The World Through Harpua’s Eyes

harpua+fun 058Our puppy is not really a puppy anymore. The last time he went to the vet she referred to him as a senior dog. I was crushed but she was right.

Every night at about 4:00am he wakes us and goes downstairs and does his usually cry like there is a bird in his belly to go outside. He barks at nothing, and I tell him to be quiet because the rest of the world is asleep. He comes back in and goes to the same exact spot and sits down and waits for his cookie. I stumble back upstairs and go back to sleep for an hour and half before I get up to go to work.

He slowly climbs back up the stairs and climbs up on the bed, comes to my pillow and puts his nose on the sheet so I will lift it up for him to get under the covers. He never learned he was not a human, he wants to sleep just like us.

Harpua 2He stays in bed till you are all up and almost dressed then he comes downstairs goes out side again and then gets sad we are about to leave. He goes on to the stairs as we get ready to leave and I give him his favorite cookie and we leave.

He sleeps all day, barks at the mailman and other that walk by, and goes on a walk with his favorite dog walker of his whole life. He waits for us to come home.

After he hears us in the driveway he wakes up and comes down the two flights of stairs to meet us at the door. He is so excited to see us when we get home it is really hard for him to sit still but he tries because he has learned in the last 9 years I will not pay attention to him till he is sitting.

IMG_1746He follows me around the rest of the night and at 7:30 pm every night barks and cry for no reason at all or maybe it because I am reading you both your books and getting you ready for bed. Maybe he is jealous he does not have jammies to put on and books for me to read.

After you go to bed EVERY night he comes and lays down next to me and stays with me till I go to bed and then goes to bed with me.

Someday, probably not as far away as I would like, he is not going to be able to make the two flights of stairs up to my room. I try not to think about what a day would be like without him but as he gets older I know it will happen. I hope he lives long enough for you both to remember him.


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Just Call Me Pam #nablopomo

I have to tell you kids I thought long and hard about your names because I do not like mine at all. I actually asked Grandma and Grandpa several times to get me no gifts for my birthday or Christmas just change my name.

As you know I am not just Mommy people call me Leigh. It is spelled more than one way, pronounced wrong about 85% of the time, and often associated as a males name.

When I was a kid I had a cute little pixie cut so when people heard my name they assumed I was a boy. As an adult I am referred to as Mr in emails and on phone calls. It may not seem like a big deal because your names and gender specific and not confusing but it is a pain and annoying over the course of your life.

You are probably saying how could people pronounce it wrong? Well people call me “Leah” or “sleigh” with a silent S and more often than you think “le-get” or “leg”.

Now how about when I tell people my name for them to write down… Lee 98% of the time. If it does not matter I do not correct them who cares at this point I am just as much a Lee as I am a Leigh. The picture above is the ONLY time anyone at Starbucks has written my name properly on a cup! I know this is problem that afflicts many.

Oh and the awkward middle school days were fun when my fellow classmates teased me if I married my classmate I would be Leigh Lee. It was kinda funny and still a step up from my super complicated maiden name (maybe yet another reason why a complicated first name was unnecessary)

So what did I want to change my name to… Pam! Thank God Grandma and Grandpa never got me that present of a legal name change as an adult I much prefer my name Leigh and it is who I am!

So if at any point you are jealous you have a gender specific commonly spelled name remember my story and try not to be to mad, I did it because I love you!

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My Favorite Places To Write #nablopomo

If you asked me when I was younger if I would be a writer or even enjoy writing I would have screamed no way. I kept a journal on and off as a kid and always enjoyed writing but somehow I did not realize it.

Now as an adult I enjoy writing in my free time. I write basically when I am alone. I sit down after my kids go to bed. I either sit down at my desktop computer in my home office/guest room or with laptop in the living room no where else. I seem to have a very set routine.

I often write with the TV on, there is something relaxing about that. I have a hard time writing in complete silence. Sometimes I am inspired by something on tv other times I feel like it is the constant multitasker in me that wants to write and watch my favorite shows.

I also write on my commute. I write on my phone. I actually am writing this post on my phone. I dislike writing this way but I have a great big chunk of time on the train that I have been misusing by playing endless rounds of Candy Crush so I am trying to get back into the habit of writing more.

When traveling I write the absolute most… I can write five or six posts on an airplane ride easily. I can plan my blog calendar for a month or two and brainstorm tons of topics.

Ideally I would love to have my desktop computer in my master bedroom with my sewing machine and tv with my Apple TV then I really would have all my hobbies and distractions in one place.

Where do you like to write?

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My Favorite Character Ever!

lost-characters-jackIt is hard for me to decide who my favorite character is because so many come to mind. Many of the characters that make my top ten list are the characters in the tv show Lost. Together the characters interactions with one another kept them interesting. Here is a list of my favorite and little bit about their character.

Jack: He is a fatality flawed character but those flaws make you follow him and root for him. From the moment he opened his eyes to the moment he closed them he made one wrong decision after another with the complete faith and intention he was doing what he had to do. His motives were almost always for the safety of others if not motivated by love. What better reason to make decisions?

Sawyer: He was never quite what you expected when you first met him, you knew you wanted to hate him for his teasing but then we saw that he did it out of his own insecurity and not out of true malicious intentions. His capacity to love is one that was surprising as he seemed to have such a cold exterior. In the end he always made the right decisions even if he path to get there was the unexpected one.

Hurley: Everyone needs someone like him in their life. He had bad luck follow him all around yet he always had a good spirit and fun outlook. He also had a way of calling people out without making them feel bad, a trait that most people you meet in life do not have.

Kate: She was more like Wonder Women than people would give her credit for I think. She had a strong will and a strong character. She was willing to go farther than any average person would for what she believed in. Running through the jungle on many occasion when other people would not she was by far the bravest character on the show.

Jacob/: Two characters that were created to personify good and evil and call out humanity on all the things that we are doing wrong and the things we are doing it right. There were times when Jacob would talk about humanity with such contempt but you could not help but agree with his points. There were other times when his brother would talk about the good in the world and you could not help but agree that we deserved to be saved.

Desmond: Motivated 100% by love. Nothing could stop him from getting back to his love. Every decision he made was guided, informed and calculated by love. He is a partner we all want to have… Stopping at nothing to get back to you

Ben: Most people who watched the show might say he is the most interesting but I would disagree. He was motived entirely by fear and revenge. He would sacrifice everything to get what he wanted and his calculating moves were important to the story but did not make him an interesting character.

Sayid: Characters with torturred pasts are common in all stories but his is one that is portrayed and played out in a modern society we have not seen before exactly like this. He can be savage of he needs to be and caring at other times. He is left as an outcast for early part of the story because of his ethnicity and has to fight back from that perception. But if I was on spooky desert island and I could only have one character with me it would be him.

Locke: I started with my favorite and I am ending with my other favorite… Locke was an amazing character. He has absolute and total blind faith. At times that faith made him seem visionary and almost prophetic and at other times it lead him to embarrassment and downright misery. While he clearly suffered from some serious depression at times he still did not lose faith in what was right. We should all be a little more faithful in making the right decision than we are… Sometimes it won’t work out but your motivations will always be pure and that is just as valuable.

I could go on with Sun, Jin, and Boone but you should watch the show to form your own opinion.

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I Just Won $1 Million Dollars!

This is the first post in a month-long project of writing prompts from BlogHer called Nablopomo. There is still time to join us head over here for all the details. 

Guess what I just won a $1 million dollars and I have to spend it before the end of the day! The first thing I would do is try to buy a new house. I would want a house with 4-5 bedrooms at least 2 full baths (this nonsense of one bathroom in the whole house is ok but I just got a million bucks we are upgrading). A big kitchen would also be nice I spend a lot of time in the kitchen so it would be nice to have more space to work in.

After I purchased the house (which would not be a $1m home). I would pay my solar panel installer cash for the job of putting panels on my house. I have always wanted them on my house and now would be the time to do it.

Next stop the Tesla dealership! I am going to pre-order the 2014 Model S. A fully electric car with a third row seats. This car is amazing it is a high performance car with a range over 200 miles. Tesla even has high-speed charging at stations on highways around here to give you a wider range.

The local dealership happens to be in the mall so there would a quick but huge clothing shopping spree. I have needed some new clothes since I have had both of you guys so now is the perfect time.

I imagine I am starting to run out of time so I have to buy Daddy the car he has alway wanted 1955 Chevy hard top convertible in red…. should not be hard to find and pay someone cash for it right? I may need to hire an assistant this day to help me research all of these purchases.

Next stop, at the mall is the Apple store to buy all my nieces and my kids their own iPads I can think of no other thing that I could quickly get that would make them all universally happy.

Then the restaurant I called early in the day would be ready to seat all of my friends and their kids for dinner and general enjoyment of each other’s company. Sometimes I think we get totally caught in the material things money can buy we forget that there are people we like to spend time with.

Whatever I had left would go to our local animals shelters… Four of them. One where we got our beloved pup Harpua. Then we would give to the two in our area to help local dogs and I would give to another local organization that saves dogs from shelters before they are euthanized. Boom Boom and I love dogs so it seems only fitting that I share some of the money with them.

If there was more time I would purchase my whole wish list from Etsy. I use the Etsy app to mark things I want so if I had time I would try to buy as much of that as possible… but I think my day would be winding to close at this point and this may not make it.

 What would you do with a $1M with only one day to spend it?

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