Tuesday, February 26, 2008

A cat is a puzzle for which there is no solution.
Hazel Nicholson
I really do try to give things to Bella that will entertain her during the day.

Okay, I know that you don't really entertain a cat. I know.

Ahem, let me try again...

I like to give things to Bella that I pretend will entertain her but really just make me a feel a little bit better for leaving her all day.

So I have a basket full of little tinkle balls, fuzzy things with bells, little circles with ribbon and fake mice. She has a "cat dancer" wand and plenty of other odds and ends stewn around the place to step on in the middle of the night.

Now, the entire time I have been home this evening all she has been doing is running up and down the hall chasing, attacking and tossing something around.

I peaked my head around the corner and she has been playing all this time with a binder clip. Um, a BINDER CLIP.

Good Lord, I wish I could be as easily amused.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Life is my college. May I graduate well, and earn some honors!
Louisa May Alcott

I have officially reverted back to being a college student. Not just the I-work-and-go-to-grad-school persona I've been going with the past few years.


Yesterday, I got up about 8 a.m. (really sleeping in for me, but it felt so early!).

Drove home from Nick's house, did the walk of shame from my car and to my condo (well, not really but I was wearing PJ's, flip flops and looked generally like I just rolled out of bed - because I did).

Parked in front of my laptop, drank coffee and started working on my master's thesis through the morning.

Ate some pizza for lunch, watched Project Runway reruns.

Kept working on my thesis all afternoon. Took a shower as it got dark outside.

Then I had to get ready to go to chapter (not really attending, but I had a presentation for the scholarship at my sorority's collegiate chapter).

Very productive day for wearing Old Navy comfy pants all day, but I was definitely looking forward to going to work this morning and being a member of society once again.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Every dog must have his day.
Jonathan Swift

I stopped by a local pet fair yesterday afternoon. Lots of vendor tents, yippy dogs in strollers and poor Labradors forced to wear sunglasses. Currently being a cat lady, I think those crazy dog people are funny.

But the highlight of the afternoon was stopping by the local Greyhound rescue tent. I have always had a soft spot for rescued animals (Bella came from the Humane Society) but was also cautious about the possibility of adopting an older dog. I'm sure so much of my hesitation is unfounded but I have just heard to many stories from close friends and family about biting dogs because it is just so hard to know their background or breed.

Sure, Bella is weird having been in the shelter for almost three years but I don't have to worry about her causing serious physical harm to a young child or even myself.

So the possibility of being able to adopt an adult dog is great to learn about. I "pitched" all that I had heard about Greyhounds to Nick last night and we decided that after the wedding when we're ready to get the dog it will be a Greyhound. Yay!

To learn more about this great breed that needs your help you can visit my local shelter's website: Homeward Bound Greyhounds.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Of all the diversions of life, there is none so proper to fill upits empty spaces as the reading of useful and entertaining authors.
Joseph Addison

Shameless plug for a fabulous event and a worthwile cause:

The 8th annual Celebration of Reading event will be hosted by Jeb and Columba Bush, who will be joined by former President George H.W. and Mrs. Barbara Bush. Gifts to the Celebration of Reading allow parents and their young children to attend literacy classes free-of-charge. Over 135 family literacy programs in Florida have been started or expanded by the donations from Celebration of Reading.

Each year the Celebration of Reading is fortunate to draw on well-known authors who join the event. This year's authors include Sharon Robinson, Greg Mortenson and Mary Matalin.

If you are in the south Florida area and would like to attend you can purchase tickets online at www.CelebrationOfReading.org or make a donation.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Politics, it seems to me, for years, or all too long, has been concerned with right or left instead of right or wrong.
Richard Armour

Just as I was excited for the Iowa causcus at the beginning of the year, I am equally excited for Super Tuesday! I'm sitting here working on my laptop watch the presinct reports coming in. I am really curious to see who wins each primary on both sides because it has such an effect on the long term outcomes of the elections, specifically the party nominations.

I don't know who I will be voting for in November (in Florida we did our primaries on Jan. 29 so I did not vote today) but I found this article interesting by columnist Andrew Sullivan and another ding in the column for the person who will not be getting my vote.

And complete sidenote, was anyone else slightly offended when Diane Sawyer mentioned that maybe if we give young people free pizza they will go out and vote. Good Lord, give me a break.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Winning is not everything, but wanting to win is.
Vince Lombardi

The randomly selected winner of my signed Eric Carle "Mister Seahorse" book is Audra Marie!

Congratulations and I hope you enjoy this addition to your personal library.

Thanks for everyone who stopped by to enter and it was fun to hear about your favorite children's books. It certainly brought back some happy reading memories!

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