Saturday, April 19, 2014

Happy Birthday Pino...


Pino turns 9 today.  We have had him since he was just 3 months old.  Cricket would have been 15 on Thursday and we always celebrated their birthdays together with friends and fun.  We lost Cricket several weeks ago, so Thursday was a rough day as we spread some of her ashes in one of her favorite places here in Richmond.  Cricket was the best dog to have with a new puppy in the picture when we brought in Pino. She made him a great dog and they bonded so well.  "Little Buddy" is his nickname and we can tell he misses his mentor Cricket... so, while we miss our Cricket, she still lives on in our Pino who is now 9 years old. And later today we will take he and  Miss Roxy for a nice walk and maybe to the dog park and just let them have some fun.  Amazing how our pets can play such a big roll in our lives and we are fortunate to have 3 who are amazing to us... Though Cricket may be in Doggie Heaven, she is keeping an eye on us and Pino and Roxy and will make sure they are loved as much as we loved her.  It is late and I am getting emotional, but blog world, I will catch you up on stuff later as I mentioned in previous post.  Thank you all for following and reading my rants.  Please have a Happy Easter... smooches!!

Happy Easter Weekend


I hope everyone has been doing well... we have a lot to catch up on, but have been way too busy with business and personal shit to make a post.  I have tons of pics to go through, some of you may have seen a few on Facebook, but there really has been a lot going on and I will get to posting and catching up soon.  In the meantime, I hope everyone has a very nice Easter weekend.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Birthday Boy

So yesterday was Jeff's actual birthday and though we are having a ho-down next weekend, we had an impromptu get together yesterday for some great food and drinks, then the ACM Awards... Also a chance for dogs to play around and get worn out... Pino, Roxy, Winston, Bailey, and Sumner wore each other out... David made some awesome ribs while Joe threw together some great chicken...mmmm... Thanks to Ginger, Mary, Maura, David, Joe, Stacey, Chris and Derek for pitching in throughout the day with food and clean up and doggie play day... We had a blast and can't wait until next weekend when we really throw down!!!





Sunday, April 6, 2014

Equality Virginia Dinner

Last night we were fortunate enough to be invited to the 25th Anniversary Celebration of Equality Virginia.  It was the 11th annual Gala...the who's who of gay and gay allies from across the state coming together to recognize the fight for equality and also acknowledge the work of Virginians who have made a difference in the fight for equal rights.

It was almost like getting ready for prom...tuxedos and all...

Lana and I at our table, she was the one nice enough to include Jeff and I in this event.

I know, I look classy with my Mic Ultra... but if I have too much wine, it could get ugly... 

Some pretty big politicians were in the house, like Senator Mark Warner, who, as former Governor, has been a firm fighter for Equal Rights.

I was able to meet our Attorney General, Mark Herring, who has refused to represent the state in the lawsuits pending now that would make same sex marriage legal in Virginia.  Again, another supporter of Equal Rights!

And then the night rounded out with Laverne Cox from 'Orange Is The New Black' on Netflix that has been rave reviews... her speech was very well done and she is sassy...

A finally me at home, ready to have one last drink and crawl into bed with hubby... after making sure all our tuxedo stuff was bagged and accounted for...

Thanks again to Lana Pennigton for inviting us to a great event.  There were over 1000 people in attendance and I was able to meet new folks and see old friends.  Special shout out to Michael,, from Michael in Norfolk blog (which I have been following for years)... finally nice to meet you in person.  Hope everyone has a great Sunday... now time to prep for the husbands Birthday today...




Friday, April 4, 2014

Catching up...

It has been a rough couple of weeks around here with the passing of our sweet Cricket and all...

I think my business is picking up, but needs to be a bit more...so many things on my mind and trying to make it all work out is crazy.  Jeff is still having a hard time with Cricket, but he is coming around and we are going to make a trip to Maryland where they use to play on the beach and spread her ashes on her birthday later this month, then take a few days for US... in the mean time, last weekend was the Monument Avenue 10K where many runners dress in silly outfits and  do the race... usually we get there early to get the hot runners, but this year it was rainy and dreary and we got there late and only stayed a few minutes, but this guy was kinda cute...

After the 10K we did go back to Steph and Says for brunch, then headed to our new favorite Italian place for drinks and more food... I would show pics, but too lazy to download from phone right now...


Our friends Ginger and Stacy came over Tuesday night for a few drinks and to let the dogs play... while  Stacy's little Bailey was a bit shy... Roxy, Pino and Gingers 6 month old white version of the Obama's dogs went crazy... they played for a couple of hours and little Pino made sure Winston knew who the "daddy" was... lots of dry humping and doggy 69ing...  Roxy just barked at them the whole time...

A lot has been going on here lately and I have not been on top of my blog like I should. I plan to start picking things up soon.  Jeff and I will be attending the Equality Virginia Gala this weekend... we go to pick up our tuxes Friday... hopefully we will have a good time and then Melissa from TN will be in town for a week or so to help celebrate Jeff's birthday which is this Sunday... Party next Saturday... So for now... I say a good night and hope everyone well....

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Honey Made

This is probably one of the best commercials I have seen in regards to gay couples... take two minutes(and a tissue)


Sunday, March 9, 2014

Cricket 1999-2014

Jeff came into my life in 2002 and with him came this little doggie named Cricket.  At first, she would eat my shoes (and underwear), but after watching her one New Year's Eve and sharing a Miller Lite, we became friends.  She was one of the sweetest, cutest and just plain out good dog.  Jeff had her since she was just a pup and she was there for him through thick and thin.  When I rolled into their lives, she was there for me too.  She was also there to help raise Pino when we adopted him.  She practically trained him on the ins and outs of our household, and could not have done a better job.  Even when we adopted Roxy, she was the one to put the young ones in their place.  Cricket would have been 15 in April.  We had to make a tough decision to let her go as her health was going rapidly.  Our wonderful Vet made this passing as easy as it could be and we appreciate that so much.  Dr. Ryder and her assistant were at our home, Thursday for advice and then came back on Friday after we made the unfortunate call.  Cricket is now running in doggie Heaven playing with other pups and watching over Jeff, Pino, Roxy and I... She has been a part of Jeff's life for nearly 15 years, and part of mine for about 11 years.  For me, this is the first pet of any kind that I have had for more than 2 or 3 years, so it hit me just about as hard as it did for Jeff.  Our little girl is now with the Angels at Peace and not in pain.  Cricket you are already missed by Jeff, Pino, Roxy and I...but also by our wonderful family and friends who have been by the house the last couple of days, saying their good-byes and just being there for us in person or via phone.  Thank you all for your emotional support.  It means the world to us.  Now, it took me a bit, but here is our tribute to a wonderful dogs life. Please take a few minutes to watch.