Anders is in Italy this week so I'm doing the single-parent thing for a couple of nights. So far, so good. Karin is back in another phase of testing, pushing limits as far as they will go, until she runs headfirst into the fact that I am WAY more stubborn than her, and bigger to boot. sigh
Really Cool Stuff: Name Wizard
I've had a lot of questions about what kind of dog we are looking for, and why we don't consider this dog or that dog, etc. We have spent some time trying to narrow the incredibly huge choices of dog breeds down already, but still have a handful of possibilities, with one major front-runner: the flat-coated retriever. We are not 100% sure that the breed is the right choice for us yet, though, so we plan on doing more research and talking to breeders and meeting some actual dogs before we nail down our choice. We know what we don't want, but we have to find out if what we DO want is the right fit. We're just getting started on this, and have a ways to go, I suspect, before we'll be happy puppy owners. After Sunday, we've also realized we BOTH need to tested for allergies, since even though neither of us has previously had trouble with dogs, and I've tested negative for them in the past, it's better to be safe than sorry, since allergies are sneaky things and change on you. There is, ironically, more planning, logistics and preparation involved here than when we decided to try and have a baby. And I am IMMENSELY grateful for all the advice and thoughtful help I've been receiving on the subject!!
Thankfully, Testing is Available Online: What Dog is Right For You? (not a quiz...exactly)
I finally finished Volume 1 of the collected Sherlock Holmes and then ripped through the first 3 Lemony Snicket books (would probably have enjoyed them much more if I was 11 although I liked the artwork) and the 5 Spiderwick Chronicle books (much better and so was the artwork, but still would have liked them better as a pre-teen). Lemony's habit of condescendingly defining words for the reader was annoying the 3rd time and fingernail-on-the-chalkboard grating by the eleventy-zillionth time. If you think I'm being picky about books that half the global population is in love with, it's because I've read way more young adult books than the global population has, and believe me, there is better stuff out there.
And no, I am not taking out my annoyance with women who can't stop playing their stupid little 8th grade games on a couple of poor undeserving book series.
Gigantic Happy Birthday Wishes to the Wonderful Amylou and vraptorz!
Cracking Me Up: These are my bullets