This Has Been 2012. Thank You and Good Night.

I’m ready for another good year, like the year that happened between May 2007 and May 2008. Nothing went wrong during that year. When I think back on this year, all I’m going to remember is that this year is the year that I lost my best friend, again. This was the year that my son broke up with his first serious girlfriend and I watched him cry and all I could do was tell him that I understood, that I loved him and offer him chocolate, even though I knew it would do no good and that this kind of pain is not something a parent can mend with band-aids and a hug. This was the year that we began having serious obedience problems with Jet. This was the year that a freaking tree collapsed into my back yard, thankfully no one was injured, but a fence was destroyed. This was the year that I learned that not all contractors actually show up when you give them a job.… [Read More]

Shelter Dogs ROCK!

Today is supposed to be some shelter pet awareness type thing sponsored by the Shelter Pet Project. You’re supposed to cover Facebook with your adopted pets and let all of your friends and family know all about them. Most readers of this blog already know, but for those who are new here, I have three dogs. All of them are rescues. I am a passionate supporter of animal welfare and animal rescue. Of the seven Labradors I have owned, six were rescues. Emily, Reilly, Lucy and Mugen are gone now, but Jazzmin, Jet and Lexi are here and they bring me so much joy.

I’m here to tell you that shelter pets are not defective. Shelter pets end up in animal shelters because of human failure, not because there is something wrong with them. The most common excuses given to shelter workers when pets are surrendered are things like, “moving” or “don’t have time” or my personal favorite, “doesn’t match new furniture.”… [Read More]

A Little Good News

I don’t want to get my hopes up, but I have to share a little news.

Prednisone is working for Jazzmin. Her lymph node has shrunk down to the size of a malted milk ball. I’m thrilled. I don’t know what it means. Our vet has been very supportive, but at the same time, he’s been very clear that he does not want to give me false hope. Prednisone just means that Jazzmin has more time and feels good while she’s living for as long as she can. It is not a cure. Her time is still short. We’re just making the most of what she has left with the medication.

Jazzmin’s still feeling great. She went out for a walk with my son today and played fetch this evening and as I type this, she is laying behind my chair, grumbling at me because I’m not rubbing her ears. I’m getting through another NaNoWriMo with her help.… [Read More]

10 Books for My Daughter to Read

When I think about ten books that changed my view on the world at the time that I read them or had a huge impact on the circumstances that I was in at the time, it’s difficult to come up with only ten. These are books that I would like to pass along to my 18 year old daughter, not all are something I would ask a young girl to read, though a couple of them, I did read as a young girl. When I was putting this list together, I tried to consider stories that made me fall right into them, either because of the language, or because of the plot being very appropriate to my situation at the time.

10. Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret by Judy Blume About a girl’s journey through puberty and her struggle with her faith. I read this when I was around 10 or 11, right after they showed us the sex ed movies for the first time in elementary school and it really resonated with me.… [Read More]

Mini iPad Mini Review

1. The screen, for it’s size, is great. It’s clear, it’s sufficiently bright. I wish it had a retina display, but this isn’t holding me back.

2. The iPad Mini is light. Super light. Wicked light. The difference is like the difference between a Macbook Pro and a Macbook Air. I love this about it.

3. If you read a lot of books, I highly recommend the iPad Mini. The size is very similar to that of the second generation Kindle. The weight of it is great for holding in one hand as you read. If you game or watch a lot of video on your iPad, get the 4th generation iPad with retina display.

4. The new speakers on the iPad Mini rock.

5. Battery life is just as great as it was on my iPad 2, maybe even a little bit better.

6. There isn’t much here that I don’t like, except for the lack of cases available for the device and the lack of a retina display, which will both be things that change with time and newer iterations of the device.… [Read More]