Sunday, November 30, 2008
Boy, was I pleasantly surprised! We had nearly 60 members and their dogs show! It was great! Just a fun romp in the park, followed up by lunch at a dog friendly food court within walking distance.
For our group picture this time we tried to line up in "color" order. It was tougher than I thought it would be, but we did manage to get an OK picture. Next week our group will participate in the La Jolla Christmas parade. With all of the dogs in jingle bell collars and holiday garb, it outta be a hoot!
No, it's not your eyes, this picture is blurry!
Friday, November 28, 2008
Can someone please tell me what in the heck this has to do with anything holiday related? Pretty bizarre if you ask me....
Thursday, November 27, 2008
- I am so very thankful for the health of my parents.
- I am so very thankful for my loving Hubby and beautiful children.
- I am incredibly thankful that in this tough economy Hubby was able to find an excellent new job, after having lost his at the end of September.
- I am thankful for my old friends, who continue to shower me with love and support when I most need it.
- I am thankful for the new friends I have made this year, those that have begun to weave themselves into the fabric of my world and make my life richer.
- I am thankful for the generosity and kindness of strangers, that was so evident to me during this past weekend at the 3 Day Walk.
- I am thankful for the opportunities I have to help other people, whether it be to offer them support, a place to come for comfort or relaxation, or whatever they need.
- I am thankful that my children are learning the importance of helping others.
- I am thankful for my constant companions, my dogs. My life is so full of laughter and unconditional love (and fur) because of them. They have truly enriched my life.
- Lastly, I am thankful that I don't have to cook today. My Mom is cooking our Thanksgiving Feast today, and a feast it will be. Best part is that they live only 2 miles away, and even though I don't have to cook, we'll have left-overs for later. Who can knock that!
Harley is thankful for a warm place to take a long, winter nap...
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
The experience this year was fantastic! Overwhelming to say the least. I've got tons of pictures that I've got to go through, and then I'll post a slide show. I want to share as many images from this as I can. It truly was a life changing event. Something I will remember for the rest of my life.
Huge thanks to all of my family and friends that gave up part of or all of the last 3 days to support our team. Without your love and support we could not have gotten through it. You are appreciated more than words can say. We love you all!
Here are just a couple of my favorite pictures from yesterday. I'll post more as soon as I can.
This gentleman was having the time of his life!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
The end of day 2 - yeah!
Friday, November 21, 2008
Only 2 more days to go.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
But, I did want to share a couple of my new favorite pictures from the past week. For Kona's first birthday, Auntie Val gave him a rubber Frisbee (and some yummy bully sticks) He loves trotting around the house with the Frisbee in his mouth, and playing games of "keep-away" with the other dogs. He has no interest in trying to catch the Frisbee though, or for that matter, anything else. He'll retrieve it once it has hit the ground, but hasn't figured out the whole "run, jump, grab it in mid air" thing.
Jack, on the other hand, has. His intensity astounds me. What a good boy!
Friday, November 14, 2008
Jack, Harley, Jill & Kona
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Kona, on the other hand, is still VERY much a puppy. He gets bored easily, and needs lots of stimulation. Apparently he wasn't too happy when Bear and I went out for a training walk this morning. We've got his favorite digging spot covered up with a large piece of slate, so he had to find something else to occupy his time while we were gone this morning...
Bad Dog, Kona
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
I broke down and took A.J., my 16 year old son to see Role Models today. Thankfully it was just the two of us, as Pickle is out of town for a couple of days with a school group, Bear was at work, and Hubby started his new job today.(Yay!) It was bad enough being there with A.J., laughing nervously at the raunch, and I squirm at the thought of sitting in the theater with both of my "youngsters."
But that's not to say it wasn't funny. Oh, so raunchy, but pretty funny in some parts. The movie stars Seann William Scott, and Paul Rudd, and was rated "R" for many, many reasons...namely the "F" bomb being dropped WAY more times than I could possibly count. Tons of "adult" language - several sets of boobs being flashed (hence some of the nervous laughter) and plenty of drug references.
Some of the very funniest lines came from "Ronnie" a 10 year old kid in the mentor program the two main characters are sentenced to participate in. Ronnie is played by Bobb'e J. Thompson, 12, and his little "tough guy" act is done to perfection. He delivers his dialog with the talent of a seasoned pro, and none of it is clean enough for me to repeat here...
Another of the kids in the mentor program is "Augie" played by Christopher Mintz-Plasse of "Superbad" fame. Augie is a cape-wearing ubernerd in need of a strong father figure. Augie lives in a fantasy world of Dungeons and Dragons, Elves, magical spells, and such, and acts them out with a group of others in a game called L.A.I.R.E. (Live Action Interactive Roleplay Experience) The game they played was kind of like an "all battle" Renaissance Fair, without the men in kilts. Kilts would have helped. I got the distinct impression that they were trying to dis my peeps from the Ren. Fair...and that's just not cool. People that go to real Renaissance Fairs are WAY cooler than the nerds they portrayed here - this I know from experience...'nuff said on that...
Jane Lynch was a real shining star in this movie - playing the whacked out director of the mentor program. Let's all pray that our children never wind up in a program like the one she was running. She played her part of a recovering drug addict and alcoholic to a "T" and often times had you wondering if she'd taken a quick trip off of her wagon. Her signature line of the movie was "Don't B.S. me, you can't B.S. a B.S'er." I guess you had to be there, but it was darn funny.
The movie was rude, crude, and really raunchy. But I have to tell you, I did laugh out loud, several times, sometimes nervously at being seated with A.J., and sometimes just at the stupidness of the whole thing. If you are wondering about the Kiss picture, well, you'll just have to see the movie to understand that part. I do have a new understanding of their song "Love Gun..." Would I recommend this movie? Certainly not to everyone. For anyone with the sense of humor of a 16 year old boy, you betcha. Keep in mind those "F" bombs though, they come flying from everywhere! My overall rating "C". If you were to ask A.J, he says it's a B+, but remember he's 16.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Chunky legs in motion - part 'Ewalu (that's 8 in Hawaiian - guess where I dreamt I was last night...)
The 3 Day walk starts in 12 days. Yesterday my dear friend, and teammate Shirley, and I decided we'd better kick our training back into gear. We got together at 7am and made the short drive to Mission Bay. We'd previously walked as far as 15 miles without more than a couple of minutes break, and did it relatively pain free. Well, let me tell you folks, a couple of weeks makes a HUGE difference. Yesterday we drug our butts 12 miles. The first 6 or so went by relatively easily, but the last half of the walk was a real killer! At times we seriously didn't think we were going to make it. I'm sure it didn't help that it was in the mid 80's by the time we got into a good grove at about 8:00am, and that I'd gotten a total of about 3 hours of sleep the night before. (Lots on my mind, and just couldn't turn my brain off) But let me tell you, it was tough! If there was any doubt that I wasn't physically ready for the walk, this was the proof I was dreading. After debating whether or not we could dig up enough cash out of our fanny packs to get a taxi back to our car, we decided to tough it out and keep walking. We completed our 12 mile training walk, with a couple of short stops, in about 4 1/2 hours. Our feet ached and our legs felt like jello, but we made it.
I woke up today with the intention of going on a short walk...at least that was the intention before my feet actually hit the floor. Everything is sore and stiff, and I think I'll pass on that short walk. Tomorrow is another day, and I don't think letting everything rest today is a bad idea. Probably lazy, but not bad. I'll put in as many miles as I possibly can in the next 11 days, without killing my poor chunky legs and tootsies.
Like I said, the 3 Day, 60 Mile walk starts in 12 days. Plenty of time for me to stock up on mole skin (for the blisters I know I'll have), and Ibuprofen. I'll need lots of both. Wish me strength. I'll need it.
Friday, November 7, 2008
The Guests - part 3...