Anchor Christmas/ El Segundo Mayberry
11/22/2014 | 1 comments


Ugh...what is it with the Kings against Dallas this year? 

Meant to write yesterday, but iam wouldn't load.  Also having issues with Firefox crashing all the time.  I should probably update it.

Someone was going to look at Katrina this weekend, so I've left her at work, but she's just a different dog up there.  I feel bad about it.  When Sabrina's not around, she won't even look at me.  And the person who wanted to see her cancelled.  But I also don't want to leave her here with the housemates, whom she's uncomfortable around, and she has a tendency to jump into the neighbor's yard when I'm not here.  So I don't know.  I'll probably take her on my overnight days again, but I just want to see her in a good home ASAP.

While I'm making wishes, it would also be nice to know what Sabrina's opinion on the whole thing is.  I'd love to know if she's enjoying this solo dog thing or if she would rather have a companion.  I'm sure she'd prefer one who wasn't so clingy, but she might take that if it meant she could taste sweet dirt squirrel blood once in a while.

Because Sabrina's run-ins with wildlife have left her with a bloodlust.  I was very glad she let it go when I yelled at her, but once I had her on the leash, I could tell she couldn't wait to get another one in her jaws. 

And now we're back at the start of the second period.  Let's hope it's better than the first was.

Ugh...good god, Kings.

Can't imagine I haven't used this before (I definitely use "human" as an insult), but here it is again:


To insult someone we call him "bestial." For deliberate cruelty and nature, "human" might be the greater insult.

- Isaac Asimov


Sweetgrass/ Rare Vos
11/20/2014 | 1 comments


Yesterday I took the dogs to Canyonback, as that's what I do Wednesday mornings.  I figured Katrina would stick right with Sabrina, and she did, so she got some fun off-leash time.  The couple of times I lost track of her, I asked Sabrina to find her, and they came back together.  Good dogs.

Came home, took the recycling in ($82).  Went to Ralph's to get non-TJs stuff and cash my ticket, only the register worker thought I wanted to use my recycling money to pay for my groceries (which I didn't, as I wanted to earn miles on my card), and put that money towards my order, and then put the change towards my card.  I didn't know that this was a thing that could even happen, so I was miffed until I got home and called the company (as it hadn't shown up on my statement) and was assumed that a credit could take 10 days to show up.  So thanks, Ralph's employee.

Then went to Total Wine and spent over $90 on beer, because that's how I roll these days.  I'm hoping to not have to go back until after the new year, so I bought a little extra. 

Came home, unpacked, made tacos, watched the Kings game, took the trash out, did the dishes, and got going back to work a few minutes later than I'd hoped to.

This morning I took the dogs to the greenbelt and down the strand before stopping at TJs.  I wanted to be done early because I had plans to drive to Santa Ana to pick up more vape cartridges (they're $10 cheaper if I go down there) and take the pups to the dog beach.

Sabrina's gotten really terrible down there.  The pulling was nearly out-of-control.  I could do nothing to get her to ease up. 

I let them both loose, and was immediately worried that Katrina was going to hurt herself trying to follow Sabrina around (as she's much smaller and has shorter legs).  And she was just as into the hunting as Sabrina.

Too effective together, in fact.  For the first time ever, Sabrina caught one.  It happened right on top by the cement walkway, and she had it before I knew what was happening.  I yelled "Hey!" at her a couple of times, and she let it go and came to me.  Katrina followed.  When I'd grabbed her, some lady in her late 60s-early 70s told me that I was a horrible person.  She said it a couple of times, then accused me of setting Sabrina on the squirrel, which is of course not what happened.  She and her husband were really scolding me for having them off-leash, and I was defending myself to the point where they actually said "whatever," and then some guy came to my defense and started yelling at them for yelling at me.  At that point, I had the dogs back on leashes and was walking away.

I walked them down to the tall cliffs, hoping that Sabrina could just enjoy the beach without bothering the squirrels, and she ran into the waves and cooled off.  Katrina was too afraid of the water, so I tied my two leashes together so she could have a long leash, at least.  And Sabrina trotted ahead, and looked back, and trotted ahead, and looked back, and I thought, "oh good, she's checking on us; maybe since I have Katrina, she'll stick around," but that final look back I now recognize is just to see if I'd say anything with how far she was pushing it, and once she'd seen I wasn't going to, she decided she was free.  And when she's decided to go, there's no calling her back.  And she was gone, right back to the top of the cliffs, and ignoring me as I clapped and called.

So I wasn't too impressed with her behavior today.

When I finally got her back down to the sand and had put the leash on her, I noticed she had blood on her chin.  The lady had yelled at me for letting Sabrina kill the poor squirrel, and I pointed out that there was no dead squirrel anywhere, and not even a drop of blood.  Well, I was wrong, but the blood shed in the Sabrina vs wild animal contest had again been Sabrina's. 

Seriously, fat as they might be on bread scraps and a lack of predators, those are wild squirrels that are fully capable of defending themselves.  And they're at this point overrunning the beach and probably undermining the cliffside with their burrows.  I'm about as bleeding-heart as one can get for animals, but if that squirrel was naturally selected to sacrifice its genetics for the sake of the gene pool, then who are we to interfere?  Horrible people, apparently.

So the dog beach was sort of ruined for me today.  Sabrina's behavior is unacceptable to me.   Now that it's just us, I'm going to focus on properly training her on recall and leash walking.  Maybe we'll try again around Christmas, but I fear she's tasted blood and wants more.

Been relaxing at home since, eating pizza and watching a documentary on James Brown. 

Ready for the nothing I'll be getting to once I'm through all of this stuff I have to do.


The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.

- Andy Rooney

Red Tail Amber/ Josef's Belgian Blond
11/18/2014 | 1 comments


Still nothing really to say. 

Katrina made it into the neighbor's yard a couple of times yesterday, so I don't think I'll be leaving her alone here anymore.  Luckily I'm doing night shifts the next three days, so the dogs will be with me at all times.  There are people interested in looking at her, so I'll probably leave her up at work on the weekend.  She might even be gone by then. 

All of my recent jars had contamination issues, so I'm starting over on that project.  I gave away most of it recently, and seem to have made a few converts.  I'll need to be a little better about keeping things rotating in the future. 

Finally sorted through about a month's worth of recycling.  It's taking over the side of the house, so I'll take it in tomorrow.  It's time for my monthly trip to Total Wine, anyway.  I figured I've got one more week until leaving the house for any sort of shopping becomes a total nightmare. 

Otherwise feeling quite apathetic and totally unmotivated.  Hanging with the doldrums (in their personified, "Phantom Tollbooth" sense).


The sun shines and warms and lights us and we have no curiosity to know why this is so; but we ask the reason of all evil, of pain, and hunger, and mosquitoes and silly people.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Rogue American Amber
11/16/2014 | 3 comments


Not too much to say.  Katrina (my nephew wants to call her "Emmet") hasn't warmed up to anyone else in the family yet.  I guess she senses when someone's not a dog person.  She's Sabrina's little shadow now, which I can tell is beginning to get on Sabrina's nerves a bit.  I think I'll keep her with us until she finds a home, but I don't think her home is going to be here.  She's a very sweet girl, and she'll no doubt fill someone's heart with dog love.

Don't really have much else to say.  It's not even 7:30, and all I want is bed.


Whoever thinks of going to bed before twelve o'clock is a scoundrel.

- Samuel Johnson



11/14/2014 | 5 comments


Mom's going up to Oregon to see my brother's family (and her newest grandson) for Thanksgiving, so she's going to be coming down here this weekend for some pre-holiday time with us.  In fact, she should be arriving any minute now.

The game last night was terrible.  Seriously the worst game they've played all season (yes, I'd say worse than the 4-0 season opener loss to San Jose).  They looked horrible, unable to complete simple passes or get decent shots on goal.  I assume because they put it all out there the night before with Anaheim.  I was less upset about wasting the money and more upset that it was cutting into bedtime.  I'd've rather been sleeping than watching that.

Also, what's a girl to do with shitty sports arena beer?  I refuse to buy Bud Light, because if I'm paying $10, I want at least 5% alcohol, but that leaves me with Budweiser and Shocktop as my only choices.  I went with Budweiser last night because it's the one I've had less, but I think that was probably the last one I'll buy.  Just...ugh.  How are these beers popular?  And why don't they offer Stella any more?  And what's wrong with the people who are happy choosing to drink these things?

Anyway, I was very nervous about leaving the dogs home today, as it was going to be Katrina's first time alone here.  The walls on two sides are six feet or more, but the wall leading into my neighbor's backyard is shorter, which is the one that worried me.  Not that she could get anywhere from his yard.  So all my post-work walks were a bit nerve-wracking, but happily both doggies were here when I got home, and both excited to jump all over me.  She's still afraid of everyone else in the house, however, and doesn't at all like my brother-in-law (she must be able to sense his evil anti-dogness). 

Nothing else really to go on about.


Life in any form is our perpetual responsibility.

- S. Parkes Cadman


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