Heidi (in front) - The Staff to Rylie

Heidi (in front) - The Staff to Rylie
Heidi (in front) - The Staff to Rylie

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Setting Your Intentions

I find it interesting that when I set my intentions, things seem to happen to bring about what I want. I think it's really important to not only set your intentions, but to verbalize them, or put them in writing. After I wrote that I wanted to settle down in the Bay Area and have a home base again, I got a call from a recruiter out of the blue for this job. When I decided I wanted to buy a house back in 2001, I found a house that I wanted the first day I went out looking, and beat out the offers of 4 other people to get it. When I decided that I wanted to sell my house back in 2006 so that I could start traveling, I sold it in 3 weeks.

Setting your intentions, law of attraction, prayer -- whatever you want to call it -- it's important to verbalize, write, and concentrate on what you want. That's why I am now letting the universe know that I am ready to have another place to live. I'm not sure yet if I will rent or buy, but I'm ready for some more space. This tin can is feeling pretty small lately, and it's difficult to work at home when I have to use my dining table as my desk and I have no room to put anything.

This week I was able to work at home every day except Tuesday, which was nice. I am more productive when I work at home, and more comfortable. The work stations at the office are not very ergonomically correct. I have some really nice people on my team, and I'm enjoying my job.

I had a walk around the reservoir this weekend with some friends and a picnic afterwards, had dinner with a friend and ran into another old friend at the restaurant, saw The Help, which was really good and surprisingly true to the book, and had breakfast with Cammie and Doug. It was a fun weekend.

I got a new shipment of bully sticks for Rylie, and this was the first time he has not finished a bully stick all in one sitting. I was wondering if there was something wrong with him, or the bully stick. He always scarfs everything down right away like it's his last meal. But this time he ate part of it, and then tried to bury the rest of it in the comforter on the bed. I got a kick out of watching him try to push the comforter around with his nose, then finally grab it with his teeth so that he could move it better.

Rylie's Notes:

There's nothing wrong with me or the bully stick. I'm just an international dog of mystery, and I have a few surprises. I like to keep The Staff guessing.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

The Bunco Queen

After receiving invitations to join them for months but always being out of the area, I was finally able to join the bunco group. This was my first time playing bunco, and I had fun! Not only did I have the most wins, but I tied for the most buncos too. Beginner's luck, I guess. I brought home one of the jackpots. I like bunco! It's a fun group, so I'm sure I'll be going again.

In other news, I had to defrost my refrigerator - again. I just did it two months ago! But I discovered why. It turns out there is a tear in the rubber door gasket. I have no idea what is involved with getting that replaced. Can I replace just the gasket, or do I need a whole new door? I will have to investigate.

I've been working pretty hard, getting up to speed on the new job. I finally got my work laptop. It turns out that someone forgot to order it, then the IT department missed the order. I have also been doing my curriculum development work on the side, so I'm busy, busy, busy! I feel lucky to have more work than I can handle, in this economy. I know so many people who are out of work, and have been for a long time. It's scary out there.

Rylie's Notes:

The Staff had to ruin a perfectly good weekend by giving me a bath. What's so great about being clean? It just makes me want to roll around in something stinky.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

My Lucky Day

If a tree falls in an RV park and everyone is asleep, does it make any sound? Yes - A lot of sound! I learned this first-hand last night. Rylie heard it first, and tried to warn me by barking. It was 2:00 a.m. and I was in the middle of a deep sleep, so at first I thought he was just barking because a cat or some other animal got close to the motorhome. I didn't hear anything at first, and he does this on rare occasions.

But then I heard what I later discovered to be the very loud sound of splitting wood, as two large branches in the pine tree overhead split off from the tree and fell over my motorhome, rocking it wildly. I thought we might be having an earthquake. Lucky for us, the branch ends hit the ground first, and prevented the larger ends of the two branches from hitting the motorhome. The larger of the two was about two feet in diameter, and they were suspended over my motorhome from the smaller ends on the ground. If those large ends had hit my motorhome, we would have been killed, or badly hurt.
We couldn't get out the entry door because of the branches, so we had to exit through the driver's side door.

What caused it? There was no wind, no lightning, and the tree was healthy. Apparently the branches just got too heavy.

Luckily, we got off with only minor damage to my awning, refrigerator vent and air conditioner cover. This is my lucky day! Check out the photos:

Below is the awning damage:

This is the air conditioner cover - only a small puncture and dent:

View of the refrigerator vent from the roof:

I was feeling so lucky after this, that I ran right out and bought a lotto ticket. After all, today is the 14th, and 14 is my lucky number.

Rylie Notes:

Once again I tried to warn The Staff but she didn't pay attention. Not only is her sense of smell pitiful, but she can't hear either.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Life is Good

So far, things are going well with the new job, considering I still haven't gotten my company laptop or a working card key to get into the building. Sigh. These things take time. Rylie seems to be handling the new schedule okay, although I'm still getting used to it. I got to work from home on Friday, which is nice. As usual with these projects, we have a very aggressive deadline, so I'm sure I'll be very busy. I'm also learning a lot, which is always good.

I had dinner with Cammie and Doug this week, and attended a family picnic with Doug's family. Tomorrow I'm going to see The Help with a friend. It's so nice to be able to spend time with Cammie and my friends on a regular basis!

Rylie got into the sticker bushes again on our morning trot. He veered off the trail to chase a squirrel, and was immediately covered in stickers. It took awhile to get those off.

The weather has been really nice this summer -- cooler than normal. I'm enjoying being here.

Rylie's Notes:

I don't see why The Staff has to keep pulling my hair just because I have a few stickers in there. They would fall out eventually.

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Dinner at Luna

Me, Julie, Cammie and Doug at Luna

Julie is on the mainland, and she came up for a quick visit. We had dinner with Cammie and Doug at Luna. Last weekend I also went for a good hike with Rylie and a couple of my pals, and then out for Vietnamese food and some dancing. Rylie did really well on the steep hills, but I sure was huffing and puffing. I hadn't been hiking for awhile.

The first week on my new job is going well, except for the part where I have to get up at O dark 30. Rylie and I just aren't used to getting up when it's still dark outside. When I wake him up to go for a quick morning walk, he looks at me like, "What the hey?" The good news is that once I get my company laptop and VPN access set up, I should be able to work at home on Mondays and Fridays.

Rylie's Notes:

The Staff has clearly lost her mind. She is getting up in the middle of the night, leaves me all day, and now we have our long walk in the evening. I am not happy with the new schedule.