|Anyone want this dumb-ass dog?|
He isn't a mean dog. He's just stupid, and part of the problem is us. We were a childless couple for many years, and nothing's worse for a pet than being owned by people who are substituting children for animals in order to satisfy their innate need to parent. And these dogs just don't know that they've been knocked down a tier on the totem pole. They still think they're the kids. And they look at Alex like he's an equal; or worse, a puppy, lower than them and in need of their discipline and subject to their territory. Well, that's got to end or else. Simon, you flokati rug with a flapping tongue... I love you, but if you bite my baby, you may be stuffed into a box and sent downriver.
***Update: I am NOT getting rid of my stupid dog. I promise. Simon is an idiot of the highest degree, but he is also a member of this strange little family. Yes, I go into stupid irrational mode when he does stuff, but I know that if he was mean, he'd have gone after the baby and not bothered to warn him. I know this breed very well--Satan bred them for years. I am afraid he may connect with Alex, but I am watching the baby (who is obsessed with Simon btw, because he reallyreallyreally wants to just grab onto that floofy fur) and making sure he leaves the derpy doofus alone). I was venting, as I always do. I am glad I have my husband and my readers to remind me that I'm being an irrational idiot. But I don't dump my animals because they're being bratty. I'm a brat, and that would be hypocritical. And the reason he's a brat is our fault.
|Our dinner on Saturday night. Trout and lemon/white wine Orzo.|
It was pretty damned good.
I did not gain any weight through my pregnancy, gaining only 17 pounds, which were taken out on 11/17 when they extracted my little critter-baby. I actually lost a couple of pounds by the time I went to my 1-month postpartum appointment. And for a while, I was great, happily larking along while breastfeeding, imagining myself sylph-like from the extra calories burned from breastfeeding. But I have gained about 11-12 pounds back because I am out of control eating. Both of us have fallen off the Weight Watchers wagon. Dan, poor fellow, did so when I was pregnant. It was impossible really for him to keep holding on when I was in pregnancy mode, eating anything and everything I wanted at any given time of day. It's hard to keep on a diet when the person you're with is an eating machine and exposing you to all the naughty things you love so much. So he's put on about fifteen pounds. He's lost a few since we started this pseudo-vegetarian/pescatarian menu of ours.
|A glut of fruity tarts.|
|Flower's immediate reaction when taken out into extreme heat|
is to plop down on the gravel in full sun and bake,
moving only to flip over when she's cooked enough on one side.
|Isn't my little boy just f*&!ing beautiful? I think so.|
You should have seen how excited he was to ride in the carriage
and be free to look around and see everything. It was SO CUTE.
We (the Oregon Regency Society) had a great event up at Hood River on June 1 & 2. We went there to sail on the tall ship (the Hawaiian Chieftain) and to take tea, and hang about and go picnicking. We had some gripers complaining that the event was costly, but we managed to buy out the entire ship, so I guess it wasn't so bad. LOL. People also came up to join us the next day for a picnic in a wonderful lavender garden. It was really fun. I'm trying to push more people to set up events for the rest of the year, so I don't have to stress it so much, but it's hard. Everyone has lives too. I will *try* to set up a ball at least for the end of the year, and some more smaller events. The ORS is chugging along, not without drama, but definitely getting more oiled as a machine as the team coalesces and starts working together. Pretty soon, I'll be able to step back some more I hope. Let people handle their own things, and not call on me. I want to be able to just show up to events sometimes like everyone else does. It would be nice. Now I've got el niño to worry about.
Anywho... that's my blah update for today. My creativity is returning, so I imagine I'll start posting some drawings again at some point. But for now, I have all these projects to complete. So bear with me.