I had to report for jury duty on Monday. It was in the old Travis County Courthouse, which to me is what a courthouse and jury room should look like...straight out of an old Perry Mason episode.
It was a wonderful process. The judge was very passionate and took lots of time explaining the process to us. I didn't really want to get picked (I'm in the middle of the whole real estate license thing and need to start making money!) but I decided to just be honest and see what happened.
I didn't get picked. Maybe I was too honest.
I was relieved in a way...but by then I was involved and interested in the case, so I also felt rejected!
But since I didn't get picked for jury duty, I was free to take the State Exam for real estate on Wednesday.
I passed! I barely crossed the line on one part, but what matters is I did cross it. Whew! Now the real education begins, so I kept the momentum going and signed with an agency yesterday. Training begins next week.
I'm ready to hit the ground running!
There's a dead deer lying half in, half out of our creek, with a huge chunk of its rear-end missing. I'll spare you the photo of it I took to send to Tom.
Well, I'm not sure how much of the deer is still down there, actually. For the past two days coyotes have been fighting over it all night, yapping and yapping and making our poor puppies feel obligated to bark at them from our back deck.
I'm glad they don't feel obligated to run down there!
During the day, vultures circle round and round, so close to the house that I hear the whoosh-whoosh of their wings. They glide down under the trees to where the deer is (I can't see it from the house, thank goodness) and then I hear a lot more loud noises.
Of course, the puppies feel obligated to bark at them, too.
I've taken a lot of photos of "interesting" scat on our road lately (scat = poop). There's a great site I discovered where you can identify what animal it came from. I'll spare you those photos, too. You'll just have to trust me that we've had coyote and fox and owl...and something much larger...crossing our road lately.
...Which makes me very nervous for Max with his wobbly hips and legs, poor old puppy, what with the dead (full-sized antlered) deer down there by the creek .
Do you get songs stuck in your head? I have one running right now, and I'm grateful for it.
It's "Help Me Find It" by Sidewalk Prophets. Here are some of the lyrics playing in my head...very reassuring and calming in these days when there are so many things going on and decisions need to be made...
If there's a road I should walk
Help me find it.
If I need to be still
Give me peace for the moment.
And here's the song itself, below. If you're feeling stressed and /or need help figuring out what direction to head, I recommend it!
I hope you have a wonderful Friday and a beautiful weekend!
(Linking up with Nancy at A Rural Journal's Random 5 Friday)