Thursday, December 30, 2010

Canine Christmas Mob...

Whaddya lookin at?

Yes. It is true. I suck.

Apparently, the holidays have not been conducive to blogging this year. Which isn't to say that I have nothing to post. I've just been lacking the motivation to sit at a computer and do...well, anything. I will try to rectify this situation as quickly as possible. Just don't hold your breath. Or get irritated if you start noticing a sudden deluge of back posts. Because someone DID call me out (once) for back posting (a long time ago), and it has given me a bit of a complex. Like back posting is something to be ashamed of and feel guilty for doing. Which is, of course, silly. And yet I feel ashamed and guilty about it anyway. Stupid irrational complexes. Maybe I should work on having fewer of those in the New Year?
...Ah, who am I kidding?

In the meantime, something that bothers me:

Why is North Park actually located south of Park Lane?

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Mother-Daughter Day...

Today was Grammy Pammy Bonding Day. More human and less dental.

We started out by having a fabulous lunch at Sushi on McKinney before venturing down to Cedar Hill State Park for a two hour bike ride. It was too wet to go on any of the mountain bike trails, so we stuck to the pavement. Pictures? Yes please!

After considerable "fanny fatigue", mom and I returned to her house briefly to catch up on the farm before heading to dinner and a showing of the movie TRUE GRIT. And Matt Damon? Yeah, he's still hot despite the Texas Ranger getup.

All in all, a fantastic afternoon in Pamelot!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Gypsy's Christmas Art...

Except it isn't really art, and only adds to the long list of very good reasons why Gypsy belongs in a bubble.

Below is what happens when your dog decides to use your father's patio furniture as a canine jungle gym and manages to rip off one of her toenails in the process.

(NOTE: If the sight of blood makes you squeamish, you might want to skip this one.)

If you are worried about Gypsy, don't be. I performed minor surgery on her injured toenail, washed the afflicted paw in soap and water and applied plenty of hydrogen peroxide to ward off infection. This was definitely one of those situations that looks loads worse than it actually was (thank goodness!).

Merry Christmas sunset overlooking White Rock...

Haskell says...

Merry f-ing Christmas

(Don't worry. He got his Christmas bone from Santa Paws shortly after this photo was taken and cheered up considerably.)

Monday, December 20, 2010

A little piece of awesome...

New Msg
DEC 20 9:58PM
From: Amy

susie and I just watched the miracle worker and thought of you. apparently she didn't know helen was both blind and deaf. now she knows.

Uh-oh, Gypsy Kitty! Uh-oh!

Bad Whippy! Bad!

It is NEVER a good thing when you realize that your dog has figured out how to open doors.

And, yes. I mean that literally. I don't want anyone to be confused into thinking that Gypsy is opening doors in the professional or financial sense. No, no. She is opening doors in my house. With her paws. Which is a giant no-no. Because, really? How do you contain a dog that has managed to solve the riddle of the doorknob? Next she'll be asking for the car keys. Or taking herself for walks.

It is a slippery slope, my friends. A slippery slope...

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Best. Present. EV-VER.

I just received an early Christmas present from my Aunt Lynn, who is an artist.
She took this photo:

And turned it into:

Words can not begin to describe how much this painting means to me.
Aunt Lynn literally turned my babies into a work of art!

Friday, December 10, 2010

"Bite Me" Christmas Spam! Woot!

-----Original Message-----
From: mr frank henrik
Sent: Monday, December 06, 2010 5:39 PM
To: undisclosed-recipients
Subject: Good day


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-----Original Message-----
From: Nora
Sent: Friday, December 10, 2010 10:58 AM
Subject: RE: Good day

Holy Gumby!

I'm a Winner, I'm a Winner, I'm a Winner!!!!! I am so excited! Just in time for Christmas! Oh Joy, this is going to be such a great Christmas! I'm going to get:

Little Susie - a shiny new car
Eric - a new truck
Carrie - a 1959 Barbie doll
Jade - a new room built on to the top of their house
Tommy - a radar detector that really works
Autumn - a model boyfriend (with a job)
Erin - a clue
Ronette Marie - a small house in the country
Jennifer Dawn - gastric bypass
Miranda - a complete new wardrobe
RJ - best specialist money could buy
William - a new vehicle
Judy - gastric bypass (we are a family of big girls!)
Justin - a car
Ray - a really big gift certificate
Caleb - a tutor
Gabriel - a tutor
Natalie - her own room
Grayson - what ever G wants
Simon - a savings bond for college
Pam - a grant for her foundation
Deals - a pony
Nora O - a privacy fence
Marsha Lynn - a new car
Becky - a new van
Lucy - new carpet, paint and living room furniture
Me - Peace on Earth

Oh Joy, what a great Christmas it will be... oh wait. This is a scam, you holiday spirit sucking leach. Look what you have done, now everyone will be so disappointed and it is all because of you and your scamming black heart.

Bite me.

The world needs more photo booths...

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Team Durango...

The icing on Trevor's graduation weekend? Why running the White Rock Marathon Relay, of course!

Team Durango
(Not pictured: Ann)

  • First Leg (5 miles) - Ann

  • Second Leg (5 miles) - Adam

  • Third Leg (6.5 miles) - Deals

  • Fourth Leg (4.5 miles) - Amy

  • Fifth Leg (5.2 miles) - Trevor

Five star shuttle service was provided by my brother, Wee-Yum.

Our team stayed true to our 10 minute mile pace average (almost to the second!), which is fantastic considering not everyone had trained for the race and it was a nippy 32 degrees with blustery winds at start time.

Congrats to Team Durango!!

Friday, December 03, 2010

It will be a sad day around the office if the spammers ever decide to leave that Nora lady alone...

From: Mr Wong Tang []
Sent: Friday, December 03, 2010 3:04 PM
Subject: Life Time Opportunity !!!


I would like you to keep this proposal as a top secret, delete it if you are not interested and get back to me if you are interested for details as regards to the transfer of $6,500,000.00 to you. This money initially belongs to a client who died and had no next of kin in his account-opening package. Most importantly, I will require a confirmation of
acceptance from you after which I shall furnish you with the full details of this transaction.

Reply via this Email Contact:

Mr Wong Tang..


From: Nora
Sent: Friday, December 03, 2010 3:36 PM
To: ''
Subject: RE: Life Time Opportunity !!!

Yo Wang Tang,

I think you have already committed a breach of the contract/proposal. I don’t think you have kept this top secret at all. I think you have scattered this email across the internet to any and all email address you could find. Therefore, I believe you are a two-crossing, back-stabbing, crook and I do not want to do business with you.

However, you may redeem your self by sending a check for $10,000 to the nearest donkey farm to purchase a donkey with a wang as big as your tang and have a knick-knack patty-wack give the dog a bone good time!

Bite me.

Guess who is done with his MBA?!

Congratulations, baby!

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Yes, she is still at it...

From: Nora
Sent: Thursday, December 02, 2010 4:26 PM
To: Deals
Subject: FW: Carefully Read This Mail

This is one of my favorite responses.

-----Original Message-----
From: Nora
Sent: Monday, June 21, 2010 9:16 AM
To: ''
Subject: RE: Carefully Read This Mail

The good Lord has not blessed me, because I am getting crap email like this one from YOU.

-----Original Message-----
From: Mrs.Margriet Bernhard []
Sent: Saturday, June 19, 2010 1:28 AM
To: undisclosed-recipients
Subject: Carefully Read This Mail

Hello Dear,

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My name is Mrs.Margriet Bernhard; I am a dying woman who has decided to donate what I have to you for humanity services. I am 58 years old (Netherlands Citizen) and I was diagnosed for cancer for about 1 years ago immediately after the death of my husband who has left me everything he worked for and because the doctors told me I will not live longer than some weeks because of my health.

I decided to WILL/donate the sum of $5,500 000 (Five million, five hundred
thousand dollars) to you for the good work of humanity and also to help the
motherless and less privilege and also for the assistance of the widows.I wish you all the best and may the good Lord bless you abundantly and please use the funds well and always extend the good work to others.

Here is the Contact information of my Attorney below:

Asesoria Cortijo
Notario & Tribunal
Mr.Martinez Pedro

and tell him that I have WILLED $5,500 000 (Five million, five hundred
thousand dollars) to you and I have also notified him. I know I don't know you but I
have been directed to do this.

NB: I will appreciate your utmost confidentiality in this matter until the
task is accomplished as i don't want anything that will jeopardize my
From Mrs.Margriet Bernhard

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

For no reason except that I think the photograph is very cute...

Trevor and the Woo...

Dude. It is December. When did THAT happen?

I don't know what is more awesome. The fact that we haven't been able to receive emails since Monday at noon, or that this is day two of sniper training at the Cotton Bowl.

That said, it IS kind of funny to watch park goers duck and run when they hear the rifle fire.

Monday, November 29, 2010

The Big East...

I know that no one asked me, but I am THRILLED that TCU decided to join the Big East. Why? Because that means that Syracuse will periodically have to come to DFW to play games! I may actually get a chance to see my alma mater play football or basketball in the near future without having to travel out of state! Be still my heart!

Let's go orange! Let's go!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Mountain biking in Cedar Hill State Park (or the day I almost died)...

Today, I learned several things:

  1. Mountain biking is not a leisurely bike ride through the trees.

  2. If you don't wipe out or if blood isn't drawn, you probably aren't doing it right.

  3. Mountain bike trails do not run parallel to "opt out trails" or anything remotely resembling "the easy way down". Once on a mountain bike trail you are kind of committed.

  4. After riding for what seems like a huge chunck of eternity, your brother will kindly inform you that you are only 33% done. And this will only be after the group decides collectively to do the shortest route possible.

  5. Some a$$hole decided it would be funny to randomly run the bike trail between tiny gaps between two trees. A one point, you will come around a bend to discover your mother wedged between said trees and oddly suspended in the air.

  6. It is not funny to wipe out in an area named "Poison Ivy Alley".

  7. "The Shoot" should probably be called "The Chute" or possibly "Shiiiiiiiiiiit!". Of course, by the time you have read the sign it is too late to stop, react or do anything other than hold on and hope for the best.

  8. Bridges look nice and easy, but are really death traps that lure you in before attempting to destroy you.

  9. There is nothing quite as discouraging (and painful) as trying to "jump" your front wheel up over some sort of log or other obstacle, and failing.

  10. When the sign says "Helmets Required" they are not making a suggestion.

With that said, pictures:

Getting ready...

The Injuries...





We survived!
(The End)

***NOTE: I managed to neither wipe out nor have blood drawn forcibly from me. I obviously wasn't doing it right. I'm just happy I escaped with my life.

Saturday, November 27, 2010