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Oh, Hai! :)

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

I have not been posting at Riley and James for quite some time.  And I have missed it.  The only things I love more than Riley and James are Riley…and James!

So here is a post to get started again.  I will try to post once or twice a week.  I do have cute pet pictures and good stories.  Life has just been busy (good busy!)

Here are my excuses exciting life events:

  • I am working much more than I had been and at a job I love.  Just for the straight-forward time management aspect, I have had less time to write rough drafts, which is the majority of the time it takes me to write stuff.  Also, having a job I love, I have found I do not need the stress-relief of writing as much as I did.  I do need YOU though.  And I do love writing, and all things pet and veterinary.  So I will try to start up again!
  • I have new projects going on!  OK, Life with Dogs is not new, but much of my writing energy is going into my weekly articles on that site.  It has been super fun, and made me focus on actual medical education, something I drift from here on occasion rarely talk about here!
  • I have been drawing and coloring.  Which sounds silly.  But it is helping.  And it is fun.
  • I just joined the Editorial Advisory Board of Veterinary Economics too!  Woo!  That has been fun.  So much of the time I DO have for rough draft writing has been spent elsewhere.
  • To be honest, for the first four months of the job transition, when I was not at work or somewhere I had to be, I was sleeping.  I struggle with depression.  I had to process.  I internalize things to process them.  Then I wake up and life is awesome again.  I mean, it has been the whole time.  But now, I am, you know, awake more :)

So I think things are back to a healthy balance.  I will return to at least weekly posts.  I will let you know if things are rough instead of withdrawing into myself.  If I don’t show up for a bit, assume I am busy reading YOUR blogs, or out walking the dogs or playing in the garden!

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Coming Soon on Riley and James if I Get My Act Together:

  • Book reviews – The Happiness Project, The Thank You Economy and Confessions of a Surgeon (Five stars!  They are all excellent!!)
  • A product review of Pet Naturals Dog and Cat treats (Five stars!) and some other stuff (Five stars!)
  • The story of Joy the Puppy’s most recent preschool visit
  • As many pictures as I can take of the visit of our Goldendoodle puppy cousin, Bailey, who is on her way to our house right now!  (We love you Joe and Nikki ♥♥♥)
  • More short stories
  • Good stuff from Nebraska Equine Association’s Horse Fair this coming weekend.  I will be speaking on pet and horse therapy.  And mostly just absorbing awesomeness from the Real Horse People there!  I will let you know what I learn.  And show you pictures of all of the beautiful horses!

Read New Books But Keep The Old…

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

…one is silver and the other gold.

Or something.

I LOVE books.  Remember when Veterinary Economics published that article by Tom McFerson, 25 Books for your Summer Reading?  And someone said something like, “Of course you can’t read ALL the books…”

That was fun.

Where is that guy?  I heard he was publishing a list of 25 more books.  I have been kind of lost waiting.  You do NOT want me to come up with a list!  You think THAT list got random?  Mine would be crazy random.  You would be whispering, “This is SO not focused on veterinary medicine…”  So in the meantime, while we wait for THE list, here are books I plan to re-read this year.  They are some of my very favorites.

The New Testament

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Some years I try to read the whole Bible.  Having the NIV One Year Bible version has made that very fun and easy the past few years.  This year, I am going to take a break from the Old Testament, and I will tell you why.  There are two  details of minor stories of the Old Testament, that if you read them when you are already sad will sucker punch you.  Not that they should not be in there or that God condones evil by any stretch, but I just don’t want to read those two stories this year.  But I will read Esther.  I love her.  And the Psalms and Proverbs.  And…the New Testament.  See?  I told you, random.  Maybe in my crazy tangents, sometimes there are big important things.  These next ones get randomer though…

The Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyczyn

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I found this collection of newsletters years ago and I just love it.  I don’t know if it is the Kristin Fuhs-size family of the author or her fun, chit-chatty tone, or the fact that when I found it we were broke new parents looking for fun, free stuff to do, but I still love flipping through this book.  It’s pretty worn.  I don’t think I’ve read it cover to cover since I got it.  Fun.

Sink Reflections by Marla Cilley – The FlyLady

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Great tips for the domestically challenged (that is, me) with some really profound wisdom when you read through it a second time.  Here’s hoping that is true the third time as well!

Bread Machine Magic and More Bread Machine Magic by Linda Rehberg and Lois Conway

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Fun books, great comments and awesome bread.  Not a cover-to-cover stay up past bedtime with a flashlight sort of read, but definitely two of my very favorite books.  Thanks Mom!!

All New Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew

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We got this when we started gardening about eight years ago, so we didn’t realize it wasn’t a normal way to garden.  I LOVE Square Foot Gardening and am anxious to start again this spring.  We took 2011 off because we missed Ebony Dog and how she would run around (never through!) the boxes while we worked in the garden.  See?  Back to pets!  I CAN focus!

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Blackwell’s Five Minute Veterinary Consult:  Canine and Feline, Fifth Edition, edited by Lary P. Tilley and Francis W.K. Smith, Jr.

So I haven’t read this cover-to-cover, but I have wanted to do so since the first edition came out.   And now I have my own copy!  Woo!  (Thank you Veterinary Practice News!)

Skills for Communicating with Patients, Second Edition by Jonathan Silverman, Suzanne Kurtz and Juliet Draper

This was one of the “25 Books” and the one I found most helpful.  I plan on reading through it again this year, and tracking down and reading the companion book, Teaching and Learning Communication Skills in Medicine.

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This is going to be fun!  I also still have that whole spin-off list you helped me make last year, and two books I read and loved last year to review – The Thank You Economy by Gary Vaynerchuk (Thank you Dave!) and The Happiness Project by Gretchin Rubin.  (Thank you Cara!)

And I will read some fiction…and your blog posts…and of course, newspaper, journal and magazine articles.

Oh, and Made to Stick by Chip Heath and Dan Heath, which Mike Falconer recommended.  (Thank you Mike!  And thank you for helping me with the Twitter and Facebook buttons!  I almost have them figured out!)

Tom McFerson, I LOVED your list!  Thank you so much.  I  can’t wait to read your next list.  But until then, I think I will be able to keep myself out of trouble.

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