Saturday, April 28, 2007

Saturday Belt Day

Hi! Sponseller's Taekwondo Academy rocks! After one challenging workout in the morning, the testing ceremony in the afternoon,four broken boards later, and a sore left foot, I left the purple belt behind and graduated to blue. I am excited, proud, and relieved. And I took a long nap on the porch afterwards. I am filled with gratitude to my sensai, Master Jerry Sponseller, Ms.(and Master)Lari Sponseller, the staff, fellow students, friends, and family. Love, Lolo

Friday, April 27, 2007

Freaky Friday Morning

Hello! It was a hectic morning but there was a lesson to be learned today. I woke up on the proverbial wrong side of the bed this a.m., only to be treated to a lukewarm shower. (Hubby's already expressed his regret and sorrow for using all the hot water, so he's off the hook). I realize I have to gas Greenie up before taking her to the car hospital for the 52,000 mile checkup. Oh, joy. At the gas station there is a line and the pre pay credit machines weren't working properly. So when I am waiting to gas up in the rain after I prepaid, the cashier announces for me to come in and prepay for gas. I already did! So I go back in, explain the situation, and she activates the pump for me. Great, I have only ten minutes to get to Greenie's Hospital. Grrr. A car cuts me off as I am pulling out to catch the light. I keep both paws on the steering wheel(resisting the occasional urge to make eye contact or form any kind of naughty gesture). Of course, the light is red. No left turn on red. I do manage to arrive on time. I waited in the waiting room and was trying to tune out Regis and Kelly blaring on the tv (can only take Kelly in small doses--this morning was not one of them) while trying to read Kurt Vonnegut. The driver (there is shuttle service at the car hospital) herds the car parents (including me) to the van. I apparently point in the wrong direction but I do tell him the right address. He sighs heavily and rolls his eyes. He was very grumpy in the car and I felt uncomfortable like I was bothering him. Wait a minute... I am paying three hundred dollars for oil change, new brake pads (they were 90% worn--yikes), yada yada yada, and other minor Greenie maladies (new tires are next on the list.)I was furious at how this person was treating me. After he dropped me off, I stormed into the house, took deep breaths, and proceeded to call the Greenie Hospital and asked for a manager. The manager asked me what was going on and I unloaded my frustration (add in my morning frustrations) out on him. And the story twists a bit... this guy was awesome!He is a manager I aspire to be. He listened, gave me his apologies, and assured me that the next car ride would be a pleasant experience. And it was. They called me to tell me the car was finished and that the shuttle driver would be there in just a few minutes. He thanked me for complaining! The driver pulled up in the driveway and was so kind to me. He apologized and I thanked him and all was well. We had a nice conversation. And he dropped me off right next to the door to the Automobile ER. He really is a nice guy. The awesome manager came to me afterwards and asked if everything was ok. I said, yes it was a pleasant drive. He took time to talk to me after I placed tire tracks on my credit card for Greenie's release. (Greenie, like the cats, is really going to have to find work to pay for all this nonsense.) So the manager backs the car out for me since another vehicle blocks my way. Another twist in this story--he explains that this driver is going to be an officer and he knew the police officers who were shot this week. Yikes. That's why he was off-kilter. I thanked the manager for informing me and wished both of them well. I drove home, re-learning a lesson-- seek to understand. That's a rule of Covey. Have a good weekend :) Love, Lolo

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Happy Tuesday

I had a great day. My husband is the best. My next door neighbors brought me tulips and a card for my upcoming award in May. My column is accepted in ByLine Magazine as an occasional filler piece. That is one step forward to being a columnist. Thanks to all of you who told me to get moving and start writing. I haven't forgotten my book, in fact the copy is almost written. I think I will submit it like a blog, with photos at the top of each story. Love, Lolo

Monday, April 23, 2007

Happy Monday!

Hi! I hope you had a chance to enjoy this beautiful weekend! I worked most of it, but still had fun! There are a lot of positive things that happened this weekend. The weather, the fact one of my friends gave birth to a beautiful son, my friend's granddaughter brought a handwritten picture, flowers and a rock for me so I saw it on my porch when I came home, my friends took us out to dinner, and I was able to get out into the yard and plan for it this summer. Also, the kitties were so cute on the porch this weekend. And my husband made me waffles on Sunday! He rocks! And my friend dolled me up so I won't break the camera for photographs for my award. More later! Love, Lolo

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Happy Weekend, Expresso, and Blades of Glory


I cannot believe it is almost April 15 and it feels like we have travelled backwards in weather time! It's like March lion madness or something. Let's see what's going on since the last time I posted. You may not have read this, but my husband took Expresso to the Humane Society last week. I'm so glad he did. It was hard on us since we became attached, but we are not in the position to handle a house full of kittens. Since it was bitter cold on Wednesday, he took her in just in time. She is safe and it was confirmed that she was with kittens.
My husband had a birthday last week, I took a djembe lesson, attended two taekwondo lessons, and we watched a hilarious movie tonight. It's called Blades of Glory with Will Ferrell and John Heder. It's about ice skating. And since my sister and I both took ice skating lessons as kids, it was even funnier. Like why would Will Ferrell be running on concrete with his skates on? That's horrible on ice blades! (You'll have to see the movie to find out).

I wish you all a happy week!

Love, Lolo

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Drumming and Cat Drama


It's been an interesting week (as always). I started drum classes again on Monday evenings. It's very exciting to get back into it. Need to purchase a djembe (African drum).

This week we suspected that our outside cat, Expresso, is expecting. She seems larger on some days than others (kittens are moving around). She was in the process of building a nest behind one of the bushes in the front yard. With the cold weather snap we are experiencing, there is no way we are going to let her have kittens in the front yard. Steve called the Humane Society and
they said to bring her in.
Monday Expresso was gone. We were afraid she had her kittens already.

Wednesday morning she appeared in the backyard near the pond where she was happily munching on a bird (gross--I know it's nature but ewww!). Steve went outside, fed her cat food, and then placed her in a box. She happily jumped back out and looked at him. He then asked me to get a lid to place over the box (mind you, I am also getting ready for work when all this drama was happening.) He placed her in the box, and covered the box (not completely, of course) with a lid. She freaked and wiggled out. Steve then went into the basement and took out the cat carrier (this is like the parting of the sea for our indoor cats--they were nowhere to be seen.)

He then took her to the Humane Society. Later, when I called they confirmed she was pregnant.

This is strange, but last night I was depressed! I became attached to her and her visits. And Steve gently talked to me and said that Jack will be having surgery soon (bladder surgery) so we will need to be able to take care of our other three. And of course, he is right!

At least Expresso and kittens-to-be are safe from weather and predators. (*sniff*)

But I miss her.

Love, Lolo

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