Day 1 – Like no Otter

Today I am going to post a photo I actually took yesterday. I had planned on starting this blog then, but ran out of energy!

Today’s photo is an otter. Not something that I am accustomed to seeing in our ponds. We see many varieties of birds, turtles and yes the occasional alligator, here in Florida, which I really love, but this is the first otter. I was able to get out of traffic, and stop the car. I used my zoom out the car window, so I would not scare him (her) away!

Seeing the otter was great, but artistically I love the circles of water around the otter! I love the shapes and forms that water takes when it is stopped in time by the camera!

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TGIF 11/7/08

I am so glad that today is Friday. Tara has been saying that the weeks have been going very fast for her, but we both agreed this one felt a bit longer. It does not feel like just last week was Halloween. We had such a fun night and a wonderful weekend, but the memories seem so long ago!

Today was a good day, nothing out of the ordinary happened. I was busy with work, presenting an overview of one of our “tools” to some folks who will be starting to use it for their job. I normally am okay with these types of teleconferences, but today I was just off my game. I had some techinical difficulties, and my voice was bad today. I really feel bad for folks that have to listen to me speak for too long….

Let me back up in case anyone s reading this that does not know me. I have a paralyzed vocal cord, which means that I always sound like I have laryngitis, some days it is better than others, but it is never good. I have no volume, so I can’t raise my voice, and find it difficult to hold a conversation of any kind when there is too much background noise. This is a terribly frustrating condition, and at times can be really exhausting when I am trying to get my point across to someone who just can’t hear me well enough. Cell phone calls in noisy places (thank goodness Tara loves to Text!), ordering at the drive thru, and just in general talking to anyone anywhere it is loud! Yes, in the realm of “disabilities”, this one is not so bad, but I don’t think some folks realize the impact it does have on me each day! Whenever I met someone for the first time, they think I am sick. I’ve had people back up and tell me not to breath on them, I’ve had people ask if I was out having too good of a time the night before (in particular when we are out at a theme park…. people think it’s vacation related!), Tara’s friends will always ask her what’s wrong with you mom’s voice.

Anyway, all in all I guess the training went well, and I had quite a few other things to work on as well.

I was very glad when it was 5pm, and fortunately today, Tara was able to be outside playing with the kids down the street so she was not asking to go out to do something. They are not able to play some days, and then she is in the house bored! She really loves being outside running around, riding her Rip Stick etc. Since she was out playing, I was able to just chill on catch up on some emails, etc! She was crashed out by 8:00!

I am being totally annoyed right now by Maia, our Yorkie. She can be so sweet and funny sometimes, but other times she is such a pest. She thinks she is the “boss” of all the other animals, and barks and whines when one or more of them are somewhere she does not think they should be or doing something she does not want them to! I just had her outside, so I know it’s not that! Princess on the other hand, our lab weimeraner mix, is a pretty obedient dog and will usually be found laying right next to me (I always have to look behind before I back up from the computer so I don’t run her over), or in one of her “people” positions on the sofa. She sleeps on her back sometimes and it is very silly.

As you can tell, today was a boring and uneventful day in our home! Some days boring and uneventful is good though…..

We have plans to go to Downtown Disney again tomorrow to check out the Festival of the Masters and some other things they have going on, and I’m not sure what else. There was rumors of one of Tara’s friends sleeping over tomorrow night, but I didn’t hear anymore of that!

I guess I will end now….. there’s towels to fold and TV to watch, and menus to plan for next week. (This is something I’ve trying to do for weeks now, but as usual I wind up “winging” it at the store

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November 6th, 2008

Here we go again… I am going to try and add a blog to my website. I’ve tried this before, but to the outsider, my life is pretty boring, so I may not have enough to share to make it worth you, the reader’s time! At least I figured out how to get it to feed automatically to my website. I got a gold star today!

Being a single mom, working full time, with a pre-teen and a house full of animals, 6 guinea pigs, 4 felines & 2 canines (Azule the beta just died this week, after a long life of almost 2 years, I sure he will be replaced soon since we have the tank and the food!) doesn’t really give me much time for me! I am lucky if I find time during the day to read the newspaper that I recently started up delivery. Many times it winds up in the guinea pig pen before I get a chance to read it! But at $9.00 for 5 weeks, it is far cheaper than recycled bedding at $20+ a bag per week! Most news that I need to know in Orlando, I can get from the TV or internet. The election and Casey Anthony had pretty much taken over for a few weeks. I got real tired of both, and am glad the election is over. Now let’s just hope we realize some changes in the coming month

Today was a day like most, up early, feeding the animals, walking the dogs, today Tara was up with me too. Then we made a quick trip to the 24 hour Wal-Mart Market to pick up a bag of cat food. The cats were circling me, as their dry food bowl was EMPTY! They were not happy! Any other time they can be found eating the dog food, but no not this morning!

It was a beautiful fall day today. We had a couple damp and gloomy days, but believe it or not, I enjoy them from time to time. You need a little change now and then.

Speaking of change, it looks like my employer after many years is reversing it’s thoughts about their management workforce, where the job allowed it to work from a home office rather than having office space in an AT&T location, so the girl will be joining the commuting folks in the next few months. Of course, any major change when unexpected and unwanted can be unsettling, in these times staying employed is the key objective. It will mean changes to just about every routine we have in our family, but we have time to plan and adjust. I am sure I will have more thoughts to share about this in coming weeks, as we find out more information!

Tonight is “good TV” night, and I have not watched any of it! Thank goodness for the DVR, so when I can’t sleep at night, I can watch what I have missed. DVR – one of the top 10 best inventions of all times in my book! Sad isn’t it! TV is my main entertainment. I get distracted too easy it seems to sit and read a book. I have so many I would love to read, but never seem to get to them. I’d love to do some crafty things too – be creative with my hands, but the closest I come there is with my camera and a computer! Both are great hobbies, but sometimes I want more!

How do mothers with multiple kids and a significant other carve time out for themselves? I guess they do share some responsibility with the SO, but I know from conversations, and my limited experience at sharing parenting with an infant with my ex, that they aren’t always that much help! Some days, I don’t even seem to find time to hop in the shower. That will have to change when I am out in public every day…Other mom’s are involved in this and that committee, their kids are involved in activities, and they all make it look so easy…. but I guess we don’t see what goes on behind closed doors. I am sure they are more organized than I, and they probably have a PLAN. I wing it most days, since whenever I make a PLAN, something comes along to change it. I need to work on PLANNING!

Today, I made some very tasty soup. Goya 16 bean soup. Tara even liked it – beans, carrots, celery, ham flavoring, a little diced ham, and water. Easy to make, tasty and nutritious. I need to find some more quick, inexpensive, nutritious meals…. I find it hard to plan meals for the two of us!

Yesterday, Tara and took a quick mid-week trip to Downtown Disney. Sadly (I really miss them this time of year) we no longer have annual passes for Disney, so Downtown Disney being the free shopping and dining area has to do in a pinch to get some Disney Magic. I really needed it, and Disney did not disappoint. The area was adorned in it’s holiday finest, which put a smile on my face, and had my (well Tara’s) camera clicking. I love to photograph the merchandise displays and windows. We had a quick bite at Rainforest Cafe, only to find out they had opened a new restaurant (owned by the same company as RFC – Landry), TREX, which is dinosaur themed. We went in and checked it out and it is “way cool”. They even have Build-A-Dino store – so Tara got a new dinosaur friend to add to our Build-A-Bear collection. We hope to get back over there on Saturday to take in the Festival of the Masters Art Exibition. It’s one of the things we have never made it to, and I look forward to it. You can check out my photos here…Downtown Disney 11-05

Well, I guess that’s all for this first installment…. today was a non eventful day, nothing even remotely funny or news worthy to report!

Gas price today – $2.29 at my neighborhood 7-11(yesterday on Disney property it was $2.11)

Stay tuned, it has to get better!

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