Author - Kimberly

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Murphy: A pet of his own
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Middle-aged life goals
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Friday 5: Stay and Let Me Look at You

Murphy: A pet of his own

Not long ago I was in the yard doing crossword puzzles when I saw Murphy standing in the ivy, head in a bush, tail wagging.

*wagwagwagwagwagwagwagwagwagwagwagwag*

NOT a good sign. I crossed the yard.

“Hey Murph! What’cha got there?”

He turned around happily and in his mouth was a wriggling brown thing.

Oh boy.

I asked him to put it down, and he did, very gently. I shoofed the dog into the house and grabbed some gloves and a towel.

tiny, dazed, pissed chipmunk

“i’ve had a day.”


The little guy wasn’t hurt. But he was dazed and covered in dog slobber. I dried him off and he started to slowly stumble to his feet. I carefully picked him up and put him on the other side of the fence, in the yard of the neighbor who doesn’t have dogs.

The little chipmunk quickly scrambled away. But Murph wasn’t very happy that I took his new pet away.

Three cheers for suburban life!

Friday 5: Stay and Let Me Look at You

Happy Friday from Lexington, Kentucky!

bourbon

It’s Maker’s Mark with a local gingery soda called Ale-8-One.

I’m here for work. I exhibited on behalf of TNP at a Hospital Medicine Conference for the last few days. The hotel is lovely, but set on a highway which is unwalkable. That combined with the typical conference schedule (Session breaks were for 15 minutes every 2 hours It’s hard to go somewhere, see a sight, and return in 2 hours) meant I stayed on property the entire time. Don’t cry for me.

Everyone told me Kentucky was horses and bourbon. Being a proud New Jersey resident, I’m against blatant stereotyping of states. But as the plane was descending I saw at least three dozen horses. And three steps away from my gate there was a bourbon store. Okay then. You win, stereotyping.

Things I did right this trip:

  • I went to the gym every day and walked on the treadmill for a half hour. I forgot how much I enjoy treadmill walks. I do! Not enough to buy a treadmill or go to a gym, though.
  • I made sure to get outside every day. I spent many of the 2-hour downtimes with my laptop by the pool.
  • I didn’t eat like a feral teenager with money. I made good food choices (I had a salad with steak on top 2 nights in a row), passed on desserts, and limited my alcohol.
  • You know those things at work (or home) that you put off over and over? I call them shame tasks and I knocked all of my work related shame tasks out while sitting by the pool.
  • I made sure to hit the hot tub. Priorities.
  • I traveled with a carryon bag only. It’s a nice exercise in packing and purchasing restraint, plus when I get off the plane tomorrow I can just go home. As it is, I packed a teeshirt, skirt, and 2 necklaces that I didn’t wear. And I packed 4 pair of shoes. I don’t know a way around that, though. I had heels for the meeting, flats for dinner, sneakers for the gym and flip flops for the pool.

    kim in a hot tub

    I had the hot tub to myself!


    I go home tomorrow. It’ll be nice to be home.

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    Time for the Friday 5! This week’s theme is Stay and Let Me Look at You, which is a lyric from Neil Diamond’s September Morn. It was a song that was big when I was young and I guess it was sexy in the 70s, but is pretty creepy now. Let’s get to it!

    1. (Earth, Wind & Fire) Why are you dancing in September?
    WM was paid today for the first time since June 30. We save money for the summers, but holy balls something happens every year that takes the wind out of our sails. In 2016 it was our dead HVAC and poor Max. Last year was Murphy’s puppy expenses and 4 new tires. This year it was more dog bills. Not Ollie’s dental surgery because we knew that was coming, but his ear infections, sore neck, and then both dogs’ gastric distress in August. Holy balls.

    2. (Neil Diamond) September morning still can make you feel what way?
    Sad. I hate the later sunrises and the end of the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer.

    3. (Green Day) What are some things you have to endure until September ends?
    Silly birthday month emails from retailers with crummy “gifts.” Oh, thanks for the 10% off of an order of $75 or more. So generous. Also this year, my free Starbucks drink was good on my birthday ONLY. They used to give you a month. Then two weeks. Now one day? Nah. My Panera free pastry was good for 2 weeks. My free coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts was 3 weeks. One day is mean.

    4. (Kool & the Gang) What place or thing is your September love?
    WM is my love every month of the year.

    5. (Willie Nelson) What is your September song for the rest of the month?
    That freaking Earth, Wind & Fire song. BAAAA DE YAAAAA DE YAAAAA DE YAAAAA. I’m hoping Demi Adejuyigbe celebrates September 21 again. He’s a great Twitter follow, if you’re still on that trash heap of a site. (I’m still there.)

    Time for bed. This time tomorrow I’ll be snorfling my dogs.

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