As a child and adolescent, I often felt jealous of my sister.
Many Moons Ago
Her childhood cuteness became teenage beauty. I appeared chubby and sullen next to her svelte, smiling loveliness.
As an adult, though, my sister is my friend as well as a model for the kind of woman I strive to be. She approaches everything in her life with fearless joy. She is brave and beautiful; fit and fabulous; a devoted friend, wife, and mother. She is sassy and funny and genuine.
I miss spending time with her every week, going to Zumba or Pilates, hanging with Mom, enjoying meals and cocktails. I cannot wait to see her – a few times a year is not enough.
I’m sending her happy birthday wishes across the miles and hoping that her celebration helps make all her birthday wishes come true. Happy birthday, little sister. I love you!
My darling Goldendoodle Cricket celebrates her 7th birthday today.
I confess that I am one of those pet owners who spoil their pets for birthdays and holidays. To me, my pets are my furry children; they provide so much joy and happiness to me. Cricket’s presence in my life helped me navigate the emotional minefields of miscarriage, losing grandparents, and the failure and dissolution of my marriage.
She is such a silly, but photogenic doodlebug!
Cricket, St. Patrick’s Day, 2007
Dashing through the Snow
Cricket and Beatle
Me and My Doods
Getting the Look
Cricket before Books
Wampa? Tonton? Goldendoodle?
2012 – Project 365 – 01.23.2012
We met on St. Patrick’s day, 2007. Cricket had not even opened her eyes and we had the privilege of the pick of her litter – ten puppies in all. I have conflicting paperwork – the one from the breeder says 3/8/2007 is her birthday, but another document indicates the 7th. This year, I’m celebrating on the 8th; either date, her presence in my life is a blessing.
Fun geek-out weekend underway!
Tonight, after dinner, my grandson and I began enjoying a Hunger Games double feature: “Hunger Games” and “Catching Fire“.
Tomorrow afternoon, a friend from the photography group is coming over for a Star Trek marathon that will include the 80s film “Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan” and the two reboots by J. J. Abrams – “Star Trek” and “Star Trek Into Darkness“.
I found out that William Shatner is in Sacramento this weekend for a Wizard World Comic Con! Pretty sure he won’t crash our geek-out plans, but it made me laugh knowing the confluence of geekery going down in SacTown this weekend!
We had thunder and lightning storms overnight. In fact, I even lost power briefly. Today, the clouds burned away and, after work, I took advantage of the dry spell and leashed the doodles for a much-needed walk.
Much of our usual trail was muddy, but we did our best to avoid the worst spots.
The rain worked serious magic – more plants bud and blossom, more birds and beasts moving – spring springing all around me.
The sun had not dried the back yard enough for me to mow – maybe this weekend will be dry enough for that. For now, I’m glad for the rain and hope it returns soon.
Wonderful night in downtown Sacramento with fine company enjoying good food and great music.
Our group met for a pre-concert dinner at Tequila Museo Mayahuel. This place is amazing – I cannot wait to share it with visiting family and friends in future. Not only are the drinks incredible, but the ambience and food provide an experience worth repeating. Often. It is diagonally across the street from another favorite local restaurant – Ella - so I know I’ll be able to locate it again.
I enjoyed a La Flor for my cocktail and my friend ordered an El Beso Ardiente. Both were tasty. Another in our group ordered a sangria that looked fantastic. For dinner, I had an Ensalada Tropical with chicken at the recommendation of one of the women in our group. It was delicious.
The next stop on our mid-week evening adventure was the main event of our outing: Ladysmith Black Mambazo performing at the Crest Theatre.
The theatre is lovely inside – makes me miss the historical theaters in Michigan – The Fox, The Fisher, and the Masonic Temple.
The performance lifted my spirit on this cloudy, rainy evening. The amazing voices of this group held the audience in thrall – at many points we were clapping along and it became difficult to sit still. The music was full of infectious joy.
As compelling, the proceeds for the event support a good cause: Bridget’s Dream.
I’m so glad my friend invited me to join this wonderful night.
Took the opportunity to spend a little quality time with my step-grandson tonight. After he finished his homework, and we finished our dinner, I surprised him with “Frozen“.
He was lucky enough to see it in the theatre, but tonight is my first viewing. I bought the HD movie through Amazon and have been super excited to see it.
I do not need an excuse to enjoy animated films – or any form of musical – but it is so lovely to share the experience with my grandson. At 11, I’m not sure how much longer he will want to spend time with me, let alone think cartoons – especially musical ones – are cool. For now, he thinks “Let it Go” is fantastic and we’re belting it out together!
I’m so glad that I made the decision to purchase rather than rent this movie – the animation is lovely, the songs are wonderful, and there are no words to describe the soul-stirring beauty of Idina Menzel‘s voice.
For a girl who loves the warmth and sunshine, watching the stunning animation in this frozen world stops my heart. There is so much artistic talent evident in this film that you could watch it a hundred times and not see all the gorgeous detail or tire of the music.
Tonight is magic – music, laughter, and time with my favorite little dude watching a fabulous film – life is good. If you haven’t seen it, buy or rent “Frozen” now.
Excited to join a friend of mine for a couple magnificent events this month.
Wednesday, we are seeing Ladysmith Black Mambazo perform at the Crest downtown. My excitement has bubbled for weeks – for the great company, amazing performers, and the venue itself, which I’ve not yet been to since moving to Sacramento. All told, Wednesday should be an amazing, memorable night.
Later in the month, we’re headed to see the Sacramento Ballet. Originally, we thought we’d be seeing the company’s production of “The Great Gatsby”, but late last week we discovered that the performance had been replaced with Carmina Burana!
Today, the following announcement arrived in my mailbox. These images make me even more excited for the performance!
Ballet Direct Mail Announcement
I love this dark, brooding piece of music; in fact, I’ve seen the Detroit Symphony Orchestra perform it several times, but I’ve not seen it performed with dance. This upcoming performance, in addition to the amazing dancers, will feature a 100-voice chorus!
My March will be magnificent!