Sunday, October 23rd 2011
it’s a girl!

We need a list. A long list. So let’s just get to it.

1. my cousin came to visit! (loooooove her.)

2. we got a dog!

3. she looks like a werewolf!

4. the dog, not the cousin, who is very pretty.

5. it’s mike’s fault we have a new dog.

6. actually, it’s always mike’s fault when we get a dog. i save cats. he saves dogs.

7. but this one didn’t get claimed when he put up a poster with her picture on it.

8. and then we all fell in love with her sweet, calm personality and her werewolf-i-ness.

9. my mother pointed that out. i actually didn’t notice. i thought she was lovely and normal looking. but love is blind, because this is one funny looking dog.

10. her ears are HUGE and sticky uppy and she can’t ever, EVER grow into them. it’s impossible.

11. besides, she’s 18 months old and full grown.

12. ethan-11yr has always wanted to name something ‘callie.’

13. so we let him.

14. and now she is perfectly happy to follow me around and accept all of my kisses and declarations of happiness that she is here.

15. the cat hates her.

16. duke has a massive crush on her, but he can’t be around her for a couple more weeks.

17. i had to explain that to the boys very creatively because i didn’t want to use the word ‘sex’ or the phrase ‘in heat.’

18. mainly because my kids love learning new phrases and  incorrectly overuse them while they process their true meaning.

19. and that would be like dinner coming out of the oven and one of them saying, “Look! The baked spaghetti is IN HEAT!”

20. or, “i don’t want to wear a coat today because i’ll be in heat!”

21. and if you think i’m overreacting and they wouldn’t ACTUALLY do that, then you are very sweet.

22. and VERY wrong.

23. because the baked spaghetti would SO be in heat and i just try to avoid those conversations.

24. we had callie ‘fixed.’

25. so…. yeah.

26. she’s part border collie (but waaaaay calm and zen and serene) and part other stuff.

27. she follows me around constantly. ‘herding’ me. i don’t mind.

28. duke went to stay at my mother’s house for awhile.

29. maybe it was all the sexual frustration, but he was getting behind on his sleep.

30. it happens.

31. i suppose.

32. in other news.

33. seth-5yr transformed himself into a seth-6yr.

34. without permission, i might add.

35. but with great fanfare.

36. we went to his favorite nacho restaurant and a giant dust storm hit so hard that the place lost electricity.

37. we ate nachos that tasted like dirt (in the dark) because it was coming in through the windows and vents and landing in our food.

38. and then we drove home in chaos, because the dirt storm had knocked out the traffic lights and people were driving all crazy.

39. i don’t really recommend dirt nachos. (and i LIKE dirt)

40. my stupid lawn-mowing related, totally avoidable hand injury is almost healed.

41. which is good, because it’s time to mow again.

42. i’ll be more careful.

43. less crazy.

44. more boring.

45. therapy update: so the lovely therapist type said something like, ‘your life is going to be like “A” or like “B” and either way that means your anxiety levels will spike in the next few months and you might as well address it with drugs now.’

46. and…. since there was no foreseeable “C” option and I agreed with her premise, i pharmacied up.

47.  after making sure that this particular prescription would not have me so uninhibited that i’d be dancing on tables.

48. the young, sweet Indian doctor smiled at me and looked as if she couldn’t tell if I were kidding (and… i was NOT) and she assured me that it was not a ‘dancing  on tables’ pill.

49. it made me wonder if she has those also, and if so, who gets them and under what circumstances? but i did not ask.

50. because that is one reason i LIKE my social anxiety. it keeps about half of my stupid questions from being asked, and that’s kinda nice.

51.  i’m going to go see my dad and stepmom soon.

52. i told my dad i wanted to come ‘work.’ when i visit with all the kids and with him being the attentive grandfatherly type he is…. sometimes we don’t spend as much time together as i’d like. so i’m leaving the kids here. daddy ALWAYS has projects and jobs and work to do so i’m wanting to show up and get in the way and just be there with him.

53. when i was a kid, this is what i did. i’d hang around until he taught me to help him build a fence or whatever else he was doing. i suggested this and he laughed and said, ‘farmer’s daughter comes home to do chores?’

54. and… i think it sounds good. especially if there are large machines i can get my hands on. or small ones. or whatever. work, sweat, dirt, power tools, father/daughter bonding on the farm. i’m SO excited.

55. my dad is first an engineer, and a farmer type only in recent years and so everything is WAY precise and measured and deliberate. And i’m kinda the clumsy bull in the china closet. but he’s very patient when i screw it all up and break everything and he still uses his favorite wooden folding measuring stick thing i broke more than a little bit when i was about 7.

56. or maybe he isn’t patient and he just hides it well. but i really don’t think so.

57. i told my stepmom i was going to also schedule a hair straightening appointment for when i was there and she said, “good. because you’re going to NEED a hair appointment after this.”

58. she’s right. but i need one anyway.

59. after my hair appointment, i’ll be doing Bride Things with my mom and  sister.

60. My sister. The BRIDE.

61. The bride in orange. The bride of Texas, she is. The orange bride of Texas…. (sing that last phrase to the tune of ‘the yellow rose of texas’ and you’ll understand that tangent a little better.)

62. Anyway, we’ll be looking at shoes for both of us (and… i’m thinking that’s ranking right up there with getting my hands on daddy’s power tool collection) and dresses for me.

63. i’ll try to put a picture of callie on here soon.

64. the ears have to be seen to be believed.

65. mickey mouselike in proportion and color, but pointy.

66. we needed a calm soul around here. so nice of her to show up.

67. good dog.


12 Comments on “it’s a girl!”

October 23rd, 2011
7:57 pm

Soooooooooo glad you are back, and in good form, and love the description of the new dog, since I love dogs, but mine have to be pocket sized, because we live in about 750 square feet, and most of that is taken up with a bed, and a couch, and chairs and a table and a stove and cabinets for the kitchen, which leaves not much space for us, let alone dogs, but these two are just right, because they *like* being squeezed into their little bed together and cuddle like nobody’s business…and I guess I had better stop now before this turns into a volume. Welcome back!
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October 23rd, 2011
9:41 pm

Can’t wait to see a picture of Callie! As a happy owner of the sweetest dog ever (sorry, Callie and Duke) I always love when people who love their pets take in a new furry friend.

If you get to drive a real tractor – or any other fun farm equipment – while you’re visiting your dad, I must admit I will be very, very jealous. But I’ll still want to hear all about it so I can live vicariously through you.

Have fun shopping with LaLa and J-mom! Sounds like SO much fun! I’m just curious, what color dress will you wear to complement your sister’s orange?

On a completely unrelated note, did you know that if you relax your eyes, your blog’s background looks all 3D like those prints that used to be so popular with hidden shapes in them? Don’t ask how I noticed that. I have no idea.
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October 24th, 2011
9:47 am

I’ve been collecting bridal phrases – “dinosaur bride” and now “orange bride of Texas.” Although, technically, I’m not really going to wear orange.

Totally looking forward to the shoe-shopping though – that is going to be awesome!

I can’t wait to meet Callie. She sounds lovely.

Seth. Is. SIX!!!! Sigh.

If you dance on tables, call me, okay?

October 24th, 2011
4:00 pm

You got a new dog. I got cows. I’m still processing that – will most likely blog about it soon. I’m glad we got cows *after* the great Haboob of 2011 though – otherwise I would have felt terrible for the cows. Because I’m weird.

October 24th, 2011
4:01 pm

(But your dog sounds cuter than my cows. Glad your hand is all better now!)

October 24th, 2011
4:52 pm

your dogs sound PERFECT. and thanks to a recent blog, i can picture them quite clearly.

i’m SO hoping for a tractor ride.
i think maybe my dress could be… navier. : )
YES. now that you mention it, it DOES look all weird and 3d-ish!

dinosaur bride is the very best. looove it.
WHAT?! you’re not wearing orange?! WHAT…?!
if i dance on tables, am i calling you because you want to join me, or because you will tell me to get my butt off that table, pronto? i needto know.

i’m SO glad those are post-haboob cows too, or i would have felt bad for them too. their timing is impeccable! very, uh, FRESH, these cows are. : )
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Mother T
October 25th, 2011
6:38 am

I’m not sure if I chuckled more about the post or the comments! I love the way you and your sister “talk” back and forth in your comments.
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October 25th, 2011
9:33 am

To be honest, might depend on when you call me. Some moments, I’d be likely to join you. Others, I’d go all prim and be all Voice of Reason-ish and talk you down. Really, wouldn’t it be more fun if we were both up there bopping around, watching the horrified/amused looks on the boys faces?

October 25th, 2011
11:42 am

You are sooo sweet. I had such a good time, especially horseback riding with Seth where we talked about silly dogs and wedgies. I miss everyone already!

October 25th, 2011
5:15 pm

Mother T,
if you could see the way my sister talks and says these things while waving her hands, you’d REALLY chuckle. she cracks me up. : )

if i am dancing on tables in FRONT OF MY CHILDREN, then by all means, please be a Voice of Reason.

I’m SOOOOO glad that is the part you are remembering. Because you’ll need to come back. We miss you too.

Jennifer Sullivan
October 25th, 2011
11:58 pm

I can’t wait to see Callie. She sounds awesome.
Glad you are almost healed.
Loved reading one post with so many unique words in it. In heat, sex, spaghetti, dirt nachos…
Dirt Nachos sounds like a 6 year old boys dream to me. If only he could have had mud pie for dessert.
I’ve never been in a wind storm like you described, and I am grateful for that, because really? That’s just ridiculous, it sounds…. gritty.
I can’t wait to hear about the fun things you do with your dad, take pictures of whatever you build!
Before I even finished reading the Orange bride of Texas I was singing to the tune of “Yellow rose of Texas” it just fit.
I think the “dancing on the table” pills are more a combo of alcohol and meds, not so much just a pill by itself. Or maybe I’m wrong I don’t recall ever dancing on a table, but if I did there would have to be a LOT of alcohol involved!
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Jennifer Sullivan
October 25th, 2011
11:59 pm

Ok, so spaghetti by itself not unique but in heat spaghetti (which is what I meant to type) is so much more fun!
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