Friday, February 27, 2015

Why I No Longer Watch Award Shows

In his inimitable way, Bill Whittle confirms just how awful Americans are according to the Hollywood elite.


Because we just need their moral compass settings in order to live our lives to the fullest, don't we?

It's time to tell these morons to shut the hell up and go back to living under a rock in their fairy tale land where everyone who is not them, is evil.

If you are looking to Hollywood for your moral compass or political opinion, you need to remarkably increase your standards.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Simple Things

 

It's the simple things in life that really matter.  For me, I find the simple task of walking the dogs every night to be exceedingly enjoyable.  Not an evening  goes by that my little Bichon Frise fur babies don't make me laugh.   

Sophia came to us from Second Chance SPCA.  She had this quirky little attitude and upon entering our home for the first time, she walked around in a sort of 'kick the tires' manner before finally settling down and deciding we would do.  

Sophia is, well, how shall I say this politely?  Sophia is a tad chubby.  She has a bizarre fear of  not having food to eat so when food is around she gets wild-eyed and whiny.  Because of her extra weight, I supposed she learned how to trot to make walking easier.  Watching her trot down the sidewalk is hilarious as her little rounded Bichon ears bobble along the way.  She was so cute, a year later I found myself at the Plano Animal Shelter adopting Chloe.  

Chloe had been transferred from the Fort Worth SPCA.  When Chloe made it to Plano, they discovered she had a broken toe that had been left that way for several months and she was in horrible pain.  After they removed her toe, they were not sure she would ever walk properly again since she had been limping for months.   

I took that sweet little girl home and watched her limp down the sidewalk for a month.  When the wound healed, she forgot which foot it was and started limping on the other foot.  When pain and healing were no longer relevant, she began skipping.  Indeed, I probably own the only Bichon Frise in America that skips.  It is hilarious.

It is the simple things in life that truly matter.  Who knew a nightly walk with the dogs would give me such joy?   













Saturday, February 7, 2015

The Day We Forgot

Dating in 1992

Celebrating 1995

New Year's 1999

2005


2009


2011


2012


Summer 2014

Yesterday we celebrated our 22nd anniversary together.  I bought the hubster tickets to a local play we have been wanting to see and he bought me girly frou, frou stuff.  It was that kind of perfumy, pampering, pink stuff that can make a girl feel like a princess.

It wasn't always that way.  I recall the old days when we merely took it all for granted, even forgetting our anniversary completely one year.  I don't recall which year it was but we both plumb forgot, and we were both humbly put in our places when I got the mail that day and brought in the sappy Hallmark card postmarked from Florida. To say we were both ashamed of ourselves, when even my parents could remember, is a gross understatement.

That was the year everything changed.  That was the year we learned to cherish each other and celebrate every second of our relationship.

The year we had no cards, flowers, or gifts for each other was not a time we are proud of, and it resides somewhere around the 14 year mark which was even more insulting.  Not only had the 7 year itch made an appearance, with its awkward desire to remove the bondage of a mortgage, two car payments, kids who need your nonstop attention, and the realization that we stand perilously close to losing our youth and sexual desirability by others, but it doubled back at 14 years when we took everything for granted as the incomes increased, the kids needed us less, and we were able to take a keen interest in our own selfish pursuits.

These are the times, folks.  These are the times when Satan steps in and tempts you.  These are the times when you decide what sort of quality your character has achieved through the years and what sort of quality of life you demand for your aging years.

These are the times when I believe people begin to walk away, thinking there is something better to seek.  Though I believe everyone learns at one point in their life that the grass really isn't greener on the other side.  In fact, it isn't greener anywhere except over the septic tank in the immortal words of Erma Bombeck.

No two ways about it, marriage is not easy.  However that one thing that ties us down and keeps the inner id from all manner of mischief, can somehow be the most comforting aspect of daily life, even above the unconditional love of our children and our pets. Even above the adoration received from our professional life.  That's all just icing on the cake.  The cake is the foundation, and is plenty sweet enough on its own as long as we learn to develop a taste for it.

I find comfort in my marriage which is a constant that erases the daily wrinkles of life.  I look forward to that big bear hug when he walks through that door.  Just knowing your best friend can hug all the drama away, especially when you work for absolutely miserable people, makes getting up tomorrow and doing it all over again somehow palatable.

I think what changed in us after the day we forgot, is a realization that we might not have that security blanket any longer.  After all, it was the security of knowing there was another person dangling on the other side of that legal document that got us into that mess.

Imagining the idea that so many years lived between us, fighting for every shred of what we built together, could be erased with a visit to the lawyers office was very unsettling.

Somehow the thought of starting all over again became overwhelmingly distasteful for both of us. Re-imagining those juvenile embellishments like sucking in your stomach, grabbing a mint from the nightstand first thing in the morning,and going to sleep with just enough makeup on to look dewy and not wake up looking like Cruella Deville, suddenly came rushing back at the idea of having to snag another mate from the pool.  Let's face it, nobody wants to go home with you from the bar if they imagine you in a flannel granny gown and fuzzy socks. And who wants to go to the bar to pick up God knows what sort of STD, anyway?

Growing together for years means, not that we can let ourselves go, but that love does indeed become blind.  Imagine walking out of a smelly bathroom after your just made your daily constitution.  Now imagine how awkward that would be with a new beau.  Those days of having to be some sort of rose-smelling perfection, spraying room deodorizer at high volume gets old after several years. Who wants to do that again?

The day we forgot our wedding anniversary is the day we vowed to cherish our friendship, and celebrate our relationship daily.  That is truly a conscious choice.