Dogs Blow Bubbles & Other News

by Rebecca A. Watson on January 30, 2015

in Dogs, Family, writing

In the last few weeks, Sante and I have been getting to know the newest member of our family Neka. The name is Objibwe for wild goose, and believe me, it fits. She loves a good chase, is silly as they come and really thinks she’s a bird (or at least wants to be friends with birds).

She is incredibly difficult to photograph because of her very black hair and eyes. Most of the time she comes across looking like a blob of black. This has spared our Facebook friends from the typical barrage of photos most dog parents post. Here is one of the few out there.

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We were visiting Sante at his office. I rode my bike there, and until we get our doggie bike basket next week, it’s her transit digs. Of course, I could’ve taken the tram. Dogs are allowed on public transit — on just a leash no less.

You can see her a bit better in videos. The first week she was here, we were in the kitchen — me working, her sleeping. She got up to drink some water and I heard the funniest sound. Listen/look carefully. I captured it here:

So ridiculously cute. We’re totally in love. Of course.

Anyway, if you’re looking to read something good from me aside from my puppy obsession, you can check out this:

I hate to admit it, but I am not good at letting things go. A few days ago I stared getting worked up about a disagreement a good friend and I had. It replayed in my head; the hurt in my heart flared up again.

The worst part? It happened more than a year ago, and it’s been resolved. If she knew I still harbored these feelings, she’d probably be upset. After all, weren’t we past that? … Continue reading 6 Ways to Let Go of Anger at Think Simple Now.

Or if you’re more in the mood for a more actionable post, read this:

Of all the little things in life, one of my favorites is a clean house. Unfortunately, that means I need to clean in order to keep it that way. When I was younger this meant spending hours on the weekend sweeping, mopping and scrubbing.

As I got older I decided to take back my weekends, and I would clean only when things looked dirty. The trouble with that was when the sinks needed scrubbing, I was usually stuck working late nights or had about 10 other obligations — cleaning had to wait. And things would get, well, gross. … Continue reading 4 Quick Steps to a Cleaner Home at Jordana Paige.

That’s the scoop for this week. On the writing front, I got a bunch of positive feedback about my last post, which thank you! I’m enjoying this experiment.

And there is a writer’s group forming here in Freiburg, so be on the lookout for more of my newer style. Or more silly movies of Neka.

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A Day in the Life of an Expat: Shields Up!

by Rebecca A. Watson on January 27, 2015

in expat, writing

Beyonce’s Run the World: Girls blares through my headphones as I close the door to my apartment. Do I even need to lock it? I wonder. All doors in Germany seem to lock the second they shut. We’ve always got to remember our keys.

Half-aware, I exit the main entrance of the house and walk to the gate. Two ladies stand in front of my house chatting. I squeeze by them as I catch the eye of a man on his bicycle.

He smiles and waves. I start to smile but hold it back — better not to give him the wrong idea. Not like that’s much of an issue here.

My heels clack to the rhythm of the Rihanna’s Hard and my hips follow. My first pair of heels since 2011. I feel like bitch Goddess Lilith, I think. Maybe I should wear them more often, but this thought’s interrupted by the twist of my ankle over a fountain grate.

Not quite the grace I was hoping for.

yellow heels

And to think I used to dance in these!

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7 Steps to Drinking in Moderation

by Rebecca A. Watson on January 22, 2015

in Recovery, vlogs

One night several years ago, I decided that I’d start to make tea after dinner in an effort to stop myself from drinking more than my alloted two glasses of wine. To my surprise, after a few minutes I didn’t really want to drink any more wine.

It worked! I thought. I’ve figured out this moderation thing! And it did work.

Until it didn’t. I began making tea later and later. Then I stopped making it altogether. This is just one of the many types of experiments I did during my moderation research.

drinking in moderation

Now I’m a tea fiend. I even make up recipes.

In order to share these findings, I’ve made a video for you. If you’re not keen on watching it all, I’ve provided the Cliff’s Notes below. [click to continue…]

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Bloom: Creative Ways to Use Your Spiritual Gifts

January 19, 2015

This weekend Sante and I finally got around to watching Ray, the biopic piece on Ray Charles’ life, or a portion of it anyway. After the movie, (which is worth watching — Jamie Foxx is brilliant) Sante said, “Those musician movies are all the same.” I agreed, and added, “Honestly, all the stories about drug […]

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MIA for a bit: Puppy Time!

January 7, 2015

Hey all! I had some posts planned for when I got back from California, but it turns out the Universe had different plans. Meet Neka: She is a bundle of energy and love. She is also young and needs a ton of attention and training. And I caught the nasty bug that’s been roaming around […]

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MMP: Blogging Without (Much Of) A Censor

December 29, 2014

At the beginning of this year I had an idea: Blog like no one’s reading. Basically I wanted to stop censoring what I write. When I was younger I was censored. As I got older, I self-censored. This year-long exercise turned into my Monday Morning Pages, which helped me start writing more from my heart, […]

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MMP: Happy Solstice or The Cure for Worry

December 21, 2014

“I’m not telling you,” my husband said, “because you’re a worrier.” Shocked, I replied back, “I am not. When do I ever worry?” Sante then proceeded to list off three things I was concerned about and had brought up in conversations. This week. Point conceded. It would appear, ladies and gentleman, that I have a worrying problem. While […]

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5 Christmas Movie Scenes I Frickin’ Love

December 18, 2014

I’m getting ready to fly to San Francisco (yay for Mexican food and the ocean!!) and I have been working like mad, which means my hands are hurting. (Boo for carpal tunnel!!) So since I’ve been getting pretty serious lately, writing about race relations and depression, I decided to give us all a break. Here are some […]

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MMP: New Year’s Optimism

December 15, 2014

I am an Aries through and through. This means that I love a fresh start. Not only do I love a fresh start, I am almost always optimistic about it. It’s probably what got me through two divorces, although I’m sure it’s also caused me a bit of trouble now and then too. As we […]

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Here’s Why to Resist the “Not All White People” and “Not All Cops” Argument & What to Do Instead

December 11, 2014

About half a year ago there were two trends on Twitter that got a lot of attention: #YesAllWomen and #NotAllMen. Without getting into it too much, it had a lot to do with women getting harassed, raped and killed and how not all men were like that. I read an excellent article about how arguing “Not all men […]

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