This Girl Loves to Run

Just so we’re clear, by “this” girl, I am not referring to ToadMama (me). I am referring to Meg, aka Crazy Girl, my 9-year-old female Brittany. I tell people all the time, she LOVES to run. Its like her favorite thing to do in the whole world, besides eat.

I have tried I don’t know how many times to get a good, recent, picture of her running. Seeing her run makes me smile because she is obviously very happy when she is running.

This past weekend, at our house in West Virginia, I was walking through the woods with my neighbor, Jean, while her dog, Buddy, and Meg chased each other all over the place (they play together often). I happened to look up just as Buddy was cresting the hill with Meg in hot pursuit. I clicked on the camera, shot a few quick frames, and ended up with a cute sequence of chase pictures.

When you have a moment, check them out. Let me know what you think!

flickr or picasa?

For those of you who are not Web geeks like me, flickr and picasa are photo sharing Web sites. I actually have photos at both, but have decided that picasa is better. Mainly because it has more storage space–1 GB compared to flickr’s 100 mb.

So, since I take lots of pictures and wanna share them with the world, I am sticking with picasa.

In the future, after this post is long gone from the main Blog window, you can click on the “fave critter pictures” slideshow to the right to get there.

This is how I’ll be sharing our Alaska photos. I plan to upload some while we are away as long as we are in a location with Internet access, that is.

That’s it for now. I have to get to work. Happy Friday!

While I Am Hard At Work…

Since this Blog is, after all, supposed to be a depiction of the world through my eyes, I decided to share some images of stuff as I actually see it.

I work from my home office. It took a while for my “kids” to realize that when I am working, I am busy and can’t give them my undivided attention.

They all learned to cope eventually. While I am slaving away at my computer, they nap. The evidence is in this picture, which is a regular sight here.

Moses (old, female cat) is the black spot at left on the green dog bed. Above Moses and to the right is Meg (female dog) curled up on the cat bed. The gray spot on the green chair is Muffin (another female cat). CeCe (female dog) is in the foreground on the cream-colored dog bed. The brown critter to the right of and slightly below Moses is CeCe’s TOY beaver.

Lame-ass Blogger

That’s me! The lame-ass blogger that is. Almost a month ago I said I’d do better with posting, right? I have far too many interests and far too little time. So I have resigned myself to the fact that posts on here will be really irregular.

I am pretty sure no one reads this anyway. Except maybe Mike, my dear hubby, who doesn’t really care what I have to say about most things but does check every now and then to see what I have said about him. My mom would probably read it, too, out of sheer boredom, if she could figure out how to navigate here. She’s been using the Internet for awhile, but I am not sure she knows what a blog is. Anyway, I think you get the picture.

I was thinking about using a new template, but why bother if I can’t even manage regular posts? Instead, to add interest, I added a list of links to Other People’s Blogs I thought you might enjoy. Look to the right of the page and scroll down (that’s where the list is at the time of this writing).

Guess that’s it for today.

If you do actually read this, post a comment that at least says, “I read your page today.” Thanks a bunch.

Too Many Ens, The Break and Goodbye Don

I told myself last week I was going to do a better job posting here. I really want to, but the days just totally get away from me. So now I am playing catch-up.

Too Many Ens (would have been Thursday’s post)

If you read my previous posts, you know I work from home. I have a company-supplied computer and a personal computer, both notebooks, stashed ever-so-cleverly on my perpetually messy desk. My dear hubby rigged up a cool set-up with a switch, which allows me to use a full-size keyboard and monitor for both computers. So both notebooks are tucked out of the way and remain closed 95% of the time. (I would take a picture so you could see what I mean, but my desk is way too messy. I’d be embarrassed.)

Well, until a couple of weeks ago, I had a really crappy keyboard. It did all kinds of goofy stuff, but the thing that made me get rid of it was when the SHIFT+CONTROL and arrow keys wouldn’t work to highlight text for copying, cutting, pasting, formatting, etc. I am a writer. That’s an important function. After putting up with it for a few weeks, I bought a new keyboard. I remember a certain person always telling me, a keyboard is a keyboard. I don’t like ergonomic ones (they look like a wave and the keys are split in the middle) and didn’t really like the wireless one I tried. So I bought a plain, inexpensive keyboard. It cost $9.97…can you guess where I bought it?

It worked okay, except the number two in the top row of numbers and the minus sign didn’t always work. I use Excel a lot, too, so it was sort of a pain. I just had to remember to hit those keys really hard. I adapted. Then Thursday, after having my keyboard for only about a month, if that, I spilled coffee on it. I have NEVER done that before. Not much actually got into the keyboard, but it was enough to make my en key stop working. Well, having already adjusted to the number two and minus sign issue, I figured I could circumvent the en problem, too. I just copied an en and figured I’d paste it into words, as needed, instead of typing the letter. That lasted about five minutes. There are far too many ens in the English language. And I was in the middle of writing a proposal, too!

I had to dismantle my cool switch set-up and revert to using the individual notebook keyboards. Yuck!

The Break (would have been Friday’s post)

I decided not to go to West Virginia this weekend. I needed a break and there are some things around here I have been meaning to do. Making a Roman shade for our WV bedroom is just one of those things. Going to watch my granddaughter, Brianna, play lacrosse is the other thing.

Mike left for WV early, and I ended up working until about 6:30 PM. I guess it was around 8:00 when Amy called. She was at the ER with Brianna, who had fallen off a swing at daycare earlier in the day and broken her arm. It wasn’t a bad break, but it was bad enough to end her lacrosse season. So, no lacrosse game for me in the morning. Maybe I’ll get a chance to sleep in!

Goodbye Don

The dogs woke me up around 7:30 A.M. The bitches. So much for sleeping in!

After puttering around the house a bit, I headed to the store for the last bits of fabric needed for my shade project. While there, I bought a new keyboard! I avoided the really cheap piece of crap I’d bought previously and splurged on one that cost $12.97 instead. (So far, so good. All of the keys seem to be functioning.)

On the drive home, I was flipping through radio stations and came across a weird/wonderful/sad thing. The Don and Mike Show, a local radio talk show, which was also syndicated, that had been on the air since 1985 was ending for good. Apparently yesterday, Friday, April 11, was the last day. They we re-running the farewell broadcast.

I am not a huge fan of talk radio, but I did listen occasionally, back in the day when I commuted to and from work. I didn’t always “get” the humor (it could be sort of stupid, but everyone is different!), but they just seemed like good guys. They had the kind of rapport where you could sit and listen to them chat about stuff for hours. Like the Car Talk guys on NPR.

The farewell show consisted of Don, Mike and the other folks who had worked together over the years, chatting, reminiscing and saying goodbye. They left, one by one, over the course of the show until it was just Don and Mike in the studio, and then it was just Don.

It was the strangest thing. I couldn’t stop listening. I’ve been out of touch and not aware of the controversy or all the ups and downs that had surrounded the show (here’s the Wikipedia link again if you want to read more).

When I got home, I went straight into the house and tuned in to hear the rest of the show. They really were just sitting around talking about old times, past shows, how they’d all become really good friends, why Don was leaving, etc. It was so sad! It was like a funeral, with everyone saying goodbye, encouraging each other to move on, telling each other what they meant to one another, etc.

Like I said before, I wasn’t a huge fan. But I did listen to the show occasionally. I knew some of the history, like the tragic death of Don’s wife, Freda, in 2005. They’ve been on the air forever. Since I graduated from high school, and that was AGES ago! I found the show really touching. Of course, I was crying throughout ’cause I’m a sap like that.

Maybe that’s why the Roman shade project was so much harder than anticipated! I didn’t finish it. Perhaps I’ll get it done tomorrow. For now, its late, and I’m all caught up, so I am going to go to bed. I’ll have more to say tomorrow.

The Grandkids

I did get to visit with the grandkids tonight. But we didn’t get to spend much time together. I arrived 90 minutes late because traffic on Interstate 95 was screwed up. A trip that should have taken 30-40 minutes, took TWO HOURS! Amy had to drag all three kids to Brianna’s lacrosse practice, which she would have avoided had I arrived on time. After I found the field, and located Amy and the kids, I just took Gaige (4) and Joey (9 months) back to Amy’s house where we hung out with Klondike (my granddog) waiting for lacrosse practice to end.

Gaige spent about 15 minutes cleaning miniature M&Ms up off the kitchen floor after the ridiculously small container he was trying to open exploded. [That brought back memories of my son Eric, now 18, who did stuff like that periodically. One particularly memorable time was when he was about 11 and we were flying to South Dakota (I think). I bought him a bag of Skittles and he decided to open it on the plane without my assistance.] Gaige was a good sport about picking up the candies before Joey could get to them. I didn’t tell Amy about that incident. I thought she might yell at me for letting him have M&Ms so close to bedtime. Of course, um, he really had to twist my arm hard to get M&Ms.

While Gaige gathered up the candies, Joey and I wrestled. It wasn’t really wrestling. I was laying on my side in the living room trying to keep him penned in. He crawls very well and even stands on his own for several seconds at a time. Anyway, like the early American pioneers who realized the Cumberland Gap was the easiest northern route across the Appalachian Mountains, Joey found the easiest route across G… my head! He’s a smart guy and quickly realized that my head was lower than my shoulders and would thus be easier to climb over. So he spent most of his time trying to crawl over my head.

He was getting tired so I changed his diaper and got him into his PJs. I was exhausted when I was finished. He squirmed the entire time. I felt like I was trying to pin a World Wrestling Federation champion!

When Amy and Brianna got back from lacrosse, Brianna had just enough time to show me the PowerPoint presentation she had done for school. She is 7 and in first grade. I can’t imagine learning how to use PowerPoint in the first grade! It was all about penguins and was really quite good. Her teacher helped some, but still! I know quite a few adults who would not have a clue if told to make a set of PowerPoint slides. I’m not going to West Virginia this weekend and am hoping the rain holds off so I can go to Brianna’s lacrosse game on Saturday morning.

After the kids went to bed, Amy and I chatted for a couple of hours before I came home. Her hubby is off on an 8-month training assignment for the Army, so she really enjoys the adult interaction. And I enjoy visiting with her. TJ, her hubby, isn’t that far away and does get to come home on weekends, which is good for Amy and the kids. Amy in particular…three kids, wonderful and sweet as they are, are exhausting.

Next Wednesday, after I visit with Amy and the kids for a bit, I’m going to hang out with some friends I haven’t seen for quite a while. I’m excited. They live near Amy, which is about 40+ miles north of here. I’ll spend the night at Amy’s house and work from there the following day, which just happens to be April’s Thirsty Third Thursday. Earlier this year, or later last year, I can’t remember which, Shannon, my eldest daughter, Amy and I decided to start a monthly tradition. We meet for dinner and drinks on the third Thursday of every month. It is a great way for the three of us to catch up with each other.

With TJ away, we’re just going to hang out at Amy’s house so she doesn’t have to worry about a babysitter. Although Mike, my dear hubby, volunteered to watch the kids next month so we can actually go out. I have to remember to tell the girls that before next month gets here!

Other than work, that was the extent of my day. All in all, it was a good one. But now it is late and I need to get to bed!

Thanks for dropping in.