30 July 2012

Daily Gratitude - 30 July 2012

#1 - Today is the two year anniversary of the day I got Lola Lulu from the pound!  I love my crazy, silly, sweet girl!

#2 - Whiskey is on a one week trial with his potential new owners and it is very calm around the house without him.

#3 - I had the most amazing club sandwich with duck yesterday at Elliott's On Congress.  It made my life complete in a way that I can barely describe!

#4 - By this time next week I will be completely moved into my new home!

#5 - I finally forced myself to go for a one mile run before work (with Lola Lulu) and while it was punishing, I know that I am on the road to a healthier, happier, and more fit Garnet.  Each day is a good day to start something new and today is the day I became a runner!

25 July 2012

Freudian Slippage

I just typed "pants remover" instead of "paint remover" in the chemical inventory I'm doing at work.  Oops...  ;)

24 July 2012

Daily Gratitude - 24 July 2012

#1 - A good night's sleep!

#2 - No pee on the floor when I came home yesterday... Whiskey seems to be learning to "hold it."

#3 - Signed the lease on my new place and am moving in a week & a half!

#4 - I don't feel horrifically bloated and uncomfortable today.

#5 - I managed to eat breakfast and prepare food to bring to work for lunch this morning!

23 July 2012

Daily Gratitude - 23 July 2012

#1 - Tonight after work I am signing the lease to my new house!

#2 - I am thankful that I have a job to get up and go to.

#3 - My new Liberty of London blouse is prettier than I expected it to be in person.

#4 - I had a good breakfast.

#5 - Today is a slow day at work... which is good because I'm feeling very sleepy.

20 July 2012

Changes, Oh So Many Changes

I should be excited and hopeful, but I'm not.  I'm moving into a new place, a bigger place (slightly), a nicer place (assuredly, once the ghastly red living room and bright yellow kitchen are painted over), and a closer-to-work place.  One of my dearest friends will be moving in next door.  Our dogs are friends.  We work together.  We are starting out with new homes, new romantic interests (not in each other), and all-around new-ness.

I should be happy, but I just don't feel it.  I feel nervous, apprehensive, and scared.  I feel sad and lost.  I don't know what is going to happen next and I don't have enough wine in my house.

I feel a deep sense of loss that I was not expecting.  I love my neighbourhood.  I love living close to S. and R.  This is a big change and I didn't expect it to happen so fast.  Although I am finally feeling "settled in" at my job, it's still a "new" thing... there is so much in my life that is changing.  It's a lot of change to process... and I don't think I've fully computed it all yet.

It's raining again and I'm out of wine.

19 July 2012

Signor Smiles

Gatsby is one happy dog.

Afternoon Interlude

I almost put my shoes on... on the wrong feet... for the second time today.

It's just one of those days!  :)

16 July 2012

Daily Gratitude - 16 July 2012

I missed a couple of days due to a combination of working around the house, relaxing, and... ...okay, so I don't really  have a good reason, but that's not important.

Let's begin with a quotation from today's Tiny Buddha daily "Tiny Wisdom" email...

Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift.” ~ Albert Einstein

#1 - I have a job that enables me to pay my rent, utilities, and feed myself & my dogs.

#2 - The prospect of moving in the next couple of months is daunting but exciting, too!

#3 - This weekend's monsoons cooled the temperatures down considerably.  Every little bit helps when it's July and you live in a desert in the northern hemisphere!

#4 - I made chipotle mac & cheese last night with roasted broccoli (I love my toaster oven!) and it was utterly delicious.

#5 -  I don't have to worry about removed the dead palo verde stump anymore... Gatsby dug it out for me!

12 July 2012

Daily Gratitude - 12 July 2012

#1 - My house no longer feels like a sweat lodge!  Thank you to Russ for saving the day and letting me borrow their a/c unit. :)

#2 - Once I got to sleep last night, I slept deeply and well.

#3 - There is a lunch meeting at work today, which means I get free lunch!

#4 - I also have to walk around and do a chemical inventory, so I get to dress more comfortably than usual.  Waaaaaay more comfy than usual!

# 5 - The dogs are all healthy and happy.  And so am I.

10 July 2012

Daily Gratitude - 10 July 2012

#1 - I got caught in a monsoon on the way home but didn't get stuck by lightning.  Also, the dress I was wearing is opaque, even when wet!

#2 - I am drinking one of my favourite beers, from one of my favourite breweries: Arrogant Bastard ale by Stone Brewery.

#3 - Lola Lulu's ear drops arrived in the mail today; perfect timing because humidity usually causes her chronic ear infections to flare up.

#4 - I had not one, but four emails that totally made my day today! :)

#5 - I feel very loved by those around me.

Up and At 'Em?

It's almost two in the morning.  I think I went to bed around 10:30 or 11pm.  Why do I keep waking up in what should be the middle of the night?  Especially when I usually wake up between 4:30-5am.  It's like I'm living in entirely different time zone; at least partially.

I'd make a "Twilight Zone" remark but more and more people seem to think I'm referring to sparkly vampires instead of the cult classic.

This is the world we live in, folks!

09 July 2012

Daily Gratitude - 9 July 2012

(AKA, "Things I am Thankful For")

#1 - There was only one puddle of pee on the floor when I got home today!  (It was also Whiskey's first time left un-crated all day long.)

#2 - I remembered to pick up tostadas from the grocery store on my way home from work.

#3 - I am drinking a chelada with Lemons on one side and Lola Lulu on the other.

#4 - Payday is Friday, but I still have a little bit of money in my pocket!  (Every week, I struggle a little less!)

#5 - My back doesn't hurt much today and my feet & head don't ache at all.

What 5 things are you grateful for today?

Today's To Do List

#1 - Go home, watch "Hoarders," and clean my house.

#2 - Make spicy mango-cucumber-black bean tostadas for dinner.

#3 - Remember to stop by Food City on the way home and BUY tostadas.

#4 - Make Kiera call people so I don't have to.  :)

#5 - Okay, so I'll probably just call them myself.  :(

03 July 2012

Welcome Back!

What have I been doing for the past four months?  Or is it five?  I don't feel like fact-checking that.  Where do I even begin...?  How about with dogs!  The rescue has rapidly grown since it was founded at a local coffee shop last Guy Fawkes Day (true story).  To date, we (Arizona Bird Dog Rescue) have rescued 31 dogs from shelters, "free dog" ads on Craigslist, and owners who come to us for help rehoming their dog.  In the process, I have adopted my third (and final!) dog, Jack Lemon who is a noble, sweet, & utterly charming 9 year old lemonhead English pointer.

I also got a full-time job, in addition to the full-time job of running a dog rescue.  I have fives times as many bosses as most folks and I love both my job AND my co-workers.  Most of them anyway.  How often does that happen?