Smooshed face

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One of the dangers of having a muzzle puff is that when you nap hard core you end up with smooshed face.

Some serious nappage.
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Then voila…smooshed face dog. Notice the marked difference between the left and right cheeks (yes, you may click to embiggen). Sometimes he even gets it stuck on his teeth. So very cutiter wootiter.
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Sorry about the quality it was too dark to see what I was taking a picture of so I was taking them blind. I suppose that is what happens when you’re trying to take a picture under your desk at night.

Presentation

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I made dinner again tonight (two nights in a row? I know it’s just feels wrong). This time I made sweet and sour pork. Then whimsy struck when I was serving it. The result? A Yin Yang feast.

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They have a point

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The way it should have been.

Shannon

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She just looks…right, surrounded by her children doesn’t she?

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For Anne

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On the importance of librarians:

“That’s where all the rest of scholarhip starts, Garion. All the books in the world won’t help you if they’re just piled up in a heap.”

From King of the Murgos by David Eddings.

Fudge? Cake? I just want them normal.

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I’m sitting here trying to soak up all the electricity based entertainment I can before we (potentially) lose power. Ernesto is due in a couple of hours and I tend to assume we will lose power so if we don’t I’m pleasantly surprised. I think the only thing we get really concerned about when we lose power is the heat. Last year when we did lose power it was well into October and was surprisingly cool right after Wilma. Right now (8:30 pm) it still feels like it’s 85 degrees. Today we have vacuumed the apartment, done laundry, run the dishwasher, and I just made brownies. Roland really wanted some so he bought a mix and I made it so that if we do lose power we will have a nice sweet treat. Of course that will be great because the rice crispy treats I made will be gone by tomorrow. 😉 We also charged up our weather radio/emergency light/flashlight station. It is a nice little (but not cheap) addition to our hurricane supplies. I think the only other new item was a heavy duty tarp and some duct tape in case of window breakage. We also have some lighter weight tarps for covering our electronics from last year. I did forget to get a muzzle for Bleys though. I guess that will have to wait for a while now. Anyway, wish us a good hurricane.

Thar she blows

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We’re gearing up for Ernesto down here. The gas stations all have lines out into the street, the grocery stores are crawling with people and those folks with homes are all out putting up their shutters (well I hope they are anyway). The weather people are still hemming and hawing about how strong a storm it will be, but at this point it looks like they are predicting it to be a category 1 when it comes ashore sometime Tuesday night/Wednesday morning. Schools have been closed for tomorrow already and the young hooligans of the apartment complex are out running around reveling in the freedom of their first hurricane day eve of the year as we speak. To think we had to wait for the morning of a snow day for them to cancel school, down here they know well in advance. The current weather is hot (it’s actually about 88 degrees, but feels more like 95) and blue skies.

Roland stopped by the store a few days ago to stock up on some stuff. We have a lot of canned goods now and he stopped again today to get some more marine fuel for our fondue pot/hurricane stove. I think we are pretty much as ready as we’re going to be.

Beeeeeeeeeep

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Normally I’m not one for flinging alarmist warnings around the interwebs, and people who have pets and a yard should simply be aware and plan accordingly. Choose your mulch wisely. This mulch is made from the by-products of chocolate making and I’m sure smells lovely. However it can prove a health risk to any animals who ingest it, and since it smells good chances are higher that they will be tempted to eat it. This ends your public service announcement. And no it’s not.

Craving

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I’m in love with Michigan produce. When Roland was grocery shopping he saw some blueberries from Michigan (Bangor to be exact). He felt compelled to buy them because I love blueberries and they were, in fact, from Michigan. He also got some cherries. I doubt those came from Michigan, but that’s ok, I’ll just pretend.

I tried to be objective and compare the Michigan blueberries to the pint we had a while ago from an undisclosed location. I sampled a few blueberries plain and also had some on my cereal in the morning. I’ve come to the firm conclusion that the blueberries from Michigan were far superior to those from wherever the others were from. The container had fewer of the squishy berries you have to throw away, less of the teensy weensy still-a-bit-bitter berries, and just tasted better. I’ve taken to have a little cereal with my blueberries and milk.

The cherries, wherever they were actually from, are going to be from Michigan in my head. Given that Traverse City claims to be the Cherry Capital of the World, it seems appropriate. It also probably has something to do with the fact that growing up a family from our church had a small cherry farm and would bring some for coffee hour after the service. They were as fresh as you can get and absolutely awesome. I ate the whole package Roland brought home in two days. I’m thinking of asking him to stop for more.

It did make me miss our annual fall trip though. We used to go up north for a long weekend every fall. In October, when the weather was cooler and the leaves were colorful we would drive up the coast of Lake Michigan and stay in Traverse City and Mackinaw City. Would try to plan it for the last weekend when all the shops on the Mackinac Island were open so there wouldn’t be so many crowds. We would walk around the shops both there and in Mackinaw City. We would find new and interesting places to eat and pick up a ton of fresh produce from farm stands along the way. We would especially pick up a bunch of pumpkins for carving. Anne always had a sweet Halloween party not only giving me an excuse to sew up a costume but also to carve stupid amounts of really cool jack-o’-lanterns. It was something I looked forward to every year and I miss it now.

In the realm of I wish…

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Anne has too much time on her hands. But then again, so do I.