Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
I had a great hockey game last night - two goals (in the men's league) which pretty much never happens. Now I have Grace in her crate (even though I had to carry her all the way up the stairs to put her there, she's trying to suck frozen peanut butter out of her Kong, I've left an 80s playlist going for her on the iTunes, and I'm off to a game with another league across town. I'm sure it will feel just wonderful to walk from the hot humidity of the valley into the ice rink.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
With the death of Paul Newman yesterday, some friends and I were discussing the end of an era that will happen when Clint Eastwood and Robert Redford eventually pass. It made me think we really don't have actors like that anymore. Then today, I was watching a George Clooney movie and I thought, if there was one guy who resembled that old-time Hollywood good guy, good looking actor, talented director and philanthropist, he would be it. Can you guys think of any others? Brad Pitt, perhaps? (By the way, I think this photo may be my new screen saver).
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
- Why do noisy teenage neighbors always have to play loud crappy music? Was it that loud and crappy when I was a teenage neighbor?
- Why is there a big sale on Pepsi but not one on Coke? I drink Coke!
- Did anyone else watch the cry fest known as the ER season premiere?
- The line at In and Out is always way too long when I really want to stop there.
- Time code! Time code! Time code! Why is it so hard to understand?!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
I was going to take a picture of Wally getting a brief respite from Gracie, but of course you can see Gracie edging into the corner of the photo:
The next photo, she's right in the middle of things:
Finally, a moment of peace:
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
So she comes over with her $300 drive, I plug it in, start to copy music over, and before I know it - BANG! The drive crashes to the floor. Gracie had been playing with Wally in my cramped office and yanked the cord of the drive, pulling it to the floor. I tried and tried to get the drive to remount to no avail. Now, my friend has to buy a new drive and redigitize over 40 hours of footage for her project, which is now not likely to get finished on time. I felt horrible. We did find it ironic, though, that a rescued dog was the one who did the damage. At least she's one of those friends who totally understands when things get destroyed by dogs. Grace was trying to be in her cutest mode, too. She's lucky she IS cute.
Monday, September 22, 2008
On a side note, I went with an old friend from high school. The two of us had reconnected on Facebook and he lives out in Ventura. He happened to have some free tickets for the game so I joined he and his brother in law. It was good to catch up and see that his life had turned out well. I also ran into an ex-boyfriend at the game - that part was not so fun. It always sucks to run into people you would never dream of running into at a certain place. At least the liklihood of it ever happening again is about one in a million.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
I accidentally discovered a new trick on my iPhone yesterday. For those of you who have one, if you hold down the thumb button, then click on the power button at the top, it will snap a photo of whatever is on your screen. Handy if you want to remember something on a web site, or part of a chat in progress, I suppose. That's your Mac trick for the day.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Grace got her first bath post shelter today. I would have taken pictures but was way too busy trying to hold her down. Unlike her big brother, the water dog, Gracie doesn't apparently enjoy getting hosed down in the driveway. Still, she smells much better now and is nice and soft. My friend had given me some dog shampoo a while back, but I haven't had a chance to use it since Wally has special non-itchy shampoo. Grace had a choice between cherries and green apples. We went with the apples. She now smells like apples (sort of) and dog (definitely). Once I got her dried off and let her back in the house, she ran upstairs and crawled into the bed - still wet. Ugh. Now it's time to wash the sheets...
I hope everyone else had a good Saturday, too. And Happy Birthday, Mom!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
I mixed them in with his regular tennis balls for fetch sessions and over time, they've disappeared one by one. Lately, more often than not, I find Wally bringing a Squeaker to me out of the garage, despite the other 10 or so balls laying around. Now, the squeaking balls are the only ones he wants to play fetch with. They squeak when they hit the pavement and every time he chews on one. Suddenly, there is only one Squeaker left, and Wally now refuses to play fetch with a regular ball. If I can't find the Squeaker and try to throw him a regular ball, he'll pick it up then spit it right out and look up at me asking, "Where's the real ball?"
Now Grace has begun to retrieve. She's following her big brother's lead. Like him, she also only wants to play with the Squeaker. (I'm not sure if it's the squeakiness or the fact that it's the only one Wally is interested in). The thing is, Grace is much faster than Wally and can usually beat him to the ball. Once she has it, she's not so likely to bring it back to me. Instead, she likes to run off with it, and tonight in the dark, she lost it. Wally was not pleased.
My errand for tomorrow - find a place to buy more Squeakers.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
It's been a pretty slow week. I was supposed to play hockey Monday night, but didn't because I wasn't feeling very well. I had a four day headache that finally went away yesterday. Mostly, I've just been mired down in work, doing one project or another pretty much all the time, with brief breaks to play with the dogs. Tomorrow, I get to start my first episode of the international version of the show I work on. It takes place in Milan. This is where I'm expecting to get a note like, "Do we have a SIGN showing it's the Tower of Pisa? We're not sure people will get it." (And yes, I know it's not in Milan).
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
I'm also in the midst of reading the Twilight Series (I'm on book 3 right now), and since the books take place on the Olympic Peninsula, my mind has already been rooted in Washington for the past several weeks. I hadn't heard of the books until someone mentioned them in passing, and then I started to see information on them everywhere. If you're unfamiliar with the books, written by Stephanie Meyer, about teenage vampires, they seem to be taking young readers by storm. I do find them rather juvenile, and the romance involved is quite unmotivated and unrealistic (but hey - the books ARE about vampires - and werewolves). Still, I can't stop reading them. It might be because the last book I read was over 1,000 pages long and pretty heady and these are a relaxing romp, but they're entertaining enough that I'll read the 4th (and last) book as well.
Anyone else reading anything good?
Sunday, September 14, 2008
I'd like to mention as an aside that I saw about half of the Fantastic Four movie on cable at Rob's place this morning. I had no interest in seeing it when it came out because comic book movies are so not my thing. I would just like to say...worst movie ever.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Rob and I then headed over to Kent to watch an exhibition team between the Portland and Seattle junior hockey teams. Portland was up 2-0 in the first, but gave up 4 goals in the first 4 minutes of the 2nd period. They also racked up a ton of penalty minutes and Seattle went on to win 4-2.
This evening, we've just been hanging out around the house. No concrete plans yet for tomorrow, and then I fly home tomorrow night. A quick trip. In the meantime, my friend who has been watching the dogs keeps e-mailing me cute pictures of both Wally and Gracie and I miss them both. Having dogs really does make it harder to go away from home.
Friday, September 12, 2008
I actually saved myself gas and parking by taking the Gold Line into downtown and then catching the Flyaway from Union Station. Total cost to get to the airport: $5.25. Unfortunately, I get back so late on Sunday night that the train won't still be running, though I can still take the Flyaway back to downtown and get picked up from there.
I flew Virgin America today. I'd really been looking forward to it because it's been touted as a "giant iPod in the sky." I have to admit - I really liked the mood lighting inside the cabin. It made it feel much less like public transportation even though I was still cramped into coach. At least all the seats were leather, and there were 110v and USB plugs at each seat. You could order movies on the touch screen at your seat, or snacks, or even chat with other people on the plane (though that seemed sort of odd).
Now, I'm in Seattle for the weekend and Rob and I just ate pizza at some place that was really good. I'm completely stuffed. I'm told the kids are sad but fine without me at home. Tomorrow - off to see the Portland Winterhawks take on their rival Seattle Thunderbirds (that's junior hockey), and whatever else Robert has in store.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
And a bonus photo of Gracie. As you can see, she's really having a hard time settling in here.
Today was one of those days. I was doing notes on a show, and it seemed like the further I got into the notes, the stupider they got. As if the shows we do aren't dumbed down enough for the viewer (if you say it, you better see it, or they won't know what you're talking about) I kept getting notes to put signs in. For instance, this show was in Nashville. In the city setup, they said something about it being known for the Country Music Hall of Fame...at which point in the show, I showed the CMHF building. The note I got was, "Don't we have a shot of the sign for the museum?" Later, at the mention of Nashville, I showed the city. The note? "Do we have a sign?" I honestly felt that if the episode took place in Greece, and they said "The Parthenon" and I showed them "The Parthenon" the note would be "Don't we have a shot of the sign for The Parthenon? They're not going to know what it is!!"
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
"SLOVAKIA'S WOMEN'S ICE HOCKEY PUMMELS BULGARIA 82-0
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) -- With more goals than minutes in the game, Slovakia's women's ice hockey team claimed an amazing 82-0 victory over Bulgaria in Olympic qualifying.
Slovakia outshot the Bulgarians 139-0 during the 60-minute game, played in Latvia. The margin of victory is a record for a women's International Ice Hockey Federation-sanctioned event.
"We took it as training," Slovakia coach Miroslav Karafiat said after Saturday's game.
Janka Culikova led Slovakia with 10 goals, while Martina Velickova scored nine. Fourteen different players scored at least one goal.
Slovakia, which also beat Croatia, Latvia and Italy, advanced to another qualifying group with Germany, Kazakhstan and France. The winner will secure a spot at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
Bulgaria was eliminated after scoring one goal and conceding 192 in the tournament.
The Slovakian men's team clinched its biggest ever victory against the Bulgarians 14 years ago when they won 20-0."
If you're familiar at all with hockey, you know it's similar to soccer - generally a very low scoring game, unless there's a rout. I can tell you I was on the losing end of a 9-1 game last night with my new/old co-ed team that I'm playing with again, and it was a pretty long game. I once experienced a 16-0 loss and that was agonizing. 82-0, I can't even imagine.
Monday, September 08, 2008
What new series is everyone else looking forward to?
Sunday, September 07, 2008
Saturday, September 06, 2008
Then, I went home and worked inside for the remainder of the day on this indie film I've been editing for what seems like forever. I just finally went outside a half hour ago and went for a run in the dark. It was actually the perfect temperature for it.
I have a weekend trip to Seattle planned in a week and just found out that the Portland Winterhawks (Junior hockey) have an exhibition game that weekend against the Seattle Thunderbirds, and my friend, Rob, went and got us tickets. Woo-hoo! Hockey season begins!
Friday, September 05, 2008
I'm not sure if I mentioned my car repair from a couple of weeks ago. I'd been having problems with my brakes and it turns out they needed to be replaced. Plus the rotors, or whatever that is. AND...I had forgotten to take my car in for its last service (an expensive one). $1000 was the grand total for that day. Then two days ago, I start to get a warning on my car that "Anti-Skid Service Is Required." I took it in today...for another $650. Sigh. This car has generally run well and not been expensive. I guess when it rains it pours. Maybe I should just let Gracie have at the car.
Thursday, September 04, 2008
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Since Grace ate the power cable to my DSL modem and I can't be without the internet because of work, I had to go out and find a new power cable today. I did, at Best Buy, for $28. I came in and plugged it in and was good to go...for about two hours, when I noticed my internet was down again. When I went downstairs to check the modem, I couldn't believe it when I found she had bitten through the power cord AGAIN!! I think Gracie has 9 lives. I must admit, I spent some time wondering how long it would take to get the smell of burnt dog out of your house.
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
This is the first time since adopting Grace that I've been gone for a whole day. I put up the baby gate to keep her (and unfortunately for him, Wally too) in the kitchen/dining room area. Wally had always been very respectful of boundaries. You can lean a plastic baby gate up at a door opening and he won't go near it. I later found out from my next door neighbor who let them out several times today that every time she came over, the dogs were running loose in the house.
When I got home from the courthouse at a little after 5, the gate had been knocked over and they were out and about. Here's what else I discovered - the non-slip mat under my area rug chewed up, a baseball cap (I don't even know where she got it from) chewed up in the middle of the floor, one BL computer bag chewed up, the blinds for the dining room window destroyed, the plastic plate for the power outlet broken and chewed, and finally, the piece de résistance...she had chewed completely through the power cord for my DSL/WiFi box - WHILE IT WAS PLUGGED IN! Clearly, it's time to go back to the crate, no matter how much Grace doesn't like it.
I seem to have forgotten somewhere over the last several years what having a puppy is like. And since I got Gracie as a 1-year-old, I pictured her in my mind as being more of an adult - but she is in fact just a puppy in a 1-year-old's body. I forgot how much Wally left in his wake in his first two years...books, wallets, shoes, feather pillows, hockey gloves.
On the up side, my neighbor did report that when she let the dogs out, she let Stryder come out, too, and after a little growling on both sides, the dogs were able to be out together without any attacks.