Someone’s ready for Easter!
Her new haircut really helps her get her whole face into the smallest jars in the dishwasher.
I was randomly thinking of a friend the other day, that I hadn’t spoken with her since shortly after the holidays and now it’s the end of March, so I sent her a little email. I started off with just a few things to tell her, but my bloggyness came out and I ended up updating her alphabet styles. She responded in turn, which made me laugh at my desk, and the result is a slightly modified blog post.
Our little puppy is causing me quite the conundrum. She has developed this habit of barking at the sound of the doorbell. I know, nothing surprising, nothing weird.
She barks anytime a doorbell rings on TV.
I know. This is not surprising.
Here’s the thing. No one rings our doorbell. In her 7 months of life she may have heard OUR doorbell ring twice – maybe three times.
Sure, sometimes people come over – but they rarely ring the doorbell. They just come in – knock while opening the door.
So, I ask you – where did she learn this? How does she know that the sound “ding-dong” means she should run angry and defensive to the front door?
It truly baffles me.
The only explanation I can come up with is barking at a doorbell is instinctual as a result of generations of domestic Shih-poos who have evolved like Pavolv’s dog to respond to a doorbell with a bark. It’s fascinating to me.
Have you ever stopped to think about this? Or is it just me… and the Boy – he finds it weird too.
Other quirks we’ve noticed: She refuses to go to the basement. No particular reason that we can tell. She is fully capable of going down the stairs. She has been down there maybe once or twice when she was a baby and we carried her around everywhere we went. Nope. Will not do it. She stands at the top of the stairs and peeks her head around the doorframe. We’ve called her from the bottom of the stairs – no dice.
That’s not really a big deal since our basement is not finished we’re really only down there doing laundry most of the time. But this last one – is getting to be a pain in the butt.
She won’t come up the deck stairs from the backyard. She’s done those stairs with ease for months. No problem, running up and down without a care in the world. The last 2 weeks(ish)? No thank you. Stands at the bottom and barks at us until we come out and get her. At which point she trots away a few feet and sits down, waiting to be picked up and carried up the stairs.
We’ve started trying to treat train her into doing them again, and I’m pretty sure it has something to do with the 2″ ice patch at the bottom of the stairs that makes the ground nearly level with the first little stair. And then there’s the fact that sometimes her leash gets stuck on a hard bit of snow and gets stuck. This happened to her right before the refusal to climb the stairs started, she ran up the stairs and got pulled back a bit because her leash was stuck. Is that enough to scare her out of it? And how long will she remember that happened? How smart is this dog?
It’s a good thing she’s cute.
I can officially check something off my 30 While I’m 30 list.
This weekend I got the Boy a Lollapalooza. While a recent trip to dictionary.com has informed me that Lollapalooza refers to something extraordinary or unusual, a person, thing or event or an exceptional example or instance – in my family a lollapalooza refers to a little present, that someone has bought for you for no particular reason.
A couple days after making my list, I brought the Boy home a peanut butter cookie from Starbucks. I told him I got him a present and gave him the cookie and his response was “this doesn’t count as my present.” I told him he couldn’t continue to accept presents and deny they were presents just to get a bigger or better present out of me. He said he wouldn’t – but a cookie is not a present. As it turns out, the new peanut butter cookie at Starbucks is AMAZING! Not as sweet as the other cookies – and really chewy… it was totally worthy of the present category. But since I ate part of it, I had to agree – I couldn’t quite cross the present off my list.
But this weekend, I got the Boy a little somethin’ somethin’ and he agreed – it could count as a present.
We’ve been talking for a while about getting rid of our cable. Honestly, I would be happy if we could at least get down to basic cable. Sports is really the only reason we have as many channels as we do. But since basically everything is streamed online somewhere, I see paying for cable as more and more of a scam everyday.
With Apple TV we can now stream from our computer, or iPad directly to Stevie – the TV.
Since we recently got a new computer (yeah!) we now have the ability to download movies and tv shows – and Apple TV let’s us stream them wirelessly to Stevie instead of physically attaching our computer to Stevie.
And why was getting the Boy a present on my list in the first place? Two reasons, when we did our marriage prep class, I learned that the Boy’s love language is receiving a gift. So – I’m honouring the love language lesson and letting the Boy know that I love him. Aww…
Before you go thinking I’m a total Sappy McSapperson – my second reason was to encourage the Boy to in turn find me a lollapalooza.
Lead by example.
So now we are officially Apple TVers. This week we need to try and watch any sports deemed necessary by the Boy through Apple TV and then I can ditch cable. Woot!
No commercials and no $70 monthly bill? Yes please.
My 101 in 1001 list deadline is nearly here and I can safely say – I’m not going to make it.
I saw this image on Pinterest the other day, I liked it so much I sent it to the Boy because it reminded me of us and how we’ll often reflect back and think – WOW – look how different everything is now.
And I think it applies to the 1001 part of the list. Sure some of those things I really wanted to do, and some of them were silly nothing things – is my life really any different because I haven’t completed a colouring book? And of course there are other things on that list that I knew I wouldn’t get to – learning French, learning French enough to actually converse in it.
But there’s another aspect to it that I didn’t really consider when I set out on my list – my priorities are completely different. I don’t want to spend my time learning French right now. It’s not that I don’t have time, or couldn’t do it. I can – I just don’t want to. I’d rather cuddle with my puppy or knit. When my 1001 days are up, and I look back to 1001 days ago, everything will have changed and I’ll have done LOTS of things that I never even thought of putting on a list. I got married, I bought a house, I got a new job, I increased my income, I joined a gym and actually stuck with it, I learned all kinds of new things, I maintained friendships and created new ones. Yes, some of those things were on my list – but I generally didn’t do them because they were on my list. I did them because I wanted to, or because the timing was right.
And I’m okay with that.
So what I took from the 101 in 1001 challenge is this – A. it’s really hard. B. the long timeline is helpful in some ways but in others it doesn’t keep your list top-of-mind or particularly relevant. C. Items on the list really should be measurable and one-offs are best.
I’m still going to see what I can check off in the next few weeks, but I’ve also moved on to a list that I think will work better for me.
30 While I’m 30.
Thirty things that are on my weekly to-do list that generally get pushed to next week, but are actually things I want to do, and are things that I can do.
I’ll be 31 in 2 months – and 30 has generally been pretty kick ass. I thought I would use my birthday as a tangible and realistic deadline to cross a few things off the list. Nothing major. No grand ridiculous plans, just a nice succinct list of things that I want to do/finish.
Will I do another 101 in 1001? I don’t know – maybe. I guess I’ll see how 30 While I’m 30 goes and decide from there.
Let me know – What’s on your endless “to do” list??