Thursday, November 12, 2009

Trampoline is a not a substitute for parent supervision

I am trying to be a better dog person. I have taken Oscar and Sassy out for a walk every day since Oscar arrived. I'm trying really hard to keep this up, I know it is best for their dog brains if I establish my pack leader abilities every day to keep them in line. I'm also trying to smoosh their faces together to make them lifelong friends. Right now they don't really enjoy each others' company, but Sassy likes Oscar more than she ever liked Tammy's puppy. I have them both on the spare bed in my office/crap storage room. They have a solid 2 feet of space between them, and it's all Sassy's doing. Oscar would love to cuddle and be friends with everyone; Sassy just needs a push in the right direction.

Made pink lady squares with Purple this morning. Wish we had done them last night, they really didn't get quite enough time to set. The coconut layer has to bake, then cool completely to stick all the layers together, then you ice with pink icing, and cut into squares. The graham crumbs kind fell off some, but I think Purple was very pleased. She was taking her squares to share with the teachers at her school for a pot luck lunch.

Two more Starbucks days to go readers. My last day will be filled with small children and parade things. I think I am sampling all day to the crowds, and I plan on wearing reindeer antlers and or a Santa hat, just because I can. The drive-thru will be completely closed during parade time since no cars can get in or out of the parking lot. I'm glad. I won't miss drive-thru.

Sourcing out a new laptop for work and general use. I am not a Toshiba fan, it has let me down too many times. I will keep the clunker I have for a bit longer, as I don't have any money set aside for a new laptop right now. I'm leaning towards a Dell. Diaper Dan says good things about them, and I can customize it with all the things I need. I'll be carting my laptop back and forth to work, using it to store pictures and type proposals for customers. Eeeee, big girl job!

How soon is too soon to send out Christmas cards? I found a good deal on some really cute ones and I am psyched to send them to everyone I know. I think I need to wait until December to send them, yes? Feedback please.



Monday, November 9, 2009

Snoozy puppies

Hello lovies!

It's been a while, I know, but I have a few major updates:

My big brown dog passed away on September 19, 2009. We had her put down after months of just really not being her old self, and suffering from a long list of problems. I miss Kishka.

I am a pro-star dog walker. Sassy and I are a force to be reckoned with on dog walks. Although, I recently discovered that she doesn't walk nearly as nicely with other people as she does with me. Slim Jim and Diaper Dan joined us for a walk this week and she was squirrely and stupid and barked at people - all are things she never does with me.

Proof that Sassy does anything I tell her to

Using my pro-star abilities, I joined another dog to our team and he is learning the ways of the dog walk. Welcome Oscar, Sassy will learn to love you in time. Oscar came to us from a friend of my mom's, whose neighbour passed away leaving a dog with no home. He has a loving home at my house now.

Oscar with a completed Sackboy for James

Christmas knitting is 98% complete - I am just finishing the last sock for Fuzzyhead. I have a long list of things to knit for myself as soon as I finish all my Christmas knitting. I don't think I'll be doing this again any time soon. My plan for next year is to make simple knitted ornaments for everyone, which will take a lot less time, I'm assuming.

French press cozy for Oni

Momma's self-striping socks

Grandpa's man socks

Poppa's boring brown socks, with interesting cabled ribbing

Wisp shawl - I made two of these for two relatives, the other one is in a very nice royal blue

I have given my notice at the bux, and my last day will be this Saturday, Santa Claus parade day. I have kept my decision to myself, but I know word gets around fast, and I anticipate having to explain my choice all week until I am gone. This has been coming on for a while now, I just finally had all my ducks in line to do it. I will be going to work with my mom full time. I hope that by working with her, I can free her up to do a lot more, and maybe we can build our sales back to what they could be. We had a bad year, but having only two people on staff full time makes it tricky to get the food out, and respond to people who are hoping to get food in a timely manner. My primary job will be responding to inquiries and meeting with people, which frees up momma to do the cooking again. I'm excited for my big-girl job, with a big-girl title, and big-girl business cards with my name on them. I can get my nails done again, and wear pretty things to work. Goodbye Starbucks, I will miss you.

Halloween is done and gone, but I didn't get to truly share this year's pumpkin masterpiece with my public yet:
Harry Potter and friends

Next up, Christmas season! Fuzzyhead and I have plans for a fun-filled December, including:
  • Visit to a heritage village for Christmas fun, old-timey style
  • Building a snowman
  • Decorating Fuzzyhead's tree and apartment
  • Christmas baking
  • Christmas Ikea shopping - not really different from regular Ikea shopping
And now I must get myself ready for my last Monday at work. Have a lovely week dear readers.