Saturday, June 9, 2012

Photo of the Day: Let the Games Begin

This will be a what life will look like for the next couple of months.
My husband....camped out in front of the television.
He has been eagerly awaiting this day.
The first day of Euro 2012, otherwise known as the European Football Championships.
That would be soccer to us "ugly Americans".
In my husband's world (and the world of many, many millions) it is "the beautiful game".
I guess my idea of beauty (namely involving a ball and a bat) is horribly skewed.
Anyways, Euro 2012 will lead us up to the Tour de France.....
Which will then lead us into the Summer Olympics.
Yes, there will be plenty of couch time in the weeks to come.
I will probably join him for parts of the Tour and I know I will be hard pressed to leave the couch during the Olympics....particularly gymnastics and swimming.
And the pets?
I'm going to say they are going to be lying in those same spots eight weeks from now......

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Sometimes the smallest things.....

 ..........take up the most room in your heart.

    Meet Miss Lily.
    Liliana Robin Specht to be exact.  
    Isn't she just gorgeous????
    Well I might be a little partial.....since I am, after all, her granny.
    This is my first grandchild.
    Which means she is in for a lot of spoiling from granny.
    I am so looking forward to having fun with this little girl.
    Translation:  There are times her mom and dad are not going to like me ;-)  
    Oh well.......

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Photo of the Day: One Handsome Dude

Well, not only did I let the blog fall by the wayside in the last couple of months....
But also the doggie grooming.  
A couple of days ago, this guy looked like a ball of fur.  
You could not see his eyes through all the hair and he was really matted.  Poor guy!  
So, mommy finally got her butt in gear and got him to the groomer.  
So much better!  

I still have to get his partner in crime in for a haircut.  

Um....yeah....he's not looking much better.
But he's got to get shots first (shhhhhh....he doesn't know this yet)
I figure between the shots and the groomer....he is going to totally hate me.
Well at least until I pump him full of treats!

The Lost Month (s)

The last six to eight weeks of life have been a blur. least in my life.   
It has been a blur of school assignments, lesson plans, and calculus.  
I felt like the entirety of my life was spent in front of a computer.   
Not a lot of time for creativity.  
Not a lot of time for blogging. 
There were days that I really wanted to pull my hair out.  
I wondered if this whole "self-reinvention" thing was worth it.  
And in the middle of this flurry of activity....

My husband got an i-phone.  
Yes.....the "antitechnologyihatefacebookeveryonehastheirfaceinaphoneanditsucks" guy took a step into the 21st century.  
Now, you're probably wondering what this has to do with my "lost" months.  Where here it is.....
Like every guy, he had to tinker with this new gadget.  
Of course, he perused the app store (it is after all the first thing every Apple owner should do!).  
And what do you think he downloaded first??  
Angry Birds? No.  
Words with Friends? No
The first app my husband downloaded was the "pulse checker" app.  
Because it is so very important to check several times a day to make sure that your resting heart rate is maintaining at a steady 45.   
That is not a typo.  
He does have the heart rate of a world class athlete.  
It is just sick.   
The second app he downloaded?  
The "stressometer".   Because he wanted to show everyone (including me....several times!) that he knows how to maintain a low stress level......1% to be exact.  
This is where his new i-phone relates to my blur called April.....and May.  
He thought it would be fun to check my stress level.....while I was studying for my Calculus mid-term.  
Yes.....he did!   
It should be no surprise that my stress level was at a whopping 98%!  
What was more discerning is that a few weeks later, after I had completed all my school work, my stress level was still at 98%.  
Now I have to say that I call BS on the i-phone stressometer app, however, the whole stress level did make me rethink my whole approach to school and life.  
I mean, really, I am retired.  My life should not be this stressful.  
So, from now on there will be no more over-thinking of the school work.  
There will be more blogging time.
More creative time. 
More time to enjoy life.  

Now let's see how long I can make it last.....

Monday, June 4, 2012

Photo of the Day - Summer Sangria

The temperature hit a "balmy" 112 degrees last week here in the AZ.  Yikes!  
Did I ever happen to mention that I hate summer in Arizona?  
Well, in case you missed it, I do.   
Hate summer in Arizona, that is.  
But I did enjoy a refreshing sangria yesterday.  
A margarita would have been even better but my head has been hurting ever since the "Eat this, Not that" guy on the Today show shared exactly how many calories are in a margarita....Totally ruined them for me!  
"Drink a nice sangria, instead....full of fruit juice and nice antioxidants."  
So I obliged.  
It was yummy.   I enjoyed it. 
I even threw some lime slices in the glass so I could reminisce about drinking a margarita.