Latest Post - This Week!
Monday was my first real voice lesson. I was very tired and not feeling
great, so we mostly just did some exercises. The teacher is very nice. I see her
posts on Facebook, and she had been talking about something gluten free. I
happened to mention that I had made some sugar free, gluten free pumpkin spice
ice cream. She said that sounds delicious, so I jokingly said, maybe I'll bring
you some. Then I found out that Monday was her birthday! I briefly debated
baking her a cake, but I saw by her Facebook that she'd already had a cake, so
she was probably sick of cake. I brought her in a little container of the ice
cream, and she loved it. It was very good. I finally finished it today.
I'm still not doing a great job doing my singing exercises. I just feel tired
all of the time. I decided to only eat at Chick-Fil-A for now, so I won't get
sick, but it hasn't been a very successful plan so far. After Peter is gone,
then I can probably stick to it better. The other restaurants all seem to make
me sick, probably from cross-contamination. My allergies have been really
bad this week, too.
I've been so incredibly busy, and just exhausted, and I haven't had any time to
train Brandy, either. We've been trying to teach her not to bite us, especially our
feet. She loves to nibble on our feet, especially sometimes when we walk. We use
the bitter apple or cherry spray, and we say "no" very firmly. It only works
temporarily, though, and she comes right back to it again. She doesn't seem to learn
anything when it comes to the biting. She's always bugging me to play with her, and I just don't have the
time or energy to do it as much as she wants.
The trainer had recommended I get a chain leash because it's harder to chew up.
The first one I got was too long, so I ordered a shorter one. When I put that on
her, she just freezes and sits there, wherever I put her. She doesn't move much.
It's great when we want her to calm down, or when we want to sleep and she
doesn't. But it's not very good otherwise....the original point was to have it
on her all the time so we can use the leash to make her go where we want, when
we want. That won't work if she's so afraid of the leash. He thinks that it's
because it's heavy and makes noise. I don't know, but it's very strange.
Our friend Peter is coming to visit Sunday through Wednesday. I think we'll put
that leash on her when he first gets here, so she'll be calmer. Otherwise,
she'll have excited peeing and drive us crazy running around.
I'm very annoyed about something, but I can't say what it is... something to do
with writing. Grrr!
I had a term paper due in my Intro to Mass Comm class. We were supposed to
watch at least three different newscasts and then answer some questions to
compare them. It was pretty easy. I hate the news, though! It's funny because I
don't like watching or reading non-entertainment news very much...I find it very
I was supposed to do my presentation for my Intro to Public Relations class on
Wednesday as well, but I asked to push it back until Friday. I just ran out of
time to do both the term paper and the presentation. It's not like I purposely
waited until the last minute to do them. I've just been swamped.
I still have all of my regular stuff for my site that keeps me busy (you know,
my FULL TIME JOB!), especially on the weekend. It doesn't leave a lot of time
for school work or anything else. I've cut way back on what I do, but there's
still a lot to do, especially in the Fall with the new shows.
I asked Christina to take Brandy and I to the Bow Wow Beauty Shop about 9:45, so
we could drop Brandy off, and then pick her up later after school. Well, the
people at Bow Wow neglected to tell me that they had moved! So we went to the
wrong place first, wasting time. Brandy is not thrilled about riding in cars. I
brought the thick blanket from our car to put in the back of Christina's truck,
but still, Brandy peed on it and then vomited as well. I didn't see the vomit. I
guess she got carsick. So later on, Christina texted me a picture and let me
know what happened, and that she might have to pay to get her car cleaned. I was
horrified and embarrassed, but she was not upset. She's a parent, and a nurse,
and she's had dogs, so she knows how that is.
Anyway, David picked Brandy up and took us home, so Christina wouldn't have to.
She was dealing with her own crisis, anyway. Her daughter's elementary school
had a fire, so she had to rush to pick her up.
Then Yolanda and her daughter, Debra, came to clean the house. Debra was really
taken with Brandy, but Brandy kept peeing. This dog is just set on making me
look bad, I swear! LOL! Good thing they hadn't cleaned yet where she peed. You
can't get mad at the poor thing for these mishaps because it is involuntary.
When they came to clean, I moved the living room furniture back where it used to
be. I no longer have to watch Brandy's every move or worry about her peeing all
the time. All of the changes freaked her out, though. Poor baby! I had taken the
big rug out and some other stuff out of the sun room, too, so I moved it all
I'm only letting Brandy stay in the bedroom from now on, not the sunroom.
She just chews on furniture and rugs too much if left unattended. She chewed part of the molding on the corner of our
bedroom, near the door. She chewed a corner of the rug, too, and also has been
under the bed chewing away on the mattress. So at least I'm keeping her confined
in there from now on. Between the bitter cherry spray and the gates, I mostly
keep her away from the stuff I don't want her to chew. This way, too, I was able
to move the plants and some other things back into the sunroom. Poor Brandy
doesn't know why she's not allowed in there any more! She'll adjust, though.
We had this runner that went behind the sectional...when Brandy came, we moved
the sectional apart, and I put the runner in front of the couch. It is a very
thin rug that slips a lot. Brandy kept peeing on it, and chewing it, and sliding
on it, so I finally put it away for a while. I moved that to our bedroom this
week and I
got another, better runner for the living room. It's very soft, like a shag rug,
but with a pretty design. It doesn't move as easily.
Now that the weather's nicer, she asks to be let out a lot more, and she stays
out there longer. Well, that means she's also running amok. She's been digging
holes, and ripping out this mesh that was under a lot of the plants and dirt.
Fortunately, I don't care too much about any of that.
I only put some of the knick knacks and things back after the cleaning. I have
more to do. I just haven't had any time or energy!
I did make some butterscotch ice cream, with sugar free butterscotch pudding.
It's very thick and rich, but great.
I stayed up way too late Tuesday night, so I was dead tired. Then I went to
bed very early Wednesday. But guess what - on Thursday, I woke up at 6:30am and
couldn't get back to sleep! I got up, had breakfast, etc. and then went back to
sleep for a few hours. Now you know why I'm so tired!
We got to see part of a
very interesting PBS documentary in my photography
class about the history of photos in the U.S. I think we're going to see more of
it next week.
Ever since last weekend, whenever I wanted to take a selfie, my pictures on my
cell phone came out really dark. I couldn't figure out what I had done to change
any settings. I asked my photography professor for help, and he couldn't figure
it out, either. Then I rebooted it and that solved the problem. So weird!
I've been pretty careful about the mosquitoes, but I'm still getting bitten. On
Wednesday, I was out in the yard very briefly, yet somehow I got bitten on my
right wrist and on my left leg just above my knee. Then on Thursday, I did use
the mosquito repellant, as always, when I walked Brandy, but one bit me on my
face! How the heck does that happen? You can't put repellant on your face! That
stuff is toxic if you swallow it or get it in your eyes. Grrrrr.
We've had bizarre weather this week. Monday morning it was actually cool, in
the low 60's. Then it's been nice, but Thursday and Friday were back in the
The lawn guy, Mark, was supposed to come back on Friday to pick up the messes
Brandy made, and do some last minute mowing and weeding, and to plant my Meyer
lemon tree in the backyard. I left money for him. When I came back, the money
was gone, but nothing else seemed done. I spent many hours phoning him, with no
reply. Finally I did hear back from him. He did the mowing and some weeding (it
was hard to tell because it was mowed last week), but I guess he had other
people's lawns to mow, so he had to leave. He's coming back on Saturday to
finish it. I still have to go pick up the dog poop out there, too. I was a
little worried there for a while when I couldn't reach him. I don't know him
very well, so perhaps leaving cash for him was stupid. It turned out okay,
though. It's a small town, so most people are pretty nice and trustworthy, I
think. He's just not the most reliable person sometimes. When he says what day
or time he'll show up, it doesn't always work out the way he promised.
my presentation in my PR class and it went very well, even though I'd been
sick off and on that morning. We were supposed to bring a company or brand that
does some kind of positive PR, like charity work or other community involvement.
I chose Marvel Comics. I found some great graphics online to use, too. I think
I'm getting better at these because my voice wasn't shaking nearly as much.
Also, I wrote out what I wanted to say, so I didn't say any "ums" and "ers" that
he usually takes a point or two off for. (He did take off one point, anyway,
My laptop battery is back to having that same problem again...I unplug it at
home around 10 before I leave, and it runs out of power before 1pm when I'm in
class. I don't even have time to take care of that right now.
When I was walking Brandy tonight, I noticed that many houses had their Fall
decorations up. At least one (possibly three) had Halloween decorations up
already! That's just way too early.
I still need to use my camera more and figure out how to use it for
everything. We have an assignment due next Tuesday. We're supposed to take a lot
of photos of someone and then select 4 to turn in. We have to make two of them
into black and white photos. Our friend Peter is coming to visit on Sunday, so
he agreed to pose for me. That doesn't give me much time to do the assignment,
though. I couldn't talk David into doing it, and I don't know many other people.
I certainly don't know anyone that I want to inconvenience like that.
Before Peter arrives on Sunday, I still have to do the laundry and dishes;
straighten up the house; put the knick knacks etc. back out; figure out my
grocery list; water the plants; make some more ice cream and possibly cookies;
put some new lights in some places; pick up dog poop in the back yard; wash the
back windows; learn how to use my camera better; as well as go to the football
game and do my regular work on my site. Ha! Yeah, right, that'll all happen, I'm
I usually try to post my blog on Mondays, but sometimes it goes up a few days
later. Today I posted last week's! That tells you how busy I've been.
I was going to get up at 9am, but I woke up at 8:30 and couldn't get back to
sleep. I went back to sleep for a little bit before David called to wake
me around 11 about lunch.
The lawn guy, Mark, said that he would be by "this morning." We left the back
gate open, but latched, so Brandy can't get out. However, she likes to go out
there a lot, so I had to call Mark and ask him for a more specific time, around
10. Unfortunately, all he could give me was "before noon." However, he did
promise to call before he came, so I could make sure Brandy is not back there.
Now it's almost 2pm and he still hasn't come by. :(
It's been a very stressful week for me... I didn't even keep track of what
was going on in the blog like I usually do, and now it's already Saturday. I had
to try to recreate everything from memory.
We had lunch at Backyard Barbecue. This place is great, but it's so slow, and
there was a long line when we got there. It's worth the wait, though.
Their ribs are the best, but if you try to get them before 11:30, good luck.
They don't always have them done by then.
We stopped at Brookshire's as usual for a few things. I got some Arctic Zero
ice cream, which is not bad. It's not as good as real ice cream, but considering
it's fat free, low calorie, low glycemic index, gluten free and fairly low carb,
it's not bad. It's a nice little cold treat.
We're going to the football game this afternoon. We'll do like last week...go
to the Mulegating and half the game. I've got too much to do!
It was very hot today, so that made it a little less fun at the
Mulegating. We said hi to people we knew, walked around, and then sat inside the
new alumni center, which is air-conditioned, to eat dinner. The game was
fun...they won easily. It wasn't as hot there in the shade. My back was hurting
me a lot, though, because of sitting there with no back support.
The lawn guy, Mark, was supposed to come by this morning, but he never showed
at all. It's very upsetting because I paid him for the
already. He only did a small portion of what he promised. He knows that we're
having company tomorrow, and that's why I wanted it done before then. I guess
I'll have to find someone else for the future.
I spent most of the day getting the house ready for Peter's visit tomorrow. I
have a lot to do. Too much! I stayed up until about 4 am. I watched "Hidden
Figures," which I recorded on my DVR. Good movie! I played it while I worked.
I got up around 11 and was just working hard all day.
First we had lunch at the Mexican place near us, El Compadre. Then, we
went to the grocery store, and I did the laundry. We also had stopped at the
dollar store, so I got more Fall decorations. The house came together very
nicely. I got some more plants but forgot to get fresh flowers...the place
looked good, anyway... You can see more photos on my
We had to spend some time out in the backyard to clean it up, since that guy
Mark never came. I picked up the dog poop and some of the pine cones and sticks.
David helped me with that. I also swept the back porch and patio, and cleaned
off the lawn chairs, and washed the outside of the back windows. We had to put
some lights up as well. I never did make the cookies!
I had a little nap in the afternoon, which helped immensely because I was so
Before Peter arrived, I made food for us all. He was due in around 8, so I
figured he'd be hungry.
Most of what I made was very simple. I sliced up veggies and put them on some
pretty dishes I use when we have company. I also had crackers and lots of sliced
up cheese, and plenty of chips and dip. I put out olives and pecans as well. I
made my usual simple dish with Buddig beef rolled up with cream cheese. I had
bought some spicy cheese sausage and cooked that up, too. I also warmed up some
cheese dip. The only thing that annoys me is that I forgot to take a photo of
the table laden with all this! It looked great.
Oh, also, I didn't walk Brandy tonight because of being busy and tired.
We put the chain leash on her, so she was a bit easier to control. She did
pee on the floor a tiny bit, but that's uncontrollable...she was just
over-excited with Peter's visit.
It's always fun when Peter visits. He's a nice person, but also, he's very
funny and easy going. We stayed up quite late!
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