Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Happi did way to much walking (bounding) up and down the stairs yesterday and today I tried to contain her. She spent more time sleeping today which is good.
Fingers crossed she is going to be okay.
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
I have a reason to be grateful today. Remember when the raccoon fell and broke my fence? Today my neighbor took pity on me and helped me by fixing my fence. He bought all the supplies (my car is too small to cart the stuff home) and then built the fence. He put a new 2x4 along the top and a new lattice along the front. It looks great. I put the lights back on the fence so the dogs can see going down the stairs.
I am incredibly lucky that my neighbor volunteered to do this for me.
Say farewell to the Happiness Project.
Monday, August 29, 2016
I have been working very hard to put aside the past, take time for me, be happy, have fun and be grateful. I am trying to take time for me, get out in the world and be adventurous. And most of all keep the clutter out of my life.
This project has been something I have been so grateful for. It has changed me for the better. Am I a more happy person? My answer is yes. Compared to one year ago, I am happier. I am busier but happier.
Sunday, August 28, 2016
Suddenly the Muzak came on. I found out later it was on a backup system. I got my few items and went up the registers. I had heard that all employees were called up to the front to guard the doors since the security system was not working and they were worried people would walk out with food and alcohol.
I got to the front and the self-service registers were also running on the back-up system. There was a long line of people waiting in line. The store announced that the blackout was the entire area and a technician was on the scene trying to fix it. The electricity would be back on in 3 hours. If we wanted we could leave our groceries and come back in three hours. Th line went fairly fast and I checked out. I only bought what I needed to make the soup for dinner and some other important things.
I got in my car and that is when I realized the street lights were also out. Oh, the chaos that ensued. There was a 6 way intersection with no street light. Everyone just drove and it was a miracle that no one got in an accident. I was happy to make it home in one piece. It was quite an adventure!
Happi Update: She is resting comfortably. The drugs are helping her stay sedated and restful. Right now she is watching the MTV Video Music awards and can't wait to see Britney Spears perform.
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Now the doctor is sending her x-rays to a specialist to get him to look at them and see what to do about it. Fusing the bones is not a good option because it will limit her walking.
I always knew that she may lose her remaining front leg at some point. She puts so much weight on that one leg and so many years of that weight is hard. If I have to I will get her a little wheely cart. She will have a full life no matter what. She is a special dog who has been through so much in her few years. She deserves the best I can give her.
So now I wait and see what the specialist says. No matter what Happi gets the best life for as long as she can have it. She brings so many so much joy.
Friday, August 26, 2016
Tomorrow I get the results of the x-ray technician's findings.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Poor baby. So I called the doctor and he said he thinks it is her back but I should bring her in and get it checked out since it has been a week and she is acting so odd. I have an appointment tomorrow.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
I am grateful that she is in my life. I am grateful that all my friends are in my life.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Happi is spending all her time on my bed. I am getting concerned because she doesn't come upstairs for any reason except to eat. This is not like her. I am contemplating calling the doctor if she doesn't get better soon.
Monday, August 22, 2016
I hate leaving her alone but the dog sitter has been coming around to check on her.
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Saturday, August 20, 2016
Then I watched The Accidental Husband. It was a movie about a guy who was engaged to a girl who listens to a radio talk show. The host talks her into canceling her engagement. The guy decides to make the host pay (not in a find her and kill her kind of way but in a destroy her life kinda way). Then the tables turn. It was WAY better than I thought it was going to be.
I would recommend both movies.
Friday, August 19, 2016
I won't tell you what it is because I don't need more people noticing it and making me self-conscious. Maybe it is an insecurity in me.
On a sad note, Happi had a hard time going down the stairs last night and I had to carry her. I gave her some painkillers and today she stayed on my bed all day. I think her back is bothering her. Poor baby.
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
I used to have a boyfriend who would go with me late at night in my car and we would first make a right, then a left, then a right, you get the idea. We would find all sorts of destinations and sites. I loved the anticipation of what we would see and find. Sometimes we would find nothing but it was still fun. Other times we found the top of hill with a great view, a river, all sorts of things. He loved the adventure.
I love to walk around places I don't know. When I was in Oregon, I walked around a town and just went in and out of stores and got a "milk" shake. I walked to and from my hotel. It was wonderful.
It brings me joy to enjoy the adventure.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
The camera I bought yesterday was the same brand I already have. I unpacked it and plugged it in. It didn't turn on. It was broken. I had to take it back. When I took it back, I decided to spend a few more dollars and get a Nest. Originally I didn't get a Nest because I needed a camera that bent more. I got that with the brand I bought. Now it doesn't matter so I got a Nest. I will see if I like it. I just want to see my pups during the day. Seeing them will make me happy.
Monday, August 15, 2016
I was thinking today about some of the changes that I made and I think over the next 15 days I will spend some time remembering the changes I made and assess my level of happiness.
I moved my office from a small room in the front of the house to a larger room in the back of the house. The new office has large windows that overlook the backyard and a beautiful white oak. Being in that sunny room makes me very happy. I should really use the room more.
That change brings me joy.
Sunday, August 14, 2016
After I was done with the tasks, I decided to use some of my many lemons from my tree and make lemonade. I found a really easy lemonade combination that I could use: 4-1-1. 4 cups water to 1 cup simple syrup to 1 cup lemon juice. It tastes AWESOME! It took 8 lemons because my lemons are kinda small.
Then I made a summer soup. It is Summer Vegetable Minestrone. It is really simple but I made it harder by dropping all the chopped squash on the floor! I had to wash it off before I could throw it in the soup. It tastes really good.
Saturday, August 13, 2016
I made a pact with myself to return my Netflix DVDs faster. Sometimes I view the DVD but I forget to return it. I know it is a waste of money to have the DVD sit around and not return it. If I don't get the next movie, I can't see the next movie. Then I spend time waiting for the next movie to arrive and that is how Netflix makes money.
Friday, August 12, 2016
It was such a pretty sunset.
Thursday, August 11, 2016
I brought Joy on vacation. She wanted a selfie near the water.
Love that movie Inside/Out and Joy.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
My car is a 2002 Volkswagon. As you can tell I don't drive very much. I have been putting 450 miles per year on this car. I hear the average miles put on a car is 12,000 miles per year. An average car would have 168,000 miles on it in 14 years.
It is a good car and it has been good to me. I love my convertible. It brings me such joy.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Today I could hear someone's band play during the day. It was quite annoying. It wasn't next door but about 1/2 a block away. I was surprised it went on as long as it did and that someone didn't complain. It was so loud that I had the TV on in my house and I could still hear the music. This evening I heard music again. I muted the TV and I hear the music again. I am not sure who's music it is but I hope this is not going to be a regular thing. It was really loud. It sounded like someone's band was practicing outside 1/2 block away. I live in close quarters so that kind of noise reverberates. The sound of a dog barking bounces around and sounds like it is next door when it is houses away.
Is it okay to say I am bored with the Olympics already? I guess the stuff I like has not come on yet. Or I missed it.
Monday, August 8, 2016
I realized that I didn't write much about my work at all. I find it interesting now that the project is almost over that I didn't include my work in the Happiness Project.
Maybe it is because after so many years of really disliking my jobs (and I worked some really bad jobs) I am doing something I really like. My work makes me happy. Most times. Sometimes it frustrates me. But most of the time I like what I do. I like to problem solve for clients. I like being a fixer.
Today I had an meeting with a new client. I am not sure I am going to get the gig but it looks good. Clients always say they are meeting with other consultants but sometimes I think they are just saying that and sometimes I find out later on that I am the only person they met with.
I should find out soon if I get the gig.
Sunday, August 7, 2016
Recap of July:
July's Resolution: Exercise & Health
"But the real secret to lifelong good health is actually the opposite: Let your body take care of you."
- Take B12 weekly - still have to work on this. I am trying to give myself the shot twice a month.
- Walk the Dogs Daily - I have been walking the dogs at least once a day. Yay!!
- Reassess Healthcare Team - I have decided to stay with my RA doc for now. The last time I went into see her she was helpful. My dentist retired and I have decided to stick with his replacement. She is really nice.
- Go For a Hike - I didn't go for a hike but I went for a few walks on vacation. One walk along the beach.
- Stick to the Meal Plan - I really need to work on this. I ate like crap on vacation. Not one green vegetable. I ate a big salad today.
- Go for a Bike Ride - The bike is still in the garage.
- Practice Meditating - I have been trying to sit and breathe. Not sure this is actually meditating but it is working for me.
- Be Spontaneous! I have been more spontaneous. It feels good.
August's Resolution: The Way to Happiness
"The best feeling in the world is realizing that you're perfectly happy without the thing you thought you needed."
- Be out in the World
- Keep the Clutter Out
- Have Fun!
- Take Time for You
- Enjoy the Adventure
- Be Grateful
- Put Aside the Past
- Be Happy!
Saturday, August 6, 2016
Friday, August 5, 2016
I went with my nephew to get his haircut. He is going off to college and needed a haircut before he went. He looked great when it was done.
We went kayaking and paddle boarding in the bay. I was surprised how well I did. I thought paddle boarding was much harder. I was able to kayak better than I thought I could. Look at me being Sporty Spice!
Then we watched Dear Eleanor. Or should I say, they watched all of Dear Eleanor. I dozed off half way through. It was a busy day! Remember I was Sporty Spice! I will have to rent it and watch it. The consensus in the room was that it was very good. It is a movie about a girl who wants to travel to meet Eleanor Roosevelt.
Thursday, August 4, 2016
Later that night the family did a fantasy football thing. I went for a walk. It really wasn't my thing. I tried to do it but it didn't work out. Just as well, I have too much to do already with work, the pending adoption/foster situation.
I got my invitation to attend the training to be a foster/adoption parent in a month. I am super excited. That is the next step.
The movie tonight is Keanu. It was cute! Funny! Better than I thought.
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
The movie tonight is Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. It was very funny. I thought Tina Fey was great.
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
The movie tonight was Live on the Edge with Tom Cruise. It was okay. I saw it before. It can get confusing if you don't pay attention.
Monday, August 1, 2016
Day 336. Today the weather was kinda crappy. It got cold and rained a bit. My friend didn't call me back so I didn't go visit him. It was a bit depressing because I was looking forward to seeing him. I guess something came up.
I took the little ones to the playground. At first the little boy didn't want to go but once he got to the playground he perked up. They had a good time playing on the jungle gym and slide. When we were walking home I asked them if they had a good time and they said NO. Funny, I had to practically drag them out of the playground. They were so fun!
I have been talking on the phone with a bunch of my friends and that is good.
I have been doing some work to catch up. Not as much as I should have but I wanted to get some rest.
Tonight the movie was The Final Girls. I didn't watch it. I had some stuff to do and I watched some on-demand TV. I hear it was very good.