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2010 Week 1

January 8, 2010

The first week of 2010 has been busy, crazy, wonderful, and horrible. If we’ve learned anything this week, it’s to count our blessings and look for the positive in everything.

Here’s a glimpse at our week:

Both dogs discovered the floor heating vent in the office.

I worked!  A lot.

While I worked, one of the dogs discovered the joys of chewing cardboard, banana peels, yogurt containers, and toilet paper rolls.  (I’ll give you a hint: it wasn’t the dog in the picture.)

It snowed a lot.  I went skiing twice.  (I’m coaching a youth ski team, so I get to count it as work!)

The couch and I became BFFs.

I came up with a game plan for the class that I’m teaching in March.

We engaged in some (self-controlled) retail therapy.  Our biggest splurges?  A 6 pack of Bell’s Two Hearted (beer) and an 8 pack of these delicious treats.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. January 8, 2010 6:17 pm

    Looks like a great week! love pics our doggies 🙂 and the icecream sandwhiches aren’t bad either – lol

  2. Debbie permalink
    January 8, 2010 6:45 pm

    I missed your blogging; so happy to see you back at it! Sorry that this week was not the best for you. I know how hectic and crazy it has been.
    I can’t tell if Jezebel or Barley is the culprit (looks like Jezebel in the picture but I didn’t think Barley would be such a bad boy).
    I hope the rest of 2010 brings all your dreams fulfilled for you! I’m all for retail therapy; I did a little myself today.
    Enjoy that beautiful view you have and the great snow. Happy skiing!

  3. January 8, 2010 10:27 pm

    lol, that mess could have been in my house, except I have resigned my culprit to being crated when I can’t watch him. He’s a little older than Jezebel (by about a year), but he still gets naughty-naughty when I’m not home to keep an eye on him. Lately, he, the 3 yr old, and the 4 yr old have been getting on the table and helping themselves. My question is: do I work on training the dogs not to get on the table, or do I train the husband to push in his chair, effectively closing the canine super-highway to tasty treats?

    • January 9, 2010 12:35 am

      I’d train the dogs… they’re probably more reliable than the husband! 🙂 Ha, ha!

      My husband would probably say that it’s my fault she’s been into the garbage, since I am typically the one handing it to her or leaving it on the floor for her. (The toilet paper rolls are the only exception). But when I’ve got work to do, I figure it’s easier to leave her a piece of cardboard to entertain her for an hour and spend 2 minutes cleaning it up later than to try to entertain her while working! She loves ripping things up, and I’d much prefer her ripping up garbage to ripping up my furniture (especially since she doesn’t actually EAT anything – just wants to rip it into a million pieces).

  4. Mom permalink
    January 8, 2010 10:36 pm

    Ice cream Therapy works for me!

  5. January 9, 2010 8:52 am

    My husband LOVES Bell’s Two Hearted. Also, those ice cream sandwiches look delicious!

  6. January 9, 2010 12:08 pm

    i thought i was the only one to eat ice-cream in this weather!!

  7. January 9, 2010 2:53 pm

    I know you never hear this…but your dogs are adorable! Your week looks super busy! Glad that you got to ski 🙂 I hope you have a lovely and restful Saturday! xo, KA

  8. GGG permalink
    January 9, 2010 8:14 pm

    Looks like that little girl is almost as big as her brother!

  9. January 10, 2010 6:18 pm

    Ah, I just want to steal your dogs!! I almost went skiing today as well.. but I ended up at Lowe’s instead.. lol

  10. Tami permalink
    January 11, 2010 10:35 am

    Barley’s expression cracks me up! Poor guy….he has to share his people and his house with that cute new doggy! 🙂

  11. Ann permalink
    January 12, 2010 10:31 pm

    It’s winter and it’s cold. Your dogs don’t have much hair. How about sweaters? Seriously. You put one on, don’t you?

    • January 13, 2010 10:51 am

      Thanks for your concern for our sweet doggies, Ann!

      The thing is, they are dogs, not people. They have a totally different physiology than we do – different basal temperatures, different skin thickness, different amounts of fur and muscle, etc, etc. So just because I am cold does not mean that they are cold. And if I’m hot? It doesn’t mean that they are hot. (In fact, my dogs are usually much warmer than I am – especially in early summer).

      Whenever the dogs go out, we carefully watch them. The second they stand next to the back door, we let them in. If we think they’ve been out too long for the outside temperatures, we’ll call them in. Daytime temps here are typically in the upper 20s – not very cold at all, especially for our dog that made it through -20 degree Minnesota winters. During those MN winters, we quickly learned the signs of a cold doggy (and you’re right – these short-haired dogs can get cold quickly), so I feel confident that the dogs have not been too cold here in Michigan this winter!

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