Mary just don’t give a damn

Um, I know it is important (?) but if I hear one more word about the “Sony Hack” and “The Interview”…. ::News off::

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B
B

Everyone else in the lobby was happy to get their new dog or cat back from being spayed or neutered. I was stressed. haha. That is so typical of me. Seriously I feel like he is bored here and I don’t know what to do. He doesn’t love his toys*. He is not a chewer (thank Buddha??). I take him outside a lot. I don’t have a fenced in yard so I have to walk him on a leash. But I can’t constantly take him out when I’m working. Sigh. Puppy problems. I no longer leave him in his crate during the day, only at night.

*A couple hours after I typed this, he played with his toy for over 30 minutes. So maybe there is hope! yay.

I want a happy dog. Who wouldn’t? He looks at me with those big brown (sad?) eyes and I melt. I thought I was the animal whisperer. I could read their minds. Call me crazy but this is/was true. I’m more animal than human. (Forget that humans are animals for a sec). I hate to admit this but I’m more of a cat person but I can’t have cats for health reasons. 😦

Eventually obedience school will be happening. That’s something to do. He’ll have a blast. That lasts 6 weeks. I’d rather take a local knitting class (lol)  and make my first pair of socks but I can’t do both. I am thinking about taking the knitting class in March. We can bring our own pattern and she will help us make it. Enough about knitting. I would love to take B to a dog park soon.

I have plans but nothing is happening right now. Trying to work and watch after this dog is like watching a toddler when he isn’t sleeping. I don’t have kids for a reason. My dog was 17. I forgot what the puppy years were like plus I had my mom’s help.

End of adventures in puppy-land.

I’m only on episode 4 of Serial. No spoilers please. 😉 I like to listen to it on the weekends when I can give it my full attention. Everyone is spoiling it now because in their world, it is over.

Other random stuff: I’m cancelling one of my book subscriptions. Finally. I was going to cancel so I could get my dog health insurance but Consumer Reports claims that pet insurance usually isn’t worth the price. (Are they referring to middle class people AKA people with money or ALL people? Should I consider it since I’m barely making it? They didn’t mention that so I’m still a little conflicted). I’ve had that book subscription for over a decade. Sad to see it go but I could use the money. I’m going to miss it when I have to go to the library more. I hate returning books to the library. I love checking out though.

I also canceled my Netflix DVD plan. I’m not as sad to see that go.

Weekly

Music for the week: D’Angelo, Kacey Musgraves, Mary J. Blige, Magic!, Ani DiFranco, Carrie Underwood, Sam Smith, Sharon Van Etten

Being a fan of D’Angelo is frustrating. Like most hardcore fans, I had heard 80% of the album years ago (mostly from concerts – including one I attended). I had NO CLUE that he hadn’t recorded all the songs in a studio. WTF? He rushed recording the album due to what happened in Ferguson! That would be fine if I thought the songs sounded finished. I wondered why they were so short. Since when does D do a 5 minute song?? Don’t get me wrong, I love the album. I’m just disappointed to hear that he rushed the studio recordings. What could have been….

TV for the week: Pretty Little Liars, Colbert Report, basketball

Movie of the week:  none. Will I ever watch a movie again? Stay tuned. 🙂 I usually go to the movies on Xmas day but I gotta work and then go to my mom’s house plus NBA basketball is on ALL day.  I miss my movie tradition. I will go back to going to the movies on Dec 25….just not this year.

Book of the week: Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

Knitting projects of the week: I started a cowl on Monday. I was hoping to have it finished by today. ROFL. I’m a slow knitter. This is great practice but I’m not sure it will be useful. I couldn’t find a pattern with my yarn so I just made something up. I cast on about 105 stitches with a 16 inch circular needle and just started knitting. I think this is going to be too small. Bummer! I love the colors and really want to wear it. Here it is so far:

cowl
cowl

And here is my scarf.

scarf
scarf

I’m starting to like the colors. That yarn would have been perfect for a cowl but I don’t think I have enough for a cowl. I hope I have enough for the scarf!

Later.

I can’t wait til we hide from nothing

Looks like I will be working on International Gift Exchange Day (AKA Dec. 25). It will only be for about 5 hours though. I tried to get out of doing the gift thing for Xmas last year. Soooo did not work but at least I tried. :/ I only “have to” exchange gifts with 2 other people so it isn’t horrible.

Hi! My name is Baylor. I’m almost 9 months old. I don’t like having my picture taken.

Baylor
Baylor

I’m in the midst of puppy chaos. I said I would never potty train a puppy or a kid. Well…ARGH! How do people do this? My last 7 month old dog from the same shelter was trained so I hoped that an 8 month old would be too. I guess I got lucky last time. No, I know I got lucky. I got the best dog ever. Anyway, I’m using a crate to train him. If this works, I will consider it a miracle….and I do believe in miracles. At least he is getting in his crate. I’m so glad he doesn’t hate it.

It’s weird because I work at home so he sees me all day when he is in his crate. Yes, he whines from time to time. He is either extremely protective of me or extremely anxious. I would prefer neither. He only barks when he can’t see me, when someone else comes around and when he hears other small dogs bark in the neighborhood (rare). I hope he doesn’t have separation anxiety. It is too early to tell.

Adventures in puppyland…

I finally started listening to Serial. #Late I thought it was some fake crime show! Every time someone would mention it, I would think of all the unread fiction crime/mystery books I have on my Kindle. I’m not that interested in fiction but I die for true crime. A true crime podcast!!! That is my dream. Back to reality:  This is a real story. These are real people. And I won’t say anymore because it would probably be a spoiler.

Weekly

Music for the week: Sharon Van Etten, Magic!, Jessie J, Sam Smith, Mary J. Blige, Ariana Grande, Mary Lambert, Carrie Underwood

TV for the week: Pretty Little Liars, Colbert Report

Movie of the week:  none

Book of the week: Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

Knitting projects of the week: I spent hours and I mean at least 40 hours on that shawl…and I messed it up. 😦 I was about 70% done. I tried to fix the mistake myself and that only made it worse. I guess the next time I made a mistake like that, I will take it to a knitting class and let the teacher fix it. It will cost me but I might learn something too.  I was really looking forward to wearing it.

I learn to knit in April and my biggest concern is that I have no idea how to fix mistakes. I’ve read about it and watched DVDs and YouTube videos on it…I don’t get it.

I know I said I wouldn’t start another chunky scarf but that was before I got this yarn. Most people make beautiful hats with this yarn but I see it and think why not make another scarf?! (I will only have 3 handmade scarves when I’m done with this one).

yarn is denim mix
yarn is denim mix

Here is my afghan so far:

afghan
afghan

 

And I cast on my sweater. Not enough done for a pic.

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More stuff! I almost forgot to share my knitting project bags. I brought two from BrightCraft (an Etsy shop). Forget the bags, she has the best handmade stuff. If I didn’t know how to knit, I would have gone nuts ordering from her. (I try to stay away from knitted items because I think one day I’ll be able to make it, so why buy it from someone else?)

The first bag is purple with black cats. In this pic, it is housing my shawl. I will put my sweater in this bag after I rip out my shawl.

large bag
large bag

The other bag is a France print bag. I have my afghan in it:

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Her bags are affordable when compared to other bags. They are also nicely made. I definitely recommend them.