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Monday Listicles

Howdy!

I am so excited about the coming week. For no particular reason, but I feel it will be a really great one. Are you with me?

Maybe I am all happy and flying on cloud #9 because I just wrote this awesome list about my favorite ways to spend time. In all honesty it is completely fictional but the prospect of any of these 10 on my wish list happening is making me feeling all fuzzy inside. What are your favorite ways to kill time?

Before you tell let’s see what next week has in store for us. Brought to you by Jennifer :

But first:

 
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TOP 10 WAYS TO SPEND 30 MINUTES

1. Doing nothing.

2. Doing nothing while in your favorite chair.

3. Doing nothing in your favorite chair with a nice cup of tea.

4. Doing nothing in your favorite chair with a nice cup of tea and a scone.

5. Doing nothing in your favorite chair with a nice cup of tea and a scone with your dog by your side.

6. Doing nothing in your favorite chair with a nice cup of tea and a scone with your dog by your side while your child is playing in the back yard.

7. Doing nothing in your favorite chair with your feet up, a nice cup of tea and a scone with your dog by your side while your child is playing in the back yard and your husband is making dinner.

8. Doing nothing in your favorite chair with a nice cup of tea and a scone with your dog by your side while your child is playing in the back yard and your husband is making dinner.

9. Doing nothing in your favorite chair with a nice cup of tea and a scone with your dog by your side while your child is playing in the back yard and your husband is making dinner after which he will tidy up the kitchen.

10. Napping.



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Just keep running

I ran my fastest 5K today.

It was fueled with anger and dismay. Ocean and it’s wast blueness as my companion, eagles and hawks flying above me and green grass underneath me. My favorite trail to run. But I could not get the images of marathoners approaching the finish line on Monday out of my mind, the explosions blasting as they look behind them. What should have been an euphoric end to one of the most important events and hardest earned accomplishments in their life turning into horror. I ran and I wondered if that could have been me. Standing in the crowd one moment with my son, cheering on the runners and in a split second becoming the headline at the 5 o’clock news. And I got angrier with every step.

I thought about people. How thousands of us are born each day and begin our story. What causes some to turn so horrible that they would intentionally hurt another. And not even a particular person that might have caused them harm, but an innocent stranger. And even worse, a child. I ran and I wondered if I have ever met such a person in my life. And I got scared thinking my son might. So I ran faster.

For the first time ever I turned onto the road. Without my knee brace every step was hurting more. Every time my left foot landed on the concrete, sharp pain shot through my knee, reminding me that life is not perfect. I know my days are full of peace and happiness. My biggest worry is being late for preschool drop off and my dog’s hotspots. I worry about our health and what we put on the table. Sometimes, but I try not to, I worry about my husband being deployed again. I know that there are unimaginable things happening everyday, children dying of huger, people dying in war, nature going wild and taking lives. I know there are tragedies that we should strive to eliminate and there are some that we cannot control. How amidst of all that someone decides to bring more sadness in the world is beyond me.

I kept running. Pain and sadness my companions and the wind that was picking up, I struggled to find inner peace and just be. To find a way to spread the word that even I, who had my fair share of adversity can be happy and look forward to what life brings every morning. That no matter how terrible the situation, violence is never the answer.

How do we recover? From 9/11, to random shootings to Boston Marathon explosions, how do we go on not worrying about what is behind us, what is in front of us and if the stranger next to you might harm you? How do we go on?

I took this photo earlier today:

At the time I was in the saddle. I tightened the reins and said whoa. My horse trusted me against his instinct to stop long enough so I can take a picture of a wild animal. Deer trusted my dog not to hunt and kill him. There we were, all four of us standing in the sun, sharing a moment of trust. Guess that is all we can do.

And when trust fails us… We cannot help ourselves but to loose a little faith in humanity.

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Monday Listicles

What a week!

May I quickly say thank you for all the love, wonderful comments and making us feel very special indeed. I never intended for this to happen and it has been both nice and odd. In the wake of all this attention boys have been receiving I decided to write today’s listicle about them. As you may remember I suggested we write 10 CHAPTERS IN MY AUTOBIOGRAPHY. Instead I will write ten from Big M’s point of view. Just guessing of course, he is a dog after all. So it is more of a biography…

Next week let’s do a list about TOP 10 WAYS TO SPEND 30 MINUTES .

 
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10 CHAPTERS IN MAX’S MEMOIR

1. THE BEGINNING

Image courtesy of Debra Greenwood/Barachois Kennels

2. CHILDHOOD

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3. AKWARD TEENAGE YEARS.

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4. MEETING LITTLE J.

A day old

5. STARTING MY CARRIER AS A BABYSITTER

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which had it’s perks:

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6. MOVING TO AMERICA

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7. PICKING UP A PART TIME GIG AS A HORSE WHISPERER

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8. TIME WELL SPEND WITH MY NEIGHBOR ISAAC

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9. STARTING MY MODELING CARRIER

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10. SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE / EPILOGUE

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