Yes, once again it is the Month of Celebrating on Neopets. Today I received these two items: A Seasonal Electric Yurble Plushie and some Malfunctioning String Lights. I also snagged some cold hard neopoints. I also visited the Grotto for their Festival of lights Celebration tonight. http://www.thegrotto.org/events/lights.htm This weekend I broke down and got a FaceBook account. Pathetic, I know.
92 : I am annoyed by: Bigots. And my own biases when I work hard at not having them.
91 : Last book I read: Brother Odd by Dean Koontz. Well that was the last one I finished. I'm currently reading:Odd Hours, Prettys, Twilight, A Teacher's Gift, and a couple others that I forget the names.
89 : My favorite Holiday is: Halloween
82 : The last 3 cds I bought were? Melissa Etheridge's new Christmas Album. Can't remember the other two because it's been so long. Oh, last Christmas we replaced our Venus Envy CD.
81 : Are you living at home?: Yup, sitting here right now.
80: Do you have any siblings? None biological.
- Do/Do Not Believe In - 78 : Love at First Sight? It could happen.
77 : Luck? Yep. But most of it you make for yourself.
76 : Fate?: No. I believe that there can be a plan but one is not a victim of fate.
75: Yourself? Don't ask me today.
74 : Aliens? It's possible.
73 : Heaven? Absolutely
72 : Horoscopes? Not really.
71 : Soul mates? Yes.
- Which is Better? - 70 : Hugs or Kisses? Depends on who is giving it.
68 : Phone or online? Online!
67 : Blondes or Brunettes? :) Both and Red heads, and green and all different kinds. I love diversity.
66 : Hot or cold? Cold is better.
65 : Summer or winter? Winter
64 : Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate with a touch of Vanilla.
63 : Night or Day? I like both.
62 : Oranges or Apples? Apples. I try to have an apple several times a week. They are perfect. They come with their own packages. They don't have to be in the fridge. They are easily thrown into my briefcase or the pocket of my sweatshirt.
61 : Curly or Straight hair?: Nothing about me is straight. My hair is a bit wavy.
- Here's what I Think About - 60 : Abortion: People should have choices and the right to make the best decision for them.
59 : Assisted Suicide: If we believe in letting people live the way they want, then I believe people should have the right to die the way they want to die. I don't think that others can make decisions when they don't know someone else's pain.
58: Legalizing Marijuana: Yes. Then tax the hell out of it. I don't smoke pot. However, I don't believe that people are criminals if they do smoke. Put the tax dollars into education and rehab.
-Today Have You- 57 : Hugged someone? Dogs and my wife.
56 : Saw someone? Yep, she's sitting right over there.
55 : Who is the most accident prone person you know? My spouse
54 : Who makes you laugh the most? To many to list. Laughing is good stuff.
53 : Whats the last movie you watched? We Were Once Warriors
52 : What I don't understand is: Lots of things but I'm ok with not knowing stuff. I work with what I got. Sometimes the knowledge comes later.
51 : The most unsatisfying answer I've ever received is: Because that's they way we have always done it OR Because I said so.
50 : Something I will really miss when I leave home is: I'm never leaving home. I guess I would miss my mind because that's the only thing I can think of that would do it.
49 : The thing I'm looking forward to the most is? Serenity
48 : Things that make you mad: People who think they are God
47: Yesterday? Worked, went to the tailor to get my slacks hemmed, then to Mel's house
46 : Today? Hanging out in my PJs and listening to music while I play on the computer.
45 : Next Summer:? I might be really, really lonely.
44: This weekend? A Gathering of Flutes - a Native American celebration.
43 People call me: Pupp, Friend, the dogs call me Daddy, Ally
42 The person(s) who knows the most about me is? My wife and Melanie
41 : The most difficult thing to do is: To compromise your own values to something for the greater good.
40 : I have gotten a speeding ticket: Two times.
39: The first person I talked to today was: The Tankinator!
38 : The one person who I can't hide things from: Jett the therapy dog
37 : Last time someone said something you were thinking: CoWorker
36 : Right now I am talking to: Family and this computer
35 : What is your dream job? I have my dream job. My other dream job would be to play in my art studio all day creating things but having someone else do the management piece.
34 : First job?: Babysitting/lawn mowing/washing cars
33 : I have these pets: Two wonderful labradors - Jett the black lab and Tank aka as the Tankinator the yellow lab.
31 : The person that makes me cry the most is: My Spouse
30 : Best sound in the world? Rain on a tin roof while I'm inside by the fire
29 : Who makes you happy? Many people and dogs
28. Which Golden Girl would you be? Rose
27 : Myspace or Facebook? Myspace and BlogSpot
26 : Mexican food or Chinese? I love a lot of different types of food: Mexican, Asian, Ethopian, etc
25 : My favorite color(s) is:Hunter Green
24 : Last time I cried: Yesterday
23 My computer is: One is an endless source of frustration. It's my work computer. How can I get anything done on time with a lap top that takes 30 minutes to boot up? The desk top at home works great so it's nice. My new lap top is another source of frustration. I HATE Vista. How the heck can it be easier when I can't even find the buttons I need in the word program?
22 : Favorite food: Things I can eat with my hands. And anything on a stick is fun. Last night I had salad rolls and soy beans in the shell.
21 : Last person I got mad at?: My spouse, of course.
20 : Your secret crush? So many...for so many reasons :)
19 : Favorite place? The Oregon Coast
18: Favorite Song? Splish Splash
17 : Paper or plastic? Augh, I'm trying to remember my canvas bags but I suck at it!
16 : The all-time best movie(s) is: Jaws! or Independence Day. (Maybe Good Boy)
15: The all-time best feeling in the world is: Too sexual to list here.
14: What color is your hairbrush:? Black
13 : Favorite shoe: Nike! I loved it as a young person and now I live in the Portland area which is Nike headquarters. But I'm wearing a pair of ADIDAS right now. Jenn is buying me a pair of Doc Martens tomorrow though.
12 : I lose all respect for people who: Mistreat dogs
11 : What do you hate the most: Some days it's myself.
10 : Color of your room? I love the color of natural wood. I rent so I have to put up with the white. If I owned my home, I would have a variety of colors. My house might look like a McMenamins tavern.
9 : TV channels you watch? Food Network, History Channel, Nick, TLC
8 : Best Feature in the opposite sex / same sex? Heart and Soul
7 : Best feature in you? Heart and Soul :)
6 : The worst pain I was ever in? Broken Heart
5 : Favorite TV Shows: Criminal Minds, Bones, CSI, NCIS, Ugly Betty, Little People Big World, Sponge Bob, South Park, Family Guy, Two and a Half Men, Design on a Dime, 30 Minute Meals, Iron Chef, Kathy Griffin My Life on the D List
4 : My favorite celebrity: My dogs
3 : What's your religion? Christ Loving, Tree Hugging, Great Spirit Worshiping, Eclectic, There is a God but I'm not her, Find God in the woods, type of spirituality
2 : Who broke your heart? Some
1 : biggest regret: Spending so many years in fear
This mural is called the Tree of Life and it lives in Estacada. While we were there, Butch and I took a morning to take pictures of the murals in the town. We ran into a guy who was painting. He said that every year a group of artists work all summer to do a new mural. Estacada has a lot of hidden surprises.
Before we went camping, we bought a new BBQ. We took it with us in the box it came in. At the camp site, I opened the box and assembled the pieces. The box was too good to waste. We tossed a blanket into it and it became Jett's place by the campfire ring. This is what happens when the alpha dog eats breakfast and the little sister finds an opportunity. Jett has a habit of tattling on Tank when Tank is in Jett's place. Jett will stand in front of one of us, then when she has our attention she will look over at Tank as if to say "Troll deportation, PLEASE!" It's quite cute. We keep telling Tank that she will be alpha someday. She doesn't believe us. However, we're not looking forward to that day at all.
This is a nose. This is a nose on a dog. This is a nose on a boy dog. This is a nose on a boy dog named Doby. This is a nose on a boy dog name Doby who is a princess. So, therefore, this is a princess nose. It's kinda cute for a mountain dog who is not a labrador.
These are pictures of the waterdogs we saw when we were camping. I was pleasantly surprised that my pictures of them turned out so nice. The kids got out of the boat and played with them. After a while, the dogs chased them into hiding so the kids got bored and wanted back into the boat.
These are pictures from camping this summer. Mel and her honey rented the boat and the rest of us got to play on it all day. This is Mel driving, Tank, Doby, Pupp, and Mr. Dave. This is Mel navigating through the rocks while Mr. Dave drives. This is Butch, Jay, Sam, Mel, Jett, and Jenn looking out for the water dogs aka salamanders. The cove was filled with them!
This is my fav mural in Estacada. Estacada is a small town up river from Portland where we go camping each year. This mural is on the wall of the local grocery store. Estacada has a group of local artists who do a new mural every summer. Nephew Butch and I spent a morning this summer in town to take pics of many of the murals. They have some nice murals that I will share later on. I really love public art, especially murals. There is a lot of great public art in my area. I'm working on getting pics of as much as I can.
This is a wall in my studio aka our sun room. You can see my pirate flag and some wooden skeletons that I painted. There is also a sketch of the Venus of Willendorf that I did in preparation for a painting that never happened. The other newsprint papers on the wall are other sketches I did for paintings. The sun room isn't the greatest room. It leaks in the winter time and is too hot in the summer time. What I really need is a bigger living room so that I can work and leave it out in progress while still hanging out with the family in a temperature controlled room. The other half of the sun room contains Jenn's craft materials and a study area for her. I really need to get something set up soon though because I think I'll do paintings for my family for Christmas this year.
Good Boy is one of the bestest movies ever! I give it two paws up, a tail wag and a scratch behind the ears. http://www.goodboy.com/ There are so many great lines in the move. My favorite is from the Boxer who realizes that the boy can hear from them so he asks for a cookie...then he goes for it. "Can I have a cookie? No, wait...10 cookies? 100 COOKIES?!?!" They also give a very good explanation why dogs turn around so many times in their bed before laying down to sleep. This is a feel good movie where the dog doesn't die. I don't watch movies if the dog dies. I don't find that to be very entertaining. We'll even walk out of a theater if it happens. No "Yeller Dog" movies in our house!
Here's Tank the first time she had to wear "The Cone". Tank is allergic to corn and gets very itchy/scratchy after eating it. She was so tired from fighting this all day that she passed out. Later on, I'll share more photos of Tank and "The Cone". Tonight we bought a Halloween costume for Jett. Tank will wear "The Greater Dane" costume that we bought and modified several years ago. We don't say Scooby in our house because it upsets Jett. When Jett was a baby, I had a Scooby Doo collection and she would get in big trouble if she stoled my Scooby Doo stuffies. Later on, after I gave most of the collection away, someone gave her a stuffed Scooby and she refused to play with it. If someone says Scooby with Jett in the room, she gets up and either runs to us and leaves us!! So we say "Greater Dane" like they did in the Movie "Good Boy".
Ok, here's another shelf. That's a Snoopy and Woodstock telephone. I traded a Mickey Mouse gumball machine for it about 12 or so years ago. There's also a ping pong ball gun complete with blue ping pong balls. The gumball machine is the first one I ever got. At one point in my life, I had about 100 gumball machines. It took over my house. There was a point when I was buying them just because I didn't already have one like it. I gave away all of them but this. I kept the very first one, this one, and one that looks like a Texaco gas pump. I made Jenn the rainbow menorah for her birthday one year. We try to light the candles around Hanukkah every year even though we are not Jewish. But I figured any reason to pray was ok. It's the same God. And the candles are very cool and pretty when lit. The first time it was lit was during a dinner party we had right before Christmas several years ago. The power went out and we lit this. It provided light for the entire house. And it was way cool.
Nephew Hayden. He just looks like he was out all night drinking. This is what a camp hangover looks like. It comes from playing hard all day, eating too much sugar, talking a million miles an hour, laughing until you hurt, staying up too late by the camp fire, sleeping in a tent, and fighting the rain all night.
This is another picture of CampPupp 2008. This is Jenn and Tank sleeping in the RV late into the morning. I know from experience that Jenn can yawn as big as Tank is right now, I just didn't catch it on the camera. The little RV has a queen sized bed in the cab. It's very comfortable. I love the little RV for several reasons. I love that no matter how owie I get from hiking, swimming, fishing, etc. - that I can sleep in a comfortable bed. Also, I don't have to hike up the hill if I have to pee in the middle of the night. It's also very nice when it rains heavily for a long time. It's great for camping in the winter in the Pacific North West. I'll post a pic of it later on.
My nephews spent about 3 weeks with us this summer. Tank and Jett think that that nephews belong to them. Tank thinks she can do anything that Butch can do. This is Butch trying to play on his skateboard in the back yard. Tank isn't helping much because she wants to play too. He tried kicking the soccer ball then racing to his board to play while she ran the ball down. But the backyard just isn't big enough. I think he finally had to put her in the sun room while he played by himself for a while. I wish I had taken a picture of her looking out the window at him skateboarding without her. She cried and thought that he was torturing her. She even tried coming back into the living room and tattling on him.