Sunday, July 29, 2007  

Dirtiest Doggy Ever

I shudder to think about the google hits I'll get from that title. But let me explain and sum up the last few days...

First, the baby kimono got all dressed up and went to live with the expectant parents, who were reportedly very pleased. Once again, BEST PATTERN EVER. Thank you, Mason-Dixon!

Then, I spent Friday afternoon at the place of happiness... and got to debut my 2 finally finished picovolis!!

I was wearing a black one, but couldn't tear myself away from Henry to get someone to snap a picture. I'm thinking I'll stage a little photo-shoot later this week.

Saturday morning, we headed off to Shenandoah National Park for some camping fun... but not until we stopped at a Front Royal 7-11 so that S could grab a Simpsons donut! (Abby wasn't particularly impressed...)

Once we got to our campsite, Abby went right to work. Apparently, she needed to excavate a fairly deep hole, and then she needed to stick her entire upper body into it looking for whatever it was that squeeked and ran under the log. This was stage 1 in operation "dirtiest doggy ever." She had mud clinging to her eyelashes, and her legs were unbelievably dirty.

We took a break from the excavation project to wander around Big Meadows and admire the bumblebees...

... and hide in the foliage. Anyone spot the doggy?

After a little "sniff out the window" break, we headed back to the campsite... only to dig another huge hole, get even more filthy, and took a break so that "I'm not tired" doggy could take a nap.

See? Not tired. At all.

We spend another couple of hours running full speed through the ferns and thickets, and added another subtle shade to the tapestry of browns that had already been ground into the doggy-fur... Abby thinks she looks great in green...

And Henry? Oh yes, he came camping. But he absolutely refused to get out of the car. Apparently, he has "standards." He wanted "cloth of gold" tents, like he had in France. He refused to "chase after the hound" in the woods, and kept demanding a horse and some attendants. Oh, and he missed his sweet little Katherine Howard...

I managed to placate him with a leg of lamb, a few chickens, and a couple of bottles of wine (he's in his 'I'm not fat, I'm big boned - give me another chicken' stage)... I should be finishing him soon.

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Thursday, July 26, 2007  

Relief? Uncertainty? Is it Really Over?

I have no idea how I did, and I won't find out until November. So I'm going to try my best to forget about it until then, and enjoy my upcoming wedding, all of this free time, and some KNITTING!!!

But first, a reminder that, if you have to spend a lot of time sitting at your desk, it helps to have reinforcements...

And speaking of cute pets, here's Abby demonstrating her cooling mat - it's filled with water, and it really helps cool her down quickly when she comes back from her summer-time walks. She didn't really like it at first, but now she runs straight to it as soon as she gets back!

Cricket, meanwhile, has been training S about how we have to eat yogurt around here. See, S was under the impression that the person ate the yogurt, and the cat licked the container afterwards. Silly boy! Cricket likes to eat off of the spoon!

And later, she likes to guard her crack-nip pillow and have a nice nap in her super-delux kitty tower of craziness.

And this picture is just too freakin cute... apparently, it was nap time, and everyone curled up on their pillows....

And finally - some KNITTING!!! I finished the little baby kimono - love this pattern!! I used some Second Time Cotton from stash, and finished off with some sheer pink ribbon I picked up at the craft store this morning. Hopefully tomorrow it'll be off to the expectant parents - I missed her baby shower because I was studying, so I'm glad I was able to get this done!

Well, off to enjoy more free-time... and tomorrow, a trip to KH!!



Sunday, July 15, 2007  

Clearly Not a Dog Owner

So I just got a multiple choice practice question wrong because the person who wrote the question clearly doesn't have a dog. The question dealt with liability for the damage a dog did to a neighbor's flower garden. Apparently, it is not foreseeable for a dog that has passed an obedience class to run into the neighbor's yard, and it is also not foreseeable that a dog will dig in someone's garden.

Clearly, the person who wrote this question has never had a dog. Not foreseeable that they'll dig? PLEASE!


Ok, back to studying.


Wednesday, July 11, 2007  

Whimper Whimper

In 2 weeks at this time, I'll be taking the second day of the bar exam. I think July 26th should be a national holiday. I will celebrate by spending the ENTIRE DAY NOT STUDYING. And then, the next day, I think I'll wake up, take a shower, and NOT STUDY. In fact, I think that every day for the rest of the summer, I'll wake up and NOT STUDY.

Unfortunately, it is NOT July 26th, and I'm in the last 2 weeks of deeply unpleasant studying. SIGH. But at least I managed to write out all of my flashcards last week and this weekend.... all 1100 + of them. I think I pulled something in my thumb, but there is a whole lot less writing, and a whole lot more flash-card memorizing in this stage of studying, so hopefully my hand will get a nice rest. :)

Speaking of "rest" - here's what it looks like at bedtime around here... it's all blurry and black and white because S didn't want to disturb the fuzzles with the flash (sigh) and, in color, the picture looked WAY trippy.

Cricket, when she's not helping me stretch my arms, is helping with a little light dusting around the house... or she's been sticking her head in some corner to tell us we need to break out the swiffer...

Henry (who misses me terribly, I'm sure since I haven't touched him in weeks), did get bigger before he got stuffed in a bag to wait for "Finally Done With Studying Day."

I also may have cheated on Henry just a little bit - but it was for a good cause - cute baby sweater! (I know - there are other baby sweaters out there. But this pattern is SO AWESOME!)

Why yes, this IS the 3rd baby kimono I've made. I see no problem with that. I can stop whenever I want to.... as long as no one else I know is expecting!

And finally - we bought a bird feeder a few weeks ago - and it's the most popular bird feeder in the neighborhood. The little sparrows line up on the cement wall to wait their turns - sorry for the bad pick, but I had to take it through the window, because they freak out if you open the door. Both Cricket and Abby like to watch "bird TV"!

Back to studying. Will be back July 26th.

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