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Paint by Numbers Tuesday

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1) Last week the trees were showing hints of green and the useless Bradford pears were trying to bloom. I imagine everything got flash-frozen with the blast of winter we just got. Although it was much less worse than predicted -- only about a quarter-inch of sleet for us instead of one to two inches. And Layla loved it -- she was running a short distance, then sticking her front legs straight out and SLIDING. :D

2) Speaking of Layla, she had her puppy booster shot (for distemper) and her first rabies shot last week. And she is a mighty little puppy -- as of February 20th she weighs 19.3 pounds. "Layla!" I exclaimed. "You little bruiser!" "Can we please just go home?"

Well, she didn't really say that last part, but it was pretty clear in her eyes. And after that she barfed in my car.

3) Finished Miriam Toews' All My Puny Sorrows and good god it was DEPRESSING. Well-written, but Christ in a canoe, depressing. Or maybe it just goes on a tad too long.

4) Somehow we have become Downton Abbey fans. I don't really know how this happened. Actually we have been watching a bit of British TV -- The Great British Bake-Off, Downton Abbey, Grantchester, QI. Although we weren't that impressed with QI ... I suppose perhaps it's an acquired taste.

5) We're supposed to get 1 - 3 inches of snow tomorrow morning. What.

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Saturday

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Augh, so tired. Layla is conked out in her puppy bed (which looks like this, the smallest of the three sizes) after being a noodge all morning. I've had to let her collar out twice -- I think she weighs at least 10 - 12 pounds now. She starts Puppy Kindergarten next week -- we're hoping this will help get her out of the Puppy Bitey Stage, because ow.

Read Emily St. John Mandel's Station Eleven and loved it. Would recommend with no reservations, two thumbs up, etc etc. Now reading Louise Welsh's Naming the Bones and enjoying it. It is really hard to find time to read now, for obvious reasons. And I am still behind on everything.

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Wednesday

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So life continues apace, with the world turned upside down because of a small black puppy (although she is growing by leaps and bounds, and has discovered her Barking Voice). I am behind on everything. The only thing I can call my own right now is this wonderful cold Mister Nightdog has given me. :-P

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Sun Dog

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A few pics of Layla I took this morning.

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So you can see she still has a few bare patches, but she's much furrier than she was three weeks ago. And she's gaining weight -- I'm going to have to loosen her collar a notch very soon.

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What We Need Is a Beach

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So it is a crazy 82 degrees here (27.8 degrees Celsius). Layla tired herself out running around in the sun and has collapsed in sleep. Earlier she helped me pull last year's dry husks of tomato and pepper plants from their pots (and then redistributed the stalks around the backyard). Getting prepared, because if Sprouts follows the same marketing pattern as last year, they should have Early Girls available for sale by next week.

Watched Philomena and liked it a lot; watched most of The Monuments Men, and, well. Not so good, but some good moments. Also watched Captain America: The Winter Soldier and enjoyed it.

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Thursday

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Cooking a pot of beans because today was an unrelentingly grey, raw day, with rain and wind and general muck. Layla was Not Pleased with the rain, but she did work up the courage to approach a squirrel in the backyard. I think she actually just wanted to play, but the squirrel was having none of that -- although he did make a feint at her, which sent her tumbling backwards. :D

We will be so, so glad when the Puppy Bitey Phase is over. So. Glad. :-P

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Friday by Numbers

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1) Finally, after at least a solid week of dark clouds, we have sunshine and warmer temperatures. This has allowed us to be able to open the back door for Layla to come and go, which has made her super-happy and calmed some of her Crazy Puppy crazies, thank god.

2) Watched Only Lovers Left Alive last night, and ... well, I liked it, but I think maybe I could've done with a tad less atmosphere and a bit more story? I really liked Anton Yelchin as the hapless gofer and hanger-on Ian.

3) Had a huge scare on Wednesday, when Layla suddenly barfed and started shivering. She obviously felt terrible, so off we went to the vet, who said her gums were healthy and pink and her heart and lungs were strong and clear. She (the vet) believed it was some upper respiratory bug, most likely from the shelter (Layla had a slight, dry cough), so she gave us a course of Clavamox, to be given twice a day in soft food ... which means that Layla is DELIGHTED to be eating wet, stinky canned food. And she seems to be all right now. :D

I'm sure there's more, but I'm tired, and anyway, three things make a post. *g*

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Saturday Night

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Things what we have learned. (This is mainly about the Newest Member of the Nightdog Family, so feel free to skip. Although it does include her new name.)

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What else? I have nothing else. Five makes a post. I am working on answering comments. You guys are awesome. :D

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The Rabbit Back Literature Society, by Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen

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Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire: A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival, by Peter Stark

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