Today in My History2000: Paternity Leave
2002: In Your Easter Bonnet
2003: Shrove Monday
2004: Shock and Awe
2005: The Great Houdini
2006: Where's the Canine Prozac?
2008: Baby Watch
IN MY OPINION
Books Read in 2009
"Run For Your Life"
Recipes for Cousins Day Drinks
VIDEO OF THE DAY / WEEK / WHATEVER
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HOW MUCH ARE THOSE DOGGIES IN MY WINDOW?
1 April 2009
Well, as I walked in the house tonight, after my eight hour drive from Santa Barbara. I was greeted with six extremely enthusiastic wiggly bodies: Sheila, Lizzie, William, Princess, Harry...and Tot. Ashley had told me she was taking Diana home with her, but after I fired up the computer I learned that the puppy had not survived. She was always the weakest of the Royal Puppies and Ashley said she had a bad reaction to the new medication. She apparently didn't recover.
Oddly, I feel sadder for Ashley, who had both of our puppies die on her last time she dog-sat for us, than I feel for the loss of Diana. I really never did think Diana was going to make it. But her siblings all seem very healthy--and even look a lot furrier than they had been when I left here.
It's great to see Tot, who will be here for awhile. She seemed genuinely happy to see me again. Of course, I was her "mom" from the time she was about 3 weeks old, so we have a special bond. As I write this, she is asleep with her head on my foot.
So anyway, it seemed logical that the new look for Funny the World for April should be dogs.
The drive up from Santa Barbara went very well. I decided to make a side trip and drive through Solvang, that Danish Village where Bri was christened two weeks ago.
It's a real tourist trap, but I rarely go there, and I decided pick up something for lunch at one of the local bakeries so I didn't have to stop on the rest of the ride home. I was listening to Michael Connelly's "The Lincoln Lawyer," and it was so engrossing that I chose to drive up the very boring I-5 instead of the busier Highway 101. I-5 has very few landmarks and is kind of like driving across the desert, but it's perfect for following a story. I almost didn't notice when I passed by that very "fragrant" feed lot near the Harris Ranch.
As predicted, pulled into the driveway at just about exactly 6 p.m. It felt SO good to get home .. and the kitchen was so clean that I almost didn't recognize it. Ashley had gone waaay above and beyond!
There is also a new logo over in the left column. This is the Premier Dardos Award, which was bestowed on me by Jim, of Jim's Journal, and I thank him very much for it.
The description is as follows:
And so I am awarding Premio Dardos award to fifteen of the many blogs that I read. I may have linked to all of them recently, but that was before I had an actual award. I'm also only going to include blogs that don't have (to my knowledge) HUGE followings. Thus, I will not be including blogs like "Fighting Monsters with Rubber Swords," "Pioneer Woman," "Joe. My. God," or "Living in the Bonus Round" (sorry, Steve). But I will make sure that these are blogs which update fairly regularly (thus, I am not including one of my favorites, Marn) and are not password protected. So here is my list. These were chosen either for great writing, or creating a reall community around the blog, or longevity, or being a blog where you almost always learn something new, or just 'cause I like 'em. The list includes (in no particular order):
Tomorrow I'm going to work on getting videos from Bri's birthday
edited for a video...just don't feel like tackling it tonight! I'm hoping she is
better by now. She had a temp of 101 at the end of the day yesterday, poor baby!
PHOTO OF THE DAY
I stopped at the Memorial to James Dean,
MILES TO NOWHERE: 104 miles