Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Big Jake

I'm now the proud partner of Jake. Homophobes among you should note that Jake isn't a dude, he is my service dog.

Jake's abilities, of which there is a dizzying number, are the result of his own industriousness, and the dedication of a group of wonderful  people at St. Francis Service Dogs in Roanoke, Virginia.

Please check out their website to learn more about service dogs and St. Francis:

If you're so inclined, you may also donate to help St. Francis place more dogs...I know I will.

Jake's brother Diesel and his partner, Eric

Jake with his trainer, foster parent and puppy-raisers
Jake helps with concrete ...

...Jake cleans up after helping with concrete

at my office

Monday, May 21, 2012


I got to notch another item off my bucket list recently: I got to drive a Bugatti Veyron.

John Hill, of Bugatti, was kind enough to respond to a hail mary message from my friend and colleague,  Ellen.

A trip to Orlando for the Mission Inn Festival of Speed turned in to a dream weekend...aside from my rather foolish speeding ticket.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Busy week!

Tony has been training in Roanoke for the past two weeks with Jake. We are really looking forward to him and Jake coming home Friday! The girls and I will go down tomorrow for lunch with the trainers and the puppy-raisers. We all feel so blessed to be given this opportunity and experience.

We will write more about the Bugatti drive soon. We had an unbelievable weekend! Here's a picture to hold you over!


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Walking and Lemonade

This past weekend saw a group of people doing some wonderful things in the name of fundraising for ALS causes.

My family in North Carolina - my parents, my brother and his family, and my brother's in-laws - raised $2,000 by participating in the ALSA 3k walk in Charlotte. The entire event raised almost $250,000.

My parents' neighbors -the Cincera family - were unable to attend the walk due to earlier commitments, but their wonderful daughters more than made up for it by raising $100 through selling goods at their lemonade stand!

I'm so proud of everyone.

Daily Record

It brings back many, many wonderful memories when I read the story of my trip to Scotland in the Daily Record.