Puppy Problems

My dog Harley has this weird thing, possibly an addiction, for Burt’s Bees lip balm. I don’t know how it started, but the minute anyone uses some– well, this happens…IMG_1350

She is at your side and in your face waiting for some. At first I thought it was the scent that was alerting her, but as time has gone on, I think it’s the click noise of putting the lid back on the tube that draws her. What she wants to do is lick it off my lips. But, I’m like Lucy with a “Yuck, dog germs!” policy. So, now I must apply the lip balm in stealth mode- and leave the lid off until Harley isn’t around. This is the 4th dog we’ve had over the years, but the only one I can recall with this obsession. Have you ever had a pet with odd or silly quirks?

Gallery “Be the Ball.”

Planning to do less of this in 2016, both me and Harley…
Harley 2

“Chasing your tail” is defined as “to be busy doing a lot of things but achieving very little.” Like getting lost down a research rabbit hole when I should be writing. Or wasting time fighting where the plot wants to go or trying too hard to make the first draft pretty. Pffft. This year, I’m focusing on getting the first ugly draft down–then revise the heck out of it. I don’t know why I fight this one, because I am actually pretty kick-ass at revising.

Also, this: “I’m going to give you a little advice. There’s a force in the universe that makes things happen. And all you have to do is get in touch with it, stop thinking, let things happen, and be the ball. Just be the ball, be the ball, be the ball. You’re not being the ball, Danny.”  Ty Webb from Caddyshack

Yup, I’m going to get out of my own way. Less self-doubt. More confidence, focused work and letting things happen.