Highlight of the week: Sweet friends spontaneously stopping by one evening and then peer pressuring me into getting Five Guys for dinner and Bosa donuts for dessert. They basically had to roll me back into my house at night's end. But ya, it was fun.
Yes, I did this:
1 -- Spent Mother's Day morning at the emergency vet. The paw that I thought had healed, turned up hugely swollen that morning to the point where poor Dixie couldn't even walk. It was heartbreaking.
2 -- Set alarms on my iPhone so I could slip my dog medication four times daily. This week she was on two antibiotics and pain meds. I had to get creative with my methods and disguise them in treats, and at this point she's turning her nose up at peanut butter, so it's a challenge. At one point I thought I had fed her an antibiotic successfully, only to find it two hours later in her whiskers. It reminded me of the days when I used to spit my Flintstones vitamins into the toilet without my parents knowing it.
Celebrating: My poor mom has a birthday that falls on or very close to Mother's Day every year. So we celebrated both this past weekend. We try to do it up right, though, so as not to gip her. Birthday dinner, Mother's Day lunch, shopping and pedicures were all part of the festivities. As you can see, I decided to go the florescent orange route. I felt like I was embracing summer in the choice.
I went to a movie in a theater for the first time this year. Great Gatsby. It was really well done. I loved the cinematography. But what a depressing story. I hadn't read it since high school, so I'd forgotten. But yikes!
Feeling Blessed: It was a bit of a rough week -- and not just Dixie-wise. I felt like everywhere I turned I was putting out another fire. BUT, God is good and he carried me through. My favorite thing was watching Dixie run around the backyard last night like a rabbit until her ace bandage (which I had apparently poorly wrapped) fell off. My sweet dog, who couldn't walk just 5 days earlier, was sprinting. And I knew everything was going to be all right.
Highlight of the week: Spent a blissful day outdoors with friends and dipped my legs in a pool for the first time this year.
Yes, I did this:
1 -- Commented to Sara in the course of conversation in the office one day that, "That sail has shipped."
2 -- Drove on a dirt road for an hour to shoot a personalized engagement shoot. Never have I been so thankful for pavement than when we got back on the freeway afterwards.
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Celebrating: Dixie-dog got her bandage removed and her staples taken out a few days later! Yay! Brand new doggie!
Feeling Blessed: Got a much-needed reminder once again this week (by my favorite devotional) that "self sufficiency is a myth perpetuated by pride and temporary success." Ouch -- convicting! The truth is, we all desperately need God. We were all made to be in relationship with, and deeply dependent on, our Creator. That's why Christ said things like, "Blessed are the poor." And "blessed are those who mourn." Basically -- blessed are those who have needs; who are aware of their neediness. And who realize those needs can be met by ME. I SO need to hear this EVERY DAY.
Highlight of the week: Finally uniting these two cute couples from my promo video. They've each been married for four years and they each have a boy...and a girl -- who are right around the same ages. AND I adore them both. I have some of the best clients!
Yes, I did this:
1 -- Nearly fell asleep on the massage table during Massage Tuesday. If a massage chain offered a one-hour massage followed by a one-hour nap it would put all other massage chains out of business. That would be the bomb.
2 -- Vigilantly watched over my dog to make sure she didn't get her gigantic leg bandage wet. According to the vet who re-wrapped it for a second week, that would be the worst thing ever. So she is going on two weeks without a bath. I'm so sick of that thing -- I'm about ready to help her gnaw it off myself.
Had a great Skype coaching session with a photographer out of South Dakota. I love that part of my job involves getting to know photographers from all over the county and talking about business and photography with them. Best. Job. Ever.
Feeling Blessed: I get this weekend off! The last three months have been a whirlwind and I'm THRILLED to have absolutely nothing on my calendar this weekend. Ahhhhh.
Frivolous: playful, lighthearted, trivial; the little things in life that should be savored.
I flew in Monday night after two weeks away from this cutie, and as I'm getting in the car at the airport, my mom says, "Now, don't freak out when you see your dog...." So I didn't. Outwardly, anyhow. My sweet mom has always groomed Dixie and the night before, as she was trimming the hair around her paw, she accidentally cut off the skin on one of the joints on top of her paw... down to what looked like the bone. Thankfully I didn't see the bone when I got into the car that night. My mom is a nurse and had bandaged it up a bit. But I did see it later that night and my heart welled up with pity for my sweet girl who just 3 weeks ago had 16 of her teeth removed. She really seemed fine though -- I don't think she was in pain. I'm not sure if this is why it took me a full 24 hours to decide to take her to the vet, but thankfully I did Wednesday morning. The vet told me that what I thought was the bone was in fact a tendon, and that it was a good thing that it was still intact. Then he put medication and this gigantic impenetrable bandage on her leg that she has to wear for a full week, and sent me home with antibiotics. Her second round of them this month. As you can see in the above photo, she is a bit perturbed with her giant pirate leg and is not at all appeased by the fact that the vet tried to make it "girly." But it looks way worse than it is and she'll be alright. It's pretty funny to watch her hobble around on it though. She can't decide whether to hold it up and make due with three legs or to gimp along on it trying to compensate for the fact that it's longer than the others. So she alternates between the two options. :(
Highlight of the week: On Sunday I got to go to church two times -- once in North Carolina and once in South Carolina. I love worshipping with believers in other parts of the world when I travel. It reminds me of how huge God is, and I love seeing how he is just as much involved in other hearts and communities as he is in mine.
Celebrating: I didn't watch TV for the two weeks I was gone but my Tivo was hard at work in my absence, so I have some quality time on the sofa with Dixie in my future. Parks and Rec marathon, here I come!
Feeling Blessed: I'm back home! Yay! I'm a homebody at heart, so two weeks was a LONG time for me. I loved everything about my trip, but it was great and almost surreal, to be home after so long. Yay for no more living out of a 50 pound suitcase!
Yes, I did this:
1 -- Spent way too much money at the Gaffney, South Carolina outlets.
2 -- Gave away over $14,000 worth of prizes from our generous sponsors to 13 lucky workshop attendees from the US and Canada.
3 - Packed and unpacked three times.