Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Meme tracking

I found this at Cipriano's blog , crediting Dorothy W., who credits Dr. Crazy who credits Anastasia, but the blog link is broken there and I couldn't continue the meme's trail.

1. Grab the nearest book.

I had to modify this a bit, because the nearest book was Machines at Work by Byron Barton, a board book which my 4-year-old checked out from the library recently. It has only 31 pages. So, I cast further afield, and the next nearest book is one my husband is reading off my bookshelf, something I'd acquired pre-matrimony.

2. Open the book to page 123.

Ok. Easy enough.

3. Find the fifth sentence.

Yah. Here 'tis: "You just keep slinging the same bullshit! shouted the SUBbie, and slammed back into his seat."

4. Post the text of the next four sentences on your blog along with these instructions.

"Casimir Radon listened to these exchanges with consuming interest. This was what he had dreamed of finding at college: small lectures on pure ideas from the president of the university, with discussion afterward. That the SUBbies had disrupted it with a pie-throwing made him sick; he had stared at them through a haze of anger for the last part of the meeting. Had he been sitting by the side door he would have tripped the bastard."

5. Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.

Uh, see the example; I clearly didn't.

6. Blog visitors should guess the book referenced. Good luck!

Photo credit: Jay Queue at Flicker. I have a personal connection to the building displayed in the photo, and it also concerns the book I reference. For clues, click the link to his photostream.

Monday, October 2, 2006

New pup

We have a new beagle puppy at home, and finally found a name that fit her: Perl. She is extremely affectionate, eager to please, and gentle. We got her from the "older puppy" room at the humane society of Indianapolis. As an 8-month-old she came house-trained, leash trained, and is very people-friendly. She was picked up as a stray, although from her behavior I think she was abandoned. She recognizes a lot of basic commands like "sit" although the humane society staff says they didn't teach her these. She has a few scars from her days roaming and bays when left alone. Speaking of baying, she has the most amazing voice - it sounds like she's singing. I've only ever heard her bark once, other than the baying.

She has some hilarious facial expressions, and is all about her nose - she wuffles and snorts her way around the house. We repaired the fence, and she is taking to squirrel chasing eagerly. The squirrels look quite astonished, so far as a rodent can look astonished.

The boys are really happy to have her home, though I'm having to work with Oliver on being gentle and not hugging her too hard (especially since she still has stitches from surgery).