Friday, April 30, 2010

Hey Lady, I Can See Your A.D.D. From Here

A note to my Friday Followers: I have posted a quick summary of this special spot in the blogosphere at the end of this post. Anypost, on with my brain sludge...

I haven't just sat down and let my thoughts just flow to the keyboard in a very long time; however, today I decided to pick my happy butt up off of the couch and relocate to the porch swing while Finn takes his afternoon nap. 

Moses is snoring next to me on the swing. Vega is under my feet and snoring, as well. It is quite funny, but I know if I get up to get the video camera that they will both wake up. I am munching on an oh-so-yummy pb & j sandwich made of all-natural peanut butter, sugar-free jelly, or is it jam? I am not sure what the qualifications are, but it sure is darn good.

I decided a couple of days ago to consciously get Finn on a schedule. I typically get him up when he wakes up, let him nap when he is ready around mid-day, and lay him down in evening when he is ready (usually anywhere from 5:30 - 8:00). It's going very well, and there hasn't been any bumps yet: 

8:00 a.m. Rise & shine
11:30 a.m. Lunch
12:00-2:00 p.m. Nap time
5:00 p.m. Bath
5:30 p.m. Dinner
6:00 p.m. Bedtime

    He is loving life: crawling, pulling up, shredding Mama's magazines, playing pat-a-cake, commando-crawling under the furniture, racing me to any open doors, and getting into shouting matches with Vega. As soon as I find my card reader, I will post pics.

    Vega Who? Vega What?
    Sorry, where are my manners? Vega is our new German Shepard pup that we got from my cousin's litter. She kept one as well and named her Carson. It will be so much fun to watch them grow up together! His second day at home he ate a stinging or biting bug of some sort then cried, whined, and just laid low for a day or two. When he couldn't bark, Zac decided to take him to the vet, along with Moses, for a check-up. It was discovered that he had a "load" of round worms and hook worms. Eek! Since we caught them so early, they gave him meds, shots, etc. and he should be fine. I guess that explains his un-puppylike slothfulness. He is feeling much better and is beginning to act more like a puppy. He is very smart; Zac has been working with him every day to learn good habits and tricks. Our main focus right now is to teach him the basics and how to chase off farking ducks!!! He's beginning to get the hang of it, but it looks like he corrals them more than chases them off. Are German Sheps herding dogs? I guess I could ask Hubs since he read two books and a vast array of internet material on them before Vega even got here. Oh, and yes, there have been two confrontations with Moses so far. The first being when Vega first got out of the crate, ran upm and introduced himself to Moses, who responded in typical Moses fashion with a cat-slap to the snout. Two days ago Finn was asleep, Zac was on the back porch and I heard Vega scream, whimper, and howl, followed by a loud crash/boom. I assumed that Zac had finally had enough of the ducks and blasted one with the shotgun, so I ran (I use the term loosely) to see what had conspired. I found Zac laid back in his chair, Vega behind his crate, and Moses strutting past them both. Apparently, Vega had begun to get a little too comfortable with Moses and was deceived in believing that they were cool now. Moses quickly set him straight. 

    You must think that I am crazy to have a crawler and a pup. 
    You are correct.

    Why Vega?
    I agreed to the name before realizing Hubs got it from Pulp Fiction, but I still like it better than his other suggestions: Cyrus, Levon, and Cormac, which, by the way, were his baby name suggestions this time last year. Our other thoughts for the puppy were Kyzar or Remy. In case you haven't learned yet Hubs is a monstrous fan of folk music, Quentin Tarantino, and the blues. 

    Around the Porch
    Since this house's image is basically centered around the porch, it just makes sense that I say that rather than "around the house." Anytime the words "the porch" are uttered around our crew, everyone knows it's our house that is being discussed. We have finally begun to get the porch together, now that hubs has finished our fence. All of the colors of the plants make me so happy and take my mind off of the fact that typically I would be laying out on all of these fabulous fair days.

    I refuse to get on that subject. If you want to know why I can't lay out any more click here. I am making it my new hobby to test all of the available self-tanners and write a post about them. This will take some time since I will have allow one to fade before trying another in order to for it to be a completely real experience. 

    To continue with the completely random pattern of this piece, I was driving back from New Orleans a few weeks ago and started having all of these random thoughts about Madonna's influence recording them onto the voice memo feature on my phone. I suppose I will post them someday. One of them was that they should create a musical out of her songs like they have done for Billy Joel (Movin' Up) and ABBA (Mama Mia). Am I right? It would be a killa! 

    I arrive home to find that the week's Glee episode was titled "The Power of Madonna"! Whoa - too crazy.

    I will be going back to NOLA this weekend for my monthly check ups. 

    There are two things for whichI am desperately hoping: 
    1. that the gorgeous, beautiful, magnificent, superb, splendid, spectacular, majestic, breathtaking weather we have been having continues. 
    2. the docs reduce my steroid dose, yet again - I am tired of being fat swollen!

    Nearly six hours after beginning this post, I have returned home to finish it with more subject matter. After I got my hair trimmed, I decided to go by our Barnes & Noble that will be closing on June 30th. I was not expecting the shelves to already be half empty. I know that it is odd to feel this way about a chain bookseller, but I couldn't help but feel a bit like Kathleen Kelly in You've Got Mail, except that B & N is more like Fox Books than The Shop Around the Corner. I have been going to this store since I was in the fifth grade! There is no other book store in the general vicinity with the selection and atmosphere that this store has in it. Do not even get me started on the other option: Books-A-Million. If you put a Starbucks in Wal-Mart does that make it a Target? No, no it does not. Looks like I will be saving my two hour book store strolls for my monthly NOLA visits.


    A Little Bit for New Folks from Friday Follow

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    3. The Crew: Who's living under my roof + a new puppy coming home tomorrow!

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    1. Hi I actually stopped by from SITS but I do the Friday Follow thing as well so I'm following now. By the way I did the crawler puppy thing and it was crazy around her for awhile. So good luck. :)

    2. I'm your newest follower from Friday Follow! Have a great weekend and stop by if you get a minute!


    3. Hi! I'm now following from Friday Follow! Love your writing. I'm rather scattered myself and enjoy reading others who are the same. Come by for a visit when you get the chance!


    4. Aww! You got a puppy! How exciting! That does suck about your bookstore though. I already follow you on twitter! @jmomiller

    5. coming over from SITS!

      I plan on coming back to your blog and really reading up, but just at first glance, I know I'll love it just for the grammar posts! I taught Language Arts for 2.5 years (8th graders) and I taught Journalism for 2 years (high school). Just the "to, too, two, tutu" tutorial alone made my heart sing! I'm a bit of a nerd that way too :)

      It was also nice to see that you are in Mobile. I live just east of P'cola. I rarely go to Mobile, mainly bc of that underground tunnel (I have a bit of an issue with tubular objects being just doesn't make sense in my head that it won't implode upon me!).

      I look forward to reading more about you and your journey!

    6. Stopping by from Friday Follow. I am your newest follower.

    7. Here from FF! I'm your newest follower :) I'd love it if you could visit/follow me at:

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    8. Happy FF!

      I'm your newest follower...if you get a chance, will you please follow me too at

      Have a great day!

    9. Hello. Following you from FF. Looking forward to getting to know you better! Blessings!

    10. Bethany,

      Yes I would love to follow. I am so proud of you and your accomplishments. Come and see me!

      Art by Karena

    11. I'm a Friday-follower, just wanted to say hi and that you have an inspirational story to tell! Follow back if you like!

      My latest postings are, “Smiles,” “Spring,” “A Feast,” “Love Lifts,” “Wake Up to Serve” and “Soul-itude.”

    12. A baby and a puppy at the same time. How lovely for you all. Ain't insanity grand?

    13. Hi..I’m Barb ….I am from Fri. Follow.. I am your newest follower. I hope you will get a chance to visit my blog @
      & get inspired by something for your family/home. I hope you will follow me as well. Nice to meet ya new friend!!!

    14. hi from blogher! your finn sounds like my ava! :) glad to be following!

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