Wednesday, August 26, 2015

National Dog Day

Today is National Dog Day!

According to their website it was created to bring awareness to the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, acknowledges family dogs and dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort.

To celebrate I've shared a couple National Dog Day posts on facebook, sent 'Happy National Dog Day' texts to my dog-loving friends and family, will take Marvin & Walter for a walk around the pond after work, will give Marvin & Walter a yummy chewy treat after dinner, and am sharing with you some of my favorite photos of my boys.  (Click each to enlarge.)

Happy National Dog Day!

Marvin on Daddy's shoulder

Marvin on Daddy's lap on the back porch

Marvin after a bath

Marvin's first day with his new Daddies

Daddy with his 2 boys

Walter & Marvin sleeping while I work

Marvin sleeping on my shoulder

Marvin & Walter love being on the back porch

Marvin on my lap

Marvin on Sean's lap
Walter and his floppy ears

Walter fell asleep with a chew toy in his mouth

Walter trying to escape from a bath

Marvin & Walter relaxing on my lap

Walter snuggling with me

Walter gives Joe P some puppy kisses

Walter playing on the back porch

Walter snoozing on my shoulder

Marvin & Walter on a walk

Walter at 2 months; the day we chose him
Walter sleeping on his back

Napping on my lap

Marvin on my lap; Walter sleeping on my arm the day he came home with us

Monday, August 24, 2015

Perfect beach day

Wow, yesterday was 1 of the most beautiful beach days ever!

The sky was clear and sunny.  The temperature was 83 degrees.  The humidity was negligible.  There was a light breeze.  To me, these are the recipe for the perfect beach day.

We met Steven & Thad at the beach at 12:30 and stayed until almost 5:00.  While this might not sound like a long day, its longer than we typically stay at the beach.  It was just so beautiful I didn't want to go home, but Spouse was ready and also kept warning me about potential sunburn.

I am rather fair-complected and do have to be careful in the sun.  I always wear sunscreen, although the SPF is lower than Spouse would like.  Plus I usually alternate between being in the sun and being under the shade of an umbrella.

To make the day even better, the water temperature was very comfortable!  Lots of people were in the ocean, jumping the waves, while others skimboarded along the shore.


It was the perfect beach day!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Motivation

Walter turned a year old last month and is a great dog.  He finally got over his fear of going down the stairs, he understands and responds to many verbal directions, goes into his crate without coersion when we leave the house, and sleeps throughout the night.  Spouse & I believe routine is important for dogs of all ages but especially so for puppies.  Treat training is also a great motivator. 

I also believe that talking to them a lot helps them understand and learn, although Spouse doesn't share my feeling on this.  While I can motivate both dogs with treats, I've found I can also motivate Walter with words too.

I noticed that Walter gets a little jealous of Marvin when I give Marvin physical affection, and will try to engage Marvin in play while I'm petting him.  So I decided to use this to my advantage when taking them outside for their final pee pee before bed.  Marvin is always first to relieve himself while Walter often gets distracted by sounds, smells, you name it.  So when Marvin goes pees I say "Good boy Marvin!  Marvin went pee pee!  Good boy!"  Almost immediately Walter will go pee too in order to get the same verbal praise Marvin just received.  It works every time!
NOT our dog  ;-)

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Grease

Last night Joe P and I went to the theatre.  Community theatre, that is. We went to see one of my favorite musicals: Grease!

I remember seeing it at the movie theatre when Grease came out in 1978.  I loved all the songs and bought the movie soundtrack album.  Yes, that's right - a 33 1/3 RMP vinyl record album.  I still have it.

Joe P and I met for dinner first and then walked next door to the theatre which is located in what used to be the sanctuary of an old church.  Rather than a traditional flat stage, this venue has a wide 'ramp' which extends the performance space out into the room, giving it a 'theatre in the round' affect.

The singers/actors were fine.  No one really stood out as exceptional, but all were certainly on par with what one would expect from local community theatre.  I did find the choreography and blocking to be better than I expected.  Joe P and I both enjoy supporting the local arts scene.

But the real 'star' of the show is the music.  With favorites like "Summer Nights", "Beauty School Drop-out", "There Are Worse Things I Could Do", "Hopelessly Devoted", "Sandy", and "You're The One That I Want" its hard to NOT have a good time.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Pet peeve

I like to think of myself as an ease-going person.  I have a fair amount of patience in challenging situations and don't get ruffled easily.  However, I do have just a few pet peeves.

One of my pet peeves is the incorrect use of specific bar glasses.  I wrote about it HERE a few years ago.  Please do not serve a margarita in a martini glass, or a martini in a wine glass.  Thank you.

My other pet peeve verbal redundancy.  Not repetition which is when some says the same thing more than 1 time.  But rather, verbal redundancy is when someone uses more than 1 word that means the same thing.  Need an example?  I'll give you a two:
"Navy blue".  There is no such thing as navy green, navy red, or navy any other color.  Navy only describes blue, so saying 'navy blue' is redundant.  Just say 'navy'.  Used in a sentence:  "These pants fit so well I bought a pair in grey and another pair in navy."  See how that works?

"Outdoor patio".  There is no such thing as an indoor patio.  By definition a patio is an outdoor area adjacent to a home used for lounging, dining, etc. so saying 'outdoor patio' is redundant.  Yet I hear people say it all the time on HGTV's House Hunters.  "And check out this lovely outdoor patio!"  No.  Its a patio, not an outdoor patio.


In our culture of texting and abbreviations, you'd think more people would be aware of and avoid verbal redundancy.  I mean, can you imagine someone typing out complete words and sentences when texting?  LOL!  ROFLMAO!!  Most people eliminate as many characters as possible when texting, so why not eliminate redundant words when speaking?  Plus, eliminating verbal redundancy keeps you from sounding dumb.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Name dropping

So what's with all the celebrity name dropping in pop songs these days?

In 2013 Vance Joy mentioned Michelle Pfeiffer in the song "Riptide", and then in 2014 Bruno Mars mentions Michelle Pfeiffer in his song "Uptown Funk".  Just recently Fall Out Boy came out with a song called "Uma Thurman".

Do the writers or singers think celebrity name dropping will make their songs more popular?  Or is it a way of paying tribute or honoring them?  I don't know, but I find it a little weird, and I'm not sure why.

What do you think?

Monday, August 10, 2015

Crust

I saw this graphic on Facebook and literally laughed out loud, over and over again.  I happened to be at work so I printed it using our super-duper color printer and taped the copy to my cubicle wall.  Every time I see it I laugh!

This dog looks just like Marvin; same coloring and same facial expression when Walter is pestering him.  This just cracks me up!!

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

National Underwear Day

Today is National Underwear Day!  

According to its website, it was created by an underwear manufacturer in 2003 to "shine light on 'unmentionables'".  Really?  Underwear needed to have a light shown on it?  It seems more like a gigantic advertising scheme to me, but I'm not complaining.  I love seeing people (read: men) in underwear so I'm calling attention to this 'holiday'.

Past celebrations have included underwear modeling events, giveaways, celebrity appearances, and the setting a new Guinness Book of World Records.  Click here for videos.

While on the topic of underwear, I'm just gonna go ahead and put this out there:  I don't 'get' the idea of buying expensive designer underwear.  No one sees my underwear but me and Spouse, and neither of us are impressed with brand names on our waistbands.  Some will claim that designer underwear is better quality and premium fabrics, but I've had some good old fashioned Fruit of the Looms and Hanes tighty-whities for years, so I'm not sure I believe that argument.  

Designers like Andrew Christian, Papi, and NastyPig have done a lot to eroticize and sell underwear, and I've definitely watched more than a few of their promotional videos.  But sexy or not, I'm not spending $25 or $30 on a single pair of underwear when I can buy a 5-pack for half that, or less.  I'd rather spend my money on something other than underwear.

What you do think??

Monday, August 03, 2015

Summer Sunday

Yesterday was a great summer Sunday!

We started the day by taking the boys for a walk and then meeting Steven & Thad, Derwin & Carolyn, Sydney and Jenny for breakfast at Crystal restaurant, our favorite Sun morning haunt.  Then Spouse & I stopped nearby to preview a home for sale that I wanted to see.  

Once at home we gave both dogs a bath.  Neither of them 'like' it as some dogs do, but both tolerate it pretty well. 
Charming Marvin
Walter tried to climb out of the laundry sink a couple times but overall he did fine.  I gave both boys lots of verbal praise to inspire good behavior.
Wet Walter
After towel-drying them they both love to roll around on the bed, so once that was over we changed the bed linens.  

Then we headed to the beach where we met up with Steven & Thad and Joe P.  It was a beautiful day; not too hot or humid so we enjoyed it very much.  Once back at home Spouse & I showered and met Steven & Thad for dinner, then we took the boys for another walk before settling in for the night.

It was a very nice day!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Heart

I saw this photo on facebook and decided to save it to my computer for future use.  I love the sentiment and have shared it with several friends who have lost dearly loved dogs and cats.  Feel free to do the same.
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Susan

Last week my friend Susan came to town to take care of a business matter.  Susan is the reason why we live in this great little seaside village.

Back in the late '90s when Susan and I worked for the same company and became friends, she invited Spouse & me to stay in her little place here.  We loved it, so she generously told us to keep the key and use the place anytime, which we did.  A few years later we bought that little place from her, then sold it and bought a bigger place, and then eventually moved here full-time some years later.

Although we have many shared personality traits and viewpoints, I will always feel like this little village is our chief commonality.  After finishing up her business matter, Susan came over to our house and she and Spouse & I sat on the screened porch and talked for a while.  It had been a few years since we'd seen each other so there was lots to catch up on.  Then we walked a few blocks and had cocktails and appetizers overlooking the water, where I tried to take this 'artsy' photo that unfortunately came out fuzzy.
Since the view and weather were so nice we opted to stay and have dinner as well.  All 3 of us had wonderful meals which complimented our great conversations and laughter.

Then we ended our night together with more conversation on the screened porch.  The next morning Spouse went to work and Susan and I had breakfast before she headed home.  It was a lovely visit from a lovely friend whom we hope will come again soon.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Wedding on the beach

Last Fri I wrote about my friend Joey getting married the next day on the beach, with a reception afterward in a hotel.  I thought I'd share some thoughts and photos.

First off, outdoor weddings are very risky because you never know how the weather will turn out.  It could be cold, rainy, winding, stormy, blazingly hot, crazy humid, or it could be nearly perfect like it was for this wedding.  It was in the mid-80s but the humidity was low and there was a lovely, constant breeze.  They were very, very lucky.
The grooms kindly invited everyone to dress casually (no suits and ties) which made it even more comfortable and enjoyable.

After the short and sweet ceremony Spouse & I paused for a moment to take a selfie.

The reception was held in the penthouse banquet room of the hotel which provided stunningly beautiful views of the ocean, beach, and boardwalk.
The food was served buffet-style and it was really good.  The cake came from Charm City Cakes.  We don't know if teddy bear Duff Goldman actually made or decorated the cake or not, but it was certainly charming and personalized for the couple.
The groom on the left side of the cake is 'dressed' in the outfit he wore in the wedding, and the groom on the right is dressed in a St Patrick's outfit because they met at a St Patrick's day party.  Its difficult to see in this photo but their dog and 3 cats are represented on the middle tier, as well as beer stines, sea shells, and starfish.  

After a few toasts from the 2 maids of honor, the grooms posed for photos and had their first dance as a married couple.  They wore matching ivory colored vests made from 1 of the grooms' mother's wedding gown, and they got married on the other groom's mother's birthday.

Then the DJ pumped up the tempo and the dancing began.  Even Joey's 92 year old aunt joined in and had a dance with both grooms!  

Everyone seemed to have a great time, including Spouse who always imagines the worst in such social situations.  Naturally witnessing the love and contentment of this couple brought back memories of mine and Spouse's wedding, which was probably one of the best times of my life.