Friday, August 14, 2015

Hot...Outside...Inside...Flash...Mississippi

I just really want y'all to know how hot it is...



I don't even care.





Mississippi Summer, Fall and actually, until January...add hot flashes...and don't talk to me.






Layla wants to come in as soon as she goes out.






Ok, you have no idea how so me this is...hot flash in the car...






Don't. even. care.






Air conditioning goes out...worse than the zombie apocalypse.






Please. Whatever it takes.






How the hell am I supposed to jump in the lukewarm pool water if the concrete around the pool is like walking on flames??






95 degrees, 100% humidity...107 heat index...and hot flashes!




That's me...I'm the one in the green.

"What a world! What a world!"

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

An Adoption Fail - That's Perfectly Ok By Me

As I was napping this past Saturday, my phone dinged.
I looked over and saw that the message was from a recent adopter who had chosen one of our long time shelter dogs (against my better judgement).  

I was biased in this situation because this particular dog is one of my favorites.  
Boomer used to have a DANGER sign hanging from his kennel, and everybody tiptoed around him.

When I first started volunteering at the shelter, I did the same...
until I saw our former president lean down at his kennel to pet him.

His response to her made me stop in my tracks.
His butt started wiggling from side to side, and that tail was going 90 to nothing.
His ears relaxed and his eyes softened.  She reached in his kennel, and he kissed her hands. 
She knelt down and whispered soft, gentle murmurs to him about what a good boy he was and how much she cared for him. 
As she stood up to move to another kennel, Boomer stuck his paw through his kennel at her as if to say, "Wait, don't leave just yet...please Mrs. Debbie...just one more kiss."

I've been around dogs my entire life.  I've never been frightened of them, but I do know there's a certain amount of mutual respect involved in a canine/human relationship.  I own a 106 lb. German Shepherd as well, so I think I'm pretty experienced.
Growling and snarling are warnings. They are not signs of a "bad dog."  
The dog is communicating with you that he/she is not comfortable and you are moving too close too fast.

But, when I saw Boomer communicating with Debbie in a very different way, I decided then and there that I would also earn his respect.
I respected Boomer.
I listened and responded patiently to his cues.  
It took some time, but I did it. 



However, Boomer is still a dog who needs special handling. Anyone new to the shelter has to earn his trust. He's not aggressive, just scared to death.


"Was that thunder??"

I was out of town when his adoption took place.
I didn't know about it until all was said and done.

I called the family and talked with them about Boomer, his needs, his behaviors in the past, his likes and dislikes, my success and failures with him, etc.  I wanted them to have full disclosure.

They kept him for 5 days.

I met the mom at the shelter 30 minutes after she messaged me.

They tied Boomer outside. (Against our adoption policy)
He had gotten tangled in the tie and bit the dad when he tried to untangle him.
I listened to the mom's story, asked lots of questions to help us continue to work with Boomer, gave her an adoption refund, and thanked her for returning him to us. 

After she drove away, my youngest and I gave Boomer lots of love, kisses, hands-on time with plenty of bacon treats.
Then, we took him out to the yard so he could run around and re-mark everything.


"I'm back suckas!"




"Hi, Mom.  I missed you."


My guy.


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday...That Wasn't


I actually looked forward to this week's Top Ten Tuesday and even made a list for myself early.

Then work happened.


And, then I drove to Birmingham.

After bragging that Mom was doing so well this month, she spent two nights in the hospital due to a possible infection.  She's back home now and resting. Oy.

Please remind me not to brag next month.


Sunday, August 9, 2015

The Sunday Week in Review - #1


I like the idea of a weekly post...I like structure but fight against it at the same time.  
Yeah.

The Caffeinated Book Reviewer hosts a little Sunday check-in each week, and these posts are some of my favorites!  
I may miss somebody all week long due to my ever growing blog reading list.  
But, through a Weekly Recap post, I can see everything that's been going on everyday in one post! 

That I can handle.
So, without further ado, my first Sunday post.


Last Week on the Blog:

Saturday: Back to School 2015 - The Squirrel Edition


Next Week on the Blog

Tuesday: Top Ten Authors I've Read the Most
I've got several reviews that I have started, but bc of Leukemia caregiver induced ADD, I haven't finished. I'll try to get one or two of those off the ground next week, but I'm not even going to try and promise which days.
I've also got a "Links I Love" or "Reading instead of Writing" post started.
We'll see.


Fitness


I didn't attend any classes last week because Mom and I stayed pretty close to home.  I'm hoping to get in a couple of Spin classes this week though...and at least 1-2 TRX classes!
I love a good Strike class on Wednesdays as well...nothing like punching stuff to alleviate stress!


What I'm Reading

In the car: 

I just finished All Creatures Great and Small on audio in the car and just fell in love...unfortunately,I didn't get by  the library until the day I left Birmingham, and they had to order All Things Bright and Beautiful from one of the other Birmingham libraries in the system.  It's hard to follow James Herriot and a narrator with some of the most fabulous accents and dialects I've ever heard...especially with Susan Orlean's Rin Tin Tin.  I'm afraid this book would be one better enjoyed in my hands, with a pen or pencil for highlighting and annotating.  Susan Orlean adds lots of history and detail in Rin Tin Tin, but she is not the kind of narrator I'm used to :(
I will keep listening until I get back to Birmingham this week...we'll see what happens.


DNF

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

I gave Flavia 100 pages.  I had to push it to get there also.  I just didn't like it.
I'm difficult right now, and I know it.
I know a lot of people liked this series, but I won't be reading it.


In my hands 
(and usually waiting on blood results with Mom)

Still reading this chunkster...lots of annotations and underlining too.

E-read


I try to download things I wouldn't want to keep.
Generally, if I'm reading something on my phone, it's because I'm somewhere I need to escape and the ebook is my rescue.
I also take advantage of Nook and Kindle $1.99 sales, so I don't usually have the newest ebooks...unless it's Stephanie Plum ;P I don't keep that series, but I can't wait to get my hands on the next installment!
I read Jenny Lawson's Let's Pretend This Never Happened on my phone via the Nook app.  I don't think I've ever laughed so hard in my life at a book.  Hopefully I'll get to that review next week!
Hopefully Waiter Rant will keep me laughing.


Two books that are calling my name enough that I might just buy them at full price!

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

You have no idea how much I enjoyed her first book.  I hope this one packs the same punch and makes me snort out loud in public places!

The Girl on the Train

I'm exhausted with people talking and writing about this one without me having any idea what they're talking about.  I gotta see for myself!

What I'm Living

I've got 2 days of Orientation type activities at work.
I hate these with a passion...my eyeballs almost roll out of their sockets just thinking of "dog and pony shows."
I will have to work hard on keeping my relaxing bitch face under control.

I'll be back at Mom's for a few days in between to prepare for the next round of in-hospital treatment. Hoping these days will be somewhat relaxed since the last few days have been ok.  Mom did run a temp last night so I'm keeping my fingers crossed!


Saturday, August 8, 2015

Back to School 2015 - The Squirrel Edition

Oh yes, I'm another one of those parents who takes this picture on that first day! 
As much as I love to look back over them, I love seeing all the photos that come before and after THE official Back to School photo for any particular year.

For example:

BEFORE
Me: "Rea, why are you smiling like that? That isn't a natural smile."
Rea: "I'm smiling! This is the way I smile."
Me: "It's a fake smile! I want a real one! I guess I'll just have to do something really dumb to make you smile!"

 THE OFFICIAL
Rea: "Well, you won't have to do much!"
;)


Me: "You're quite the smartypants, aren't you?"


Me: "Don't look now, but Zeke is creeping on you through the glass on the front door!"


Layla: "Are we done yet?" 
SQUIRREL!
Me: "Done yet? You haven't even looked at the camera once!"


Rea: "You mean I have to wait on her to pose too?? I will be late for school."
Me: "Whose child are you?"


Rea: "Layla, I'm going to be tardy on the first day of school."


Layla: "It's ok! I'll tell your teacher about all the perky squirrels running around in the yard this morning! She'll understand!"



A girl and her dog.

Back to School 2015