Mostly Totter Tot

As you may have guessed, I’ve been a bit obsessed busy with Tot. As expected, I’d forgotten how awful wonderful it is to have a puppy around. Whoa. I mean, yes, I’m madly in love and cuddle with him as often as possible, but OMFG, the attention he requires is insane. Can’t wait until he’s an old dog that just wants to sleep all day. But dang, he is pretty f*cking cute!

I’m sad to report that he can’t fit in that t-shirt anymore. And like true city-living @ssholes, we got him a patch of grass so that he can get used to going outside.

He still can’t go on walks (unless we drive to the middle of nowhere) because he can’t be around other dogs we don’t know so that has been a bit of a nightmare an obstacle. Try exercising a puppy in a condo…when he’s afraid of going up and down the stairs. Ugh. And that’s why we became even bigger @ssholes and enrolled him in nursery school!

This was really the BEST thing ever. He goes two days/week, gets basic training skills, plays with other puppies, gets introduced to adult dogs too, and is exhausted when he comes home. It has helped so much.

His preferred lounging spot:

I will regret letting him do this when he’s doubled in size.

A few months back, I got a balance board to use at my stand-up desk while I work. I love it and I finally took it out in front of Tot. He hopped right on with me!

Finally, Tot was able to meet his cousins, Bailey and Bevy, yesterday!

Doesn’t he look SO HAPPY?! Not surprisingly, Bailey (the puggle) hated him and Bevy loved him. It was so hilarious to see Tot and Bevy playing together. She must outweigh him by 50 or 60 pounds and he didn’t care at all. He just chased and chased and chased her. I think today will be full of naps for little Totter Tot.

Oh and I sold my house! We closed at the end of February, and everyone moved out in early March. Looking back, it sold quickly, and was probably pretty smooth. At the time, though, it felt like a nightmare and I thought it would never end. George and I took one last picture our last time there. Bitter sweet, for sure.

And I’m growing out my hair! My stylist sent me this comparison:

I think the pic the left is from June or July 2020. The one on the right is last month. I can’t say I’m loving the longer hair, but it’s getting healthier and we’ll see where it is in the next few months.

Finally, if you’re not listening to my sister’s podcast, Human is My Label, you should be.

Last week’s topic was microaggressions. I don’t know about you, but I feel like I always need to learn more about these. Some examples are: “Where are you from? Like originally?” Or saying, “How many fingers am I holding up?” to a visually impaired person. Or “Can I pray for you?” or “You can’t do ______, can you?” We all say them and we need to learn more about them. And honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever given them much thought…and that’s the problem. Anyway, listen and learn!! It’s good for you and humanity.

Hope you’re all having a great Sunday!

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A New Addition

Good morning! It’s been so f*cking snowy and icy here in Portland, I can hardly believe it. We are lucky, though, and have had power the entire time. So many are without power and have even had to go to hotels/motels to stay warm. Fortunately, it’s warming up now and hopefully we’re back to normal (a regular quarantine/pandemic normal) soon.

I’ll start with the most exciting news first – we got a puppy!!

His name is Tot, he’s 9 weeks old tomorrow, a robust 5 pounds (the biggest in his litter) and he’s just about the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. We adopted him from Family Dogs New Life and they think he’s a chug – chihuahua/pug mix. Here’s a pic of the entire litter:

OMG, they are so cute! I wanted to take all of them. Thankfully, they wouldn’t let us because of a thing called littermate syndrome. But that’s fine because I don’t think we could handle two of these little nightmares blessings at once. He’s too small to go outside right now (because it’s waaay too cold and there’s waaay too much snow/ice) so we are using about a billion pee pads (super gross).

And yes, I’ve worn the same sweatshirt for the last three days because Tot likes it! I took the above picture at about 6 am this morning. He slept through the night last night, which worried me (naturally, I thought he was dead) so I woke him up at 5:00 am. We’re working on a schedule, but he’s doing so well. And I’m madly in love. So is J!

A few weeks ago, J and I went to the coast for a few days! It rained almost the entire time and was kind of like a hurricane but it was so nice to get away. I LOVE THE BEACH! I can’t wait to take Tot, he’s going to lose his f*cking mind!

Last, but certainly not least, I’m still doing school with Kennedy on Mondays. It’s going to be quite an adventure next Monday with Tot too, but she’s so excited to meet him. A few weeks ago, she had her hair done in rainbow braids and it was gorgeous. She surprised me by wearing harp earrings! I’ve had the earrings since I was a kid, but never really wore them. I love that she put them on!

Dang, she is the best!

Oh and a house update – I accepted an offer and it’s set to close at the end of the month. It will be sad to let it go, but it’s time for a new adventure…

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Bright Spots

Well, pretty sure the magic of 2021 has all but disappeared. I don’t even know how to write about what happened last week. After watching the news nonstop for about 72 hours straight, I finally managed to not turn it on yesterday. But damn, it’s scary, shocking, disappointing, embarrassing, and just insane. I remember in 2016 when I was shocked and angry and scared about the future of our country, but, as someone posted on social media, when the Democrats lost in 2016, we knitted pink hats and donated to Planned Parenthood. Something to think about.

Anyway, I’m doing my best to stay informed, but not dwell on or be overwhelmed by what’s happening. And to look for the brights spots in my life. Maybe that means I’ll blog more? I’m not making any promises, but anything’s possible.

Some big news is that I’m going to be listing my house for sale! Yep, the place G and I bought together in 2013. The market is going crazy right now so if I can get the right price, I’ll sell. I don’t HAVE to sell so that’s nice, but I don’t want to miss out if it’s a good time. And yes, G is still living at the house, but he’s planning to buy a condo if I sell so no big deal. We’ve looked at TON of condos together so that’s been pretty fun. It also means that we’ve been getting the house ready, moving things around, etc. I replaced a giant table with this cute little table really opens the space up.

The BLM sign is printed on both sides so everyone can see it all the time! #winning #blacklivesmatter

I had Kennedy over for school on Monday (her first day back after winter break). She had to miss her PE class because we were meeting G to look at some condos so I made her get on the treadmill:

I told her she had to do a mile. Once she figured that out, she started cranking the speed up so it wouldn’t take as long. I just wanted a looooong break. Wishful thinking.

She also looked so effing cute that day I could hardly stand it.

I mean, SERIOUSLY?! She just kills me.

In less exciting, but very important news, I signed my updated will/trust documents on Wednesday. I had to go into the office to sign (all prior meetings were by phone or on Zoom) because you have to have witnesses, notary, all the things, but it was super safe. I knew my attorney has golden retrievers and that she sometimes brings them into the office so I asked her to bring them in that day. OMG, totally made my week and it was like one big emotional support/therapy session in there. I’m sure my attorney was like “WTF is wrong with this lady,” but I did not care at all. #ilovedogs

Along the lines of things that you need to do before you die, I also got this book:

I bought it on Amazon and it is so great! If you care about anyone who’s going to have to deal with your messed up life affairs after you’re gone, get a book like this! My goal is to complete it in the next few months, just by doing a page or two a day. It is simple, straightforward, and will be so helpful when you’re gone. It does not replace a will/trust, but it’s better than nothing and it’s less than $15!

There are places to add information about your job and boss’ contact information, social media passwords, where your address book is located (yes, I still have a paper address book and a check register!), where you have bank accounts, pet information, last words, personal wishes, loans, etc. – all the things you know about, but no one else does. I highly recommend getting something like this. Your family/friends will thank you. Seriously. I probably need to send one of these to everyone in my family – or die first.

Okay, enough about death for now, I found this incredible picture when I was at the house last week:

Love these girls so much!

So I’m looking for the bright spots and maybe that’s what 2021 is going to be all about for me.

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