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June 17, 2018

Happy Father's Day, Romeo.......

"Coffee" he groaned as I wished Romeo a Happy Father's was tough to sleep last night, as the Ring floodlight camera went off 3 times last night within 5 minutes.  He figured someone was hanging around the house, but he didn't look at the last video that showed the cat that continues to hang around at 2, 3 or 4am.  One of these days.....hahaha.   I wonder what would happen when that cat meets the huge raccoon caught on video one night?

But anyway, this is Father's Day.  Along with Romeo, I wish all the Dad's out there a wonderful day, full of love and appreciation for all that you do.  Even if you're stubbornly bull-headed about:
~wearing your new shorts to change the oil
~insist on rebuilding the deck by yourself (I still don't know how he did the framing all alone)
~wash the dishes without your glasses (requiring rewashing of 1/3 to 1/2 of them, haha)

Your quirky sense of humor never fails to crack me up.  And our son is a source of pride that never fails to show.  How he loves you......

Happy Father's Day!

Love, 365

June 15, 2018

Motley thoughts........


The diet:  I lost 2 1/2 pounds, but am already at that dreaded plateau.  Instead of feeling motivated by the weight loss I just feel.......bored with the whole thing.  But I carry on, cause that's likely my best quality ~ I don't give up, even when it's tedious.  

College: I still have 2 week of freedom left!  I very nearly was un-enrolled because I completely forgot to pay for the class.  Sheesh.  I did finally hear the final work on my parking citation from eight months ago....they dismissed it because the time ran out.  I sent off an e-mail (which will likely be sent off to the trash bin before anyone reads it, I mean it took 8 months for them to time out my citation appeal) expressing my displeasure at how it was oh, so carefully worded to avoid any blame for citing me when I had already paid for my spot.  Recall the "never give up" and add bull headed to the mix.  I realize I can be annoying. :-)

The deck:  The framing is up!  It is rather slow going, but Romeo is making progress.  It might be further along except the heat we've had means he can only work on it for a few hours in the morning. We don't usually have temperatures this hot this early ~ the evaporative cooler is only barely keeping up.  But I am thrilled ~ I've been waiting a year for this to happen.  Pic's will come when it's done.....

Work:  Well, it's work.  It's not called vacation, or a calling, or devotion.  But, it's been ok.  The scheduling is slowing down a little bit, probably due to vacations.  Some days are fun and the day flies by, other days people get on my nerves and the day drags on and on.....  I'm glad to be off for the next four days. Recharging.

Love, 365

June 10, 2018


Caught a fly of some kind looking for nectar...

Colombines in Cibola National Forest

Indian Paintbrushes...

View from the crest...there's a lot of smoke in the air.....

Romeo & Sioux....

Yours truly with Sioux...

Drove up to the mountains yesterday and hiked around, it was glorious to be OUTSIDE!!  It was much cooler, but still hot.  Lots of birdsong and saw a chipmunk, but not much else....I tried to snap a quick photo of the chipmunk but Sioux popped her head around and it took off.  

We discussed how busy we've been, but we need to take some time to get out now and then.  I would like to visit Tent Rocks, but it is too hot now ~ will have to put that trip off until fall.  

This past week I was reviewing ABQ Magazine and saw a trip to Chaco, where they were advertising "glamping" ~ they drive to Chaco, take you on a tour and that evening they set up tents and provide a gourmet meal...

I excitedly called to inquire, only to discover they want $750 per person.  So, that's a bit out of my range.  For that kind of $$, I can outfit myself, take a cooler full of food and stay for 3 days.  I just might plan that, as the OM at work expressed some interest....sort of a girl's adventure.  We'll see if that ever happens.  But I still want to go.  Chaco Canyon is magical.  

My humble tent the last time I camped at Chaco....

Corner window at Chaco....

Well, I should get ready for racquetball ~ I bought a new racquet and am anxious to play with it again. 

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Love, 365

June 3, 2018

Where did I come from??

99.7% European

My results from 23 & Me DNA testing arrived yesterday.  Does it surprise me?  Well, yes and no.  35.7% British/Irish: that doesn't surprise me at all, as my Mom's side of the family are mainly Welsh and Irish.  French/German: again, to be expected, as my Dad's family is mainly German, although I have no idea about my paternal Grandmother....she died when I was about 10, and my Dad's family didn't visit often.

7.9% Scandanavian?  Yeah, that surprised me.  The rest of the results are less than 1%.  Romeo and I did a comparison, and his DNA shows a lot more diversity than mine does.  I maintain that my family were mostly peasants, and likely didn't have the where with all to hop around Europe.  We laughed and decided his family were either adventurors or gypsies.  

I also had fewer Neanderthal genes than 87% of people who've had their ancestry tested by 23 & Me, but Romeo has 73% more than the average.  This confirms what I've always thought :-)

On the diet front, I made this salad last night:

Spinach, strawberries, blueberries, red onion, chicken, feta, walnuts.  It was a recipe I saw on FB, and it was delicious.  

Also from FB: 

Enjoy your Sunday!
Love, 365

June 2, 2018

Woo hoo, it's the weekend.....

It's Saturday, my favorite day ~ the weekend is just beginning, the possibilities are endless.  Right.......

This week I plan to start the "Clean 20" diet, so for 20 days you eat the foods on the list.  Basically it's an elimination of processed foods, no alcohol or soda, etc.  It shouldn't be too difficult to do, since we don't eat a lot of processed foods anyway.  AND it's not forever, it's a 20 day thing.   I'll let ya know how it goes.....

It's heating up here in New Mexico, summer is here ~ and due to our serious drought we have high fire danger and a fire in Ute Park which has reached 16,000 acres. 

We had rain two weeks ago, but it was hard and fast and ran off instead of soaking in.  As usual, all New Mexicans pray for rain.  Many of the forests and other recreational places have been closed.  I hope that the state officials ban fireworks this year for the 4th of July......

I bought some small paintbrushes for my massive painting project, and plan to give them a try today.  This kit is a nightmare, but I hope I will be able to finish it this summer.  This is another "we'll see!".  I wish I had started a quilt project instead, but I'm worried that the paints will dry up if I set it aside.

I also have my free class on the Giza plateau and I need to work on that today too.  It has been so interesting.....tomb raiding apparently started immediately and was carried out by those that built the tombs, and in some cases priests removed jewelry and other valuables before the tomb was sealed.  I am not surprised, are you?  

From: Egypt in the Age of the Pyramids

Well off and running ~ enjoy your weekend!

Love, 365

***The course has provided us with a link to a 3D rendering of the Giza complex....go here if you want to explore.

May 26, 2018

Celebrating Memorial Day.......

Remembering those who sacrificed for all of us.....

My Dad is buried in the National Cemetery in Ft Sam Houston, in San Antonio.  I've visited the National Cemetery in Santa Fe, it's quite interesting if you're ever in the area.  It's a bit overwhelming to go to one, it really hits home when you see all of the headstones.  They are not forgotten as long as they live in our memories.......

We aren't doing much this weekend, other than a barbecue.  Might need some valium for the dog though, as folks around here seem to enjoy shooting off fireworks for any reason.  Not sure how much sleep we'll get Monday night, and of course I have work on Tuesday morning.  I'll be taking coffee on the way to work instead of waiting until I get there, haha.

We actually had rain !! the first we've had in months.  I was visiting a friend, and we were sitting out on her patio when a few sprinkles began to fall, the rain became heavier along with hail....this is when we booked it back into the house.  The hail started small at pea sized and moved up to marble sized....this is a picture of her hammock, but it was warm and by the time I took the picture some had melted...

The next day, taking a walk at lunchtime......

Typical weather in Albuquerque.....

Enjoy your weekend!  

Love, 365

May 20, 2018

Fighting the good fight......

Georgia O'Keeffe's house

Yesterday I discovered that with no chores to do, and no classwork going on, and an aversion to shopping just for something to do ~ I experienced boredom in a way I haven't in a long while.  Not that I think that housework is a fun way to fill the hours, haha.  But I was bored.  I had no interest in watching the royal wedding, although I did watch the Preakness race (wow, all of two minutes). 

 I pulled out a paint by numbers kit I ordered, which may have been a big mistake because there are apparently hundreds of tiny little areas....I might never finish the darn thing, and I just started it.   If I had known it was coming from China, I would never had ordered it.  It's really too bad they don't have someone who writes and speaks English on board ~ for example: "you can espress the object's special sese of quality".  Or how about "The pigment is rapid drying.  Make sure the lid is off when you don't use it", lol.  Or "there maybe some discrepancy of the colors between the reference picture and the products".  Well, that's just lovely.  

This is only 1/3 of the size....

So after a wishy washy start on that headache, I registered for a free class offered through Harvard on Egyptian culture & history.

I could pay $100 for a certificate, but as it doesn't give me any college credits, why would I?  It is fun though, I've always loved the pharaohs and pyramids and art of ancient Egypt.  Plus it's a self paced course, so it doesn't really matter how long it takes me.  

One of these days I'll get back into stained glass art too.  It's been a long time, and I have a few design ideas.  

I hope you have a great weekend......

Love, 365

May 19, 2018

Enjoying the Sparkle......

Oh, yeah.....

This house is clean!  The cleaning crew arrived only a few minutes past the designated time, and after a quick tour, immediately started cleaning.  I did ask them to clean the office first, but I cooled my jets reading the latest Outdoor magazine (it has been so long since I've just read a magazine, it was fabulous).  

Now I know why people leave while the crew is cleaning.  It's très awkward, sitting there while other people are busy.  I mentioned not to let the dog in, but one thing I forgot was the door in the master bedroom which is tied shut...because there is no deck to step out onto, it's a 20 foot plunge to the concrete patio.  Sheesh, how could I forget that?  I heard the door open and nearly had heart failure. 

And the result of their efforts came close to exceeding my expectations.  My only criticism was that the mop they used on the kitchen isn't good enough to get up all the dog drool.  I use a microfiber mop on it, and will get it out for them the next time.  

Oh yeah, there will be a next time, unless the school closes and Romeo has to apply for other teaching positions.  He did receive his test results ~ he is still working on his provisional license and has one more test and a portfolio to submit before receiving his final teaching license.  Since math teachers are hard to find, he is not concerned about finding a new position ~ but still, I don't really like assuming anything.  Murphy, you know.  He puts the kibosh on your plans as often as he can.

I am looking forward to enjoying the mopping or dusting for me!  Yay!

Love, 365

May 18, 2018

Time on my hands.....for a change

Lavender farm in Albuquerque

Well, it's my every other Friday off, and I'm doing a little preparation for the house cleaning service this afternoon.  I'm hoping I have enough time after racquetball to shower before they arrive, because I don't look very attractive after 2 hours of play.  I would have preferred that they come on the Friday I work, because there's a slight guilt factor going on in that I'm off today, and have time to clean my own house ~ I have to keep reminding myself that this is my Mother's Day present.

Truly, I'm not doing much.  I loaded the dishwasher, washed the sheets (because they'll make the bed too, and I'm all about getting as much accomplished through them as possible), picked up some stuff I thought I should put away ~ like the Christmas decor Romeo left on a chair in his office, good grief.  

But, as I'm not leaving while they do the deed ~ which I'm sure they prefer ~ I'm asking that they clean my office first, then hang out in here while the rest is being done.  Romeo is not a big fan of having strangers in the house.  It doesn't really matter that they are bonded and insured.  How do you replace the earrings Romeo bought me for my birthday?  It just can't be done.  I'm under no illusions that this could happen while I'm here though.  I guess I'm just paranoid and untrusting these days.  Perhaps it's not a bad thing.  Besides, I have to put the dog out. If this works out (you know, white glove treatment by me, and I have pretty high standards) we'll have them come once a month.  
Having said that, Romeo texted me yesterday at work that Albuquerque Public Schools had a meeting this week, and they may close the school Romeo works at.  So, he might be looking for work this summer, but thankfully he'll be paid and insured.  Supposedly they'll find out in June.  If that does happen, then I will be cancelling the monthly cleaning service if I end up liking their work.

I'm not sure that I would recommend anyone become a teacher these days.  The pay sucks.  The job is stressful and mostly unsatisfying.  I read a story (on FB, so suspect, lol) of a teacher who posted a picture of her paycheck and said "I got a degree for this???".  Of course, you can't tell me that she didn't already know.  I'm sure that at some time someone mentioned that the pay scale sucks.  So although I appreciate her complaint, I don't buy it.  She's probably comparing her pay to a college friend who, after a year or so, could afford to buy a house, or take a nice vacation.  Most teachers work during the summer, or work two jobs.  Romeo can afford to work for the crappy pay because it's supplemented by his social security checks.  You've seen the teacher strikes and protests on the news, right?  
In the meantime, my job is going well.  There's a little drama, but nothing that concerns me, and there is nothing I can do to fix it ~ so, there's that.  My boss is off next week, and I'm taking off on Tuesday.  Although there's no lack of shit to do ~ it seems like I'm always catching up ~ the best time to take a day or two off is when the boss is gone.  Now, I just gotta figure out what to do.......

Love, 365

May 13, 2018

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all the Mom's out there.....

I will be calling my own Mom is times like this when I wish I didn't live so far away.  It would be so easy then, buying some flowers and spending the day.   

Do you ever buy your own gifts?  Romeo loves when I do......although quite talented in a lot of ways, gift buying has always knocked him for a loop.  He's so appreciative when I take that chore out of his hands!  This year.......I hired a company to clean the house, and may contract them to come once a month.  I am rather picky.  The last time I had a service come and clean, I was a bit less than impressed.

No matter what you hope, from dinner out to flowers ~ or maybe just a hug, I wish you all a great day!

Love, 365

May 12, 2018

Saturday revelations........

Beautiful flowers but full of thorns.....

NOW the semester is over.......I've received my final grades!  I managed an A- in history and an A+ in anthropology.  I was a bit flabbergasted that I managed 129 points out of 150 for the paper in anthropology.  Is it possible it was better than I thought it was?  Naahhhh, it sucked, but everyone wants the semester over, including the teaching assistants and professors and students alike.  Maybe I am lucky after all........

So, this is my first free weekend since mid-January, and I'm ready!  I have a list of chores and errands, but I'm planning on hitting the gym this afternoon.  

Enjoy your weekend!  Special Mother's Day post tomorrow.
Love, 365

Happy Father's Day, Romeo.......

"Coffee" he groaned as I wished Romeo a Happy Father's was tough to sleep last night, as the Ring floodlight ca...