Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween Charlie!

Charlie was a pirate for Halloween. For all of five minutes. He was then rewarded by SPECIAL beef treats instead of his normal carrots. Julian termed the festivities "animal abuse". Clearly, he hates fun. While Charlie was not overly thrilled by being dressed up, he bore it stoically and posed for several immortal photographs.

Here is the front view, with his parrot companion:

Here is the back of his costume. The touch that makes it "pirate" rather than "stereotypical french man without a beret and baguette":

Andddddd, here is his expression. As my mom tries to balance the parrot on his shoulder.

Friday, October 30, 2009


This was our fourth (but not final) attempt at your birthday video. Charlie looked significantly more enthused in earlier attempts, you should know. It is the best of them (which is not saying much). I was unsure how the video editor worked, so nothing is audible other than Bruce. KNOW THOUGH THAT I WAS SINGING IN CHARLIE'S VOICE. Also, at the end, we say "Happy Birthday Rose! We love you, even though Charlie doesn't look very happy to be here. We wish we were there with you."

So yes. Happy birthday dear friend.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Charlie and the Panda/Julian and the Kitty

These last few weeks have been something of a trial. Lots of rain. A great deal of people dear to me seem to be stressed/depressed/hopeless/ed (who doesn't love a rhyme). I have been particularly sensitive to incompetence lately. My own, of course, but also that of non-profits, HR departments and the government. The Washington Post ran a two-part series accounting for squandered HIV funds that highlighted waste, corruption and general bureaucratic incompetence. I couldn't decide whether to feel sad, angry or resigned.

I volunteer with this organization. They are great and do really good work in the community. You all should take two seconds and write your Senators and Representatives and tell them to provide funding for needle exchanges and allow them to operate without constraints. Everybody wins! Except probably not, because it seems that people in power know better than I how to protect the kiddies!

Not that the previous two paragraphs were a deviation from the stated mission of this blog or anything. Anyway, I present you with a double dose of cute. One, a cute animal cuddling with a cute stuffed animal. Two, a cute animal popping from the chest of some kind of creature. Kind of like the reverse of this.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Sunday, October 18, 2009


Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Charlie's Little Pony

My sister and I found one of these My Little Pony toys while we were cleaning (the pony we found has a glorious rainbow of yellow, purple and pink hair). Charlie decided that he wanted it to be his little pony and absconded with it. Observe:

I was going to donate, but now that it is has been gnawed I think that maybe I will leave it in his toy basket.