Tuesday, September 20, 2011

I have the coolest family

Why are there so few pictures of my sister?
This is the second year my sister has rented a beach house for us on the Outer Banks in September.

I just love being with my family. After growing up in New York, I went directly to the left coast for college and spent the ensuing 13 years moving from one stunningly beautiful, progressive, musical, artsy Western town to another. Stanford to Moab to Albuquerque to Taos to Santa Fe to Portland. 

Somehow never felt fulfilled until the last move I made, which was to a house three blocks away from my sister. 

My sister and I have a lot in common, not the least of which is our intense love for, and desire to rescue, dogs. 

While I've tended to go for the nondescript short-haired shepherd-something brown dogs, Nance has always been drawn to big poufy dogs. Two Akitas and a chow-chow.

Although come to think of it, there was also a nondescript brown dog she rescued from Mexico, who now lives in the 'burbs not far from us.

Here on the beach, my sister and I get to give our dogs the attention and time outside that they deserve. 

Lamar gets to relax away from the bullies, and although he and Genghis aren't the best of buddies either, with all this space the two of them are happily sniffing and peeing on the same spots, trotting along trails in tandem, and paddling around swimming holes together.

For both me and my sister, the very embodiment of joy is seeing our dogs have a good time, be accepted by other people, and have plenty of space to just be who they are. 
Last year, Barry, Mom, Uncle Johnny, and Dad all wore the
tie dye T-shirts I made for them. Yep, we went out in public 

like this.

And of course we enjoy being with our wacky family too.

Tomorrow we expect a perfect stormy spooky rainy day for my birthday. My one wish is that Lamar looks at me not-too-nervously when I ask for my kiss. What do you think the chances are?



  1. Have a great time with your family! Reading about you and Nancy made me think of my sister ... we share a lot of things, not the least of which is a passion for dogs. (And she lives right down the street from me!) :o)

  2. enjoy your time! your family sounds awesome... slowly but surely i'm breaking my family away from their "no pets" stance :)

  3. Kirsten, I still can't post a comment here. ;-(
    I think Lamar will certainly give you a kiss for your birthday! How lucky are you that you get to spend it with your family!!

  4. My friend Jodi is still having no luck posting with this new Disqus comment system, but she kindly comments

    I think Lamar will certainly give you a kiss for your birthday! How lucky are you that you get to spend it with your family!!

    Give her a visit at

    Thanks Jodi! Hopefully I won't make him too nervous with my demands :)

  5. Jen, I am certain that if anyone can do it, you can!

  6. Looks like a great vacation. Hope you have a wonderful time with your family.

  7. What an awesome vacation! If anyone is looking to adopt, I'm available! :P

  8. What a great vacation! Nice pics too! You do have the coolest family!

  9. Great beach pics! Lucky dogs - and people!!

  10. We did tie-dye this summer too! Nothing like tie-dye to make a family look ridiculous together! :)

  11. So much fun, isn't it? I need to do tie-dye more often :)


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