Thursday, August 28, 2014

Is This Thing On?

Um, oops.  I haven't posted anything for a really long time.  Sorry, everyone.  Life has been kind of hectic.  I've got a bunch of blog posts in the hopper, so I hope to end this case of blog-neglect this weekend.

Here's a quick recap of what has happened since July 10th.

I discovered Amazon Prime has a huge selection of free movies, which led to me finally getting to watch Eyes of an Angel!  Three cheers for awful John Travolta movies!

It became apparent that one of my more serious MCAD triggers is heat.

We helped two puppy-mill survivors make their way to Illinois Doberman Rescue Plus.

I attended an awesome canine reproduction/puppy ICU seminar by Myra Savant-Harris and learned more than I ever wanted to know about maintaining a stud dog.  Eww.

Smelt are back at Walmart! I always feel like I've got circus seals instead of dogs when I feed them smelt.  Kaylee is particularly fond of them.

I taught myself how to change the cabin filters and air filter on my vehicle.

Steve accidentally dropped a bowl of wine on my head.

My uncle died from lung cancer, much too young, and it illustrated that despite not seeing someone for nearly a decade, you still can miss them terribly.  

I survived the second annual DMOTC Obedience/Rally trial as Trial Chair.  Not sure I want to do it again next year, but I'll probably wind up doing it anyway.  Sometimes I get the feeling that I'm too nice for my own good.

We had someone come to our house to ask about how flooding had impacted us, and I was able to freak out a total stranger when I told her about snakes coming up our drains during storms.

Plans were made to attend Ibizan Hound Nationals in September, and Doberman Pinscher Nationals in October.  My insanity knows no bounds.

Our dryer broke.

I taught myself how to fix the dryer.

Alas, the dryer was beyond repair and we ended up having to buy a new one.  At least I tried.

Firestone broke my car, but Aryn's cousin was able to fix it.  Firestone is refusing to admit they're scam artists and are totally sleazy mofos.  Never take your vehicle to a big-box chain for repairs!

Stark won the Iowa State Fair Dog Show, and now Steve is telling his co-workers that we have the best dog in Iowa.  Oy vey.  (All kidding aside though, he probably is the best dog in Iowa.  I love him so much!)

Poison finished her Coursing Ability Advanced (CAA) title.

Kaylee recovered from her broken toe and earned three more passes towards her Coursing Ability Excellent (CAX) title.  She'll actually get her CAX this year!  There will be cake.

We stayed in a hotel with black mold, which taught me that mold is another major MCAD trigger.

One of the puppy-mill survivors I mentioned above was adopted!  Yay Hurricane!

I was reminded that I still hate raw tomatoes.

Kaylee killed her 5th squirrel of the year.  I'm amazed they keep coming back to our yard.

Steve called me down to the basement to see "the biggest bug he'd ever seen" .... but it was actually a bat.  Steve's excuse was that he wasn't wearing his glasses.  I don't think that is a good enough excuse to think hamster-sized insects exist in Iowa.

Being really angry with Canine Companions for Independence spurred me to start writing again.  Pissed-off writing is fun writing.

Anyway, until next time, here's a photo of sweet Poison with a lily on her head.