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Interests: running, tennis, microbrews, parenting, camping, traveling, reading mysteries, espresso, teaching french
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I always look at life as a bunch of roads, and detours, with potholes and beautiful/awful scenery; my goal is to enjoy the "view" along whatever one I'm on. It's very difficult some days though. I wanted to stay where I was, not be forced to deal with this new direction.
Toggle Commented Dec 7, 2014 on December 4, 2014 at Stargazer
Yeah, busy airwaves indeed! No matter how many times I tell myself that I could be overreacting, I remember how awful it is to be blindsided. I would rather be relieved than devastated.
Toggle Commented Nov 24, 2014 on Calming down at Stargazer
I still carry Alison on my insurance, which is no good there, but she does have health insurance through her job. I'm not sure how good it is though or how much it pays for. I've offered to help. A similar but not as expensive or devastating a thing happened to my brother in Hawaii when he was injured on a coral reef. I don't know that his insurance company paid, or if they did it was just a percentage of the cost. Thank you for your kind comments; I wish I felt more amazing some days, instead of like a tired, grumpy, middle-aged teacher. LOL
Toggle Commented Nov 20, 2014 on In addition at Stargazer
It doesn't affect the outcome, but it does let go of some of the worry. It's almost like saying, "I have no control over this," which is definitely the case in many situations. :) Mom is making lots of progress and nearly back to normal. That STUPID STATIN!!
Toggle Commented Nov 20, 2014 on Loss at Stargazer
I agree! I look at the temp in my car and say, NO WAY. It feels like 20! I know we're cold weather wimps, but still! So happy for you that the kids are coming home(in spite of the complexity) and a bit envious. I'm glad that Alison and Kramer will get to see Japan while they're over there, but it will be my first Christmas without her. The bathroom is lovely;I can't wait to use it! :)
Toggle Commented Nov 13, 2014 on Bitterly Cold at Kingfisher Cove
Don't put a lot of pressure/stress on yourself would be my advice. Have a wonderful dinner and relax. Society's expectations of us are heavy at Christmas and I choose not to buy in, not anymore.
Toggle Commented Nov 10, 2014 on Defiant at Stargazer
Isis? You have to explain that to me! I was pretty disgusted with the game, injuries and all. Is their new motto,"We make even the crappy teams look good!" Love the fireplace; it will provide such gorgeous ambiance to your place.
Toggle Commented Nov 3, 2014 on Good Things! at Kingfisher Cove
It wouldn't have been as bad, but I had to sit right next to her!! She felt compelled to tell me that I had gained some weight since the 30 year reunion, but that I had beautiful skin and no wrinkles. She's a train wreck, Tonya. I felt a bit sorry for her when she told me that her only income was fairs(selling things?) but not sorry enough to befriend her.
Toggle Commented Nov 2, 2014 on Scatterday, er Saturday at Stargazer
You've done so perfectly with your decisions about EVERYTHING in your new house; it is perfect!! I love seeing the progress on it. Retirement does sound good, doesn't it?
Toggle Commented Nov 2, 2014 on Scattered Updates at Kingfisher Cove
I didn't get the "secret costumes" either, but I'm not obsessive about Halloween like she is. The medication issue is huge; this is the second time a bad mix of prescribed drugs has almost killed her. ARGGHH!! Thankfully, her new doctor is awesome and will deal with it. I never trusted her former internist who pushed pills all the time and wanted her numbers to be those of a 30 year old. This new doc(who is at my clinic) is much more realistic.
Toggle Commented Nov 2, 2014 on Ups and downs on the roller coaster at Stargazer
GREAT RANT! I get fired up reading your eloquent words, yet also extremely frustrated and angry. I know there are stupid and intelligent people in every country, but why do so many Americans always act so ignorant and self-centered?
Toggle Commented Oct 30, 2014 on Disgusted with Humanity at Kingfisher Cove
What a beautiful weekend and it sounds like the wonderful weather, as well as activities, made it EVEN more hellish to go back to work.
There were still some of the cliques at work, I thought. I didn't feel comfortable chatting to certain people and that was a downer. However, seeing my good friends made up for that! Who did you want to see? I would have liked to see Mary Gerstmann. I didn't expect her to come though. That bathroom is gorgeous!! And I drove the Ford Focus to work today because it was super foggy and it sits lower than my Trailblazer SUV.
I love that Helen and you are "married." LOL We have known each other collectively for a LONG time and I'm thankful. Who in the world said that to you about ebola? There are too many stupid people in this world.
Toggle Commented Oct 6, 2014 on 40 Years! at Kingfisher Cove
Love the bathroom AND the starfish. Wow, John is so creative!! The memory books are beautiful. I know you are relieved to have that project behind you!
Toggle Commented Oct 5, 2014 on Confusing the Dogs at Kingfisher Cove
It's already looking so much like a home! I LOVE those lighting fixtures; they are perfect. Aren't you glad you didn't just settle for the others? The memory book looks stunning. Work has been rough for me too, but no where in the league of yours. :(
I'm sure I would love the walnut preserves, since I adore walnuts. The table is beautiful, T! I never fight traffic, but coming back from my hair appointment, I got caught in the Fair Hell. It was awful. I replace my batteries every year, but I still haven't had anyone get to my high one, which is TOO high for me. I hate the chirping too.
It looks heavenly--wish I could have made it. I missed quiche too? Wahhh. Beautiful photos and wonderful memories.
Toggle Commented Sep 14, 2014 on Of Dogs and Friends at Kingfisher Cove
Already one of my 1st period students is suspended for 3 days and 6th period was pretty craptastic today. Ugh, it's going to be a LONG year. Ashley leaves Senegal on the 18th, goes to Paris for a week, then NYC for the weekend before flying back to LA. I would like to be a reading fiend but as you noted, the energy is lacking when there are tons of other things to do. ;(
Toggle Commented Sep 6, 2014 on Exhausted at Stargazer
Great times and photos--except for the torrential rain. I got caught out in it on my run; it was miserable. Congrats to Nate and I absolutely LOVE the ring. It's gorgeous and unique.
Toggle Commented Sep 3, 2014 on Baby Boy’s Home!! at Kingfisher Cove
It's good, but very chopped up between times and people. I think it's better to read a lot of it in a stretch, which I haven't done. It's starting to come together now on page 100ish. Tomorrow is no kids, just the stress of getting ready. In a way, it's worse dealing with the anticipation than the reality. Sometimes. Lots of red leaves around, already. This seems awfully early!!
Toggle Commented Sep 1, 2014 on Fall Thoughts at Stargazer
A beautiful and peaceful evening indeed with no work to go back to for a while. Yay for relaxation and beach walks! Nate has sure got some guns!! I bet you can't wait to get your arms around him and find out all his news. :)
Toggle Commented Sep 1, 2014 on Beach Walk! at Kingfisher Cove
Great test for those gutters. I was happy to see Mojo on the beautiful counter; I can't keep Mari off mine, so I've given up. Love the glasses and the gravel really does look like asphalt. In fact, that's what I thought it was from the photos.
Toggle Commented Sep 1, 2014 on Bliss at Kingfisher Cove
I can certainly understand why your brain would be dead; you are, as the saying goes, "meeting yourself coming and going." I want you to remember that if the lunch is one more thing on your plate(you better be honest and tell me!), Carol and I can bring down some food for a potluck. I cook everything like bacon with the lid firmly on, then take it off the heat to turn it. Otherwise, as you said, a LONG CLEAN UP. Your work sucks. No other way to put it.
Toggle Commented Aug 29, 2014 on No Time to Blog! at Kingfisher Cove
I think the way the trees(in your shot) frame the sunset is every bit as expensive. With a kitchen that beautiful, my expectations for lunch have gone up several notches. ;)
Toggle Commented Aug 24, 2014 on The Kitchen is 99.9% DONE at Kingfisher Cove