Thursday, August 28, 2008

It happened - my pants DID fall down again!

Only - this is not quite how I imagined it would happen - there was no massive loss of poundage involved.

I arrived at work tonight with all in order - well as in order as one can be while living in an abyss, known as the overnight shift, but I digress.

Back to the pants...

After working for five minutes I stood up check on some video, only to realize my zipper was down. No worries, I will just nonchalantly zip them up and continue on my way. Then a moment of panic when the reality of the situation registered. Wait a minute - there is no zipper pull!

That's right, somewhere between the parking lot and newsroom my pant's zipper imploded.

And the worst part... the pant's closure is a snap - not a button. I am getting a blister on my thumb from re-snapping, because every time, and I do mean EVERY time, I exhale, the snap bursts open with the force of a torpedo. Seriously, it could take the eye out of a small child with that kind of force. And foolish me, I continue to re-snap each time hoping it will work "this time."

Instead, I am like a grandpa on Thanksgiving who just consumed an oversized meal of turkey and all the side dishes... pants undone, gut hanging out.

Now, if only I were plopped in front of a fireplace, dozing to the sounds of football...

Monday, August 25, 2008

Blu goes for gold in South Carolina!

Ellie, Blu and I returned today from a weekend trip to see Jeannie (friend since 8th grade). The dogs love, love, love going to Auntie Jeannie's, where they hang-out with their buddy Gracie, are showered with love and treats (thanks Grandma D) and lounge endlessly on the lake-front deck. Sometimes they even put on their captain hats and hit the party-pontoon boat for a jaunt across Lake Murray. In all it is a dog's paradise, and not too shabby for the adults either. Another fun-filled activity - and reason for this post - the tennis court. We take the dogs to a vacant tennis court so they can run and chase balls. Ellie and Gracie chase tennis balls till they can chase no more, while Blu generally likes to take leisure laps around the court. It is pretty entertaining to watch. Well on Saturday, the old guy ran, at full speed from end to end, back and forth, for about 10 repetitions. I was stunned as I cheered my boy on. It was like he was a young, silly, happy puppy. And, I swear old Grandpa Blu was smiling! I know I was.

The photo posted here was one taken several years back. It is a favorite of mine. And while Boo-Boo is older now, with a bunch more grey, and generally slower, he still has some ziptang. Old, young, slow or fast - I love the big guy just the same and I will always cherish that day on the courts when he was a spry, happy pup at 10 1/2 years of age.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Mom & Pups Pet Center - - - Rocks!

If you are in Metro Atlanta... and want some fantastic goods for your pooch (or kitty), check out Mom & Pups in Marietta, GA. It is a locally owned and operated shop with a wonderful selection of toys, leashes/collars, treats, food and anything else you desire for your precious pet... you can even wash your dirty, lovable dog in the do-it-yourself-dog-wash.

I stumbled upon Mom & Pups one day while driving to my brother's house. Now, whenever I am in Marietta my Jeep automatically pulls right up to the door. I have yet to leave without a bag of goodies for my dogs.

The owner, Christina, is awesome - so personable, patient, knowledgeable and rather saint-like, as she always answers my incessant questions. On a recent visit, Christina went out of her way to specially order a harness for my friend visiting from South Carolina. I was so impressed with Christina's efforts to obtain the pink harness for Jeannie's 80 pound pit.

So when you are in the neighborhood, check out Mom & Pups - you won't be disappointed! And be sure to say hi to Violet, Christina's adorable Boston Terrier - she will be hanging out behind the counter.