July 30, 2009

A Dog’s Life

While I was unloading the SD card from our family camera onto the computer, I saw something amazing.

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Here is my three year old cavachon, Missy, wearing a Snuggie, holding the remote and sitting in her favorite spot. I have long believed that a PuppySnuggie would be a great idea, and now the look of joy on Missy’s face has given me the inspiration to move forward with my dreams.

Missy really is a good sport. True, she seems to have a dominance problem with me, but she’s always eager to cuddle, play or share your favorite snack.

PICT0040 For those who are not familiar with her breed (which is nearly everyone) she is a cross between a Bichon Frisé and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel…quite a mouthful. She is friendly and intelligent, though she is most often set on doing only what she wants to do. She can be a little emotional, stomping her feet or storming off into her kennel when upset, or even crying, but it might just be because we baby her quite a bit.

IM000981 If you are considering getting a dog, you may want to Google, YouTube or FaceBook them. They take a little more work than some breeds but are well worth it. They will be more than a dog that will play fetch or sit on your lap. They really become part of the family. I would not be happier with any other breed. But don’t take my word for it, go check them out for yourself.

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July 28, 2009

A Day At The Beach

Yesterday, I went to Golden Gardens in Seattle, with my Mom, my sister, Jordan, and her friend. On Sunday, when my Mom originally asked me if I wanted to go, I was dead set against it. I’m not a non-pool swimmer and most of the beaches in Washington are disgusting, so I had good reason, but after a visit to the ER that night, I had changed my mind about being home alone all day…and I’m glad.

The beach is located on Puget Sound, making the drive was about 50 minutes, making it further than the beaches at Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish, but much closer than Ocean Shores. For someone like me who doesn’t enjoy trips to Seattle very much, I loved driving through the Ballard area.

In approaching the beach there was a nice strip of forest, hiding the city from the shore. There is a small concession stand, volleyball nets and a reception hall. The sand was clean and white and the water actually looked blue…unlike the murky waters at Ocean Shores. It wasn’t as nice as Hawaiian beaches, but it’s the closest I imagine anyone could get in the Northwest.                                                                                             

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There was a marina near by so we saw lots of recreational boats as well as the occasional barge. The very light blue peaks, just under the clouds, are the Olympic Mountains out on the peninsula.

My Mom and I had taken books to read while my sister and her friend played in the water but instead, we ended up people watching. Even if a person had been blindfolded and knocked unconscious only to be revived at the beach, they still would have known they were in Seattle by the number of crazy people there were. We saw a guy kicking around and talking to himself (very angrily, I should add) and frequently going entirely into the water with a pair of good basket ball shoes and bobby socks. There was an insane trio of loud, obnoxious boozers, one of which was a woman who apparently still views herself as a cute and bubbly 14 year old girl (even though she was very much not 14, cute, or in any was intelligent). Yet another was a man running laps across the beach in designer jeans, and fancy shoes (we decided, based on this information alone, that he must be German) and last but not least, a three legged dog that enjoyed the water more than I had ever seen any creature enjoy it.

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It was a great day, especially after such a bummer of a night. If you live in the area and haven’t been here yet, go check this place out. You’ll love it!    

It has been quite a while since I’ve done a serious blog entry, I know, so that just means that I have a few stories to catch up on in this next little while. I also expect to be putting up pictures of a couple finished projects very soon. *crosses fingers*

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July 9, 2009

Francis the Friendly Giant Bear

My friends and I made this a long time ago and it has hit the YouTube world at last!