While Beau & Lola Bug are my buddies, I still have room in my heart for more friends. What about you? ūüôā

They like me, they really, really like me!

Let me begin (with a shout out to Sally Fields for the intro) by offering abject apologies for my delayed response to a series of wonderful blogging awards that have been bestowed upon me of late. ¬†The tardiness of my response is by no means a measure of my gratitude, but rather a reflection of the fear that I will not be able to adequately fulfill the mandates of accepting said awards. ¬†And now, with that disclaimer issued, I will get to the meat of the matter…

In order to accept the “Very Inspiring Blogger Award,” I must do the following:

Link back to the person who nominated you:

Thank you very much for deeming me worthy of this award, Maureen @¬†http://magnoliabeginnings.org/. ¬†Magnolia Beginnings is itself a wonderfully inspiring little corner of the web, and if you haven’t had occasion to mosy on by and check it out yet, I would strongly encourage you to rectify that immediately. ¬†Ya never know what little insight or spiritual boost you’ll come away with!

Post the award image to your page: Check!

Tell seven facts about yourself: Wow, this is tough (these sorts of lists are one of the primary reasons I’ve been procrastinating about my ‘acceptance speech’). That said, here goes….

  1. ¬†In high school, I was an active member of the Latin Club. ¬†My teacher was beyond amazing and was always coming up with inventive methods for stimulating our minds and making learning more interesting. ¬†To wit: one of the coolest projects we ever did was translate instructions on the mummification process and then carry them out on a cornish game hen. ¬†Girlfriend was tough as an old leather shoe by the time we were done with her, that’s all I’m sayin’, and she was most *definitely* not deteriorating….At the end of the exercise, she even had a custom made sarcophagus…
  2. For my 16th birthday, my parents gave me a cherry red 1966 Mustang convertible. ¬†(One of the perks of being a Ford dealer’s daughter, thank you very much!)
  3. I have always loved languages and have been blessed with a certain facility for same–as a kid, my heart’s desire was to be a translator at the U.N. ¬†(a desire viewed as decidedly bizarre by many ¬†inhabitants of the little Midwestern farming community where I grew up).
  4. I graduated in the top 2% of my undergraduate class at the University of Illinois and have my name engraved on a bronze tablet in the library. (Yikes, I’m sounding increasingly nerdy here, aren’t I?!)
  5. I LOVE to travel.
  6. I’ve been to Tasmania and seen those little devils with my own eyes (no, they are not just cartoon characters :-))
  7. I love working out and feel odd if I don’t head for the gym each morning.

Nominate 10 other blogs¬†(I”m sorry, but this is where I fall down. ¬†Having excluded several of my absolute, ‘go-to’ blogs because they’ve already been honored with many awards (‘Waiting for the Karma Truck‘; “Lead.Learn.Live“; and “Help Me Rhonda“, I have 7 others that I’d like to highlight. N.B.: I know that some bloggers don’t ‘go in’ for the awards process. ¬†If I have unwittingly gone against your wishes for recognition with awards such as these, my apologies in advance!! ¬†Please feel free to disregard this award if it’s just “not your thing.”)

  • Charming Trinity:¬†I adore the simplicity of this blog–each post features a triptych of photos based on a certain theme. ¬†I look forward to seeing what Daniela has posted each morning!
  • Photo Botos:¬†This blog boasts that it supplies viewers with “one spectacular image every day and the story behind it.” ¬†‘Nuf said.
  • The Book of Alice:¬†Christine may well have the coolest Kidling on the planet–at the very least Alice is one of the most precocious I’ve encountered. ¬†You *never* know what is going to come out of this child’s mouth, but thankfully The Mama is there to capture it for us.
  • Anake Goodall:Anake delivers a constantly inventive and provocative stream of images and videos. ¬†I am always delighted when I see a post from him in my in-box.
  • Only Here Only Now:¬†I’ve only recently begun following Tom’s blog, but it is AMAZING. ¬†You owe it to yourself to stop by….
  • Jane Balshaw:¬†This blog was recently started by an incredibly talented friend–Jane is a textile artist, an aesthetician, and a *wise soul.* ¬†She has just begun her blogging journey, but I know it’s going to be a rich one….
  • Simon Marsh:¬†Simon is an Anglican priest from England and, as they say at home, “a real piece of bread.” ¬†He’s kind and warm and wise and I always feel uplifted after reading one of his posts.

Let them know they are nominated:  Will take care of this momentarily!

Link back to the person who nominated you:

I was recently nominated for the “One Lovely Blog Award” by David Kanigan of “Lead.Learn.Live.”¬†David’s was the first blog I followed when I entered this amazing world, and I continue to be startled by his ingenuity, insight and instinctive ability to post something incredibly helpful, heartening or humorous at *just* the moment it’s needed. ¬†If you are one of the lonely few who hasn’t discovered David’s little corner of the world, DO NOT wait any longer. ¬†You owe it to yourself.

Post the award image to your page.¬†Done. ¬†ūüôā

Tell seven facts about yourself:

  1. I can make a chocolate bar last for weeks–I like to eat one square at a time.
  2. I do “Jacob’s Ladder” for an hour at a time at the gym. ¬†(cf. #7 above–it’s a bizarre quirk, but there are worse addictions, right? ¬†ūüėČ )
  3. I’ve been all over the world, from Turkey to Tasmania, Spain to South Africa, and I’ve never visited the Grand Canyon. ūüė¶
  4. I’m totally addicted to detective shows–‘Burn Notice,’ ‘Covert Affairs,’ ‘NCIS,’ ‘The Closer,’ ‘Major Crimes,’ — can’t get enough of them.
  5. I’m a voracious reader and especially love books that force me to consult a dictionary at least once every couple of chapters. (As fate would have it, my dear friend Mimi, the gal drivin’ the Karma Truck, recently nominated me for “The {Booker} Award.” ¬†I’ll be fulfilling the obligations of that honor in a future post.)
  6. I adore dogs and love reading about different breeds, their special traits, their genetic background, etc.
  7. For many years, I’ve owned big dogs–German Shepherds, Dobes, Labs–but I’m afraid of cats.

Nominate 10 other blogs

I’m afraid that I don’t have another 10 blogs to nominate–I just don’t follow that many, and I’ve already tipped you off to most of the ones that I *do* keep track of. ¬†That said, here are several that I’d like to recognize. ¬†As I said above, should I have unwittingly gone against your wishes for recognition with awards such as these, my apologies and please feel free to disregard the notice.:

  • Momentum of Joy: Joanna is an amazing, warm, inspiring individual and a lovely blogger indeed….
  • Kizzylee: Kizzylee’s blog is so refreshing–always heartfelt.
  • Analyfe: Erin is a delightful young woman–intelligent, insightful and wise beyond her years.

Let them know they are nominated:  Will do!

Thank you again, Maureen & David, for acknowledging my blog in this kind way and THANK YOU ALL ¬†for allowing me into your lives through this forum–it is truly a privilege….

Crossing the Rubicon….

Exhibit ‘A’

Yes, it’s happened. ¬†I’m ashamed to admit it, but when it comes to the Beauman and Miss Thing, I have crossed the Rubicon.

What’s that you say? ¬†You want proof? ¬†Ok, here it is. ¬†I breezed through HomeGoods the other day to pick up a few supplies–candles, fancy hand soap, some seasonal Tchotchke, you know the drill. ¬†And then I saw them–*designer poop bags*! ¬†Yes, that’s right, a stylish plastic receptacle for pickin’ up poop (for those who weren’t aware, polka dots are in!) ¬†Of course I had to have them.

Believe you me, the title of “fashionista” is not bestowed on just anyone…. ūüėČ

Birthday boy!

“Life is too short to be small.”

–Benjamin Disraeli

First day home…

The balloons are inflated, the candle is set aside, and the Frosty Paws are chillin’ in the freezer, for today is a special day here at Chez Feinberg. ¬†It’s the Beaumeister’s 1st birthday!! ¬†It hardly seems possible that the round, brown bundle of puppy love we brought home last October could already be marking a year on the calendar.

Little man’s first car ride

When he first came home, he was ALL belly and paws and so, so squeezable. ¬†ūüôā ¬†His little ‘Buddha belly’ was round and warm and smelled like all the things that are most precious about babies. His coat was soft as goose down and his little teeth were like hypodermic needles. ¬†;-/

He ate, slept, played and peed and we adored him.  Some 8 months later, not much has changed (aside from his size and the length of time between potty breaks).


Big boy chillin’….

Happy Birthday, Beau!! We love you!!

I’m on a quest….

“Don Quixote” by Pablo Picasso, 1955

Sounds romantic, doesn’t it? ¬†The word immediately evokes thoughts of Don Quixote and “The Man of La Mancha” (admit it, you’re humming “The Impossible Dream”¬†already, aren’t you?). ¬†Ahhh, that it were so noble. ¬†In reality, my quest is much more pedestrian (yes, that means ‘commonplace’ or ‘unimaginative’, but it sounds¬†a lot sexier than ‘dull’, right?). ¬†My quest is to rid the house of HAIR BALLS!

The pesky interloper….

It pains me to admit it, but I simply cannot get the best of these little beasts! ¬†It doesn’t seem to matter how frequently I vacuum or how often I brush the dogs–as soon as I turn around, there are two more in the corner. ¬†Ah well, back in to battle with my trusty Electrolux.

“To dream the impossible dream, to fight the unbeatable foe…” ¬†Don Quixote, buddy, I am feelin’ ya….