At the gas station the other afternoon (while stranded with a malfunctioning car) a cute hipster girl pulled up in her 1990 honda civic and filled her tank. As she got back in her car and took a moment to text a friend, she nonchalantly picked her nose and…wait for it…popped her finger in her mouth. When I say hipster girl, I mean she was my age. She had a much cooler hair cut and actually looked good in her skinny jeans, but she was a grown woman.

Maybe she was giving off the “leave me alone, I eat boogers” vibe to the two fellows checking her out or maybe she just didn’t care. Either way, she reminded me that it’s important to live openly…owning up to my mistakes and letting go of the pretense of perfection. But let the record state that I am not for eating boogers. Just for giving up the pride in my heart that makes me want everyone to think I “have it all together”. I guess that kicks off this week’s gratitude post. Thank you hipster girl.


(After that I feel like I should admit that I called her a “grown-ass woman” when re-telling the story to my friend. It’s a flaw I have…saying “ass” sometimes. See, I don’t “have it all together”)

{And the family photos continue. They’re fluctuating in quality, but they continue}

- Thank you sweet baby gingers for playing quietly in your room this morning. You added twenty minutes of sanity to my life, which was exactly the extra amount needed on this particular day.

- Thank you Jacob for capturing my heart the way you do. For being my coffee date in the mornings, for cuddling up in my lap to watch Shaun the Sheep and kissing my stubbed toe, making it all better. Seriously, the goodness of that kid!

- Thank you to the sweet lady who helped me at the gas station when our car broke down. Your kindness made being stuck in the middle of West Oakland at a random gas station much easier. You also restored my faith in the kindness of strangers around these parts.

- Thank you Tony the mechanic for taking over our car situation and finally getting everything fixed quickly.

- Thank you Chevy warranties. Not having to pay anything for transmission issues made my whole week.

- Thank you Judah for wiggling your little hand into mine and squeezing ever so slightly. Those moments make my day.

- I’m so grateful for my husband. When I’m feeling lonely or unappreciated, he listens and cares enough to set everything aside and remedy the issue. Neither of us are perfect, but I know we’re so blessed.

- On this particular day and during this particular week, I’m reminded of those directly effected by the events of this day ten years ago. I’m sad for the tragedy, but I’m am so very grateful for the men and women and their families who serve and protect this country.

We’ve had one of those quality weekends. Lots of family time and ignoring of routines and the break from it all was good for my heart after such a long week. Here’s a few old and newer Instagram photos from the past weeks; just in case you need to see more of us. 

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

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