If I wear flip flops in the house, Stella feels it's her job to follow me around and step on the backs of them while I walk. When it's raining or snowing, Argo likes to bug me to let him outside, but then he'll come right back in, because he likes being dried off with big fluffy towel we keep by the door. If I tell the dogs, "Gentle," when I hand them a treat, they will take it carefully from my hand. If I don't, they will practically take my fingers off. If I give them more than one treat, I have to say "gentle," every time I hand one over. … [Read more...]
Ridiculous things I’ve caught myself saying to the dogs
Do you like my singing? Exactly! Because it's fabulous.Don't yell at me. It's not my fault you fell off the bed. I don't appreciate your tone, young lady.I know what you're trying to say, you're trying to say it's time for breakfast 'cause it's breakfast time! Oooh! It's my turn on the treadmill. You already had your turn!I'm stress eating. Don't judge me.Yeah, well, I don't get a treat every time I want one either. … [Read more...]
Day Six: We’re out of coffee filters. The natives are getting restless.
So J was away on a business trip for a week. I stocked up on food before he left, and with the exception of a workout and meeting up for coffee with my favorite teacher from high school (who happened to be in town for a conference), I did not leave the house all week, and I barely talked on the phone. I wrote, and then I wrote some more, and then I thought about writing, watched TV for a bit (Oh my gosh! TERRIERS!!!!), and wrote again. I let go of schedules. I slept when I felt like sleeping and ate when I remembered to. I missed J like crazy, but I was at a point in my manuscript where I … [Read more...]
I don't get sick gracefully. I have little patience for myself when I'm not at 100% and I'm not good at relaxing. The dreaded lurgy hit our house this week, slowed everything down, and forced us to cancel our super fun weekend plans with our favorite people. Instead of showing you all what a champion whiner I can be, here are a few things that are cheering me up.Teeny tiny gluten-free bunny cookies.I don't know if it's helping or not, but it tastes good.I feel like Siri really gets me.The flash on my new phone turns Argo into Alien Dog.And, it's a terrible picture, but this:The cat suddenly … [Read more...]
Things that have happened – The Epic List Post
Wow, I've had blog back up syndrome. There are too many things I've been meaning to blog about, but I haven't gotten around to blogging, because I feel like I need to address the things I should have posted about before I get to current stuff. So here is an epic list post to catch you up. With pictures. Because pictures are good.A few weeks ago, there was an airshow that seemed to happen directly over our house ALL weekend.Stella was terrified. Argo was curious. Not about the planes. He didn't notice them, even when the windows rattled and the ground shook. Argo was curious as to why I … [Read more...]
At certain points in my writing process, the best way to work is to completely dive in. So when J left this weekend to go camping with the Larkin men, I used the opportunity to throw myself a one-woman writing retreat. I loaded up on supplies: Easy meals so I wouldn't have to spend time cooking, and super yummy snacks to bribe myself with if my attention started to wane. Then I took the plunge. Aside from coming up for air to play with the dogs several times a day, I lived in my manuscript all weekend long. And it was blissful. What were you up to this past weekend? … [Read more...]
My dog pack
So, yesterday, I let the dogs out while I was exercising. I finished up and was about to go take a shower. I closed the door to the yard, and made sure I closed the bedroom door, because Argo, when left to his own devices in the bedroom will strip the blankets off the bed (I don't know why). I double checked to make sure Stella wasn't in the bedroom, because I've accidentally closed her in there before, and she gets upset about it.I was just about to turn the water on in the shower when I heard the hollow heaving sound of Argo starting to puke. I raced to the door and opened it, only to … [Read more...]
Argo hates being left out.
Don't we all, though?This is what happens when J goes outside to do yard work without Argo. We try to take him with us while we weed and garden as much as possible, but when it's too hot, or we have to rake or wheel anything (he's a tire biter and thinks rakes are really big dog toys), Argo stays in (and throws a little tantrum). Poor pup! … [Read more...]
A sappy post about my dogs teaching me a life lesson.
I tend to be really hard on myself. It's my default setting. Since I was diagnosed with ADD at 18, a big part of my journey has been getting to a point where I let go of the qualities I wish I had, and work with what I bring to the table. When I can do that, oh, life is glorious! I can laugh at my quirks and make allowances for the things I need to do to be productive and happy. I don't begrudge myself the time I need to zone out, my weird filing system, or the fact that I feel better about the world when all my clothes are in color order in the closet.But the last two weeks have been … [Read more...]