Saturday, November 28, 2015

White elephant

   Cleaning out my filing cabinets and found this sketch I did circa 2000-ish, to advertise our department's potluck Christmas luncheon/white elephant gift exchange.


   Just sent this to my buddy David, who swing by the house this morning with a red satin Christmas stocking full of a bounty of homemade cookies. Pinching myself in disbelief of my good fortune. SO good!!! 

Early Christmas

   Sharing this photo that totally made my day... This is Kyra, the fearful six-year-old Shiba whom I fostered for a few weeks last Thanksgiving. She had just been released from a miserable life of breeding at a puppy mill in Central Missouri. 
   She was so nervous then that this adorable photo scarcely seems possible, but it is living proof that there is hope for all animals, if we are patient enough to help them. It took 2 or 3 foster homes to get her ready for her forever family. Looks like she hit the jackpot. 
   What an awesome early Christmas present to see this today!!! Congratulations, Kyra.❤️

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Best thanksgiving ever

   Happy Thanksgiving, all! Starting out the day thankful for my great friends: Bryan, Madeline, Wayne, John, Katherine, Christian, Jon, Wendy, and Sally!
   The guy in the turkey hat is Jon, and the pilgrim in the red jacket is John, and they are the guys at Buttonwood Financial who helped me sail through my transition out of work --and into work-- this year. I gotta say, they made it easier and less stressful than I ever could've imagined. They are two of the people I'm MOST grateful for this year, so it was especially nice to celebrate the holiday with them at the run, and lunch at Capital Grill!
   Super grateful that Wayne had s good debut run, following the heart attack he had during the Broadway bridge half marathon in September!
   As usual, it's me who is the turkey.
   And the hats (and extra treats) made these two lil' pilgrims' day the best too.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Hairy situation

   An excessive amount of time vacuuming a house as small as mine. A task almost as overdue as shaving the perpetrators.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

The most troublemaking dog in the world

   "I don't always find dead things to roll upon in the backyard, but when I do, it's late at night and you're already exhausted." - Taylor
(as quoted and photographed by Bryan Jeselnik)
   Love having to give a surprise bath at 10:30 pm, especially when I have a 7:30 conference call the next day. Yay.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Kill or die trying

   If my Shiba inu had a tattoo, this would be it. It's her motto! Aki is an incredibly fierce hunter! She cornered a mouse in my office yesterday (I caught it and removed it… One of very few mice who left my home alive!). And now she refuses to leave my office, even to eat or go outside. I have to drag all 23 pounds of her!
   Here she is with a pile of her conquests. Although I'm pretty sure that oh possum is just playing possum.
   Over the years she has caught more mice than I can count, rabbits, squirrels, birds, opossums... and even treed a raccoon. Quite a predicament for an animal sympathizer like me.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

So tired. Such Sheeb. Very shop.

   These two got to play shop dogs for the evening while Bryan changed the oil and installed a fresh battery in my RAV4. They loved it. It's about time they learned useful skills like changing my oil.
   And then we went to US Toy to find beach party decor for Maureen's birthday party. Her new home is ginormous and amazing! Four families could live inside and never bump into one another.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Happiness Barometer

   My happiness barometer is high... Excited to officially announce that I am now working for Sassafras Marketing! Our major client is Coca-Cola, and I've already done a ton of cool projects for this highly creative, global brand. I've been freelancing for Sassafras for several months now and absolutely love the team, as well as the opportunity to learn new skills with new clients. I'm hoping to enlist some of you uber-talented friends as freelancers. 
   Ginormous thanks to all my friends and family—you guys have all been fantastic supporters and cheerleaders through this crazy year. My best year yet, I'd say. Full of adventures I never could have anticipated! Here's to whatever adventures are next, for all of us!