Friday, December 21, 2007

Short Man Walking

Watch out people, he's on two feet & moving!

Friday, December 14, 2007

Happy Holidays

I've lost 4lb since Thanksgiving. Weird.

Tis the season!


Bah Humbug!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

For the Love of a Dog

You might want to get a tissue before you watch this 11 minute video.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Majestic Beast

During a play break while hiking in Redwood Regional Park. Two days + two hikes = two exhausted dogs. Timm doesn't sit still for a photo-shoot.

Monday, November 19, 2007

I'm so ready for the season

Check out my elf self Now with three of the best back up dancers a girl can find!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

I'm In Love

If you ever have a moment to spare when driving through Healdsburg be sure to make a detour. This winery is well worth your time. Every wine they make is what I call "snuggle worthy" - deep, bold, perfect in every way. If you don't like it I'll give you your money back.

They are by appointment only so jot down the phone number & call when you are in the neighborhood: UNTI VINEYARDS
4202 Dry Creek Road
Healdsburg, CA 95448
phone: (707) 433-5590

The Purpose of Life

Too small to read? Just click the image to make it big.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Consider Yourself Warned

Never ever google images for "parasitic twin". Ew.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Top 25

My pal Laney asks for a list of my top 25 rock bands. I'm more of a folk-rocker but I'll try to do my best. Here they go in no particular order (I assume Laney's disclaimer that this may change at any time)...

1. U2
2. Fleetwood Mac
3. Styx
4. Queen
5. KT Tunstall
6. Eddie From Ohio
7. Poi Dog Pondering
8. Indigo Girls
9. Death Cab For Cutie
10. The Police
11. Elton John
12. Patty Griffin
13. The Waifs
14. Madonna
15. Brandi Carlile
16. Rick Springfield
17. Metallica
18. Boston
19. Shawn Colvin
20. Lyle Lovett
21. Van Halen
22. The Beatles
23. Mark Knopfler
24. Everything But The Girl
25. Simon & Garfunkle

Monday, October 29, 2007

Stupid Criminal

San Jose Mercury News - SF police say man wanted to burn Grace Cathedral

Three reasons he's not the smartest criminal in the bunch.
1) The Cathedral is a poured concrete structre - hard to burn.
2) He told his friend what he was going to do.
3) Fireworks.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Good Thing We Get Along

I just got off the phone with an attorney - looking for help in filing the paperwork to dissolve the Domestic Partnership. Even though it's amicable and J lives in NYC and all out property etc has been split up we still have to wait six months. Welcome to the longest break-up in history. By the time this is all final it will be about 16 months from the time was said the words "we're going to break up" to the time we have no more ties to each other.

Sometimes it seems like so long ago. Sometimes it feels like just yesterday.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

What Took So Long

I LOVE the Muppets. I love SNL. Why did it take them so long to put this skit together? Maybe they needed Maya Rudolph - she's perfect!

Monday, October 01, 2007

Time Sucker


This website mashes up the best of my two favorite websites:
I Can Has Cheezburger
Post A Secret

If you visit any of the websites & are confused - I apologize that you don't get it. Don't ask me to explain.

Enjoy.... or don't.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Tuesday, August 21, 2007


I am happy today. Yesterday I was driving home up the canyon & what to my wondering eyes should appear but dozens of goats happily grazing on the hillside. YAY my goats are home.

The City of Oakland rents goats to aid in fire prevention. They wander about the hills at the end of summer "mowing" the weeds.

As I was looking for some pictures & links for this blog I came across two sad stories about these goats.
Hundreds of goats die in Marin accident

15 goats in herd grazing on brush shot, killed

Monday, August 13, 2007

Not this year

I just noticed on my calendar that today could be my 3rd wedding anniversary...

Where have I been?

If you want to read up on where I've been, what I've been doing or to see pictures of my travels please see this blog

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Weekend Wrap Up

I spent the past four days on "vacation" with 5 kids all under 6. Laugh if you must but it was fun. My sister & I took her two to Colorado to visit the brother & his three. And now photo evidence:

Meet Colton. This is one of the rare internet friendly photos I got of him. He is most often seen climbing trees, riding a scooter or playing baseball without pants. However if you turn on the sprinklers & invite him to run through he will have a melt-down until his swimsuit is found.

This little sweetpea is Hope. She's got a great bull-dog grin, loves to laugh and I taught her to say "woo-hoo". Yes that's an 8oz can of Coors Light in her hands. She's a girl after my own heart.

The two big-girl cousins cooling off after a hard morning of running through the sprinklers & making home-made ice cream. It's a rough life being 5 & 6 yrs old.

Jack. Brining up the rear of "generation cousin". He ate his first avocado, blueberries & peach this weekend. He still hadn't passed them when we flew home. I don't envy the person who gets to change that diaper. He's a good traveler.

Friday, July 06, 2007

Please tell me who / what ...

You Are... (click for fun)

Let me know who/what you are in the comments.

Monday, July 02, 2007

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Side Effects!

Is there such a thing as antihistamine rage? Yes I think there is.

My doctor prescribed Claritin-D to clear up the fluid in my ears. For the past week I've been in a horrible mood - snappy, jittery, kinda pissed off. I figured it was just part of the emotional roller coaster of the final stages of the break-up. Jane moved out on Tuesday. Mel's moved in. The house is a mess. Of course life is all shook up so it's normal to have some emotions.

After a few days of up & down I think it's more the drugs than my personal life. After a google search of my meds. I find out that my OTC drug has some side effects.
Claritin-D include stimulation of the nervous system leading to nervousness, restlessness, excitability, dizziness, headache, fear, anxiety, tremor, and even hallucinations and convulsions (seizures)."

So I apologize if I've been bitchy to you. I blame the drugs. I asked the Dr. for an alternative plan & have stopped taking these during the day. Let's hope my mood improves.

Monday, June 25, 2007

A Beautiful Sunday

Guess how I spent my Sunday? PRIDE AND JOY / San Francisco shows its true colors in annual celebration of LGBT people and those who love them -- drag queens, Dykes on Bikes strut their stuff on Market Street

It was a beautiful day in SF. I got a little sun, watched a lot of people, at some street faire food (not on a stick). I was home by 4 - it was an early day out.

At home Mel & I hung lots of pictures, drank some vodka lemonade & watched The Secret. I fell asleep on the couch by 9pm.

I'm back to work & ready for a new week.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

The Important Blog

Do you ever read my other blog? Go now & check it out.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Ear Ache

For the past two weeks I've had a low ache to sharp pain in my left ear. Then the right ear got jealous & both hurt. I told my sister about it & she said her friend ignored an ear ache and her drum burst, blood & fluid drained out & she suffered permanent hearling loss. I called my Dr the next day.

So apparently at age 36 I get allergies. The pain is due to some fluid build-up in my middle ear. I am on OTC Claratin D. I had to go to pharmacist & hand over my ID & sign for the non-prescription meds. I guess I look like a meth cooker.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007


Does a song ever perfectly sum up your feelings of the day?

Click to listen... (don't watch it just listen - the video's a bit cheese ball)

"Last Tears"

These are the last tears I'm gonna cry for you
My cryin's through I'm moving on
I don't regret and won't forget
A single thing that we went through
But there are the last tears I'm gonna cry for you
You take things so much easier than I do
And you could live your life without me if you had to
And you believe that in the end it all works out right
And I might if not for you
And if you ask one which one lives just alone for love
I do
There was a time when all signs pointed to the warm south
The planets all lined up and built a new house
And everything we talked about felt like a prophecy
And when you looked at me they all came true
And if you asked which one wants to go the distance
I do
I'm gonna rack my mind one last time until I cannot think
I'm gonna dip into your memory and take a good stiff drink
And when I'm drunk on the last drop of sadness about how we went wrong
I'm gonna play this song
Make some coffee black and strong
Give thanks for healing time
And finally make up my mind

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Happy Birthday to MK&A

I just got a call from my dad to inform me of Mary-Kate & Ashley's 21st birthday. Send them an ecard! Thanks to my dad I don't have to read the gossip pages anymore.

Eight Things About Me: A Meme

Janetagged me.

The rules:

1. Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
2. People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.
3.At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
4. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

OK, so here we go with eight things:

1. In my mouth I have one false tooth & one baby tooth (in addition to all the regular teeth).
2. Chocolate makes me feel sick.
3. I love to volunteer.
4. I started college as a Food Science major and changed within a year when I saw that Organic Chemistry was in the list of courses.
5. I made it through high school & college without taking a chemistry course.
6. I shoplifted $1.00 make-up from local drugstore & got caught. Mothers are much more fearsome than huge security guards.
7. I fired a sawed-off shotgun.
8. I can't watch Terms of Endearment, Steele Magnolias or Old Yeller without crying.

Fine. I tag The Boy, Fuego, Weeds, Phred, Elmar, Slutty Priest, RedBullMom, and Ally Cat Mom

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Nice Suprise

On Monday night I saw the Indigo Girls play an awesome show at The Fillmore. A great venue & one of my favorite bands. It was a good night out with a good friend.

I see a few live shows every year and from my experience the opening acts are usually a disappointment. Most times they actually suck. Monday nights opening act was not typical. Brandi Carlile was awesome. She rocked the guitar. Her voice was booming. I immediately downloaded all her albums when I got home. She's my new favorite.

Here's a sample:

Monday, June 04, 2007

Be My Friend?

I've now got a profile on facebook. Want to be my friend?

I'm Trapped

I'm home while new carpet is installed. See the pretty new stairs:

poor Timmy is freaking out - see:

I'm trapped upstairs and starving right now.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Sad News

This is my favorite time of the year. The rainy season has come to a close & the weeds are growing all over the hills. Oakland uses a herd of goats as fire abatement - the goats dot the hillsides chomping away at the new growth & clear the woods of fire danger. Goats are so cute & they do a good job. Today there was a horrible article in the news. Why would someone sneak up on a pen of one-month old goats & shoot them? Horrible person. I love those little goats. OAKLAND / Vicious slaughter of young goats provokes outrage; attacker sought

Wednesday, May 23, 2007


We got home today to find that our copper rain chain was stolen. Our neighbor across the street heard some noise & came out to see a guy yanking down our chain, jump into the getaway car & screech down the street. Unfortunately he didn't catch the license plate number.

It's nice to know that our neighborhood is being cased for decorative items to steal.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Arts & Crafts

I'm not an artsy type. If I were I think I'd make stuff like this

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Best Gift Ever

Jane had this amazing "lithograph" made for me. I cried - it's so cool. The white spot on Otis is refelction from the flash.

So Tired

Beer is the best medicine after a 13.1 mile run. I was so tied in this picture I couldn't express my joy for finishing the race & loving every minute of it. I was sound asleep within 30 minutes of this.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Oh So Cute

Why are sloths so darn cute?

Wednesday, April 25, 2007


So why hasn't a homeless person or a cartoonist thought of this before. Hilarious!

Monday, April 23, 2007


I love otters. Look, these guys are holding hands (paws)

Thursday, April 19, 2007




Why?... Because of this

Dog On Pillow

Jane likes the house to be toasty & I usually run warm so I turned off the heat while she's away. It was so cold last night that I got a spoon from this beast to keep warm. Even the dog was cold.

Yes I turned the heat on when I got home from work today.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007


Wow - check out the GREAT TURTLE RACE

From Dr. Jim Spotila, turtle researcher, professor at Drexel University and president of the Leatherback Trust:
We’re doing this “race” to raise awareness and invite donations to protect leatherback turtles on Playa Grande's beaches and along the turtles' migration paths in the ocean. These amazing animals have been around 100 million years, but may have only 10 years left. I think the world needs to wake up to the issue and urgently help. As we say in the race theme, “They are going faster than you think.”

Populations in the world are crashing due to four human threats: egg poaching, loss of nesting beaches, accidental catch by commercial fishermen, and plastic -- leatherbacks eat jellyfish, which look like plastic bags. All seven major sea turtle species are endangered due to similar pressures.

Go to the website linked above & you can watch the race from Costa Rica to the Gallapagos Islands. The babies are so cute!

Monday, April 09, 2007

Thursday, April 05, 2007

This one's for Chicken & Waffles

Yes that soulful voice is coming from that tiny white woman. Enjoy & try not to sing it for the rest of the day....

I wish I spoke whatever language this is!

Monday, April 02, 2007

Simple Rule of Life

click on image to make bigger:

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Monday, March 26, 2007

A Daily Dose of CUTE!!!

There is no better way to start your day. The Daily Puppy

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Monday, March 12, 2007

Stuff On My Dog

Stuff On My Mutt: Stuff + Mutts = Awesome

I've been a fan of stuff on my catfor a long time. It's about time dogs got their due.

Friday, March 09, 2007

Thursday, March 08, 2007

I'm spending most of my time blogging about my run over at See Sarah Run Stop by & say hi.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss

Hours of Seussian entertainment
Thanks to C&W for the heads up on this important date. Go spend some time getting with the good doctor!

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Depression Humor

How did it take so long for someone to make the connection?

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Silly Time Waster

Teen Girl Squad

Oh this will kill a few hours of the work day. I think Jenny & Joe will love it most.

Monday, February 26, 2007

Daily Ideas for Lent

40 Ideas for Lent

For those who don't want to make the 40 day commitment to one discipline click on the link above. Cool ideas of something to do each day. This week:
> Day 5 – Mon 26 Feb: Walk and watch
> Day 6 – Tues 27 Feb: Your chore is my chore
> Day 7 – Wed 28 Feb: Bake a cake
> Day 8 – Thur 1 Mar: Out your doubts
> Day 9 – Fri 2 Mar: Someone else's preference
> Day 10 – Sat 3 Mar: Send a message

Go to the website for more details & a fresh quote. I like.

Adopt Today

Or at least support your local shelter... Good job Pedigree:

and try not to cry!

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Three of a Kind

Proof that an apple does not fall far from its tree.

Friday, February 23, 2007


I remember when I was a kid Showtime used to air "exercise" programs like this. The innuendo was lost on me at the time. I just thougth it funny that they shows were on so late at night.

Oh the innocent years.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Property Value

Do we need to disclose the neighbors when we sell? I'm tired of the trash in the yard & their meth addicted pets.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Bad Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

Better than Chocolate?

I actually wouldn't mind a few of the suggested items.

This link came to my attention via Dooce

Monday, February 05, 2007

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

The Story of My Running

So as to not bore my (5) regular readers with the agony & ecstasy of my 1/2 marathon training I've created an alternate blog for that. Check out the link in the sidebar to hear about my blisters & cramps as I struggle to cross that finish line.

To all of you who said "count on me for a donation" - I'm counting on you! Feel free to click the link below or in the sidebar to make a secure online tax-deductible donation.

Monday, January 22, 2007

I'm nuts

On May 6 (two days before my 36 bday) I will run the Avenue of the Giants 1/2 marathon in Humboldt. I'm doing this with the help of Team In Training They train me so I can be in shape for the run. My promise is to raise at least $2,200 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to support blood cancer research. Funds raised go toward the cure of leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Check back often to hear about my journey. If you'd like to support me please click on the link to
Donate Now

Wish me luck!

I run in honor of them...
My dad:

Vanessa (click to read her story:

If you have a family member or a friend you want me to honor as I train please send me their name!

Thursday, January 18, 2007


Watch this short film called Useless Dog (click here to watch) These will be the best five minutes of your day. Be patient through the credits to see a cutie-pie.

Perhaps this hits a bit close to home as Guiness could be Granite's twin (not due to coloration but by personality)


Wednesday, January 17, 2007

That Which Does Not Kill Me...

Should only make me stronger? Right? Please say yes. I've made the commitment to run The Avenue of the Giants 1/2 Marathon After tonight's informational meeting I'll begin the training. From tomorrow through May 6 I will be "a runner". That makes me cringe. I hate running. Honestly, have you ever seen a runner that looked like they were having fun?

But I also hate being the lazy slug I've become. I ran cross country in high school - was in great shape & had amazing calves (calfs?) I hope to regain some of that old physique.

Once I accomplish the goal I think I'll join Hash House Harriers That seems to be more my style. Run until you find beer!

I'll keep you posted.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

World On Fire

Last month I spent the day with a group of teens talking about the UN's Millenium Development Goals. Our focus of the day was: extreme poverty. Our first project was to creat toiletry bags for distribution to the guests at the church hosting "Warm Winter Nights" - the church provides shelter & meals to homeless who need a place to stay during the winter. We sorted donations of hotel sized items and made 87 toiletry kits. Our next project was an assembly line to make a meal for 8 called "Love Soup". We layered the dry soup ingredients into jars, decorated the tops & tied on the instructions for cooking. By the end of the 2 hours we had prepared 786 healthy heary meals. It was amazing how simple the projects were and how easy it was to help those in need.

Before we celebrated the Eucharist we watched Sarah McLachlan's video: World On Fire (click to watch). Rather than make a fancy MTV type video she sat in a chair, played her guitar & sang. The $150K that could have been spent on production was sent around the world to those in need. Here is alink to the complete list of donations she made

That day left me inspired to do more. I'd love to hear about what you do to make the world a better place. Feel free to comment.