Tuesday, November 25, 2008
One of my more recent subscriptions is to the Planet Money podcast.
Planet Money started as a special episode of This American Life that attempted to explain the housing crisis (more on that here). It has since grown into the world's most depressing (and often pretty dense and boring) blog, twitter and podcast. I am not into finance and it is all quite over my head. P.M. claims it's trying to make it easy to digest, but it still bores the snot out of me and/or leaves me terrified. That being said, yesterday's podcast was really awesome. Haven't you ever wondered - just what IS money?! You actually probably haven't - I know I didn't think much about it. The professor they speak with is English (read: easy to listen to and smart-sounding) and has a facinating take on just what money is and what it isn't.
Click here to take a listen.
|Droopy the Dog!|
When I got home from work yesterday, the Droopster had been in his crate for 2 hours. He was wound up and ready to walk! We took an extra long walk through the park, which he loved. He likes leaves and tall grass... that must be where the good smells are! When we got home, our friends Mary Beth and Erin stopped by to meet Droops and to order in some dinner with me.
After they left, I attempted the seemingly impossible: giving Droopy a bath. The reasons for this were two-fold: A1) he was really smelly from the shelter and B2) he has been shedding like a maniac. I read that beagles shed seasonally and that stress can make it worse, so you can imagine what the apartment looks like right about now. Droops has avoided the bathroom since he heard me taking a shower yesterday, so he figured out what was up right away. I only filled the tub with an inch of water and then kept the faucet on low while using a plastic cup to get his fur damp. He kept his face on the ledge of the tub the whole time and one paw at the ready to hoist himself out if I gave him an opening. Other than that, there was no whining or barking, which rocked.
alex's parents gave us a little bottle of dog shampoo to use and it worked really well. We have an old bristle brush which works really nicely to remove old fur. He actually likes being brushed (probably because it feels like petting) - yet another bonus. Long story short - he looks so much better! His coat has a good shine to it and he doesn't stink. We had a great walk this morning as the sun was rising and he ate the breakfast I laid out for him. Progress all around.
Tonight's adventure: trying to find dog treats that he likes....
Monday, November 24, 2008
|From Droopy the Dog!|
Please welcome Droopy to the family (and please note that he came with that name). We adopted him from The Anti-Cruelty Society.
The D.L. on Droops:
He's a beagle/ basset hound mix
He's approx. 5 years old
He sheds (boo!)
He gets along really well with other dogs
He doesn't yelp or growl - he's a super chill guy
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
In other news, I'm heavily considering applying to a graduate program but I need to come up with an essay topic. Any thoughts from my four readers?
Monday, November 17, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Once upon a time... from Capucha on Vimeo.
Although still not convinced, I am bowled over the by the cuteness.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
That being said, Today's New Word is:
Profligate : Recklessly wasteful; wildly extravagant -OR- Given over to dissipation; dissolute.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
"If you had told me two years ago that John McCain would end his active national political life perceived by many as the candidate of the special interests tied to lobbyists; that many people considered his campaign dishonorable and focused on small things; that he wasn't seen as presidential and the right person to have in a crisis; and that the broad center in American politics had turned against him, I would have laughed in your face," said John Weaver, his longtime friend who resigned from the campaign in a power struggle last year.
"That's not who he is," Weaver said. "But that's the campaign that he chose."
"The Palin pick was a base pick in a non-base election," Weaver said. "In this media world that we live in, you can't take someone who has not had any exposure, who had not had any vetting, public and private, and strap her to a rocket."
While you have heard me say similar comments in the past, this really sums it up for me!
(Thanks to Jezebel for the tip)
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
That being said, I want to point out that CNN tried just a liiiiiittle too hard to sexy-up the election returns. I love me some Will.i.am , but beamed in as a hologram? Even Anderson Cooper is like "this is absurd".