What about the Kitchen Table

I have totally become a blog  junkie.

Google Reader and Pulse News have become a must have for my computer and Droid. I have a pretty awesome blogroll of things that interest me and some of just friends who rant on blogs. I love to see what people are thinking, how they spend their time, and dealing with life.

Most of the blogs I follow are those of people in my age group and/or share a common interest with me like natural hair, politics, current events, non-profit work, and so on. I recognize we are getting older and I sort of accept that. I mean we gripe about the weather and insurance premiums for crying out loud.

So to get to my point “What about the Kitchen Table.”

Looking over blogs, Facebook, and dynamic tweets; most people are putting their entire lives on the internet. New jobs, where they live, places they are currently at, at this very moment and for the love of all that is mighty– detailed pictures of the them giving birth…REALLY. All of these are great a little too informative, but great none the less (except the child birth thing…some things you just don’t need to share) But what got me thinking (which I sometimes hate to do) were not the pictures of family gatherings, dinner parties, and baby’s first steps but the kitchen/dining room tables. My friends have homes with dining room tables! Adults have furnished homes with matching dishes, silverware, and formal dining room tables…not us!

Then I realized while I spend my time thinking about my next move and what I can conquer and take on next and hesitating at all cost to buy large items that would tie me down  (like a washer and dryer, yeah that’s a long story)  and make life too settled; I have never even thought about purchasing a REAL kitchen table. I never use my dining room. My ‘table’ can be folded up and thrown in my trunk and I have never though once about buying anything different (just last week I wanted to turn my dining room into a big closet).  So, like I always do I called my BFF Kristen and explained this breakthrough! I blamed it on being in Kentucky too long and hoped she would tell me I was nuts and over thinking but she didn’t. It caught her by surprise too. She had the same table up until a few months ago then she aquired one from a friend that was moving.

So, I asked her. “What about my kitchen table?” “Will I ever feel comfortable enough to settle down and buy a descent table?” “OMG! Does this mean I need a shrink?” “I don’t want a shrink! My insurance premiums are too high?”

To be continued…


Update: Maggie

This is by far the hardest post I have written. I was shocked at my reaction to turning over Maggie to her new owners. Perhaps it was because I don’t feel as though I had a proper goodbye with her or just maybe I got more attached to her than I did my other fosters. I think her back story had a lot to do with my need to take care of her and protect her from everything. I worried constantly if she had enough food (the week-and-a-half that I had her she gained 2 whole pounds!), water, and if she was comfortable. Also, her personality came  through; she went from a shy pup afraid of letting anyone near her to going up to everyone and everything (including mothering ducks 🙂 she learned that lesson fast). She also began to push the limits. She began to walk more confidently and sleep more securely.

As I lose the battle to holding back tears typing this out I am happy that Maggs went to loving home where she has an elder sister dog to play with and a very loving mom and dad that instantly fell in love her…quite frankly it is very easy to do.

I am on my third day without her and I am still blubbering like an idiot but again…I am happy for her.

Check out these vids of Maggie vs my work boot.

Update: Maggie and Me this Weekend

This was my first weekend with Maggs!  She is a doll and getting very comfortable with people, other dogs, and MY SHOES!!  She has moved 30 percent of my shoes  from the bedroom to the living room.  She has come a very long way in a week and I am so proud of the progress she has made with trusting those around her and branching out.  She still refuses to walk on a leash and as  compromise will walk along with me. 

This weekend we went to her appointment to the vet in hopes of getting her girlie parts fixed but because of the fluid still in her lungs from being dumped over a bridge she was unable to have her procedure. We will try again tomorrow or Wednesday.  I also heard a bit more of her story. Apparently, the kindness of a homeless man is what saved Sweet Maggs. He heard her cries for help and tried to save her and her brothers and sisters but only she survived. (on a side note: The following weekend after Maggs and family were dumped someone else decided to follow suit and dump their pups as too…SICK! However they were caught and will be prosecuted–AWESOME!)

Another exciting thing happened to Maggs this weekend…SHE GOT A BATH!! Due to her dry skin I felt sorry for the girl and gave her a bath using Shea Moisture Deep Cleaning Black Soap Shampoo and Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa Conditioner both items I use and love and it left her hair shiny, soft, and smelling great and also curbed the itching 🙂 The entire time she shook and was basically freaking out. It took her about 45 minutes after the bath to calm down.  After the bath she would not leave the doorway of my bedroom 😦 but being the trooper she is she came around after napping wrapped in a towel under some heat.

Hopefully she will get to go to her new family this week and play with her new sister and be loved on by her new mom and dad.

She played and slept hard the rest of the weekend!