Thursday, October 13, 2011

Tell Me Thursday #13

1. What is your favorite Little Debbie snack? If you hate Little Debbie then I bow down to your greatness. (I suppose you can include some other favorite snack. Maybe it'll inspire me to get over LD for today.)

I am not sure what they are called but they are two oatmeal cookies glued together with marshmellow stuff.  Fortunately I have not eaten them in years and I am not about to start.  Ice cream and beer are my only vices. 

3. What do you use for laundry detergent?
Tide because I knew a woman chemist who was involved in testing detergents and Tide was the most effective that they found.

4. Tighty Whities or Boxers? (this, obviously, is open for interpretation)
hmmm.  I’m gonna go with tighty whities but I could swing either way.  This too is obviously open for interpretation.

5. Dogs: On the bed? In the house? On the furniture? Never? What are your rules?
Oh my lord.  This morning I came down from the shower and Olive was standing right in the middle of the coffee table.  I guess we do have rules however.  Dogs are not allowed on the counter tops or in the refrigerator. 

That brings to mind one of my favorite stories about training my dogs not to get up on my desk and monkey with my yarn supplies.  We have a gizmo called a Scat Mat that is a clear plastic covering that gives out a static electricity jolt when pressure is applied.  I placed the Scat Mat on my desk with some very enticing yarn balls as bait.  Several days passed and nothing happened.  Then one morning the alarm clock went off and I walked around the bed to turn it off, stumbling over a pair of shoes and landing with both hands on the Scat Mat covered desk.  Thousands of volts of electricity (this is a tiny exaggeration) shot through my body and I thought that I was perhaps having a heart attack.  Finally I realized the cause and jumped back.  Victor and Olive were sitting close by, snickering.  They never fell for it, but developed mad skillz at getting things off the counter/desk by placing their paws very carefully on the edge.

6. Favorite dog-related website (aside from my blog, obviously har har har)? Favorite NON-dog related website? Can be blogs, or whatever.

I am addicted to looking at results on the AKC Event Search.  It is so gratifying to NEVER see my name on the list of dogs that have qualified.  It makes me feel special.  Short bus special.

My absolute favorite website is  If you are a knitter and you are not on ravelry, well you are not a real knitter.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Tell Me Thursday #12

1.       If you won the lottery (a big one... I'm talking stupid muchos cash) what would you do with the money?

Not if, but when, I win the lottery I have plans for the money that will benefit you, my loyal readers.  The money will be used to build and run a retirement community for elderly dog trainers.  There will be a compound of cabins...simple dwelling places that have one bedroom, one bathroom, a small living area, and a kitchenette.  Each cabin will have a front porch.  There will be an indoor/outdoor kennel off of the bathroom.  There will be a special cabin for Karen that has extra facilities for breeding...a honeymoon suite for the actual breeding, a welping room for the birth, and posh puppy indoor/outdoor facilities.   There will be a central dining facility where we will all gather for the meals, prepared by a fabulous chef.  There will be a large training facility with an area for obedience rings and agility courses that has flooring suitable for elderly dogs and people.  And of course plenty of walking trails and fields/woods to play in.

2.       After winning the lottery would you work a day job? If so, what would you do? 

I would continue working my day job as a computer programmer.  How lucky are we to live in a time when we can make enough money to pay entry fees by sitting at a computer all day, writing amusing programs, and eating snacks.  I love my job.

3.       Do you have any auxiliary dogs? Auxiliary dogs are dogs that are not essential to your main purpose (usually tiny, but not always). If you don't have an auxiliary dog what might you choose?

Hmm.  Does Norton count as an auxiliary dog?  He never Qs in utility.  He spends most of his time in the bedroom deep in thought about how to frustrate my every training attempt.  

Does Dick count as an auxiliary dog?  He is less trainable than Norton, but he does bring me food.  Which I appreciate because otherwise I would die of starvation.

4.       Do you have a favorite crock pot recipe (or other recipe) you can share?

Tortilla soup. 
Get a package of boneless chicken thighs. 
Put them in the crockpot. 
Wash your hands.  Wash them again. Ewwww. 
Put a can of tomatos in the crockpot.
Put a can of beans in the crockpot.
Put a jar of salsa in the crockpot.
Put a can of corn in the crockpot.
Cook on low for 10 days (maybe this should be 10 hours).
Invite me over.
Eat with tortilla chips, cheese, and sour cream.