Saturday, September 30, 2006
Early Saturday afternoon on the balcony.
>> 12:25 PM
Friday, September 29, 2006
Giles, as captured by my brother-in-law's camera.
>> 9:07 PM
Joy. At a restaurant waiting to be seated. Skipped over TWICE already. Grrr. Never fails.
>> 6:00 PM
Ha. Students doing paper workshop. Classroom is too hot. Ugh. TGIF.
>> 2:31 PM
When it's time for Giles's checkups, his vet sends him postcard reminders with cute illustrations or photos of cats and dogs. When my dentist office wants to remind me to come in for some oral torture, they send me a postcard showing tooth decay and gum disease.
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Thursday, September 28, 2006
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>> 10:37 AM
Wednesday, September 27, 2006[Republican National Convention 2008] will be held here in St. Paul. This town will be overrun with Repubs. Ugh.
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Time to walk the dog! One of these days, I'll get back to an early schedule, walking Giles by 8 am.
>> 8:29 AM
I received a package in a white envelope the other day. Inside was this manila envelope marked "DEAD LETTER!" (The Americanist in me immediately thought of Bartleby.) And with the package was this letter from the USPS. What gets me the most, more than the chiding remark "YOU DID NOT PUT A LAST NAME OR APT # ON RETURN ADDRESS," is the fact that they were sleuthy enough to examine the handwriting on the package for clues about the sender and then figure out my new address but couldn't even deliver the emergency room visit bill that was near-fully addressed to me, lacking only the apartment number (resulting in a bad mark on my credit history for not paying my share of that bill on time). It is kind of amusing that the postal worker thought s/he recognized my handwriting, though. Unfortunately, any side-by-side comparison of the dead letter handwriting with mine would lead anyone to conclude I did not address that envelope. I have never had as many problems with getting mail delivered to me as I did at that last apartment.
I'm not wearing any grey or yellow today. I feel so weird!
>> 8:00 AM
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
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Monday, September 25, 2006
[Dog day cares have no place in zoning code.]
[Macy's adds dog-product boutique to its cosmetics department.]
This morning I had a toadstool cupcake (chocolate cake with bright red frosting spotted with white dots) from Cupcake. And this afternoon I had a Chocolate Chaos Cupcake from [Trotter's Cafe].
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Sunday, September 24, 2006
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Thursday, September 21, 2006
This was a few days ago when it was very very cold. I took the picture right after Rob took off the gloves he was wearing. He wouldn't put them back on for a photo.
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>> 1:22 PM
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Ack. Just went to pick up a book on hold for me at the library and one of my students was the circulation desk attendant.
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Sunday, September 17, 2006
Been sneezy all day. :( Waiting for Vienna Teng to take the stage.
>> 9:16 PM
Saturday, September 16, 2006
We're working hard.
>> 8:35 PM
Bubble tea will be reward for doing work tonight....
>> 8:07 PM
Earlier this afternoon, I played librarian for a couple hours. I was at the [Quatrefoil Library] to help get some books processed. Rob and I worked on putting plastic book jackets on the hardcover books. We kicked ass.
Before that, I ventured out to the 'burbs to find some giant stores like Linens 'N Things. I thought I would never escape the crazy roads and drivers (so. many. suvs.). I left a frantic voicemail message on Rob's phone saying I was trapped.
Ok. Now work.
>> 7:51 PM
There are so many awesome signs around. I keep meaning to take more pictures....
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- The floor fan on the front steps of the house yesterday morning.
- Various garbage bins on sidewalks.
- Out-of-place lawn furniture on our front steps yesterday evening.
- A flattened cardboard box leaning against a tree outside our neighbor's house.
- A discarded Budweiser box along the road.
- A flapping-in-the-wind banner.
- The sandwich board sign for the video/coffee shop.
- The sign at the dentist's office down the street.
>> 9:14 AM
Thursday, September 14, 2006
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The study builds on recent research at Australia's University of New England that found a dog without a preference to use a left or right front paw, a trait known as laterality, is more likely to be upset by fireworks and thunderstorms.Giles seems to be ambidextrous, at least to some extent. And he certainly is jumpy around loud noises. The article doesn't really indicate which dogs -- left-pawed, right-pawed, or non-preferenced-pawed -- might be more trainable....
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>> 2:01 PM
Morning coffee and reading at Dunn Bros.
The poor dog is terrified of everything again. :( He barks at every noise he hears outside while we're home. (He's a bit more confident and protectory at home.) Outside on our walks, he jumps at noises and barks at garbage cans. He's also tense around people walking by with garbage bags and bicycles. I hope he settles down soon.
>> 10:56 AM
Wednesday, September 13, 2006[Whitney Houston files for divorce.]
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Eek. A doberman just charged a group of little kids waiting for the school bus on the corner.
>> 8:49 AM
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
The Bad: Giles almost got run over on the busy road while he was zig-zagging his way home at top speed with a cigarette disposal unit dragging behind him.
The Ugly: Giles was so traumatized he peeed and pooped on himself. :(
The Story: I took Giles out with me earlier this afternoon to drop off mail, to get some bubble tea, and to pick up J-Timb's new album. Our walk was mostly uneventful, and while I was getting bubble tea, Giles got some loving from a passerby outside. On our way home, we stopped at the record shop three blocks from our house. I tied Giles to one of those cigarette disposal things, the kind that is a long tube connected to a wide base. I tested the thing to make sure the base was heavy enough to prevent Giles from pulling it along. I went inside the store, picked up the cd from the shelf, and went straight to the register. As I was paying, I saw Giles hopping up and down. Some guy was standing next to him getting him all riled up. I thought that was annoying but not dangerous. Then, as I was actually exiting the store, I watched as the tube part of the cigarette disposal thing toppled over. Giles dashed into the parking lot, dragging the tube along as it clanked against the pavement. The more he ran, the more noise the tube made. Poor puppy was so terrified. He kept running, even as I called for him. He zig zagged across the parking lot and up the street, at one point darting onto the busy road. I was so scared he was going to get hit by a car, but luckily with the big tube thing trailing behind him, he was very visible, and cars were slowing down and shouting out to Giles. I chased Giles all the way up the street and around the corner to our house. I finally reached him as he hid under the bench outside our door, still tugging away at his leash that was now caught under the bench with the cigarette disposal thing bumping against the bench legs. :( I'm such a bad dog owner. After letting Giles into the apartment with Rob, I took the cigarette disposal thing back to the store. And then I went home and tried to soothe the poor dog who still had his tail down. He was kinda stinky. After a brief walk (he was startled by every passing noise), I gave him a bath with the tears-free, kids-targeted, blueberry-scented shampoo Rob and I have been using. Giles is now a blueberry hound. He's currently curled up under my desk at my feet. I think he's finally feeling better now.
The Lesson Learned: Don't tie Giles to movable objects.
Now I am off to vote in the primary elections. I don't think the primaries matter much in my district this time around. There are pretty much solid candidates who are clearly in the lead for their respective races. It's funny that one of the gubernatorial candidates is named Ole Savior, though. LOL.
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Monday, September 11, 2006
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Sunday, September 10, 2006
Holy crap! Giles and I were just bum rushed by a little squirrel!
>> 7:37 PM
Giles tries out the new sofa slipcover.
>> 1:16 PM
Saturday, September 09, 2006
I was cold yesterday leaving a party with some faculty peeps. I put on the hood of my sweatshirt. And my colleagues mocked me, saying this was but a summer breeze. And then they said they hired me because at my interview I had mentioned I had a closet full of winter coats I never got to wear in North Carolina. Strange how I could be offered a job talking about my dog, cupcakes, and winter coats.
>> 10:32 AM
Friday, September 08, 2006
All Minnesotan lesbians have names starting with "L" -- for example, Linda or Lisa.
>> 5:30 PM
Thursday, September 07, 2006
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It's been a crazy past few days. But Froggy made it home on Monday! Yay! Giles was very excited and clearly had missed him a lot. Froggy has been unpacking and decorating the apartment the past couple of days. I'd left everything in a very sad, half-unpacked way. I have trouble finishing things, see.
>> 9:09 AM
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Me work hard first day of class. At office from 7:30 to 5:30.
>> 5:56 PM
Monday, September 04, 2006[Franklin Roosevelt action figure.]
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Sunday, September 03, 2006[Pope's top exorcist says Harry Potter is 'king of darkness.']
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Saturday, September 02, 2006
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Oh, and he also got treats from the vet's office we checked out on the way. It's staffed entirely by women vets, they said.
>> 12:31 PM
On our long walk today, Giles got fed treats by little kids and the mailman. This city spoils him rotten.
>> 12:30 PM
Giles and I are at this [Amore Coffee] place.
Giles says, "Meh."
We're exploring a different part of town today, finally. We've been walking between our house and campus. We headed sort of in the opposite direction along Grand Ave, the main road of shops (or "shoppes," as seems to be preferred spelling here) in town outside of downtown. It's a bit of a longer walk, but after passing a Starbucks and a Caribou Coffee (and a bakery with bubble tea and a gelaterie), we managed to find a local, wi-fi-enabled coffee shop.
Giles asks if we can move to [Portland, Oregon]. Or perhaps San Diego, California.
>> 11:05 AM
Friday, September 01, 2006[Judge Gives Dog Protection Order]
I wanted to get this shirt at the Guess outlet store, but they didn't have it in my size.
I had a raspberry sorbet and two cookies (one chocolate chip, one cinnamon-sugar) for dinner. I think I might cap off this very nutritious meal with some beer.
Shopping loot for the day: a grey and yellow backpack, two button-down shirts (one blue with squigglies and one white with textured embroidery), a pair of grey dress pants, a pair of dark grey pants (less dressy), a pair of pinstriped grey pants (less dressy), a pair of green corduroy pants, a bed skirt, and new flip flops. Now I should have some pants to wear with the bajillion shirts I have. Who knows if these new pants work with any of my shirts, though. That's always my issue. Meh.
>> 7:30 PM
Clothes are expensive! Just spent about $200, and I've only bought casual stuff. No real change in style for teaching.
>> 4:41 PM
omg the dog park here is awesome. trails and stuff in the wood!
>> 11:15 AM
atom site feed
asian american writers' workshop
the new york times
jon carroll @ sfgate
the village voice
let bygones be...
the old stuff