A little closer in. She’s really lookin’ at me.
Riley was, again, a pretty good girl with the crowds yesterday. She got a bit overwhelmed and had to be carried when we wandered around in the dense thick of it, but she didn’t bark very much and she was pretty brave. She’s taking a break in this one, waiting for her mums to finish up their slices of pizza so she can get back at it. Or, perhaps she’s saying… forget it, I’m done… take me to the car. Yeah… that might have been it.
Took the kids to Hondo Dog Park yesterday after work. Perfect weather for it. It was Riley’s first time there. She did pretty well considering she can tend toward the anti-social. She never bites, or even tries to, but she sometimes likes to give a warning high pitched bark or five. Yesterday though… not bad. She didn’t do bad at all. I think there will be many more trips to Hondo in her future.
I’m tired. Tired to the bones tired. It’s nobody’s fault really. It’s just that I got only three and a half or four hours of sleep. Not good. It went something like this… stay up until almost midnight, go to sleep, wake at 3:20 when the little girl pounced on me then sat there on me looking at me, take little girl out, go back to bed, little girl pounces again because apparently she didn’t do all her business, take little girl outside again, go back to bed, realize little girl had left “traces” of her “movement” on my arm where I’d carried her, get up again and go to bathroom, wash arm thoroughly, go back to bed, don’t go back to sleep for a long time, finally go to sleep, wake up again when little girl pounced on me about a half an hour after I went back to sleep, whine that I didn’t want to get up again, watch Karen get up with little girl, stay awake until about 10 minutes before the alarm went off. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how a girl gets tired.
I’m ready… we have a plan. We are starting to prepare to be away. I’ve been doing it at work now for two days. Uh, maybe a day and a half if I’m honest, since today I’ve managed to do practically nothing of importance so far. But, I’m preparing. And now this process begins at home. How you ask? What are we, two girls on the go, doing to prepare to be in the United Kingdom for two weeks? We are shopping… of course. Mostly, sad to say, or maybe not if you’re a dog lover, for the dogs. We have to supply-up for them. Bones, bully stix, stuff to make their food, kibble, etc. Gotta set them and Kev up for as smooth a couple weeks as possible. We already feel guilty just looking at their cute little faces. We see it in their eyes. They know. They know we’re leaving them. The already feel abandoned. They are already sad. Or possibly, perhaps, we’re projecting our guilt over leaving them onto them. Geez… we’re not even Catholic… or yenta’s… or uh, any of those other famously known institutions for guilt. I need a moment…
OK… moment over. We’re shopping. We’re trimming grass and cleaning. We’re getting ready to go… woo hoo! England and Scotland, here we come! I think I’ve momentarily gotten over my puppy guilt, which comes in waves, and excitement is taking over… I’ll enjoy it while I can!! Yippee!!! It’s almost time to go!
We had a terrific time on Sunday with our pals and all the pups. Thanks guys for a really nice time. Not to mention the after hike lunch at the St. Johns McMenamins Pub. Tasty. Nothing says healthy more than following up a physical fitness activity like enjoying a burger and a strawberry lemonade at the pub.
We ended the weekend with some weed pulling at the house. They have somehow taken over all of our flower beds. They must be thwarted. They must be vanquished. They must be… well… pulled. So we started that process in the big bed. And let me tell ya… it’s a process. But damn… our place is looking lovely right now. And again I’ll say… we are lucky. In so many ways.
As to the photo above… you can see Benny’s paw in the shot… we were only missing Weston and Riley’s and it would’ve been perfect. Maybe next time?
Riley looks hilarious in this one. I took it yesterday, or maybe the day before, when I was running around the house snapping photos of the dogs. She gets all wiggly when you try to pet her. She’s so excited she just can’t stay still. It’s cute. Makes it hard to pet her, but you have to try… I mean come on, look at that face.
Riley loves to hang out the window when we drive anywhere. Weston does as well, but she is a full body girl. We have to hold onto her collar to make sure she stays safe. It was raining pretty good on Sunday, the day we drove home from the beach, and still she wanted to get her head out there. It’s hard to make out, but those are Weston’s feet standing in front of her. I was inside, somewhere, getting something. The little family was waiting for me to come back out to them.
So it’s Wednesday which means I need to get a move on about posting our events, travels, etc. from last weekend. I’m a bit late. Ah well… it’s my blog I suppose so I can post when I get the time. Which happens to be now. So… anywho…. enough mumbling about why I haven’t posted this stuff before now. Let’s get on with it.
This last weekend we went to the beach for our anniversary. It’s sort of become a bit of a tradition (except for last year when our anniversary fell in the middle of the week and we couldn’t really get away). It was Riley’s first trip to the coast, ever, and she loved it. She wasn’t fazed by it at all, even when it rained a ton. Pretty amazing. She’s a cool customer.
This weeks theme for the hunt is Stripes. Usually I just include one photo and call it good, but this week I’m going to post a few photos I found that fit. Why? Well… because I couldn’t pick just one.
We went on a cruise and I loved this long row of lounge chairs. This was taken before the ship actually set sail which is why they’re empty. Normally they’d be pretty packed with peeps getting a tan, reading, relaxing, napping… you name it.
This is the little guy, Weston, with the Ref. He’s really not a huge toy guy. He loves to play chuck it, to have the ball thrown for him, to chew on his bully stix, and to be loved on. Strangely he loved this guy and chewed, pulled, and gnawed at him until all his stuffing was gone.
We went on a little road trip a year or so ago and this was taken while driving Hwy 101 from California, through the Redwoods, to Oregon. We hadn’t planned going this way, but were forced to as the Siskiyous were snowed in and I-5 was briefly closed. It ended up being a great drive, though it rained and rained and rained. We saw some cool elk, stood next to huge grand trees, and spent a lot of time cracking up by the little mister’s (Weston’s) expressions.
Here she is, the little girly, Riley. She’s looking cute and small here. Must have had a recent haircut. She’s due for another. I think she’s going to look pretty cute. But then, I always think she looks really cute.
Lastly… here’s one taken during our recent road trip down to San Jose to see family. That’s me, in the side view, taking the shot.
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We went for a walk this morning, with the pups, along the Springwater Trail. It was a might chilly, what with the wind and all, but it was beautiful and on the way back to the car it warmed up enough that the little girl wasn’t shivering too bad.
The Springwater Trail is a system of trails, basically connected all together to cover a 40 mile loop, for walking, biking, etc. Click HERE for more info.
After our walk we ventured over to the Bridgeport Brewery in the Pearl to meet friends for some nosh and a beverage. It was a very good time. The pups didn’t mind waiting in the car too badly. After all, they had each other, and a big blanket in the back seat. Following dinner we moseyed over to Maggie’s place to help her hang some art and move some furniture. It was well worth it as her place is really just getting more and more homey all the time. We all, including the pups, feel so comfortable over there.
We ended our day out by driving home. It snowed this morning and as all of you who know where we live know, we’re in the hills. Yes, we still have snow at the house from earlier today. We also slid around on the road a little driving up here as there’s still a bit of snow on parts of the road. Ah… the joys of country living. Worth it much of the time. And the rest of the time… it’s an adventure.
Now… we’re gearing up to start the work week tomorrow. This is a sad week coming up as Karen has to fly down to California on business, Riley gets spayed, and… well… that’s it for the sadness.
Today was a good day…