Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Meet the Minker

Yessir. That's our baby - MINKA. John and I picked her up on Friday and we're looking forward to many big milestones such as baby's first play date, Baby's first trip to the beach, the day she is fully house trained (pleasssee pooh.. pleasseee!), the day she doesn't demand her third of the bed, the day she's not a little terrorist screaming at the top of her lungs to be picked up and of course... Baby's first trip to the dump with Dad. All these critical milestones we'll be documenting on our blogs.

It's been a harrowing couple of days just getting used to having her in our life and slowly... slowly. I think she's getting _us_ trained. How Pauline managed to care for 10 at the same time is beyond me. Unfortunately any efforts to take pictures of her standing up usually result in a BLUR. The dog doesn't sit still.. ever.. :P Our best success so far is when she's sleeping... We'll work on some action shots soon.

Here's a picture of her sleeping. Her favourite spot to sleep is in snuggled into my waist leeching my body heat.

Followed immediately by sleeping on Dad's side under the duvet. It's cute right now, because she's little and clean... We'll see how we feel about it as she gets older.

Here she is romping around the room, tearing up some sh!t and teaching her toys a lesson.

And relaxing with mum on the bed.. again curling into my waist

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Fabric Binging Imminent

Tomorrow is the big Fabricana sale and I'm getting my fabric gallery updated so that I wont' buy any dupes when I go there tomorrow. How much fabric are you buying? half a meter seems too little but more than 2 is very expensive... Speak up fabric hounds.

You know what's unfortunate? While my significant other, Jong, is very supportive of my hobby, I still feel I have to hide the amount of money I spend on the fabric. It's my guilty pleasure. I get a bit of a rush when I acquire more beautiful fabric for my collection so later on, I can be creative and make something really cool with it. The pleasure of acquisition is only eclipsed by the pleasure of creation.. soon... this weekend... I will craft again.

A little scared... This event will probably be a zoo. I've been to boxing days and the only thing crazier than a tween beating you down for the 50% off baby phat yoga pant is her momma. If only I had a wing man to get my back. Where are you Ice man?

Monday, November 16, 2009

One day....

This is my dream vacation.. I want to go before the corals all receed... Can a place like this be real?

If you aren't already aware, there are many things that threaten our beautiful oceans, and more specifically our coral reefs. Most people are aware that Rainforests are the santuary to thousands of species of creatures but are people aware of how significant the coral reefs are to our world?

Listen to this podcast from CBC Quirks and Quarks to learn more about the threats to our ocean and the impacts on our world. It makes me truly sad. If you've ever had a coral reef aquarium you'd know that corals and their inhabitants are truly amazing creatures, worthy of preservation.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

This hog reminds me of Mike... really into his coffee.

Sooo tired!

Took a 6 hour name followed by 1 hour to do the Heroic Daily in WOW, then back for another 8 hours of sleep. Feel like a million bucks but before all that rest I could totally relate to this hedgehog.


This is my next project. Book marked for later.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Minka>Ocean>Pursuit of Endeavor>DAM:Riverchase a tempo

Riverchase A Tempo

Registered Name:Riverchase A Tempo
Breeder:Daniel Black
Bruno Gideon
Owner:Dr. Dennis Sumara
Brent (Dr.) Davis
Sire:Saxon Shore Roll Of Thunder
Dam:Antares Ambridge Rose
Date of Birth:17 JUN 1999
Land of Birth:Canada
Land of Standing:Canada
Colour:White and Brindle

Minka>Ocean>Pursuit of Endeavor>SIRE:Rhode Paved With Gold

Rhode Paved With Gold

Registered Name:Rhode Paved With Gold
Breeder:Daniel Lockhart
Louis Christopher Rhode
Owner:Debbie & Bob Boyle
Kennel:Saxon Shore
Sire:Chelsea Bulgari
Dam:Albelarm Esprit of Saxon Shore
Call Name:Dash
Date of Birth:24 JUN 1995
Land of Birth:USA
Land of Standing:USA
Colour:Red Brindle and White
Titles:Am Ch, ROMX


Registered Name:Dreamwindz Moonstruck
Sire:Imperial Winds deSud
Dam:Edgewater's Leap of Faith
Call Name:Cher
Date of Birth:26 APR 2004
Land of Birth:Canada
Land of Standing:Canada
Colour:White and Fawn
Titles:Can Ch

Minka>Ocean>SIRE:Pursuit of Endeavor

Registered Name:Brushwood Pursuit of Endeavor
Breeder:Linda Stewart
Dr. Dennis Sumara
Raymond Yurick
Owner:V Ann Hennigan
Sire:Rhode Paved With Gold
Dam:Riverchase A Tempo
Call Name:Chase
Date of Birth:12 AUG 2002
Land of Birth:Canada
Colour:Red Brindle and White

Grand Aunt: Moxi of Endeavor

MBIS, MSBIS, 2x NSBIS Am Can Ch Brushwood's Moxi of Endeavor
14 US All-Breed Bests in Show
10-Time Specialty-Winner (Tied Record)
2-Time AWC National Specialty Best in Show

"Moxi," the #1 Whippet in the USA for 2006 and 2007, is a three-time National Specialty Winner (2 US, 1 Canadian). She has been called one of the Greatest Whippets of all time by esteemed breeder judges including Bo Bengtson, Espen Engh, Patsy Gilmour.

The progeny from Moxi's first litter (2005) have several champions, while the young ones from her second litter (2007) are pointing handily, on their way to finishing.

Coming out of "retirement" for the 2008 and 2009 AWC Western Specialties, Moxi took SBIS at both, thus retiring the Challenge Trophy, shown by breeder Daniel Lockhart of Saxon Shore, responsible for much of her pedigree. That also takes her to a record 10 Whippet Specialty Bests and plus a Hound Show Best.

Moxi's third and final litter was born January 14, 2009 at pastoral Endeavor Farms in Northern California, the same ranch where Moxi herself was whelped and raised by her breeder and owner Linda Stewart.


BITCH: Dreamwindz Here For The Party - "Ocean"
SIRE: Maybach Exelero Pharao

Grand Sire: SBIS Can Ch. Brushwood Pursuit Of Endeavor - "Chase"

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Flaws as an asset

I just read this post from Lainey Gossip:

"My mother had a friend, a friend for 40 years, who sold her out as soon as she got sick. There are families that disintegrate all the time because of one sibling's betrayal of another. Women take off with their sister's husbands. Cousins empty bank accounts of aunts and uncles never to be seen again. Cain killed his own brother. These stories make headlines all the time"

And it's times like these... that I realize my biggest flaw is also my biggest asset.

I find it challenging at times to 'play nice' to hold my tongue in the interest of keeping peace. I consider myself a nice person, a good person to know and have my love and respect. I'll move mountains for my beloved.

At the same time, I abhor the absence of truth... or more specifically -
my truth. Everyone has a truth with varying degrees of accuracy. It
seems terribly closed minded, reading it here now in print but take for
example the story about the 100 sled dogs brutally killed in Whistler.
This only came to light when the man reported his PTSD to Worksafe BC.
Shit like this happens all the time and has been happening in Texas re:
Greyhound racing for decades. It's a big part of the reason why John and
I took up fostering. I feel so strongly about this, if faced with HIS
situation I never have allowed that to happen. I could never been
compensated enough such that I could do what he did. I would have found a way to save those dogs. I would have contacted other dog groups to rally. something... I don't know why but I have faith that I could have found a way.

Simply put, I cannot be pushed into doing anything I do not agree with.
I have much too strong of a will and a confidence that I'll find a way
to work my way around the situation without having to compromise. My
father deemed this stubbornness. Little did he know, it was from him I
learned it. It amuses me that this terrible attribute of my fathers
resides in me.

Reading that laundry list of offenses Lainey listed, I can't even
comprehend anyone doing that to their family. How can you? These are the
people who know and love you the best. Is it really worth it? Really?
Perhaps these people have all the ammunition to hurt you more than
anyone else.

I had a family commitment last week which created waves in my own
relationship. Simply put, my mother needed me on valentines day weekend.

How do you say no to the woman sacrificed everything so I can be the
person I am today? She worked long hard hours in a smelly fish
processing plant sorting fish eggs, standing on a steel grate over
cement. She'd come home covered in fish gut, nursing a sore stiff back
after over 12 hours of work just so I could take dance lessons, or have
something frivolous like pink carpeting in my bedroom... My mother held
vigil to administer Chinese remedies like egg rub while I had fevers.
Walked down bowls of hot won ton soup to my school so I could have a
nice lunch instead of a cold 'western' sandwich lunch that I seemed to
covet... gossiped like hens about Bo and Hope over lunch from
Kindergarten until I moved out at 24. My relationship with my mother is
important to me. I will NEVER be about to repay her kindnesses or be
willing to lose that friendship. I value it above all things.

Simply put, when it comes to my mother, I cannot say no. I owe her
everything. This is something John doesn't understand. He never had that
same relationship with his parents that I do with my mom. So she asked me to come, and I did, at the cost of my relationship.

Not really wise, is it? I had hoped he'd understand. John loves his Father very much, and we bend our every day lives to accommodate Don. I thought he'd understand familial obligations. Alas, our relationship had been under some strain lately and this was the straw that broke the
camels back. We've long since fought and made up... but the point I make here.. is that I'd sacrifice what I have with John (something crazy important to me) for what I believe is right which is honoring my mother. This doesn't mean that John isn't important. He is VERY important. But it seems pretty clear cut to me on this incident that my mother SHOULD come first. It will not always be the case, but she needs me now and I do not have any justification here to turn away.

My problem of being outspokenly standing up for what I believe in and
doing what I feel is right, at the cost of everything... and without
remorse. It doesn't win me many friends or allies unfortunately.
A battle with myself... I'm still waging.