Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Friday, June 26, 2009

Rock and Roll Marathon

I'm not running it, silly, I'm playing in it. I'm doing the "Rock and Roll" portion, not the "Marathon" portion.

Lund Bros. is playing tomorrow. We have to be there at the ungodly hour of 6:00am (considering Bella has been waking us up daily at 5:30ish, it shouldn't be too different). Poor Sean and Chris are coming from Tacoma so they're probably leaving their necks of the woods around 4:30 or so. Yikes.

I just talked to a friend who is running the 1/2 marathon and she's leaving for Qwest (where the runners are congregating) at 4:00am. Yikes again.

Looks like the weather should cooperate. Hopefully the logistics are set up for tomorrow. I know kind of where we're playing (SR99 S @ Elliot Ave onramp), but beyond that, it's kind of wait and see. As in wait until I get there and see WTF is going on.

Good luck to the runners! Get ready to rock!

Monday, June 22, 2009

One week and counting

I suppose a full-fledged dog update is in order. Trouble is, I haven't been able to stop playing with her to sit down and write!

Actually, the truth is, I've been lazy. But she has been great. We're only a week in, sure, but she has been everything we could've asked for and more. In fact, I think we've been very lucky. Whatever the previous owners did with her has lead to an incredibly easy transition for us.

Bella is very low maintenance, loving, funny and a kick to be around. Her worst habit would be bringing us a toy/animal/sock/slipper every morning to greet us. Oh, and waking us up every morning at 5:30, but she goes to sleep after so it's not *too* bad.

She has integrated completely with us. From the first night, Bella has slept in our room on the floor. It is a little annoying when she shakes or scratches (re: noisy tags), but we're pretty much used to it by now.

When meeting new people, she's been great. No jumping or intimidating. She'll bring them a goodie too and it's just too funny. She's a bit of a licker and a tiny bit of a nipper (when she's excited), but by and large, we completely lucked out. When we take her out, she pretty much stays in the yard. Her and I did some frisbee work yesterday and it was a lot of fun. She needs a little training in "come" and "heel", but she has "sit" down, provided I have a treat for her. Leash walking needs some work too (she is STRONG), but as she ages, I think she'll improve.

I've surprised myself with what a "dog" person I've become. We went to Petsmart yesterday and having a dog (though Belly wasn't there) is a total ice breaker. Talked to a lady about her big black poodle. Plus, getting the kids comfy with her has been great too in that their confidence around other dogs has increased. It helps if the dogs aren't in their faces, but even when they were around my friend Evan's excited dog this weekend, they did great.

L to R: Duke (Evan's dog) & Bella

I couldn't be more happy with how the adoption and transition has gone. It's like Bella's been part of this family for a long time, the way things are going. I do wish the cat would be a little more open to things, though. She's been sulking around and generally being ornery. Of course, everytime Bell sees the cat, she wants to play and the cat just wants to be left alone. Doesn't help that Bell is all energy and whining/playful barking. They are pretty much coexisting. I'm glad the cat doesn't bolt at the sight of the dog, and she's come a long way, but I'm looking forward to when she gives Bella a smack to show her who's boss. Maybe that'll settle her (Bella) down a little.

Anyway, enough about the pets. It's time to head out.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

We done got ourselves a dog

And things couldn't be better.

Well, I could have a job and no bankruptcy pending, but otherwise, things with the dog are great. I'd write more, but I'm lazy, so here are some pictures instead.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Decisions, decisions

For the past few weeks, we have been going to the Humane Society to look at dogs. Knight and Shannon have two dogs and one weekend last month, Hay, Rye and I went over and Hay really took to the dogs. She cried herself to sleep that night wanting a dog (re: tired), so the following day, we went to take a look. We didn't see anything terribly enticing, plus, we're really in no position to adopt, so it was really just looking.

At home, we started looking online at pets and the associated things that go with pets. It'd come and go like the tide. As the weekend drew closer, we'd find ourselves over at the Humane Society again, looking and listening to the barking dogs, then leaving.

In the meantime, Haley's been going over to her friend Erin's house every couple days to walk Erin's dog Lulu. Lulu is a boxer and she's a kick in the pants. She's super strong and playful and is just a sweet little dog. Erin's mom is pregnant and can't very well walk Lulu so Marci, Haley and Erin take her out. As such, they've gotten fond of that dog. Even Riley seems to like her and if you know Rye, you know Rye isn't the biggest fan of dogs.

Two weeks ago, there was a cute little beagle there named Jody. I forget the specifics, but we asked to see her and were allowed to take her to one of their meet and greet pens. Evidently beagles are very nose oriented as Jody spent pretty much the whole time sniffing the pen and ignoring us. Again, we weren't adopting nor were we planning to, but Jody didn't sell herself very well. I hope she's found someone by now.

Anyway, today we were out and about and on the way home from Riley's occupational therapy, I asked if they wanted to go to the Humane Society. We pulled in and looked around. No dog really caught my eye, but Haley was really drawn to this dog that didn't have any info on its kennel. It (no info, remember?) was brown and whimpered a little. It had a soft tongue that licked through the crack in the door. It was very cute and seemed happy to see us. After some finagling with the fine volunteers at the Humane Society, we got to see this dog, Bella, in the meeting area.

Unlike our last visit with Jody, this one was much more entertaining. Bella, an 11 month old boxer/lab mix, was happy to see us and seemed to enjoy being out of her kennel. She played fetch with a tennis ball (until we accidentally rolled it under the fence) and would sit for treats. She'd walk around on a leash and we all felt really comfortable around her. Riley really enjoyed being around her as well and was very excited about playing fetch prior to losing the ball. We've also read/heard that dogs are good for therapy, and goodness knows that Rye might like some therapy that didn't involve going to Seattle Children's. Maybe playing fetch with Bella would do him some good...

Though I don't consider myself a dog person, I don't not consider myself a dog person and, dang it, I kind of liked Bella too. Apparently when I snuck out to get my camera, Marci said Bella whined the whole time I was gone. Is that good?

Anyway, we had to cut it short because there was another couple interested in Bella. Evidently when Marci got helped at the front desk, she got in *just* ahead of these other two ladies that wanted to see Bella. If they'd gotten to her first, I'm pretty sure they would have adopted her right then and there. As it is, we did put a hold on her and we've been discussing it all night. These folks have second dibs.

From the HS, we headed to Nancy's (Erin's mom, where Lulu lives) house to pick her brain about dogs. I got a chance to play with Lulu and, you know what? I enjoyed it. Of course, the consensus at her house is to get the dog.

I got home and called my bud Evan. I remembered he has a Golden Retreiver and I picked his brain. Of course, the consensus at his house is to get the dog.

I've put a picture of Bella on Facebook and, of course, the consensus on the Internet is to get the dog.

The thing is, I can't get a dog because of what everyone says. I'm pretty sure if we get a dog, my mom and Marci's mom will disown us. My brother (he of the 2 dogs!) may not approve, but in the end, I know he has my back. My niece Megan in Ireland will now have another reason to want to be back in the US (the other 2 reasons are Knight's dogs. She really wants a dog).

But, the thing is, I can't not get a dog because of what everyone says.

So I guess I need to think of what's best for my family and I. One other thing to consider is that cat of ours. She's been with Marci and I since '95 or so and she's pretty mellow. Knight's brought his dogs here once and though the cat didn't like it, she survived. Of course, if we adopt Bella, they do a cat test and if Bella eats the cat, well I guess all bets are off.

But back to us. I see two main factors. One is money. In talking to Nancy and Evan, they estimate yearly dog care to be approximately $500 or so. Managable. In talking to my brother, keeping in mind he has 2 dogs, well, the cost is much more. In addition, with me being unemployed (but finally receiving unemployment!! Yay!) and Marci being partially employed, maybe it's not the best time.

The other factor would be the added responsibility. My bro is always running home to let his dogs out (either that or he's avoiding us!). We'd have to feed and water and walk the dog. More poop, too. Added wear and tear on stuff, furniture, etc.

But are those "responsibilities" enough to make us pass this up? I don't know! Was this dog fate? After all, it was me who suggested going there. And they happened to have a dog that Haley just gravitated to. And tonight at dinner, the pot Marci cooked the pasta in had a label on it. Bella Cuisine, it read. For real.

I guess the bottom line is I'll be giving it some thought tonight and tomorrow. Stay tuned.


Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Music stuff

Well, gigs are a comin'!

The Scheme had 2 gigs lined up. One was for this Friday at the New Frontier in Tacoma. The other was at the end of June, where we'd play a stop in the Rock n Roll Marathon. We got assigned a stage at the 99 and Elliot Ave off ramp (or something like that). They gave us a 2 hour slot to play and it sounded pretty cool.

Then I got a phone call from David with some bad news. Gregg, our drummer, sliced his left thumb pretty badly (ligament and tendon damage; surgery and PT to follow) and would be out for pretty much the whole summer. Major suckage.

But, that's the beauty of playing in two bands. After making sure it was cool, I ran it by the Lunds and they agreed to play these two shows. So, for the month of June, that gives us 3 shows (the third one is 6/19 in Olympia).

This Friday's show should be fun. I had asked Llama to play with us, but evidently their drummer is unable to play due to health reasons, so Rusty will be playing an acoustic set. After he plays, the Lunds will take the stage and following us will be a new band called the Build Up. I'm excited to see the Build Up as it features a bunch of Unsmashable All Stars, with Heather on guitar and vocals, Wesley from Young Sportsmen on bass, and Ryan from the i love myselfs/Young Sportsmen on drums. I'm hoping they bring a nice contingent of people as it's their first show. We'll see what happens.

In the meantime, here's hoping Gregg has a safe and relatively pain-free road to recovery. I can't imagine what I'd do if I gutted one of my hands.