Monday, March 9, 2009

Black Shoes and Happiness!

Despite the fact that my daughter said, "That's so Facebook!" when I took this picture. I did it anyway. Na na na! For those of you who are interested, the lovely shoes in the picture are Skechers and they are the most comfortable shoes ever! I was inspired to take this picture because of the weather. Believe it or not...1 week ago, we had 3 inches of snow and I was wearing snow boots and today it was a gorgeous 84 and I went sock-less. Now that's pretty cool if you ask me. With the lovely spring-like weather we've had today, I just felt so happy. Happy to be walking around without socks or sleeves and to be warm. Happy to be alive. It was a great day! Soon, we will have the unrelenting humidity and heat of the summer that the South is famous for, but for today it's just a pleasure to be alive.

I adapted the title of this post from the great book by Alexander McCall Smith, "Blue Shoes and Happiness." That book is from a series of books about a lady detective (Mma Ramotswe) and the series is quite delightful if you're interested. Hope you had some happiness today! Spread it around...

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Esme the Corgi

This is such a rare photo opportunity. I was thrilled to get it! My dear 2-year old Corgi Esme in a moment of repose. She's a high energy, bundle of fun that has brought such joy to our house. Rarely is she this composed when I get the camera out as typically the introduction of the camera sends her into a frenzy of barking and frantic running. Of the hundreds of photos I've taken of her very few are in focus as she takes off as soon as she senses the presence of the camera. She's such a trip! I've always had dogs and somehow ended up marrying a non-dog person. Not sure how that happened...I guess there may be more important reasons to choose a spouse. But anyway, eventually I convinced him that our children needed a dog so they could grow up and be normal. Since I've wanted a Corgi my whole life, we ended up with a Corgi ( surprise). Esme came to us a tiny ball of fur with the sweetest disposition. She's a great dog--not perfect--but great nonetheless. My in-laws were recently visiting for 6 months from India and they too are NON-DOG people. In having them come to live with us for 6 months, one of my biggest concerns was how they would adjust to a dog. Amazingly, despite the fact they've never had a dog or had a desire to have one, they loved her. In fact, I think my mother-in-law will probably miss Esme more than anyone now that they are back in India. Ah...the love of a dog!

Food is always better on a "real" plate said my son.

I've decided to start the 365 day photo challenge. I read about this challenge on SCS (a site for stampers that I spend way too much time at) and it's essentially a challenge to document life every day by taking a photo and blogging about it. My first picture was inspired by my son's musings that food always tastes better when it's eaten on a real plate. For an 11 year old boy, I thought this was an interesting point of view. My husband and I were talking about it and he thought that perhaps our son's view was in response to the somewhat chaotic life we have been living for the last couple of months. We've had way too many meals on paper plates of late. I personally thought that his statement was more a response to the fact that he's seen way too much HGTV with his parents. Not really sure which is the best interpretation, but it certainly was an interesting comment considering the source.