I smashed my nose


There are seasons when life feels overwhelming, like my brain has too many tabs open. I jump from one page to the next trying to figure out what to focus on, and with each change in visual, I forget what I was looking at before.

Last night, I walked Foxy to the dog park in the dark. About halfway there, I slipped on a patch of ice and landed nose-first on the sidewalk, which totally hurt my feelings. The blood was minimal, and so far my face doesn’t look any different – but even just sitting still today, I am very aware of my schnoz and the throbbing therein.

I own a shotgun house that’s the end of four units. None of the other owners live in theirs – they rent them out – but I email with them about shared things, like water bills and yard work. On January 17, the owner of Unit B went missing in Texas – vanished into thin air. I’ve been tracking with the story, and although I’ve never met Leanne, I feel a strong connection to her. I hurt for her family. The unknown has to be worse than news, good or bad.

I was in California last week for work to attend the Biggest Loser finale (I witnessed the shock in person), and this week I’m heading out on another business trip. I’m packing a yoga mat, snowshoes, and high heels, because always be prepared.

You may wonder what happens to Foxy when I’m gallivanting around the country. I am lucky to have a tag-team of friends and a sister who have been pitching in, trading off, and helping out. This dog is getting big – she’s close to 30 lbs. now – and when strangers meet her, now they sometimes have to ask, “Is she a puppy?” because from the look of her, it isn’t entirely clear anymore. But then she helicopters around and ties me up with her leash, or jumps on someone, or decides that a piece of trash from the sidewalk is the greatest thing she’s ever discovered, and her puppy-ness is all too clear.

I only have one wedding to attend in 2014, which is obviously a huge change from years past. What on earth will I do with all of this vacation time, time that has typically been spoken for? I have a mega-plan, but it deserves its own post. I’ll tell you about it soon.

I still daydream about “one day” when life will feel good and right, but then I realize that this is it. This is what I’ve got. And I have a sneaking suspicion that just like other imperfect seasons of my life, one day in the not-so-distant future I’ll look back on this one and think, “Those were some great days.” I’m living an utter gift, replete with friendship, experiences, provision, and freedom. And cheese. There’s a lot of cheese.




  1. Sarah on February 11, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    What do you think? Part German Shepherd? She does look like she’ll be a big dog. Pretty, though :).

  2. hootenannie on February 11, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    I’m not sure, Sarah! She does have a German Shepherd face, but I don’t think she’ll be that big. If I were to wager a guess right now, I’d go with Australian Shepherd, Husky, Border Collie, and, well, probably FOX. :)

  3. paul on February 11, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    Really needed to read this today Annie, and get some external perspective. Thank you!!

  4. Colleen on February 11, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    OMG about the nose! I hope our drinks didn’t contribute to it!

  5. hootenannie on February 11, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    Haha – Colleen, now people are going to think we were boozing it up! I don’t think my responsibly enjoyed happy hour was a factor – probably just clumsiness and icy sidewalks due to neglect from the City of Denver. I should sue (can you help me?).

  6. Michael on February 11, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    I cracked my tailbone Friday. My sympathies to your nose. Loved your post! So glad you have Foxy and a village to raise her. Take care!

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