eight years ago, mayor dave won.
seven years ago, i bought my first 2nd gen ipod, and was one of two lone people in the movie theater to see eternal sunshine on my birthday.
six years ago, i was in nyc for my bday week. though, it seems like a million years ago.
jones came into my life five years ago this month.
four years ago, i found my first grey hair.
three years ago, i installed a front walk, built my raised-bed, and had the bathroom redone.
two years ago was kinda boring, it seems.
and last year, well, you know.

clean bill

the dogs had their annual wellness exam, heartworm check, and lepto shot yesterday. they both passed with flying colors. except that they could lose a couple pounds? i wonder if we should change their annual date to sometime in august or september after they’ve been running around all summer getting trim and fit, instead of march when we’ve all put on a couple pounds trying to keep warm.

everlasting fun

so, the everlasting fun ball has always been a highlight of the dogs’ day… but the last 40lb. bag of food brought with it a free bag of dog treats which fit perfectly in the ball without having to be broken into smaller bits. i think they could be completely occupied for at least 2 hours. which is awesome if you have a dog.


we’re sitting in the computer room with the door shut because the guy installing the dish is afraid of dogs.

another mess

so we came home to another catastrophe. apparently nora decided to tear apart the remaining dvds on the table (therein which lies a lesson for both kurt and nora).
what’s interesting is that she left the plastic chopsticks completely alone. like they weren’t worth damaging.
jones was, again, sorry and submissive.
i think i ought to get a webcam to ease our discontent. or to provide humor.

a mess

i came home to a small mess this evening… it would appear that someone got into a (yet unpacked) plastic bag with sunscreen and ferret shampoo and they managed to keep all of the shampoo inside of the bag, thankfully. judging from the possible suspects’ reactions, it would appear the guilty one was jones. this is unfortunate, because i know that it was nora. jones is just the one who knows that whatever happened was wrong and gave me the sorry face for it.
nora is definitely benefiting from being a “second-child”. i did not scold her nearly as much as jones has had it in the past. mostly because she would have peed, but secondly because she probably didn’t remember having been the culprit in the crime.
in an unrelated note, my back has a huge knot that i can’t seem to get at.

another cool thing

about having two dogs is that jones hasn’t touched the garbage in two weeks. at the apartment, we had to put it out in the back hallway when we left the house, and now, it seems like he just doesn’t care. who knows, though, it could be because we have a house now and he doesn’t want to mess it up? we just kept putting it out into the back porch, for some reason, until Nora came along.
they’re still “gettin-ta-know-ya”, but Jones seems to be content with her presence and i think he secretly likes it. :)


kurt’s friend brendan and mom’s george came over this evening to run wire in the basement. all was successful. we got the broken outlet in the first floor bedroom to work, and put the room on a 20 amp circuit all by itself, and brendan’s going to put one in outside so we have electricity when it’s time to build a deck.
i have to admit, it’s been kinda hard to get into the home-owner’s groove… things i want to do and won’t have time for. but we have less than 3 weeks to get our sh*t together and get the house presentable for a party.
grandma and john are coming over this weekend (they’re in town for another festivity), and i’d like to, at least, get it comfortable. john’s a big guy, and i’m not even sure he (or grandma) is going to want to trek upstairs… so i’m taking friday off in order to get the house up to some sort of standard that doesn’t look like we just moved in… impossible expectations, i’m aware.
i just have to remember to take before pictures so i can enjoy my accomplishments. :)

get along little doggie

today, she made it all day without going in the house. and, she seems to have found her place with jones. at least as much as two days of learning can find a dog.
this week will be another test, since i won’t be home all day. she is having a little trouble sharing me with jones, though… every time he comes over to get pet, she gets in the middle of us.
here’s them being very good doggies:

dog park

we go to the warner dog park frequently. actually, jones has been there almost every single day since kurt got a car.
today, it was just we two (me ‘n jones), and he found a boxer mix named olive to play with. well, olive’s owners discovered they’d lost their car keys and we proceeded to walk around in the grass staring at our feet. i really wanted to find them cuz i’m usually good at spotting items in the grass; no such luck.
they had to walk home… i woulda offered a ride, but i didn’t see how three people and two dogs would work in my car.