Friday, April 11, 2014

The Secret of Change

I repeat this to myself often.

Monday, April 7, 2014

A Girl Needs Her Dog

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”
~ Roger A. Caras

Last Wednesday my precious dog Gunner went in to the veterinary hospital for a routine surgery. 

That night I left him in the ICU fighting for his life, while I went home and wondered if he would make it through the night and how I could possibly live my life without him.

Gunner survived the night, but he was still bleeding internally. While the vet opened him back up and performed another surgery, I reminisced about the times we shared together, especially during the last year when he offered me the unconditional love that only dogs know how to give.

Gunner spent a second night in the ICU. Losing hope, I said my goodbyes. As I looked down at his lifeless body, I kissed his head, thanked him for being the most loyal companion a girl could ever hope for and begged him not to leave me. Seconds later I watched him being carried off on a stretcher, not knowing if I'd ever see this vibrant, happy dog alive again.

The next morning I got word that Gunner was indeed still alive, but he needed to be observed all day in the hopes that he could possibly come home that night. I was allowed to visit him at lunchtime, and I was truly amazed when I saw that Gunner was not only up and around, but he was practically jogging outside in the sunshine.

My dog Gunner is a fighter, and late that night, he was back home where he belongs. I slept on an air mattress beside him, waking to every twitch and every medicated dreamy moan.

We both spent the weekend resting. I'm constantly watching him for irregular breathing, bleeding and changes in the color of his gums. I hand-feed him chicken and rice and keep charts of his medicine schedule. Other than the cone he has to wear to prevent him from licking or chewing his stitches, you would never guess there was anything wrong with him. You certainly wouldn't guess that a team of veterinarians were giving him less than a 50-50 chance of survival.

 It is now 5 days after the initial surgery, and Gunner continues to improve. He still isn't out of the woods, and no one seems quite sure how the cancerous tumor they removed from his abdomen has affected his body or what his prognosis is. But he's already proved he's a survivor. I don't think he's planning on changing now.

Monday, March 31, 2014

To Whom It May Concern


Dear Netflix,

Oh, how you mock my free time. You had me at “Mad Men.” Then I moved on to marathon sessions of “Breaking Bad,” and as of this past weekend, I've completed the second season of “House of Cards.” You have completely ruined me for normal scheduled programming. And while I love your convenience and portability that allows me to take you along on my travels and watch you on my iPad in hotel rooms, you have become an addictive time-suck.  I don't know whether to thank you or curse you.
Best regards,
An Addict Who Needs a New Series

Dear Mother Nature,
I know the customer service representatives in your complaint department are working overtime this year, but I’m running a half marathon in less than two weeks, and I was hoping for 65 degrees and sunny with zero percent chance of precipitation. This cold wind and rain makes it tough to stay motivated.
Much appreciated,
A Runner Getting Psyched for Half Marathon #7

Speaking of running…

Dear SELF Magazine,
How about we focus more on encouraging and empowering EVERYONE who makes the effort to live a healthier lifestyle and less on making fun of cancer survivors running marathons in “lame” tutus? I appreciate your public apology and follow-up interview with the woman you belittled, but there's simply no excuse for potentially squashing any potential desire your readers might have to do something as awesome as run a marathon for fear of being self-conscious about how they look doing it. 
A Proud Tutu’d Runner

Dear Gwyneth Paltrow,

Just stop talking.
A Working Mom Who Wishes You the Best of Luck on Your "Conscious Uncoupling" and Hopes That Having a Bogus Catch Phrase Will Ease the Challenges of Your Already Difficult Celebrity Life

Dear Life,

Sometimes I just need a nap.
The One in the Middle of that Mommy Sandwich (See Photo Below)

(Psst, Gwyneth. This is what working moms look like at the end of our easy 9-to-5 work days.)

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