Monday, June 18, 2007

I love doggies!

Kelli's older Border Collies, Marli (the tri-color almost-2-yr old) and Lorelei (the B&W 6 month old) and Happy had a GREAT time playing at my brother's graduation party last Saturday. I was showing off Happy's jump 'n' tunnel skills, and decided to teach Marli, too. She is a QUICK study (though Happy learned the jumps much more quickly. Then again, he's had all 4 feet on the ground twice in his whole life.)

Here is the evidence of this (thanks, Kel, for the AWESOME pictures!)

Marli caught onto the tunnel very quickly:
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The jump took more time:
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Success!!! (adding the board across the bottom helped her realize that the jump was, in fact, meant to be jumped over!)
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Even though Happy loooooves to jump, Marli's form is much better. She is jumping low, for speed, where Happy is jumping for height. He'll speed up, though, I think.

Happy's form: (see how much higher over the bar he is?)
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Marli's form: (just barely clearing the bars- she wastes little energy!)
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Lorelei did a fair job with the tunnel, but was too fixated on shadows, bugs, pollen, molecules, radio waves, and the other dogs to concentrate.

"What is it you want me to do? Run? I can do that!"
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"Yes, you're holding hamburger. Yes, I'm in the tunnel. Now what? Can I has hamburger?"
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"Oh. Run through the tunnel when you say the words and point at it? Why didn't you say so?!?"
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I am looking exasperated with Happy because he was supposed to go around the tunnel. This is a tough one to grasp, because tunnels are FUN.
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After practicing agility for a while in the heat, it was Party Time Excellent Time! Lucky joined us for this fun (he had no interest at all in agility, though he did like napping in the middle of the tunnel...) and, though he is much dumber than Kelli's Border Collies (first smartest!) and my Standard Poodle (second smartest!), he ALWAYS caught the Frisbee!

Lucky, showing us why he always got the Frisbee:
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Happy doesn't obey the laws of physics or of gravity:
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The joke's on Marli; she's not actually going to get the Frisbee:
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Action Team: PREPARE!
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Action Team: ADMIT DEFEAT!
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I took way more pleasure than normal to get 3 dogs under the age of 2 to Down-Stay whenever I asked them. They are SO SMART. (Please notice the elegant hand-signal in the far left.)
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Okay, FREE!
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Happy is the cutest looking doofball ever:
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Kelli would not let me take Lorelei home. But now that she has 2 new Border Collie puppies, maybe she will rethink that idea. See, Kelli? WE LOVE EACH OTHER SO MUCH:
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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Pictures of Our New Apartment!

Here are some pictures of our new apartment. Keep in mind, they're still renovating it, and proabably won't be done until May 31. I'm very excited to move!

Our building is four units, 2 of which are owner-occupied:

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The first floor is a combined kitchen and living room, with a delightful closet. Here are a few pics of the kitchen:

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Notice the brand-new Frigidaire appliances! (There will be a microwave mounted above the stove.)

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Notice the goodly amount of counterspace! (Right now, we have about 3 square feet of counterspace. It sucks.)

Facing away from the kitchen, you can see our living room area:

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These are our stairs:

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At the top of the stairs, we have a lovely, roomy hallway, with 2 closets. Here is the view of the hallway if you've come up the stairs, and turn right, facing our office/library:

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And the view of the hallway facing left into our new bedroom:

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Here is the office/library, facing towards the yard and lake:

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Here is the rear wall of the office/library:

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Here is the bedroom, facing the yard/lake. Our bed will fit between those two bumpouts, with the head by the window:

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And the rear wall of the bedroom:

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The bathroom, which offers a big ole closet, perfect for the cat box and all my bathroomy junk:

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Here's the view from the office/library window:

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Here's the view of the lake, facing the building, from our huuuuuge yard:

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Here's Happy, exploring the lake all by himself. I was worried that he'd be afraid of the water, but I think if one of us had been in the lake, he would have been swim-swim-swimming! The yard is also almost completely fenced; very safe though:

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I can't wait til we move in, and you can see what a wonderful decorator I am! IKEA here we come!

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Ooops, I Shaved My Head

Note to self- I am not a professional hairstylist. I should not try to "trim" a bushy, growing-out cropped haircut with clippers with no length-comb. I am not a Marine. I am not a loony B-rate starlet who doesn't want her no-good ex-husband to test her hair for drugs, which he will then leverage into full custody of our 2 kids.

I am, however, an idiot. I am also a dead ringer for a 12-year old boy.

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Well, at least my hair grows really fast.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

New Pictures of My Pretties

Happy is cute.

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Happy is jumpy.

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Happy is kissy.

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Happy likes kitties.

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This cat has a lot of thumbs.

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This cat has significant cognitive imparements.

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This cat is excellently great.

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The end!