Pleasant Surprises

Yesterday was full of pleasant surprises.  We had our first meeting with Sam’s new dog trainer.  When I initially spoke to her, I was a little put off because she sounded so young!  Not to be an age snob, but I was wondering how much experience could she have?  Will she even know how to deal with Sam’s more delicate issues?  Well, when she showed up, she was indeed pretty young, but then I am starting to get to an age where I think everyone under 37 is young:) This is where the first surprise of the day happened.  

When she came in the house, Sam actually growled.  Not her normal, I don’t like this person growl. But more of an, oh no, I think this person means business, sort of growl.  lol perfect!  This is a reaction I can live with.  Sam eventually settled down and we started talking.  The first thing that impressed me was how calm she was.  Not a shy quiet sort of calm, but a confident, poised, all together calm.  It was very reassuring, because to be quite honest, I was feeling pretty much like an idiot because I can’t figure out how to make Sam do what I want her to do.  She was full of suggestions on how I can start to deal with Sam’s separation anxiety now.  

But, I think the thing that I was most impressed with, was she said that the behaviors can be changed, but it will take time, consistency and it won’t be easy.  Good, at least now I am more than convinced she isn’t just someone looking to take advantage.  Next, we went out to take Sam for a little walk.  She showed me how to teach her not to pull when we walk.  One little step at a time.  But what she showed me really works.  It will take a while, but hey I have time.  I did feel like an idiot though, because it was really simple and I probably should have figured it out on my own.  But, I didn’t so I get the stupid people award for the day:) So, she is hired and we will probably start Tuesday. So that is that on Ms. Sam.  

Moving Right along.  Bill comes home for good (hopefully) Friday!  Yay!  The weather looks like it will cooperate, so maybe we can have a productive weekend and the outside of house will be finished before winter sets in.  

No, that wasn’t one of the surprises 🙂 The next surprise I discovered in my inbox.  It seems that an article I submitted a few weeks ago, then promptly forgot about, was accepted.  Yeah Money!  There was also an offer to submit another.  I also had another email inquiring about a teaching gig online.  Hmmmm, I’ll have to check that one out.  I have quite a lot on my plate as it is, but if I could find something that pays as well as me actually leaving the house to work, I think that is what I would rather do.  It would be tons more simple to be here, than to have to juggle schedules and transportation.  So, I will see where that goes.    

I still have not scheduled the X-ray.   I know very bad, but I must have another adult with me to watch the boys.  And I still don’t know for sure what time Bill will be home Friday.  So that still sits on my To Do list.

 It is Rosh Hashanah!  So Happy Jewish New Year!  But, technically not till sundown.

 L’shana Tova / Ketivah vi-chatima Tova.” This means: “For a good year / You should be written and sealed in the good (Book of Life).”  

That’s all for now Folks:)











Friday the 13th

Since I was about 12 or so, I have loved Friday the 13th.  Not just the movies, which I really did love, but the day itself!  It became a tradition for me to have a Friday the 13th sleepover when I was in Junior High and high school.  Lots of soda, chips, rotel cheese dip, and equally cheesy horror movies.  We would usually start the movie marathon with, of course, Friday the 13th.   Good Times!!  Then one year, I discovered, the movies of Bruce Campbell.  Evil Dead, then became a staple at my little get togethers, even though I think I was the only one who really thought they were hysterical:)

From the first time I saw Ash, I was hooked.  My obsession with Bruce Campbell has continued to this day.  He is my go to man, when I need a lift.  I mean really, if you think you are having a bad day, check out any of the Evil Dead movies or Army Of Darkness.  Ash will make you reconsider, how bad you think your day is/has gone. 

So, today, I will keep up the tradition and whip out some Ash movies tonight.  I’m getting way to old to stay up till 3 am watching movies.  Okay, let’s just be honest here, 10 pm is staying up really late for me now:)  So I will probably just pick one and be happy.  When I want full on comedy from Mr. Campbell, I watch Bubba Ho-tep.  Priceless.  Yes, I do believe I have just about every movie he has ever made.  I like Burn Notice, I even enjoyed Alien Apocalypse.  So sue me. 

Today, I think I will need the comfort that only Ash can provide.  I have to go in for my 2nd mammogram this morning.  They found some troubling spots on my last one, so we will go and see what we can see.  But, like last time, I will have to wait a week or so for the results. I am trying not to get all worked up.  I am clinging to statistics, like a drowning man to a life-preserver.  80% of women recalled for additional images are shown to have benign or mostly benign lumps, spots, whatever you want to call them.  I’ll go with that.  I tend to be pretty average in most cases:)

The upside, and there almost always is, is that I will be able to walk my butt over to Wal-mart and actually shop for a while, ALL BY MYSELF!!!!!!  Woo hoo!  That is something that hasn’t happened in 6 years!  I’ll just call Bill when I am almost done to come and pay & load up the car.  Alone in a store, omg, this is like a record-setting day. Then, Bill is covering for another supervisor at work on Sunday, so he doesn’t go in till 8pm.  And then Monday, he doesn’t go in till 4pm.  Thats like 4 days off with him, for me & the boys:)  We’ll have BBQ ribs to celebrate.

Still no roofers.  The rain hasn’t been too heavy so I think we may be able to skate by till they show up, which hopefully, will be Monday.  I think I will do a little gardening.  I have about 200 English Lavender seeds that I would like to get planted, and I think I have finally figured out where to put them.  And its a place where the roofers won’t be trampling it.  That is if it doesn’t rain.  We are currently under a flood warning, and the river is expected to crest today.  Not that it really affects me directly, I’m on a big ol’ hill.  But still.

So I am off to go get ready to get squished again.  Wal-Mart and Library are the only other errands for the weekend.  I’ll probably post more after the appointment:)