Tuesday, June 30, 2009
today i signed the papers to modify my mortgage. property values are down and so are my commissions, and now so is my mortgage!
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Monday, June 29, 2009
When you do good you generally get good so when you do bad you should get the same. this is exactly what happened to bernie madoff...150 years in prision. of course at his age he will do well to last fifteen. and to think that his poor wife will only be left with a couple of million to keep her for the rest of her life...how will she manage?
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Thursday, June 25, 2009
proof about bad things
you know the old saying about bad things coming in threes? well it is true...ed mcmahon died a couple of days ago, farrah fawcett died this morning and michael jackson died this afternoon.
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this is very sad and yet she will suffer no more. two tv icons gone in just a few short days. this sure makes life seem awfully short to me.
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Wednesday, June 24, 2009
ok, i have to admit it...

this marketing thing is really great. i decided that i like working with pet owners and would like to start working with vets, breeders, trainers, etc. so far, i have completed one newsletter and i am 3/4 of the way done with the second issue which will be out in august. i have connected with a dog trainer who used to work for our police department training their k-9 unit, i will be observing one of his group classes next month and he wants to contribute to my newsletter. i also got my vet to agree to supply me with a few short articles for my newsletter and to let me sponsor a treat jar for his patients! my groomer wants enough copies of my newsletter to hand out to all of her customers. my mind is reeling, i just keep thinking of different and more extreme ways to take this thing.
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Sunday, June 21, 2009
i went to my first 51's baseball game last night...they won! i always hear on the news about them losing but they didn't last night. it was a great game followed by fireworks. this morning i logged on to facebook only to find that my niece was there also.
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Saturday, June 20, 2009
great quote
"if you aren't afraid to fail, then you probably don't care enough about success", mark mccormack.
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Friday, June 19, 2009
more on the newletter
yesterday morning i attended my agency's monthly breakfast meeting where the manager talked about marketing. to my surprise, he handed me a stack of my newsletters and asked me to pass them out to every agent in the room! he then mentioned that only some of the agents were starting to "market" themselves. he also told me that he liked my newsletter and thought that it came out really well. needless to say, my head was almost in the clouds.

while in the meeting my brain started reeling and i came up with the idea to brand myself as the "happy agent"....get it? if you don't, let me explain, happy is the translation for my last name.
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Monday, June 15, 2009
marketing meetings
not too long ago i posted about going to marketing meetings every monday. i have really tried to open my mind up to all of the things being suggested which is how "dede's doggie dish" (my newsletter) came about. well today we were talking about facebook again and i have now relented; i now have a facebook page. one more thing to try to learn and keep up with but i think that in the long run it may end up being a good thing.
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play date
yesterday dude and i went to my friend susan's house for a play date with her two bichons, caesar and willie. susan and i both thought that dude and caesar would be the ones playing together since willie has cancer and doesn't play much anymore. it turned out that we were wrong. caesar who is about three times the size of dude was actually affraid of dude's non-submissive behavior and ran under the table when dude approached him to sniff. willie and dude followed each other around all afternoon like the were best buddies.

susan and her husband made a wonderful lunch for the humans and the three boys enjoyed ice cream as a treat for their good behavior. it was a great way to enjoy a sunday afternoon. thanks susan!
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Friday, June 12, 2009
today i e-mailed out the first ever edition of my newsletter (dede's doggie dish) to all of my clients. i am so excited. i can't even begin to count the number of hours it took to put this thing together, but now it is done, until the next one which will be out in August!
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Thursday, June 11, 2009
so true
this quote is so true..."while we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about", angela schwindt.
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Wednesday, June 10, 2009
i saw this quote by denis waitley and loved it, especially after being around toddlers all weekend..."the greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence".
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Tuesday, June 09, 2009
tired with a capital T
for the last week or so the days have been exceptionally long, having banjo put to sleep, long hours at work, including working six hours on saturday, a long meeting yesterday in the middle of my 13 hour work day. today i feel totally exhausted. i am planning to make a quick lunch time run to the market to pick up some food since i haven't even had time to get to the market for "real food" in about two weeks. i look forward to hopefully sitting down and relaxing by 7:00 tonight if i don't pass out before. i am just getting to old for six day work weeks and 13 hour days!
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Friday, June 05, 2009
even more arriving
today i received the sweetest condolence card from the staff at aloha animal hospital where banjo was put to sleep. each and every staff member took the time to write a note to express their sympathy. inside the card was a small red heart on a red ribbon, the heart reads, "in loving memory of banjo". i am just so amazed at the out pour of love that has been received. tomorrow will be a very hard day because i am going to the hospital to pick up his ashes. i think that the only thing that will half way save me is that i have two clients to see right afterward.
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learning to walk again
i used to take my two boys for a walk every once in a while but for the last year and a half or so banjo just was not capable of walking any distance so no one got a walk. yesterday evening i put dude on his leash and we went for our first walk. he loved it. i took him again this morning around 7:15 because i want him to relearn how to be a good boy and not run, stop in other people's yards or bark at people as they walk by. he did quite well and was rewarded with a "cookie" when we got home!
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Thursday, June 04, 2009
today dude and i received a condolence card in the mail from banjo's vet. all of the staff signed the card and some even wrote their own little notes. one of the vet techs who has been at the clinic since i first got banjo 10 1/2 years ago wrote, "i was so sorry to hear about banjo...i will miss his smile". i will too melissa. thank you to all of the great people who took care of my little guy for so many years.
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Wednesday, June 03, 2009
speaking of medicine...
i went to see my doctor today and she re-ran my A1C. I told her she needed to reduce my diabetes medicine and she did not believe me until she got the results of my test...drum roll please...5.8...a pre-diabetic number!!!! last summer it was at 6.7 which was good for me but continued changes in my eating habits along with weight loss and a bit of exercise and finally some good news. yee ha!
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Tuesday, June 02, 2009
laughter is the best medicine
after having a horrible two days, i went out last night with my girlfriend tracy to see a movie and have dinner at town square (i had tickets to an advance screening of my life in ruins). i haven't laughed so hard in quite a while and it really felt good. the movie was great and richard dryfus was hysterical. afterward we grabbed sandwiches at johnny mcguires, they kind of screwed up the order but it still tasted good and the workers were very friendly and attentive. thanks tracy for joining me, it was just what i needed :)

and thank you to everyone who called and e-mailed me yesterday; your love, compassion and understanding is very much appreciated.
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Monday, June 01, 2009

everyone who knows me knows just how much i love my dogs and how sick banjo (the oldest) has been for the past year or so. yesterday afternoon his breathing became very labored and inconsistent. i called kathryn to see if she knew of anything i could do to make him more confortable until i could get him to his vet today, i knew in my heart that the time had come to put him down. being the angel she is, she called her bosses and they gave up their sunday afternoon with their kids and family to meet us at their office. kath came to pick up banjo and i and we were off to see dr. jamie. the staff and doctor were absolutely wonderful and compassionate, dr. jamie let me hold banjo as she gave him the necessary shot to put him to sleep. this was the hardest thing i have had to do in many years and i don't know if i could have done it without kathryn by my side. my banjo and i truly had had guardian angels yesterday and i know that he is now resting peacefully.

this morning i woke up at 5:10 am to the sound of really heavy rain, went into the kitchen to start the coffee pot, it turned on but would not brew. i found this kind of ironic since banjo hated the rain with a passion because he did not like to get his feet wet and he woke up most mornings when he heard the coffee pot turn itself on at 5:30. i went and stood out in the rain to say my goodbyes to the little angel that stole my heart ten and a half years ago.
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Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

Proud mother of one fabulous daughter, proud owner of one really cute dog, old enough to know better, young enough to not care, hopeless romantic.

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