Friday, February 22, 2013

Is Harrison Ford really my dad?

I saw this and immediately thought of my dad. This is his favorite saying!

This reminds me so much of my dad  - all the way down to the body language, head shake, knitted brow and look of disgusted confusion.

Happy Friday - and don't forget...


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Fuzz Nuts 1 & Fuzz Nuts 2

Fuzz Nuts 1 (Derville)

 Workin' hard or hardly workin', Mr. Derville?

Fuzz Nuts 2 (Crash)

 Never one to turn down an opportunity to be uber-comfortable!

Jason's favorite nickname for the "boys" is Fuzz Nuts. I'm pretty sure our next neutered pet will actually be named Fuzz Nuts.

I was looking at these furry fellows this afternoon and all I could think was, "Hey Fuzz Nuts!"

It works. I love my Fuzz Nuts.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Yes I Did!!

Great way to come back from a long weekend!

I was so amped, I had to run it off!

I'm starting out my 35th year of life on a pretty good note! 
Let's keep it up!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine Flowers

Look what showed up at my door today!!

Someone knows me too well! I LOVE fresh flowers!

Thank you, sweetheart! I LOVE YOU!

I love you and your heart

Hearts are everywhere at Valentine's.

Candy hearts, chocolate hearts, food hearts, cartoon hearts, paper hearts.

But the heart I love the most, is the one inside of you.

And I'll do everything in my power to keep that heart healthy and pumping strong.


Without that heart, there is no you.

And without you, there is no me.

I love you and your heart.

Happy Valentine's Day 2013

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

A Lesson in the Futility of Worry

So...I got an urgent email from the head of our West Region (pretty much all offices west of Denver) late on Friday - "Meeting with CEO, CFO and entire executive team for XYZ company (large local company which shall not be named) on Wednesday 2/13 - can you join?"

I was really excited to be invited to a meeting of such caliber. My role at the meeting was to mainly take notes and listen but I'll have more of a writing/implementation role once the communication campaign starts.

Then my anxiety and worry kicked in immediately upon receiving the email - what do I wear? I don't know much about this topic - will I look/sound stupid? What if I can't type fast enough or lose all the notes? What if I forget my computer? What if they need to use my computer for a presentation - is my desktop clean? Is there confidential stuff on my desktop that needs to be hidden? Do I wear tights or socks? And the worry goes on and on and on...

I started my quest to eliminate all uncertainties on Friday. Started looking online for suits because the one that fits is old and black and looks like an undertaker from the 1990s. However, my cool, hip taupe suit is about 4 sizes too big these days. So I searched high and low this weekend. I started at Nordstrom Rack and ended at Macy's. (side rant: Nordstrom Rack is evil and I would vow never go there again except they have the best/biggest selection of SmartWool socks in the area and they are only $12 instead of $20!)

I found a cheap top at the Rack and bought it like a dope. Thought it would look great with black pants or skirt. Got it home and realized I looked like a fuchsia birthday present - bow and all! I had tried on a suit at Macy's but didn't want to spend "suit" money. After realizing the "cheap" shirt was fucking hideous, I ran back to the Rack and returned it and went to Macy's for the suit. Luckily it was on super sale and I got a $200 pant suit for $70 bucks - score! I even had a shirt that matched - perfect! Got it home, tried it on with shoes, found tights that worked (that's a whole other story!) and jewelry. Grrrrreat!

Got out my super special corporate meeting purse which holds my laptop and accessories perfectly. Looked great with suit - excellent!

Got the address for the meeting - it's right by Jason's work so I know exactly where it is and how long it takes to get there - sweet!

By Monday, I had all unknowns eliminated. All the things I was worried about were handled. I was feeling pretty great about everything. Made the drop off plan with Jason so I could be home in time to get ready, eat and do a few work things before going to the meeting.

Tuesday night (last night), I had a hard time sleeping because I was worrying about all the other little things that could go wrong - lose the notes, say something stupid, etc. So I lost some sleep to worry.

Wednesday morning (today), our drop off plan was executed perfectly. I scoped out the meeting location - easy peasy. I even managed to grab dog food on my way home!

Got dressed, packed up, ready to go. I'd checked my list twice and I hadn't missed a thing. Feeling really good about my worry-induced preparation and planning.

 (Mom, this picture is for you ;-)

Got to the meeting place 30 minutes early. Parked right next to the entrance so I would see my other team members pull in and we could go to the door together. I emailed saying I was there - no response. We were supposed to meet at 11:45am, it now it's 11:50 am and no sign of my team. I email again - "Are you guys here?" no response. I start to panic. Meeting is at noon and I'm the only one there - WTF???

12:05pm - I decide to go inside and at least let them know that I'm waiting for my team - they should be here soon. As I walk to the door (that I've been staking-out for over 30 minutes), I realize it says "Employees only - guest please use entrance on North side of the building" - I freak the fuck out! They must already be here but I was just on the wrong side of the building!!! NOOOOO!!!!

I fly around the building like I'm driving a go-cart, whip into the front parking spot, and go in. Receptionist says the meeting already started and she'd let them know I was there. I took a deep breath, tried not to look phased and headed into the conference room.

The meeting was well underway and they were diving straight into the heavy stuff. I slid into a seat and took notes on paper with one hand, while setting up my laptop with the other hand. Switched to note-taking on laptop and pretty much transcribed that meeting word for word. Two hours later, meeting is over. We say our goodbyes and it's all in the past now.

The lesson here is that never once, not ever, ever ever would I have thought to worry about getting there 30 minutes early and then joining the meeting 10 minutes late because I WAS PARKED ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE DAMN BUILDING!

Therefore, please remember, worry is futile. There is no use in worrying because whatever actually happens will not be any of those things that you worried about. You're probably going to have to wing it anyway so just wait till that moment comes and jump right in.

 My first thought when I left the parking lot was "Thank gawd I have Nia tonight!"

I'll just dance this one right out of my  mind.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Crashed Out

Every morning after we all get up, Crash jumps back into the bed and hides. He's the worst "morning person" I've ever met (and I thought I was bad)! He doesn't want to eat, play or do anything!

Come on, just look at him -- this guy is having a ruff Monday!

Hope your week is off to a great start!

Friday, February 08, 2013

The Little Sunshine That Could...

The sun is trying really hard to push a few rays our way.

It's been a while but I think we may have blue skies today.

Looking out my window:

Happy Friday! May the sun rain down on you!


Two hours later and...we have sunshine!!


Four more hours and we have clear blue skies!!!

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Crash Test and the Girl with the Little White Doggie

About a month ago, we decided to try taking Crash on walks. Seems pretty simple for a dog, but our little guy has some hangups from being a stray and is has a slight disadvantage with his little chicken wing leg. Turns out, this guy loves to go for walks! (Oddly enough, he acts like he hasn't figured out "come" "stay" or "let's go inside" after 8 months but I only had to say "Walk" one time and now he's bouncing off the front door like a maniac! Sneaky dog!)

Well, the walks were going so well, and he was getting SO excited, that I decided to try running with him. We went on a little "Crash Test" to see how he'd do. I got some of my fastest running times when he was with me. Here's a map of our run. He only went the first 2.25 km with me and then I dropped him off at the house and kept going. It was so funny because he started out going so fast, he was choking himself on the leash but by the third time around the neighborhood, I thought I was going to have to carry him home!

He only stopped short, crossed over and tripped me 6 or 7 times -- luckily I didn't face plant or fall on my ass. One time he crossed right when my foot was going up and I just kinda lifted him with my foot (a gentle kick, if you will).

I have to admit - I'm so happy to be the girl with the little white doggie again. Everyone stops to pet him and say hi. I really missed that feeling. It had become such a part of my identity.

I want to be the girl with the little white doggie forever.

Feeling Good - Nina Simone

Love me some Nina Simone!

It's a new dawn
It's a new day
It's a new life
For me
And I'm feeling good

Birds flying high you know how I feel
Sun in the sky you know how I feel
Breeze driftin' on by you know how I feel

It's a new dawn
It's a new day
It's a new life
For me
And I'm feeling good

Fish in the sea you know how I feel
River running free you know how I feel
Blossom on the tree you know how I feel

It's a new dawn
It's a new day
It's a new life
For me
And I'm feeling good

Dragonfly out in the sun you know what I mean, don't you know
Butterflies all havin' fun you know what I mean
Sleep in peace when day is done
That's what I mean

And this old world is a new world
And a bold world
For me

Stars when you shine you know how I feel
Scent of the pine you know how I feel
Oh freedom is mine
And I know how I feel