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    ONE MONTH!

    Today marks the one month until I am in Ireland countdown!In my memories the other day I found the photo from when we decided to travel to Northern Ireland. We began this journey a year ago.Ma came into my office yesterday and we were just buzzing with excitement that in a blink of an eye we will be getting on that plane. Ma has never travelled abroad and the giddiness and joy when she got her passport was something I will never forget. For two weeks I get to experience a place I have already been, but now that I know the history…it will be with new eyes and I…

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    #coloradowomensretreat

    On our way to Denver yesterday I was struck by a comment made when I expressed an upcoming flying anxiety. “The obstacle is the way…” and he smiled and gave a chuckle as he led me through a breathing exercise. When I got to the airport, my anxiety had lessened and I knew my strength was now centered. I walked through the book store as I waited for my plane and I found shoved on the bottom shelf a book with the same title of the comment that was made. Flipping through the book, I decided it was probably one I was going to have to read. I picked up…

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    Ready to Fly!

    Fifty Eight days from now I will be boarding a plane to go to Ireland for the second time.Everything I need is ready to go. This time around I know what to pack and what to leave at home. This time around I know what can go and what can stay at home. My last trip I packed way too much. This time I know that in Ireland you don’t need half the clothes you pack, just pack clothes you can layer. My co-traveler packed all he needed in his backpack and I thought he was crazy, but come to find out he did just fine for 2 weeks. I…

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    Much needed change.

    I’ve been wanting to completely change Random and Odd for years and I just wasn’t in the place to do it. This last week I had some time set aside to do just that, fix this damn page! I decided to do away mostly with the whole “Random and Odd” if you know me, you know that is the name of my page and if you don’t know who I am…why are you here again? 15 years ago when I started Random and Odd it was for my mom and sister to keep up on what was going on. It worked well and then all the sudden I had different…

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    Rainy Mornings

    “It’s Only Wednesday.” -Me…every Wednesday. Laying in bed and looking out the slider to the backyard and watching the pool and hot tub fill with water and a small stream of rain water as it makes it’s way to the gutter and all I can think is— it’s BEAUTIFUL. It’s strange that when you are happy, truly happy you can find beauty in the mundane. I imagine our family in this very backyard this upcoming summer, swimming, watching movies and spending time with friends. The backyard has brought me happiness from the moment we found this place. I remember sitting on the back step one night looking over the blank…

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    Rainy Saturday

    Ended up January strong by finishing up my accounting reports so I don’t have to scramble at the end of the quarter to make sure I have everything. It’s my least favorite part of my job. It’s actually the second. The least favorite is telling customers their car needs a new engine. Friday nights are my favorite because Jon and I get to hang out and talk, but this Friday night he was tired and fell asleep. I got to watch more old shows on WW2 and zone out. My phone rang and it was my daughter, Shea. She is in Tahoe working at a ski resort and almost every…

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    8 miles on my 8th hikaversary!

    Spent a beautiful Sunday with my hiking group! Such inspirational women! I found out that each one also wants to walk the Camino de Santiago and Patrice is in the planning process for 2021. Kathy and I have put our hands in to join her. Found out some FANTASTIC news on Friday and I know that this year is going to be amazing! An inspiring year for sure!! Can’t stop. Won’t stop.

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    Leave It

    My best friend trained her dog to not touch something by telling her to “LEAVE IT!”.This dog was obsessed with toy squeakers and my BFF could leave a squeaker sitting in the middle of the floor and as long as she told her dog to “Leave It” that dog wouldn’t even look at it.Recently neighbor got two dogs and keeps them in the backyard. This made my dog lose his mind. He wants to play, but it comes across as just a bunch of barking and running back and forth along the fence line.  I started training him inside with the ‘Leave It” method.  Toys, treats or anything I knew…

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    2019 brings Joy

    What a bad ass year 2018 was! It was hard in some ways and was gentle in many others. We lost Jon’s dad and took in his dog, Patches (middle). We call this her retirement home, but she shows no signs of her age when she is keeping up with Duke and Oakley. This isn’t meant as a year in review, but more as a jumping off point to more. I’ve had some amazing food in the last few months. The best part is that I have been the one creating the dishes! Alyx and I talked about doing our once a month dish together. I think she’s going to…