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How Rocky The Squirrel Changed My View

Daily I find myself bouncing out of bed, pinching my arm to see if I am really free from “You’ve got to be here by X, take your lunch at Y (if we let you have one) and you can’t leave until Z (or until we have come to the conclusion that we have exceeded our quota of making everyone sufficiently miserable)” work environment.

Those candles my mother lights in church must work really well.  Mental note to self: don’t piss mom off any time soon. Hmmm … no wonder my sex life is also burning about as hot as the South Pole.  Beware of devout Catholic Mothers.

But I digress.

After all these years of reading , journaling, visualizing, praying and making promises I can’t keep, I finally threw caution to the wind and told myself that if I take a grand leap of faith, the universe will rise up to catch me.

And it did.

I sleep in then pull on some jeans, a favorite cotton shirt, sandals and leisurely wander out to drive ten short minutes to Heather’s home where I work as a junior web designer, manager and professional blogger.

It feels like vacation.  Heather’s home is in the middle of an Oak forest just over a hill from me.  Her office is on the second floor, which overlooks a grove of trees, where baby skunks, Rocky the squirrel and a plethora of birds chase each other about like they are living some Gothic tale right out of The Littles, or The Hobbit.

Heather has a Margaret Cho sense of humor and we often laugh so hard I snort.  I often wonder, “Am I really getting paid for this?”

I have such a good time that I forget time and Brian will call,


“Yes Brian?”

“When are you coming home?”

“What time is it?”

[Insert boy sigh here]

“It’s 6:15 mom…”

“Oh, is it?  I have one more thing to take care of, then I will be leaving.”

“How long will that take?”

“About 5 minutes.”

“Well I think you’ve done enough, Mom”

Hello… am I raising my father?

There is nothing more impatient than a hungry teenage boy.

He did always wait patiently by the door for the moment I walked in from my last job, exhausted at 11pm from a full day at the Symphony Box Office.  As I would pull off my shoes, he’d say, “Mom, there’s got to be a better way.”

And there is.

Just ask Rocky the squirrel:

Until next time-



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About Catherine, the redhead mom blogger

Catherine’s hopes to make this blog a safe place for thyroid sufferers to come laugh and share the funnier side of thyroid disease while raising awareness around the world. She is a published author, known for her humorous speeches on finding your dream life and blogging for fun and profit. Catherine writes about her dream life at, 8 Women Dream and several online marketing publications. She would also like to be invited to speak at TED about her observations. Catherine posts on M/W/F. Join me on Google+ rapieress@aol.com

5 Responses to How Rocky The Squirrel Changed My View

  1. Alexander M Zoltai July 19, 2008 at 5:52 am #

    Just love your storytelling prowess . . .

    You workin’ on (or have) a book?

    ~ Alex

  2. BobG July 19, 2008 at 9:07 pm #

    Sounds like you’re recharging fairly well; once that happens you can decide what you want to do next.
    From the salty city


  3. Catherine, the redhead blogger July 19, 2008 at 11:53 pm #

    Thank you for your kind words. I am working towards that book… I just have to get to a place where I can tell how the story turned out…
    Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I appreciate it more than words can say.


  4. Catherine, the redhead blogger July 19, 2008 at 11:59 pm #

    This is where I can tell there are gaps in my story telling… Heather IS where I wanted to land. She has one of the top graphic and web design companies in Northern California – and she works from her home. Her plan is to incorporate me into her business since I come with all this blogging experience, while looking at branding me and taking my blog to the next level. Meanwhile I get to work around the photographer Adobe wanted to write a book on photography (her husband) while studying DreamWeaver, Flash, PHP, and Cold Fusion – while she slips in some books on The Elements Of Style to keep me moving forward. I am in heaven. Not to mention that her son is the same age as my son, which will ease the school year…

  5. BobG July 21, 2008 at 5:46 pm #

    We’ll be keeping our fingers crossed for you.


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