Showing posts from November, 2007

Character Counts

OK, so I have to brag. I'm not at the assembly, but Tim is and he just let me know that Joy got the character award(s) for always helping and being respectful and caring. That's my girl. =D -- Annette Sargent "Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea."  -Robert A. Heinlein

New Toy on site

Introducing Snap Shots from I just installed a nice little tool on this site called Snap Shots that enhances links with visual previews of the destination site , interactive excerpts of Wikipedia articles , MySpace profiles , IMDb profiles and Amazon products , display inline videos , RSS , MP3s , photos , stock charts and more . Sometimes Snap Shots bring you the information you need, without your having to leave the site, while other times it lets you "look ahead," before deciding if you want to follow a link or not. Should you decide this is not for you, just click the Options icon in the upper right corner of the Snap Shot and opt-out.

Top Things I Miss About Oregon

Sweater Weather -- it's November already! Being woken up by Billy, Mercy, and Tobias. Toby likes to snuggle. Beaches that allow dogs! Milk for under $4/gallon -- thank goodness for Costco! No Sales Tax! Friends that are literally 5 minutes away I am definitely missing those Sunday morning walks Sunday morning walks with Zoe in Nobel Woods park 20+ Minute Guilt Free Showers The Columbia River Gorge The Max Affordable salmon year round Weather that changes every 5 minutes ... NOT!

What do Reader and Heroes have in common?

Be forewarned: nerd-level, in-depth pop-culture details to follow. Official Google Reader Blog: What do Reader and Heroes have in common?
Vetter Mountain Fire Lookout Hike

my brother sent this on Thanksgiving

A man with 6 kids gets on a plane, a girl asks "are those your kids?" he replies, No i work at the condom factory and these are customer complaints!'Nette

Life & Thanksgiving

I know this has become more a photoblog lately and less of random profound thoughts than it used to be (feel free to laugh :D). Lately I just haven't had the energy to be a blogger, let alone a writer, and I rarely blog the things going on in my private life, since most of my readers already know what's going on (or now how to IM and/or e-mail to get the real scoop). Suffice it to say that I have been SUPER stressed out lately and distracted by RL when not depressed by it. So ... I want to thank all the people who have stood by me, encouraged me, verbally slapped some sense into me, and walked with me through some very dark valleys this past year. I am EXTREMELY grateful. And would appreciate it if I could prevail on you just a little longer, because I think it's going to get infinitely worse before it gets better. You guys have been a real blessing to me, and if I haven't before, I'm publicly declaring my thanks and love right here.

Photo Friday:Two

Two peas in a pod.

Zoe update

She's doing much better now. She has energy (not the whopping amount that we are used to), but at least she has an interest in life again. And scrounging. No more vomiting and Tim said she had a clean crate this morning. Next on the list ... a bland diet till the runny poops stop.


Today I learned how to automatically number rows of a spreadsheet in Excel and set the print area. I also learned that banners are different things depending on who is the webmaster and marketing agent for a company. But hey, I'm back in the content management arena, 'tis a good thing. This and taking care of kids is what I do well (enough) :) -- Annette Sargent "Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea."  -Robert A. Heinlein

Zoe Update

She's getting subcutaneous I.V. for her fluids until she can take ice chips and then pedialyte (yes, Pedialyte) and then chicken broth and plain white rice.  Once she progresses through all of those without further vomiting and diarrhea she can go back to regular food and water. Think of a massive case of the worst stomach flu and you can't take any Immodium or Pepto. That's what Zoe is going through. But at least she's getting better. Tim said her energy level is up and she's wanting to go outside to do her business instead of just lay there while it happens uncontrollably. More tonight after her next infusion. -- Annette Sargent "Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea."  -Robert A. Heinlein


Zoe has parvo . :-( Right now I'm at the vet debating whether to admit her or do outpatient care. I brought along a friend who just saved me $1200 by asking the right questions, so I'm probably going to do outpatient. Zoe is so lethargic ... It's heartbreaking. The vet thinks she'll recover fine since she's older and larger. They just took her blood to do some tests, it looked like sludge. Eye crusties, red eyes, sitting in her own bloody diarrhea this morning... I hope we're starting treatment in time.

Photo Friday: Travel

I took this one on our first road trip to Vegas back in 2004. I thought the shadow of the van on the desert was a cool effect.

New Breeds Approved by the Kennel Club

Collie + Lhasa Apso Collapso , a dog that folds up for easy transport Spitz + Chow Chow Spitz-Chow , a dog that throws up a lot Pointer + Setter Poinsetter , a traditional Christmas pet Malamute + Pointer Moot Point , owned by....oh, well, it doesn't matter anyway Great Pyrenees + Dachshund Pyradachs , a puzzling breed Pekingnese + Lhasa Apso Peekasso , an abstract dog Irish Water Spaniel + English Springer Spaniel Irish Springer , a dog fresh and clean as a whistle Labrador Retriever + Curly Coated Retriever Lab Coat Retriever , the choice of research scientists Newfoundland + Basset Hound Newfound Asset Hound , a dog for financial advisors Terrier + Bulldog Terribull , a dog that makes awful mistakes Bloodhound + Labrador Blabador , a dog that barks incessantly Collie + Malamute Commute , a dog that travels to work Deerhound + Terrier Derriere , a dog that's true to the end Bull Terrier + Shitzu Bull.. Oh, never mind -- Annette Sargent "Women and cats will do as t

This is just wrong

89°F Clear Wind: W at 7 mph Humidity: 14%Today 90° 58°Thu 81° 56°Fri 76° 55

Tagged - 8 Random Things

Rules: Once tagged, you must link to the person who tagged you. Then post the rules before your list, and list 8 random things about yourself. At the end of the post, you must tag and link to 8 other people, visit their sites, and leave a comment letting them know they’ve been tagged. 1. I'm addicted to podcasts at work 2. I don't like plain coffee, I prefer mochas and varieties of mochas -- with whip cream 3. I am easily distracted 4. I prefer my glasses to my contacts 5. I now love going on road trips, if I'm driving 6. Blue is my favorite color 7. Photography and crocheting are my favorite hobbies 8. I still haven't written a single word for NaNoWriMo ... it's a conspiracy I tell ya. Tagged by: Thea Tagging: Jess , Sara , Tim , Tomveil , Cheesepuppet , Stephanie , daTroll , gomergirl


BREAKING ATMO - The Video : "The Video 18 Jul 2007 Below the jump is a fanvideo commemorating the delivery of the Firefly and Serenity DVDs to the International Space Station via the Space Shuttle Atlantis. This video premiered on the big screen at the weekly Firefly at the Mission event in the Portland of Oregon on Tuesday, 17 July 2007, and now (of course) is available on YouTube. " And meet the Browncoat Astronaut .

Vetter Mountain Trail Lookout Hike

We went on a 3-4 mile dog-friendly hike that I found in Favorite Dog Hikes In and Around Los Angeles . This book has a LOT of hikes that I want to try with Zoe, though this one, while great for her, proved exactly how out-of-shape I am. I was huffing and puffing by the time we got to the top. Going back to the car was MUCH easier and faster. I can do 4-5 miles on a flat surface no problem, the elevation on this hike reminded me of the elliptical . Ah, but ... I have to get out more. Fresh air does a body good. Here are a few photos. There were some totally awesome views from the mountains. Vetter Mountain Fire Lookout Hike

Photo Friday: Dangerous


This Hiking Trail : Hiking Trails in Los Angeles and surrounding areas.

This Hiking Trail : Hiking Trails in Los Angeles and surrounding areas. Very useful site, I want to take Zoe and maybe Joy hiking this weekend


I did it, I joined NaNoWriMo yesterday. I better get writing. A whole week has gone by since the start of it. Think I can spew 50K words in 3 weeks? And maybe have something good come out of it?

Fwd: Pet Diaries

A little humor for you this morning ---------- Forwarded message ---------- _______________________________________ Excerpts from a Dog's Diary: 8:00 am - Dog food! My favorite thing! 9:30 am - A car ride! My favorite thing! 9:40 am - A walk in the park! My favorite thing! 10:30 am - Got rubbed and petted ! My favorite thing! 12:00 pm - Lunch! My favorite thing! 1:00 pm - Played in the yard, My favorite thing! 3:00 pm - Wagged my tail! My favorite thing! 5:00 pm - Milk bones! My favorite thing! 7:00 pm - Got to eat popcorn! My favorite thing! 8:00 pm - Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing! 11:00 pm - Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing! Excerpts from a Cat's Diary Day 983 of my captivity. My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects.They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in orde

Crystal Cove at Laguna Beach

View Album Get your own This is part of what I did this past weekend. A friend of mine has a new Olympus DSLR and so we went and played with it. Now where can I come up with $1K to get my own?

Josh, the skater [x-post from Raising Joshua]

Check out Josh to the ua :)

Happy Halloween!

Check out the other videos these guys have done