Well, here I am in Denver. It's bright, dry and hot. I don't have a place to stay yet so I am in a hotel - Crossland Economy Suites. The room is small, but it has wireless internet access, a tv, kitchenette and bathroom. All the necessities of life :) There's even a doggie day care next door. I took my two dogs in this morning - it cost more for them to go to daycare then it did for the room today! But it was worth it. I didn't have to worry about them being cooped up in my room while I was at my first day of work. And once I got them back up to the room, they've konked out and are letting me rest too. The place even took pictures for me - they're so cute. But then, I'm a little biased.
I started my new job today. They sent me for a drug test, then I sat around for a while and then they told me to come back tomorrow when they got the results back. So I spent the remainder of the day going around looking at apartment complexes. There are a lot to choose from. Some are like resorts with a grill, spa and fitness center, others not so much.
I should find a place and be settled within the month. Then I'll be able to give a local phone and address. I am SO thankful for my Target gift card. That's really going to help out once I get settled - help me set up my new place to live.
I was only able to sell a few things in the moving sale, and the rest got donated. A few of my neighbors helped me pack up and get on the road last Monday (Thank goodness!). And one friend has graciously offered to send a few boxes my way once I get a home. That way I didn't have to let go of some sentimental things that didn't fit in my car. It was a very crowded ride, let me tell you.
In the front were several bags/folders of paperwork I figured might be important, a cooler, and some CDs. In the trunk I managed to fit 3 suitcases, a dog crate, dog playpen, assorted towels and a few pictures and my computer and c-pap. The back seat hosted dog food, water & bowls; a container of dog & cat stuff, two crates containing a cat and dog and then one 'loose' dog, kitty litter box and more 'stuff' in various nooks and crannies.
The trip went well, although the puppy forgot all about potty training and managed to christen each place I stopped, on the carpet! Thank goodness for enzyme treatments or I imagine a hefty bill would be coming my way. I passed through some of the flooded places in Missouri and it rained ALL through the night that first night. Luckily, I only had to make one small 30 minute detour from my original plan to avoid road closures. It really did look just like the TV, with water coming up to the road in some places, flooding fields, farmland. I even saw some tractors partially under water. It just makes the heart sick to see so many people affected.
The second day I didn't see much rain, but it sure was muggy. Kansas has a lot more hills than I thought it did. Some of them look like artificial, huge, burms. Western Kansas and Eastern Colorado remind me of northern Arizona high dessert. Mild rolling landscape, not a lot of trees, mostly brush. And all along highway 70 there are windmills. Huge 3 blade windmills that mostly weren't moving although the smaller old fashioned ones were going round and round as fast as the wind could blow them.
I'll send you another update soon, maybe even with pictures. Please feel free to share this with all my friends, I didn't have everyone's email address.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
at 11:55 PM
Monday, March 31, 2008
If you have a dog, maybe even a toddler, you HAVE to check out Egg Babies dog toys.
I got the duck for my dog last weekend. The plush toy has three eggs that go inside the duck. It came with three eggs inside and a little bag of two extra eggs. Each egg has a squeak toy in it. My dog has been playing with this ever since I showed her the squeaking egg. She is having so much fun. I can't believe it.
As soon as I got up this morning, she was badgering me to give it to her. As soon as I came home from work she brought the duck to me and wanted me to throw it. We've been playing for an hour. Same thing, she takes the eggs out of the duck, brings it to me. I throw the egg or put it back into the duck. She runs around and plays with it again.
Such a simple thing to bring laughter into my evening. Honestly, you should get one.
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
I've been learning to knit recently. I bought a condensed Knitting for Dummies booklet that was complete enough for me to get the basic stitches. I spent a week or two doing sample swatches over and over. Things were going ok, but I was having a problem gaining stitches, and I wasn't exactly sure how I was doing it.
So I consulted my favorite, near-by crafter, Anna. She's kind of a second mother to me. I was friends with her two kids growing up, and we spent MANY hours talking in her kitchen. My mother also knits, but lives several states away so wasn't available for personal consultation. I started to knit in front of her for maybe ten minutes and she showed me a few tips, then made a critical observation. I wasn't placing my yarn in the right starting place when I switched between the knit and pearl stitches.
Sounds kind of simple, but it made a HUGE difference. Suddenly, I started with 40 stitches and still had about 40 stitches after 5 inches of rows. Yeah!!
Here's a picture of my model, the lovely Butterbup, in a fresh navy and white sweater. What do you think?
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
I recently joined facebook and last week was looking through some group profiles I found searching for groups for dog lovers. Dogs and music are probably my biggest passions if you don't count reading. Anyway, one group for Owners of Bearded Collies has the most interesting, fun picture of a running Bearded Collie. How does that dog see to run that fast?
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Will your smoke detectors awaken your children in the middle of the night. New findings suggest they won't, but there is a possible solution.
OMG, this video is so disturbing! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTLOF6lixLc