Saturday, September 20, 2008

Boxer Puppies

My friend Chanele has 3 Boxers: Rocco, Bella and 'Mater. If you remember, I blogged about 'Mater back in June....

Last Sunday, Bella had a litter, that you can read more about here. Caution, it is a little graphic. I was off of work on Friday, and decided to visit and have a look for myself. I have never seen puppies so little before!
Momma Bella:
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One of the little puppies:
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A few more:
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Daddy Rocco:
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Here are the rest of them sleeping, their eyes aren't open yet, and they can't even walk!
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Rocco, Bella and 'Mater playing out in the backyard, getting some much needed exercise:
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They certainly do like chasing after each other:
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As I was writing this post, a new post appeared in my Google Reader, and was saddened by what I read, unfortunately, one of the puppies, Miracle, didn't make it. RIP little angel.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Oops! Finished 2 more books!



This is the "sequel" to I Do (But I Don't)

From Amazon:
Never marry a rock star. Lily discovers this the hard way when her husband's affair with a flighty actress is all over the newsstands. She escapes to London and the comforting arms of former flame and now just friend Carter. But trouble (and paparazzi) follow her. Dealing with the divorce is tough enough, but soon she is trying to save Carter from his crazy new girlfriend, too. Lockwood fans will recognize Lily as the impetuous younger sister from I Do (But I Don't) (2003), and big sis Lauren makes a hilarious cameo appearance. This novel has the same quick wit as Lockwood's earlier fare but isn't as sweet and sympathetic. Readers may not be able to relate to the trials of celebrity, but they will be able to relate to Lily's attempt to move on. It's the story of heartbreak and recovery at the heart of the novel that will draw readers in.

Are you ready to rock?

Lily Crandell has always lived in the shadow of her older sister, Lauren, who has a successful career as a wedding planner and a perfect husband and baby boy. Known within her family for being an aimless, impulsive trouble-magnet, Lily finally decides she may as well live up to her reputation: she elopes with new beau and would-be rock star Ted Dayton. But just as quickly as his band skyrockets, Lily's marriage crashes and burns. When news of her ex's new love with sultry and silicone-enhanced actress Melanie Slate hits the tabloids, she flees the country.

Hello, London!

Across the pond, Lily shares a flat with an old flame -- a commitment-phobic doctor who convinces her that the best prescription for her broken heart is volunteering at the local hospital. Turns out, he's right, as one of the patients, famed soccer star Sean Gates, takes more than a passing interest in Lily's quirky style. But things get complicated when her ex's band starts flying up the British charts. Ted comes to town, the paparazzi camp on her doorstep, and her new fling and old flame both find rumors that Lily and her ex are planning a little reunion tour rather troublesome. Is there a happily ever after at the end of this rocky road?

----and----



The last (currently) of the Emily Giffin books. Definitely not the best of the four, but I still enjoyed it!

From Amazon:
A chance encounter with an old flame in Giffin's bittersweet, sometimes mawkish fourth novel causes Ellen Dempsey to consider anew what could have been. Shortly after marrying Andy, Ellen runs into Leo, her intense first love. Leo, a moody writer, has secretly preoccupied Ellen ever since he broke her heart, so after seeing him again, Ellen wonders if her perfect life is truly what she wants or simply what she was expected to want. This scenario is complicated by Ellen's past: the early death of her mother and subsequent disintegration of her family have left Ellen insecure and saddled with unresolved feelings of guilt. These feelings intensify when Andy's career takes the newlyweds from Ellen's beloved New York City to suburban Atlanta. As Ellen's feelings of inadequacy and resentment grow, her marriage begins to crumble. The novel is sometimes bogged down by characters so rooted in type that they, and the story line, can only move in the most obvious trajectory. However, Giffin's self-aware narrator and focus on troubled relationships will satisfy those looking for a light women's lit fix.

Both great reads!!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Wow!

I made an appointment to bring Sasha to the vet today. Primarily because her lip changed color from black to pink. I was a little concerned, and she was due for her annual check-up anyway, so I decided to bring her in.

Since we're a little crunched for money right now, I called ahead to find out how much the doctor's visit would be, $49. Not so bad right?

I go to pay, and the final bill $273.93!! WTF! The breakdown included her Bordatella shot (she had a 3 year Rabies and Parvo/Distemper a year and a half ago), heartworm test, an anti-inflammatory shot for her very dry skin, nail clipping, her county rabies tag, among a few other things. I almost passed out!

This dog is going to have to start earning her keep around here!!

On a happy note: so far the doctor is not worried about her lip. She says it's certainly not normal, but it could just be a loss of pigmentation in her skin. She said to keep an eye on it, and make sure it doesn't get worse, or other symptoms pop up, because then it could be a sign of an auto-immune disease. Ruh-roh!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Got a little behind

I haven't been reading as much, but I finally finished the book I Do But I Don't by Cara Lockwood. It was a nice easy read, and I really enjoyed it.

This is the description from Amazon.com:

In this hip, engaging debut novel, it's not all white roses and satin for a divorced wedding planner whose most important client turns the Big Day into a Big Disaster.

She creates perfect days.

In spite of her incorrigible curly hair, Lauren Crandell is a neat-freak and organizational guru, qualities that make her the perfect wedding planner. But when two weddings in one day go haywire, and hunky firefighter Nick Corona comes to the rescue -- twice -- Lauren realizes there are a few important details in her own life she hasn't been tending to since her divorce. Namely, her sex life.

She lives lonely nights.

Sweet and sexy Nick seems hell-bent on fanning the flames between them, and Lauren definitely feels sparks flying. But she's scrambling to plan nuptials for her most challenging client yet -- a beautiful, cunning, and certifiable Psycho Bride. With the big day rapidly approaching, a series of misunderstandings, mishaps, and mistaken identities threatens to ruin not one, but two happily ever afters. But with her career and her love life on the line, the wedding planner just might learn that you can't plan everything, least of all true love.

I didn't realize it's been that long!

August 14? I didn't realize that it had been so long since I last posted!

Let's see what has happened in the last few weeks.... Uhmmm .... nothing really - lol!

I think I decided, along with a couple of other girls, that I was going to attempt a half marathon next November in San Antonio, TX. If this is the case, I really need to get my butt in gear with my C25K.

I was having problems with my calves cramping every time I would run. So I talked to a friend, and she said that I may have a problem with pronation. I had no clue what that even meant, so I went to a running specialty store, and they basically analyzed how my feet hit the ground when I run. The good news: no pronation problems. So what is the problem? My shoes. Yup. I own Nike Shox, and apparently those are the WORST shoes to wear for running. So, now I need to buy a new pair of shoes. Once I get new shoes, I will go back to C25K, and hopefully it will work a little better for me.

What else? Last week was the first week of a lot of season premiers.
I'm stoked that Prison Break and One Tree Hill are back!!



GO GATORS!