Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Toes up!

We had coffee and rolls at the French Bakery this morning then off to meet with our new Estate Planner. Sounds, basically, if Zeus and I go "toes up" as our Estate Planner said we should have a plan. Very interesting.
I noticed Zeus sigh every time the guy mentioned when moi outlives Zeus.
At another juncture, I was about to say it but Zeus jumped the gun and shouted out "now THAT'S what I'm talking about!"

Murphy was not happy about being excluded from this car ride. He ran ahead of John trying to get his attention and use those big brown eyes of his. I simply told him that we were going OUT TO THE STUDIO, which Zeus said is more like a two legged F^&* you statement.
Since winter when the heater went on out in the studio and sounded very much like a loud dragon, Murphy has not wanted to go out there with me.

I drove home on Monroe Street. I street full of memories for me and one that I really haven't been back on for about ten years. Things change. We have a Trader Joe's. Who knew? Some old favorite shops were still co-existing with new trendy shops and what used to be........hmmm I'm not sure what was on that corner is now an 8-10 story condo building.

One exciting thing happened during our meeting. Well, let me backtrack a moment. Before we got out of the car, Zeus does his, what I call his "big black engine routine".
He tells me that we are paying by the hour and so just listen and don't whatever I do bring up the subject of photography because the guy we are seeing, Richard, an old law school friend of his, is a photographer on the side.
I nod my head.
I get out of the car, rolling my eyes.
I know that I will pretty much do or say what ever I want but it makes him feel in control of the situation to "suggest" these things to me.

It's kind of like when we went to get a new car to replace the old van. I got a similar lecture before we got out of the car and I responded in pretty much the same way.
We started to look at the new vans.
I got in the van, why I don't know having had probably five vans our entire married life and that's all I ever drove, one is pretty much like the last one. But, I got in.

Here's where it got interesting. I AM NOT an emotional person. OK, I cry when I hear or see a sad story. I'm not hormonal so I'm not crying because the dog ran in front of me and there is a sock without a partner.
I got in the van, closed the door and tears started leaking down my face. Zeus leaned in and asked me what was wrong. I whispered back, "I can't do it. I can't drive another van. I want a fun car." Very pathetic, I know.

I got out of the van and wandered around the show place and spotted the Rav4. Actually, I spotted the tire on the back of the car. It looked like a jeep. It looked sporty. I could see myself in that.
I don't even want to go into how long it took with discussions because we already HAD a Rav4, Zeus's car. Zeus, raised by nuns and priests and guilt didn't think it was right to have two of the same car. I refused to get out of the car, in the showroom. I'm not an easy person to remove from anywhere.

Long story short we have two Rav4's a black one and a white one.
I am ever so happy with "The Princess".
After two years she still smells like a new car.
She's spotless inside.
I don't even mind the car seat in the back seat.

So, where was I? Oh yeah, "Don't discuss photography."
I'm not sure that I brought up the subject. In fact, I think that Zeus did. We talked and our attorney, Richard suggested a weekend workshop he had taken called, Miksang. Nalanda Miksang International
It's a Tibetan word that translates as "good eye." He said that it really got him to look at things that he didn't normally look at when taking pictures.

He's actually just finishing up a book of photographs that follow a number of Hospice clients.

I left the meeting feeling very pleased. Pleased with the information that had been explained to us and pleased with hearing about this workshop. I JUST LOVE IT WHEN THINGS LIKE THIS HAPPEN.

:)Bea Who has way to much to still create to go "toes up" soon.


  1. Oh Bea you are a fabulous blogger! You had me laughing out loud here at work where I'm sneaking a peek at blogs - taking a break for a few minutes. I can just picture you in that car showroom. I had a RAV4 before I totaled it one day just outside our subdivision and still long to have another one. They are the best. And so are you!

  2. Thank you, thank you very much. Sometimes I wish people could hear my voice but I hope they get a sense of me when they read what I write. :)Bea

  3. I also agree because I know that feeling...I want a fun car someday too. But for now my GEO which is 14 years old and has about 64,500 miles on it. I need an oil change and tire rotation but for now she will have to do. "Toes up" is a necessary process we have to arrange in the near make it sound like fun. Imagine and LIVE in peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

  4. I get that same lecture!!! and it never works....
    fun, funny post, love it.

  5. Thanks everybody for stopping by. Zeus, of course, says that he doesn't remember any of that happening that way. What a short memory we get as we get older. :)Bea

  6. Aha, now I know about the Misang - I really should read your blog from where I left off, not backwards, which I usually do! Silly me. I love that post. Zeus and you are so Jim and me. Jim does just the same and it drives me crazy. But in the end we get our own way don't we? lolol. What a star you are.