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Why Wouldn’t I Write Twice in One Day? January 4, 2007

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China (co-worker) wants to see more pictures, but not just of dogs. I realized out of the 3 pictures I have on this thing, 2 are of dogs, and one is of me…so, I’ll diversify by adding the first picture I ever took with my digital camera (hereafter referred to as “dijjy”). This picture pretty much sums up Parker, my boyfriend:


Yes, his shirt says “Your Mom Can Party,” and while I don’t think it pertains to my mother, in general I think it’s super (right up there with “I ā™„ Soccer Moms”). Also, the fact that he’s drinking and cooking (for me!) speaks worlds for the reason why we get along so well. He might not ever read this, but since he’d get embarrassed if I wrote too much about him, I’ll leave it at that (for now).

I purchased my Canon 30D (the dijjy) this summer before I shot a wedding back in Deerwood, MN…it was MUCH easier to work with than film. Though I thought I’d never, EVER go dijjy, I did and it’s been great.

Well, this makes for 2 posts today (slow at work šŸ™‚ ) so I’d best leave something to say for another day.

Toodles – – –


VP Part 2…and Ā½ January 4, 2007

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Evidently having a blog is the newest, most exciting thing in my life. Or, maybe I’m just trying to take my mind off the WAITING game…

I noticed when I got into work this morning that my fish bowl (I have a Betta named “Bailey”) was FULL of food. As in, someone else dumped a bunch in, or he hasn’t been eating for weeks and it’s all of a sudden poppingĀ up randomly. Puzzling. I’m thinking the facilities people – i.e., the folks that empty the garbages at night – think he’s starving so they fed him. I’m not sure which is more troubling – that I’m allowed to have a live animal at my work station or that the late-night cleaner-uppers have delegated themselvesĀ as zookeepers.

Ā As of right now, I own 6 animals. Fish, to be exact. The Betta at my desk, plus my 2 goldfish & 3 rosy barbs at home.Ā In T minus 2 days, I’ll be a proud dog owner, too. Hopefully the fish aren’t jealous.

There is part of me that will feel as though I’m “cheating” on my sister’s dog, Hogan, once I get my pup. See, he’s been pseudo-mine since they got him because a) I love dogs that much and b) I spent a lot of time with him as a youngun so he grew attached. Well, we both did. As an overly energetic Blue Heeler, he loves going for runs with me (when I’m able) and I see him all the time; now I’ll have my own dog and I feel, well, guilty. Not sure why.

I would’ve gotten my pup sooner, but since I was home (Merrifield, MN) for 3 weekends in a row, plusĀ theĀ ‘rentsĀ were watching Hogan as well asĀ their own dog (another Golden named Tesora, “Tesa” for short), there was no way I was going to add a non-housebroken, rambunctious puppy into the mix. Controlling these two is hard enough:Ā 

Tesa &Ā Hogan

Yes, Mom posed them underneath the stockings (hung with not-so-much care) …as you can see from the intensity of Hogan’s gaze, Mom had a handful of treats. Tesa’s not so much into treats, per se,Ā so we’re still trying to find her motivational factor.Ā 

Anyway, that was Christmas weekend – from this past weekend (the most fun, relaxing New Year’s I’ve had in a long time) cameĀ some more funĀ pictures…but I forgot to bring my camera into work to upload the images. I’ll probably lead off with Parker attacking the snowman.

Ciao for now…

VP Part 2 January 4, 2007

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Well, it would seem that once I start blogging, I can’t get enough. I just have TOO much to say to wait until tomorrow…though theĀ clock creeps ever closer to my bedtime šŸ™‚

I have a feeling this blog will tend towards pictures revolving around the photos I take…only if they’re randomly relevant, of course. However, my home computer seems not to be in the mood for blogging this eve, as the picture I attempted to load & add to this post wouldn’t take. In fact, I had to start over. Most unchivalrous.

Speaking of chivalrous, I’ve noticed that some of my co-workers at Thomson-West ARE chivalrous, while some tend towards the egomaniacal I-don’t-care-about-anyone-but-me syndrome. Since we house over 6,000 employees, there are a lot of people coming & going throughout the day. When I come in during the dark morning hours, the 3rd-shift factory workers are leaving. What I’ve noticed is that 99% of them are very polite, and will hold the door if they see anyone else (not just a semi-young female) advancing towards the entrance. My “corporate” counterparts, however, seem to be so worked up and stressed about the coming day they (for the most part) don’t notice if anyone else isĀ walking through the door directly after them, thus letting it slam shut instead of holding it for the .02 nanoseconds it would take for the next person to enter. Hmm. Interesting.

Ā That’s about it for this evening. My book is calling.

Goodnight šŸ™‚

The Virgin Post January 3, 2007

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The first post. So intimidating.

I have so many ideas in my head; then when I’m presented with spewing them forth unto the big, bad Internet…I close up tighter than a front door after a Bible salesman walks up.

Well, since I’m still at work (i.e., working on this blog AFTER work hours) I’ll cut right to the chase.

I’ve started this blog with the intention of putting my thoughts down on the paper of the 2ooo’s – the Web – and getting all these random thoughts/ideas/events out of my head and into the world. Or something of that nature.

Speaking of nature – I shall be communing with it more often starting this Saturday. I’m getting my first dog. I say “first” because I’m sure there will be many more subsequently in my lifetime; not because I plan on getting another one as a companion to the first.

But, I digress. By “nature,” I mean the streets of North Minneapolis and Robbinsdale, which are my backyard and will have to suffice for walking the pup around in. (You know, a preposition is a bad word to end a sentence with.)

Anyway, here’s my little girl…I don’t actually HAVE her in my possession yet – I’m driving down to pick her up this weekend. I’ve named her Zada (Pronounced Zay-duh).


Cute, huh? For those of you not in the know, she’s a German shepherd of European lines. I purchased her from Mark Kozitza, owner of Kozie’s Shepherds* down in Mankato, MN.

Although extremely excited for the big day, I’m also a bit wary…puppies are cute, and fun, and also chew on everything, jump up on everyone, and the world is their toilet. We’ll see how I am at “dog wrangling,” as my dad calls it. (I’m an AVID watcher of The Dog Whisperer with Cesar Milan, you see.)

There will be plenty of pictures to follow – pretty sure with a new digital camera (the Canon 30D I purchased back in June) and a new puppy, the stories will flow and I’ll need visual aids. Also, I’m just THAT GIRL that will blog about her dog. Does that make me a “dogger”?

Cheery-o and toodles for now.

*Amendment to this post: Please see my OTHER blog for reasons why to perform copious amounts of research before buying a working line German shepherd, and I don’t recommend buying from this guy. Not only is he not pleasant to work with, but he touts his dogs as “kid-friendly”, but PS: any dog bred for extreme prey drive is going to hone in on small, running “prey items” – even if properly socialized with kids, I found. Caveat emptor.

Hello world! January 3, 2007

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