Monday, December 8, 2014

Abby Eats the Christmas Tree

So, because I feel the need to save the world one dog at a time I sent in an application to the Beagle Freedom Project as an interested adopter of a beagle dog. (We miss Trixie Noodle) This is an organization that rescues and places dogs that are used as laboratory animals. Many labs like to use Beagles or hound like dogs because they are easy to handle and are cooperative. (As one worker told me there is a reason they don’t use pit bulls-although I have never had a problem with those dogs either). There are breeders who provide dogs for just lab work. Seriously. I hope Karma comes back at them.

Anyway,  I didn’t think anything of it because I was certain there were probably a lot of people wanting to adopt and I would be low on the list.

Wrong. I got a call about 3-4 weeks later saying there was a dog in MN available. And last Friday Abby came to us to trial, and then adopt if it all works out. She has been fostered up in Elk River for about 5-8 weeks. She did go to a house but snapped at the other dog when that dog got too close to Abby’s food. (We’ve seen that before!)

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So here’s Abby. She spent 11 years in a lab in Tennessee. She was used for arthritis research but unsure what she was used for. She has a tattoo in her ear and a little scar on her leg which might be from IV’s. She doesn’t know her name very well and when she first got here didn’t know how to go up or down the stairs. Although down was way easier than up.

She’s getting it now. She’s having some problems with being house broken and likes to eat the Christmas tree. Not sure about that.

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Abby with a little piece of tree to munch on later.

Beta doesn’t seem to care about Abby much.

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Although when Beta thought it would be nice to eat the leftovers of Abby’s bone-well, that brought on a little skirmish. Abby spotted that infraction of etiquette from across the room and took off like a shot to bite Beta on the head (not really a bite, more like a lot of slobber) which prompted a snarly face from Beta and a stand off which ended in a draw. (Beta kept his piece of the bone). We’ve had skirmishes before with other dogs so we didn’t give it much thought. Well, what we thought was we won’t let that happen again. Maybe. Hopefully.

So, we are waiting to see how well she fits in. It’s been good so far. Some problems with housebreaking but we think that might get better with time. Went all last night with no accidents. A little accident this AM but I should have known that she was needing to get out what with all the pacing. So, I’ll be a little more vigilant.

She loves her walks though. She is a little weak in the back which I was told was common in dogs raised in the lab because the don’t use their back legs a whole lot.

I’m not sure what she is thinking-it must be all new and overwhelming. Poor old girl. But she’s free now.

And, as you can see, we have a tree.

I stratigically placed the fake present over the cat barf that I discovered when I put  the Christmas tree skirt down. Apparently I figured I’d clean it up this year.

Wrong—because that’s how we roll.

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Relaxing at the end of the day….

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

I did not trip and fall. I attacked the floor and I believe I am winning.

It’s all how you look at it.

So, to review our last couple of years..

In Sept of 2012 I quit my job and moved to Tacoma for the worst job ever, and to be closer to my mother, who was frail and ill. Spent 3 months living at a friend’s house. Sold a house, bought a house, Dave quit his job and we moved completely in Dec 2012. Quit worst job and got much better job in March. Moved to a new office one month later and mother died two weeks after that. Father got new girlfriend one month after Mother’s death, got engaged, and married in November 2013. Dave’s son Seth was declining in health waiting for a lung transplant so we decided to move back to Rochester to be closer, and so Dave could get his job back as he had a terrible job in Tacoma. Our cat Elvin died in January. Dave moved back in March (car broke down but at least we were close) and we sold our house and I went back to the friend’s for 3 months. Trixie died. Bought a new house. I moved in July. Seth died the beginning on November.

So, on the 100 point stress scale we are now at 172.8. We think, but aren’t sure, that maybe things will calm down now. October couldn’t have been worse for weirdness and I thought that nothing else could happen till I went to Tacoma and had to come right back home because of death. This is where the medicinal drinking comes in.

I think you’ll detect a pattern here.

So, I went to Tacoma and stayed with Nina. We had about one day of hello and goodbye before she left, then I found out I was leaving. But I had a little of this--

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Right? That picture speaks volumes. I couldn’t even set up a picture like that. It just happened. I can’t even make a comment because there is so much happening I can’t even focus on one element. (Besides the fact that focusing on one element, for me, is completely impossible anyway)

I met up with the sissies for a Nordstrom run in which we bought all the same shirts-again.

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I like to think of this as our Charlie’s Angels pose, without the figures or the hair.

A word of warning here--when searching for group pictures of Charlie’s Angels? Watch your descriptors in the search line. Nuff said.

We had dinner with gpa and the gang.

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Right? I also like this one, again, it’s all in the background (Carol helping Grampa figure out his camera..I can’t even….)

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This was Sunday and I got back home on Tuesday. The boys flew in for the funeral which was Nov 8th.

Blane was a little confused about funeral wear so we had to do a little shopping. (Cody was all over the snappy funereal decorum)  

Even though it was a sad event, very sad and very difficult-they did look nice.

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I know, right?

We managed to get through that weekend and the next weekend I was off to Vegas for the Rock and Roll half marathon. It wasn’t like I was worn out or anything. Not me.

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Here’s our little group with our custom shirts-That would be Cathy, me, her cousin Jenni and our friend Randy. What a group we were.

This is a close up-it was Cathy’s birthday, although the real celebration started the following day.  (Don’t worry, I have pictures)

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Here’s the rest of our group-that’s Tiff and Ali on the end. You must recognize them from many other races and, of course, Ragnar.

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Yep.  The giant Rock and Roll guy. I saw him at the half way point in Seattle a couple of times.

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Macklemore got us pumped up!

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The start line. And oh, by the way, race starts at 4:30, not 4. Thanks to the random person who pointed that out to us when we expressed our confusion over no one at the start line at 3:58 when the race started at 4. Which it didn’t. Which we were told.  So I had plenty of time to get a picture at the start line….

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My attempt to take a picture at about mile 10 of the strip at night. Not so good. I was in a hurry for some reason.

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Did I also mention it was the coldest day of the year in Vegas? Temps in the 70’s till we got there. Then down to the 50’s with a frost warning. Because that’s how we (rock and) roll.

The next day was clear and still a little cool but at least the wind quit howling through our window. (Oh, did I forget to mention the wind-that too)

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We stayed at Caesar's and spent some time at the Forum shops where, after the race, we saw a crazy show--

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A statue that throws fire. Dang. I couldn’t follow the story but the talking statues and water feature and fire-Well, it was all so Vegas. Oh, and I bet on the Packer game and won 38 dollars. Wheee.

I can’t even begin to describe our Monday in text, but they say pictures are worth a thousand words…..

10 AM

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My personal favorite

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10 PM

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Do you see a progression here. Yeah. That represents about 12 hours on the strip. Twelve. Hours.

Happy Birthday Cathy!!

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It was so much fun that I can’t even describe it. Really, it was.

Things we learned in Vegas

You have 20 seconds to replace the booze in the fridge before you are charged 80 dollars for liquor.

It's "Fieri"-not " Ferrari".

You can't get popcorn after 9.

The use of the coffee maker is free but the coffee is not.

The race starts at 4:30.

Don't karaoke after a day of drinking vodka.

And most importantly---

           No matter who pays the bill--you will always be considered the Burns party—”Front Desk. Hello Ms Burns. What now?”

That’s really how it all went down. We came home Tuesday via Dallas. 

On Saturday, yes the following Saturday, we went to the Season’s Hospice Gala.  And what a Gala it was. Three cosmos and a couple of scotch and waters later we were ready to bid.

First we bought a mystery bottle of wine. I picked out what I thought would be a good one-a really good one-and this is what I got--

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I don’t even know how that happened. My cousin Janet’s comment was “Personalized, how nice”.

We bid on 4 things, two of which we really wanted. We were down to the wire, it was a nail biter, and we were a little tipsy, but we got what we really wanted--

Packer Tickets

That is what I am talking about. 4, count em, FOUR tickets to the Packer/Detroit game, club house indoor comfy seats. Funny that there wasn’t a big bidding war on these babies. Then again, we are in Minnesota.

We also got a camping package which had a chair, blanket, and a couple gift certificates-one to the Butcher Shoppe where we bought our Thanksgiving Steaks.

Just because.

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Lastly, I have finished all the blocks for the shop quilt. This Thanksgiving I am finishing the whole thing. All 40 billion pieces of it!

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There are 7 more blocks done.

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And I picked up a couple of yards of monkey fabric. AND there’s more where that came from!!

So, that’s the catch up blog of the month. We hope to slow down, but then of course there’s Christmas, oh and did I mention Blane turned 30 somewhere in there? Yes he did.

Jack, on the other hand, has remain calm, cool, and collected.

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Happy Thanksgiving--

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(Because 6 AM was not too early)

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Recovering the blogging Mojo

Well, we got thrown a little the past few weeks and getting back into the swing has been a challenge. It really started with a lot of craziness and people not following through on what they said and ended up with the sad passing of Dave’s son. I really hope it’s all over.

Although I just realized Blane’s birthday is Monday. This Monday. I’ll be in Vegas. Getting more behind at work and not at all ready for Blane’s 30th Birthday. Not. At. All.

I have a feeling that Christmas is going to be a little bit frantic this year……

However, back to the present—stay focused--We did do some things in October.  I know we did.

Cody and Marel came to visit, and brought Dylan along too.

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Cody and Marel went hiking. Cody was disturbed that Marel didn’t have the correct shoes so she had to change to her tennies-

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Leopard print, right?? She got perturbed when Cody took her picture on the trail and didn’t get her shoes (“that you made so much fuss over”) in the picture. I personally love them.

And we went out to dinner in So Minneapolis

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And we drank this delicious berry martini thingy!

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I’ll take two please.

We drove over to the Wisconsin side to watch a Packer Game with the Meldes

It was fall weather but I had a hard time getting a good picture of fall for some reason—could have been the speeding car or something like that.

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I don’t know. This was in my back yard.

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Fall in the Country Club Manor….

I  tried to teach my friend Tiffany how to knit.

Tiff is going with us to Vegas for Rock and Roll this weekend. And she ran with us two years ago in Seattle at Rock and Roll-and was a Ragnar team mate-

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That’s her in the middle at the space needle. After the race in Seattle in 2013. Not sure why she looks so refreshed and we look a little bit beat up (that’s Cathy on the end)

Anyway, I tried to teach her to knit but a bottle of wine sort of got in the way.

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She did exceptionally well. Lesson two minus a bottle of wine coming up.

So-that’s the October update. Sort of. November has the boys in suits, a short trip to Tacoma, another trip to Vegas.

Stay tuned--Film at 11!

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Sunset out the back door.