Sunday, February 7, 2016


   One year ago today come on my friends and I embarked on the scuba instructor development course. Thanks to Facebook for reminding me.
   That was such a stressful time... We had heard rumors that layoffs would be coming, and I was seriously debating whether it made sense to spend the time and money on diving when I didn't know what was coming. (It was only a month later that I found out what was coming!)
   I made the decision by assuring myself that whatever happened, I would never regret the time spent with such wonderful friends, with a course director as great as Sam, on training that would encourage me to keep experiencing the world in rich and unique ways… As well as to help others do the same. And a year later, I was right about that… No regrets!
   My first student was in Oahu, under the guidance of another talented course director, Laura. 
   Thinking about the journey this last year has been, I wouldn't change a thing!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Burger for Boo

   Today I met up with Renee for lunch at BRGR, and left with a takeout burger for Boo. Renée and her family adopted these two sweet pups from the Humane Society of greater Kansas City eight years ago. And she learned this week that tragically, her poor boy has cancer. But he looked SO happy, especially in the face of a fancy hamburger and a short walk on such a pretty day.
   It was so great to get out with all of them. Especially Aki, who hasn't been able to walk in over two months. Boo reminded me that no amount of spoiling can be too much; every day is precious. We love you, Boo (and Renee!)

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Cleared for take-off (the leash)!

   We just could not be bigger fans of Dr. Swanson and the entire staff of Camelot Court animal clinic. Aki's "tightrope" (ACL) surgery was a success, and now that five weeks have passed, she is allowed to go for walks again. Hooray!!! 

Rest in Peace, Dear Timber

   I was just informed that Timber, the Shiba boy I helped rescue in March 2013, has passed on to that great big dog park in the sky. He's the first rescue I've been involved with who has passed on, and I don't know much about his life these past years, as he moved out of state. I hope they were filled with love and joy—he, like all animals, deserved nothing less. Rest in peace, sweetie. I'll never forget your serenades in the car, and your dark, soulful eyes.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Stronger every day

   One month out from her tightrope (ACL) surgery, and MSIR alumni Aki is doing great! Nice to see that naked turkey leg getting some fur back.
   Be wary of letting your dogs sprint off a slick/frosty deck. I didn't realize how dangerous (and expensive!) it could be. Good thing she's totally worth it.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016


   A friend who lives on a farm has a rescued cow who hasn't been feeling well. So I sent supreme healing cow power to dear Mezzie! (The perky udders make me laugh. Is that wrong?)
   Then Laura posted that a friend was wishing Mezzie well in French. So I interpreted that, too.
   Unfortunately, after two weeks of being down, the poor girl wasn't getting better and Laura had to say goodbye. I am heartbroken for her and all the kids that benefit from learning and helping on her farm. Hugs to everyone... 

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Brain food

   Sunday morning homeworkpalooza is not so bad when you're awesome boyfriend whips up a gourmet breakfast for you! Bacon egg and cheese with guacamole on wheat bread, with granny Smith apples, goat cheese and honey!

Rent for Living

   Getting things in order to fulfill my obligations. :)