Missing Blog for March 10 through 17

I never got a blog posted last week!  I think I just got so busy and only worked on it sporadically.  Today, I plan to complete a blog for this week and last.Busy Weeks

During the week, I feel like I can’t think about anything but work.  I do a lot of planning in my head.  So I’m not doing it, I’m thinking about how it get done.  We have lots of things that need to get done between now and May.  I know who is doing the work now.  I just need to make sure that things get done and work the way I expect them to.  Luckily, I just don’t have to do it myself.

I don’t have to track either.  Beth, my PM, has her schedules and plans for getting things done.  I plan and she executes.  It’s a pretty good thing.  Without her, I wouldn’t be hanging in there.  I tell everyone we have to make Beth happy.  Thanks, Beth.

Rick’s Nineteenth Birthday

It was Rick’s birthday on Saturday, the 9th.  Nineteen years ago, we started on an adventure that continues today.  Everyone who has kids has their birth story for the kids.  We aren’t any different.

On March 9th, I woke Rich up at 6:00 in the morning to take me to the hospital.  I let him take a shower first.  It had been a tough winter and the roads were really rough. Rich says I complained about the bumps in the road like he was hitting them on purpose.  We arrived intact.  Rick was born about 4 weeks early and after about 5 hours of labor.  He arrived very fast and very small at 5 lbs. 6 oz.  You wouldn’t know that to look at him now.

It was a good thing that we had discussed the name that we wanted.  I was not really capable when the clerk came up to get the information for the birth certificate.  Rich could have named Rick anything he wanted, even Zigmund Zelfried.  The clerk did check with me before she filed the paperwork, just to be sure.  I was glad to see that Rich didn’t try to slip one by me.  Richard Andrew as the name we agreed upon.

Birthday Celebration

On Saturday, Rick and some of his friends got together to celebrate his big day.  They first went bowling.  It was back to the house for snacks and pizza.  They were hanging out downstairs laughing, playing board games, and enjoying themselves.  Sascha went down from time to time to join in.  She was lying under the table as the kids played games.  She was trying to beg for food, I’m sure.

Then, it came time for cake.  We sang, “Happy Birthday” to Rick.  Sascha got all excited.  She has quickly learned that singing means she gets cake.  She dances and can’t wait for the plate.  Guinness was trying to figure it out.  Everyone, including the dogs, got cake.  It was white and chocolate marble from Herb’s Bakery.  I think even Guinness enjoyed the cake.

Furry Houseguest

Oh yeah, who is Guinness?  She is the dog for a friend.  Jay had to go to Vegas for training and teaching opportunity.  I had offered to watch Guinness so she wouldn’t have to spend time in a kennel.  Guinness is 13 and definitely an aged citizen with her white face these days.  She is very small and dainty.  However, Guinness sure tells Sascha what to do when she doesn’t like something.

On her first day, she is very cautious of everything and everyone.  But the second day, she is a little more comfortable.  By the end of the week, she was feeling more at home.  Guinness and Sascha were lying across the room from each other at the beginning of the week.  By today, they are only a few inches apart.

Guinness has even learned a few new things.  Going out here means getting to the back door and waiting to be connected to the lead.  She has learned to wait to be disconnected before she can go into the house.  Rich has included Guinness for the twist training sessions.  Sascha has twist done and is working on refining her moves.  Guinness is learning to go around for a bit of cheese.  She is a smart dog.

My Entourage

I’ve got an entourage these days.  Guinness follows me around the house wherever I go.  On the days I work at home, Sascha and Guinness are lying around the office while I work.  They move around the floor, but stay pretty close.  Now it’s the girls against the guys.  I’m going to miss my girl, Guinness, when she goes home.

Planning for Derby

We’ve started planning for the Derby Party.  Rich has to still brew beer.  It’s just been too cold to be out there playing water.  Hopefully, it’ll warm up soon and Rich can turn the tap outside on to get water.  We had planned on Wheat and Cherry Wheat beer.  We do have some microbrews in the frig, but it just wouldn’t be the same.  We’ll keep you updated on the beer.

The weather had better get warmer is all I can say.  Where is spring?  I know the winter has been terrible.  But I am so ready for warm weather and lots of sunshine.  I keep thinking it’ll be better soon, but the cold keeps hanging on.  By May 4, it’ll be warm, right?

Well, maybe it hasn’t been that busy over the past couple of weeks.  It just feels like it.  I’m hoping for a better week coming up.  Alas, it will mean that one member of my entourage will be going home.

Sascha was very tired and in need of a nap.

Sascha sunggling with Rick in the big red chair.

 

 

Dad has a heavy weight on his chest.
Dad has a heavy weight on his chest.
Mom has a heavy weight on her chest today.
Mom has a heavy weight on her chest today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sascha and Rick hanging out together.
Sascha and Rick hanging out together.
Sascha using her begging skills on Rick.
Sascha using her begging skills on Rick.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sascha sunning out on the apron of her dog house.
Sascha sunning out on the apron of her dog house.
The queen of the snow hill.
The queen of the snow hill.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Queen Sascha of the north.
Queen Sascha of the north.

 

Hanging out in the snow.
Hanging out in the snow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sascha hanging out in the snow and watching.
Sascha hanging out in the snow and watching.
Guinness on her first day with us over her stay.
Guinness on her first day with us over her stay.
Guinness grabbing a short nap.
Guinness grabbing a short nap.
Guinness enjoying a lazy Sunday.
Guinness enjoying a lazy Sunday.
Me and my entourage hanging out on my day at home.
Me and my entourage hanging out on my day at home.
Let sleeping dogs lying, especially when I'm working.
Let sleeping dogs lying, especially when I’m working.
Sascha and Guinness are finally inches apart.
Sascha and Guinness are finally inches apart.
Sure hope that hat makes him more cunning.
Sure hope that hat makes him more cunning.
All that was left of the birthday cake.
All that was left of the birthday cake.

March in like a Lion

Winter again?!?  Tuesday, it snowed again.  I planned ahead this time though.  I ended work at home on Monday, so I had to go into the office on Tuesday.  My plan was to stay at the office until the snow started and then go home.  I had a meeting at 10:30 and no snow yet.  I checked out the windows before I went into the conference room.  At the end of the meeting, someone on the phone said to be careful out there.  It was snowing!

Rich was coming down to my cube so we could go to lunch.  No way.  Grab your stuff, honey, we’re headed home.  We made it into town and stopped for lunch at Chi-Dogs.  By the time we got done, the snow was piling up.  I got us the rest of the way without incident.  Whew!  Time to settle in and let it snow.

Rick came home from class.  Now it was time for him to shovel us out for the first time.  It was probably up to 3 or 4 inches out there.  It was heart attack snow.  That meant it was wet and heavy.  I really appreciate having Rick around when there is work to be done.  Especially when it is done out in the cold.  He made the first pass in under an hour.

Meanwhile, Sascha was having a high time out in the snow.  She was bouncing around and refusing to come in.  At one point, Rich went out to talk her into coming in.  He didn’t see her at first.  Then her head popped up from behind a big bank of snow.  Apparently, she dug a hole in the bank and had settled in like she was living out there.  She did come in and settled into the big red chair.

On Wednesday, Rich and I worked at home.  The snow continued to come down.  We got another couple of inches.  After Rick got back from class, he shoveled some more.  This time, it was less time and less snow.  While he was out there, the lady across the street came out and asked him to shovel out her drive.  He did it with a smile.  They hadn’t dug out from the first day, so there was a lot of snow and the plow had created a good pile at the end of the drive.

When Rick came in, he was cold, wet, and tired.  I asked if she offered to pay him.  He said she hadn’t.  She said she had a heart problem and couldn’t shovel.  I thanked him.  Somewhere along the line, Rick will want something and I’ll remember his good deed.

Last Sunday, the Space Station was supposed to go overhead.  Rich has been trying for a while to remember to go and see if he could track it as it goes over us.  We remembered and went out onto the deck to scan the heavens for a light we thought would be the station.  A couple of airplanes went over. These are easy to see with the red and green lights.  It’s amazing that the mechanisms of sailing apply to air travel also.  Just northwest of us, I could see a large white light that appeared to be moving a little faster than a plane.  The light was actually the sun shining on the solar panels and that’s why it was so bright.  We tracked it across the sky in the direction that the notice said it would follow.

This week, I’ve been emailing with Rose.  She was asking some questions.  That gave me an opportunity to ask some in return.  Rich’s Air Force group from Germany wants to have a reunion this summer.  Many had gone through San Antonio and a few are still in the area.  It was decided to meet for dinner there.  Since plans weren’t moving forward, Rich set up a website and we are going to work on scheduling something.  We plan to drive down to San Antonio, have dinner with the group and come back.  Rich thought it would be nice to visit with Rose.  The plan right now is to have the dinner over the July 4th weekend.  So I asked Rose to help me determine a restaurant and then I can work on the details.  Now we have something else to look forward to this year.

Rich bowls on the Motorola league every Friday night.  Last night, Rich came home in really good spirits.  Apparently, he rolled a 239 in his last game.  Everyone was excited as he rolled.  He even posted a snap of it on his Facebook page.  This is his all time high so far.

Our friend, Jay, asked if we could watch his dog, Guinness, while he was in Vegas during training.  Of course, I’m happy to watch her.  Rich was worried about how Sascha would take a new dog in her domain.  Guinness and Sascha have been together before without major confrontations.  Jay and Guinness came by today to visit.  Sascha was excited to see Guinness.  They played and Guinness wondered around.  I figure after a day or so they should be packing around the house together.  So we will have a houseguest for a couple of starting new Saturday.

The epidemic of chest pain continues around here.  Sascha can’t seem to get enough of packing with her people.  Just as soon as someone sits in her chair, she wants to sit there also.  No, it’s not Rich’s chair anymore.  She can hear someone sit down in it from three counties away.  So the photos continue of her apply pressure in her own special way to each of us.

So Rick’s birthday is coming up.  He wanted to know today if his birthday week was beginning.  He wanted to get out of dishes and other chores this week.  Good luck with that, boyo!  I have to do my chores during my birthday weeks!  I’ll give him a couple of breaks, but he still needs to do his work.  I’m running out of time when I can continue to abuse this relationship to my benefit.

Saturday is his big day.  He’ll be 19.  A few of his friends are coming over to celebrate.  He’s getting too old for anything big.  We figure we’ll go out to dinner on Thursday to his favorite restaurant.  I’ll get a cake for Saturday so we can sing Happy Birthday.  Birthday cake is always a must.  Sascha will like it, but she doesn’t sing Happy Birthday like Sofie used to.

Well, on to another week.

Rick had to shovel us out a couple of times.
Rick had to shovel us out a couple of times.
Snowing coming down out front.
Snowing coming down out front.
I guess I'm not sitting out on the patio until spring.
I guess I’m not sitting out on the patio until spring.
Rick looking back in the window.
Rick looking back in the window.

Sascha out enjoying the snow.

The guys behind us built a cool snowman.  He was really tall to have rakes for arms.
The guys behind us built a cool snowman. He was really tall to have rakes for arms.
Rich had prove for his score in the last game on Friday night.
Rich had prove for his score in the last game on Friday night.
Sascha and Rick just hanging out.
Sascha and Rick just hanging out.
The kids packing.
The kids packing.
Rick is having chest pains.
Rick is having chest pains.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joy having chest pains.
Joy having chest pains.

 

Chest pains again on Sunday morning.
Chest pains again on Sunday morning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rich and his baby.
Rich and his baby.