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Sprocket's Training Milestones
Came home (Aug 2, 2014)
Asked to go outside (Aug 5, 2014)
Slept 4 hours straight (night) (Aug 5-6, 2014)
7/3/13 - 8
7/4/13 - 30
7/5/13 - 36
7/10/13 - 54
7/11/13 - 57
7/18/13 - 67
2/17/14 - 83
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- Dream of the Red Chamber
- Time to Kill
- Scent of the Missing
"I don't like kids." "Me either."
Tuesday. 3.22.11 12:04 am
Then that would be why you are unhappy when you have them! I have been reading a lot of articles about this whole parental dissatisfaction thing, and it's starting to get on my nerves. Partially because... well, I like kids. Kids are INRCEDIBLY amusing! Kids do and say all kinds of funny things. A lot of times, kids adore you, follow you around and say things like "I love you teacher!" They spin in circles. They hop. They laugh like hyenas. Kids are so much fun!
Sure, you have to tell them everything that they know: tying their shoes, using a fork, being polite to strangers, coloring inside the lines, cutting without cutting their fingers off, not to push, not to shout, but... to some of us... it's worth it.
Just remember from your own childhood: nobody likes whiner.
Too many dreams
Tuesday. 3.15.11 5:07 am
There is this thing, when you have too many goals, they find that you kind of shut down and can't really get to any of them. They recommend that you have three or four primary goals as that is all you can really focus on at any given time. This is only recent knowledge. I grew up under the Tony Robbins "If one's good, 20 is better" model. Make a goal for every area of your life, every point, every portion. Basically, research shows this just drives you crazy and tries to make you a perfectionist.
Still, there are a lot of goals that I still kind of like hanging on to. So here they are.
A List of Things I Wish I Could Do
Learn Salsa (swing, country line, or blues)
Fall In Love
Be an Au Pair in one of the Scandanavian countries for a year.
Get my PhD/masters in Social Work
Take care of my OWN dog
Have a house of my own
Publish my novel(s)
Have a house of my own
Outside of my control
Fall in Love
The rest, while important... are a little hard to plan for. After all, I could go to school right away, get an apartment and take care of my dog, but then I couldn't be an Au Pair. If I was an Au Pair, then I would push back my 'school' thing for another year, another year where people wonder, "What the hell have you been doing with your life". "Living a little" seems a little hallow of an excuse. Not only that, but what if I miss my window? My dog is only going to be ALIVE for so long, so how many more years do I want to DITCH her, just so that I can... I don't know, have stories to tell my grankids? Make lifelong friendships? See the world? Those... are good things, too. Oh hell, I don't know.
What do YOU think?
F=ma (or "My Dog")
Sunday. 3.13.11 11:37 pm
Sopa is a frightened scared dog. This is understandable given his background. Sopa is the poster dog for why I haven't eaten dog meat in Korea, you see, but I'll go more into that later. The thing is, Sopa does not actually like changing his position. Once he is station in a spot, be it under the bed, at the end of the hall or in his crate, he will not move. In fact, except in case of emergency, I think the dog would stay exactly in the same place at all times, not because he is lazy, but because he is very uncertain.
He had figured out the potty training thing, (win one for the team!), but fails to understand the 'hanging out with people thing'. He likes people,well enough, he understand that he does not have to bite them and they will behave. Children rush up to him and pet him all the time, but given the option, Sopa would... not associate.
So it is that I am beginning to live with my little anti-social dog who, while not entirely frightened of me, wishes I would just leave him alone. Still, force seems an effective way of getting things in motion and the dog does not strongly object to being forced to do... pretty much everything.
Time, time, all we need is time and yet imaginary, infinite and fleeting, there is only patience and no time.
Busy, busy, busy
Sunday. 3.13.11 5:44 am
My life is really busy right now, although I don't feel like I should be. My schedule keeps me at work 40 hours a week, I am supposed to be working out three times a week and I travel an hour out to this orphanage to teach English every Thursday. I volunteer at either the animal shelter or the orphanage my church supports on Saturday. I go to church and writing club on Sunday. Yet, somehow, I am just tired all the time and I feel like I'm pushing, pushing, to get it all done: the dog that needs walking, the clothes that need washing, the dishes that need scrubbing the floor that needs cleaning, etc., etc. And on top of that, no time to just... travel and hike like I did today. But where am I supposed to cut something!
I guess sometimes you just have to accept that your life is going to be insanely busy and a little stressful. Work will always be work. People will always be people. And, if you plan on making ends meet, you just have to work a little harder. I do wish there was another way, though.
So Japan Got hit by a tsunami...
Saturday. 3.12.11 1:03 am
Luckily Busan is fine. I think I read an article where one 80 year old woman died of a heart attack, in Seoul, but that's pretty much it, which, considering how many people die of heart attacks ordinarily, is pretty good! Another thing that is pretty amazing?
Take a look at this:
This is one of many pictures of the devastation. The road is perfectly split along the white line. Talk about coincidence! Or is it?
Friday. 3.11.11 9:44 am
I am looking at my new roomie, Sopa, in the mirror. He is about six inches (maybe) tall at the shoulder and tan and white. He is a dog. He has his eyes closed and he looks like he's ready to hit the hay. Me, too, now that I think about it. That is why, I will begin Sopa's story tomorrow.
You see, Sopa's story, like any fairy story, begins in a remarkable, but dark place...
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