So, THAT’S What’s Wrong. Who Knew.

Yes, please! (Photo by jessicafm)

If I was going to optimize this post’s title it would probably be something like, “Torn Meniscus Treatment and Diagnosis.”  As it is, I’m going with, so, THAT’S what’s wrong.  Because really, who knew?

I went to see the Orthopedist yesterday for the first time ever since my knees started to hurt….about, oh, twenty years ago!  They’ve really been bothering me the last six months or so.  So much so that walking up and down the stairs?  That’s been tricky at times.  However, let me just say that about two years ago I was running twice a day and thought pushing through the pain was a good option even though my knees would turn black and blue on their own – and even that didn’t motivate me enough to get to the doctor.  So, what was it this time?  It was the slow creeping up of weight and the increasing lack of muscle tone.  I can’t walk or run on the treadmill, because the next day I can’t walk – like, at all.  It was time.   Continue reading


A glimpse of home – notice the newly painted wall behind the radiator! Thank you, Nolan Painting!

We’ve been busy tackling home projects this month and it got me to thinking about our home, our neighborhood, and what the trade-off is for living here.  If you had asked me eight years ago if I ever thought we’d be living in the town where we’re living, I would have said a big HECK NO!  In fact, eight years ago we were still living in Phoenix, Arizona and, I have to admit, I miss my sweet, little house.  But, we decided to pack up our house, our kids (33 months and 9 months old at the time), our enormous dog, and two adorable kitties at the end of the summer and drive back home to the East Coast.  We wanted to be around family, so that our kids could grow up knowing their aunts and uncles and cousins and all of the extended family that they never knew we had.

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Catch-up…Like Ketchup Only Not So Much.

Oh, how the days go by.  Really, was it the beginning of MAY when I last wrote?!  Ugh!  Let’s do a quick catch-up post, shall we?

May saw the adoption of this sweet girl:


Meet Chloe, our new pup.  She’s a 5 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel/Cocker Spaniel Mix – which has the unfortunate breed name of “Cockalier”.  However, Super Dad is right when he says that it could be worse and they could have called them “King Cocks”.  And that is why he isn’t allowed to name dog breeds.

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Paying It Forward.

Half of the lobby of the Chicago Hilton – a gorgeous hotel!

When I was 21, in my senior year of college, I went to Quito, Ecuador to student teach at the American School.  I had planned for months, and although I had minored in Spanish, I was exceptionally nervous about being immersed in the language.  But I had the plane tickets, the student teaching assignment, and the contact information for my host family, who, I was assured by the director of placement at my university, knew when I was arriving and would be waiting for me at the airport at 11:30pm when I arrived.

Only they weren’t there.

Because no one had told them when I was coming.

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Hit A Nerve.

Yesterday’s post about Philadelphia’s ACCT and the dog attack on my daughter generated a lot of views.  Surprisingly more than I anticipated.  While the situation was reckless and irresponsible, they did do the right thing after being contacted, and quite possibly after seeing the post.  Social media has a way of spurring people to action – especially if it’s not good press.

When I woke up this morning there was a comment saying that instead of taking Will to the shelter we should have taken him to our own vet to have him euthanized.  The point being that we caused him undue stress and terror at the end of his life instead of taking care of it ourselves.  A condemnation of how we handled things and an insinuation that we didn’t care for him, because we opted to surrender him.

Now, let’s just clear this up, because it’s been stewing in my head all morning.

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