Hulk Smash Hands, or You Don’t Want to See Me When I’m ANGRY!!

A couple of years ago, I was puttering through the toy aisle at Target, ostensibly shopping for our godson’s birthday but really wondering exactly what kids find enjoyable these days. I was not a typical girl (my Barbies tended to be missing legs or heads and have “interesting” hair cuts), so children’s toys and the…

That Hot Pink Squeeze Chute: SOLVED!!!

You know you’ve created something of a monster when people go to livestock expos and start sending you photos of pink squeeze chutes. Like this one spotted by Becky Johnson at the NILE in Billings, Montana. Or this one that my brother found down in Waco, Texas. And it all traces back to Megan, who saw…

The Western Canon, or Books Erin Thinks that Everyone Should Read

An old friend emailed recently, asking for possible book suggestions for his daughter. I’m generally hesitant to recommend children’s or young-adult books for several reasons, chief among them being that we don’t have children except for Smelly and Bee and they cannot read, and secondly, I was not a normal child reader. Teachers were forever…

What My Daddy Does All Day (Happy Father’s Day)

For those of you having a little trouble discerning just what this is, it is my six-year-old nephew’s rendition of his father at work. Matt, also a veterinarian and he of the “if the horse trailer is plugged in he must be home” fame,  is checking a horse with colic. “This is you, Dad, and you…

I’m Really Good at Something Really Bad

Obituaries. I’m good at writing obituaries. This is not something I ever set out to do, but a few years ago, I wrote obituaries for both of my father’s parents (my last remaining grandparents), for my father-in-law’s sister, and for a beloved family friend. And as I have crossed that bright line of 40, I…

Gratitude…

A friend (and one of my most reliable photographers for the clinic Facebook page) tagged me in a gratitude challenge, and I’ve been putting my response off. It’s not that I don’t think I have much to be grateful for–believe me I do–but I wanted to put some thinking into it. So here goes. My…