Furday Friday

I hope everyone hasn’t completely abandoned me, here.  Sorry it’s been so long, but I’ve actually been busy.  Will and I are going this weekend to buy a home computer, so hopefully updates won’t be so rare anymore.  Plus, things are starting to find a nice rhythm at work since most of the snowbirds have settled.  I figured that I would jump right back into the swing of things with a regular Furday Friday post.  Will and I take the dogs to this dog park all the time and a few weekends ago, I finally decided to take my camera with me:

In the XB on the way.  When we get close, both dogs like to stick their heads out of the windows.  I’m sure they can smell the dog park from down the street since about a thousand dogs mark it with their pee about a million times a day.  And this makes them happy.  See:

 Each time we go to the dog park, we take a gamble on the kind of “crowd” that will be there.  We usually find a pretty good group of dogs there that are pretty friendly, but occasionally there will be an overly aggressive dog who just wants to dominate every other dog and their owner doesn’t know how to control them, so Guinness does.  We’ve watched him break-up many potential fights and he always seems to put the more aggressive dog in place without even growling.  It’s an amazing thing we’ve seen him do a dozen times for Mia and Shae alone.  Some of the other “regulars” have even noticed and we’ve started calling him “The Enforcer” because he enforces peace in the dog park!!  It really does amaze me how much personality that our dogs seem to have, and I love watching the quirks and small nuances of their personalities come through around other dogs.  I don’t have any pictures of Guinness being The Enforcer, unfortunately, but I do have pictures of what a wuss he can be.  In this dog park, they have a little “obstacle course”  that the dogs can do.  Guinness is afraid of them:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you can see, he refuses to climb onto the structure and  Mia just prances right up.  That makes her Queen of  the Mountain:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In other news, I also have recently fallen prey to the flu/cold/sickness that seems to be going around everywhere right now and I missed a couple of days from work last week.  I tried to be productive since I was off and wasn’t totally dead and I had folded two loads of  laundry before I decided that I’d had enough physical activity and was tired of sweating from the effort.  I put the empty laundry basket on top of the fully folded basket of clothes to keep the cats off of it because, as anyone with cats can attest, clean laundry is a cat magnet.  Case in point:

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course Olivia climbs right into the empty basket on top of all the clean laundry.  I don’t think she even made it 30 seconds before she did it, either.  If I didn’t know better, I’d swear she just materialized out of nowhere.  I almost didn’t get up and get my camera out because I was hot, coughing, and longing to lay back down on the couch and dream of being able to breathe through my nose again one day.  But I did and I’m really glad because some of these ended up as my favorite shots of her.

Updates and little Treasures

  • This past Friday, My Parents came into town for one night on their property search and we cooked dinner and made them watch The Transformers.(they had never seen it and that is akin to blasphemy in our home) (they liked it, btw)
  • Saturday we all loaded up with my parents and their two babies (can’t call them dogs) to the beach for the first time where there was a whole “beached jelly fish” drama and Will ended up putting a LIVE jellyfish into one of the trashcans before the dogs could either 1. step on it 2. pee on it or 3. (most likely) eat it.  My parents didn’t stay around too long because they had to start their long trip back home, but Will, Nicole, Trent and I stayed with our dogs A LOT longer than we had anticipated and Will and I both ended up sunburned. 
  • We had my office Holiday Party that night where we ate good food and played Wii (Will may or may not have made an 8 year old boy cry) and watched some boring football. 
  • Will put in his two weeks notice at SB and gave away his last shift!!!! Apparently while we were out of town, a nearby SB closed and the employees were moved to other stores in the area and his hours got cut down to ONE 5 hour shift a week and we thought, well, what’s the effin’ point anymore?? So, no more second jobs for either of us!!!!!
  • We’re gathering boxes and starting to pack to move out of our town home and into an apartment at the end of the month.  I don’t really mind the downsizing as much as I thought I would because the animals stay right where we are no matter how much living space we have, but there will be less carpet to vaccuum, less toilets to clean, and I won’t have to go up and down TWO sets of stairs to do laundry anymore so I’m kind of excited.
  • I was FINALLY able to get a couple of pictures of Trent and Nicole Friday night!!! Check it out, these are our new BFF’s!!!

 

Aren’t they adorable???  I love how Trent is purposefully NOT looking at me and trying not to laugh b/c he just KNOWS he’s going to end up on here!!

  • I mentioned before about getting my point and shoot that has the video capabilities on it while we were home in my last post and when I charged it up, I found THESE pictures from when Mia and Olivia were little!!! Enjoy even though they are blurry:

This one was taken the day we adopted Olivia (5/27/2006)  the lady told us that the kittens were born on April Fool’s Day, so she was ALMOST two months old at this point.

And here she is playing with her collar on Will’s old “bachelor rug” from his old apartment a couple of months later:

In the old apartment, before we got any other animals, we used to play a game with Olivia where she would hide in the sink and we would try to sneak up on her.  She would put her little paws outside of the sink and try to swat at us and it was too freakin’ cute!! I have some video of it on the old computer. (that isn’t working right now and I plan on getting it fixed one day) Anyhow, these pictures are me trying to get her cute little “hunter face”.  Please excuse all the “red eyes” in these photos.

 

 

Here is one of Will holding Olivia right after we got her.  This is also what Will looked like when we first started dating over THREE years ago.  Isn’t he cute??

And finally we come to the JEWEL of all the pictures that I found on that camera – ONE LONELY little picture of Mia as a puppy.  She is so freakin’ adorable I can’t stand it.  Again, please ignore the eyes.  I didn’t take the time in photoshop to edit any of these other than adding the borders.  This was taken the day that we got her (8/19/06).  We had JUST moved into our first apartment together as a couple, we already had Olivia, and Will really wanted to get a dog so we went and adopted Mia.  Wouldn’t you have adopted this adorable face???

 

Well, that is all I have for today because it’s ALMOST time for me to go home from work and I have PLENTY to keep me busy there (cleaning, organizing, and packing).  I’m still thinking about my Exposaroonie Challenge for this week and what to submit as my BEST PHOTO of 2008.  I really have NO idea.  I have taken SO MANY, how could I choose??  Of course, I’m sure it will have to do with one of the animals.  I have made a promise to myself that once we get moved and settled into our new place, I’m going to challenge myself to take a picture EVERY DAY for 30 days and figure out how to do different processes in Photoshop.  If you have any you recommend, let me know!

My Apologies

For any of you who may have actually missed reading what I have to say, I apologize.  I tried to actually post a Mundane Monday post, but apparently my technical skills to hit the Publish button are sorely lacking and something crazy happened and my entire post was deleted – photos and all. (except for the first three and a half sentences)  And it was a long post.  And I had to upload the photos directly from the computer b/c my flickr account is full and I don’t want to pay to use it (I’ve since created a new photobucket account) so I couldn’t use the URL link and it took FOR.EV.ER. for the photos to load.  So, naturally when the post disappeared, I was so pissed off that I didn’t bother to re-type it. (The draft is still sitting in my Draft box with three and a half sentences.  Oh well.) 

Moving on.  We’ve been spending a good amount of time with our neighbors Trent and Nicole and their dog Shae lately.  One of these days I’m going to get some pictures of the people, not just the dogs, but for now these will have to suffice:

These were taken last Friday night when Shae stayed over at our house while Trent and Nicole were out of town visiting her parents.  Guinness was in heaven because he absolutely LOVES Shae.  I tried to get a few pictures of them playing, but I had a hard time getting any good shots.  Every time I would get close to them with my camera, they would stop playing and just stare at me.  And they were both covered in dog slobber and that doesn’t look good in a photograph.  Trent and Nicole let Shae up on the furniture with them (as a rule, we allow our dogs on the furniture if we invite them first) and the only way we could get him to calm down was to let him up on the couch.  He hasn’t learned yet how to relax in the floor with the other dogs.  He just stares at them and whines or stares at us and whines.  So naturally we give in and cuddle with him.

 

 

 

Tuesday night I went over and picked Shae up after I got off work to watch him for a couple of hours until Trent got home from work.  Nicole had a job interview earlier in the day and then had to work that night and they wanted to be sure that Shae didn’t spend his whole day in the kennel.  Naturally I said yes and our dogs wore each other out.  They also slobbered all over each other again to the point that I couldn’t put off giving both the dogs a bath.  (also we’re getting ready to go back to GA to visit family on Saturday and I don’t want to have two dogs that smell like slobber) I didn’t get any pictures of Mia fresh from her bath because she dries so fast, but I did manage to get one of Guinness.  (btw, these next few pictures were all processed the same because I really like the texture and I’m in a black and white kind of mood today.)

I have no idea why he looks like he is in trouble because he wasn’t.  I think he thought he was going to have to go into the bath again, which he hates but he will be still for.

*This one was taken by Will – look at his skillz, yo!

 

 

**This one was also taken by Will and his mad photography skillz!! (mad skillz with a “z” I feel is totally appropriate.  Shut up.)

 

Later on after Shae had left and the dogs had been bathed, the cats finally came out of hiding and wanted some time in the spot light as well.

 

 

 

 

We’re going to have dinner with Trent and Nicole tonight, so maybe I can snag some pictures of actual people instead of just animals.  I also have a long task list of things that I need to get done before we leave Saturday morning that I will be working on.  I can’t promise a Furday Friday this week (lets face the facts here people – you don’t care about what I have to say you just want to see my amateur animal photography) but I do promise lots of Christmas-y goodness to come and I’ll also be working on my Exposaroonie Challenge.  I also want to try to create a bokeh that I saw over at Christina’s blog.  Also, check out her photography blog.  She has just recently launched her photography business and who doesn’t like some free publicity?  (I’m sure all 4 of my readers will check her out.)  While you’re busy clicking on all the links here, be sure to also check out Ashley’s re-vamped photography blog and see her new About Me video.  These are the ladies whose photography I love and look to for motivation and inspiration.  Stop by and leave them a comment or some encouragement because they are way too talented to question themselves as much as they do.  Spread the love, people!!

** Check out my new side bar – I finally figured out how to add the widgets.  Because it’s hard, you know.  To click the button that says ‘add widget’.  Hard stuff, people.  Very technical.**

Furday Thursday – Getting into the Spirit of the Season…..

 

 You’re getting Furday Friday today because I don’t think I’m going to have any time to do it tomorrow – busy, busy at work and all.

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I was going to do a whole “12 Days of Christmas” thing – but I don’t have any of my Christmas decorations here, so I wouldn’t have enough Christmas pictures to do that.  I did find, however, all of our stockings (yes, all the animals have their own) and these awesome hats/antlers:

Just to be clear, he’s yawning, not crying.

 

He looks like a gangsta in this one

He looks like a little gansta in this one.
 
 

 

And now to show you how bi-polar Mia really is….

She can go from being a perfect lady:

 

To a sullen, Emo teenager

 If you’re wondering why there are no Olivia pictures – it’s simple:  Olivia is smarter than the rest, doesn’t care about dog bones and hides the very second she sees these hats come out of hiding.  We tried to get a picture last Christmas of all three cats (Frankie was still alive), but Olivia was having none of that and she ended up biting the hell out of Will, so we gave up. 😦

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I hope everyone enjoys their weekend –  Will and I will be going to Carlin Park (on the beach) Saturday morning where they are hosting a Sandcastle Contest and I plan on taking lots pictures and practicing my settings….hopefully it won’t get rained out. I also joined an amatuer photography club that meets around here – that is where I found out about the Sandcastle competition…..we’ll see how that goes b/c I’d LOVE to learn more about my camera and photography in general – I’m pretty excited!

Furday Friday

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Will and I went to April and James’ and had a very nice time, but it wasn’t the same for either of us.  This was the first year EVER that we hadn’t been with our families on Thanksgiving.  We really missed them.  It makes me even more impatient for Christmas because we’ll be going home for 9 whole days!!

Anyhow, getting to the the four furry reasons I know you all visit here:

When we were getting ready to go to April and James’ for dinner yesterday, I had some trouble deciding which necklace to wear and I left the pearl one downstairs on the table since we were always running behind – and I came home to find the cats playing with them, so of course I snapped some pictures!!

sammy-with-pearls

 

 

One of these pictures with Olivia will be my Exposaroonie Challenge Submission – but you’ll have to head over there to find out which one!! 

Exposaroonie - Expose Yourself

Furday Friday – It’s all about Sammy

This week, I managed to actually get a few really good shots of Sammy that I’d like to share with you…..

I heard Sammy playing with this toy, so I grabbed my camera and got down into the floor to snap some shots:

 

 

 

And my favorite of the series:

Furday Friday Remix

Alright people, it’s time to get back to our regular programming around here.  No more political blogs for a while.

This past Sunday, Will and I took the dogs to the beach with a new neighbor of ours, Nicole and her puppy.  The dogs get along great and of course they are always up for the beach. 

Meet Shea, he is a vizsla puppy:

Adorable, Right??

The dogs got to play on the beach for quite some time, they met a lot of other dogs that I managed to photograph, but haven’t had time to edit, yet.  Maybe I’ll save those for another Furday Friday when I’m not so prepared. 

Guinness and Shea have the same energy level and love fetching the ball. (Rather, Guinness loves fetching the ball and Shea loves fetching Guinness!!!) 

And to prove to you that my dogs were, in fact, present:

I love this one, her ear fur is just flying around all crazy in the wind and it makes it look like hair!!

Mia was tired by this point, so she was just chillin’ out in the sand. 

After a while, a Mom, Grandmother (I’m assuming) and two small kids came down to the beach.  Will and I were a little worried because our dogs LOVE people and especially little kids and they ALWAYS want to jump and we thought for sure that they would jump all over these kids, but we were wrong.  Mia sniffed them and let them pet her for a minute, but then she wasn’t interested anymore and went back to Will.  Guinness, on the other hand, was incredibly gentle and patient.  See for yourself:

So, there you have it…another Furday Friday!! We will be taking the dogs to a dog park we found online, so tune in next week.  Plus, I took more pictures of the two kids on the beach (I mean, how cute are they??)  and I’ve been editing a few and playing around with textures more. (Christina still blows me away) so I’ll get around to posting those next week as well!! Enjoy your weekend, people!!

Furday Friday #13

Welcome to Furday Friday!!  Today, you have a very serious duty ahead, to mediate the high profile case of Snarkygirl vs. Guinness the Bernese in case #u28j3901 “THE CASE OF THE APARTMENT SECURITY DEPOSIT”

Opening Statements, Snarkygirl, you may begin:

“As you all know, Will and I have been going through some financial distress recently and we are currently looking to relocate to a more cost-effective domicile.  When we moved into this apartment, we were careful to explain in excruciating detail to the animals what we called the “No Property Damage” clause in their lease with us.  We explained that they could live with us, free of charge, and we would provide them with food, water, treats, timed restroom breaks, exercise, “working” vacations, and all the love they could stand in exchange for unconditional love and they had to be my photography subjects 24/7.  According to the terms of their contract, Will and I would pay the PET FEE to the apartment complex on their behalf with the understanding that they were not to cause ANY physical damage to the apartment what-so-ever.  As you will clearly see by the documented evidence, they have broken that contract.  What we are asking for here is simple justice.”

Opening Statements, Guinness:

“BARK”

Moving On.  As you all may or may not know, Guinness has always been kind of a strange, yet lovable dog who manages to scuff up the walls, scratch up the furniture, and squeeze himself into the strangest spots to sleep.  So, I present to you, the jury (or readers, whatever), documented evidenceof how the apartment walls, coffee table, and couch trim have all become victims to this incredibly adorable dog and his vicious sleeping habits.

Exhibits A, B, and C:

Guinness sleeping as a puppy.  This is where the problems started:

 

In Exhibit D, you can see that, he has now decided to move his torment to the furniture as well as the walls:

And in Exhibit E, you can see that his behavior is starting to influence the other animals as well:

When will the torment end?!?!

So, in the pursuit of justice, I ask you, the jury to find the defendant GUILTY of being incredibly cute and destructive to property.  The Plaintiff, Snarkygirl, is asking for punitive damages for breaking their contract and the damage to the apartment and furniture in the amount of 50 milkbones. 

You now have a very serious decision in front of you, and I ask that you don’t make that decision light-heartedly.  Please consider all sides of the case you heard here today and base your decision accordingly.  Remember, these are MILKBONES We’re talking about, not just any run of the mill dog treat.  Please give this case the consideration it deserves.  You may leave your judgments in the comments.

In other news, the cat has taken up residence under the new dog bowl:

Yes, that is my evil laugh

I found this video on my myspace videos and I wanted to share it with you.  Now please, keep in mind that this is 2:36 of your life that you will NEVER get back.  To answer your other questions: 1. No, that is not a gerbil stuck in something inappropriate, it’s Olivia and I playing her favorite game between the cushions of my loveseat. 2. Yes, I really do sound that southern.  I was born and raised in a small. Georgia. town.  SMALL. GEORGIA. TOWN. 3. Yes, that is my evil laugh at the end.  4.  Yes, I do think my cat has enough cognitive ability to cheat and I feel I must call her out on it at least 10 times. Nobody likes a cheater.

Crackhead Olivia

Mundane Monday

A new weekly photography title that I can forget to do!!

Anyhow, this past weekend was pretty mundane for me.  It was pretty much just sleeping in, aggravating Will until he went to SB, laundry, dishes, attempting to brush the cats, and watching Buffy DVDS (for like 6 hours at a  time) until he came home.  I did manage to get in a little photography, though.  I don’t know why, but I haven’t been particularly motivated lately. 

In a house with 2 cats and 2 dogs, we have TONS of animal toys littered about that I pick up AT LEAST 4 times a day. Once Guinness realizes that they are no longer on the floor but in the toy box, he feels COMPELLED to drag them all out, one by one.  Again.  We repeat this all day long like he is a toddler. Well, that is until I get frustrated and say “NO! Leave it ALONE!” and he hangs his tail and ears and skulks away.  And does it again when I’m not looking.  Before I stacked them, he used to get all the toys out of the cats toy box, too.  Which is even more annoying because there is really nothing like the sensation of stepping on a wet, cat-nip filled mouse.  Gross.  I’ve never had this problem with Mia getting the toys out of the cats toy box, but if they left one on the floor, she had to eat it.  It was like a compulsion.  She would even find them under the bed, under the desk, behind a door, anywhere and everywhere except the toy box. She would wriggle under, between, and stretch out her little spotted tongue to get that mouse and then she would destroy it.  And eat the catnip.  And then throw up on my carpet.  Several times.  So, when we got Guinness and he started pulling out hundreds of mice out of the box and leaving them scattered all over the floor like some creepy mouse battlefield,  I just stacked the toy boxes and the cats can stick their little paws into the sides and pull out a mouse if they want, but the dogs cannot.  Saturday, I found this in the spare bedroom when I went in there to open the window and decided it was super cute and I wanted to photograph it:

 

 

With texture:

And then wouldn’t you know that Sammy saw me with his mouse and decided that since I didn’t ASK if I could play with it, he was going to take it away from me:

And thus ended my photo shoot.

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