Archive for June, 2010

June 29, 2010


by badmammy

AAAAAKKK! Is there anything on this planet that is less forgiving than a dressing room in a store? Standing there in your undies?  Anything??! Scorned crazy stalker exlover with abandonment issues? Scary? Not in my book. What? You’re going to throw me into the pit full of starving tigers? Ok, fine, but there better not be a full length, florescent lit three way mirror down there or the deal is off.

Those that know me know that I would rather take a beatin’ than shop. I’d just as soon starve as go for groceries. I hate shopping. Especially for clothes. I’m one of those fun folks who just shut down in malls & looks for the nearest exit. Too much stuff, crammed into all the stores, all looking the same, people milling, bumping, rifling. It is too much. I used to mail order some of my clothes, now I use the web. Plus, I wear the same ones forever. I buy solid colors in the same tones or slightly different shades, one or two patterns that go with everything & mix & match. My Mother convinced me at an early age that mix & match was the key to life.

Anyway, I have decided to treat myself to a new dress. I’ve lost weight (yipeeee!) & it is just enough so that nothing I have fits anymore (yahoooo!). I’m going to a happy event where I want to “look nice”  (another concept of Mother’s). This is a problem I have longed for, I know. I worked to get into this position. It’s not a real problem, this is no big deal in the big picture of the world, nothing is hanging in the balance. But, I want a new dress & as fun as that sounds, it has turned into a horrifing trip into gruesome reality.

It. Was. Awful. Standing in the soul baring light, looking at my full length self, from several angles, I was bitch slapped right out of any illusions or creative visualization that I had cooked up about the state of skin that has been expanded beyond a reasonable amount then asked to return. Ouch. All of the “soft, round curves” are shrinking (hallejulla!) but the fact is, I’m gonna have wrinkles. . . . . . .  wrinkles in places that I never imagined. I’m not talking happy crow’s feet or laugh lines. I’ve had those for awhile. We’re talking ruts & jowls. I saw my reflection in Macy’s dressing room & it scared the heck outta me.

For awhile, anyway. I’m gonna learn to love it. I’m going to keep on trying to take better care of my body, eat better stuff, exercise. I’m going to keep practicing forgiveness. I’m still gonna eat candy. This is my life & I’ve gotta live it . . . . did not come this far to falter & all that. I’m pullin on my spanx & gettin a new dress.

June 25, 2010


by badmammy

This is what we are up to:

Today NAHRA came to spend a couple of nights with us while her parents go have fun.

She is a CCI (Canine Companions for Independence) puppy in training. Here’s a little story about her name:

(this is from an email NAHRA’s mom sent me)

“In case I haven’t explained her name – here’s the history.  While I was in Sacramento for the whelping, Martina and I started thinking of names.  We decided to go with a theme – all acronyms.  To our surprise and delight – CCI went with our suggestions.

Here are the names and what they stand for:

NIAH                          National Institute of Animal Health

NANDA                      North American Nursing Diagnosis Association

NIMBY                       Not In My Back Yard

NASAR                       National Association for Search and Rescue

NASA                         National Aeronautics and Space Administration

NARHA                      North American Riding for the Handicapped

NUMA                       National Underwater Marine Agency

NORAD                      North American Aerospace Defense Command  (official Santa tracker)

NIOSH                       National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Martina – who is the best breeder caretaker anyone could ask for! and who has become my dear friend – made this special request:

I would like to put in a special request for the assignment of one of Hilani’s female pups to the SW region.  Karen is Hilani’s PR and lives in New Mexico in the SW Region.  She put in her repeat PR application to raise one of Hilani’s pups from this litter.  This will be her 5th pup, I believe.  Although she did not specify male or female pup, she would like to raise a female if at all possible.  The reason being, she came to my home for the whelp of the litter and while here she and I came up with our puppy names.  One of the female names I will be submitting will be NARHA, which is more female sounding.  Karen is a paid employee for the organization NARHA, North American Riding For The Handicapped.  She teaches handicapped children how to ride horses.  So, with this in mind, if it is at all possible to have a female pup assigned to the SW Region, that would be most appreciated.  Stu will be assigning a pup to Karen assuming one goes to the SW Region as she is first in line to get one.  Karen will be attending the NARHA conference in Denver in November and it would be great CCI exposure to have one of our pups there that was named in honor of the organization.

How lucky I am to be part of this wonderful CCI family!      Karen”

Isn’t that cool?

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June 5, 2010

true love never runs smooth

by badmammy

As you all know, I’m in the middle of a big lovin’ honeymoon with Big Daddy’s shopvac. The other day I noticed that the dog hair tumbleweeds were once again gathering on the horizon so I skipped to the garage to bring in my new love. Dogs scattered as Big Blue rolled into the room. Everything was beautiful until a couple of minutes in & I noticed I wasn’t getting my usual action. Oh man. It took at least 30 minutes to clean all of the crap off of the filter, hose it in the back yard & set it out to dry. It’s been hotter than heck here lately so by the time I finished working over the hose with the broom stick, the filter was dry & I carried on.