September 28, 2006

Rena McBeana

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She can walk on a leash if it's one of those retratable leashes. She needs to work on "come" but she does come back so you can catch her, eventually (the leash was not properly attached to her collar and it broke away), she now knows "sit" and can use the pet door. So far she hasn't used the pet door as her own idea, but she will follow Pic through so it's right around the corner. She is not afraid of the vacuum cleaner.

Her genetic makeup is undetermined, but she's a smart, mostly good dog. A keeper so far.

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September 25, 2006

Trial Dog

I've been obsessing about getting another dog, vascillating between wanting a puppy and an older dog. I've signed up for a couple of dogs at the city shelter, but they were deemed unadoptable because they were food agressive. I also missed out on a puppy by being five minutes late on the day she was available.

So I dragged Sean to this adoption event that was happening at the Mall, and we met a few dogs. One really broke our hearts. She was found abandond by the side of the road in Yolo County next to her dead sibling, whom she wouldn't leave. She was very shy and submissive and just seemed to want nothing more than to be near us.

So we brought her home.

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The name she came with was Riana, which was just too much name to say over and over. We changed it to Rina, short for Katarina the Catatonic Catahoula, because when we first met her she was very passive, very timid and unsure. We thought we could bring her around and make her a confident dog. She's about 10 mos to a year old, and we don't know what she is exactly. They told us she was a Catahoula/Lab mix, but we're starting to think Wippet/Pit Bull instead. We just don't know. Anybody want to guess?

And she is starting to relax a little.

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Pic doesn't seem to mind her.

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There is one problem. Our cat Schmacky hates her. And because he is fearful of her, it piques her interest and she tries to get close to him. She hasn't actually chased any cats yet, but she hasn't been her even 48 hours yet and could still be on her best behavior. And, she has been really really good.

So why am I regretting our decision? I think this whole time I was looking for a companion for Picabou, not a dog for us. And that was stupid, because Picabou could care less.

If I'm completely honest, I was looking for Gretsky. And I'm never going to find him.

It makes me sad, and makes me sad for Rina. I like her a lot, but just feel really ambivilent.

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September 16, 2006

A Series of Unfortunate Failures

I finally have some knitting to talk about. Too bad it's not good news.

This t-shirt that I'm working on, that I don't even want any more, but that I feel like I have to finish before I start anything else even though I have other unfinished things I could be working on... well it's just not looking too good and will require much ripping and re-knitting. Maybe it's not a lot for some knitters, but for me, any amount of ripping out and re-knitting seems unbearable.

Exhibit 1:

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The whole thing is rather schlumpy, and if you look close the right (my right) sleeve is longer and wider than the left. I have no idea how this happened, but it's a real deal breaker. And, I had already ripped out that sleeve an re-knit it, trying to avoid this:

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Some nasty pooling (flashing?) on the other sleeve.

Then there's my lack of skill when picking up stitches, especially when using the wrong size needle:
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There's also the ribbing at the bottom, which is too big. Once again, forgot to switch to the smaller needles.

So that's where I am, with an uninspiring project that's taking more work than the end result will be worth. Bleh.

In other news, I should be starting a new job in October, working again for my old boss in his new company. Same as it ever was! I'm currently fighting with my old employer regarding unpaid wages owed to me, and working from home helping my old boss establish the new company. Surprisingly, I don't like working from home. I much prefer having an office to go to everyday.

Last night we went and saw the Tattooed Love Dogs play at Old Ironsides and it was an awesome show! I so wish these guys would get back together and play regularly. We danced all night and had a great time.

Tonight, it's dinner with friends for a birthday party! Whoo Hooo!


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September 12, 2006

Damn

I had a whole "Eeeek part 2" entry that I thought I published, but it's nowhere to be found. It told all about how we were walking the dog and first saw some parents letting their child poop in the park like a dog and how they didn't even pick it up like we do when our dog poops, even thought they were very close to a bag station. They had her use her hands to cover it up with dirt. And then how when we were walking back from the river we saw a 3 ft. rattlesnake, and then the next day we saw ANOTHER rattlesnake, but this one was a baby.

But that's all old news now so, nevermind.

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September 7, 2006

EEEEK!

I just found out I AM the type to jump on the furniture and scream when there's a baby rat in the house and Sean's not here to remove him to the outside.

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September 3, 2006

State Fair Part Two

Last week was my last week at work, and I really only went in one day to supervise the movers. On my way home I stopped at Lynette's for a little yarn swap and cake! Chocolate zucchini cake, and from scratch, no less. So good. We split a pack of those new Stretchy circular needles just to try them out. (So far, I'm a little dissapointed in them. They're difficult to use, and I can't see how ithey could possibly work on a normal sized pair of socks. I had to try them out though, I was drawn to the novelty of them.

Still no new knitting to report. But I've been keeping busy. One huge time-suck is my new computer! I basically bought the smaller version of the one I returned to Dell. I like this one, and only had one small problem with it that required hours on the phone with tech support, and a system restore back to the factory settings. But I'm going to give it the benefit of the doubt and hope I can move only forward from here. I had to uninstall and reinstall and update everything twice on this thing.

Friday, September 1st was my first official day of unemployment. Woooo Hooo! It actually feels great, even though I now have to start my fight for the money that I'm due according to my contract. They want me to sign a few documents that I'm not sure I want to sign. I need a lawyer. That's item number one on the to-do list for Tuesday.

But, back to Friday. Sean and I celebrated by going to the State Fair again. Since we had purchased a "Poppy Pack" that included 4 admissions and two Monorail rides, we couldn't let them go to waste. We decided to go the night that Tesla was playing. They played a couple of good songs, their two hits, and a really decent cover of "Mr. Saturday Night Special." We also caught the "Pop Rocks" show because we found out that the backup band was made up of a few local musicians. These guys blew Tesla out of the water as far as musicianship. Even though they had to play Elvis, Dolly Parton, Tina Turner, James Brown and Michael Jackson tunes, they were good! And it was an entertaining show for the most part, with singers impersonating the real stars and many, many go-go dancers.

Every year at the State Fair we try to win a fish for our pond. Sometimes we do, sometimes we don't. We can only spend $2.00 and we have to actually win. None of this "pay $5.00 and you automatically get a fish" stuff. So when we went to the fair a couple of weeks ago, we didn't win. This time, we used MY $2.00. My Happy Good Luck $2.00. (I know, so we spent a total of $4.00, and that's almost $5.00, but humor me.)

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Heh.

We were trying to decide on names, and it was either going to be Troy and Frank, after two of the guys in Tesla, or Chimpy 2k6a and Chimpy 2k6b (all the State Fair fish we've won have been named Chimpy, it's a tradition), or simply Dollah 1 and Dollah 2.

Sadly, one fish didn't make it all the way through Saturday and we were left with just Chimpy 2k6a (that's him on the left).

And then...

Saturday, Sean's parents came buy on the tail-end of a 4-week Alaskan vacation they took with Sean's Dad's cousin and her husband. They grew up together and are more like brother and sister than cousins (Sean thinks of her as his Aunt). And the two couples are still great friends even after spending 3 weeks together in an RV driving through the Yukon. Anyway. It was a nice visit, and nice to meet them. Sean hadn't seen them since, like, High School graduation. I can't wait to see the pictures from the trip. Sean's father is an excellent photographer, so I'm sure there are some really good ones.

And then...

We went to the Greek Food Festival and had Greek Food and beer and Pastries. Yum. We bought a special cheese that doesn't melt when you fry it up. Except that it does and it tastes like salt lick. Luci and Scruff, did your cheese melt?

And then...

Today, I got bit by my cat. He's such a little shithead sometimes. I was sitting out on the back porch reading the paper. Moon Pie was lounging next to me, and Schmacky, who was IN A MOOD, comes up and chases her away to take her place. I start absentmindedly petting him and the next thing I know he's got a few claws in me. And he won't let go, and I have to use my other hand to try to get him off me and he bit my arm. I think he bit it, although it could be a deep claw puncture. I cleaned it out really good, and I don't think this will end up with me having surgery and a hospital stay like the last cat bite that happened around these parts. But I have drawn a circle around the red mark on my arm with a felt pen and if the redness is outside the lines tomorrow I'm might just have to take myself to the urgent care. Just saying.

Other than that, I've done a little laundry, some shopping, lots of pastry eating, a little reading, some time-sucking computer stuff, a walk to the river so the dog could swim, a chat in the park with our friends who came back early from Burning Man, and now writing this. I think I will have some popcorn, and read my book, or maybe watch a movie. It's been an excellent 4-day plus who-knows-how-long weekend so far!

Happy Labor Day!

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