Serv it Up

I subscribe to a bird watch list serv run by our state’s ornithology chapter.  It provides birders a place to share locations of interesting birds for the rest of the list serv members. The Fall/Winter that the Snowy Owl locations dipped down further South than they had been in centuries, was a particularly great year to be using the list serv.

I do a lot of birding, but it is ducks that I really love to find and watch. Recently, I had a lifer – a bird type first seen and positively identified – to add to my life list of birds.  Cinnamon Teal. Unfortunately, I do not have a nice enough camera to justify posting a picture here.  Therefore, enjoy this photo taken be Joan Gellatly.

I quickly knew from posts on the list serv where to go to try and see this Teal. It worked like a charm.

– Namaste

Getting Old Isn’t for Pussy’s

In August and October 2016, I had two hip replacement surgeries. Since I was only 52, it was a surprise to my friends and family. For me, I had know a long time that new hips were inevitable.

I had the best orthopedic surgeon! The recovery was not bad (although I was more cranky with the second surgery #tiredofhurting), with me back to work in a week-and-a-half. I was up walking almost immediately and the awful pain was gone. More due to a newer way of doing the surgery, called direct anterior hip replacement where the doc goes through two muscles so there is less damage from which to recover, than any rehab I had to do. Check out the 23 minute video of the surgery. So awesome.TotalHipReplacement_-_Before__After

I had lived three years in misery – why? I wasn’t scared of surgery, or trying to pretend it wasn’t happening. Probably the only thing that I was scared of were the medical bills. I have good medical insurance I pay through my employer, but I knew my finances couldn’t even take the out-of-pocket shock from all the directions a surgery incurs – anesthesiologist, surgeon’s office, hospital, drugs, etc. If you are in this situation, just have the surgery, go on a payment plan, and if you are like me, you will have paid off those beauties in five to six months.

Interesting things I learned:

  1. If you get a new body part, for the rest of your life, you’ll have to tell your dentist before any appointments, even just cleanings. The dentist will need to put you on antibiotics before the appointment because if there is any infection having to do with the dentist procedure, it could cause that infection to attack the new joint.
  2. The titanium joint will set off metal detectors at the airport, etc.
  3. Before joint replacement surgery, you wash in an antiseptic soap all over your body and put an antibiotic drop under your tongue, for three days before the surgery. This rids the body of natural bacteria growing on your skin.
  4. #dawgsinthehouse make for great recovery buddies.  #neverleftmyside20160410_193348

Namaste

Dawg in the House

Like millions of people these days, I share my life with a four-legged fuzz butt. A three-year old Cairn Terrier, named Buddy, is the man in my life.  He’s like Toto but cuter. Ha!

Buddy is my constant companion. [because I feel too guilty to go out and leave him home alone.]  It’s pathetic. We sleep together. Eat together. Walk together. And, we hang.

The ASPCA estimates nearly 70 million U.S. homes have at least one dog under the roof. People are more-and-more opting to get a pet instead of marrying or even having children.

I have children; and there is something to be said for being able to tell Buddy to go sit in the corner and be quiet. For me, this dawg in the house is nice to have as we go down this yellow brick road.

-Namaste

#dawginthehouse, #dogs, #partners

 

 

Diversity and Inclusion

All of us in the working world have had to endure the training videos on different topics to keep our employers compliant to a law somewhere. Maybe it was a fast food chain as a kid, or last week at corporate headquarters.

I’ve worked for companies that were always talking about how wonderful they were to their workers. However, if you were a worker, your opinion differed. One of the worst examples in my life, is a business who would fire large groups of good people twice a year like clockwork. The old man at the helm, believed in “trimming the fat” and getting rid of 10 percent of their around 300 workforce per year. That is 30 people a year.

Fast forward to my present full-time position. I knew I was working at a different kind of place in the first week of working there, and I hadn’t watched any videos. I saw transgender, openly gay, nationalities of every kind. Loved it. Also, all the walls were filled with original artwork – supporting thousands of artists.  Impressive.

This past week, I watched a Diversity and Inclusion video that was so nicely done. The message was so spot on. It isn’t enough to welcome diversity, but a conscious choice to practice inclusion to all people.  All people should be their authentic self where ever they work. It’s so nice when Companies get it right.