I like this picture of Maggie. It’s funky and fun, taken with the IPAD camera and fun settings. It looks sort of ghostly. But you can tell she is doing one of my favorite activities — enjoying a glass of wine. This was last summer and we both were sitting around the kitchen table talking and splitting a bottle of wine. Red wine of course, never bother with that clear white stuff.
Good day. Started with breakfast outside at curbside. Great place that allows dogs on the outside tables. Elle loves going out for breakfast. She knows this place and gets excited when we pull into the parking lot. It took about 10 minutes to walk the 50 feet from the parking lot to the outside tables because Elle was pulling so much. Every time she pulled on the leash, I turned around and walked away. After a few moments, we would turn around and walk towards curbside. Elle would pull at the leash being very excitable as an 8 month old pup and I would turn around to repeat the cycle. Eventually we got seated, I bought a paper and got a cup of coffee. Elle got her treat, you don’t want to know the details about it. And we were both happy waiting for Bob. It was one week ago when this cycle started the Liz saga.
This week, nothing big like last week happened. But still, a good day. I’m swamped with VIFT work, lots of excel spreadsheets, notes, proposals, contracts, and other stuff to handle. Big items were getting letters ready for schools, putting together lists of items we need to beg borrow or steal, and advertising. Time is running out and the tasks need to be done. So I demonstrated leadership and delegated. Sounds important doesn’t it? The truth is a little bit less romantic. I begged for help with some specific well defined tasks. The wonderful thing is I got the help. More than enough people signed up so I have two people splitting each task. WOW……that is great support.
So next Saturday I get the fun task of taking a letter that someone else wrote offering half price admission to VIFT (a two for one price deal) on the morning show for Vista Unified School District Families. Morning show only, but we usually don’t get many visitors to that show. So every 10 dollars collected is 10 dollars extra profit. I’ll take it. And being able to hand out coupons for this wonderful deal is fun. I’m looking forward to doing that.
Then this afternoon/evening I got to talk with Maggie. She’s got some interesting stories about 3 am visits to measure tree activities on her blog. I never dreamed that trees would have their own activities and certainly never dreamed that one would want to measure what they are doing in the middle of the night with no one around. Food for the imagination, Disney and those old musical cartoons never fully covered the subject of tree night life.
One interesting thing I learned from Maggie is that she is considering applying to graduate school at SUNY Syracuse. This school in upstate New York is where she was born. And perhaps more importantly for her graduate career, is the place where she got her first A in a graduate level geography class at 4 months of age. Of course, the A was for her wonderful ability to sleep through class, something I don’t think she’ll be allowed to do now. It makes for a wonderful first paragraph of an application essay. I’ll leave it to you to think of the starting lines
More stories to come, but it’s 11 pm my time and work calls tomorrow. So you will have to wait for more stories. But they are coming. I have so many stories to write, it’s only a matter of finding the time.