Posts Tagged ‘Lucy



That is the word I use to describe Pete & I.  I can’t put Lucy in that category, ’cause let’s face it… if she were human, she’d be class valedictorian, prom queen, most likely to succeed, etc.  We would probably hate her…. That puppy has it going on!

In contrast, Pete and I are the dorky kids who were happy to have friends amongst the band members.  Okay, okay, I’m speaking for myself here.

Since we don’t have offspring of our own — who would most certainly be members of the next generation of “band geek” – we can only revel in the amazing and awesome-ness that IS our Lucy. 

How could we get so lucky?

Well, our pride & joy turned 3 on Sunday.  Pete was quick to point out that 3 dog years is equivalent to 21 in people years — boy was ready to pour margaritas in celebration of the occasion, but I had to put the kibbosh on those plans!

Here are some pictures of our celebratory hike… like I said, GOOBERS.


Change in the weather… change in peoples’ moods…

I am thinking that winter is imminent and it is affecting peoples’ moods.  Lately, Lucy & I have come across some serious “haters” on the trail during morning walkie.

This morning – no joke – we are plodding along, minding our own business when I see a woman fall flat on her face on the trail.  The way she fell did not concern me, clearly she was not hurt, but I asked if she was ok?

Her response?

“Did you see how my dog tripped me?”

Me: “um no, not really.”

Lady: “he’s so afraid of YOUR dog that he tripped me.”

Me: (suppressing laughter) “um, OKAY, sorry.”

Are you SERIOUS?!?!?!

I am never very good with the spontaneous, witty remark. 

Here is what I SHOULD have said:

#1: “I can recommend a good dog psychologist”

#2: “Really?  your 100 pound dog is afraid of my 20 pound dog?” (rolling eyes)

People crack me up.  Again as I have said over and over, I can only laugh to myself and feel sorry for people like this, as they surely lead unhappy lives.


How about an attempt to make up for my absence?

In case you didn’t notice, I took the day off on Friday.  Although I was working in the early am, I could not bring myself to write my usual Friday bullets!  Please forgive me, I’ll try to make up for it by entertaining you with fun pictures from the weekend.

What did I do on my day off you ask?  It was a perfect way to spend a free day.  After I finally logged off my computer, Lucy and I went for a walk around the Lafayette reservoir.  It wasn’t too hot at 10am (70 degrees or so) but poor little Lucy had a rough time.  This dog could run 10 miles non-stop in cool weather, and it wouldn’t faze her, but the second the sun & heat become a factor, she wilts very quickly.  I ended up carrying her the last 1/2 mile.  Then we picked up Ayelet and drove into the city for a fabulous lunch at Cafe Claude  with Jackie & Anna.  Cafe Claude?  “Oui Oui” is all I can say (I will write a Yelp review soon).  It was very nice in the city but Ayelet and I decided to head back to beautiful Danville.  After a quick stop to pick up a costume for Lucy to wear to Dog Days of Summer, we settled into our favorite hangout spot, Sideboard.   A couple of glasses of BR Cohn Chardonnay  and life is very very good. 

Poor Pete had a root canal on Friday so he wasn’t the most pleasant to be around this weekend.  Guess I gotta cut him some slack given he’s the big bday boy next weekend. 

Saturday was a LONG but fun day.  I had planned to go to Dog Days of Summer for months.   Had a few last-minute cancellations, but luckily my parents are troopers and I conned them into coming along.  We met up at the park and (gotta love ’em) they had gotten there early enough to score a great spot in line.  I dressed Lucy up in her costume and we were ready for the parade.  My only complaint – although I do understand why they do this – is that they shuffled us along so quickly that I couldn’t get many good photos of Lucy strutting her stuff at the ballpark.  The second I stopped to take a photo, one of the attendants would scream at me, “keep moving!”, irritating.  Nevertheless, it was a really fun day.  Memorable moments: #1. Bud e. Luv sang the National anthem, #2.  Barbara stating very matter-of-factly, “Barry Zito has a nice ass”, #3.  Giants win!

This post has gotten long.  Otherwise I’d tell you about long, fun day #2 (Sunday). 

Watch this space.


This cat could kick Lucy’s butt

At 44 pounds, this cat is more than twice the size of my Lucy… yikes!

And here’s the breaking news update from SFGate:

Breaking enormous cat news! It turns out that the 44-pound feline found roaming Voorhees, N.J., and dubbed “Princess Chuck” is actually a he named Powder. His owner, who said her home was foreclosed, abandoned the portly pussy. An animal shelter has been flooded with calls from people wanting to adopt Powder.

Time for a diet!


Friday Bullets!

Yipee! It’s Friday. This has been a long week. A good week. A productive week. But LONG. When’s the next 3 – day weekend?

  • First off, “slacker intern” put in his two week notice. Hasta la vista! That’s what I say. As Kathy wrote so eloquently, “Don’t let the door bang you in the butt on your way out!” The scary part is I really don’t think my boss would have fired him. Upon bossman’s return from vacation, I proceeded to tattle on “slacker intern” about his slackerish behavior while the “cat” was away. I was shocked that bossman made excuses for slacker and he remained an employee. Guess that is a good thing for my own employment security…
  • We’re going to dinner tomorrow night. Wheeee! It has been an eternity since I’ve dressed up and gone to an actual restaurant for dinner. We are celebrating my wonderful friends Jackie & Mark’s birthdays. Happy Birthday Jackie & Mark! Will see some friends I haven’t seen in a while as well. Plus we are going to Le Colonial – the food is amazing and I have such great memories here.
  • I’m very sad that I am not at the BlogHer conference. I made the decision not to attend since I’ve been a bit to lackadaisical with my spending lately, and I’m trying to cut back. I really wish I’d bit the bullet and signed up. I am being tormented all day long with tweets from happy women who are writing their updates while at the conference. Mostly the messages are cryptic cause I’m ON THE OUTSIDE! It’s like they have the secret “cool chick” language that is not revealed to the geeky girls. Next year for sure.
  • I am going to set up a twitter account for Lucy. She turns 3 in October and I think she’s mature enough now to be introduced to social networking. If you have any ideas for what her twitter name should be, please comment. I am leaning towards squirrel_patrol.

My “bullets” have gotten long… more like actual paragraphs, but hey, it’s my blog. I can do what I want!



Inspiration always hits me at unpredictable times.

I have been feeling a bit morose lately, like life is happening outside my window and all I can do is sit and watch. I know that this feeling is stemming from new plan to get healthy. A plan that means lots of rest, no alcohol and following a specific diet which is hard to get at restaurants. My lifestyle up until now has pretty much revolved around going to nice restaurants and drinking wine – of course, that was never the main focus. The focus has been getting together with great friends and sharing the experience.

So, as you can imagine that the transition has been a bit rough for me. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely feel “healthier” and I’m happy I’m doing this. Am I putting my life on hold OR is this simply a transition period? OR is this my “new life”?

This morning, on “walkie”, Lucy and I ran into one of her favorite people friends, a woman named Susan. Susan usually walks with two other women and I have always really admired them. I always felt like they are a trio who I’d really enjoy sharing a bottle of wine with (old life, of course!) I am guessing that they are in their late 50s or maybe early 60s and seem to have a really geniune friendship with each other. They walk every single day and they walk long & far… I didn’t know how far until today. Anyhoo, Susan was on her own today and happened to be turning around so we walked together for a good 1/2 mile. Our conversation was very much like conversations I have with my own fabulous girlfriends. We covered topics like how we each ended up living in the SF Bay area, family, life in general. She (of course) asked if I had kids and her response, “it will happen when it is meant to.” Love that!

That 1/2 walk disappeared quickly and I wished I could blow off work and continue walking with her.

At one point I asked her how long she walks and she said, “I walk for 4 1/2 hours” !!?!?! Wow. She’s in fantastic shape, but I would have guessed that she and her friends walk more in the range of 4 1/2 miles. Lucy and I are slackers in comparison!

I am truly inspired… and a bit humbled.



Sure enough we ran into the ugly, mean lady with her husband & dog again this morning. I completely ignored her but if looks could kill, I wouldn’t be here to document the experience. If I have to see her every day, I may need to change our route.

THEN, as we’re walking along the Iron Horse Trail minding our own business, a nasty man on a bicycle bellowed, “LEASH your dog, NOW!” He was so loud that I actually jumped. I yelled out, “Jackass!” which made me feel better but the whole experience just leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

Morning “walkies” with Lucy are my daily spiritual time. I cherish those moments like you would not believe. So when someone or something ruins this for me, I get really angry.

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