Monday, September 27, 2010

Puppies: We love them

If you have ever had a puppy you know that they require a lot of work and demand a lot of your attention.  You must constantly watch what they are doing and where they are doing it.  They must be feed, walked, and given a safe warm place where they can escape when they need to. There are doctor's visits and vaccines they are required to get. Oh, and let's not forget the yearly license.  All of which cost money, a lot of money.  They must to taught to follow the rules of the house and they need to be told who the alpha is.

Now if you think any of this is easy, you have never had a puppy.  My family got a new puppy in late August.  At the time he was too tiny to do much of anything distructive. We needed to carry him going down the stairs because, well let me put it this way, it was a long way down.  He couldn't jump on the furniture because it was to far up.  He was a baby in every sense of the word.

Guess what.  Just like human babies, puppies grow up. Our puppy is no longer a baby, he is a toddler in every sense of the word.  He can now go down the steps on his own, still a challenge, but he can do it.  He can now jump on my couch. He is teething too, so every shoe he finds in fair game. Oh and on the ball field when I take him with me to the boys games and practices, he loves to eat anything he finds.  I've decided his favorite is chewing gum.  Gross!  I can't tell you how many times I have taken gum out of his mouth despite his protests.  I've decided to buy stock in purell.

Yes, puppies are a lot of work and in many ways they are like babies, but how can you resist those big brown eyes, those big floppy ears, and that inquisitive side tilted stare?  I can't I'll tell you that and neither can my family.  Rascal has lived up to his name, and he is worth all the effort.

What about you?  Do you have a pet who is more family then pet?  Share with me.

Monday, September 20, 2010

The Waiting Game Continues

So every week or maybe more I check to see how my two partial as doing.  Have they been read yet?  Are they even close to getting read yet?  Where are they in the pile.  Of course I never get an answer to any of these questions.  If I did, I wouldn't checking weekly. 

I knew when I sent them in I'd have to wait for news.  I've convinced myself that no news is good news, but truth be told, that only holds a person together for so long.  It honestly hasn't been all that long in the scheme of  things.  I have been told by well destablished writies that it can take months to even a year to hear back.  It has really only been about a month. 

If a month seems so long, how am I supposed to wait a year?  Oh the agony!  Anyway.  I do enjoy checking the blogs and websites though,  it's fun and keeps me on my toes with writing.  I like to read the industry news and see what agents are working on and what conferences they are attending.

I'm hoping one day it will all pay off.  I think so.  I just have to be persistant.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

What's For Dinner

How many times have you asked that question?  Or better yet, my favorite, "What should I make for dinner?"  There was a time in my life when I didn't have to ask that question because my mother would always be the one who was asking it.  Now times have changed and it's my turn. 

I remember setting the table as my mother cooked dinner.  Sometimes it was a quick meal so we can run out the door to a sporting even either my sister or I had, other times it was a nice slow cooked meal that you couldn't wait to taste. 

When I was home while my kids were little I'd be the one cooking the slow cooked meals.  I'd put a chicken in the oven turn on the timer and jump on the treadmill, or clean the house and do laundry.  How times have changed.  These days my kids are a little older, and they have all kinds of activities that leave little time for dinner. So the question of  'What is for dinner actually becomes a stressfull one because there is literary no time to make it, never mind eat it.  I didn't realize back then how much I would miss the days of cooking all day long and serving up a nice hot meal to my husband and kids when they came home at the end of the day.  I really miss it.  Not that I want to do that day in and day out. The point is it reminds me of simplier times, and simplier days. 

Ever feel like that?  Ever want to stop the running from activity to activity and just enjoy your family over a nice slow cooked hot meal, and linger over the family for a while?  I do.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Murphy's Law

No matter how well you plan, murphy's law will find a way to put a dent into your plans.  Now don't get me wrong, my weekend plans were by no means ruined.  Actually my weekend way very nice. But that's not to say that murphy's law didn't show up either.

My weekend was all planned.  The hotel reservations were made, the dinner reservations were also made, the kids and the puppy were at the grandparents and my neighbor took care of the dog.  It was all taken care of.  We had a little time before we took off the weekend so my husband decided to cut the grass and change a tire on the trailer for the boat before we left.  If all went well, we be out to the house by 10:30 am.  That was the statement that jinxed us.

I comfirmed out dinner reservtions.  There was none.  Even though I made them a week and a half ago.  I remade them.  Thank God there is still an opening. Murphy's Law number One.

Then it was the trip to the lawn mower shop that set us back.  Murphy's Law number Two.
Okay, so now we are good to go.  We get to our desination, and drop off our luggage, and walk down to town. where my husband need to stop and rest because his back hurts, while I continued to shop without him. Murphy's Law number Three.

The rest of the evening went fine.

The next moring we planned on going to the Vinyard to buy some wine.  It's sunday and they don't open until 12pm.  We need to be back home by then to meet friends for a crab boil at the marina.
Murphy's Law number Four.

Get home and something died in our frigerator while we were away. Clean frigerator. Murphy's Law number Five.
Get a call from a friend of ours.  They are dropping the water on the pond to work on the damn.  We HAVE to get the boat out now. Murphy's Law number Six.

It's lunch time and I have no food in my house. You could open my fridge and yell in there and it will echo. I have nothing to make my friends kids for lunch while he is helping my husband take out the boat.  Murphy's Law number Seven.

Now we are running late to the crab boil, and to meet our friends.  Murphy's Law Eight.

We had a great time at the crab boil. 

Pick up the kids and the puppy just on time.  But ran around to do it, which is exactly what my husband wanted to avoid. 

So you see, in one weekend Murphy's Law showed up eight times.  Did it ruin my weekend?  No. Not even close, it just goes to show that life happens, and when it does, Murphy's Law is never to far behind. Just roll with it and you'll be fine. 

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Will Power vs Won't Power

The age of question of dieters.  Why do we call it will power when we fight the urge to eat something that we really want?  Shouldn't we call it won't power?  I mean after all we are fighting the urge not to do something, not do something.  I always thought the term has a bit of irony to it.  What is your take?

I feel that we should change the terminolgy all together. The term will power should be used when referring to positive things like excerising, getting tasks done before deal lines and bettering our lives.  The term won't power should be used when referring to negative things we want to avoid, like taking that last piece of cake, smoking that ciggeratte, or procrastinating on tasks.

Yes,  I think we should change our terminology.  What is your thoughts?

Monday, September 13, 2010

Christmas in July

Here is a question for you.  Ever notice the holiday's sneak up on you faster and faster.  You have just finished dusting off  your suf board and heading out to the ocean when lo and behold people start putting out fall decorations.  Then as soon as you are getting ready for fall, the winter holiday decorations start finding their way to the store shelves.  Then once again you are settling in for a nice winter and you get it with spring and summer decorations.  It seems like you never get a chance to breath and enjoy the season you are in. 

I don't want my seasons to rush by me.  I want to enjoy and savior the season I'm in.  If it's hot, let me enjoy it, with all the sun and fun.  I want to get sand stuck in my toes, I want to smell the sun tan lotion and eat sea food at the local sea shanties on the water. If it's chilly and fall is in the air, let me enjoy the beautiful colors, the apple picking, pumpkin picking and the spices in the air.  I want to see the kids dressed in their costumes and the dog dress up much to their dismay.  No I don't dress up my dogs. If it is winter let my kids enjoy the snow and the skating.  Let me enjoy watching them enjoy it the way we used to.  Don't rush me. 

Today people are so worried about keeping ahead, being the first, and getting the Christmas shopping done before July even comes.  I'm not one of those people.  I go Christmas shopping in late November.  I've tried to shop before that, call it peer pressure.  I hated it.  I didn't enjoy it at all, plus I sent more money that way, because I hid the gifts away and forgot I bought then in the first place. I won't do that again.

How do you feel on the subject?  Do you feel rushed through the holiday seasons?

Friday, September 10, 2010

Reason for a Season

Do you every wonder about the people who come and go in your life?  I do. It's interesting really. Think about all people you have met through out your life. How many have you met?  A hundred, maybe more.  The number will surprise you.  Ever stop to wonder why some people stay and some people go?  Look at your Facebook friends. Oh, come on admit it, you know you have an account.  We all do.  How many of those people do you talk to on a daily basis? Maybe a handful or two?  Guaranteed  more then half of those people you barely know anymore.  Don't get me wrong, it'is good, your reconnecting.  I've been trying to get reconnected with old friends for a while, and I love it.  But that isn't my point.

My point is.  Look at all of the lives you have touch, and all the lives that have touched yours. It's really amazing. Why are some of them only Facebook friends? Why do we only check up on them once in a while and they are not closer to the everyday  lives?  Ever wonder?  I have a theory.  I call it reason for a season.  We don't need them like we used to.

I believe that God brings people into our lives as we need them. Think about all of the events in your life.  Did you meet someone you have never met before and became friends only to lose them as life changes?  How long did those people stay in your life before moving on?  How many stayed?  How many came back? Do you see the pattern?  Do you see how some people stay for a long time, some for only a short while, and some if we are lucky stay for good?  I've decided friends are like birds.  Hold on to them gently and they will always find their way back to you.  Some times though it takes a little help from Facebook.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

There is no cold in baseball, or is there?

There is no cold in baseball or is there?  Well in my town there is.  Think about it.  Baseball season starts in the spring.  Now, unless you live in the south, it can still be anywhere from down right cold in April to cool in and that is the month baseball season starts.  So now it is September and although it isn't cold it can still get cool enough at night to want a light jacket or sweat shirt. Especially towards evening.  I know most of you are probably wondering what September has to do with baseball. I'll tell you.  In my town while a lot of kids are gearing up for football and soccer and in some towns lacross, my town has decided to extend baseball season.  That's right Fall Ball.

For a person who has never really got into the whole baseball thing,  I have found fall ball, at least so far to be refreshing.  I like my kids, decided that soccer is not a favorite. Standing in the freezing cold for early morning soccer games while the grass is still wet from dew or as the season wears on frost, is not my idea of fun or theirs apparently. You know I just can't blame them for that.

So instead I sit at the picnic table and watch my kids play on the ball field under the game lights with my little puppy curled on my lap sleeping.  It is cool out tonight and I haven't decided if I am keeping him warm or he is keeping me warm, I should have brought that jacket.  Honestly though I don't mind either way.  I'm enjoying the cool air while I watch my kids enjoying the last of the warm weather while they brush up on their skills for the spring.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Technology

Technology can be our friend and it can be a hinderance.  I am not the most technical of people so setting up an account and linking it to Facebook can take me longer then it probably should.  That is usually when I call my husband over and have him help me, but I'm trying to not do that so it takes me a while longer.  My seven year old can probably figure it out before I can.  Just figuring out the new cells phones today can be frusterating.  I only use mine for emergencies, and I honestly don't know what the use is when the battery keeps dying on m every day anyway.  I love my iPod though.  I listen to it in the kitchen on the charger.  That way I can listen to the music I want without talk or commercials.  Love it!  And my lap top which everyone seems to steel from me.  One thing great about a lap top though, my office is where every I am.  I love taking it to the pond and working on my manuscripts while looking out and watching the kids playing in the water.  How many people get to work that way I ask you?  Yes, you have to love technology with all it's perks, even if it is frusterating getting it all set up. 

How many of you have kids that are more technology inclined then your are? 

How many of you have hard time posting something on the web?  Share with me.