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Dobby is like Jazzy

My mom has a dog named Jazzy. She’s 1/2 sheltie & 1/2 lhasa apso (sp??).. very cute little blonde dog. Sometimes, when Jazzy is happy (or most likely, when her back is itchy) she does this thing on her back in the grass that looks like break dancing.. or like how Snoopy dances in the Peanuts cartoons except on the grass instead of upright.

Today, I was telling mom how Dobby reminds me of Jazz about wanting us to pet him. When sitting beside Jazz, if she wants attention, she will nuzzle us with her nose and even put her head under your arm or hand to get us to pet her. Dobby does something similar. When he wants to be petted, he gets right by our hand & puts his head down & waits for us to scratch his head/neck. If we don’t pay attention, he nudges with his beak. If that doesn’t work, he nips/pecks with his beak.

Mom said that when Dobby begins breakdancing on his back when he’s happy, we’ll know that we’ve really got something. LOL Got a good laugh about that one. Can you imagine it? A cockatiel on his back doing that? Cracks me up to think about it.

Snoring

When we were married, my ex husband used to tell me I snored. He’d nudge me & tell me to turn over. Now, the kids tell me that they can hear me snoring sometimes. I tell myself that I snore when I’m stressed out or when my allergies are bad…. I surely don’t snore all the time.. not me!

Today, I was taking a nap & I think I heard myself snore… actually, I think I woke myself up! Upon awakening, I stayed still (I was on the couch) & tried to go back to sleep. After a few minutes, my son said, “Mom, are you awake?” I said, “How’d you know?”

The answer?

“Because you stopped snoring.”

!!!!! I’m a snorer.. and evidently not a dainty one!

Good grief. I never would’ve believed it until I heard it for myself.
How embarassing.

A visit today

from the kids’ dad was a pleasant one. After his wife called yesterday morning to talk to me about when the kids could come for a visit, XH called in the evening to say that he was coming this way & that he’d call when he got close (arrived at 4am). He asked if he could spend the first part of today with the kids before driving the 6 hours back. Of course, I said YES! The kids were so excited to wake up & find him sleeping on the couch. I know that’s a bit unorthodox.. but he asked, I said ok b/c I thought making him sleep in his car would be mean & having him pay for a hotel room for 3 or 4 hours was just silly.. so he slept on the couch for a few hours… it worked for us.

He spent the morning & early afternoon with the kids. They had a wonderful time. We decided to meet 1/2 way between our cities on Friday the 29th (oldest daughter’s 12th birthday) for the kids to go home with him for 2 weeks. They’ll get back about 5 days before school starts.

The kids are thrilled. If he doesn’t meet me 1/2 way on that day, I’ll drive them the whole way on Saturday the 30th. Either way, I’ll make sure that they get to go. They deserve to have time with him.

He told me today that his unit is going to Afganistan/Iraq in either September or November.. more than likely November. Their orders seem to keep changing between the 2 dates. He’s been told it’ll be a one year tour.

I know he loves the kids. I can see it in his eyes when he looks at them. I see it when he cries as he leaves them. I hear it in his voice when he speaks to them. I just don’t understand why he doesn’t plan ahead so he can see them more often. Today was the first time they’ve seen him since mid-May. Before that, it was early March.

Granted, that’s a lot more than some kids get to see their dads.. like those who live across the country. But this man lived 1 1/2 hours away for 4 years until last November and now is about 6 hours away.

The kids are excited. The ex and his wife will take them to Sea World.. they get free admission since they’re active duty service members. The kids would have fun even if they didn’t do anything big like that… they’d be happy playing board games, watching movies & going to the park.. the main thing is having TIME with him.. not entertainment.

The kids are happy & are counting the days until their “vacation.” Shhh….. so am I! 🙂

Tried the jalapeno jelly

and it turned out GREAT! Yippee!!! 🙂