Monday, November 23, 2009

Guess What! Monkey Butt!

So on November 13th, for our date, I really twisted Dave's arm to take me to the Animal Shelter just to play with the dogs. Maybe take a few on a walk. We took a really cute 6 month old border collie on a walk around the building, then a supposedly white German shepherd. It looked more like a Siberian husky though. Then we went to try to take another puppy on a walk, but she was too scared to even come to the front of her kennel, so we crouched inside for her to get used to us and maybe come out for a walk. Eventually she warmed up a little bit, but not enough for a walk, but we played with her in a little room they had.

We both really liked her, but didn't want to make a rushed decision, so we went home and slept on it. And went the next day and adopted her. We renamed her Monkey!

From what we know, we think she's a Black Mouth Cur, but she's from the Animal Shelter, so we don't know for sure. What's a Black Mouth Cur? It's Old Yeller! Only she's a darker color than Old Yeller, and we're taking her to get her rabies shot tomorrow, so she won't have the same story as Old Yeller.

She's a little shy, but we've been socializing her with other dogs and people, and she's getting better. She's 4 months old, and we gave her a birthday as 4 months before we adopted her, so July 14th. She already weighs 35 lbs, and she's skinny. She's gonna be a big Monkey dog! Oh and also she's super smart. She's pretty much potty trained (except a few accidents), and she already knows sit, lie down, and jump. We want to teach her how to jump really high and catch Frisbees, so we're starting with the jumping. I'll see if I can get a video of her doing it. She can jump super high, probably because she's already big. Here are some pictures of her:

She thinks she's a lapdog.

If she's not playing, she's usually sleeping

Isn't she so cute!?

Like most puppies, she loves chewing, but luckily, she hasn't chewed anything of ours yet, only her bones and toys. (Knock on wood!)

Aptly named Monkey, don't you think?

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


Today is November 18th. That means it's closer to December, and for sure Thanksgiving, than Halloween. Oh well. Dave and I both dressed up for Halloween this year. I wore my costume to work, and we both wore our costumes to a party. We had 1 trick or treater before we went off to our party, so I had to give away most of our two bags of candy at work the past few weeks.

I decorated our front porch and we carved pumpkins, too! Turns out, my pumpkin ended up being stolen, but Dave's wasn't. It happens to me every year. Stolen or Smashed. Sad panda.

See if you can guess what our costumes were:

Did you guess?

One last chance…

Dave was a blind referee, and I was swine flu (wings…get it?...flu=flew…haha) Mine was a great excuse to wear sweats and slippers to work! :)

Monday, November 16, 2009

TOP 15!

So remember that dress contest I was going to enter? I made it to the top 15! (Well, one of my dresses did.)

Please take a minute and go to the Shabby Apple Blog and vote for my dress! It's #10!

I'm so excited!!! THANKS!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

What a Good Week!

It all started with the time change on Sunday. I absolutely love Daylight Savings Time in the Fall. I don't like it too well in the Spring. Gaining an hour is wonderful! Especially since I had gotten into the bad habit of waking up when I was supposed to be at work, so I'd get in an hour late. Set the clocks back one hour, and voi la! I wake up at the same exact "time" and get to work on time! Every day last week I got to work before 8:30. That means I get to come home on time, too.

So I got a lot done last week. I vacuumed up the nasty bugs/spider webs that had accumulated throughout the summer inside our bedroom window without a screen that we'd leave open. Dave helped me hang up our whiteboard calendar, my jewelry box picture frame thinger that I got for Christmas last year, and a mirror in the dining room.

On Saturday, one of my primary kids got baptized. So I gave a talk on the Holy Ghost. Oh, you mean I haven't blogged much so you have no idea what's going on in my life? Well, I got called to be the 2nd counselor in the primary at the end of August. So I spent all of September and October writing, planning, and practicing the primary sacrament meeting program. I must be good under pressure or something. I got called to be a YW camp leader 2 months before, then primary 2 months before the program. Did I mention I got straight A's my last semester of college while I was planning our wedding? Yup, must be good under pressure. No pressure = lazy bum.

Back to the awesome week: Saturday I went to the baptism, then I washed laundry, raked the leaves in our front yard, and started digging up bulbs and planting them again. Our front yard has a flower bed that has clumps of Daffodil bulbs that are literally the size of a football. There must be hundreds of bulbs in there. I'm planning on finishing that project today after work so I can get it done before the ground freezes. (wish me luck!) I put crocuses in the front of the bed, then there will be daffodils and tulips, then in the back there will be Irises, which I'm going to steal from the neighbors.

"Thief! How dare you steal our Irises!!!!!" Oh, wait, no, our neighboring house is actually a condemned house, and the same people own it that own our house, and they're ok with me stealing Irises.

Then on Sunday I made delicious elk "secret ingredient" stroganoff for which we invited another couple over to help us eat.

I found a great task list site online that's FREE. It's called You can share lists with your contacts. So Dave and I have a couple of shared "honey do" lists, and we add to each other's and check off tasks that we finish. I think if I continue to get up on time, I'll continue to get a lot done. We'll see. Here are some projects I need to get done:

  • Fold all the laundry I washed on Saturday
  • Plant bulbs
  • Un-plant carrots
  • Sew tabs onto our quilt to hang it on the wall during the winter
  • Finish sewing curtains for dining room doorways
  • Poison Chinese Elm stumps (actually I think Dave's going to do this one…I'll help)
  • Decorate for thanksgiving
  • Clean upstairs for thanksgiving guests

Think I can get it all done in the next two and a half weeks?

We'll see I guess.