Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Life this week

First World Problems 

I've decided that getting a massage in the middle of the day sounds less bougie when I call it "a meeting." As in, "Oh, I can't stay past 12:30 at this strategy session. I have another meeting at 1p."

If You're Wondering Why I am Getting Massages in the Middle of the Day...

I quit my job. I'm sad and it's complicated but it is 100% the right decision and I'm actually not second guessing myself at all (which, for me, is impressive). I'm sad because I worked my tail off at that job...and I was actually really good at it. But alas, jobs like that are about more than just the nuts and bolts of a to do list.  Truman found a wonderful quote from Roy Disney, "It's not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are."

Now for the next decision...figuring out what I want to do next. I've got a couple options but the "what next" decision is actually feeling a lot harder than the "do I leave" decision. Le sigh.

On Aging 

My beloved Olivia is getting older. A couple weeks ago we got our second set of dog stairs (last time for the bed, this time for the couch...no, we don't have an abnormally tall couch) and she went on liver meds. The meds didn't do what we were hoping and vet #1 suggested surgery. Second opinion (read: more expensive) vet is running another test and suggested some different meds. Test results come back on Wednesday and hopefully it's nothing a pill can't fix. For her part Olivia is pretty excited about the prospect of getting a bite of hot dog (her pill vehicle of choice) every day.

Sunday, April 20, 2014


Happy Easter! This is the first year that I/we haven't had any Easter plans and, to be honest, it made me a little sad. Growing up we often went to church and we always had a big get together with the family. Now that I don't live in California and can't go home for every holiday it feels...a little sad. I'm no longer Catholic and as a Unitarian Universalist, Easter isn't a big religious holiday for me so it doesn't make a lot of sense to have this day be a faith-related gathering. But I do miss the family pieces and I think a part of me may even miss the familiarity and tradition of the faith pieces.

I could have planned something with Truman's family but the only family in Colorado are his parents and "celebrating" with four just isn't the same as celebrating with twenty.

Anyhow, you know what is great for cheering yourself up when your feeling all egg hunt deprived?

A dog in a stroller!

Olivia has owned a dog stroller for years but we've never used it. Now that Katy is part of the family the walks were getting a little complicated. Here was the dilemma:
  • Olivia doesn't really need a walk and, because of back problems, she can only make it for about a block without getting achy and gimpy. 
  • Katy does need a walk, ideally one longer than a mile. 
  • Olivia gets super sad when she gets left home. 
  • Even when we take them both out together chaos ensues and they walk at wildly different paces.

The solution: dog stroller! 

We tried it out today and Olivia loved it! She acted like she'd been waiting her whole life to be pushed around like a princess on parade. People gawk at her even when we are just out and about (you know, without the bright pink stroller) she got full on rubber necking as we walked the streets of Edgewater today. Say what you want but the whole family was finally able to take a walk together. 

Happy Easter

Monday, April 14, 2014

Why Marriage Matters

This came out a few weeks ago and I totally forgot to post it. 

Pretty cool, huh?