word I type.

In fact, I almost always type “from” instead of “form” and vice versa.

I have a geographic tongue.

I post on several online mommy message boards. I have even met a few of them in real life.

My mom and her sister are bossom buddies.

We are a strictly Macintosh household.

Declan was 8 weeks premature. He spent 6 weeks in the NICU. He has no lasting effects.

I take photos of Declan constantly.

I came close to becomming a photographer for my career.

I am again toying with that idea, at least as a sideline for portraiture.

I like to read… but generally avoid books that make me smarter. Although, I did read about 500 books about parenting while pregnant with Declan.

I took bits and pieces of advice from each book, but do not think parenting is one-size-fits-all.

I am agnostic. I do believe in a higher power, just not a specific one.

I take pottery classes.

I have one sister, who in engaged and they have an adorable 6 month old son together.

I watch movies constantly and have reviewed over 4,000 movies on Netflix.

I rarely watch TV.

I wear glasses. I have contacts for swimming, but I hate touching my eyes… and also, I look better in glasses.

I am diabetic. They discovered it while I was pregnant with Declan.

I am overweight – but have lost 12 pounds since August. I hope to lose at least 20 more.

I have over 3,500 songs in my iTunes library. I worked in a record store in high school, which taught me to appreciate most styles of music. Although in general, I prefer 80’s new wave and adult alternative. I also love to make mix CD’s for people, a la High Fidelity.

I have control issues. Having Declan is teaching me all about letting go, feeling good and remembering my inner child.

I have been in talk therapy for almost 2 years. It has helped me a lot.

~~My Lunesta is kicking in. Night night.