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Seasons change

Summer's over and I can honestly say that this summer was the first in a long line of summers that I have truly enjoyed without a shadow of sadness hanging over me. This is the first year in four years that I have felt just a little sad pulling my fall jacket out of the closet for my morning drive to work. The "experts" were right...it took four years to incorporate my grief into my life and find a way to happiness again.

Wow. I don't mind saying that it leaves me a bit bewildered/disoriented...to realize that all that crap happened...to US...and we survived and are quite happy with life right now.

Just...Wow.

And yet...it's September again. Due dates and unrealized dreams. Sounds like a bad B movie, doesn't it?

And so I busy myself with some online housekeeping...moving forward to maintain my grasp on that lovely summertime happiness.

I apologize to those whose blogs I can't read anymore. I have found that it is healthier for me to not subscribe to blogs ab…

#32 - #35 ways to change the world

So I've slacked off a lot during August and I didn't want you to miss anything good...so here are my August 2009 Ways to Change the World. In honor of our belated birthday trip to the zoo, I'm focusing on the monkeys/apes/orangutans.

#32 way to change the world

LUSH Cosmetics and WSPA working together for orangutans

With...a coupon!
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#33 way to change the world

Buy a gorilla carving.

Alternative solutions...I love this way of thinking. It's not easy...but it can be successful.
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#34 way to change the world

Get classroom kids involved and buy an egg.

Three dollars...this one is so easy you just can't NOT do it.
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#35 way to change the world

Jane Goodall Institute of Canada...

Become a chimp guardian.

Make a tribute or memorial gift.
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Great Trade-In Event

Trade in your used car seat, stroller, travel system, crib, high chair, playard or bassinet and receive 20% off your purchase of any of these items new.

From Friday, August 28 through Sunday, September 20, Babies"R"Us and Toys"R"Us stores nationwide are holding the "Great Trade-In" event, providing our customers the opportunity to trade-in any used cribs, car seats, bassinets, strollers, travel systems, playards or high chairs in exchange for a 20% savings on the purchase of any new baby item, in any of these product categories, from select manufacturers.

The "Great Trade-In" event places an emphasis on specific baby products, such as cribs and car seats that, due to safety concerns, may not be the best candidates to be handed down or resold. Beyond recalls, certain older and used baby items can be potentially unsafe for a variety of reasons, including damage or lack of compliance with recent advances in product safety standards.

Visit your local…

Zoo day thoughts

At the risk of repeating myself...here are a few of the major themes from today's trip to the zoo...

The big kid lost his first tooth on Thursday, so I will forever remember that his "birthday trip to the zoo" wasn't actually ON (or even NEAR) his birthday.

"Stop it."

Crappy $10 sunglasses purchased at the zoo can POSSIBLY cause you so smack someone in the zoo gift shop when you try to return them because the screw fell out leaving your seven-year-old crying in the sunshine at the bottom of a very large hill because "...my glasses broke and I can't seeeeeeeee..." and the gift shop lady accuses you of dropping them and trying to return "broken merchandise."

"Stop it."

In the beginning, every animal is "Loo" to a 21-month old at the zoo for the first time. "Loo" being Luna, one of our horses. At the end of the day, all big birds (ostriches, flamingos, eagles, etc) are all "moo." "Moo" be…

What do you think?

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I think Zip is fitting in just fine around here.

August 8th

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Almost forgot...and I need to write this down so I don't forget...

Took Myles to Toys R Us for the very first time on August 8th. He was so excited it was really quite fun. Of all the expensive toys available, a $1.50 rubber ball was the highlight of the trip.

Sam was wuite a bit more expensive....with a $14.99 nerf blaster and a $19.99 Halloween costume (Bumblebee the Transformer).

huh?

Me: Sam, take this bag of school supplies upstairs and put it away.

Sam: Do I have to do it now?

Me: Yes.

Sam: Can't I just set it on the stairs for later when I go up there.

Me: Sure.

One minute later...I see the bag on the stairs and the lights on upstairs.

Me: Sam?

Sam: Yeah?

Me: Sam...are you upstairs?

Sam: Yeah.

Me: You mean you went upstairs and left this bag of stuff here ON the stairs?

Sam: I'm sorry...you SAID I could do it later.

oy!

Yesterday I cried

And today there is no coffee in the office, so this post is going to suck. I've tried to come up with creative ways to tie subjects in my head together into a neat little post for the internet...but I just can't do it. So here's the raw, un-pretty version of completely unrelated events that have recently happened. And no, Rach, I'm NOT pregnant...but thank you for scaring me into counting the days for my own sanity sake. I was just tired from a weekend of volunteering and travelling and picnic-ing in the summer heat. I cried for the reasons I'll explain now...
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The staff was all gathered in the lobby, so I new something was up immediately. Closing time at the animal shelter can lead to these kinds of group talks, but not often. Most days, the staff have worked so hard all day that they are ready to leave as soon as the clock strikes quittin' time. But today was different. Today, three dogs would die at their hands...the hands o…

Miscellaneous thoughts

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I was trying to convince a photographer friend of mine to participate in NIMLDTS when I realized I should put my money where my mouth is. So...I've become a digital retouch artist for NILMDTS. Keep your fingers crossed that I can do it. It's not done without paying an emotional toll...no matter how "well adjusted" I may be.
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I've been working on sewing projects with my beautiful new serger. Here's a shirt I made to wear in the 90 degree 90% humidity.
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If you read only one blog post this week...make it this one.
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It wasn't the gluten after all. Though I've never felt better and plan to still eat gluten free (for the most part), the skin rash on my hand was a plain old allergic reaction. I won't tell you what it was...because it's embarassing. No...it was not THAT...get your minds out o…

Furloughed

What a nice word. Furlough.

While the public rants and raves about how much they spend in taxes...and my clients rant and rave because I don't have enough time to get to all their problems...I get an unpaid day off.

Five, actually.

I'm glad they're unhappy. Serves them all right.

And while my paycheck will be a little lighter, so will my daycare bill.

And...I get to sew today.

See ya later!

Politics

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Does anyone else find this photo funny? Look closely.
I mean really...flowers on the rug? That just makes me giggle.

#31 way to change the world

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Pets Alive is an amazing rescue that has helped my APL tremendously this past month. They have taken several of our animals and found them foster and forever homes so that we did not have to euthanize any animals.

One Meaning is a very cool company designing jewelry with one meaning...“I love you”...8 letters, 3 words, 1 meaning

This month (August) the two join forces. One Meaning has chosen Pets Alive as their charity of the month. And in keeping with the One Meaning message, 8.13% of the sales of their adorable pet tags will go to Pets Alive.

Tags are stainless steel with embedded black enamel design and they come in small (1 1/4”) for cats and small / medium dogs or large (2”) for big dogs. $10 Large / $8 Small (Collars not included)