happy new year ya’ll!

The other morning I woke up, opened our candy/coffee cabinet (what you don’t have one of those?) and realized we had no coffee. One cannot eat candy for breakfast without coffee. So, I did what any sane adult would do. I drank a cup of sweet tea. After re-reading that, I am willing to admit I have a problem; But I didn’t actually eat candy for breakfast that morning, just so you know. Anyway, so I drank some sweet tea, hoping the caffeine in that small cup of sugary-syrup would step in for the regularly scheduled cup o’ jo. It did and I made it. The only down side? In my pre-caffeinated state, I failed to screw the lid on tightly and my fridge bled sweet tea for a good ten minutes before I realized. So, we’re starting this weekend with freshly mopped floors and the grocery order I placed this morning consists mainly of large coffee cans full of rich goodness. Like I said, I have a problem.

I walked the boys down to what Jacob calls “the yellow park” and we stopped on the way home to eat lunch by the bridge that crosses over to our neighborhood. Judah managed to sneak in a nap while I strained my muscles pushing them up and down hills; I wasn’t resentful. Not at all. But really, somehow those boys gain weight between the time we start off and the time we get home.


We were joined by these two friends. And I use the term friends loosely as Jacob was scared to death. Judah knows no fear, at least when it comes to sea gulls and their beady little eyes. He took off after them, probably with the intention of pulling a few feathers for good measure, but brother scared them off before he could reach them. Smart birds.

Hey, have you heard of Pictory? I very briefly met Laura Brunow Miner, who is the editor, designer, and founder of the site at Josh’s holiday work party. Josh told me about the site and it’s sort of my favorite thing. I love going through the themes and reading the stories that go along with each person’s photo; And I love that the site is a compilation of many people’s photo stories, not just one person’s view. You can read more of what it’s about here and even submit your own photo story.

Looking back over the past year, I’m amazed and grateful. There is so much goodness, so many challenges and so much joy that spans the past twelve months; and it’s worth rehearsing one more time before the ball drops yet again. There are no big plans for when the clock strikes midnight this year, except to be together and if I’m being honest, cozied up in bed and probably fast asleep. Maybe we’ll tape our eyelids open for this one night and kiss in the new year. That’s what all the cool kids are doing, right?

Either way, fast asleep or kissing, I’m excited for the new year to join us. New goals and fresh momentum.  Bring it new year, bring it.

Veterinary medicine

Veterinary medicine is the branch of medicine that deals with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease, disorder and injury in non-human animals. The scope of veterinary medicine is wide, covering all animal species, both domesticated and wild, with a wide range of conditions which can affect different species.

Veterinary medicine is widely practiced, both with and without professional supervision. Professional care is most often led by a veterinary physician (also known as a vet, veterinary surgeon or veterinarian), but also by paraveterinary workers such as veterinary nurses or technicians. This can be augmented by other paraprofessionals with specific specialisms such as animal physiotherapy or dentistry, and species relevant roles such as farriers.

Veterinary science

Veterinary science helps human health through the monitoring and control of zoonotic disease (infectious disease transmitted from non-human animals to humans), food safety, and indirectly through human applications from basic medical research. They also help to maintain food supply through livestock health monitoring and treatment, and mental health by keeping pets healthy and long living. Veterinary scientists often collaborate with epidemiologists, and other health or natural scientists depending on type of work. Ethically, veterinarians are usually obliged to look after animal welfare.

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