Loving the heat of Arizona

After the 50-60 degree temps of Seattle, we were in Arizona today for my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary..  In short, really was loving the 95 degree temperatures.  It was like a trip back to summer and it was wonderful.  We took a long walk, sat outside and relished in the heat.  

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Loving the heat of Arizona

Saying goodbye to a dog as a non-dog person

For 12 years our yellow lab drove me crazy. Did I love him?  Yes.  Was I the one who fed him, walked him and picked up after him?  Yes.  But did he drive me crazy?  Yes – and I drove him crazy, too.  I loved him, and sometimes my heart swelled for him, but the times he had accidents in the houes, shed all over my clothes, would get out of a gate that wasn’t quite latched all the way, and would bark (literally) at shadows drove me crazy sometimes.  But there were times too — especially when I was healing from my illness – I took comfort from him sleeping near me while I rested on the couch.

Today we said goodbye to him.  It was time.  He had arthritis, dementia, incontinence and was basically unhappy (ears down_ all the time and lived only to eat twice per day, which isn’t a great life.  So after discussing it for months, we did it today.  It was incredibly peaceful.  The vet had a room with a couch and a carpet and pleasant lighting.  She spent 10 minutes petting him, then gave him a sedative.  When he was so drowsy his tongue was hiding out of the side of his mouth, she administered the sedative while we petted him and told him he was a good boy.  He died moments later.

That was three hours ago, and even though I am not a big lover of dogs (I like dogs, I just am not a worshipper of them) I feel awful for him and there is a hole here.  In short, it is painful.  I miss him already.  Hopefully he is at peace.

The book I wrote about my experience as a dog owner when I like dogs but am not crazy about all things dogs.  There won’t be a sequel – it’s too painful right now 🙂

Saying goodbye to a dog as a non-dog person

Two Cs have dimmed my interest in football

Ratings continue to drop for the NFL.  They dropped precipitously last year and are down again this year.  I myself have not watched a single play this year.  Why?  I wasn’t really sure, but now I think know why — the two Cs.

1. Concussions are big.  I stopped watching boxing because of the damage to boxers’ brains, and I’m starting to feel taht way about football.  I don’t watch college football for that reason, and it’s starting to carry over to the NFL for me.  I just don’t feel right watching someone (who can be cut by a team tomorrow) damage their brain for my entertainment.  I also dont watch college football because I feel like the NCAA are a bunch of scumbags who exploit kids who often don’t get a degree and receive no money and in turn collect billions of dolalrs.  Bleh.

2. Commercials.  Oh my gosh, the commercials are a turnoff!  Kick-off, commercial.  Punt, commercial.  Time out, commercial. Field goal or TD, commercial.  Extra point, commercial.  Kick off again, commercial. Etc. etc.  and the commercials are all by large uninspiring companies like Truck makers and fast food joints, and they go on and on and on to the phoning I feel like I’m waiting an entire day to watch one game.  SO I stopped – life is too short.

I cant speak for other people – the numbers speak for themselves — but I now know why I haven’t been watching football — a sport I once loved — anymore.

Two Cs have dimmed my interest in football

Trump Approval rating holding steady at 38% (???)

On the one hand, it is amazing that only 1 in 3 Americans think Trump does a good job and yet the man has no humility.  On the other hand, I am surprised that 1 in 3 Americans think Trump still does a good job despite his lack of progress on anything and the incredible dysfunction he has brought to the WH.  That said, I check his aggregate approval rating each week and this week it remains at 38.1% – a slight dip from last week but less than a percent dip.  

Last week, I was very embarrassed and mystified by his throwing paper towels to the Americans of Puerto Rico??  Despite horrific jobs of supporting them, Trump praised himself of course.

Trump Approval rating holding steady at 38% (???)

Wonder Woman Was a Disappointing Film

We watched Wonder Woman last night. I was very disappointed by the movie. On a technical level, the clearly CGI graphics/scenery in the beginning was too cartoonish, and the sappy music going on in the background the entire time was awful, like watching a DePalma or Spielberg movie where they don’t trust the audience to feel their own emotions. Then, on a story level, having Wonder Woman lead a platoon of soldiers where she was directly involved in killing scores of young soldiers (not mercenaries or evil Nazis) was disappointing and even disturbing. Then from a feminist perspective Wonder Woman was treated as an underling or comically naïve subservient woman for much of the film. It was an awful film and a waste of $5.  

Wonder Woman Was a Disappointing Film

We watched The Happening on HBO – a cheesy but not too awful movie, fun way to pass a Friday evening when we were both tired :)

The Happening was free in the horrors section of HBO, so we watched. An older film with Mark Wahlberg and Zoey D where people suddenly start killing themselves in the Northeast. Walberg is a science teacher and determines it is the trees sending out neurotoxins when sensing packs of humans, so they break off into a small group and survive. A totally cheesey movie but not too awful and entertaining and well priced enough that we enjoyed it.

We watched The Happening on HBO – a cheesy but not too awful movie, fun way to pass a Friday evening when we were both tired :)