Wednesday, April 20, 2011


1. The act or an example of defying; bold resistance to an opposing force or authority.
2. Intentionally contemptuous behavior or attitude; readiness to contend or resist.
3. When my dog waits by the door for a second of hesitation then escapes out of the house when I am trying to go to work.  The act of hiding behind bushes to prevent me from catching him.  

Monday, April 4, 2011

All tucked in

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Belated Kitty Report

I cat-sat for my dear friend's adorable kitty a few weeks ago.  Finch is an amazing cat.  First, he is one of the nicest cats I have ever met, just a wonderful personality.  He leaps into boxes with the enthusiasm of Maru, he cuddles in your lap, he purrs, he meows pleading when you go near his treats and kneads your leg.  He is just a delight.  Also, he is toilet-trained.  Literally.  He pees in the toilet, sitting on the side, with his tail held daintily to the side.  It is just incredible.  Anyway, some pictures:

Purring like a motor..enjoying a good scratch
He loves his bed, but like a good feline, also likes nesting

Snoozing like a good cat

Lap cat

Monday, March 14, 2011

Homework Helper

I went home last night for a family dinner and some quality time with babykins.  I was not disappointed:

It is amazing how much easier it is to feel motivated about schoolwork when such a cute and smooshy pup is present.  Charlie and I both insisted that he accompany me to the metro this morning.  My brother doesn't like driving with Charlie in the car so he was not pleased.  I have to wear a smock over my clothes because Charlie prefers to sit in my lap in the car and he sheds so much!  The route to the metro passes by the office where Charlie goes to the vet.  He started shaking and crying as we got close to the turn-off, such a smart dog!  He was very relieved though that he didn't have to go.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A sad tale

I had to take Charlie to the vet this morning before I went to work.  He has been feeling abandoned and scared (what with all the storms and the wind).  He hid under the covers this morning until I got out of bed, at which point he retreated under the bed.  I couldn't get him out from under the bed and he wasn't tempted by carrots or other food, so I was left with no choice.

I asked him if he wanted to go to work.

Of course, he did.  So with a guilty conscience and a heavy heart I led him into the garage.  He knew when I put the slip leash on him instead of his normal harness what was up.  He went dead weight and I had to lift him into the car, at which point he started shaking and crying.  I still feel so guilty!  He wouldn't look at me when I checked him into the vet and pulled at his leash until he was choking himself.  Sigh.  I am trying to comfort myself by knowing that he had a good weekend and I gave him lots of attention:

Here he is all smooshed in bed:

We also went for a very long and exciting walk in the park:

I still feel guilty though

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Belated Birthday

Saturday, December 25, 2010

I never thought that I would be someone who loves dressing up her dog, but I've been wrong before

Christmas in Fort Myers, Florida with my grandparents.  Unemployment in Lee County is 13.3%, the foreclosure rate for the county hovers in the top five for the nation.  In past years, McGregor Boulevard during the holiday season rivals the Las Vegas strip in wattage.  This year, the lights are in short supply.  The house with the neon "Jesus is Love" sign that has been around since my mom was a kid is abandoned.  We've looked at two nursing homes for my grandparents.  I gave at mass, but then felt queasy because I'm not sure what it means that "we pray that those without food or shelter in this holiday season find sustenance and comfort in the shelter of the lord".  Probably would have been better if they said "we pray that those without food or shelter in this holiday season find food and comfort through extension of unemployment benefits, food stamps and prosecution of foreclosure mills; activities which we are directly funding through our ministry", but I'm crossing my fingers that they meant that anyway.  Then the priest bid everyone to sing 'Happy Birthday' to Jesus Christ.  Why is this the hot new thing?  The priest at my local parish also does this.  There is nothing to say but no. 

I bought an inflatable, 5 foot, light-up penguin that aggressively offers a candy cane to those who pass.  It looks like he is trying to hitch a ride.  His name is Doug.  I also found a full-on elf costume for Charlie.  My grandfather is really pleased with the penguin and, out of all of us, including my grandmother, Charlie is the only person he remembers when he has episodes.  Best to keep the focus on the one we all love the most.

To everyone I love, I am giving Charlie a hug and pretending that you are there also.  Merry Christmas and I am so happy I know you.