September 21, 2017

Look out Texas......

I'm leaving today to go to Round Rock for son #1's wedding.  Tonight I will be meeting my soon to be daughter-in-law.  My son already told me she's "shy".  I used to be shy ~ now I can talk to anyone anywhere ~ thanks to my job which forces me to converse the social niceties every day with lots of people.  *Stephanie is a dental assistant.  I've met lots of those over the years, and not a single one is shy.  I suppose my son is prefacing our meeting in case Stephanie can't figure out what to think of, or say to, her fiance's Mother.  Hahahaha   This outta be fun.

I'm kidding!

Love, 365

September 17, 2017

I miss George......

Do you remember George?  I was scrolling through the HBO lineup of movies for something to watch and came across what was purportedly his favorite of his performances ~ "Jammin in New York".  I miss his honesty and weird wacky way of analyzing everything.  Of course, it's always fun to listen to a smart, logical, non-sensical individual bash government, golf courses, "the war" on (countries, drugs, etc).  

I miss him.  He brought something to America than we hadn't seen before but desperately needed.  Someone who could shine the light on all the bullshit.  We don't have George anymore, but his humor is unsurprisingly current.  The only thing missing is our current "leaders" in his monologue.

You can find much of George's work on youtube.  If you have a spare hour and a half, you can watch Jammin in New York at this link.  

Enjoy........Love, 365

September 15, 2017

Oh, for the love of Pete....

Bing images

This semester has been an eye-opener for me......I've never had a class this early (9:30am), so my first trip to class surprised me with the sheer numbers of students rushing to class.  I had to find a new place to park as all my usual haunts were full and discover a new route to UNM due to construction.  

The class I'm taking "History of American Catholicism" sounded interesting.  I would have preferred "History of Religion", but this was the time frame my coworkers agreed upon for me to be gone from work as the least disruptive.  Although I was initially skeptical about the class, it is slowly becoming more interesting since the prof. is approaching the subject from a historical point of view.  We have our first essay due in a couple of weeks, but it should be fairly easy.  I'll probably have to pull the words out kicking and screaming, but I don't anticipate any other problems.

I must say though, that I feel more cognizant of my age.  Most of the students I encounter this time of day are quite young.  There was a student in the first two classes that was older than I am, but she has apparently dropped the class.  This is the time when classes typically thin out, with students figuring out they've overscheduled, or the class wasn't what they hoped.

One of our co-workers quit as her partner had an opportunity present itself in California.  We are hoping that a new dental assistant is found soon, although since the Dr they will be working with is going to be out for a week with their new baby.  So, although there will be tons of rescheduling, at least we'll have a little more time to look.

It's been a loooooong week.  I'm glad for the weekend, and some time to get things done before I leave on Thursday for son #1's wedding.  And what a knock-up that's turned out to be.  I did end up renting a car, which cost twice as much as I thought, and as my son isn't going to be out of town, he offered to get me a hotel, which I gratefully accepted.  Truthfully I would have felt a little weird sleeping in his bed, haha.

Hope all of you have a wonderful weekend.....
Love, 365

September 9, 2017

Two weeks from today......

Los Poblanos, Albuquerque

My oldest son is getting married again a week from today....I puchased my ticket on Allegiant which flies from Abq to Austin on Thursdays and Sundays, so I fly in on Thursday.  I hadn't planned on renting a car since I'll only be there for 3 days.  

My son said that *Suzanne would pick me up from the airport (his fiancee) which would give us an opportunity to meet each other.  Ok, so I thought, that will work.  Awkward, but willing to go with the flow.  This last Wednesday, he called to let me know that she can't come and pick me up because she'll have to be picking up the kids at school. 

Him: Michael will come and pick you up.
Me: Who is that?
Him: He's a friend who owes me money.

Ok, so unless you didn't pick up on that, he's sending someone I don't know, because everyone else is busy, and ~ oh yeah ~ he owes my son a favor/money.  

Excuse me if I'm not thrilled with this idea. My sister thinks I should tell him that I'm uncomfortable with this arrangement.  I want to tell him "what am I, a UPS package?".  My sis isn't thrilled with this idea.  I'm still thinking about it.  I know son #2 can't do it, he's a new employee at his workplace.  I'm looking into a car rental.  Or a cab.  Romeo won't even let me consider Uber.  =sigh=

Love, 365

September 3, 2017


And so one dragon rises from the dead.....(bing images)

Here we were, happily planting ourselves in front of the TV on Sunday night to watch Game Of Thrones....for 7 blissful weeks.  Even though the words "season finale" were on the last episode, I didn't notice or think that meant we would be forced to wait until 2018 to see the rest of the final season.  Stupidly I thought that the entire last season would be played out.  I guess I'll cancel my subscription to HBO until next year.  

Wow, it was a great beginning of the end though, wasn't it?  Especially gratifying was Little Finger's demise.  Terrifying though to see the white walker dragon make its debut.  Not surprising to see Jaime finally realize that Cersei is a pathological killer who knows almost no bounds.  Surprising that Tyrian left that meeting with his life.  

Oh, well.  Now I'll have to wait at least six months to watch the final ~ final ~ season.

Sunday didn't go its usual way all day.....I left for racquetball at the usual time, but no one else showed up.  One had tweaked her back, the other complained about her shoulder.  I think that in the future, I will not plan on playing the Sunday after a major tournament.  I suppose everyone was tired and sore.  I just wish they had let me know!  I practiced for awhile, then did a workout, which left me tired and exhausted.  I really need to work on improving my fitness.  I've been a slacker.

I did manage to do some touch-up painting that has been waiting in the wings for months and months.  I only managed half of it though, because I discovered I don't have a nice touch-up brush or painters tape.  I made do with a disposable brush and a damp microfiber towel.  It looks good though.  Now I'm ready for the larger job with the lighter paint color. Today I touched up the darker color, and all of this is on our stairwell which we upgraded to wood early last year.  It was a long project, and really the treads need touch-up already.  We should have sprung for the oak, the pine is too soft.  

No matter how disappointing Sunday was ~ well, only partially disappointing anyway ~ I am glad to be off tomorrow.  It'll give me a chance to catch up on class reading and do some other chores.  

Happy Labor Day!
Love, 365

September 1, 2017


I copied these from FB....cute little chippies

Ahhhh, it's Friday afternoon and I have 3 days off thanks to Labor Day.  I sincerely hope all of you have a paid day off as well.

I had a nice massage, and then came home and watched tennis and caught up on reading everyone's blog.  Well, not everyone ~ just the ones I follow that I haven't read in a few days.  And I ran across this post from "The Chubby Chatterbox" which brought back this memory:

I was probably 6 years old and found a box that was sitting near the trash which I grabbed and took to my room.  I probably spent a couple of hours fashioning it into a book back that I could carry my books to school in.  I put on a handle and used tape to make a larger opening so my books would fit.  After I was done, I proudly showed my creation to my Mom.  Who looked at me with absolute horror, and exclaimed: You can't take that to school!!  I didn't really understand then, and watched sadly as she threw out my hard work....which I had made from an empty Kotex box.

Love, 365

August 30, 2017

The politics of work

Ah, the happy "work" family...

I don't know about your work place, but there's always something going on at mine.  Recently the issue of "turning in hours" ~ for our pay ~ has become an issue.  One of my co-workers, a dental assistant, always seems to crow about how much more she works than anyone else.  This frustrates and infuriates her counterpart (dentists usually have two assistants).  Everyone knows that she's just spouting off.  Everyone.

Last pay period she was discussing her hours with one of us ~ not me obviously ~ and mentioned how many hours she had put in.  Which I knew was untrue.  In fact, I added up her hours, including her "I worked through lunch EVERY DAY!" announcement and came up with far fewer hours than she claimed.  Although I felt rather hesitant about it, I spoke to the OM about it.  She assured me she was aware of the situation, and that due to this issue, everyone will be ~ in the near future (?) ~ required to make use of the time clocks that are already part of our software.  Easy to use.  Maybe will take a bit to get used to doing, but easy.  Apparently, I'm the only employee out of 12 that uses it.  I use it so I won't get cheated out of getting paid for when I'm actually at work.  I am already anticipating the groaning and moaning that will go on when they announce this requirement.  No one in this office likes for anything to ever change.  It's like working with a bunch of really old people who are stuck in their routines.

Today, one of our hygienists just had a major hissy fit because the "lunch and learn" we were scheduled to have with a vendor canceled.  He was supposed to bring lunch to the presentation and apparently she didn't bring lunch as she figured there was no need.  One of the docs actually bent over and gave her his credit card so that she and her hygienist coworker could go to lunch ~ on him.  I hadn't brought lunch either, but I did what I thought was a no brainer ~ went to Target and bought some Lean Cuisine entrees, plus a few extras for when this might happen again.  It never occurred to me that I should think the docs are responsible for feeding me because the presenter had to reschedule.  Not to mention we have an hour for lunch with tons of restaurants around us.

It just goes to show you how a person who is over 60, and a smart cookie to boot can act like a willful, spoiled rotten brat.  One of my other coworkers became infuriated which seemed like an over reaction to me, but sheesh.  Can't these adults just grow up?  I need a Xanax.

Love, 365

August 29, 2017

It's no wonder........

Bing images...

When I was a kid, Mom was pretty regular about taking us to church on Sunday.  Mostly we attended United Methodist churches, and for a brief period (where I think Mom had basically given up on the idea of religion, although that came back later) we went to a Baptist church that was close to our house.  Maybe Mom stayed home to watch over Dad.  He was not much of a gem ~ he was an alcoholic among other things, and had a regular tendency to disappear for a weekend, with Mom in the dark as to where he went or what he did (although it was an unspoken truth that we all knew he partied with his friends, and likely had affairs).

As a child, I never minded church, although it was mostly boring.  I enjoyed singing the hymns, and the communion once a month (why didn't they give us more bread ~ again ~ haha).  I loved the smell of the church, especially the older ones.  They smelled of old books, beeswax, and candles.  It's a very distinctive scent, similar to a library, but not.  Does that make sense?  

After becoming an adult (I use this term loosely, haha) I sometimes would attend  ~ maybe two or three times a year.  You know, Easter, Christmas, etc.  After Romeo and I moved to Albuquerque we tried to find a "church home", but were discouraged by every - single - one discussed tithing more than anything else.  It was a major turn off.  Religion is no different from the government.  You are punished if you don't give them enough of your hard earned money, and usually we were living paycheck to paycheck anyway.  At any rate, we quit going, and basically quit believing.  Romeo professes Buddism, but I just can't buy into that either.  Even Buddism has had its controversies and scandals.  Religion seems to be an ancient construct wherein someone has the upper hand which is always held out for money ~ you know, so they can "do good works" and all that.   I'm not saying that religious communities don't do a great deal of good, they do.  In fact, Catholic Charities is very highly regarded (from what I've heard) and is also a big one ~ #9 on the Forbes list.  

I didn't even know there was a Forbes list, I just found it on the internet.  :)

So, now I'm taking a history class on Catholicism in America.  I've already mentioned my sleepless night after some of the readings for the class.  They aren't alone with their not very christian actions of the past and the current.  All you have to do is pay attention.  I suppose I shouldn't take every negative news story to heart ~ after all, the news is (and hasn't been) interested in reporting the facts.  They have to put their own political and personal beliefs into the story, which leaves one not sure what is true and what isn't.  

Oh crap.  I forgot what the point of this disjointed and rambling rant is.  I suppose that I believe that we should:
~be kind 
~help those who need it
~refrain from lying or cheating or stealing 
~remain faithful and loyal (but not to the point of detriment to self, like staying with a spouse that cheats on you or beats you)
~raise your children to be decent human beings
~be humble
~have love in your heart, which kind of includes all the above

I don't need a church for that.  I already know it.

Love, 365

August 28, 2017

Monday, monday.....

Saved from a post on parents and kids on FB..

It's my every-other Monday off, and I have been making good use of my time.  I've read everything and made notes on the readings for class, so if there is a quiz, I should do OK.  Last night I was reading The Spanish Frontier in North America by David Weber...she asked us to read three different sections of the book, and I truly hope it is all we will have to read.  I couldn't sleep much at all last night due to how angry I felt knowing just how horribly our Native American's were treated by the Spanish colonialists, in Florida, New Mexico, and California.  *It could have also been the coffee I had mid-afternoon.  I really shouldn't drink coffee after 2 pm.  It sure was good though, Romeo bought me a container of Starbucks cold brew.  It's just plain coffee and I add what I want to it.  It's just too good.

I also did a trial run on a new (to me) route to take to class, now that I discovered there is more than one multi-storied parking garage on UNM campus.  If last week is any indicator, I will always be running to class since the prof. starts class at the moment her watch hits 9:30.  I might need to leave work about 10 min earlier than last week.  

An hour ago our electricity went out ~ probably for about 15-20 minutes.  Our stupid alarm system back up battery has been dead for a year, and we're going to have to replace it.  The noise was deafening.  I very nearly ripped off the plastic box off the wall that held the speaker.  

I'm planning on making another peach pie to take to work tomorrow this afternoon.  I won't make any changes to the recipe except to add just a tad bit more corn starch since these peaches are just so juicy!  Maybe I'll make a few cookies too since Romeo was searching the house for something sweet that wasn't pie.  He had already eaten 3 peaches along with the pie and wanted something different.  

Well, I still have a lot to do, so will leave you with best wishes for a great week!

Love, 365

August 27, 2017

Peaches, baby!

Palisade peaches from Colorado....

Remember the trip to Santa Fe a few weeks ago?  My friend *Brenda and I took the Railrunner train for a day in Santa Fe to visit the farmer's market there.  While on the trip she mentioned that she will be getting her peaches soon.....and with my inquiry of what that meant, she said that the peaches from Colorado are the best ever and asked if I wanted some, to which I answered YES!  The truck arrived yesterday near the old Octopus Carwash ~ of Breaking Bad fame ~ I managed to buy one box of peaches and placed my name on the list for next year so that I can order however many I want.  But the photo above shows just how many peaches are in one box......I made a pie out of 9, and barely dented the surface.....

Yeah, the aesthetics weren't as good as I envisioned, but the flavor is out of this world...
Who cares how it looks anyway????

After I posted the above photos on FB, one of my co-workers asked: "did you buy any for the office?".  No.  I did not.  It didn't even occur to me.  Why would it?  I told her I would take her a few, and that next year they can order however many boxes they want.  It annoyed me because it made me feel like a self-centered buffoon.  But still, the simple truth is that if you hadn't pre-ordered you could only buy one box.  

Gotta go....I need to look up some recipes using fresh peaches....

Love, 365

August 25, 2017

Gorilla or Guerilla.....things are just becoming ridiculous

This is Doug Adler.........

Doug is a tennis commentator.  While we are watching a match, he's one (of usually two) people that make comments on and critique plays of the two players in the match.  Apparently he made a comment about the style of play of Venus Williams during a match of the Australian Open earlier this year.  I don't recall the exact sentence, but the word guerilla was used, which social media and other misinterpreted as "gorilla".  Everyone went nuts.  Doug was fired.  Even though the company that fired him was well aware that guerilla (as in warfare, tactics) was a common word used to describe a particularly aggressive form of play on the court.  

I think we've all gone a little nuts.  I sense a lack of backbone from his previous employer and hope that Doug wins his lawsuit.  I looked for any response from Venus but found nothing.  

I might have to go to Whole Foods ~ formerly known as "whole paycheck" ~ beginning this coming Monday when Amazon takes over the company.  I never shop at Whole Foods unless there's an ingredient I can't find anywhere else.  Even my former boss (whom I call "asshole") complained when his wife would grocery shop there.  

Good news for those of us that have Amazon Prime ~ a staggering 50% of American's subscribe ~ will be able to take advantage of additional discounts when shopping there.  Another incentive to give Whole Foods another try, especially since it is on my way home from work.  
Did I go to a bakery?  Nope....

I took a vacation day yesterday, and my friend *Francis and I made rolls.  She is currently enrolled in culinary school and is poised to take a class on baking next semester.  In the meantime, she has launched a bread business ~ trust me that her bread is incredibly delicious ~ and works on a food truck, where her boss asked her to make kaiser rolls.  We also made three other types of rolls with the same dough.  It was a lot of fun, and the rolls turned out great.  I can't wait to do more baking with her in the future!  It's not easy to find a friend who is interested in baking, and we are both thrilled to find that we compliment each other in skills and ideas.  
School started this week.....on Tuesday, I was about 10 min late to class partly because I couldn't find a place to park (more on that in a minute) and I had written down the wrong room number.  I spoke to the professor after class to let her know of my circumstances, which she dismissed by telling me that if I am late and miss the quiz, it's a zero.  So much for consideration, huh?  I get it, she wants students to be on time, and my petty concerns are just that ~  but I can't control the traffic from work to class, so I guess I'll have to do my best and hope I'm not late on a quiz day, which are completely random and never announced in advance.  :(

Parking and driving near UNM on Tuesday at that time of day is totally out of control.  I was shocked at the chaos.....but then, I've never taken a class that starts this early (9:30).  My usual paid parking lot was completely full, and the traffic around UNM was so congested I ended up parking in lot C, which is reserved for employees.  I didn't care, I just needed to get to class on time, but next week I'll have to take that option off the table, as I don't want my car booted or towed.  I did find a parking garage close to class, I just need to find an efficient way to get there.  

All of my previous classes were no earlier than 11~11:30.  Lesson learned as I will have to leave even earlier than I had planned to get to class on time.....I plan on taking an online class next semester, so this won't be an issue.  I had hoped I could purchase a pass for lot C until I discovered that it is reserved for employees.  Drat.

Otherwise the class is interesting.  I'm not impressed by the lecturing style of the prof.  She starts a sentence and then goes on a tangent of a related topic.  There's a graduate student from Germany in the class who raises his hand for every single question.  It's funny to watch the professor try to ignore him....sometimes she states emphatically "let's hear from someone who hasn't commented yet".  He doesn't seem to get it though...I suppose he believes he has a real gem of a thought and we should hear it.  I swear, he really does keep his hand up nearly the entire 1 1/4 hour.  
Well, I have chores to do, and this is long enough, eh?

Love, 365

August 20, 2017

The trouble with husbands.....Part 2

Me, before the hair was pulled out.......

Our house, just like any house, sometimes needs repair.  Romeo is great at "handyman" repairs.  We've never ever ever paid anyone to do anything to our house with the exception of a plumber friend of mine that replaced a toilet in the master bath ~ which turned out to be one hell of a job.  He does maintenance on everything, including the roof.  Has replaced at least 2 hot water heaters.  Shuts down the evap cooler himself, when most folks pay someone to do what Romeo would call "a shitty job".  He is meticulous and likes to do it right.  Keep this in mind.

For a couple of years now we knew that some of the boards on our small second story deck were experiencing dry rot.  Not surprising in our climate.  90+% of our fences are made from cinder block or brick, which was quite the novelty to me when I first noticed them in El Paso.  This summer was Romeo's first ever "teacher summer" ~ he was off from June 25 until August 3.  He intended to tackle the deck this summer, but because of a snafu with his contract, he wasn't paid.  So, he didn't make much headway with the deck, other than to remove boards a bit at a time.  I wasn't really happy with this development because the backyard looks like a war zone.  Plus, the old rotted out deck did provide some shade from the setting sun.  Sadly, our backyard is on the west side of the house, something I will keep in mind if we ever sell this one and move.  

This weekend, he announced he would be removing the rest of the boards.  It was pretty noisy.  I was trying my best to ignore it while watching the semi-finals of the tennis tournament in Cincinnati.  After an hour or so, he comes in and tells me that the column that holds up the southwestern side of the deck is wobbly.  "It might have to come down," he says.  I told him I wish he wouldn't, and for about 15 minutes we have a rather loud argument where he accuses me of not believing him and I counteract that with that's not the point.  At any rate, I told him to do what he thinks needs to be done.   Some short time after that, there's a loud noise, and he comes in to tell me that he dented the grill when a board came down.  It's not too bad, he says, it's just the lid.  No problem, I say ~ it's still usable if not a little battle weary.  

Another short period of time later, there's an even louder noise, rather like the house is falling down.  Where he comes in to tell me that the column wasn't at all supported, and when he removed the last board the entire thing (probably 8 ft tall) crashed on to the grill.  This is where I started pulling out the hair.  Of course, I'm thankful it didn't fall toward the house (oh so thankful!!).  I suppose my first thought was why didn't you move the grill somewhere else, but our backyard is very small, so there were limited options.  I mentioned that I didn't think we were going to have fajitas for dinner, but he assured me the grill still works, it just took off the side panel.  "Once we get a new grill cover (the original was destroyed in the crash), it won't even be noticeable!".   Sigh.......

So, now not only do we have a huge stack of boards from the deck, there's a sad column laying on the ground as well.  I wonder how long it will take before we actually have a deck again.

Love, 365

August 19, 2017

Wherever my thoughts take me.......


Recently we had an older lady come into the office for her teeth cleaning appointment.....all very routine.  Moments after she checked in with us I was completely over powered by her perfume.  I have a feeling it was "Youth Dew" which is ~ funny enough ~ very popular among the over 70 age group although this is based solely on my own observations.  What ever it was, I felt sorry for the temporary hygienist who was working for one of ours that was on vacation.  I am sitting 20 feet away and could barely tolerate it.....I can't imagine leaning over that person for an hour.  So, please consider that when you go to your dental appointments.  Not just perfume, but if you're a smoker, please don't smoke one right before you go in.  I know you pop in some gum or a mint before you step into the office, but the smell clings and can make non-smokers feel nauseated.  Just go to the gym for an epic work-out?  Please.....take a shower first.  Oh, you think I'm kidding?  Nope.  But trust me that a shower of perfume doesn't remove that smell.....just think of how it smells in the bathroom when you spray that air freshener.  *Now it smells like poop and flowers.  Nice.  
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Yep, Bing again....

It's either YAY!  or BOO! depending.  Believe it or not, lots of kids enjoy school ~ I enjoyed school but was still sad when we went back as it signaled the end of summer.  Who doesn't enjoy the freedom of summer break?  My sister and I loved it.  We never had camps or sitters after I turned 13. I suppose my Mom figured we had enough common sense to stay out of trouble.  :-)  

 Romeo started back on 8/2 where teachers perform various enchantments get their classrooms ready, discuss challenges, have meetings, sign their contracts and choose insurance options ~ all pretty boring stuff. Romeo was telling me that they have a new special education teacher, which was a relief to everyone.  Last years special ed teacher was fired because he didn't do anything.  Seriously, he probably played with his phone and tried to keep things quiet.  I don't really know the whole story, but after he was let go, the kids in that program were placed in regular class rooms, which made teaching the other kids rather difficult.  The new special ed teacher is apparently very accomplished and had to take a major pay-cut, making me wonder how long he will stay.  I suppose that it depends on how necessary money is.  Romeo took a major cut in pay when he started teaching, but is happy enough that he recently mentioned he had no interest in going corporate ever again.   

My class starts on Tuesday ~ a history class ~ "Catholicism in America".  No, I'm not Catholic but it's a history class, and I need those to finish my minor requirements.  I just need to clean out my back pack and reorganize and I'll be all set.

I hope you all have a great weekend!
Love, 365

August 15, 2017

The trouble with husbands

Last night we had a thunderstorm, which the dog hates (what dog doesn't?), so Romeo decides to shut  the only open window, thinking the dog would calm down.  So, I had to open the window in the bathroom for air circulation.  We have an evaporative cooler, so it's common to crack open a window that creates cool air circulation in our bedroom ~ or any other room for that matter.  Evaporative cooling is an old technology (snort) that drags air over a mesh of some kind that water drips over, and cools the air as it does so.  I realize I'm probably not explaining it very well.  All I wanted to point out was that closing the window reduces the cool air coming into the bedroom.  Sheesh.

Anyway, then Romeo asks if we need to put towels on the window sills downstairs.  Sadly this requires another explanation, but a quick one.  If the rain is hard enough and blows in a certain direction, we sometimes have a leak.  We've done everything (except replace the roofing) we can to stop the leak, but sometimes it still happens.  I said I didn't know, and a moment later he went downstairs to put the towels on the window sill.  Then comes back upstairs to announce that I can re-open the window if I want, he's going to sleep in the spare room.

Just this little tiny thing and he huffs himself into the spare bedroom.  Likely I'm just ridiculous.  Ha ha.

Just so you know, ladies ~ you younger ones that haven't reached your 50's and 60's ~ he's gonna change.  And you just have to roll with it.  Romeo is much more sensitive these days.  And it's not always easy to deal with.

Do I love him still?  Of course!!  He's a wonderful husband, a great dad.  Doesn't mean he can't drive me crazy.

Love, 365

August 13, 2017

Catching up ....

Street musicians at the Santa Fe farmer's market

I called a friend for a train trip to Santa Fe for the farmer's market on Saturday ~ it was a lot of fun, although I was a little unsure about basically spending a whole day on the trip.  The train is nice and relaxing  ~ although you have to get to the station early at 8:45 ~ but the return train doesn't leave Santa Fe until 3:15.  So, I spent the entire day on this one activity....I tried to keep myself from thinking of all the other things I needed to do and just enjoy.  The weather was perfect, probably around 80 with a slight breeze.  We had a wonderful lunch at The Cowgirl cafe....

Shrimp tacos and ice tea.....

The Unbroken Horse band...

I still have a week before classes begin, and my boss left for a two-week vacation on Thursday, so I decided to take a few days while he is gone.  I have a few projects planned for when I go back so that it won't be so incredibly boring.  If I don't find something to do, I'll lose my mind....ha ha.

Usually I write something every weekend here, but the last few weeks I just couldn't find anything I wanted to say.  I suppose everyone who blogs hits a snag now and again.  I've been working on figuring myself out....sounds weird, doesn't it?  I just need a bit of introspection.  That's one of the reasons I texted my friend about the trip to Santa Fe.  I find myself in a rut, not really getting out and doing things, and I don't want to spend my life sitting in the house.......sure, I'm doing things, but it seems rather like going through the motions instead of experiencing something new, or doing something I've done with a friend I haven't done much with.....but the next time I plan on going to the farmer's market I'm driving.  It was a constant struggle to keep my newly purchased fruits and vegetables from getting squished.....I probably should have brought bubble wrap!  

Hope all of you have a great week..
Love, 365

July 30, 2017

It's a crazy world, ya know?

Hamster gets hung up on running wheel.....

Racoon slips into jail in they can't find him/her.....

Denmark has an annual "Santa Congress" ~ who knew????  & why???

They look very sweet...but they decided to visit every Cracker Barrel in the country ~ 645 of them.
Why, oh why?  Blech...

Enjoy your week!
Love, 365

July 29, 2017

Fun times.....

My "interpretation", which admittedly was influenced by a few beers...

Paint nite was a lot of fun.  I went with a friend I play racquetball with and her was only the tiniest bit awkward that they were celebrating their anniversary.  I felt a little like a 3rd wheel, but they didn't seem to mind.  This particular event was sold out although there were a few people who didn't make it ~ evidenced by the few canvases and paper plates with paint that were taken away once we started.  It was easy to follow the directions of the host, who had a great sense of humor and admonished us not to make derogatory comments about our own and others work, that it's supposed to be a fun night out.  Two hours later, this is what I had.  Perhaps I shouldn't have had the beer, ha ha.

After we were done, we walked around the tables to see the results.  Some people added dragons and UFO's....I would say these were folks that didn't intend for paint nite to be anything other than a fun night out.  Others were a little more serious.  If you decide to go to one of these events, invite as many people to go as you can.  The more the merrier!  

Some of the best results were from people that don't have any "artistic" abilities!  Again, it was a lot of fun ~ I highly recommend you try one just for the experience.

Love, 365

July 28, 2017

This and that...........

Bing images....

Today marks the start of my 4 day weekend.  I'm really lucky to work where I do as we work Tues-Fri and Mon - Thurs alternately, so that every other weekend is 4 days.  I work for the older of the 2 dentists, and my co-worker and I were speculating that he will cut down the number of days he works, so she is hoping he will cut Friday's out of his work schedule.  You know, hope springs eternal, ha ha.  Friday's are very popular....I'd rather he cut out Monday ~ cue even bigger ha ha.

About a month ago (where does the time go????) I accidentally "returned" a book from the UNM library to our public library system.  When I called the library to ask them about it, they told me that it does happen, and they would eventually return the book to UNM.  I correctly assumed that when there was a large pile, they would deem it worth their time to drive them over to the university.  My UNM book is due on Monday, and I could renew it and just wait for them to gather enough books, but since I have other UNM books due, I figured I would stop by the public library and pick up the misplaced book.  What a pain in the ass, which could have been avoided if I had been paying attention.  Sheesh.

In the meantime, we needed to purchase another slow cooker, as Son #2 took the one we had been using before the move to Austin.  I did some research and found the one I wanted which was delivered yesterday.  Romeo said I received two packages, and I said that one would be the slow cooker.  Turns out that somehow, I managed to order 2 of the same thing.  I'll be returning the second one tomorrow ~ sheesh again.  I think it takes a special kind of ding dong to mistakenly order two of the same thing ~ on the same day.  

I still have 3 weeks before classes start.  I have really enjoyed the lack of reading, homework, test study, and paper writing.  Even better, this particular class does not require the purchase of a book, although that may mean I'll have plenty of articles to print from home.  Maybe I can sneak printing some of them at work.  I don't always pay attention to the ink levels on my aging ink jet printer, and the low ink status doesn't pop up until I want to print something.  

Tonight I am doing something I've never done ~ going to Paint Nite.  We're supposed to paint this:
Of course, I'm not a painter.

They apparently have painters at the event that help you.  We'll see!  

Have a wonderful weekend.  
Love, 365

July 22, 2017

Saturday energy....

Mini garden......

Maybe it's just because it's Saturday and I don't have to go right to work, but I woke up feeling good and energized this morning.  I've already done 2 loads of laundry, cleaned up the kitchen, emptied the trash and recycling and wanted to swiffer the floor, but apparently we don't have the cloths that you use with it.  I may feel great and energized, but I'm not really interested yet in vacuuming, tee hee.  I'll save that for later, which could mean tomorrow.  I have books to return to the library, and I need to go shopping for a few things.  

I don't like shopping as much as I used to, and do much of it online these days, but there are some things that I prefer to try on, despite my dislike of dressing rooms.  Is it the lighting?  The mirrors?  All I know is that I'm always horrified at how I look in dressing rooms.  

I spoke to my co-workers on Tuesday about the class I'd like to take this fall and was pleasantly surprised that there was no real opposition.  I think I've found a great way to approach them, giving them a list of 3 classes, and basically let them chose which one would be the least disruptive.  What I didn't tell them was that there is a class on Tues & Thurs that starts at 5:30.  I didn't want to take that one partly because it wasn't a subject I'm interested in, and partly because taking a class after work makes for a very long day, and I'm not as thrilled at walking around the campus after dark.  The bosses don't have to pay me while I'm gone, and I get a nice break from work.  Win, win.

I hope to get around to working on a project, doing some chalk lettering for the office.  It will give me some practice for my office chalk board, which has been leaning against the wall for 6 months now.  I really need to get to it while I'm on break from classes.  

Well, looks like the dryer is done, so need to empty that and get ready to run my errands.  I hope all of you have a wonderful weekend!

Love, 365

July 16, 2017

Winter is coming.........

"I drink, and I know things...."

After a long wait......couldn't really tell you how many months it's been........Game of Thrones, the final season begins tonight.  We didn't watch it at first for lots of reasons, like not wanting to subscribe when we were already paying a huge price for cable.  Just didn't seem right.  It was costing us over $150 per month!  We finally cut the cord some years ago, and stream our shows now with Roku.  We can add HBO for a few months until GoT is over.  Truthfully, I think that picking and choosing what we want to watch is the way of the future, instead of paying a fortune to Comcast, Direct TV, etc.  Anyway.....

The hero, who returns from the dead....

One of my co-workers said he doesn't watch it, although he might if he decides to watch a soap opera.  and perhaps it is, perhaps it is.  It's a bit more brutal than a soap though.  A tiny taste of what the quest for power was like when we rode horses and had simple tools of war, like maces, axes, swords and the like.  But....
The weak and despicable....

There is loyalty, betrayal, heroism, intrigue.  Best of all.....there are dragons.

Not pretty dragons....fierce and fire breathing dragons.

Yes, the sets are beautiful, but it's the story.  Winter is coming.....

Love, 365 

********(the next day)
So, the first episode started out with Arya taking care of her list....the list of people who must die.  Afterward, I wondered if the "many faced god" did indeed accept her, as she is able to impersinate others with no apparent suspicion.  Interesting as I thought she had left that all behind.  But, understanding Arya's deep seated desire to erase from existence anyone who murdered her family members (& there aren't many left), perhaps that was why she was "chosen" in the first place?

Other than that, this episode seems to be setting the stage for the season.  Not a lot happening, other than Daenarys finally returning home, and that Sam Tarly will likely be instrumental in the living vanquishing the dead.  But we don't know, so we'll just continue to tune in on Sunday evening until the season ends.

July 14, 2017

Wilted strawberries.....

A car in our local grocery store parking about that homemade spoiler?

I woke up this morning starving......Romeo has already taken the dog for a walk, so I stumble down the stairs for coffee and see the bowl of strawberries I didn't eat at dinner, still sitting on the counter.  They looked dull, and a little dehydrated, but I ate them anyway.  I wouldn't call it fine dining, lol.  I then grabbed a piece of multi grained bread (Romeo bought it, which surprised me ~ he used to call stuff like this bird food) and poured a thin layer of lavender honey on it and scarfed that down too.  I guess I'm ready to take on the day.

Just heard a news report that people living "downwind" from the Trinity bomb test site that were exposed and are now plagued with cancer have ~ once again ~ been denied compensation from our illustrious government.  Is this America?

Have been reading "A Handmaids Tale" ~ mostly because I've been hearing about the hulu original series (I don't have hulu & don't plan to subscribe) ~ I've likely read a third (or a fourth?) of it, and the story is interesting, but the book bugs me.  I'm an avid reader of fiction (who needs reality? we're living it ~ and I rarely read biographies) and admit to all who might care (ha ha) that some of my favorite reads are pure entertainment, and not very "literary".  I think the reason I'm not thrilled with the book is the constant and unrelenting descriptions.  I want the story, not a paragraph long description of how the room looks, smells, the lighting, the dust motes....I want the story.  I can fill in my own backdrop.  I think my reaction is due to my lack of patience.  I will keep reading though, because I'm cheap, and already paid for it.  There's another clue to my personality :-)  Plus, I'm really bugged by the fact that these women just do what they are told.  Come on, there has to be a way!  I think I'd rather die than live in a society like the one described in that book.  =shudder=

Enjoy your Friday ~ Love, 365

Well!  I did receive my final grade for the summer class ~ an A.  I read through some of the final projects (which were posted on Google Drive, and truthfully took me a few minutes to figure out how to download my paper), and was impressed.  One was particularly good.  I can't figure out how I achieved an A in comparison, lol.

**Word of warning when scrolling through blogs (by hitting the "next blog" button....I ran across an extremely pornographic blog, so be aware.  I was surprised, then surprised that I was, because the world is full of that kind of stuff.  There was a warning, but I've seen those before and figured they might use a few choice words, but no.  Sheesh.

July 9, 2017

Re-organizing after the craziness...

Dahlia in the garden....6-20-17

Here I am, in front of the computer again, ha ha.  I need to clean off my desk, throw out the papers I no longer need and sort the books to return to the library.  Speaking of libraries, last Monday I drove to the main library of Albuquerque, for info for my research paper.  Before I left the house, I grabbed a book that I decided that I didn't need for return ~ which I did....but instead of giving it to a real human, I dropped it into the book return.  The next day I realized I returned a book from UNM to the public library.  I called on Wednesday, and they assured me that it happens, and they'll return it to UNM ~ eventually.  I'm not too concerned, as the book isn't due until early August, but I'll have to keep an eye on the status of it...I don't want to have to buy a book for UNM....I already give them too much of our money.

The beautiful dahlia in the photo (took with my i phone, the camera is really amazing) lasted a long time, but the 3 buds have all bloomed and are gone now.  I have no idea if it will send up flowers again during the summer, but it's really a fantastic flower.  I haven't had a flower garden in a long time, so I'm re-learning what I like, and what does well.  This one is certainly my favorite.

On the 4th, I received an e-mail from my oldest son, who informed the family he is going to jump into marriage again.  I was a little disheartened....he's only been divorced a year, and I hoped he would wait another year before taking the plunge again.  Although I told him I hoped he would wait a little longer, I don't have a good argument since I married again a bit over a year after my first marriage, and Romeo & I are going on 38 years now.  My niece is getting married again this summer as well, and my sister and I had an interesting conversation about the two yesterday.  Mostly we said to each other "what can you do, except hope they are happy".  I have no idea how son #2 is taking it because the reason he moved back to Albuquerque was due son #1 was getting married, and she not only had my new grandson but 4 other kids as well.  Yeah, it's kind of a soap opera.  It's family, after all.

Enjoy your week!
Love, 365

July 6, 2017

Too much computer time.....

Bing images.....

Oh. My. God.  I am finally done with my class project, which was writing a 10 page research paper on the old Albuquerque Airport terminal.  If I've written a 10 page paper before, I have likely wiped the memory of it from my mind......because it's grueling.  I've been working on it for a little over a week, although the last 3 days have been intense.  I have no idea how the Prof. will like it.  I am not an architecture student, although I know she knows that I took this class for a history requirement.  I'm happy with it.....and I thought about giving it to Romeo to look at, the last time I did that it resulted in a massive re-write, and I don't want to do that ~ nor do I have the time for it.  It is due tomorrow.  I work from 7am to 1, so I'll have to drive down to UNM and deliver it once I'm done with the work day.

This was a 4 week class.  I know from discussions with other students in the class I think we had all waited until the very end of June to make any serious headway on it.  Some of the architect students were making models, but they also had to write 5 pages to accompany that model.  Romeo and I talked about it, and he jokingly said a toothpic model, and we both laughed.  I have no experience what so ever with making models of buildings, but I assume there is a skill set that comes from experience.  

I hope I get a chance to see the models, but since she's viewing them at 10am, I doubt I will.  

Well, it's been a long week, and I've spent way to much time typing and editing and re-editing.  I'm ready for some quality time with my man.....

Love, 365

July 4, 2017

Happy Independence Day! And scrolling thru the blogs....

I grew up in a military family, Dad being in the Airforce.  Every 4th of July we would pack our cooler with drinks, take some blankets, and head on out to the base at Lackland AFB (which is now closed).  They had a huge grassy area where families would pick their spot, and once it was dark we would be treated to a truly awesome firework least it seemed that way to me then.  The business of fireworks is much more sophisticated today.  We always had a great time.  At certain points they would shoot off the really big ones, and the crowd would go "oooooooh".  Everyone was out for fun.   Kids were well behaved (hey, it's the military after all).

We don't go to those massive displays anymore because I just can't take the crowds.  I don't like being jostled by strangers, and because I'm vertically challenged it's not always easy to get a good spot.  It's probably been over 20 years since I've gone to a commercial display.  I can see them from my backyard since we live in the foothills instead of the valley, but it's not the same.  I thought about going up to Sandia Peak and watch from waaaay up there, but a patient at the office said he did that one year, and it's not all that impressive because of the distance.  I suppose it looks like an ant city with ant size fireworks, ha ha.

Happy 4th of July, everyone!  And be careful and use some common sense, for Pete's sake.
Do you ever hit the "next blog" button at the top of the screen?  I've done that a few times, and once in a great while I run across a blog I like.  Mostly it's families posting photos of their kids, obviously intended to share with other members of the family that live far away.  Some are self advertising, actresses and musicians.  Some are so full of graphics that it makes you dizzy to look at it.  Really, it's like graffiti ~ and not very artistic graffiti at that.  The worst are the blogs that are selling something.  I skip right over those, because there are tons of places to buy's like a junk blog to me.

Well, I need to get to writing.  I did manage a nice beginning on the paper yesterday, and want to knock out most of it today.....

Love, 365

July 2, 2017

Happy 4th! Let the grilling begin.....

Thought I'd start with this little gem I saw on The Feral Irishman's blog.  

Yesterday we had our last class meeting ~ yeah, on Saturday at 8am.  I'm glad I won't have to set my alarm for 5:30 on my days off anymore.  Of course, I have until the 7th to finish my paper and turn it in, so I'm also glad to have off Monday and Tuesday (& today of course!) to get a lot of it done.  

On Friday we had two guest lecturers and then left at 10:40 to go to Abiquiu to view Georgia O'Keeffe's home, 

It was a very long day....started at 8am and we didn't get home until after 7, then I made oatmeal raisin cookies and prepared a power point with photos to describe my project, a discussion on the architecture of the old Albuquerque airport terminal.  We were to meet at 8am (omg, I was so tired), and bring whatever we wanted for an informal pot-luck.  

We ended up with:
6 dozen donuts
bagels & cream cheese (she even brought her toaster!)
Liam brough soda and sandwiches
5 plates of fruit
all kinds of drinks, but no coffee (what!!!), which I suspected, so brought my own

As you can see from the photo, there aren't that many of there were lots of leftovers.  I declined taking a dozen donuts.  My butt doesn't need those, no matter how yummy they might be, ha ha.

So, although I will not miss setting my alarm for so early in the morning, it was a phenominal class.  The instructor was wonderful.  Kind, but not letting you off the hook ~ one of my classmates (a graduate student no less) asked if she could present her project next Friday.  Obviously she wasn't paying attention.  But beyond that, and overlooking the somewhat chaotic scheduling (which changed every week it seemed), it opened up the subject of architecture as part of our history...can't wait to explore it further, as New Mexico has a unique architectual history.

Enjoy your 4th of July holiday, everyone!  
Love, 365

June 24, 2017

I called in sick.....

Here I am at Quarai ruins....the beautiful church show here was built by the women of the Pueblo.  The community was in existence for over 200-300 years before the Spanish came.  

The Quarai ruins are remarkable, but not for the ruins.  Nope, it's remarkable for it's gardens.  It is estimated that they grew enough food to feed around 500-800 people who lived there.  That's quite remarkable considering the climate, which has been described as either bone chilling cold (10 degrees) or broiling hot.  It was very hot yesterday, which is why you see me with the item that looks like a wet it and it cools you down.  It worked very well yesterday, keeping me much more comfortable.  But all of this sun and heat wave we have had for the past week has left me feeling a little crummy.  I decided to skip the trip to Santo Domingo today, which pisses me off.  I think it would have been a fun trip to watch the horse races and view the Pueblo plaza and church.  Oh, well.  

I really need to catch up on my reading today anyway.

Guest lecturer and some of my class mates...

There were beautiful trees, and it was cool in the small valley...evaporative cooling from the stream that is just below the surface in some areas, and above in others.  
My favorite photo of the ruins.....

Well, I'm off to do some reading and relaxing.  Have a great weekend!
Love, 365

June 19, 2017


Old Albuqeurque Airport, home to the TSA

Romeo and I took a quick trip to the old Albuquerque airport building, which I understood has been renovated.  We could only look around the main concourse of the building, as the remaining rooms now house the TSA offices.  It's pretty cool ~ literally it was cool inside, as we are experiencing more triple digit temp's (or close to it).  The thick adobe walls are likely 18 inches thick, and are typically thicker at the base and thins somewhat as it rises.
Interior...note the beautiful beams and vigas on the ceiling.

As we were driving home ~ omg is it hot, thank god for a/c ~ we discussed again our earlier thoughts on moving back to Texas upon retirement.  Which granted, isn't for another 5 to 8 years.  This came about earlier in the year right before I traveled to Austin to visit the boys, Mom, and my sister.  Once I was there, and recalled the absolutely horrible traffic (Austin has become notorious for it), and the sheer number of people (San Antonio is the 7th largest city in the U.S.), I began to have my doubts right about the time Romeo was beginning to warm up to the idea.  

I had a discussion with a friend, and mentioned the reasons I wanted to move back, which is mainly for family.  And I would like to be closer to them.  And I realized that I was assuming that my sister and I would engage in a wonderful re-creation of my visits.....and just how unrealistic that thought is. She has two grandchildren from her husband's kids, and my nephew and his wife are expecting in August.  She has a lot going on.  And when we did live in the same city ~ at one point we lived less than a mile from each other ~ we didn't really see each other that often.  Family get togethers, sure, but otherwise, not so much.  Perhaps once we are both retired (she's already semi-retired) I suppose we would spend more time together.  

But, then I looked around me.  The mountains, the turquoise sky, the urban/suburban feel of Albuquerque.  The beauty of the countryside around us.  The smell of the desert.  And I began to have misgivings about the very idea.  Romeo and I decided to put the decision on the back burner for the moment.  I think it's kind of funny how a place can get into your soul, and before you know it, you feel as though you belong.  You are home.

Love, 365

June 18, 2017

A hidden gem in the heart of Albuquerque

Los Poblamos, Albuquerque

Our Architecture of New Mexico class went to Los Poblamos yesterday to view a style of architecture that is unique to NM.  But mostly, it was just fun, and amazing.  I never even heard of this place!  I will be going back soon....

The main crop is lavender.  The plants were beautiful and of course, smelled heavenly.

John Gall Meem was the architect for many of the buildings here....and also designed the Zimmerman Library on UNM campus.  

Professor Norman Crowe joined Prof. Karla Britton to give us the low-down on the details of the NM territorial style.  Sweet guy.

Our group photo for this trip....
This building would be the area for a wedding that was to take place that evening.

We had a real scorcher yesterday, and we were tempted to jump into this pool....

I was obsessed with this tractor and silos....I love this photo.

We arrived at 9am, and by the time we left around 11:30, the heat was pouring it on.  We went to have lunch at Flying Star....and for some reason they chose to eat outside on the patio.  Which was covered, but omg, really?  I took 2 ibuprophen as I left, to try to get rid of a building headache.  Soon after I abandoned my last errand and went home.  After a few hours rest, I was feeling better.  I decided to order a cooling neck wrap for next week's travels, as I don't want to deal with a migraine when we're an hour from home.  

Regardless of the headache/migraine, it was fun.  I purchased some lavender lotion and lavender honey (wow! is that stuff good) at the farm store.  I plan to visit again, and purchase gifts at the store. It is a historic inn and organic farm, and I'd love to spend the night there sometime...although it's a bit pricey.  

Happy Father's Day to all of the Dad's, Step Dad's, and men who fill the roll... 

My Romeo.....

Love, 365

Look out Texas......

I'm leaving today to go to Round Rock for son #1's wedding.  Tonight I will be meeting my soon to be daughter-in-law.  My son alr...