Thursday, July 30, 2009

It's not exactly a collection

Some people collect stamps or coins. I used to collect banana stickers (those ones that come on bananas, like Dole and Chiquita), and old calendars. But I was young and weird.

Anyway, I have recently (and I don't even know how this happened) developed an interest in Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture. I think I would like to make it a goal to visit his houses and structures, at least the ones that are available to tour, sometime in my life (there are about 400 total, but most of them are private and you can't tour them).

I really can't explain why I want this. I have some friends who like to visit lighthouses, and have visited as many as possible. It's like collecting themed experiences rather than little objects.

It's just a thought I've been formulating for a little while.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

I don't understand

Businesses that don't have websites. They seem upscale and popular, but they don't have websites.

It's appalling and, to me anyway, the equivalent of a shocking faux pas at a party. "You don't have a website?! Oh dear me!" And then I proceed to slink away, aghast, in search of other conversation.

Ok, I've never actually had that conversation, but that's how I envision it in my head. I want to take the owners by the shoulders and shake while saying loudly, "Idiot! You have a good business here! Don't ruin it by neglecting your online presence!"

I see this all the time at the magazine. Businesses will run print ads, but either don't have a website or don't include it in the ad. They must seriously underestimate the importance and the impact of the internet. Truth be told, if a business doesn't have a website, it makes me much less inclined to shop there. Ever.

This is 2009, not 1999! Websites are not optional anymore!

I just don't understand.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

New puppy!

We finally got a puppy! No, not an expensive Australian Terrier, but a perfectly good (and much cheaper) substitute. He's an 11-week-old Chihuahua/Jack Russell mix. We named him Miles, after putting it to a vote on Facebook. (We had a hard time agreeing on names).

I'm taking this opportunity to write while he's napping. I try to exhaust him as often as possible, so I can have a few minutes of free time. Ugh. It's like having a child. (I'm seriously rethinking any aspirations to have actual children one day.)

We've officially had him for two whole days. And he's a total mess. Potty training is not a quick process. We're also trying to teach him not to bite and chew people, but toys instead. Thankfully my learning curve is just about as quick as his, and I think I'm finding more effective ways of teaching him. For example, stuffing his mouth with chew toys when it opens and not giving him the opportunity to get his teeth on my fingers. That works pretty well.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

More puppy disappointment

So I found some really cute puppies on Petfinder. Adorable. They were going to be available in Nashville this weekend!

I thought about them all day long, intending to talk tonight with Andy about whether we should get a puppy right now. I emailed the place just to make sure they'd be there.

I get home, I go exercise, I have dinner, I check my email.

They're not available. People have been applying for them all week. I just missed it.

I think my standards are lowering. I wanted an Australian Terrier, but when that fell through, I wanted one of the adorable puppies. Now, I just want a puppy at all.

I should just be patient. So with a sigh, I'll wait until tomorrow and check the postings again. If there's a cute puppy out there, I'm not gonna be the last to know about it this time.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Puppy disappointment

I went yesterday to see the women who breed the Australian Terriers, and we had a great visit. The dogs are adorable! I love them, which makes this even harder.

I figured they might be expensive, seeing as how they come from breeders who primarily show their dogs rather than breed them for sale. And since they are an uncommon breed.

But I didn't expect this.

$1,500? Really?

I didn't say anything when they told me. I think I was too shocked to really let it sink it. But now, as I think about it, I don't know how I'll ever afford that much for a puppy - or if I should even try.

It seems exorbitant. Is that the normal cost? Does anyone know a good Australian Terrier breeder who will sell them for less? I'm not exactly rolling in dough here. I want a puppy, but I don't want to sell my kidney to get one.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Recipe time!

Every now and then, I cook something good. Occasionally, I feel like sharing it. No pictures today though. I don't feel like getting the camera out.

Barbecue Pizza (based on a Pampered Chef recipe)

1. Roll out refrigerated pizza dough on a pan. I say this because I am too impatient to make my own, but I prefer homemade.

2. Spread barbecue sauce on the dough instead of pizza sauce. Sweet Baby Ray's is great BBQ sauce.

3. Sprinkle with chopped pineapple, diced fri-chik (for the vegetarians. I suppose chicken or beef or something would work great too) and sliced green onions. You could also add things like spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms, or whatever else you enjoy, but the three main toppings of pineapple, chicken, and green onions are great.

4. Top with mozzarella cheese.

5. Bake until it's done. Sorry, no temperature or time recommendations. Consult the pizza dough packaging or just guess.

6. Eat. Yum. You could serve with some kind of summery drink like pina coladas.

Monday, July 6, 2009

I know, I know

*sigh* I haven't written in a long time.

I blame it on school. Suddenly school got out, and I discovered there was actually time to do other things I want to do, like reading, cooking, exercising, being crafty, shopping, sleeping, watching movies, etc., etc.

So the blog has taken a back seat and has not been given the option of expressing its opinion on the matter.

Maybe one of these days, I'll put things into balance and start getting on the computer more often. For the past few weeks, I've hardly touched it. This is really a good problem to be having, I'm sure, of all the problems I could possibly have.

Here's a fun picture:

They're Australian Terriers, and I'm going to see a lady tomorrow about getting one in the fall. I can't wait!