Thursday, July 30, 2009

It's Raining, It's Pouring, Paddington is Snoring!

Hey Y'all,

Well, I am savoring my last few weeks of summer vacay. Really, I only have about 3 weeks off this year. I know, I know, many of you don't get that many all year. I have spent my time off hanging out with Mr. P. He had his "surgery" on Monday and has done really well. He was groggy on Monday when I brought him home, but that quickly changed. He doesn't seem to be in pain, just itchy where they had to shave his hair. He has a little razor burn. Yesterday he took off like a jack rabbit around the back yard, and today he ran upstairs. So I think he is recouping well! Right now it is pouring and he is taking a little snooze. He has been doing that alot more lately. When he first came home, he was so hyper that he didn't sleep at all! Now, he will play really hard, and then take a nap. We took a walk right before this thunderstorm, and I just fed him dinner. So I guess he is tuckered. Oops, I spoke too soon. He's got his eyes on me now!

Tomorrow we get to meet with our obedience school trainer. Sunny Dogs Training here in Myrtle Beach is going to come to our house and train both of us! Kristen sounds super nice and believes in positive reinforcement is the way to go with training. I couldn't agree more! She is coming for a consult visit tomorrow and then we are going to set up our training schedule. Paddington has a few manners that he needs to learn. He is so smart, I feel like if we went to a group training that he would learn some bad stuff from other doggies! Or maybe, teach them a few things! We need to work on sitting, dropping, coming when called and when to go to our space when we are told. I also want Kristen to help me fine tune Paddington's schedule since I am heading back to school on August 12th!

I went out and ran a few errands today, AND EVERYTHING IS BACK TO SCHOOL!! I am so not ready to face that reality yet! So, I am going to stick my head in the sand for a little while longer. I am going to hang out with Mr. P, watch some movies, read and go to the beach! Of course, let's not forget the knitting!

:) JKP

Sunday, July 26, 2009


Hey Y'all!!

I now know how all of my friends that have been new mommies feel. You really have NO time! I spend most of my days playing with the munchkin and watching all of the new stuff that he has learned! This week Paddington learned how to incite ALL of the dogs in the neighborhood just by barking. Yup. Not fun at 6:30 in the morning! Paddington has also learned that if he drops his tennis ball at your feet, then you will throw it for him! Paddington has also figured out that if he touches you with his toys, then you will play tug with him. He turned 19 weeks old yesterday. His big party will be on August 4th... he will be 5 months old! Just this morning he figured out that if he goes and sits by the sliding glass door that I will let him out. Smart boy!
Here's some recent pics....

He mainly looks like the picture above at all times. Tennis ball in mouth. He likes to lay on his back and squeak the ball too!
Tomorrow he goes in for the big "snip, snip." My vet likes to do it right before they turn 5 months old so that the don't actually activate their hormones. I'm all for that! I hope that he will be ok!
This past week I enjoyed not having to work at all! Although, I was sick for most of the week, it was nice not to have to teach any summer school or have any meetings! Next week I am working for a few days for the Coastal Area Writing Project. After that I am off until August 12th. I can't believe I go back to work so soon! Paddy may struggle with that, he has gotten used to having me home!
Well, I am off to the beach for a little bit to do some reading. The beach has been a dangerous place this week with all of the rip currents. We have had several drownings. I don't plan on staying long, just to have some quiet time to read.
Also, I do have some stuff on the needles believe it or not! I am finishing up a sock and working on some baby items for a friend who is having twins this week. I'll post pics tomorrow. I am sure I will be a nervous wreck until I know that Paddington Bear has done ok in surgery!
:) JKP

Monday, July 20, 2009

Paddington Bear Goes to the Beach!

Hey Y'all!

I am still here, just busy with finally having some time off! Summer school ended last Thursday, so I have been taking it easy since! I took Paddington to the beach today... enjoy our pics!

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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Our Big Project

Hi Y'all!

To attend this here fancy retreat/conference in Tahoe, my Coastal Area Writing Project partner Bill and I had to write a proposal of what we would create and present while we were out here. Well, we finished our project. Here's a glimpse....we created a social NING to keep all of our writing project folks together as a community. We also made videos explaining how to do everything on our NING. We have been very busy folks! Check out some of our hard work below...

To see our videos, (beware, the sound is WONKY I am going to re-do the sound when I get home. I left my fancy Britney Spears headset with microphone at home!) To see our videos, visit our website dedicated to the NING...

Enjoy!!! Toodles!!!

Looking Forward to Returning to the Land Where Sweet Tea Flows Freely...

Hey Y'all!

I have had a great time in Tahoe! I return to SC tomorrow... but I thought I would leave you with the photo montage that one of the early risers here at our Granlibakken Lodge took during one of our early mornings. Enjoy!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Hanging Out in Cali......

Hey Y'all!
Well, I am still in Cali! Here is a pic of my partner Bill and I working yesterday....we started our big project! Last night a few of us were about to monkey so we took a hike down to Tahoe City and walked around. We also walked around the lake a bit. It was so nice. The weather was cool, no humidity and the walk was great! I bet we walked about 4 miles! I slept great last night. Here's some more pics of Tahoe....

It so's noon at home and 9 here... we just finished breakfast and are now off to work!


:) JKP

Workin' It....

Proof I am in Tahoe!!!!! We took a hike around the lake tonight. It is beautiful... but it really reminds me of The Godfather II!

I'll post more tomorrow. It is 1:16 am Myrtle time... and 10:16 p.m. here!
:) JKP

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Techies in Tahoe....

Working hard last night in Tahoe......Weather is fabulous! I love having an extra 3 hours in my day!!!!
:) JKP

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Leavin' on a Jet Plane

Hey Y'all!

I am typing this entry from the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport! I am on my way to Tahoe!! The wierdest part about this whole trip is that I have gained 3 hours in my day! I left Charlotte at 10:00 and landed in Phoenix at 11! WIERD!

Anyhoo, we just enjoyed a yummy lunch and are now awaiting the flight. Once we get to Reno, we pick up our bags and take the shuttle to the lodge. From what I have seen of Phoenix it is beautiful. We flew over the Superstition Mountains coming in. Even from the plane they were awesome!

I'll update more later. Check out my Twitter feed.....
:) JKP

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Passed With Flying Colors....

Hey Y'all!

Well, Mr. Paddington had his first vet visit today and he did great! The vet checked him out from head to toe and pronounced him healthy! Paddington does have a case of roundworm, which he was probably born with. He is going to take some oral medication for the next 5 days and hopefully that will help the situation. He did great, even with his vaccinations! And boy, did he get several! Right now he is sound asleep in his crate holding his toy giraffe. I would take a picture, but folks, I don't want to disturb my tired, sleeping baby!

I also talked with the vet about crate training and he told me that puppies will have accidents in their crates at times. Paddington has had 2 accidents in his crate over the past few days. He told me that in his lifetime he has only had 2 dogs who he couldn't train. He also said that just when I am about ready to put Paddington outside for good and pull my hair out, that doggies just click with house training. He also told me to leave him in his crate a little more than I have been and to limit his free time for just a while. So I will put his suggestions in place!

On a different note, this time next week I will be on my way to Lake Tahoe! I have so much to do to get ready! It looks like the temps out in Tahoe City are going to be in the upper 60's to lower 70's while I am out there. The lows at night are in the 40's! I am getting ready to head out (when it cools off) tonight and do some looking around Kohl's and Belk to see if I can't pick up a few things for my trip! I am finally getting excited about going!

This week has really flown by! I got my first check for teaching summer school yesterday. Besides budgeting for Paddington's vet visit today, I also bought a State Park Pass for SC State Parks. Now I can go in without paying a fee! After I get back from Tahoe, I plan to start taking Paddington walking on the beach at night. I figure that will tire him out and get him used to one of my favorite places.

That's about it for today!
:) JKP