Taking A Risk – NaBloPoMo

I’m going to give this “post every day for a month” thing a try.  I mean, I’m full of things to talk about.  Breastfeeding, parenting, cupcakes, comics, my son, my dog, my attempt to clean my house and keep my sanity.

The theme this month is “Risk” and there are some neat prompts from the NaBloPoMo organizers.  This will be a challenge for me to complete a blog post every day for a month.  Many times I sit down and get sidetracked, or the words won’t come out or (the most common) I’m just too damn tired.

We bought a diaper for Spitha today.  A reusable doggie diaper that she will no doubt hate.  The last time we tried diapers (disposable) it was the most pathetic thing.  She just…stood there.  Staring.  At me.  With those pathetically sad eyes of hers.  I wish I could explain to her that I’m sorry but I want my son (who is now fully mobile and not contained within the confines of the living room) to crawl about the whole apartment (childproofed areas) without crawling through dog urine.  Also I’m kinda tired of stepping in it myself.  Plus she’ll be happier if she can be with us too.  The diaper is cloth so hopefully she’ll get used to it faster.

Also I lucked out and ended up at the grocery store when they were giving out samples of chocolate.  SCORE.

Well, since I’ll be blogging my fingers off starting tomorrow I guess I’ll call it a night.  I have video games to play plus my hubby and I are watching “The Prisoner” from the late 60’s early 70’s.  I keep expecting the Beatles or Monkees to pop up and start singing.

So goodnight readers (and hello to all my new followers).  Here is a picture of adorable just because.

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Sweetest Day Of The Year

Hey all.  I live in Canada and we’ve got something special planned for Monday.  Something that combines one of my favourite things to eat and one of my favourite charities to help!

Monday is National Cupcake Day for Humane Societies and SPCA‘s!

How SWEET is that?  Not only do I get to eat cupcakes but I’m helping animals in need.  Who wouldn’t love that combination?

If you’re in Canada visit the link above and find out who is hosting a cupcake party near you – then head on over and support this great cause!

If you’re not in Canada, or there is no local party, why not participate as well?  Bake yourself up some cupcakes and eat them on the way to donate to YOUR local animal charity.  Food, blankets, beds, money – I’m sure there is no shortage of things they need.  Short on cash?  Drop by and see if you can cuddle some cats or take a dog for a walk.  Time and love are the best gifts of all!

Nom Nom Nom Nom…..

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Cupcake Dog is READY for Monday!

The One Lovely Blog Award – Yay!

Hi.  It’s been ages and I’ve missed you.

A friend of mine decided to nominate my blog for this Lovely Blog Award and hopes it will give me the kick in the ass I need to get things moving again.  So I saddled Father with baby tonight and will make this award post my come back post.

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Ok…the rules.

1. Thank the person who nominated you.

Anne – The Belle Jar – Go check out her blog.  She’s an awesome lady, a witty and amusing writer, and has so much to share.

Thank you!  I’m honoured to receive this award and touched you enjoy my blog so much.

2. Add The One Lovely Blog Award to your post.

Ayup

3. Share 7 things about yourself.

This is just a fraction of my animated collection of wonder.

1)  I love cartoons.  When given the choice I would usually rather watch a cartoon over a live-action show or movie.  I put on Howl’s Moving Castle when I clean.  I watch Sailor Moon or Lilo and Stitch when I’m having a particularly bad day.  The Real Ghostbusters cartoon is always in my DVD rotation (my mom got me the 200 dollar complete collection for Christmas – there is a picture somewhere of me screaming in delight when I opened it).  The Last Unicorn still makes me teary-eyed no matter how many times I watch it.  In high school I wanted to be an animator.  That didn’t work out.  But my cartoon collection keeps growing.  My current obsession is My Little Ponies Friendship Is Magic, Adventure Time and Avatar – The Legend of Korra.

They guard my underwear drawer from alien invasion.

2) I collect plush rottweilers.  I own 27 different kinds at this moment.  They live in a basket bassinet in my bedroom.  It is a bassinet of black and tan fuzzy goodness.  Can you guess what my favorite breed of dog is?

3) I have the biggest sweet tooth of anyone I know.  I used to consider myself a bit of a candy expert when I lived in Toronto and worked for Sugar Mountain.  I was surrounded by candy from all over the world and proudly boasted that I had tasted everything in the store at least once.  Except for anything involving black licorice.  That shit is gross, yo.

4) I have two tattoos.  The one on my back is a wolf and a cheetah in a circle.  The wolf is representative of my Father and the cheetah my Mother – the animals I associate with them.  When I showed the tattoo to my mom and explained the meaning she said she was both “horrified and flattered” at the same time.

The other tattoo is the Ghostbuster symbol on my right arm.  Where they wear their patches on their suits.  I even measured.  I mean it, I took out a tape measure and everything.  If I was to wear that suit with this patch – that is where on my arm it would land.  People ask my why I got it.  Sometimes I want to answer “Because I just ADORED Back to the Future, don’t you?”   Also on this topic I got to meet Ernie Hudson (Winston) at a comic con in Toronto.  He was super nice and gave me a hug.  I nerdgasmed for the rest of the day.  He didn’t believe the tattoo was real at first and came around the desk to touch it.  He also signed (for free) a drawing I had done of him.  So I have my original artwork signed by the Ghostbuster it is of.  Hell yeah.

5) I hate The Tragically Hip.  The singer’s voice is like nails on a chalkboard to me and I cringe and turn off the songs anytime I hear them.  I also hate Jello Biafra (from The Dead Kennedy’s) and will nearly pass out at the sound of his voice.

6) I am fascinated by the paranormal and have been ever since I was a little girl.  I used to read “More Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark” and scare myself with the pictures.  Seriosly, that stuff was FREAKY!

I also lived in a haunted house when I was 10 and have had two more prolific ghost encounters later on in life.  If I could I would have more.  Someday I would like to hunt ghosts with scientific equipment.  I even have a digital voice recorder should the opportunity arise.  This probably is connected to my love/obsession with Ghostbusters.  Mabye.

7) I got married on the bank of the Yukon river in Dawson City.  If you don’t know where that is look it up on google.  I’ll tell the story in another post.  Was cool to do it where there is so much history.  Hope to go back there someday.  Was a beautiful city and if anyone is thinking of a vacation I recommend there!

4. Pass the Award to 15 nominees

I don’t know 15 bloggers so I will have to do less than that.  Here are some of my favorite blogs whom I think will like the award.

400 Days ’til 40 – Great blog filled with awesome insights into life before40

Dear #$&!% Baby – Adorable baby + Humorous Mother = Awesome posts about motherhood!

Broken Condoms – Sweet lady pregnant around the same time I was.  🙂

The Waiting – Great blog mix of adorable baby, motherhood and other adventures.

Edible Noir – Creative adventures with food and one of the most inspiring ladies I know!

Valkyri – A good friend whom I will not link to out of respect for her privacy but will still give the award to.

Pregnant Twent-Six And Terrified – Insightful and emotional posts about becoming a mother – honest and beautiful.

5. Include this Set of Rules.

Okie Dokie!

6. Inform the nominees by a comment on their blogs.

Working on that now.

So thanks again Belle Jar for the nomination and it has gotten me back – although this post was two days in the making.  🙂  Oh, and everyone….BABY….

Busy, Blustery Day

Oh the wind is lashing lustily
And the trees are thrashing thrustily
And the leaves are rustling gustily
So it’s rather safe to say
That it seems that it may turn out to be
It feels that it will undoubtedly
It looks like a rather blustery day, today
It sounds that it may turn out to be
Feels that it will undoubtedly
Looks like a rather blustery day today

The wind outside is currently hitting over 52 KM/h with gusts at 67 KM/hr.  So the view inside my house looks something like this:

Spitha is terrified of wind.  Even just the normal wind that accompanies rain sends her into a tizzy.  There’s nothing I can do when she gets like this except be kind to her and allow her to stay as close to me as doggedly possible.  That picture was actually under my feet as I took care of this:

That is the snuggle sack I started knitting for babybean.  I picked out a super wash Peruvian wool in purple and started knitting in the round.  It was (luckily) only four rounds into the knitting where I discovered I was purling wrong.  The pattern starts out K1 P1 and I purled wrong.  Argh!  Something so basic and frustrating to mess up on.  So I took it off the needles, tore out the stitches and am going to start again.  This snuggle sack will be perfect GOSHDARNIT!

I’m feeling much better than I did this morning.  I took myself to a craft store and bought some things to craft for babybean’s room.  I also found a second hand children’s store and perused the items on sale and purchased some adorable onesies featuring dogs and/or dinosaurs.  See my glorious purchases:

The last pic is of some scrapbooking sheets that I can do decoupage with and make placemats, picture frames and just get generally crafty.  The canvasses are to make dino pictures to hang in babybean’s room.  There are tons of neat ideas on Etsy but I figured hey, I can paint, I should paint them!  Plus the canvases were a steal at 4.50 each!

Today is also a special day of remembrance.  It explains some of why I’ve been so down all day as well.  Today is the adopta-versary of my precious Princess.

We only knew her for 2 1/2 years but she lives in my heart forever.  She was a special girl and fatherbean and I adored her.  She was loving and silly and full of spirit.  We miss her everyday.  R.I.P Princess, all my love, I’ll see you again someday.

Song From:  Winnie The Pooh and the Blustery Day
Written by: Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman

Finished Undulation

I did it! I completed a pattern and knitted something I can wear and be *proud* of. Here is the finished Undulation scarf in all it’s glory. Modeled by the lovely Spitha. I used up all my Noro yarn and made the scarf about 20″ longer than the pattern called for – which suits me just fine as I like my scarves longer. I love it and have been wearing it every day!

 

 

 

 

Now I’m teaching myself how to knit in the round. I found the most adorable pattern for a pumpkin baby hat but wanted to perfect my skill before attempting such a task. So…I’m knitting a dice bag for a co worker of mine. The dice bag is fairly simple and a great way to use up the stash of Acrylic yarn I bought before I discovered all-natural.  So far it’s going swimmingly and I’m especially proud of my ability to decipher knitting directions and abbreviations.

K1, Yo2, do the hokey pokey and turn your yarn around…yeah like those.

It’s getting nicer and nicer out and the sunshine makes me want to take my dog and knit in the park.  We did spend some time outside yesterday – she loves to just lay and watch the world go by.  Hope everyone is having a great weekend and  I want to welcome all the followers of my blog – I’m excited you are here and honored you chose my words to keep tabs on!  Thank you!

 

Rainy Sunday Baby

It’s a rainy Sunday afternoon.  The dogs are lounging on their respective blankets tired by the lack of sunshine.  Fatherbean has planted himself on the couch and is relentlessly shooting zombies in his new game – or are they mutants?  I haven’t paid any attention and have tuned out the gunshots for the soft sound of water falling.

I love days like this.  The rain is soft and refreshing, more like a mist than a downpour. The sidewalks look slick covered in puddles – perfect for splashing.  The cars make “swooshing” sounds as they drive by the apartment window.  Everything just sort of “hangs” on a day like this.  Despite the headaches I often get from the air pressure these rainy Sunday afternoons always bring a smile to my face – now more than ever!

Babybean is active today.  Perhaps he is sensing my eagerness to put little adorable rain boots on his feet and take him out to splash in puddles.  I’ll teach him that while it’s a valiant effort to try and save the worms from drowning they are, actually, better above ground today.  I’ll buy him the umbrella of his choice but also give him the choice of whether or not to use it.  I’ll teach him we don’t melt in water and running from the car to the door of the building doesn’t make us any less wet.  That one should stroll along and enjoy the tickley and cool feeling of water on our face.  We’ll take deep breaths of the crisp damp air and try to catch one or two droplets on our tongue.  I’ll teach him how to dance in the rain and sing at the top of his lungs.  He’ll learn that there’s nothing quite like the smell of wet dog – and to stay away from a wet dog shaking!  I wonder what kind of umbrella will he choose?  I hope one of the ones with eyes – like a frog.  Those are too cute!

And then I’ll teach him the most important part about days like this. Coming home and drying off with big fluffy towels then snuggling down under the blankets with hot chocolate and those you love.

Paws to Heart – Being a Dog Foster Mom

There have been many dogs through this small apartment’s doors but only two have ever called it home. Through all the licking, the barking, the behavior issues, the sad stories and the heartbreak when they leave I have never asked myself “why do I do this?”.  I do it because I love dogs.  It’s as simple as that.

There are so many dogs who need help, so many lives and sad stories that I often find myself overwhelmed.  It’s hard to wade through the horrors of dog rescue and feel like you aren’t doing enough or that you’re horrible for not saving all the doggies.  I often have to defend my choice of charity to other people who don’t understand why I put my efforts into saving animals when there are children starving.  I’ve also had to defend my choice of rescue to other animal advocates who think I’m not doing it right.  That I’m not saving the right kind of dogs or fighting for what they believe to be the correct way to rescue.

This post isn’t for them though.  This post is for everyone out there who ever wanted to do something to help but weren’t sure about what to do.  Consider fostering – it’s one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences you will ever have.  It will teach you patience when the dog who has never lived in a house pees on your walls and chews your furniture.  It will teach you creative thinking when you have to adjust your schedule for a special needs pet or a high energy pup who needs more exercise.  It will teach you how to child proof your home because if you have a chewer you will learn quickly what dangerous and expensive things should NOT be left around where waist-high creatures can get at them.  Most of all though, it will teach you about unconditional love.  It will teach you about putting the needs of another being before your own.  You will learn to do what is best for that being even if it goes against what you want.

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