Monday, June 29, 2009

Definition of Adorable

"There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face." ~Ben Williams

The above statement could not be more true. You can be in the saddest of sad places and what a little puppy love won't bring you out of. Even if it's just to make you smile for a moment, and then they grow and grow and grow and you can't imagine living life with out them. I mean, who else would listen to everything I had to say and never grumble about it? They are just happy you are there with them, just...being. A never failing form of unconditional love.

A couple months ago my black lab had to be put down. She was just getting too old and she gave up eating and drinking. It was one of the most difficult decisions but it was what was better for her. She was the best dog that I had ever had. She was just so sweet. Always by your side and never a complaint out of her, and no matter what the kids did to her when they were little ones, she never snapped. She was just happy to be by you. When we got her the previous owners called her Candy. We never did change her name even though we thought it was kind of dorky. I guess it described her to a T though :)

There was never any intention of getting another dog. It wasn't even a thought. My daughter was asked over to a sleep over and she told me, "MOM guess what!! You gotta see the puppies when you drop me off!!". I said "puppies?!". "YES!! TEN of them!!". So of course, being the animal lover that I am, of course I wanted to see them. So when I dropped her off we had a look at all of the puppies. Oh my gosh! Talk about a frenzie of 10 german shepherd puppies. They were so much fun. We were just about to leave and Bug says, "Here mom, hold her. She's cute.". I took her from him and I think I literally melted to the floor right there with her. A week later I brought her home with me.

So with out further ado, meet Niko (Nee-koh). She is a long haired german shepherd who just turned 8 weeks today! Isn't she adorable?

Friday, June 26, 2009

My Sisters Keeper

"There are some things we do because we convince ourselves it would be better for everyone involved. We tell ourselves that it's the right thing to do, the altruistic thing to do. It's far easier than telling ourselves the truth. " -My Sisters Keeper

There are so many things to say about this book I don't even know where to begin. I have never read a book that took me through so many emotions as this one did. I had seen the previews to the movie and knew that it would be a tear jerker, but man, I was not prepared for the roller coaster this novel took me through.

One of the things I tend to do while reading (well with anything, really) is to over analyze what is going on. Bad habit, yes I know. Lately my friend and I have been reading the same books and she yells at me all the time, "Stop trying to figure out what is going to happen before you get there!".. LOL.

Jodi Picoult writes in a way that it is almost impossible to figure out what is going to happen, which was, for me, frustrating and exhilarating at the same time. You would be laughing your ass off in one paragraph, and in the very next line, you're brought to tears. I don't mean those tears that well up and go away quickly, but the kind of tears that you let well up for so long because you can't supress them, and they fall like giant rain drops down your cheeks. The kind where you have no choice but to put the book down because you can't see to read any longer. Many a pages have my tear tracks on them. Next time I read one of her books, I'm carrying a box of Kleenex with me :)

One of the things about her writing in this book was how she wrote her chapters. At first it was annoying and confusing, but after a while, I realized the benefit behind it. She writes each chapter in a different main characters perspective. There are seven. Most books that you read share only one view point and the dynamics are very limiting. Reading a story where you feel what each character is feeling, gives the book so much more depth and fulfillment in the story itself.

I don't want to tell about the story here, because I hate spoilers, but I highly encourage you to read this book. Even though this is not a true story, it very well could be and it stops you in your tracks and makes you think about what you would do if you were faced with such a situation. It's full of bravery, honesty, truth, reality, love, compassion, and so much more. I believe it will be a book that you will not want to put down, even when you've finished the last page. It tugs at your heart strings like no other book I've read. I will openly share that for the last hour of reading this book, I cried.

"One fire burns out another's burning, One pain is lessen'd by another's anguish." - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

Sunday, June 14, 2009


Peanut: It's a tiny little car isn't it?
Jeff: It's small.
Peanut: I bet to get in and out, you gotta use a lotta lotion

I'm so disappointed that I missed the opportunity to get tickets to go see Jeff Dunham in person. Once I realized he was in town, he was sold out :( No matter how many times I watch his videos, I still laugh almost to tears. Peanut is my favourite and I think, has the best lines. Like the one above and this one: "Once you go purple, you never go back"...LOL!

I chose to post this video because in this one he picks on the Toyota Prius. Even though he picks on the car, I have to admit that the commercials they have come up with are pretty darn clever and creative. Not enough to make me want one, though. I mean, I live around too many hills to have to push the thing up them all the time...hee hee!

If you look close, I think it nearly has to stop for a breather at the top of the bridge :)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Give It A Whirl...

There really isn't much to say along with this video. It's pretty self explanatory and it made me smile. I hope you smile as you watch it too...

Enjoy :)

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Get It On...Heh...

There are times when you see something and you KNOW its wrong but you just can't help but click on it to see what it is.

Confession #1: Yep. I did it. I couldn't help it. I have a problem. I know this but it had a TURTLE in it so I really had no choice but to click it to see what it was. :)

Confession #2: I cannot stop giggling at this video, even when I'm not playing it. The sounds he makes...OMG...I didn't even know turtles made sounds!! LOL.

Just watch for yourself. Maybe you'll get a laugh or two out of it as well. Even the guy laughing in the background cracks me up!! Maybe you won't laugh and just think I'm some kind of sicko....well, that's partly true, so no harm there either. ;)

Monday, June 1, 2009

Her Morning Elegance

I was poking around You Tube as I do sometimes when I'm bored. I was looking for something new and I came across this amazing video. It caught my attention right away and I think I've watched it about 10 times now. Partly because the video is brilliant and partly because I really love the song that goes with it. I have a feeling I will be listening to a lot of Oren Lavie.

Reading up on it, this was all done in still shots, about 3225 of them. Wow! Sounds like it would potentially take weeks to do, right? Well it took 4 weeks to do the animated storyboard but only two days to do the actual photo shoot.

Very fun. Very clever. Absolutely brilliant!!

I hope to see more in the future!