Archive for December, 2009

December 28, 2009

My Love

The richness I achieve comes from Nature, the source of my inspiration.
– Claude Monet

11-09NH-15-WEB

11-09NH-16-WEB
 

December 26, 2009

Catching Up

Phew!!! It has been a loooooooong week. I started my new job on Monday and I suspect they may be trying to kill me. I went from a 9-5 four-day work week to working 55 hours this week. Did I mention *phew*?! But I am pretty sure that being surrounded by dogs all day long is about as good as it gets, even if it is some pretty serious labor!

I am loving being so busy, and am getting used to being detached from a computer. Next week is another 55 hour week, then back to normal…phew!

11-09NH-11-WEB

Being so busy, I was sad to see the holidays slip past me without really noticing. I was so busy working that I didn't notice the holiday cheer in the air, and since I worked all day, didn't celebrate Christmas. I was just about to scream from a roof-top BAH HUMBUG!!!! when my husband handed me a box this afternoon. The contents…..only the best present EVER. I have been wanting to jump the Olympus ship for quite some time, years really, and have never been able to do it. Hubby made it happen. He is the best santa EVER!  

December 18, 2009

Reptilian Stealth

Last year, a friend was using our dock as a home for his boat while he was working on it. He spent many hours in our backyard. On one these days, he told us that he saw a large green iguana slinking around. Psh! Whatev buddy! Watch out for those boat fumes!

Mind you, we are in Florida. One of my favorite places, Boca Grande, which is about a 25 minute drive, happens to be "infested" with Iguanas and has hired Iguana catchers to rid the island of the lizards. However, I have never seen one off of the island. So really, I thought our friend was exagerating (sorry Mike!). Still, I kept my eyes peeled, hoping maybe I would catch sight. And finally, I did! Only, it was a rather small iguana…but an iguana just the same. I scurried to get my camera, got one bad snap, and he ran for his life. 

I gave up on my search.

And then, I came home early from work on Thursday. And there, taking a mid-day siesta, was a large iguana. I should take this moment to tell Mike: SORRY! I swear I believe you now!

12-17-09-1-WEB

I grabbed my camera and tested the waters to see how close he would let me get. First, I started in the middle of the yard (and crossed my fingers that the puppers would stay preoccupied!).

Then I got a bit closer, until I was just in front of the dock. He had his eye on me, but was too lazy to move.

12-17-09-3--WEB

I decided to push my luck. I got as many pics as I could, but I wanted more. CLOSER. So I slowly made my way onto the dock and got within about 6 feet, and got EXACTLY what I wanted 🙂

12-17-09-10-WEB

And then…………………Tinker The Stinker came prancing down to see what was up lol. Splash! The Iguana took flight and was gone. It was fun while it lasted!

And this last shot is pretty crappy, but I still wanted to share it….after he made his escape from the crazy dog, he took a swim over to the neighbor's dock. I was going to wait him out to see where he went, but I think I like the mystery, it's very Where's Waldo right in my back yard….
12-17-09-19-WEB
 
  
  

December 18, 2009

Time for the Friday Five!

Friday 5-jpg

It's that time again!!! Oh how I love the randomness of Friday 5! Let's get right to it…

1.  Trouble-making dogs.  I desperately want to set up a video camera to see how the naughtiness goes down. I suspect it goes something like this:

Koda: Tinker, I really think that you should not do that.
Tinker: But it's FUUUUUUUUUNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN.
Koda: Oh, ok. I suppose if it's fun….can I join in?
Punky: zzzzzzzzzzz 

2.  Not being unemployed.  Seriously, the most amazing feeling ever! I am so excited to not only have found a new job in this horrendous economy but also that a) I am starting on Monday, which means no time without a paycheck (PHEW!) and aven better b) I get to hang out with dogs all day. Ummmm, yes please!

3.  Christmas cards.  Because really? Is there anything better than getting awesomeness in your mailbox every. single. day? I thought not!

4.  Cotton Candy.  Do I have to say more?

5.  New cell phone cases.  Poor Martha was fitted with a crap case when I bought her. I didn't know any better, so I was fooled by the pretty pink. WELL, I was schooled in crap cases! I got a shiny new case for Martha over the weekend, and I might as well have bought a brand new phone for as excited as I am about it!

and why not?…..my boy enjoying a windy day 🙂

12-17-09-20-WEB

oh wait! Sneak attack! I'm adding one more….

6.  Windows 7.  Dear Windows 7, I think I may be in love with you. Thank you immensly for FINALLY letting me install my most favorite programs and making me an all around happy computer user again. Sincerely, Me.

December 17, 2009

Tailspin

Confession: When I'm passing time, and if he is within reach, I twist Poo's* tail. (*Poo = Koda, for those that don't know that pets should never, ever, under any circumstances, go by just ONE name). I absentmindedly spin his tail hair until he gives me a look. a grumble. ok, then I ignore the look and the grumble and keep doing it.

I love his coloring. And when I spin those tail hairs I fall in love with the mix of darks and oranges. So I annoy my dog. and do the tailspin.

12-17-09pups-4-WEB

12-17-09pups-1-WEB
 

December 14, 2009

Raise Your Pinky

I have a confession…I'm a pinky raiser. I cannot control it. Case in point:

DSC01947-4x6-WEB 

Yup, that's my little pinky, making it's presence known. Because yeah, it seems that not only does my pinky involuntarily let people think I am a priss while drinking tea, it also wants people to take note of my prissyness while feeding flipper.

DSC01948-4x6-WEB

He was either laughing with me, or at me…..not quite sure……..

DSC01943-4x6-WEB

December 13, 2009

Because I Can…

Dark clouds may hang on me sometimes
But I'll work it out

Dave Matthews Band, Dancing Nancies

11-09NH-24-WEB

…favorite song ever. In case you were wondering.

December 11, 2009

Friday 5

Friday 5-jpg

It's that time again! I have been a bit of a slacker lately with the 5 posts, but I'm not giving up!

SO- I have decided that we should dedicate today's 5 to something near and dear to my heart…chintzing (yeah, it's sort of my own word, but chintzy IS real!). While on my trip I had to have a heart to heart with my mother.

It was difficult. It was awkward. But it had to be done. There are certain things that you just should NOT chintz on…

1.  Toilet paper.  ahem MOM!!! I am not suggesting that you do anything crazy, like run out and by the top of the line tp, I am just saying, if I have to go without something else in my life in order to have some plushness, well, the sacrifice would totally be worth it.

2.  Candles.  Good candles are worth the money. Really. They are. Trust me. They smell better. They burn better. They are just better.

3.  Q-tips.  I have had some unfortunate incidents with generic q-tips. I'm just sayin'…this is another instance where plushness is important. I do not want to clean my ears with toothpicks disguised as a cotton swab. Q-Tips or bust!!!

4.  Cheez-Its.  I mean, do I really need to address this one? Do I?! Buy the real thing or go home.

5.  Pets.  One time, I got a free pug, and she has cost me thousands of dollars. Free = chintz = costly. Ok…I am just playing, really, I ran out of things ♥ I love my pug and free (RESCUE!) is the best kind of pet there is.

I hope this week has treated you well, and your weekend treats you even better! 

Happy Friday :)
  
  

December 9, 2009

Origins

New_hampshire_map

My origins are pretty simple- I'm from New Hampshire. I spent years cursing that simple fact. I always knew that I would leave. I thought that there was so much more for me than what I could get in simple NH. I thought that NH offered nothing (which is really a pretty bold statement, looking back lol). So I got out. And it took me a looooooong time to look back.

11-09NH-6-WEB

Sure, I returned for brief visits. But I never actually felt present on those trips. When I looked at NH, I saw the past. I saw trauma. I saw drama. In my mind, the exact moment that I boarded a plane to go to New Hampshire was the exact moment that I had to resume being the sister of a brother who commited suicide. Because, in my town, that was who I was. I did not want to be that girl. Moving away meant removing that person from my life. NO ONE had to know, unless I chose to tell them. Sadly, you don't get quite the same luxery when living in small town New England. So that was who I was. And that was why I dreaded returning. It refreshed in me all the drama from my past. All my issues, real and imagined.

And then, something shifted. I started realizing that I had the power to shed the stigma. What I went through was not WHO I was. And while I still occasionally realize that in the eyes of some, I will always be the sister of the kid that killed himself, I am alright with that. 

By moving on, and looking forward instead of into the past, I am finally able to appreciate this beautiful place that I orignate from. I find that with each visit I am more and more amazed at the natural beauty. 

11-09NH-12-WEB

I am blown away by this gorgeous state. I love it more than I knew I was capable of. I would like to bottle it up and take it out on occasion, and just reside in it's awesomeness for a bit 🙂
  

December 7, 2009

Toddler Squared

While up in NH recently I had an opportunity to do a super quick photo shoot with my best friend's girls. Toddlers. Two of them. I'm not going to lie. I was worried. Then our plans were thrown to the wind, the weather gave me a big middle finger and the sun went out for a pack of cigarettes and never came back.

At first, I didn't think I was going to get a chance to even attempt to get a shot, but I knew I would feel terrible if I didn't at least try.

So I tried.

And only got this of one sweetie pie before she decided she wanted her mommy WAY more than she wanted to be with me and my camera….

11-09NH-39-WEB

Yup, she was not having it 🙂

Her sister, on the other hand, was allll about the cheese! She was hilarious with her smiles. And all it took was a bride promise of some playtime after the modeling session.

11-09NH-64-WEB

And I have to end this post with a huge shout-out to stay at home moms. Seriously ladies? Seriously?! I am not sure how you do it. How you make it through the day. But you do it. And it floors me. You are my hero!