Sunday, October 31, 2010


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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Another Husky Loss

I've never seen Husky Stadium with so few fans in the 4th quarter. Stanford up 38-0 with less than 10 minutes to go in the game.

Last shut out at Husky Stadium was 1976. Good thing basketball starts next Saturday!

UW Over Stanford Pumpkin!

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Toby and Maggie

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Sunday, October 24, 2010


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Beautiful Morning in the Desert

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Go Wildcats!???

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U of A Pictures

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Friday, October 22, 2010

What's Up?

It's funny having a blog that's as much a personal journal as much as it is a way to keep in touch with family and friends. When life becomes hectic and busy there is always this nagging reminder that is been awhile since you've last posted and people begin to wonder what's up. The fact of the matter is I've just been plain busy and by the time I get home take care a the chores that need tending, take the time to love the dogs, make dinner, make my lunch and get my clothes ready for the next day it's time for bed! Not to mention that if I've not gotten up early enough and already taken in a run that I've got to squeeze that in as well.

I'm drafting this post as I sit on a plane headed to Tucson for the weekend to see the Huskies take on the Wildcats tomorrow. No work email to respond to, no one calling to schedule a meeting or to tell me my budget is being reduced - time, there's never enough of it. It's relaxing to me to be on a plane with my headset on surrounded by people but finally having time to myself! Once football season starts weekends are taken up with games and shortly basketball will start and overlap with weekend football games and add even more commitments. It's a good thing I love it all but as you can see it leaves little time to sit and blog. I've got a new dilemma in that I used to blog on the run frequently while on the bus to and from work but even that has been interrupted due to Netflix and the discovery of Weeds. My friend Jennifer turned me on to it and I've been watching it nonstop. It's a show on Showtime that as the name implies is about pot. I'd never watches it because by title it's not something I'd normally find myself interested in but I'm hooked and there are 5 seasons to get caught up on!

I of course took the time to post about Maggie! We've had her a week today and I feel a bit bad about kenneling her so soon after adopting her but I'm sure since she's with Toby she will be fine. We have been talking about getting a second dog for awhile but we've been hesitant since everything has been perfect with Toby. But after my parents came up this past summer with their dog and we got to see Toby and Lucy play we started getting more serious. I've been looking at Ginger's Pet Rescue for awhile. We wanted a small dog like Toby, a female and one that did not shed. We were also hoping to find one around Toby's age. The main thing of course is that they has to get along and as anyone that has met Toby knows he can have attitude or as Kent likes to call it - little dog syndrome! Just as we were lucky with finding Toby, Maggie seems to be the perfect dog for us. We don't know much about her background - she's a Lhasa Apso mix of some kind, probably Poodle. The estimates of her age have been from one to three years. Based on her behavior we thinks she's closer to one than three. She was picked up as a stray in Oxnard California back in August and before being euthanized she was rescued by Ginger's and brought to Washington in search of a forever home. She was spayed when they picked her up and she has obviously been socialized with other dogs and is extremely friendly. So it seems like at one point in her past she was well care for. I'm sure we will never know much more than we already do but I take comfort in that fact that regardless of her past she is in a safe place now for the rest of her life. I just love watching the two of them play tug-a-war over toys, it's hilarious!

Of course I continue to run although I'm not currently training for anything specific. I did get registered for the Boston Marathon next April. Once they confirm my time I'll get officially accepted. It's a challenging time of year to run right now because of the weather and because it's dark when I leave for work and nearly dark by the time I get home.

I'm heading into a busy period of travel over the next several months. I've got a quick trip to Spokane for work and two week long trips to DC before the end of the year. In addition we are heading to California to visit my parents over Thanksgiving and will take in a Husky game at the University of California. We will be spending Christmas with Kent's family. We have the week between Christmas and New Years off and have not decided what we will do. A lot of it depends if the Huskies go to a bowl game or not. If they go to a bowl game we will likely travel to the game and if they don't we'll either end up in southern California or Florida.

We are now off the plane and in a rental car 74 miles outside of Tucson. Hope the Huskies can squeak out a win tomorrow. At any rate we are here until Monday and enjoying the fact that the weather is warm and sunny here and wet and raining at home.

Have a great weekend everyone!


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Thursday, October 21, 2010


I just had to take a few minutes and post an updated picture of our new girl. As you can see by the post title we decided she was a Maggie.


And after:

What a difference a good grooming makes! Maggie and Toby get along great which was our biggest concern. We adopted her from Ginger's Pet Rescue. Please check out their site and if you are thinking of adopting a dog consider adopting a rescue dog who would have otherwise likely been euthanized. The shelter that Maggie came from out of California has a kill rate of 30%!

The volunteer from Ginger's actually brought her over to our house so we could meet and she and Toby could interact before we made a commitment.

I've never seen a dog adapt to a new environment so quickly. She and Toby get along like they were litter mates, running, playing tug-a-war and a lot of roughhousing! The only fighting going on is for attention!

She's already learned to take herself out and use the dog doors. She's just a great dog and addition to our family!

I'll post more pictures at a later date.


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Friday, October 15, 2010

Welcome the newest addition to our Family

We have a new member of the family! So new in fact that we have not even selected a name yet! More news and details to come!

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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Happy Father's Day?!

Why Father's Day in October you ask? Well the 2011 Page-a-Day Dog Calendar is out and our boy Toby is featured on Father's Day - Sunday June 11th!

Check it out -  Truth be told I'm a bit disappointed that they did not list both Kent and I as Toby's parents and that he is on a Sunday where he has to share the day with another tie toting dog.  Oh well he is a star nonetheless! 

Have a great Saturday - off to a Husky football game this evening.  Go Dawgs!


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Movie Marathon

We just went to our 34th movie of 2010. This past weekend weather was not that great so Friday and Sunday we took in a couple of great movies. Before I tell you about the two weekend movies I want to put a plug in for the movie - Easy A. We saw it a week or so ago - funny, funny movie! Check it out.

The two movies we saw over the weekend was - The Town

and the other was The Social Network. Both were really good but I especially enjoyed Social Network. Check them out.

The Gay and Lesbian Film Festival starts here in Seattle in another week or so - can't wait!

Have a good one!


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Monday, October 4, 2010

Yamkia Fair

Since I've been delinquent in posting I thought I'd post a few pictures from last weekend. Every few years Kent and I like to head over to the Yakima fair. It's a great old fashioned fair with big old white buildings (which have all recently been restored) and big grassy areas - it's really nice and busy but not overly so like Puyallup. The other nice thing about going east of the mountains at this time of year is the weather. It was hot and sunny in Yakima while raining in Seattle! And yes of course we went to Miners for a burger! Best burger in eastern WA!

We don't go to the fair for the rides or the food - we spend most of our time in the animal barns and agriculture buildings. Check out the Yakima fair sometime.


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Sunday, October 3, 2010

Outside Fall

I know I've not been posting much lately - way too much going on. Yesterday was a great UW win over USC -will we or won't we go to a bowl game this year? Went to two great movies this weekend - The Town and Social Network. Both really great flicks! The picture below is from our front yard - fall is a great time of year!

This is a picture from our pumpkin patch - all started from seed!

This is a forgotten cabbage in the garden - nearly covered with fall leaves.

I hope you enjoy and that all is well.


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