Just two more days and we're on our way to Palm Springs. With, oh I don't know, maybe a dozen or so fellow friends. It's birthday time again for our friend Scott....and he always celebrates by picking out a location and asking his friends to join him. He's done this for 18 years. LoverBoy and I actually got together at this very belonging way back in 1997 in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. And we haven't been back since. So, we're excited! We have spent very little time together this entire summer. It's time to recenter ourselves.
We will be staying at Terrazzo...a small clothing-optional resort. Continental breakfast and cocktail hour included....nothing to do....books to read....chats to be had ..... dinners out in the evening..... who knows what. But as long and schedule-heavy as our summer has been, we are looking forward to ZERO... nothing. Absolutely nothing on our schedule with no agenda and no pressure. LoverBoy asked me if I was taking my laptop with me. I didn't have an answer yet. I'm sort of thinking no.
Mason will be headed back to his (expensive) dog boarding facility just a mile from our house. It's a great place, safe, happy, and cage-free where the dogs all roam around together. They sleep on couches, futons, chairs and the like. There can be anywhere from 20 to 50 dogs at a given time. He always comes home ex-haus-ted. Trashed. It's clear that he plays his heart out there. Oh, and one more thing, apparently he's fallen head-over-heels for a one of the female pooches there. A strong affinity, shall we say. The lady who runs the place told us that she had to pull him off of the chick dog. And that his body parts were still erect and wouldn't go down. So, she hosed him down. Lordy. After I stopped laughing it occurred to me that, even I, have never even seen his little wee-wee. No wonder he comes home exhausted.
The project that I was working on all summer long has been just about complete. It rolled out last Monday to a full group of 40....the first of 74 sessions. Even I was caught off guard with how well things came together. Super powerful, energizing, thought-provoking. I will be one of the facilitators for the program. So I'll be making trips to Seattle off and on for the next 18 months while this program continues. The venue is beautiful -- ponds, streams, plants, trees, flowers and lots of typical Pacific Northwest greenery. I'm very proud of the work we've done and the time we've invested in making our workplace, our lives, a better place to be.