Parrot

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Parrot
Originally uploaded by Sirelroka

Bleys has recently taken to this new position. He creeps along the back of the chair, usually after a stint on the perch, and lays down with his head resting on your shoulder. It is one of the most adorable things ever. It also gives a person the biggest warm fuzzy when he does it. I mean who could resist that face snuggling into your neck? I wanted to get a picture of him with Roland, but this one turned out better instead. I think I’m still going to try to get some better ones later.

Royal

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I also took a picture of the other gloxinias that are blooming on the balcony. These are a really nice deep purple with white edges and look all fuzzy like the red ones.

Keen

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My first begonia bloomed today. It looks lovely and I hope there are many more to follow. Unfortunately I’ve been having a lot of trouble with stem rot due to the extremely high humidity here. It has cause the loss of at least two begonias unless they are able to send out a new shoot, which I’m totally doubtful of.

Regal

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One of the people from the flyball team I’ve been taking classes from and making a website for invited some of us to a dinner that the Boca Raton Kennel Club was putting on. It was interesting and nice to get out. But, by far, the coolest thing about the meeting was this other dude who was there. He is actually from Michigan, soon to be moving to Palm Beach. He does portaits of people and dogs and stuff and he is REALLY good. I mean I totally want one of these…can’t you just imagine one of Bleys sitting on some poofy pillow?

Flyball hopeful

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I was lucky enough to have someone take some pictures of Bleys at Flyball on Monday. Her name is Claudia and she has an adorable little pup named Kodi. You can check out some of her other pictures from practice on Sunday. Here Bleys looks all impressive going for the ball on the flyball box. Unfortunately half the time once he gets up there he forgets what I want him to do with the ball. Despite this, we are making all sort of progress in learning this sport. When we started Bleys didn’t have a clue how to retrieve and he didn’t know how to catch anything in his mouth. I mean if you threw a piece of food at him he would let it hit him in the face, wait for it to fall to the floor, and then eat it. Now he retrieves reliably in the house and about 75% outside with distractions. He also catches food about 95% of the time and will actually catch a ball (when thrown gently) about 50% of the time. I thinks that is doing really well for a little less than 2 months.

Sleepy

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Anne sent me an email today that I thought I would share with you. You can not resist the cutness!

Buck

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Apparently there is a new spa in Las Vegas, and it was built with Roland in mind. In, Caesar’s Palace you can now visit Qua Baths and Spa and enter the Artic Ice Room where it perpetually snows.

Strings

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50’s Green Dress
Originally uploaded by Sirelroka

I think I’m done with my latest craft project. I made a dress (Butterick 4790) out of green broadcloth. I had made this pattern once before in purple. But I have since changed sizes, so it was time to get it out again. Also the broadcloth is very light and breezy so it might be nice here in Florida in the summer. I did end up lining it becuase the fabric was a little too thin though. I’m hoping it doesn’t look too homemade and I can wear it soon.

Borders

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Sometimes I just can’t express how much frustration Internet Explorer causes me. I suppose it’s a good thing that IE7 is so much more css complient than IE6, but how do you reconcile the two? I mean, somehow I have to make my site look descent in IE7, while still making it work in IE6 for those who haven’t made the switch. I can’t even imagine being a web designer and dealing with this stuff every day.

In case you were wondering, the browser that wins in complience is Opera 9. Firefox is at best adequate, but not really great, and IE is a joke.

Storm Riders

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A while ago I made a prototype website for the nature center I sometimes volunteer with. I made it because their current website is atrocious and very ‘1.0’ (according to Anne). We are talking about a site made with Frontpage with frames, that contains very little useful information, about a trillion animated gifs, and hasn’t been updated in forever. Long story short, they didn’t care. I offered it to them free, with the ability to pull it down at any time when they got a better/professional one. Not interested. So not interested that they didn’t even take the time to look at it. I was, admittedly, a little disappointed.

Life moves on. During the making of that website I learned a cool css trick for having the main content of your website look like it is on a frosted pane over your background. I thought it was pretty sweet. So when the flyball team Bleys and I are taking classes from wanted to update their site, I made another site that uses the same trick. It looks like the flyball team might actually use the site I designed too. You can check out the original site here, and my version temporarily located here. Mine is still in the working phase, so there are some links that don’t go anywhere, and some (quite a few) pictures missing. There is still an animated gif and they would really like there to be sound as well. Both of which I would leave out if it were up to me.