Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy new year to everyone! I love the start of a new year. It gives you a point at which you can try to improve upon any flaws. I am going to try to be more thoughtful, considerate, and procrastinate less. This means actually buying gifts for people that entail thought--no more gift cards!

It's also a great time to reflect on what we have to be thankful for. I had another year with my dad. He is continuing his battle with prostate cancer, and fortunately, he has not been sick or suffered much at all, other than being tired. My mom continues to persevere and take care of dad, and everything else, somehow. ThaKing's grandma continues to do well.

We lost Miss Ripley Kitty and Leo the Ferret this year, but gained Elka, the white German shepherd (more to come later), just before Christmas. ThaKing and I will eat hoppin' john tomorrow to get our fill of black eyed peas for luck in 2009.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

If you need a tax deduction for 2008, please remember all the critters at LHS. They have a record number of animals to care for at this time, so please donate.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Who has not always wanted their very own Muppet?! From watching the Muppet Show to multiple Muppet Movies, reading Muppet books, I've always wanted my own. This dream can now come true by going to FAO Schwartz.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Due to my bah humbug Christmas mood from last year, as previously mentioned, thaKing and I spent Christmas day at home last family, just us and the critters. Apparently Kroger closes on Christmas day so we could not even have a semblance of the traditional Christmas dinner. We scrounged up what there was to eat at the house and went to see Charlie Wilson's War, partly so we could eat popcorn. Even though we have Christmas planned to the hilt this year, with lots o' traveling, I still want to keep the new found tradition of going to the movies on Christmas day. There are several great movies that will be out, such as Four Christmases and Marley and Me. Love Reese and Jen. Plus, thaKing is a little Vince Vaugh/John Favreau combo.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Last year I was not in the Christmas spirit, whatsoever. I was entirely depressed from the overwhelming commercialism that is Christmas and the pressure of having to buy presents and trying to figure out what to buy. We didn't even put up a Christmas tree! This year, I am feeling slightly more spirited. We've even put up two trees! The large tree is referred to as the flea market explosion by thaKing. The topiary tree is the bird and gnome tree. It makes me so happy to see the little gnomes peeping around the branches. R.C. is even feeling the spirit.
We finally made the commitment to rip up the carpet and linoleum and install hardwood flooring in our home. To save 50 cents/square foot, thaKing and I removed the carpet and linoleum our selves. There is a reason I don't do manual labor...IT SUCKS! We thought it would take only two to three hours, but oh no, it was easily 7! My back ached for days. My fingers were sore from tugging and pulling on the linoleum. My pink and whites were left in tatters. In the end the floor was definetly worth it.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

I have been super busy the last month with work and around the house. Too busy to blog. I had my first argument before the Court of Appeals which was nerve racking and very exciting. I can't wait to do it again, assuming of course I have all the 'right' answers for the judges like I did this time! It was way more fun than law school, when nothing other than your dignity was on the line. Also, we had hardwood flooring installed in the first floor of our lovely Ball home. Pictures to follow. The process only took a week but it seemed like two weeks!

Anyway, the important reason for this post...Lex Humane Society has collaborated with one of my favorite local stores, Isle of You, located at the corner of Jefferson and Short.
Take a donation for LHS or an item off the LHS wish list to Isle of You and receive 50% off your entire purchase. Help the animals and shop at the same time!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Election day is so much fun! I feel like voting on election day is the essence of being an American. I swell up with pride knowing that I have the freedom to display yard signs and bumper stickers promoting the candidate I support. Plus, just knowing that women literally suffered for me to have the right to vote is amazing and their efforts should never be forgotten. Even if it's some lame state primary for agricultural commissioner, I vote. People in some countries die for supporting the wrong candidate or voicing their beliefs. USA! USA! USA!

Anyway, thaKing and I walked around the corner to the old people condos' clubhouse to vote. The weather was perfect and we only had to wait about 20 minutes. We then went to get our free coffee at Starbucks. There, we waited in line again. No worries though. It was great being part of everyone coming together to participate in our democracy, and consume free caffeine, regardless if they're voting for THAT ONE or THIS ONE. And hopefully, THAT ONE wins and it will be a happy ending to this beautiful election day.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

thaKing and I had a nice and uneventful weekend. Yet, I did leave him at home yesterday to go to Keeneland and bet on Curlin in the Breeder's Cup. The horse of the century was upset because I bet on him. I'm sure of it. Sunday was spent going to the Green Expo downtown. We learned interesting things about composting and concrete homes. We capped the trip downtown off with signature hot chocolate from Starbucks. Mmmm.

Once home, I started whipping up one of my fall favorites...butternut squash soup. It is the epitome of fall in it's color and aroma.
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Saturday, October 25, 2008

This morning I enjoyed flipping through the PB November catalog while I drank my coffee. Every space is warm and inviting. There's no arguments of what's for dinner, whose parents' house are you going to for the holidays. If you lived at the Pottery Barn everyone would come to your house for the holidays because it's so fabulous! On second thought....maybe I don't want to live at the Pottery Barn.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

We have had a ton o' fun tailgating the last two weekends with the Zegafuses. I'll be the first to admit we are fair weather fans. So given that it was maybe 50 degrees last night, when the temperature had just been 85 degrees for last week's game, we weren't exactly acclimated to the cool front moving through. UK was down 20 to 7 with about 10 minutes to go in the game. Not believing that an offense that had struggled so much could even make a comeback and win, we left to return to tailgating. We met up with the Zegafuses and listened to the game on the radio. What?! UK proceeded to score two touchdowns and were leading. As the fireworks were blasting from UK's last touchdown, we rushed back into the stadium to watch the final ticks off the clock. What a great comeback! Sorry we didn't believe, Cats! By the way, remove temporary tattoos using alcohol or else risk actually removing skin.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Can anyone tell that much of a difference between the above shoes? Granted, the upper shoe is hairy and has a more refined classy print...but for $24.99 at Target v. $268 from J. Crew, I can totally rock the bottom shoe. Besides, I will then have more $$ to buy an outfit at J. Crew!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

I am a bad blogger...but I have been relishing in actually being town for the weekend and not having anything I HAD to do. We just got back from the Austin City Limits Music Festival. It was a great time and I will go back, assuming the band schedule is acceptable. However, I have to tell you, the first two hours of the first day of the festival, I was thinking I would never make it through the heat and dirt for two more days! We were listening to 'What Made Milwaukee Famous', doused in SPF 30, in 90 degrees. I was sweating and my sunscreen caused all dirt particles to stick to me. I am slightly OCD so this was not a happy situation. But I decided we paid money to be here all weekend, 200,000 other people were making it, so could I. Through port-o-potties and all I managed to keep it together...until it was time to see MGMT. Out of 130 bands playing at the ACL, This was the band I came to see. Apparently, everyone else did too.

We made our way to the small stage (ACL didn't comprehend the draw either) 30 minutes ahead of show time to cop a spot. Needless to say, we were in a sea of 90,000 people, I was hit in the head with some passers by folding chair, I could not even see MGMT, but I could hear the band. In order to get my MGMT fix I am now threatening to take off to Chicago or NY this month to catch the remainder of the US tour.

Despite that too close for comfort experience, we saw great artists/bands such as Manu Chau, Gnarls Barkley, Old 97's, John Fogerty, Allison Kraus & Robert Plant, Band of Horses, Gillian Welch, Vampire Weekend, Silversun Pickups, Beck, and the Foo Fighters, just to name a few. Old 97's were my fave...perhaps because we were shaded from the sweltering Texas' sun and there weren't a billion people at Zilker Park yet.

We had two days to kick it in Austin, outside of the ACL. I love it there and I want to move to Austin. Maybe I can get BRR to open a satellite office, but then again, does TX even have reciprocity? I ain't taken no more bar exams! Anyway, the city where W. resided as the governor of the big red state, is friendly, progressive, and environmentally conscious. thaKing and I were eating lunch in SOCO, and a woman sitting next to us asked if we would watch her stuff while she went to the restroom. Of course we obliged, but we were both shocked at the trust this person held. The same afternoon we were walking back to our hotel, on the trail around Town Lake. There was a woman just napping on the hillside. I want to live there, where you can nap in the middle of the afternoon, or anytime, for that in public and not be bothered.

Our last night in Austin was spent watching the bats fly out in downtown Austin and by catching Dale Watson's performance at the Continental Club. 750,000 bats live under a bridge right in the heart of Austin. It was an amazing sight to see them flying out into the night air, but not photographable due to the darkness and their speed. Jeremy had seen Dale several times before. One time was a Lynaugh's which resulted in Dale writing a song, Kentucky in a Spin, about the night's events. We talked to Dale, bought him a tequila shot, and danced to Kentucky in a Spin. This was all way more fun than getting hit in the head with a camping chair.
Two presidential debates remain and here is a great drinking game, thanks to the Dooce. Everytime McCain says 'Maverick', drink a shot of vodka! Too bad I didn't think of that last week for the VP debate. Or if the game had been every time Palin winks, drink, then I would not have been able to make it to work Friday morning.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Maker's Mark is encouraging people to get out and vote with their latest commemorative bottle. I purchased mine last week, which looks just like the one above. I later found out there are two versions, the one above, and one that is blue, white and red. I wish I could have purchased the latter, but oh well. Oh, if I could just get it signed by Obama, that would bring some democratic legitimacy to it. Be sure to catch the Maker's Mark Rock the Vote Tour bus in Lexington Oct. 30--31 and Louisville 11/1--11/5, and of course, vote!

By the way, I will be sure and keep Jeremy's brother away from this commemorative bottle so that he doesn't drink it! Who drinks commemorative bottles of Maker's? People from Ohio that have to ask for help with even opening the bottles, that's who!

Monday, September 22, 2008

This past weekend was pretty busy. Sushi with Tom on Friday night followed by Octoberfest at Christ the King. We missed the performance by Todd Snider, unfortunately, but caught Sam Bush, which was a refreshing mix between bluegrass, rock and reggae. We ran into the usual Octoberfest participants, BT, the College and her posse, as well as some of the Bunco ladies. I took video on my phone of Mitch trying to hoolihoop, but the video was a little dark and didn't turn out so well...maybe next year. Also, maybe next year, I will remember to not drink KY Ale. WTF? I only drank two beers and felt like I drank 12 the next morning. What is in that stuff?

We traveled to the lovely town of Campbellsville (home of J.B. Holmes) this past weekend for my BFF, Angela's, wedding. It was a beautiful ceremony and reception. I've never seen a happier bride. The reception was held at a lodge on Green River Lake. I wish Angela and Casey (a.k.a Steve) many, many years of happiness. We, along with the Mexics who were also in attendance, are tentatively planning a camping trip to Green River. Like the dress, LA?

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

After meeting our neighbor's white German Shepherd dogs several years ago, I found that this breed was super intelligent and beautiful. I was googling white German Shepherds the other night and came across Debbie's Dixieland Kennels. Does anyone else detect some not so PC undertone?

Friday, September 12, 2008

I realized this morning, starting with last Saturday, we will have be/been staying somewhere other than our own bed, for four consecutive Saturdays. Oy vey! Last Saturday, we stayed at my parent's house since we were in town for my cousin's wedding, which by the way was over the top. I'm talking photo booth and m & m's with images of the happy couple and their dog on the tiny candies! This Saturday we are going to OH to the outlets (woo hoo!) and to watch the Buckeyes play the Trojans, albeit from Caly. It will be so much fun to watch the game with more than just one other Buckeye fan!

Next Saturday, the wedding season for this year comes to an end, when we travel to Campbellsville, to see one of my best friend's from law school, Angela, tie the knot. Finally, the last Saturday of September will be spent in Austin, TX for the ACL Music Festival. I can't wait. I have never been to Austin, but from everything I've heard and read, it should be a nice time.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

No, I'm not talking about Dara Torres, but Washington State University's Cougar Gold Cheese! Some of the best cheese ever is pert' near ready to be shipped to Kentucky. We first discovered the goodness of Cougar Gold when visiting our friends Bill and Laura, in Moscow, Idaho, in March 2001. Bill and Laura are both professors at WSU. One of my funniest memories from the trip is when in Bill took us to see the grizzly bear sanctuary on campus. We saw the sanctuary, but no bears. I pointed out to Bill, the PhD, that they may still be hibernating. He agreed and I felt super smart!

Friday, September 5, 2008

thaKing has become quite the photography hobbyist. It seems like every other week a new piece of camera equipment is being delivered to my office. I am totally encouraging him to become a really excellent photographer and start shooting weddings. Do you know how much photographers charge for weddings?! I totally appreciate the have a limited time to get those necessary shots, and if you don't, you have to listen to the bridzilla bitch until the cows come home. thaKing now has his first wedding tentatively booked for 8/15/09. He is doing it for free to get the experience and add to his portfolio. I think he should check out Southern Weddings , and the always impressive, Melani Mauer for inspiration. Then look at our wedding album for 'what not to do'.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

How cute are these? Even the ferrets are getting into the democratic spirit! I purchased two of these off etsy for Jeremy and Dr. Z. I bet there are no "MOOSE FOR PALIN" buttons.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

In the wee hours of Sunday morning, a long weekend of worrying about Ripley came to a sad and abrupt end. As you may know from a previous post, Ripley had surgery Thursday, August 21, to remove an intestinal mass. The surgery lasted almost four hours and Dr. Z described her findings as a 'nasty and massive tumor.' The tumor extended around Ripley's intestines and into her pancreas. She was slow to come out from the anesthesia and she was nauseous. I visited her after surgery, before she was transported to the local animal hospital for overnight observation. It was so hard to see her that way. I felt awful for putting her through the surgery, but I knew that was the best option to try and save her life.

I picked Ripely up the next morning and took her back to Dr. Z's clinic. She looked much, much better...responding to stimuli and being affectionate. She continued to progress the rest of the day on Friday. I visited her that afternoon. We then started trying to reintroduce her to soft, watered down food. She really wanted no part of any of the many offerings I tried to feed her. I left her there, knowing she would still continue to progress.

Saturday morning Dr. Z called and informed me that Ripely did not eat anything overnight and she wanted to insert a NG tube to get the vital calories and hydration to Ripely. I agreed and went in to visit Ripely. Still no eating...not even for me. Jeremy brought her some tuna, her favorite. At first she wanted nothing to do with the tuna, but then she took a couple of licks of the juice. We had never been so happy! But that is all she would want because she was so nauseous. We left her so Dr. Z could insert the NG tube. The rest of the day, I kept my cell phone nearby. However, I missed a call from Dr. Z around 9:30pm. She checked on Ripley and found she vomited several times and was very concerned that Ripley's incision in her intestines may be leaking.

I talked to Dr. Z again on Sunday morning, and after checking in on Ripley that morning, she had the same to report, Ripley seemed to be rapidly declining. She was still nauseous and very unhappy. We went to visit Ripley, and Dr. Z set out several options to find the problem. We decided to do minimally invasive test on Ripley to determine if the surgical site was leaking. Ripley had her NG tube still in her nose at that time, but she looked up at me when I walked in the room to see her. Her eyes were still beautiful green. I could tell she was unhappy and I hated that I had chosen to put her through this, but I felt it was all necessary to try and make her more comfortable in the long haul. Dr. Z left us alone after we made our decision. I cleaned Ripley's gunk out of her eyes and dusted the dandruff out of her fur. She was too preoccupied with trying to get better, to tend to such superfluous things. After lots of petting and kisses on her head, we left Ripley to Dr. Z's continued care.

Dr. Z called around 2:00pm and said the test was negative for any leaking but she wanted to transport Ripley to the Animal Hospital to determine if her conclusions were correct and to allow Ripley to be observed overnight. Not hearing anything, I called the Animal Hospital around 8:45pm, the vet on call, Dr. Dawes expressed concern for the texture of Ripley's abdomen. She found it very hard and tense. Her advice was to open Ripley back up to determine if there was a blockage or if the surgical site was leaking, or anything else. She advised that an ultrasound in the morning would tell us very little and if something is wrong internally, time is the enemy. I called Dr. Z and she agreed with the idea of exploratory surgery. I called Dr. Dawes back and authorized the second surgery...hoping that would fix Ripley.

At 12:20am still not having heard anything, I called the Animal Hospital to verify they have the correct phone number. They assured me they did and that they would call when Ripley was out of surgery. I prayed that this would be it and Ripley could come home and get better. At 1:38am, my cell phone rang. It was Dr. Dawes on speaker phone from the surgery suite. With the beeping of the heart monitor in the background, she told me once inside, she found that Ripley's pancreas was necrotic and abscessed and there was nothing that could be done surgically. She adivsed that if I decided on euthanasia, it would be easier on Ripley to do it while Ripley was on the table, and not to bring her out of anesthesia, and thereby avoid any pain. Jeremy was standing behind me as I sat on our stairwell talking to Dr. Dawes. I thought about saying no, so I could go see Ripley in the morning and tell her goodbye, but that would be totally selfish. I said "go ahead and do it now; it is what's best for her." Ripley would not be coming least not in the way we hoped.

It was such a difficult decision. But I find some peace in knowing, that we did everything we could possibly due to save her. The pathology report came in Tuesday. Turns out Ripley had high grade carcinoma. I said to Dr. Z, when she told me, "she didn't have much time anyway, correct?" She agreed.

I went to pick out Ripley's urn on Wednesday. I wanted to find one that matched Leo's. It's really sad that we just went through this with him, in May. A green marble urn caught my eye. I picked it up just to check the price. There it was...a name tag on the green urn that said "Ripley." It was meant to be to be hers.

All of our friends were very supportive during this difficult time, which we really appreciate. It's never easy to lose a pet, but it makes the heartache less painful when you hear kind words from those that care.

Monday, August 25, 2008

My crazy cousin Latishia is participating in the Susan G. Comen 3 day walk for the cure in Atlanta this September. She will be walking 20 miles per day, over the span of three days! Hopefully she will not be carrying JB.

She almost suckered me into walking as well, but I chose be lazy and donate money instead. You too can be lazy and donate to this great cause by going to her fund raising page. Come on people, she is walking 60 miles! That should at least be worth a $25 donation!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

We had a 'ball' at the Black and White Ball, benefiting the Rape Crisis Center, last weekend. thaKing and I met our friends Susan, Mitch, Tonya, Matthew, and the other Susan. Supposedly, the other Susan's partner, Tom, was there, but I never saw him. Conveniently, thaKing filled in for picture time. The night was filled with drag queens and a wide array of people. The highlight, other than observing the shear amount of Maker's thaKing can consume, was this crazy hair demonstration starring Bradley and Mickey. I thought they were just two guys dressed like they were from an early 90's hairband and I learned they were part of the show. I feared for their victim, I mean client. By the way, we would like to thank Matthew and Tonya for inviting us to tag along. I can't wait till next year's ball!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

I just found a great decorating idea, especially for people like me that don't exactly like all those paintings of flowers and children and dogs that I don't even know. Sorry to dis all your wall art, Mom. Works great for you, but not exactly me.

Wonderful Graffiti offers interior typography for walls, refrigerators, and anything else you want to stick letters to. Even better though, it appears you spent lots o' money on a custom painting/stencil, but is it's not that expensive. This would be a great idea for decorating a nursery with a favorite nursery rhyme. I am considering buying a 'K' monogram to put over our bed, similar to the picture below.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Yesterday, I wore this really cute BCBG shirt that is somewhat flowing, but you cinch the belt that is attached, and tie in front. It could be maternity wear, but clearly is not. Anyway, a security guard at the courthouse, with a completely straight face asked, "when are you due?". I responded with the obvious "I'm not!" She explained that she heard I was pregnant. The only plausible conclusion is that there is another blond attorney/former prosecutor that is pregnant and she mixed us up. Nonetheless, I never ask anyone something like that! Even if the baby's head is crowning...I still DON'T ASK, because I don't want to risk making the same mistake. Needless to say, I may not wear that shirt again, and I dragged my tired fat body to the gym last night where I did major cardio and pumped a lot o' iron. I may go back tonight after Bunco and in the morning!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Me, thaKing, and LA ran in the Midsummer Night's Run this past Saturday. It was so much fun! I highly recommend running with the Nike+. When the Nike Lady said "1 kilometer completed" it was so great to know exactly how far I'd already ran and that I wasn't using that much effort yet. Also, she helped me keep my pace and not kill myself with running two fast, like my last race. However, near the end the Nike Lady told me there was only 464 feet remaining. That seemed impossible at that point. The finish line was in sight, but yet so far away. I walked for about two steps then thaKing passed me, running. I would have none of that so I took every last bit of energy I had to catch up and pass his ass. We finished with the same chip time, but technically I crossed over in front of him. He's a great husband...I think he let me pass him. This was my first 5K. My main goals were to 1. finish, 2. beat thaKing, 3. finish in under 30 min. I achieved all my goals but the last...I finished in 30.15! Oh well, maybe next year.

Friday, August 8, 2008

I don't recall ever being as excited about the Olympic games as I am now. China's communist government violates human rights and stifles basic freedoms....but you must admit, they have poured maajah mad money into the 2008 games! Other nations have constructed monolithic stadiums for when they played host to the games, however, China's architectural endeavors literally crashed computers during the planning phase. The Water Cube, referred to as the Water Cube for its translucent, bubbly design, is absolutely amazing.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Please keep Ms. Ripley in your prayers. She has not been herself for quite sometime. After lots of testing, we finally found out what the problem was, yesterday. It is such a relief to at least know what's wrong. Ripley has a mass in her intestines and it may be cancerous. She is having surgery on August 21 to remove the mass, and hopefully, that will be the solution to all her problems. It is quite scary not knowing how old Ripley is, whether we should put her through this or not. We are guessing that she is 9 or 10 years old. Nonetheless, I want to keep her as comfortable as possible and I think the surgery is necessary to maintain that comfortable quality of life, or at least give her the best chance. With everything we have been through with our pets, I don't know why we have yet to purchase pet insurance.

This weekend thaKing and I traveled to Nashville to wish my OLD friend Darren, happy 30th birthday. We had a blast! I thought about taking his parents a host gift of moonshine and forgot to round up some homebrew. But no worries, they had their own 'shine that they purchased from the local Shriner's Club. I didn't know birthday parties could still be so fun at our age. Darren's parents promised to come see us for Keeneland. If they make it, all I have to say is, I hope we can keep up!

Monday, July 28, 2008

I started a blog to mainly document all the things we do and keep in touch with friends and family. I have been so busy this month that I have, God forbid, neglected to blog. Where to start...My friend Lindsay turned 30! I am sure she appreciates the advertising. She also obtained a new job as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. Are you reading this FBI? I am so proud of her! The criminals of the Eastern District of Kentucky better straighten up or move out because she is one tough cookie!
I attended a tea party in Glendale, in honor of my friend Angela who is getting married in September. I saw Amish people there! Are you reading this Ami....of course not. I had never been to a tea party before, but it was loads of fun! We wore hats and ate lots of tiny food. You would never think you would get so full, but you do. I really needed to watch some Nascar or football to come down from my girly high afterwards.

Most importantly, though,I had a birthday! Each year I get older and the birthdays become less important. I do however enjoy wildly spending money on myself. I spent my birthday with thaKing, Mitch and Susan Z, and BT at Mi Piquena for dinner. My picture finally graces the wall there, and it is so horrible. Maybe next year. Susan was so sweet and had Brandy from Sad Kroger make a sombrero cake for me. Everyone should have a sombrero cake!

Lastly, to catch all two of you up that read this blog, Ramsey, a bunco girl, got hitched this weekend. Everything was absolutely beautiful. thaKing was not pleased to hear that this wedding is how my next one will be. We arrived at the wedding, which was at Ramsey's sister's house that backed up to a golf course, and were encouraged to head to the bar for a cocktail before the wedding started. Basically it was a big cocktail party with a wedding briefly held in the middle.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

FREE- education class this Saturday, July 12th

Do you want to make sure your dog or cat has a pearly white smile? If so join Lexington Humane Society for a free class to learn how to keep your pet's teeth sparkling clean. Join Dr. Pinkston from Lansdowne Veterinary Clinic & Dental Center as he teaches how to ensure your pets have proper dental care. Learn about, periodontal disease (stages 1-4), periodontal health risks, home care dentistry (brushing, sealants, treats), a new periodontal vaccine, and info about a professional health cleaning. This FREE information seminar will provide the knowledge to ensure your pet has proper dental care. Reservations to attend this seminar are required. To register please contact Katherine Pinero at or 233.0044 ext. 231

Time: 11am
Location: Lexington Humane Society Adoption Center Conference Room

thaKing thinks it is very weird that I have a near stranger's dog as my desktop image...but the image of Heather Armstrong's dog, Chuck, in a wig just makes me happy. Of course, this image is so last week for those of you that heeded my advice to read the Dooce.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Desperate for gas, I stopped at Speedway on Limestone today on my way home from work. The big sign read regular gas was $4.15/gallon, just like everywhere else in town. Regardless, I had to stop and get screwed by OPEC, once again, because the bravada's low fuel light had been on for my way into work and refused to go off.

After cussing the pump because it did not accept my zip code entry, a new part of prepay, immediately, I noticed the price of premium gas on the pump read $3.34! WTF??!! Some Sasquatch woman at the pump adjacent to mine said "Is this for real?". I asked if she read the same price and she did! Needless to say, I felt like I screwed OPEC today! I filled up with premium gas for $3.34/gallon! I proceeded to call everyone I know! I felt like I was stealing, but my friend Susan assured me I wasn't since when she went there to fill up, after my spread of the good news, a cop was next to her filling up his cruiser. So it must have been a legit gift.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Back on May 6 I was wondering through the yards of Stonewall, with Julie, looking for Turbo. I stumbled upon this clearly abandoned white brick house with a huge yard and run down pool. I pictured the kids I don't have (and not sure I even want) playing basketball in the driveway and thaKing mowing the lawn with a riding mower, because the yard is that big. However, the dream died two months later. Today, we toured the inside and learned the asking price. I watch a lot of HGTV and know that you have to see past the old flooring, bad wallpaper, mold, and dilapidated pool. However, when the owner wants near the price of a completely flipped home, in the same hood, you can no longer see past those items and the disappointment that you thought would exist is completely absent. I find it unreasonable to be a slave to a mortgage payment and the house as well.

Monday, June 30, 2008

How fun is this? On Friday nights the Mad Potter, located on Tates Creek, has Live Music Fridays. You can bring a bottle of wine and friends to listen to live music, all of which should inspire the creation of a beautiful piece. ThaKing can't wait for me to drag him to this!
For those of you that may not have noticed the link to the dooce webiste on the right, I beg you to go there! It is Heather Armstrong's website and she is basically a professional blogger. What a great job! I think she is absolutely brilliant. In her posts, she takes sarcasm and profanity to an articulately enviable level. Unfortunately, I shall not cite my favorite dooce quotes, just in case my mom actually reads this post, even though she has been known to be quite creative in her use of profanity. But see the about link on dooce and you will find what I mean.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

At the risk of sinking into mindless blogging about pretty clothes, yet out of desperation of something to post about, here goes. I can recall less than five times in my life that I have paid full price for clothing. Out of principle, I will try, try to wait for BR to knock 20% off this incredibly classic dress. I am sure that once I try it on though I would probably look totally pregnant.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

This summer I've learned several important lessons. Number one, don't dance on top of Lexington 'skyscrapers' because you will soon be confronted by the police. (See previous post). Also, impatiens apparently love the shade. I moved my impatiens basket from the full sun of the back yard, to the front yard, where the gnomes thrive, since there is never any sun between the closely set Ball Homes. Now its blooms abound.

Second, after spending $350 + at the vet's office on Friday, I learned the o' so valuable lesson of don't abruptly change your cat's food! Our vet prescribed Ms. Ripley Kitty special food to help her troubled kidneys. Immiediatly I stopped the servings of Iam's indoor formula for Iam's KD formula. I was really busy last week during the food swap so all I noticed was that Ripley's food was being eaten...but not by whom. After being awakened to Ripley heaving her guts out at 4AM last Friday, and finding her lethargic thereafter, it was concluded that R.C. (a.k.a. Big Brown, Budha Belly, Speed Bump) was eating Ripley's food. Ripley nearly starved to death! And I am contemplating having a child?! Call Child Protective Services and Animal Control now! Anyway, I dropped Ripley off at the vet's office ASAP. The vet called later and said the abrupt food change most likely caused the condition. She was given some fluids and $1.25/can food which must be like KITTY CRACK b/c she loves it. Fortunately, Ms. Ripley is nearly back to normal now. We have to keep a close eye on Big Brown so she doesn't eat all of poor, starving, Ms. Ripley's food though.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

ThaKing and I went to Thursday Night Live last week with our good friend, Roger Schott, the Laurel Co. Circuit Court Clerk who was in town for a conference. It was a great time filled with friends, music, and the temperature was not 90 +. However, all that greatness made some attendees crazy. We noticed that several people in the crowd were looking up. There was nothing I could see in the tree nearby or the sky...then someone said look on top of that building. Then there he was! Some guy dancing on top of the First National Bank Building, which is about 18 stories, I think. The building exits were subsequently surrounded by police.

Two of my favorite prosocuteors, Carrie and Lindsay.

Me with Roger and Johnny 'Fed', Lindsay's significant other.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

On Friday, June 13th, 2008 the nation lost a great soul. I didn't even know Tim Russert, but I occasionally caught his additions to Today and Nightly News. In those vinets, I captured what a passionate person he was about his job, politics, and most of all, his family. His passing was so shocking. Yet, the response of his colleagues and friends telling stories of what a great person Tim Russert was, is nearly just as overwhelming as the loss itself. Further, his son Luke's bravery and compassion in being able to deliver a clear and an eloquent eulogy of his father is that much more telling of the job Mr. Russert and his wife did in raising such a compassionate and articulate individual.

I become angry thinking "why should such a great person, husband, and father, be taken away so abruptly." The only rationalization I can fathom is that if he had died at age 90 or greater, his life may have only made a small blurb in the daily news reels; yet, since he was called home so soon, we can stop and look at the respectable life he led and aspire to be half the person/parent he was, and then know, we did well.

Perhaps, I am so emotional over Mr. Russert's passing because of dealing with my father's ongoing battle with cancer. However, the bright side (if there is one) of cancer is you often times have the opportunity to tell your loved one how much you love and appreciate them. So please, stop and let the ones you love know just how much you care for them, because there is no guarantee that you will have the opportunity in the future.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Neela Bags are smart, stylish and, believe it or not, also shockingly affordable. The standard market bag is a whopping $5. Instead of wondering if it is ok to take the Kroger 'green' bag into Whole Foods, or should I use the Whole foods bag, take the Neela Bag, which is appropriate for every supermarket, farmer's market, etc. These would also make great gift bags that could be used over and over again. Hopefully though, unlike me, you can remember to actually take the bag with you to the grocery!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Weeds returns for Season 4, tonight on Showtime. I can't wait to finish Season 3 on DVD so I can see what my favorite suburban drug dealer is going to do next. For those of you that have not seen Weeds, you must! Nancy Botwin (Mary Louise Parker) is a widowed mother of two who has turned to dealing marijuana to support her family and maintain her upper middle class lifestyle. To boot she makes a much more articulate and diplomatic gangsta' than Tony Soprano ever could have been. The show makes drug dealing look like a viable rewarding option. This is especially true since Mrs. Botwin never gets busted, unlike my clients in real life.

Friday, June 13, 2008

June 12, 2008

Big Brown Seen Leaving Belmont Carrying Large Sacks Of Cash

NEW YORK—Shortly after finishing in last place in the Belmont Stakes Saturday, Big Brown was reportedly seen leaving through the back exit of the Belmont stable locker rooms carrying several shopping bags stuffed with cash, which the 3-year-old colt placed into the back seat of his Rolls Royce Phantom Coupe. "I could hardly tell it was him because he was wearing sunglasses, a baseball cap pulled down low over his eyes, and a long trench coat, but I remember thinking he was so tall he had to be one of the athletes," said horseracing fan Jason Larson. "Still, I didn't figure it out until I saw the 'Big B' vanity plates on his car." According to numerous witnesses, Brown spent five minutes urinating on the windshield of trainer Rick Dutrow's car before driving off erratically at high speed.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Uptown Hounds recently opened off Broadway on Angliana. This luxury resort for your critters, includes spacious and comfortable private hotel rooms. If you miss your pet while you're away, then visit them through the marvel of video conferencing! Also, what pooch would not love the pool? For those athletic types, there is a dock to practice leaping, complete with a judging stand for immediate feed back. Currently, memberships are 1/2 price! The website is still under construction, but be sure and check back soon for all the info. I so want a dog!