Archive | December, 2008

Rest in Peace, Sweet Felix

31 Dec


Our sweet puppy of seven years died peacefully in the arms of his Dad last night. He had a very short battle due to complications with his liver and gall bladder.

We adopted Felix from the Town Lake Animal Shelter on October 15, 2001. There was a clerical error and due to his delicate condition (he had heartworms), he was supposed to have been euthanized a week before we met him. He picked us as his family and we spent many years enjoying his laid back, fun, sweet, joyful disposition. Even at about 14 years old (we’re guessing), he still had a youthful glow, and a winning smile. People were always so pleased to meet him and often asked “what is he?” We liked to say that he was a couture dog– one-of-a-kind because he was a golden retriever, basset hound mix (we think). He had short legs (like his Mom and Dad) and he was the perfect little hobbit dog.

Felix was the ringbearer for our wedding and in many ways brought us closer together as a family even before we had Ben. When Ben arrived, Felix was patient and calm and was very tolerant of this new, bright and shining energy in the house. He was always sweet to Ben, and did not mind taking a little bit of a back seat. He never complained… even about his cat sister Sophie whom we suspect he loved very much.

Felix was our little canine soulmate, and his loss will be profoundly felt in our household. But we are forever grateful that we were so blessed to have connected with him. We encourage anyone who is thinking about saving an animal to please consider adoption from a shelter or rescue organization. There is so much love and life to be shared.

Harshing My Mellow

29 Dec
The Children of Slumdog Millionaire

The Children of Slumdog Millionaire

Yesterday I had a very rare day “off” meaning that my son was living it up with the grandparents, husband had to work and I have myself a nice break. Whenever I have a few free hours, I love to catch a movie and yesterday it was Slumdog Millionaire. About halfway into it, I developed almost a blinding migraine. I have not experienced one in years. But I think watching two hours of orphaned Indian children being put through every possible human horror pretty much sent me over the edge. I am over-the-top sensitive to seeing any harm come to children or animals and I’ve found it nearly intolerable to listen to or watch negative images, harsh music or bleak storylines. Though the movie had a redemptive ending, it wasn’t enough to ward off my exploding head. So I headed home and took a long nap. Why, over the last few months, have I become increasingly sensitive to audio and video cues? I think it’s where my heart and mind have been going lately which is more to the internal, introspective worlds that feed the soul.

Christmastime is here…

9 Dec


Stuff that needs to happen before the 25th:

1) Trail of Lights and Zilker Christmas Tree Lighting
2) Elf
3) Make homemade pasta sauce and cookies for presents
4) Christmas portrait with family
5) Ben’s birthday party
6) Order and mail Christmas cards
7) Charlie Brown Christmas
8) Wrap presents
9) Trick out Santa’s gift for Ben
10) Christmas mix CD
11) Drop off toys to Children’s Shelter
12) It’s a Wonderful Life
13) Forgive family for various crap
14) Forgive myself
15) Grinch


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