Tuesday, May 31, 2011
So, today was busy. I went in and after a short meeting, I typed up some documentation from a session I had last Thursday (and needed to finish), and then I had 6 appointments today (and everyone showed up). I have 6 appointments scheduled for tomorrow and Thursday and could probably have scheduled that many for Friday, but I can't schedule anything for the afternoon. So, on Friday I have one scheduled for the morning and I have a VET appointment for the dogs (they get shots... oh boy! AND it will be good to get Bruno another look-over).
BTW... it's a SPECIAL day... it's my youngest daughter's birthday, she turned 28 today. HAPPY BIRTHDAY KORI!!! I love you!
Okay... signing off for today...
Monday, May 30, 2011
Anyway... I made it to Baden Baden just before 3pm... and did the Luxury package at the Friedrichsbad thermal bath. They have the old ancient Roman ruins there.
In the Friedrichsbad you follow 17 steps to better health and well-being, all working in harmony for the best possible results.
At first, your body temperature rises slowly in the warm and hot air up to stage number 8. Then the water in the following bassins gets bit by bit cooler and so the body temperature adjusts and goes back down softly. This pleasant form of bathing gets your circulation going, strengthens your immune system, is wonderful for the skin and relaxes.
After the spa, I saw a sign that said "berg bahn" so that is how I ended up there (I thought I would see "something" else of Baden Baden, but didn't want to take TOO long). There's a lot to go back and see again. The drive home was uneventful (thank goodness). I got home about 9:20pm and took the dogs for about a mile walk. Now it's almost 11pm, so I'd better sign off and get to bed.
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Due to tectonic shifts in the Ice Age, the Rhine River was forced into a new riverbed over 15,000 years ago. The Rhine Falls came into being at the transition point where hard chalk turned into soft gravel. Over a breadth of 150 meters, several hundred cubic meters of water rush into the depths at the rate of 23 meters per second.In the middle of it all stands a mighty rock that has withstood the elements for a thousand years. The rock can be reached on a circular tour of the Rhine Falls, during which one can observe the natural spectacle from up close. Virtually in the middle of the waterfall, visitors stand on platforms that jut out and partially hover over the Rhine. The castles of Wörth and Laufen can be reached by river boat, and very daring visitors can rent canoes. The Schloss Laufen complex has sported an added sparkle since March 2010. In addition to the new visitors' centre, a children's playground and the "Historama" (interactive exhibition about the Rhine Falls) have been opened. The new adventure trail with its dual lift system and the Belvedere Trail make for easy access to the magnificent Rhine Falls.
Okay... signing off.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
So... this is what I did today. I took the train down to Stuttgart and spent the afternoon walking around and doing a little shopping. I was afraid it would rain, but thankfully it didn't.
After I got back, I took the dogs for a 2.15 mile walk. They seemed to have done okay with it (they are both sleeping on my lap at the moment).
Friday, May 27, 2011
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Work today was kind of crazy. I had a new appointment this morning (so an hour & a half session), then one other appointment in the morning. But, I had to deal with some Domestic Violence calls (call back, take a report, write it up and then pass it on to my co-worker who came in this afternoon. I was the only one in my office (besides the receptionist), this morning. And I had a client that was in a crisis today and I spoke to them today twice and will see them tomorrow morning. I had another client stop by and ask if she could get in, so I saw her today as well and then there was some guy who stopped by needing some marriage counseling, so I had a slot open at 2 for him to come back in, and he didn't show up. SO??? I don't know, guess it wasn't as important as he thought it was?
Tomorrow my boss comes back, that'll be interesting. We'll find out what we haven't been doing that we should have... I hope she had a good trip and comes back rested. Our one doc came back from her Alaska trip, sounds like it was a great trip. She thought Alaska was undescribably beautiful. A co-worker in another building is leaving and moving back to the States, he's not been real happy here. He's a nice guy... I hope he finds success wherever he goes. My other two co-workers will be gone by the end of the summer (although the one today said that they only have a month left (she wants to take some leave before she goes), so I'm not sure when her last day of work will be. Should be an interesting summer! (Seems like I went through something similar to this last summer???).
Bruno seems to be doing a little better, but I think our walk this afternoon was too much for him. We walked about a mile. He finally had a BM, a little loose, but at least he had one. Then I came home and made him some rice, chicken and cottage cheese mix, and he wouldn't eat it. Argh! He did eat a small bite of chicken before the walk. At least he hasn't thrown up any more.
Okay, guess I'll sign off.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
I'm glad he's doing better... I'm going to be the only one in our office in the morning. Tomorrow I think I have 3-4 appointments, but I have a bunch of notes to catch up on! So, it will probably be a busy day. One of our docs that has been gone is due back tomorrow, she's been on a cruise to Alaska. I can't wait to get all the details of her trip! *smiles*
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Needless to say, my mind has been on my doggies all day, especially my little boy. If he continues to be unable to keep food down, I'm supposed to give him another pill tomorrow, then if he isn't better by Thursday, I need to take him back to the Vet. (he'll do blood work at that point). I'm SO worried about him. I was crying when I went to work today because I was sorry worried. Please keep Bruno in your prayers. I would sure appreciate it.
Not a lot else to write about today. It was a quiet day at work and my co-workers are preparing for their upcoming move within the next couple months. My boss is still on vacation, she's due back later this week. (hopefully the volcano activity in Iceland doesn't affect her flight, or that of one of our doctors who is also on her way back from vacation).
Monday, May 23, 2011
Sunday, May 22, 2011
So... I got up this morning and took the dogs for a 5.34 mile walk. I guess I shouldn't have worn my crocs, I ended up with a blister. I'm glad I finished the walk when I did, because within a hour it downpoured (again) and was thundering and lightening. I've been doing more laundry, sorting through clothes, (more specifically... tee shirts! *smiles*) Today I focused on the main floor. I put all chairs (dining chairs, the ones at the breakfast bar, my "Ikea" chair) up on the counter/table, couch, so all I had left on the floor were the table, coffee table, couch and recliner, then I swept real good and then mopped the main floor. I put labels on my 4 garbage cans (for recycling purposes) and I ran the dog dishes through the microwave (to sanitize them). I've had their water/food bowls by the door in the livingroom, but I've moved them to the pantry... hopefully the dogs will figure out where they are and get used to using them there. I also made a half batch of streusel coffee cake today (mmmm!). I've been good, I've only had one piece.
This evening I took the dogs for another walk... this one was much shorter... we did 2.23 miles. So far I've done over 20,450 steps! (Double the goal of 10,000 steps a day! *smiles*). Needles, tonight I'm worn out/tired. I'll take the dogs out for their last walk of the night shortly (which might be just going across the street to the vacant lot for a pee break before bedtime).
Okay... I'm going to sign off. Hope you all have a great day!
Saturday, May 21, 2011
So. I got up about 8 this morning (didn't go to bed last night until about 1am though). I went upstairs and vacuumed (that's the only place that has carpet) and since there was still "stuff" in the 3rd bedroom up there, I went ahead and cleaned out the rest of the stuff from the bedroom and carried it downstairs. So... I have two clean empty bedrooms upstairs now (and one set up for company). I do have an inflatable bed and bedding to go with it for one of the bedrooms, but I would like to at least find a nightstand to put in there (the 2nd bedroom). I have an inflatable bed in my camping gear I could use if I wanted to for the 3rd bedroom. Anyway, other than straightening up my office upstairs, it's clean. I even hung up a bunch of pictures up there (Hawaii pics in one room and Alaska pics in another, and I hung up my "Storybook People" pictures in my office along with a certificate I got from my last job. After finishing the upstairs (and carrying everything down to the basement level), I went ahead and rearranged my bedroom, dusted and mopped. I swept and mopped the whole basement (and did a couple loads of laundry). Later I took the dogs for a mile & a half walk, then headed out to run some errands.
I went over to the local furniture store and found out it was closed (bummer). I wanted to find a Hammock. So, I went to the German version of Home Depot (Hornbach) and found a hammock there. I also needed to get some 220 lights (one for a lamp, one for my overhead lights in my kitchen), I picked up a couple doggy toys while I was there.
From there I went to the Real (pronouced RE- al) store and dropped off WAY too many plastic bottles for recycle (well, hey, I got about 12 euros for them!). I used the money I got from the bottles to buy a 220v projection clock (I have a thing about clocks... and liking to see what time it is when I wake up during the night).
Then I came home and put my hammock together and tried it out. I like it! I think what I like the most about it, is when I lay down in it, my feet are elevated (I have arthritis in my feet, espcially in my left foot). Then I took the dogs for a 3 mile walk and we had a fast pace, just over a 20 minute mile. That's saying a lot considering I walk with the dogs and they have to stop for their potty breaks! After our walk, I came home and laid in the hammock again for awhile, until I cooled off from my walk. Then I went and took a nice, long relaxing bath. Ahhhh... what a way to end the day. I've done over 17,000 steps today on my fitbit! *smiles* So... a great day. I still need to sweep and mop the main floor and dust, tomorrow. But, otherwise, I'm hoping to relax tomorrow. (I'm still on call).
Okay, I'm going to sign off. It's almost 11pm and I still need to take the dogs out for their last potty break before going to bed.
Friday, May 20, 2011
And I messed up. I could have sworn I made my nail appointment for 4:30pm... I got over there and apparently it was at 4pm (don't know why I would do that when I don't get off until 4:30!). Oh well... the main frustrating thing is that the earliest I can get in now is June 1st. GRRRR! Not to be disrespectful of other nationalities, but I wish we had a group of Vietnamese over here that would step in and give them some competition. My nail technicians in Hawaii were Vietnamese and they did a great job!
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Work today was crazy. Not busy. Just crazy. I had four appointments scheduled, but only 2 showed up. This morning I had to run over to our main clinic and the traffic was so bad that it took me 3 times as long to get there. Apparently there were a couple trucks that collided on the autobahn today, a fuel truck and one carrying acid or something. I think I heard that over 10,000 gallons of gas were leaked onto the autobahn and it got shut down not too far from where I live (within 15 miles or so). That resulted in some of the traffic re-directing to the road that I take to work. Traffic was messed up til lunchtime (however... having said that... if it had happened in Hawaii... the highway most likely would have been shut down for 12 hours!).
Then this afternoon my co-worker had an issue going on with a client that had multiple people involved (no worries... nothing dangerous, just a lot of involvment by other providers and other agencies), so there was a lot of coordinating going on (sure glad she didn't call in sick today!).
When I got home I took the dogs for their walk (happy that I could), then came home and made myself a steak and some corn, then for desert I finished up the rest of the fresh strawberries I bought at the market in Slovenia. (oh my gosh... they were SO good!).
SO... if the world ends on Saturday... how will you feel about how you have lived your life? Is there anything you would do differently between now and then? I guess there are some religious people out there saying the world will end on Saturday (What happens if they are off by a day and it's tomorrow??? *smiles*). I think if I knew the world were going to end Saturday, I wouldn't have too many regrets. I think my only regret would be that I wouldn't get to be with my daughters. My oldest daughter would be working, my middle daughter would be at a conference talking about Plato... something she LOVES to do, and my youngest daughter would probably be shopping with my granddaughter. I'm on call... so I'll be hanging close to home.
BUT... how do YOU feel about what you are doing with your life and how you have lived it? I'm okay with what I am doing in my life. I think sometimes I have some regrets about some things (don't we all?). But, I am also very thankful for all that I have done in the past 10 years (got my BSW, got my MSW, had the wonderful opportunity to live in Hawaii, I've gotten to travel a LOT and I've met a LOT of wonderful people!). I think one regret I would have is that I don't feel I've nurtured my spiritual side as much as I would have liked.
Oh well... it is what it is... and I'll say my prayers and go from there.
Tomorrow I think I only have one appointment scheduled (can't remember if the client committed to coming in tomorrow or not). We have some training in the afternoon and then after work I get to go get my nails done. YEA!
Okay...it's after 9pm. I hope to be in bed within the next hour. Last night I didn't sleep well (or the dogs didn't?), according to my fitbit, I woke up 27 (!) times. Whew! Hopefully tonight will be better.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Work went okay today, I had two no-shows though... a new couple that was supposed to come in and one other... so it made my day easier. I had to talk with one of our docs about one of my clients that is going to see him tomorrow and then I just kind of took it easy.
After I got home I took the dogs for a 3+ mile walk... and about halfway through, I got a call from the "on-call" phone. There was a teenager that was reportedly suicidal and the staff were calling me to ask what they should do. So... here I am in the middle of the woods, dealing with this call, my dogs were off their leash, and some guy comes running by... and what do my dogs do? They went chasing after the guy barking at him like they were going to bite him! MAN, was I mad! They've never done that before. SO... we passed two more runners on the walk and I made them sit on the side of the road and wait for the runner to go by and they didn't get off their leashes for any more of the walk. I'm STILL not over being angry with them! (but they don't know that as they sit here in my lap sleeping as I type).
I just got done watching "House" and I'm hoping to head to bed by 9 tonight. I think I'll read for a little while now before it's bedtime.
Monday, May 16, 2011
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Roger was born in Nairobi, Kenya on March 22, 1936. His parents hailed originally from Staffordshire in England: his father came from a family of grocers; his mother was a teacher. The music of East Africa left a mark on Roger's childhood. "In over 30 years of singing and playing musical sounds - the wonderful drumming, and those marvelous, infectious rhythms - have played a great part in everything I have ever written and sung." In school, he was an avid member of the school choir and gained top grades. "In the last three years of my formal education, I managed to work hard enough to get top grades in all my school exams and I had great hopes later of studying to become a teacher or a doctor," he says.
However, within three weeks of leaving school, Roger was drafted into national service, and he spent the next two years in uniform in the Kenya Regiment. In 1956, Roger was demobilized and decided that it was time to concentrate on a career in medicine. He enrolled at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, but he wasn't ready to study day in, day out. After 18 months, he left the university and joined the civil service education department to try teaching. "It was a very exciting time. I was teaching -and loved it! However, this was just an apprenticeship. I could go no further because I had no qualifications. The next hurdle was to find a suitable university. The University of Bangor in Wales was suggested. It was ideal."
Roger arrived in Britain in 1959. For the next three years, he studied zoology, biochemistry, and marine biology with such intensity that he ended up with the second highest grades of his year and a B.Sc. However, during his early days of teaching in East Africa, Roger had continued to sing and entertain in local clubs, and he had by now started to write his own songs. In the last year before sitting for his degree at Bangor, Roger became involved with the University Rag Week when he was approached to compose some songs to sing in the Rag Show. In doing so, he made a demo track that found its way to a major music publisher. Before he knew it, Roger was back in the studio recording his first single, "The Charge of the Light Brigade."
Roger's second release, "Steel Men," started to pick up radio air play while he was sitting his exams. When he was given the news that he had passed his finals and landed his prized degree, Roger also learned that "Steel Men" had entered the British charts. It was the first hit of what has become a remarkable career.
Faced with the dilemma of which career to choose, Roger sought the advice from his professor. "Take your chance," he was advised. "Have a try in show business and if you haven't made it in ten years, come back here and teach. I shall always have a place at the university for you."
Finding himself an agent and manager, Roger set out to establish his name and almost immediately was booked for a summer season in Northern Ireland. He then spent the next five years learning his trade. Not long afterwards, he landed his first major breakthrough when he was signed to appear on an Ulster Television show called "This And That." In the spring of 1964, Roger met his future wife, Natalie, and they were married on August 15th after a mere three month's courtship. Today they live in the heart of England --with their five children, Emily, Lauren, Jessica, Guy and Alexander. By 1967, Roger was slowly beginning to make his name. He had enjoyed several record releases during this time, though the elusive big hit single had still escaped his clutches. Still, he was earning a healthy living and appearing occasionally on radio and television. Roger was asked to join a British team for the annual music festival at Knokke, Belgium. Singing "If I Were a Rich Man," and his own composition "Mexican Whistler," he helped Britain to win the competition. He also emerged as the hit of the entire contest and picked up the coveted and highly prestigious Press Prize as the personality of the festival. Issued on the Continent as singles shortly afterward, "Mexican Whistler" soon reached number one in three different European countries while "If I Were a Rich Man" peaked at number two. Suddenly, Roger was inundated with offers to tour Europe and star on the major television programs.
At home in Britain, however, he was still virtually unknown on a national scale, although his records were played extensively, and he enjoyed a fair amount of success on television and in cabaret. In the fall of 1969, his British record company issued a new single; another of his own compositions with the unusual title of "The Leavin' (Durham Town)." "I just didn't have any faith in that song at all," Roger admits. "Far from promoting the single in Britain, I went off to Finland for a cabaret season and television appearances." By the time he returned in November, "Durham Town" was rapidly climbing the British charts.
THE LAST FAREWELL
One of Whittaker's best-loved songs in America is "The Last Farewell." And he enjoys telling the story of how the tune came to be a favorite. Originally recorded in 1971, the lyrics to the song were written by a Birmingham, England, silversmith who entered a contest in which the best lyric or poem sent to Whittaker would be put to music and recorded. Although "The Last Farewell" was not the winner, the song was included on an album, along with the winner "Why" "Suddenly, five years, later, I got the call from Atlanta, Georgia," Whittaker relates. "The wife of a program director had requested the song be played on WSB radio there. She had heard the song while traveling to Canada.
"The Last Farewell" went on to become the most requested song on WSB's playlist and within weeks, it became a massive hit all over the world, reaching the coveted Number One slot in 11 different countries. In the USA, "The Last Farewell" became a Top 20 hit in 1975 and finally selling over 11,000,000 copies worldwide. The song broke down the barriers to success in America for Whittaker and opened up a vast new country for his music to explore.
Germany, particularly, has been a highly successful market for Roger over the years. It all started back in 1976 when he undertook his first major concert tour of the country, following the success of "The Last Farewell". Record success, however, has established Whittaker's name in the country and hoisted him to superstardom. His sings and records in the German language. Indeed, in 1985, he was acclaimed as the country's most successful recording artist, singing in the German language, a distinction no other major international record star could claim. Roger admits to being unable to speak a word of German and records his songs phonetically.
In conjunction with his first American tour in 1980, Roger launched a major international song writing competition, Children Helping Children, from the United Nations in New York through UNESCO. Children from all over the world were asked to submit lyrics and poems on the subject of promoting peace and understanding, the best of which Roger would put to music and record. The contest attracted over one million entries from 57 countries. The winner was 13-year-old Odina Batnag form Manila in the Philippines who was flown to New York and introduced to the huge audience at Roger's Radio City Music Hall concert where her entry "I Am But A Small Voice", was performed for the very first time. The song has been released worldwide with all proceeds raised by sales being donated to UNESCO's education for handicapped children programme. That year also finished on a note of extreme triumph when Roger received America's prestigious B'nai B'rith Humanitarian Award for his work with children.
In 1982, Roger was persuaded to make a movie in his native Kenya. It was an ambitious project, and for six weeks the film cameras followed him throughout the East African country as Roger related the story of Kenya's history -the British colonial development and the rediscovery of his homeland - through his own unique words and music. The result, Roger Whittaker in Kenya, was screened in Britain by BBC Television in the autumn of 1983, followed by a worldwide transmission.
In 1986, Whittaker made a reappearance on the UK Top 10 singles chart with the standard 'The Skye Boat Song' in a duo performance with Des O'Connor. Also in 1986, he published his autobiography, So Far, So Good, co-written with his wife. And, in 1989, Roger was awarded the prestigious Gold Badge of Merit from his peers in the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors.
The 1990's have seen Roger continue to perform and record. In the summer of 1991, he was personally invited by Bob Hope to appear in a highly prestigious Gala Charity show at the London Palladium. In 1993 Roger recorded "Celebration," a self-penned album offering a wide array of his vocal and song writing talents. As part of his celebration of 30 years in the music business Roger launched a world tour. His concert in Sacramento California was taped and shown across the United States on Public Television. "The Celebration Concert," was also made available as a home video release from RCA.
In 1997 Roger released "A Perfect Day, His Greatest Hits and More." The title track to this album features Roger singing a sentimental duet with his daughter Jessica. In spite of knee replacement surgery, Roger continued an active concert schedule with nearly 100 concert dates in one European and two North American tours in 1997.
Now established at the very pinnacle of international stardom the sheer magnitude of the demand to see Roger Whittaker performing in concert, or on tour, or on television has resulted in an extensive almost non-stop round of engagements all over the world, making him one of the most traveled entertainers in show business history...and needless to say one of the most successful and respected.
Friday, May 13, 2011
Well, I guess I won't post a picture today, sorry about that. I've been trying to upload a 1.5 minute video for the last two hours unsuccessfully. Darn it! I took it today while I was walking my dogs, and it wasn't anything spectacular to look at, but you could hear the cookoo bird off in the distance at the beginning and the end of the video (kinda cool!). Oh well, if you are familiar with my facebook page, then you can go watch it there.
Work was fine today, just one appointment this morning and meetings this afternoon, along with ensuring all my documentation was caught up for the week. It is.
Tonight I took my doggies over to the dog sitter and I'll be leaving on a bus in about an hour to go to Slovenia. And as I write this, I'm sitting here on the couch with hair coloring in my hair. It's about time to go wash it out, take a shower and get ready to go. Don't even know what I will be wearing yet. I do have a windbreaker and an umbrealla and I have ear plugs. Still need to get a pillow and if I was smart, I'd find a small blanket throw to take with me.
Okay... gotta scoot. I'll post again within about 48 hours hopefully and you'll get to enjoy pictures from Slovenia!
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
So... work went okay today. For some reasons my mornings have been fairly slow/quiet, but my afternoons have been busy. Today was no exception.
After work I came home and took the dogs for a 2+ mile walk and then I went and picked up a used freezer. It's about the size of a "dorm" fridge and fits well in my pantry. I need to get a 220v extension cord tomorrow. Now it's already 9:15pm and there are still a few things I want to do before I head to bed (i.e. I'm washing towels at the moment so I need to put them into the dryer and fold the clothes that are already in the dryer). So... time is flying today. Having said that... I'm thankful that I *have* time, that I'm cognizant of it and that I have things that I am able to do with my time. Which reminds me... for some reason I had it my head that tomorrow was payday... nope... not til next week. Darn!
Okay... signing off.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Ha ha... the dogs up on a bale of hay in the nearby field (the bales were gone by the time we got back from our walk)
Okay... it's almost 10:30, I still need to take the dogs out for their last bedtime walk before I go to bed, so I'd better sign off.
Monday, May 9, 2011