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to actually be able to load the dishwasher! No, I'm not being sarcastic. No, I'm not a good or eager housekeeper - far from it! But it's so difficult to load the dishwasher with Freddy around and it feels great when I'm able to do it. He desperately wants to climb into the dishwasher or, at very least, lick everything in or around the vicinity. And I have to time this process very exactly: If he's recently fallen asleep, opening the dishwasher will wake him up. If he's outside, he'll hear it open and come running. If he's been asleep for a while, he may be getting ready to wake up and, you guessed it - try to climb in. So, yes, it is exciting to me when I actually can meet this challenge.
Mon, 6/13 - 8 pts
Tues, 6/14 - 8 pts
Wed, 6/15 - 8 pts
Total = 116 pts
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but it isn't always compatible with eating well and exercising. I know, it could be - but it certainly wasn't this weekend. Oh well, it's a whole new week!
Fri, 6/10 - 2 pts
Sat, 6/11 - 2 pts
Sun, 612 - 2 pts
Total = 92 pts
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was having my whole family together for 5 full days! It was a lovely, relaxing time. I did also get some amazing gifts which I will be enjoying for a very long time. But time spent watching everyone play with the puppy (and Tickit, too, of course): Priceless!
Mon 6/6 - 8 pts
Tues, 6/7 - 8 pts
Wed, 6/8 - 8 pts
Thurs, 6/9 - 8 pts
Total = 86 pts
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Clearly Freddy reads Live Journal (or at least Facebook, which, admittedly, isn't quite as impressive). Right after I posted about wanting him to learn to sleep until at least 6 am, he started sleeping through the night. One day, he actually slept until after 7am! It's wonderful to be able to get a good night's sleep. But he's so smart, I'm going to have to watch my credit cards for unexpected Amazon orders of doggie toys . . .

Fri, 5/20 - 8 pts
Sat, 5/21 - 2 pts
Sun, 5/22 - 4 pts
Mon, 5/23 - 4 pts
Tues, 5/24 - 8 pts
Wed, 5/25 - 2 pts
Thurs, 5/26 - 4 pts
Total = 54 pts (some redeemed)
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If baby X could learn to recognize the number 6 and be taught that morning doesn't begin until the first number on the digital clock is a 6, then shouldn't we be able to teach Freddy the same thing? Or (dare I hope) even the number 7? It would be nice to not be awakened quite so early!
Tues, 5/17 - 8pts
Wed, 5/18 - 2 pts
Thurs, 5/19 - 6 pts
Total = 168
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I was excited to figure out that I could listen to Playlists (something I take very seriously and really enjoy) while watching doggies play outside. Great idea and a pleasant way to pass the time when I can't accomplish anything more intense.
However, to my surprise, I found out that there are limits to the success of even this lightweight multi-tasking: I've been enjoying the music and making my usual, random comments. However, I sent comments without even noticing that one sentence stopped right in the middle - and, looking back, I have absolutely no idea what I was going to say (something brilliant no doubt ^_^)
Oh well, I'm still going to do it and it will help me get caught up on Playlists - but things are likely to be even more disjointed than usual due to the constant interruptions (like the one that just happened when the mailman came - one of the most exciting moments of the doggie's day!).
Sun, May 15 - 8 pts
Mon, May 14 - 4 pts
Total = 152 pts
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Yesterday, I got stir crazy. I was stuck at home all day, mostly by myself. While it is a pleasure to hang out in the yard with doggies when the weather is lovely (as it had been for the past several days), it is not such a pleasure when it is cold, rainy, and gloomy. Going in and out constantly (trying to facilitate house-breaking) left me drenched to the bone, bored, and cranky. In the evening, going out for a drink or something seemed like too much effort and there was a strong risk of an evening of extended crabbiness. Then J had the brilliant idea of playing Zombicide. We love playing board games, but often don't think of playing them when it is just the two of us. Killing mass quantities of zombies was just what I needed to improve my mood - and we successfully defeated the zombies in a scenario where we had been brutally clobbered before. Evening saved!
Fri, 5/13 - 6 pts
Sat, 5/14 - 2 pts
Total = 140 pts
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Baby raccoons may look adorable, but not in my backyard - especially when Freddy is too young to have his rabies shot and it makes Tickit absolutely crazy. Plants are evil too: checking an updated list of plants poisonous to dogs shows that almost every plant in our yard is poisonous (and Freddy is an avid plant-chewer). Could things really have changed so much since we checked the list when we got Yoshi?! And don't even get me started on ants!
Mon, 5/9 - 8 pts
Tues, 5/10 - 8 pts
Wed, 5/11 - 4 pts
Thurs, 5/12 - 8 pts
Total = 132 pts
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and we both had a lovely weekend. Tickit's favorite thing currently is to clean Freddy's ears - she is doing it constantly! That and playing "Wild Puppy" with Freddy seemed to keep her happy all weekend. My weekend appealed to me more: I had a nice ballroom dance evening Friday, a wonderful dinner out on Saturday, heard from both kids even though we decided it wasn't necessary since we are Skyping on Tuesday - they are both so sweet!), and gorgeous weather for hanging out with doggies in the backyard.
Mon, 5/2 - 8 pts
Tues, 5/3 - 8 pts
Wed, 5/4 - 4 pts
Thur, 5/5 - 8 pts
Fri, 5/6 - 8 pts
Sat 2/7 - 0 pts (but worth it for a great meal at Bistro 185)
Sun, 2/8 - 4 pts
Total - 104 pts
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Is it because I primarily remember the good parts of previously raising puppies and children? Or because I am so much older now? I suspect it is a combination of the two (with an emphasis on age). Oh well, I'm certainly not going to let a little exhaustion get in my way!
Mon, 4/25 - 8 pts
Tues, 4/26 - 4 pts
Wed, 4/27 - 8 pts
Thur, 4/28 - 8 pts
Fri, 4/29 - 8 pts
Sat, 4/30 - 2 pts
Total = 64 pts (some redeemed)
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(excellent company, good food, good dancing, good games) = almost nothing accomplished this weekend. But, hey - we do have our priorities!
Wed, April 20 - 8 pts
Thur, April 21 - 8 pts
Fri, April 22 - 6 pts
Sat, April 23 - 2 pts
Sun, April 24 - 2 pts
Total = 172 pts
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"You Ruined Everything (in the Nicest Way)" is coming to mind right now (as I quickly try to get laundry done before the puppy wakes up) . . .

Mon, April 18 - 8 pts
Tues, April 19 - 8 pts
Total = 146 pts
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but in my case, it really is true. We got Freddy when he was only 5 weeks old, which is much younger than puppies are usually adopted. And, the very first day he was home, he tried very hard to use the newspaper. After only one week, he has our routine pegged (in other words, he has already trained us well). Yes, I realize that such a smart dog is going to be a challenge - but I wouldn't have it any other way.
Sat, April 15 - 6 pts
Sun, April 16 - 8 pts
Total = 130 pts
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It felt great to go back to dancing after so many months! True, I had to pace myself and we were terribly rusty, but my knee held up reasonably well and there are no ill-effects this morning. In fact, if anything, the knee feels a bit better. So, I'm on my way back!
Wed, April 13 - 4 pts
Thur, April 14 - 8 pts
Fri, April 15 - 8 pts
Total = 116 pts
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that everything in the house falls apart when the guys are not around, as soon as J left me home alone for the first day with a teeny, tiny puppy, the smoke detector went off just because I'd taken a shower. When I did all the usual things to shut it up and it refused, I was tempted to take a sledge hammer to it (of course, I don't actually know what a sledge hammer is or if we even have one - it just sounded good). However, having just seen a very scary example of an older woman being totally unable to function when her husband had an emergency, I was determined not to play the role of hysterical female. So I calmly located the smoke detector's instruction manual, followed the totally non-intuitive and confusing instructions step-by-step, and was finally able to get it to shut up. Granted, it was a very small thing, but I'm still proud of myself!
Sun, 4/10 - 8 pts
Mon, 4/11 - 8 pts
Tues, 4/12 - 8 pts
Total - 96 pts

Deja vu

Apr. 10th, 2016 10:12 am
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There was one moment yesterday during puppy Freddy's first day home with us that I found myself thinking, "Finally! I get to take my shower!" For an instant, I had a flashback to similar moments home with a human baby. And look at how well that turned out!
Sat, April 9 - 6 pts
Total - 72 pt
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I am not a spontaneous person. I like to plan things out, especially when it comes to trips and large, life-changing events. I like to think that I can be flexible within a planned framework, but advance planning helps me feel on top of things and in some semblance of control. And when I make a commitment, you can count on me to follow through. However, I am suddenly getting the clear message that I don't really have much choice in the matter. First it was the unexpected trip to Virginia. Then it was sudden puppy.
The plan was for us to take Tickit and her puppy home at 7 weeks old on April 19th. However, the breeder fell and hurt himself and found he was having trouble dealing with the puppy, so he asked us to pick both dogs up yesterday. Plans for the weekend (and life in general) are totally disrupted - in a wonderful, adorable way.
Friday, April 8th - 6 pts
Total = 64 pts
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might not have been a happy one (medical issues rarely are), but the trip turned out remarkably well. The medical issues seem to be resolving well, everyone was in good moods, and we got plenty of relaxed time with both kids as well as J's parents. Definitely a win-win!
Tues, April 5 - 8 pts
Wed, April 6 - 8 pts
Thurs, April 7 - 8 pts
Total = 58 (some points redeemed)
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how much I love live music! We heard Anne E. Dechant at the Music Box Supper Club last night. Good music, excellent company, wonderful food and even good beer - what more could we ask?!
Thur, March 24 - 8 pts
Fri, March 25 - 4 pts
Sat, March 26 - 6 pts
Total = 180 pts
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could feel so great! But given that it was the first time I could exercise since December 3rd, it felt wonderful. Thank goodness for physical therapy and trigger-point massage! I'm nowhere near my usual (and I may have overdone it at that), but it's a start.
Regarding my point system: The simple explanation is that I give myself points for exercise and eating well, so the more the better. In order to not punish or reward myself for having an injury, I've decided to start with 146 points.
Mon, March 21 - 4 pts
Tues, March 22 - 8 pts
Wed, March 23 - 4 pts
Total = 162 pts
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