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A GAME OF TETRIS IRL

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I finally moved to my newly renovated place! The work isn’t totally done yet, but it’s all cosmetic and can be completed while we’re living there. I just wanted to move as soon as possible, as the reno took longer than expected due to termite damage and the electrical had to be totally updated. But we finally made it! I really wanted to take advantage of the holiday weekend. We Massachusetts folks get Patriots Day off. It’s when the Boston Marathon happens, so a lot of people can’t get into work. Of course there is more of a historical meaning to the holiday, but I won’t bore you with that. Since my new office is near the marathon action, we have the day off. Thank goodness!

I’m trying to hoard my vacation time this year, so I can use some of it towards my honeymoon next year. ANYWAY, we’re slowly unpacking and the place looks like a mess, which is sending this neat-freak off the edge. But I am working on one room at a time. I have to find new spots for things, so my life is real-life Tetris. I finally have access to my shoe collection. I managed to find space for all my shoes, which is a miracle. I should really play moving Tetris competitively. HAHA! We got the bathroom totally set up and our bedroom. We’re slowly getting the kitchen up and running. The living room is mostly set up. But I need some more book cases to display my R2 collection and other nerdy items. The office will likely stay a mess for a little while, as it’s the “catch-all” room. 

My dog seems to be doing better. He has been really anxious the last few weeks, every time he saw me packing up boxes. He is settling in, but has to get used to sharing the yard with another dog. My sisters dog is friendly, so at least they are getting along. Although, I think he gets annoyed when Rocky doesn’t want to play with him, haha. I’m just glad the move is over, even if unpacking is annoying. 

 

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MY DOG HAS GONE QUACKERS  

There comes a time in every dog owners life, when they begin to really question their life choices. I mean, my dog has been a complete asshat the last few weeks and we don’t know why. We’ve had him 4 years now, and he’s actually been quite well-behaved when he is alone. 

As of late he freaks out, and busts down the gate of the room he stays in. Now that he’s learned this new party trick, he does it constantly. So we had to start crating him while we’re out, which isn’t ideal. But I just watched him bust through the crate on the cams yesterday. I was getting really fed up with his new behavior. 

When I got home, I noticed he managed to scratch the top and side of his muzzle with the crate escape. I was going to take him to the vet, but the injury doesn’t prevent him from eating, drinking, sleeping, leaping, and walking. So I figured he would be fine. He just looked as if he should audition for one of those incredibly depressing Sarah Mclaughlin commercials.

We’ve been trying to keep it clean and put Neosporin on it, but he just licks it off. It looks much better today. Thankfully didn’t really destroy anything aside from his crate yesterday. Last week ,he destroyed a set of blinds. Which tallies the window blinds death toll at 3. We bought new sets, but they are (of course) the wrong size. 

Another time, he scratched some paint off the bathroom door, and has left countless amounts of scratches on the back door. But at least he hasn’t gotten into our food, or destroyed furniture.

We have been trying to figure out how our dog has gone from zero to psychotic the last few weeks. We took him to the vet a couple weeks ago, and they determined he was fine. The only thing that we changed was his food. We let him pick his own food at the pet store a few weeks ago. It was a bag of duck-flavored Blue Buffalo. He seemed indifferent towards his new food. The food was the only change, so we decided to change back his food yesterday. Plus our vet told us not to get Blue Buffalo anymore. So we aren’t going to have him finish the rest off.

Thus far, he hasn’t done anything crazy. But the day is still young. Usually by now, he would have escaped the room. But he just snoozing in his bed, which is a miracle. But to be safe, we are going to take him for longer walks to tucker him out, couldn’t hurt.

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THE THREE P’S

Don’t let this sweet face fool you, Zorro is a naughty puppy! Not only was he a jerk store at the SoWa vintage market this week, but he freaked out yesterday when we were out. I guess my dad stopped by, but didn’t come in the apartment. He merely went around the yard to check for rat holes. Ah the joys of city living (I can’t wait to move)!

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Anyway, Z gets really excited to see my dad. So he got himself all wild knowing he was around. He damaged the blinds trying to look out the window, and proceeded to plow through the baby gate. Then had free run of the entire apartment. I keep him in the dining room because I don’t want him on our bed, drinking toilet water, or eating things in the kitchen. Know what he did? BASICALLY ALL OF THOSE THINGS!

I was so mad when I got home and noticed the baby gate was bowled over. Mind you, I don’t have a big apartment. Also note, my dog is almost 80 lbs. I couldn’t find him at first. Where can a large dog hide in a small apartment?! He managed to jam himself in a corner up against the backdoor and cabinet wall. I couldn’t see him at first until I was near the fridge, due to the angle. Man did he look so regretful! He knew he was in trouble. I feel bad because I did yell at him, and he was clearly very sorry he did it.

So what did he do on his big day? He managed take a pair of scissors out of a pencil cup and bring them into his lair, leaving all the innocent pencils unharmed. I’m still trying to figure out how he did that without knocking all the pencils out. He drank toilet water, and dirtied up my tub. Then proceeded to stomp all over my JUST CLEANED BEDDING with his fudging toilet water paws. To add insult to injury, he had a full bowl of non-toilet water to drink from. Thankfully he didn’t do any of the 3 P’s (pee, puke, poop). But he did manage to knock over one of Andy’s routers.

Needless to say I was quite annoyed to clean my bedding twice in a week. I also had to spray down the tub, mop, vacuum, and sanitize the toilet. FUN.

Anwyay, I decided to check the security cam this morning to find THE PRISONER ESCAPED the dining room again! I guess I didn’t tighten the gate enough from yesterday. That, or the frame got weakened from being plowed through by a crazy 80lbs pup. I did jiggle it around a few times and thought it was secure when I fixed it.

I was so annoyed, thankfully Andy was kind enough to leave work to deal with him. He just bought me a bag of peppermint patties last night, and I didn’t want Z getting into those, or anymore toilet water. ALSO MY CLEAN BEDDING!! So help me, if I had to wash that all for a 3rd time in a week, aliens would hear me screaming from neighboring galaxies. Thankfully Andy didn’t find any fuzzies on our bed, so at least that was held sacred today.

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SOWA VINTAGE MARKET

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Back from another busy weekend! Originally we wanted to go to Brimfield Flea Market, but the antique show isn’t until July. Instead, we decided to go to SoWa for a bit. I hadn’t been there in a while, but it is nice to walk around. Unfortunately the vendor I wanted, wasn’t there that weekend. But she has a site I can order from. I bought some cute shirts from her last summer.

We decided to bring our jerk dog with us. This was a mistake! He was fine at first. We walked around for a bit, and visited the fire station. Z got really excited when he saw their fake Dalmatian.  He thought it was real! He tugged us towards the firefighters to investigate the fake dog. He was sad to find out his new Dalmatian friend was inanimate! But he made friends with the firefighters and got a cookie for it.

Z was fine when we were exploring the food trucks later and made friends with various puppies. Side note, I got a really tasty grilled cheese sammich with some fried cauliflower. After, we had an unfriendly encounter with (what I think was) a Bullmastiff. Z pulled us toward the Bullmastiff, then the Bullmastiff got unfriendly. Which made Z get unfriendly.  We had to pull him away, but he was quite wound after the encounter.

He then tried to bark at a poodle, who was minding it’s business. I was all, don’t mess with the poodle, Z! They are smarter than you, and can out math you any day. Haha!  We decided it was time to go home after that, didn’t want to deal with Cranky McCrankyPants anymore.

He was fine once we were on less crowded streets. We decided after that experience, we will not be taking him to the Brimfield Flea next month. Normally my dog is fine, but he can be a troublemaker on occasion. So we’re gonna pass on bringing him along places where he will encounter tons of new dogs within a short time span.

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I’M DETERMINED TO BE ABLE TO SMELL MY STEAK ON SATURDAY!

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Sorry guys, I’ve been preoccupied and haven’t had a chance to keep up with my goal of blogging at least 3-5x a week. Anyway, I had a busy weekend. I went to a communion party for my cousin on Saturday. Then I went out to dinner with Monique. We went to this small diner place that serves booze and really good food. I will have to go back another time with Andy.

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On Sunday, we went to my nieces communion. Afterwards we had lunch at my brothers place for Mother’s Day. I can’t believe how big my brothers puppy got, he is almost has big as Zorro! Anyway, my niece looked so cute in her dress! Her party is on Saturday, so I’m not out of the Communion party circuit yet.Then after that, we start with the graduation parties. OMG, it never ends, does it?!

It turns out, I’m getting a cold. I thought my sore throat was from allergies, but allergy meds didn’t do a damn thing for me. Come to think of it, cold meds aren’t exactly doing a ton to help me either. Anyway, I’ve been popping cold meds and Echinacea like a fiend to ward this thing off. It seems to be working, my sore throat is gone. But I’m still left with congestion that is inhibiting my sense of smell. But I am determined to be cured by Saturday. Not only for my nieces communion party, but we are going to Michael Jordan’s Steak House for Andy’s birthday. I want to taste this steak I’m paying good money for, damn it! Wish me luck!

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EASTER WEEKEND

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I had a pretty busy weekend, with dinners, drinks, and shenanigans. We had our big family Easter yesterday. It was a lot of fun, I think I consumed more sugar yesterday, than I have my entire life leading up to this point. I was also popping fried cauliflower pieces like it was nobody’s business. My mom makes the best fried cauliflower, it’s so good. I’m drooling just thinking about it. 

My mom bought chocolate eggs for all the kids. But then she bought a HUGE chocolate egg as the center piece. She broke it up into small bits, and gave them away to all of us. The chocolate was actually really good, so I took some home. My nieces and nephews finished the Easter Egg Hunt in 3 minutes. There also wasn’t a huge brawl that ensued, haha.

 

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I WILL TAKE BLIND AL’S SWEATER COLLECTION, PLEASE!

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I saw Deadpool last night with Ginny, Fiona, and Derek. Before the movie, we went to Bar Louie for dinner. I was torn between the mac & cheese and fried chicken sandwich. The fried chicken sandwich won out, bonus I could swap the fries for tater tots. I think I made a very wise dinner choice, it was yummy!

Anyway, the movie itself was really good. It’s nice to have a break from the typical style of super hero movies. Which are more on the serious side over clever dialogue. Deadpool was actually hilarious! Some parts, I totally forgot I was watching an anti-superhero movie. Blind Al, has a seriously fabulous sweater collection. I first noticed her purple husky (or malamute, hard to say) sweater. I squeeled in my seat, thinking I must get one! Of course I couldn’t find the exact sweater she wore, but I did find something similar. Since I’m a shopaholic, I’ll probably end up getting it. Then Zorro can be embarassed to be seen with me. Haha!

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