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Reflections, goodbyes, and HELLOS!! [03 Jan 2006|10:34pm]
[ mood | pensive ]

Unfortunately this entry is two days later than I'd hoped it would be, but at least it's here.

With retiring this journal, I am also retiring the year 2005. It was definitely an interesting and productive year - A year that has taught me a lot of valuable things. In 2005 the long-awaited completion of my basement bedroom was completed, and Marcelo and I have done our best to make it into a comfortable living situation. I discovered that rats make absolutely fantastic pets, and I have met and owned quite a few of them that will have lasting memories with me. I also suffered the losses of not only Lars, my chinchilla, whom I loved as if he were a true friend, but also the loss of Bailey, my Golden Retriever. Bailey provided so much joy and companionship and comfort in his nearly 12 years with me and my family, as did Lars in his short life, and I will always treasure them. I decided to really attempt to take a stronger hold on my preferred career path and favorite hobby - Dog showing and handling - and gave my all in trying to break Christian, my Border Collie, of his aggressiveness toward other dogs, and failed. However, a new blessing came into my life when I purhcased Ewan, my now 11-week old Australian Shepherd puppy, and I have nothing but the highest expectations for him in this new year. I also learned a great deal about my relationship with Marcelo, and how to make it truly work for the two of us. We have each learned important things about ourselves that can be brought into the relationship to make it more rewarding. My family life was turned absolutely upside-down, with my mom going into rehab for alcoholism as well as my aunt and my grandma moving to South Carolina so that my aunt can better deal with her MS. I made some new friends (Lyanna, Chris Arndt) and had better times I successfully completed my freshman year of college at DePaul University with a 3.2 GPA, and completed my Fall Quarter of my sophomore year of college. I know that one year from now, when my new journal is coming to an end and I am summarizing my year, that it will be even better than this one.

As far as resolutions go, my overlapping resolution is to spend more time on things that need time spent on them. I need to spend more time taking care of myself physically, taking care of my relationship, take care of my animals, take care of my house, take care of myself mentally and academically. Only time will tell how successful I will be.

So, with that, I bid this journal farewell, and I introduce to you my new journal for 2006: freudian_slip__

Don't forget to add me!

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Just your typical well-wishing [31 Dec 2005|10:18pm]
[ mood | cold ]

While I know you were all looking so forward to my Christmas update, I've no time for that now!

I'm an hour-and-a-half away from ringing in 2006, so I'm just here in Livejournal Land to wish you all a safe and happy New Year!

I hope that you all had some fond memories of 2005, and will make even more good memories in 2006!

Look for a real update from me tomorrow, as well as a new journal!


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Peace on the earth, good will to men, from Heaven's all-gracious king... [25 Dec 2005|04:18pm]
[ mood | grateful ]

          Merry Christmas

 I  just want to take this time to say thank you to everyone who has been there for me through this last year, especially during the holiday season. A lot of things changed for me this year in terms of Christmas tradition, but, as you all said it would, things turned out just fine. I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas Eve and will continue to have a wonderful Christmas Day. A full Christmas update (pictures and list of presents included!) will be posted either later tonight or early tomorrow. But for now, I have to get dressed, nd then it's off to my aunt's house for Christmas dinner.

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!!

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Where are you Christmas? [22 Dec 2005|03:40pm]
[ mood | depressed ]

I'm sick and tired of being fucking disappointed by every fucking person I know.

I'm sick of no one even attempting to give a damn about the holidays except for me in this fucking house.

I'm sick of no one in this house giving a damn about ME except for ME.

You know what the problem is?

Either I'm completely unlovable, which I am, because all I do on a daily basis is piss people off, or people are just too fucking lazy to bother trying to do anything for me, because God forbid they waste their precious time on me, which is also true, because no one fuckin does SHIT around here.

And every time he tells me "I do anything you ask me to do! I would do anything for you!", I want to punch him in the face and then drive my head through a wall, because he's blind. Just blind.

Still not a single Christmas card.

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From now on our troubles will be out of sight.... [19 Dec 2005|01:48pm]
[ mood | tired ]

Things may be looking up after all :o)

After all of my (semi-deserved) Scrooging in my last entry, things took a surprising turn for the better.


Now get this: Every year we put our ornaments away in the same box labelled "Christmas Ornaments". Well, we found the box, but there were no ornaments in it. So, after being thoroughly pissed off, my mom decided to come downstairs and look through the storage room herself. She ended up having to move a big suitcase because it was in her way, and when she picked it up, she realized it was a lot heavier than it should have been, and when she opened it, there were the ornaments!! All nicely stuffed in a couple of Santa hats, so they wouldn't break. We still aren't sure how they ended up there, but we think my grandpa may have put them there when he was here this year (my grandpa tends to rearrange things in ways that make sense to him, and should make sense to most people LoL - It's always appreciated). Either way, whoever put them there was very smart, because they were tucked in in such a way that they didn't break or get ruined in any way. So, the tree is up, and it looks beautiful, like it always does :o) I'll post pictures of it once the rest of the house is clean, so you all don't have to witness my house's dust creatures!

My mom and my sister stayed home from work and school today because they were so tired from staying up so late putting the tree up. We're going to finish cleaning at least the living room and dining room, when Marcelo gets home from work he said he's going to "clean the basement like mad", and my sister and I want to bake gingerbread cookies this evening also. It's not going to be the same without my grandma being here to help, but we still have to call her to get the recipe and we can always put her on speaker phone :D

Unfortuantely not everything is coming together as smoothly as I would like it to. As far as I'm concerned, shopping does NOT happen on Christmas Eve - We're too busy doing last-minute cleaning and getting food ready for everyone! So, there are, including today, five shopping days left. I have not bought a single thing, and neither has Marcelo, and for that matter, my mom has barely done any shopping either. And with only one car in the family, this may prove difficult. But, God willing, we'll get it all done, and Christmas Day will be absolutely wonderful.

Actually, right now I'm feeling sort of nauseous and tired, and stuffy.... I think I'm catching a cold. This happened to me two years ago, and I ended up being VERY sick on Christmas Eve and couldn't enjoy the evening whatsoever. So, I'm going to make sure I get all the sleep my body wants from now until Christmas, and I'm going to be chewing Vitamin C tablets like candy. I think I'm going to go start on that right now, and pick up Marcelo from work. We have to go buy some more Claritin as well as gingerbread cookie ingredients.

Have a good day, everybody! <3

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Bah, Humbug. [16 Dec 2005|10:45pm]
[ mood | like shit ]

I give up on Christmas this year.

No, really. I do.

Half of my family is 14 hours away, and too lazy to actually shop for gifts, so they're sending a check.

My aunt, whose house I've gone to every year for Christmas since I was a baby, didn't give a fuck about whether or not we came there for Christmas this year, until my mom called her finally, only to find out that she's sick and we probably can't go there anyway.

We were going to put the tree up tonight but somehow we can't find our box of ornaments. Some of them were from before I was a baby... And they're gone. And irreplaceable.

And even if everyone decided they wanted to just start a new tradition and buy new ones, like I suggested, my mom said she doesn't have the money, that's it's either ornaments or gifts.



I haven't even gotten a single Christmas card this year...

I'm done.

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"Open 7 Days a Week - Sundays, too!" [12 Dec 2005|10:49pm]
[ mood | okay ]

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you your official Ewan update - With pictures!!

As you could tell from my last entry, we brought Ewan home on Friday morning instead of Saturday morning as originally planned. I had a pretty difficult time deciding between Ewan and his brother, but in the end, it came down to the fact that Ewan, when I held him, gave me kisses, and the other little boy didn't. That was really the only way I could decide, because they were both great little guys, with equal amounts of flaws and good points. I know I made the right decison :o)

He's been wonderful so far, and I expect nothing but good things out of him. He's sort of laid back, but still gets good and fiesty and loves to play. He doesn't bother the cats at all, he LOVES Anakin (but Anakin loves him more!), and he and DiMera get along really well, even though he's a little shy of her still. He's kinda sorta getting the house-breaking thing, though he can't quite get used to his crate yet. He's improving, but it's still more crying than silence. Then again, it's only his third full day in the house, so taking that into consideration, he's doing extremely well. And, the best thing about him is that he LOVES people - He literally follows us around the house, lays at our feet... He even followed me into the bathroom the other day and laid on a towel while I was in the shower. That will come in VERY handy for agility, obedience, and showing.

And speaking of showing, let me explain something about him in that respect (If you don't care, feel free to just scroll on down...). The reason that Julie (his breeder) decided to sell him as a pet was because of a suspected eye defect called a coloboma. A coloboma is a thinning or a hole in the iris - So, where there should be color, there is blackness, or pupil. In some dogs colobomas are very large and this causes them to have difficulty seeing in bright light or can eventually result in a loss of vision in the affected eye. However, when Julie took him to the eye clinic, the vet there cleared his eyes, so they went to get a second opinion. The second vet said that they weren't sure whether or not it was a coloboma, but they were sure his vision wasn't affected by it. So, the case has been sent to some experts at Purdue University, and when Julie gets the results, she'll let me know.

The significance of this is whether or not he'll remain under limited registration in the AKC. His registration is considered "limited" at the moment, because due to the possible coloboma, he can't be used for breeding. If he can't be used for breeding, he has to be neutered, and therefore can't be shown in AKC shows (all dogs in AKC shows must be fully intact). If he remains limited, I can have him neutered and still show him in ASCA shows (Australian Shepherd Club of America), which is great, but I would love to be able to show him in both rings. He has his first day of Puppy Class tomorrow, and I'm going to ask the trainers what exactly I need to do to get him into Conformation classes, because I want to show him either way, intact or not. I'll let you know what they tell me.

Well, I'm going to stop this entry here, and leave you all with absolutely adorable puppy pictures! Marcelo and I are gonna try to get to bed at a decent time this evening, so, that being said - G'nite!

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"Holy Moses nuts!" [10 Dec 2005|12:29am]
[ mood | exhausted ]

Just to let everyone know, I am home safe and sound, WITH A PUPPY!!

He's absolutely wonderful!

But I'm exhausted, so I'll give a real update tomorrow!

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"You know what I want to do today?" "No" LOL You had to be there.... [08 Dec 2005|08:27pm]
[ mood | excited ]

I am so crazily excited right now!!

Know why?

Well first of all, it's SNOWING!!!

And none of that wussy snow either. It is seriously snowing really hard right now, as it has been for the last six hours or so. There will be at least a good 6 inches of snow by the morning. That's so great!! I know there are a lot of people out there, but in Chicago especially, that absolutely detest the snow because of the traffic it causes (as if Chicago traffic isn't bad already...), and I'm sure my feelings about heavy snow will change once I actually get my license, but for now - Keep it comin'!! It's so beautiful, I love it. And I can't wait to go and play in it!

I probably shouldn't completely disregard how the snow is going to affect the highways, though, because tomorrow Marcelo and I will be driving at least 4 hours round-trip up to Wisconsin to pick up my puppy!! I was originally going to go on Saturday, but I figured the sooner I can bring him home and get him adjusted to the house, the better. Normally I would let a puppy take as much time as he or she needed, but I have to take him to Puppy Class on Tuesday, and he's already a class behind. On top of that, to my knowledge he will be the youngest in the class, not that this should really matter in terms of his ability to learn and advance, but it may make a difference in how he reacts socially to the other dogs. When Marcelo and I went to class this Tuesday we got to meet all of the puppies, and none of them seem overly aggressive, so that's a good thing. I should try to put any preconceptions of how class will go out of my head, though, and let things progress how they will...

But speaking of not having preconceptions, the breeder emailed me today and informed me that of the two puppies that I had it narrowed down to, I will now be getting neither of them. That's right. The stud owner came today and chose Blue Merle #1, which was one of the puppies I was going to choose from, and in her email to me the breeder said that I now had the other two Blue boys to choose from. I asked her why I couldn't choose from the Blacks, and she said Black Tri #3 can only go to a show home, and that Black Tri #2 (the other puppy I had to choose from) doesn't have the body for agility because he's too long and too wide in the front. So, my dear friends, I am back to Square 1. I'm trying to remember everything I can about the other two Blue boys, but at this point, I think I'm going to go there tomorrow pretending I've never seen either puppy before, and just see whose personality I like better. I'm sure whichever puppy I choose will be wonderful though, because they come from great parents.

On a completely random topic, I'm very seriously considering creating a blog for the purpose of mocking other people's blogs. I'm sure there will be a variety of reactions to that idea, some of which being - Thinking it's ridiculous, thinking it's mean, thinking it's hilarious, thinking it's interesting, etc. I'm certainly hoping for the last two reactions to be more prevalent, but if anyone wants to think the first two, they are more than welcome. I'll be doing it simply for my own amusement - As a mental exercise, really. And don't worry guys, when I say blog, I mean blog, not livejournal. Rest assured that none of you will be mocked! Why? Because I love you, of course!

So, that all being said, I'm gonna have to get up much much earlier than I'm used to tomorrow, so I'm gonna end this update here and play The Sims with Marcelo before heading off to bed. Wish me luck tomorrow - Between driving in the snow and picking a puppy, I'm gonna need it! G'nite!

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"David's heart can be found in the Shriiiiiine... of the Silver Monkey...." [30 Nov 2005|12:23am]
[ mood | okay ]

Why is it that I always update when I have the most to say, and the least amount of energy with which to do it?

The world, may never know....

Anyway, to explain, my energy is down today because I went to the dentist today to get some fillings done and to get my bottom wisdom teeth pulled. It wasn't as bad as I expected it to be, actually, though the shots were pretty unpleasant. One of them actually brought tears to my eyes, but thankfully I was numb immediately after that, so I guess it did its job. I was fortunate that my wisdom teeth weren't impacted at all, so they were just able to be pulled out like any other tooth. Even though it didn't hurt, I could still feel it moving around in my jaw bone while it was being pulled - It was crazy! I completely expected to feel pain because of that, but luckily, I felt nothing. I'm just glad that they're out and I'm not in horrible, terrible pain.

But regardless of the fact that there was no actual pain involved in the pulling of the teeth, there was definitely a lot of anticipation and anxiety and fear about the whole incident, plus my jaws are ridiculously sore from the countless number of shots I got, so that is the reason for the lack of energy. I'll be sure to hit the highlights, though, even if it isn't particularly eloquent this evening.

....Does using the word "eloquent" automatically make the entry as such?....

So... Onward....

Break has been going pretty well so far, aside from the day before Thanksgiving. Marcelo and I wrote out a list of everything that we need to clean before December 10 when I go to pick up my puppy. We've done a few things, like cleaning out the corner where the puppy's crate will be. It'll be next to the furnace so he has a better shot at staying warm down here in the basement! We have a lot more stuff to do though, so I shouldn't get excited too quickly. But still, progress is progress.

Speaking of the puppy, I went out to see the litter again last Saturday, and I still don't know which puppy I'll be getting! The stud owner apparently can't make up her damn mind, and until she picks, I won't be able to pick, because she has about four of the puppies on hold. I was able to narrow it down to two, though!

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I'm hoping that the stud owner chooses one of those two puppies, this way I can get the other one by default and not have to try to come to a decision about which one I would rather choose. But, things are never that easy, so I'm sure I'll end up basing my decision on whichever puppy seems more social and less aggressive. I am paranoid about having another uncontrollably aggressive dog, though I don't expect these puppies to be that way. I have to learn to control my own anxieties about it, though, because if I don't, my fear will translate to the puppy, and then we'll run into a problem.

And, speaking of aggression (what convenient transition topics!), tonight Marcelo and I went to the first session of Puppy Kindergarten, which was for "Two-legged team members only". We were a little confused when we walked in because usually all of the dog training is done on the first floor of the Odeum, but today it was held on the top floor. Things were a little disorganized, but I was all taken care of. I also signed up to attend the Christmas party on December 13th. It sounds like it will be a really good time! But anyway, the Puppy Kindergarten instructors seem very very nice, and the class will be a big class - About 15 dogs. The people, though, seemed... less than enthusiastic. No one laughed, no one smile or grinned... It was kind of frightening, really. What's wrong with people?? But, regardless of the uptight bastards I'll be attending class with (hopefully first impressions are inaccurate...), I'm totally excited about it. I can't wait until the 13th!

More dog news! I was emailing German/White Shepherd breeders for my sister, and I came across this guy who lives not too far from me that is a German Shepherd breeder. This guy, Jim, is friends with the Number 2 German Shepherd handler in the country, and Jim said that he could hook me up with this guy and the two of them could teach me how to handle and evaluate puppies and whatnot. If this actually happens, it would be the most wonderful opportunity in the world for me!! I'll actually be able to finally do something about my passion for dog showing!! Jim is going up to see his handler friend on the 10th, the same day I'm supposed to get my puppy. However, both the handler and Julie are in Wisconsin, so I might be able to make it to both places! I want this to work out so badly! I can't imagine anything I'd rather do with my life...

Well, considering that I'm tired and I want to spend a little time with Marcelo before I pass out, I'm going to leave you with one more thought concerning my puppy - But this time it's interactive! I managed to narrow the list of names I had down to 2 names, but I would like some input from you guys! Which do you like better??

What should I name my dog?


By the way, about the poll, Ewan is pronounced "You-In", for those of you who may not know! :D
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"Ohh! A Temple Spirit helped you out!" [24 Nov 2005|09:14am]
[ mood | thankful ]

Edit: I added the rest of the questions in the survey!

Well, let me preface this entry by quickly saying:

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope that everyone bears in mind what this holiday is really supposed to be about, and it's not supposed to be about turkey or other food or football or anything else. It is supposed to be exactly what it is: Thanks-giving. After my experience last night, I am seeing this holiday very differently this morning.

As I think most of you read, my family was supposed to be going down to South Carolina from yesterday until Sunday to visit my aunt and my grandma. We got everything all packed up later than we wanted to and were on the road by about 6:30. Somewhere around 8:30, as soon as I personally was starting to get less tense and nervous about the whole idea of this 14-hour trip, I heard a loud thump and the car jumped and everyone screamed. It turned out that everyone saw it but me - We had hit a deer, a deer that the guy in front of us had hit first, and proceeded to bounce off of our hood. Being the animal lover that I am, that killed me, but everyone was so shaken by hitting it that we stopped at the first rest stop we found to check out the car to see what kind of damage it did. From what we could see, the hood was dented pretty badly, the right headlight was no longer mounted correctly, the front license plate was gone, but that seemed to be it. However, when we got back in the car, we saw that the "Check Engine" light was lit, and had no idea why, because Marcelo had already checked under the hood and everything seemed fine. But, regardless of that, everyone was already spooked and we had at least another 10 hours worth of driving to do, and with the condition of the car being pretty much unknown, we decided to turn around and come home. No one felt very good about going to begin with, so it was a huge relief to come home.

Of course, when you evaluate that situation, it could have been far, far worse than it was. The deer could have caused serious damage to the car (which at this point I'm pretty sure it didn't), or worse yet, it could have come through the windshield and killed us. After that, there were just a million other bad things that could have happened on the rest of the trip, and considering it was the middle of the night and in the middle of nowhere, everyone wanted to come home. Auntie Gina and Grandma are heartbroken that we won't be seeing them, but they're glad we're safe. Mom said she's going to attempt to make us the best Thanksgiving dinner she can, even though as I've previously mentioned, we can't really cook. But at this point I don't care - I'm just glad to be safe and sound here at home.

Count your blessings, everyone, and when you think something terrible happened to you, be thankful that it wasn't worse.

BUT, on to a happier topic!

I spoke with the puppy breeder via email yesterday, and she told me that the stud owner came out on Sunday and is now keeping her eye on Black Tri #2 & 3, and Blue Merle #1. That's pretty much fine with me, because I really had my eye on Black Tri #1 or the Red Merle female. She told me that the family that has first pick for a pet puppy will be going out there tomorrow to hopeefully make their decision, and that I can go out there any time this weekend to do the same. Thinking we would be out of town, I arranged to do that on Monday afternoon. However, since we're home now, if the car ends up being OK to make the drive out to Wisconsin, hopefully I'll get to go Saturday instead. Either way, I should know very soon which one of those cute little things will be MY cute little thing :D

Oh, I also got an A- for my final Algebra grade. I'm very happy with that. I am not happy with the fact that Dr.Boeck is taking his sweet time to put History grades in, but you know, one thing at a time, I suppose.

But anyway, I think I'm gonna go wake Marcelo up and spend some time with him, even though he looks so cute asleep on the couch. I'll let you all know how my day ends up going. If you don't hear from me, assume that my house burned down while trying to cook a turkey. Have a great day everyone! Later!

Oh, one more thing - Read this survey, if it's the last one you read! It's not about me!

This one is about YOU GUYS!Collapse )
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"Hooty Hoot Gets the Boot!!" [20 Nov 2005|11:00pm]
[ mood | relaxed ]

Compliments of Vicky, Marina and AmandaCollapse )

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"Ugh, I had my mauling shoes on and everything!...." [18 Nov 2005|08:13pm]
[ mood | relieved ]

Hey guys, guess what time it is.....

C'mon, guess....

That's right, it's "Lauren Gets to Finally Relax" time!!

Mmhmm, get this - As of today, I am officially on Winter Break!!

Gotta love that DePaul trimester system :D

I managed to get my history final done before the very last minute (turned it in Wednesday when it's not due until next Monday), and I took my math final this afternoon at 2:45 and finished around 4:00. I also turned in the extra credit that was given for math, so I now have an extra 5 points tacked onto my final. I was actually sort of hoping that I wouldn't really need those points to do well, but unfortunately I think they'll be coming in handy. I didn't do poorly, but there were a few questions where I pretty much just had to guess. But all in all I think I did alright. I did the best I could, and I'm satisfied with that.

I am so relieved and excited at the prospect of Winter Break this year. I look forward to it every year, but this year seems different to me in a very fundamental way - Things have changed this year. All of the usual holiday traditions are going to be altered this year, and I'm trying to keep a positive outlook about all of the changes. For Thanksgiving this year we will be heading to South Carolina to visit Auntie Gina and Grandma. This is a very much different tradition, because for the first 17 years of my life, we'd gone to Auntie's for every major holiday. Then after the ridiculous fallout between them and my mom, we'd been going to my grandma's house, which was only down the alley. And now, now we're in for a 14-hour drive both there and back, all for the sake of family. As much as I love roadtrips, all I have to say is that the food better be damn good when we get there....

I'm not sure exactly how Christmas is going to pan out yet, but chances are it will be very amusing. I say this because, as I mentioned, normally we go to someone else's house for dinner, but this year, we may be having Christmas dinner at our own house. Now, I want you all to understand - My family does not cook. Ever. I have absolutely no idea how we're going to manage making, God forbid, a turkey! But, it's OK. I'm sure everything will come together just fine..............

*Ahem* Anyway, over break I plan to do several things, the most important of which will be cleaning my house. I also want to come up with ideas about how to decorate down here for Christmas - It's like a new house! I'm also going to read up on how to properly raise a puppy. Not that I don't know how, but I want to be extremely safe about it. There are probably some other things on my list, but they're not coming to mind at the moment, and so I think I'll just stop this entry now. Well, actually, I'm stopping because my baked mostaccioli is done, and there's an awesome "ghost show" on the Discovery Channel. So, I'll leave you all with some cute pictures :D

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[17 Nov 2005|11:02pm]
[ mood | sympathetic ]

♥ R.I.P AJ ♥
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Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!!.... [16 Nov 2005|03:45pm]
[ mood | excited ]

Today, November 16, is officially the first snow of the 2005 winter season!!


Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to be all girly and excited about it! :D

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[15 Nov 2005|10:03pm]
[ mood | giddy ]

I just want everyone to see how big they've grown!


I can't wait to pick my baby!!

More later :o)

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"Well, I was in line for a high-five, but it seems I'm already here, with a snake on my head..." [12 Nov 2005|10:01pm]
[ mood | blah ]

I got a haircut today! And a dye job, too!

Check it out!!Collapse )

And now I'm off to fill out a questionnaire that my sister needs to send to the White Shepherd breeder I've been in contact with. Later!

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[10 Nov 2005|08:08pm]
[ mood | accomplished ]

I promise a real update in the next 48 hours...

But until then, you're stuck with A SURVEY!!

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[09 Nov 2005|12:20am]
A survey I filled out for a community I'm in. Interesting stuff.

Some interesting stuff about me!Collapse )

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"Do you know where the interstate is?" "Well of course I do, I'm not retarded..." [07 Nov 2005|08:29pm]
[ mood | good ]

Hooray for Mondays!

Yes, I know, I'm probably the only person in the world that would make that exclamation. But that's OK, I can deal with it.

I'm currently watching Prison Break, and it's getting so much more intense. I didn't know a show could get this intense!! Ughhhh!! Marcelo will be home from orchestra in about half an hour, and we'll be having steak for dinner. Come on, how could I not love Mondays? ;o)

Anyway, over the weekend I went to visit Julie (the breeder in Wisconsin) so I could see the puppies I'd been looking at online and so I could see her other dogs, her house, and, well, her. Marcelo, my mom and my sister all came with, and the drive was only about two hours, which wasn't bad at all considering the distances we've driven before to see breeders (not to mention the 14-hour drive we'll be making to South Carolina for Thanksgiving, but that's beside the point!). We had a little trouble finding her house (not used to navigating little country roads :D), but when we got there she was waiting at the door, and when we got out of the car, she let Piper, the momma of the puppies, come out to say hello. Being that Piper was the first Australian Shepherd I've ever met in person, I can safely say that she was a very good ambassador :o)

The puppies were kept downstairs, so as soon as we got down the stairs, we saw a pool full of the cutest little babies ever!! Ugh, I was in love, instantly. They were all so sweet and chubby and absolutley gorgeous. I didn't see any undesirable markings at all, which is pretty much all you can judge by when they're this age. After cuddling the puppies for a bit, we went out to the very large backyard to meet the other dogs that were being kept in their kennels. There were several adults, males and females, and they were all just stunning in appearance, first of all. There were black tris, red tris, blue and red merles, and they were all gorgeous. As soon as they were let out of the kennels, they came to us and jumped on us and brought us toys. Now, the breed standard for Aussies says that Aussies are to be reserved with strangers - Not these dogs. They were some of the friendliest (though not obnoxious) dogs I'd ever met. They were so excited to see people, and they're so intelligent and just love to play - They're perfect. I was afraid that when I got there, I would find something about the Aussie that turned me off, but I found absolutely nothing I didn't like. I was also afraid that they would be similar to Border Collies, but they're much different than Border Collies. They're just as intelligent, but they love human contact and are much less intense, as Julie put it, than Border Collies. That's exactly what I'm looking for.

We gave her a $100 deposit, so I have now securedany one of the seven lovely babies that are in that litter. I absolutely cannot wait!! Julie said I can go out to see her and the pups any time that I want, and that once I get my puppy, I can come out on the weekends if I want to learn to show it for confirmation. Apparently, in the ASCA (Australian Shepherd Club of America), I can get my dog titled even if it has been altered. That is fucking AWESOME. You have no idea. That's like... A dream come true, if I can do that. It will be the start of my career if I can learn to do this. I am ridiculously excited. If I actually get to take advantage of that situation, I am going to do everything that I can to learn. My God, are there other people that feel this way about being given opportunities? I don't think I've ever experienced this before. I hope I'll get my chance!!

The only negatives thing that happened during the visit involve my mom and my sister. My sister mentioned to Julie that she's looking for a dog too, and mentioned that she's looking at the German Shepherd. Julie said that to her knowledge, German Shepherds and Australian Shepherds wouldn't get along very well, and that she should consider a Lab or a Golden instead. Of course, she doesn't want that, and she was pretty discouraged, but she shouldn't be, at least not until she talks to the Shepherd breeders. Neither my mom nor my sister like Australian Shepherds, and weren't really shy about saying so, especially my mom. She was talking about how she doesn't like the way they look, and my sister was saying she doesn't like how similar they are to Border Collies, and neither like the fact that they don't have tails. I was actually worried that I would find that trait odd also, but I didn't. It just makes them cuter, because they wag their entire butts!! :D

But anyway, I'll be updating here with new pictures of the puppies whenever they're up, and I'll of course let you all know which little one I end up with!

Tomorrow I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow in the afternoon, and after that Marcelo and I are hopefully going to the gym, and then of course there will be some math homework, but other than that, tomorrow looks pretty clear. Hopefully we'll be able to get some things done, but at the very least I should have time to update again. Right now, I'm off to look up some White Shepherd breeders for my sister, and to watch Rat Race with Marcelo. So, talk to you all LaTeR!!

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