Walk a Mile in My Shoes…or at Least These Shoes

Month: July 2014

Walk a Mile in My Shoes…or at Least These Shoes

For some reason, if you’re a woman, having an office job is synonymous with wearing heels that pinch the toes together, cause blisters, and wreak havoc on your arch.  Lest you think us women put this on ourselves [entirely], I recall a conversation between a couple of friends wherein one stated that she wore the same outfit to work twice, one week with flats and the next week with heels.  When she wore the heels, she got compliments on how dressed up she was.  Same outfit.  Ugh. I can’t explain this thinking, this warped perception, especially since men can wear

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Heartworm Disease is Treatable and Beatable

Grace received her final, final heartworm negative clearance this week – YAYYYYYY!  We celebrated with a new toy, of course. A much anticipated celebratory treat dispensing toy. I knew Grace was heartworm positive when I adopted her and had only a vague idea what that meant, so I got on the fast track to all things heartworm.  Here’s a bit of what I learned about the disease: It’s common among dogs found in all 50 states, with the highest infection rates along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts (from American Heartworm Society and pets.webmd) Dogs (and cats and a bunch of other animals,

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A Conversation With Dad

Preface: I wrote this several months ago, and because it includes feelings about my Dad, I left it in draft form so I could reflect on it more before I posted it. I forgot that I opened with my admiration of Maya Angelou. At the time this was written she was living, and I am leaving the opening paragraph as I originally wrote it. If I were given the honor, the privilege, of having conversation over tea with anyone, it would be beyond difficult to choose. I would, however, likely be enjoying tiny cucumber sandwiches this very moment with Dr. Maya Angelou as

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One Room at a Time – Deck

If you live in a house, you might think my deck is small at 8.5 x 11.5 ft.  If you live in a condo or apartment, you might think that’s roomy.  Thank goodness it’s not any bigger or who knows how many furniture groupings I would have gone through!  I know I’ve had a couple of director’s chairs, then a bistro table and two chairs, and finally a big comfy chair.  I’m sure there was one other season of decor, but I can’t for the life of me recall what it was. I was always trying to maximize the seating,

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Say My Name, Say My Name

No, really.  Say my name.  Kelly Gropp.  First I’ll give you a hint: it rhymes with stop.  And shop.  And bop.  And mop.  And plop.  And flop.  And hop.  It’s a pretty common sound phonetically speaking, yet this one syllable name really throws folks for a loop. At the Komen race this year, it was announced that survivor Kelly Grope had just crossed the finish line.  Woot woot!  Another popular rendition is Kelly Group, and a few will say Kelly Gropt. Writing/typing the name is as difficult as pronunciation.  Whether it be on the phone or in person, I will

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