Saturday, July 19, 2014

If I Made a List...

If I were to compile a list (which I should)...

Thanks to that one beginning sentence, this week's post over at In the Mood for Gratitude was written a little differently than usual. This post wasn't just a random list of the things I was grateful for in the last seven days, but instead I focused on my five senses and how they related to what I'd taken note of this past week.

And that inspired me to write this post!

My Short List of Funny, Cool, and/or Interesting Things I've Encountered This Week

1. Seattle Chocolates are EPIC.
My boss went on vacation to Washington State last week to visit her daughter, and she brought back a box of assorted Seattle Chocolates truffles. I decided to try a mint chocolate one and...well, I think my taste buds exploded. Seriously. If you've never tried them, you must. You absolutely must!

2. CVS likes Lindsey Buckingham!
I walked into our local CVS on Wednesday and immediately recognized the voice of Lindsey Buckingham singing his 1992 hit Soul Drifter over the sound system. Being a huge fan, I hate to think this was a coincidence, and yes, I fangirled just a little in the aisle (relax, nobody saw me). Out of the Cradle, the album that song is from, is my favorite Lindsey solo album, and I could just hum along with those songs for hours!
Music Video:

3. I discovered
A friend of mine has been using this book exchange website to get rid of her unwanted books for awhile now, and although she's told me about it before I just signed up today. So far I've got 4 books of mine listed to swap; you earn 2 credits from the site after you list 10. And it's a 1 for 1 swap: each book of yours that you give to someone else earns you 1 credit, which is good toward 1 book of your choice (paperbacks, hardcovers, audio books, textbooks, and more)! I can't wait to start swapping; I hope that someone out there is looking for the books I've got listed!

4. I love this dog. Seriously.

It wasn't until the end of the video when the dog is walking toward the man filming, that I realize this dog is a Papillon, just like my "nephew" Mylo! I recognized the ears. Now I can't help but wonder if I can teach Mylo how to dance like that! Maybe I'd use Beach Boys music. ^_^

5. Comic strip creator Robb Armstrong must be a Beach Boys fan...

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I can relate. I've been a fan of the Beach Boys (and Fleetwood Mac and the Mamas & the Papas) since I was 10 or 11, and 20+ years later I'm still into their music. I mean, what's not to like? ^_^

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Book Review: "Good Dog. Stay." by Anna Quindlen

In all of my 35 years, one pet I never owned was a dog. Growing up, my sister and I were the caregivers of no more than three hamsters and two beta fish – not necessarily in that order, of course. But no dogs. Yet when my sister moved out, she chose to adopt two dogs – a Yorkie/Fox Terrier mix named Lucky and Mylo, the butterfly-eared Papillon who she rescued from a local shelter dog - who wasted absolutely no time in melting her heart and, in time, mine as well. The three of them have been staying with us for the last few weeks, and while I am thankful not to be responsible for Mylo and Lucky’s overall care, I won’t lie that I’m not indulging in their unconditional love and companionship. There is nothing more rewarding after a long day at work than to come through the door and have those two rascals come bounding at me with their adorable doggie grins as if to scream, “You’re home!” And there’s nothing more adorable than having Mylo flop over onto his back – wherever he is in the house, whether it’s my bedroom or the middle of the kitchen – and silently demand a belly rub.

This newfound experience with canine companionship is what caused me to pluck the book Good Dog. Stay. by Anna Quindlen off the library shelf. While the book itself isn’t new – it was published in 2007 – the theme of how dogs can positively impact one’s life remains timeless and will resonate with any dog owner or dog lover, in my case. Peppered with black and white photographs of an adorable menagerie of dogs – including her own – Good Dog. Stay. pays tribute to the life of Quindlen’s cherished Black Lab, Beau, who was part of the Quindlen family until two days before his fifteenth birthday. The book itself is a quick read at only 82 pages long, but what it lacks in length it makes up for in content: Quindlen fills the pages with admiration, love, and respect for Beau, and with humor as well, sharing personal stories and anecdotes about Beau and how his life intertwined with that of her family, reinforcing the lessons she’s learned from him – like learning to roll with the punches, taking things in life as they come, and to live in the present. The part I got the biggest laugh out of was when Quindlen reminisces of Beau: “There came a time when a scrap thrown in his direction usually bounced unseen off his head. Yet put a pork roast in the oven, and the guy still breathed as audibly as an obscene caller.”

“The life of a good dog is like the life of a good person, only shorter and more compressed.”

In the case of Beau, truer words were never written.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

The Red Ball

Mylo and Lucky have a green ball, an orange ball, and a red ball. For the longest time, the green ball was the coveted favorite between the two pups. Now, however, all loyalties have shifted to the red ball, and as you can see...

Lucky came out victorious in this battle.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

(Almost) Silent Sunday - Father's Day Edition

Lucky and Mylo came to visit for Father's Day this afternoon!

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Lucky boy trying to look cool (look at that tongue action in the last pic!)...

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And Mylo being his silly, cute self!


He gets extra points for his extraordinarily cute swishy tail!

Monday, June 2, 2014

This Weekend Was for the Dogs. Literally!

Mylo and Lucky came over for the weekend!
We got lots of fresh air and exercise.
And as you can see there was a definite cuteness overload!