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June 26, 2013 / blisscodisco

Blissful Blabs 2013 Catching up May 18 to 31

May 18, 2013

The beautiful collar I bought for Shy for the Nosework Trial.  It is called: Isle de Paradisio Chrysanthemum and made by Kennedy’s Kustom Kollar Kreations

shy collar

May 20, 2013

naughty birdy

so there is this bird in the neighborhood that is, well, um…how do I put this? Lets see this bird thinks the car mirrors are other birds and he is “violating” them. That is not just poop you see on that mirror. Sigh. We are going to clean them thoroughly and then cover our mirrors until this naughty bird finds a friend other then our cars.

May 23, 2013

Today the bridge over the Skagit River on I-5 collapsed after a oversized truck it the metal supports. Craziness.


May 24, 2013

vin and shy

Vinnie and Shy playing in the backyard. They have no idea on June 15, there will be a new little furry addition. Enjoy the peace and quiet now guys, it is all going to end soon.

May 27, 2013

Shy NW trial

After 2 days of volunteering at the NW1 Nosework Trial in Blaine WA it was finally Shy and Vinnie’s turn today. Shy was awesome and did a great job of showing me where all her hides were and achieved her NW1 title!
Vinnie and my mom did fabulous as well achieving 3/4 of this hides and some very nice finds.
I of course cried when Shy’s name was called for her ribbon. I thought when she got her RE title 2 years ago we were done with titling. Today she proved me wrong. It doesn’t matter if your dog can’t see well, move slow you still can go out there and do awesome in dog sports. She constantly amazes me and today was no different.

 May 28, 2013

Shy snuggling

After a hard days work becoming a NW 1 titled dog Shy spends the day bundled in her down comforter on the couch.

May 31, 2013

Mom is almost all moved in. House is a disaster, but we have to stop working on it and get her house ready to sell. I am so tired but must just keep going.

Saw Silver Linings Playbook

silver linings

I really really liked it and thought it was a very well done move, good writing, acting and editing. And good soundtrack.

June 26, 2013 / blisscodisco

Blissful Blabs 2013 Catching up May 1 to 12

The month of May was all about the upcoming nosework trial. Lots of focus on that and frantically trying to get our house together for my mom to move in…it made for a very busy and stressful month. No wonder I stopped blogging. and reading blogs. and reading. and watching dvds. and pretty much having a life.

May 1, 2013

I was thinking about the amazing nosework class I had last night and saw this on Facebook and thought how appropriate…
Shy is 11.5 yo and I am working on getting a NW1 title. Shy constantly amazes me with her devotion to the hunt for odor. Last night she really proved how far she as come when faced with 16 boxes of tempting goodies such as bacon, ham,pepperoni, cheese, peanut butter etc, she ignored them and alerted on the three containers that contained scent.. To see her so into the hunt for scent that she ignored all these amazing odors was just amazing.

why title a dog

May 3, 2013

Watched the movie Looper


Was a great action packed sci fi movie. Joseph Gordon-Levitt did a great job of capturing a young Bruce Willis and Bruce did a great job of not being to obnoxious.
It was gritty and interesting and if you like sci fi time travel, alternate reality type movies definitely worth watching.

May 4, 2013

may 4th

I always have so much fun with this date.

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I thought this was cute in sort of a sad way. Kind of true. We so take  our dogs for granted. I know that I still regret not finding more time to spend cuddling Pickles before he passed. I knew he didn’t have much time left yet I still let life get so busy. At the same time he was not much of a snuggler so he was probably just fine with it. I make sure and snuggle Shy a lot  :)

shy and b

Me and Shy and my short new haircut which I love!

May 6, 2013

Watched This is 40


I thought it was ok, kind of nasty funny not silly sweet funny. It seems like comedies are so satirical now and not as light and funny as they used to be. An example of a light funny comedy that I can watch over and over is
The Proposal 


That is the kind of comedy I like. No one had to be mean or degrading to get a laugh.

May 8th, 2013

I am convinced that has an evil plan to make all the best themes have annoying tiny gray font to force you to buy their premium custom design package to change the font color. grrrrr. Not happy. at all. pbbbbt WordPress you are making me stressy. I think I am going to give Weebly a try for Tom’s website.

May 9, 2013

shy regal

I open the car door, she jumps out eagerly despite her sore arthritic shoulders. Prancing with her cloudy eyes sparkling she keeps looking up at me with a goofy wide mouthed grin. Then we get to the start. I slowly put on her special collar to let her know it is time. She immediately quiets and gets serious, sniffing the air deeply as I gently hold her and give her the command “Find it”. Off she goes all business now, focused on finding the hide, her breath slows and deepens as she checks every surface following the elusive trail. Then success! The hide is found, nose firmly planted, a quick glance back to make sure I am with her and then nose again firmly on the source, she loves her reward but she loves the hunt more…
And this is why I do nosework. It give s my 11.5 yo dog a job, a purpose, a joy.

May 11, 2013


I can’t wait!

May 12, 2013


Grumpy cat and Maru have nothing on Merlin.

June 21, 2013 / blisscodisco

Blissful Blabs 2013 Catching up April 22 to 30

April Earth Day 2013 Sunrise

Movies I watched:

Now is Good

now is good

This movie could have been so much better. I was really trying to not be annoyed by Dakota’s fake English accent but did not succeed. Would have been a good Lifetime TV movie.

Playing for Keeps


This movie was awful. Sorry if you have watched it and liked it. I was so looking forward to it as I thought it was going to be a cute romantic comedy. I am sorry but it was a macho piece of Sh*t writer that must have wrote this. Basically guy is jerky sleeping around jerky jerk but still gets the girl and the kid. sigh.

21 Jump Street

21 js

So this movie I enjoyed. It was silly and nothing like the TV series but it was funny and had a good soundtrack and a bit of goofy action including a car chase with a bug. And of course it has  Channing Tatum. It also has Jonah Hill who am not a huge fan of but is somehow slightly less annoying in this movie.

Premium Rush


Ok I should not have liked this movie, it was cheesy there was some really bad acting. I mean really really bad, but yet I still enjoyed it. Definitely do not watch if you are in the mood for a serious thought provoking movie. But if you want to watch some insane bike riding and be mildly entertained then worth watching.

Books I read:

The Promise of Stardust by Priscille Sibley


One of those books that is not very realistic and the authors message is not really clear. Very dramatic and attempting to play on the readers emotions at every page.

The Beth Revis  Series: Across the Universe, A Million Suns and Shades of Earth.

Across the U

Great YA sci fi. Took me a bit to get attached to the characters and the author seems to like to kill of lots of people but she creates a fascinating world and keeps you guessing. I think it would make a great movie series.

There comes a point after the 10th washing of the kale that you realize you are just going to eat a bunch of tiny green bugs. Extra protein is always good.


No matter how many times I have seen it I still enjoy Alone in the Wilderness with Dick Proenneke, it is so relaxing. Yay for PBS for bringing us such great program as this AND Downton Abby. Which needs to hurry up and start.


These crazy looking clouds are called lenticular clouds.



The weather has been nice enough for the dogs to get in some play time.

wp vin and shy

June 3, 2013 / blisscodisco

Blissful Blabs 2013 Catching up April 1 to 20

You know you are a nosework nut when you get excited when plastic Easter eggs go on sale:

Nosework nut1

I had the best nosework class on 4-2-2013. I have been in a bit of a panic about the Nosework Trial I entered on May 27. I don’t expect to get a title but I didn’t want to make a complete embarrassment out of Shy and myself either.

A little background here. I started Nosework classes last year for something fun to do with Shy. At 11 she is finally starting to slow down a bit and I realized I was not going to be doing anymore advanced obedience with her but still wanted to work her. So along with my mom and Vinnie we started taking Nosework classes. I was hooked by the first class but still was just “doing it for fun” as Shy and I hardly ever practiced and I was so busy at that time moving and working on the house that I even missed some classes. My mom and Vinnie practiced a lot and were looking really good so we kept taking classes. Fast forward to this year and I started practicing more but still mostly did the hides knowing where they were. Then I took the ORT in February and passed. Now I decide to enter the trial just to see if I can get in and we do.

So last night we did 3 blind hides on 2 vehicles (all paired). Shy did amazing and showed me where each one was hidden. Then we did four exterior hides not paired but I knew where they were. Again she quickly got each one. So I am feeling a bit better about the trial.

Poor Shy was exhausted this morning from all the running back and forth last night at class as the hides were very far from the vehicles. She had to be woken up for breakfast. Then she snuggled on the couch with me until her potty before work. Then after she went out and took care of business she trotted right back to the bedroom and promptly went to her bed as was ready to go back to sleep. I rousted her again and she snored the whole way into town to drop her off at my mom’s.

I always thought the Ryan Gosling  “Hey Girl…” memes were hilarious so I made one for Vinnie:

Ryan Gosling Vinnie

Great article that really sums up my feelings on marriage equality:

The Trouble With Your “Lifestyle”


Speaking of marriage on April 8th Tom and I celebrated our 2oth Wedding Anniversary.

Where did the time go is all I can say…Oh yeah and we still love each other and all that sappy stuff:)

Me and Tom goofing off at the Bellingham Airport in 2009.
tom and bliss

On April 16, 2013 these guys were born. 5 girls and 2 boys. One of those girls is mine:)


I can’t wait. And I am freaking out. It has been almost 12 years since I have had a puppy.

April 20th

My dad’s 65th birthday. He was not doing well but we decided to celebrate with him at Hospice House.

First in the morning we did the Fun with the Fuzz 5 k. 

fun with fuzz

Then was a “surprise” happy 20th anniversary/wedding shower 20 years later party thrown by my boss. It was filled with many of my friends but was hard to be social and upbeat, I did my best and I think it went well and I truly appreciated everyone that took the time to make it a special day.

Then it was off to spend time with my dad and show him puppy pictures. It would be the last time I was able to speak to him and look into his eyes and tell him I loved him…

Mark Reid Simon April 20, 1948 to April 21, 2013

June 3, 2013 / blisscodisco

Blissful Blabs 2013 Catching up March

March 2013

This makes me laugh and I can’t stop watching it:

Three – The Pony #DancePonyDance

One of my friends lost her kitty. Her name was Martini and she was a funny cat. She kept her two “brother kitties” in line with an iron paw and they didn’t dare cross her even though they were way bigger. I love this picture, contrast of cute kitty and watchful eyes.


Tried Key Lime Lara Bar. So delicious. It might be my new favorite. I will have to eat a chocolate coconut chew and decide.

larabar VS


I learned about two animal I have never heard of before, the first was the Marwari Horse:

marwari horse

They are from India.

Don’t they have the funniest ears? if you go to the Marwari horse website you can see more pictures.

The second was the Pumi dog:


A breed native to Hungary. They are pretty cute.

They also have funny ears. It is animals I have never heard of with funny ears day.

I made this cake:

It was a white cake with raspberry jam filling and a chocolate butter cream frosting. It was so good my mouth is watering just describing it.



Speaking of food: This happened, I posted it to facebook and got the necessary sympathy and felt better —  totally just at a moldy date before I noticed it tasted a bit funny and looked closely at the other one and it is totally rotten moldy. I keep checking to see if I feel sick. so far so good. will report back later.
I never did get sick.

Vinnie looks totally innocent here but he has Shy’s favorite bear.

vinnie bear



The handsome husbandly one looking good:




Went to the Seattle Dog show and got to see the super sweet girly that is the mother to my future pupkin.

annie o

Her name is Annie .

I also got a new Kumbucha Scoby, so excited and can’t wait to start brewing.


After just one week the tiny baby has filled a big gallon jar and things are bubbling.



We had some sun and Shy got to play in her yard.


Our Tuesday night nosework class doesn’t start until 7:45 at night so we are all a bit tired and giddy by the end of the night and everything is funny. In nosework our dogs all have to “wear and item” such as a collar, harness, bandana etc to let them know they are working. One of our jobs as the human partner is to make sure their “clothes” are on before they start their search and their “clothes are off” when they are done with their search.  So one night we were laughing to the point of tears making jokes and slogans such as “Be sure to not search Naked in Nosework”…Or don’t forget to take your clothes off when you are done with your search:) So this song is now dedicated to my nosework buddies:

and to make up for that song here is my newest favorite song. I can listen do it over and over and over…

Re-read “The Host” to get ready for the movie



And that about wraps up March.



June 3, 2013 / blisscodisco

Blissful Blabs 2013 Catching up February

So I haven’t blogged in a long time…at least not in print. I have blogged so many posts in my head. It just doesn’t feel the same as actually writing and I am trying to get back on track.  It was really hard to do a daily blog when my dad got really sick and started deteriating right before my eyes. Just dealing with all those emotions I couldn’t bring myself to put it in writing. It just makes it all so real. But so much has happened I figured I better “catch up”. So here goes the rest of February…

I really really wanted to take these guys home.
These adorable cuties were at Hohls Feed and Seed. It took all my will power not to load them up in my mom’s station wagon and bring them home


This happens on weekends quite regularly:

feb wp1

I quoted this “True love is….cleaning bird poop off your spouses head with your glove”.

I watched:

Step Up: Revolution

step up

I am such a sucker for a good dance movie/musical and this fit that need. IF you are not into dance movies the plot would probably leave a bit to be desired but since I like a soppy everything works out in the end movie I give this movie 2 thumbs up

Robot and Frank

robot and frank

It was a cute movie but not a lot of substance. Interesting twist in the end.

I read:

The Twelve by Justin Cronin


It was the sequel to The Passage. I thoroughly enjoyed it and can’t wait to read it again to pick up on everything I missed rushing through it the first time.

I saw this funny stuff on Facebook:

Owners eyes, can’t tell if I like it or it just creeps me out.

feb wp2

What if Animals Ate Fast Food.

April 23, 2013 / blisscodisco

Mark Reid Simon April 20, 1948 to April 21, 2013



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