Our first laugh after Owen {our beloved dog} passed over to the Rainbow Bridge


Thank you to everyone who sent me a note about our beloved Bernese Mountain dog, Owen who passed over the Rainbow Bridge last week.  Last week was really tough. We would have moments of feeling okay and then something as mundane as unloading the dishwasher would set off the tears.  It just takes time.


So when I got a message Friday afternoon  from the veterinary office that Owen’s ashes were ready to be picked up, I had to replay the message because I started to sob.  My first thought was to wait until Monday.   But, I didn’t want Owen to “sit” in the office over the weekend (okay, I know at this point it sounds like I have crossed over to the Crazy Bridge).

So, I drove over and grabbed “him” on my way to my boys’ tennis tournament in Denver.  And, we all had a good, much needed laugh when I told the boys I had food for them in the car, “next to Owen.”  You should have seen their faces when I suggested I bring Owen into the tournament to watch them play!

I think we are starting to heal!  Thank you again!



Hell hath no fury than an accounting major who finds a duplicate credit card charge.


This past spring, I shared my  daughter’s study abroad experience  to Florence, Italy.   She was home for a week before heading to Omaha for a summer internship.   She is an accounting major because as she points out, “Numbers don’t lie, mom.”

Hours before my daughter was to catch a flight back to Omaha,  I found her in toddler-appropriate  hysterics and sobs while reviewing paperwork with her dad.  I assumed it was something earth shattering like one of her study abroad classes didn’t transfer.  Or, there was a tuition screw up.  Something HUGE!

Nope!  I shared on FB that “Hell hath no fury than an accounting major who finds a duplicate charge on her credit card statement,”  from a bike rental in Barcelona.   Yep, she had a duplicate charge on her credit card in the amount of… wait for it…. remember she was in hysterics …..  $20 US dollars.


She was actually upset because she had ALREADY filed a charge  dispute with her bank within hours of it posting on her bank account (in April while in Europe).   Her bank promptly issued a  pending credit.  The paperwork she received while home was informing her the charges were accurate.  HYSTERICS!!!

Of course, in true “she’s my daughter”  she already had  copies of the original receipts and the bank’s copies from the bike retailer clearly showing the signed receipts were of  identical signature, thereby bolstering her case!  She called her bank the following  Monday (morning) , emailed copies of her original receipt and is now patiently waiting 45 days for the bank’s  review.   Thank goodness she is appealing in the States. I told her a call to the bike rental company would cost her more than the duplicate charge!  Of course, as an experienced employer I am calculating the bank’s  cost to research this $20 duplicate charge.  Here she is in happier times on her actual rented bike:

This type of OCD determination is in her DNA.  I reminded her of her handwritten letter to Mattel.  At the seasoned age of eight she wrote a letter to Mattel informing them  her  Polly Pocket Neighborhood was missing the “driveway” that was clearly illustrated on the packaging. Four weeks later, she received a letter and package from Mattel with the Polly Pocket Driveway.   I love this girl!