Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Keeping Mom Company

The other day Lucky and I kept mom company while she ironed a whole bunch of fabric.

Of course, since we were lying in the nice sunbeam it wasn't really such a hard task. But don't tell mom that.

We can't have her think being a pug is all fun and no work.

Monday, March 30, 2009


PlusOne and mom were practicing their karate techniques today. They have one called Twisted Twig. It is a lot of fun, as long as you are not the attacker. That is because after mom flips you (by the neck) down onto the ground, she jumps up and lands on your right collar bone with her right knee. And hammer fists you in the face. Then she jumps over you and lands on your left collar bone with her left knee, and punches you in the face. Then she jumps up and kicks you in the solar plexus, throat or face, with the ball of her foot.

Fun, huh?

Well, PlusOne was worried about jumping over mom, so they used a reasonable facsimile of a person. PlusOne calls him "Stickie". LOL

Here I am approximating the first landing onto Stickie's collar bone. Not that I am not actually kneeling on it, because that would hurt Stickie. And I don't like to hurt people. From the description of the technique, I am not so sure about mom.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Lucky Takes A Walk - ALONE

She looks so cute and innocent, here, doesn't she. Snuggled in her bed, sleeping in the sun? But my older sister is actually quite an adventuress. After dinner, PlusOne took us into the backyard. He went out and came back in by the gate. He didn't realize that the gate wasn't fully closed.

Lucky decided to explore. PlusOne noticed we weren't in the backyard and asked mom if she had us. Mom said no! PlusOne found me close to the house, in the bushes. When mom called, I came running. But Lucky was nowhere in sight. Mom called for dad and the hunt began.

Mom, dad and PlusOne went in three different directions. PlusOne told mom it had been maybe two or three minutes before he noticed we were gone. Mom figured it was more like five or ten.

Mom was just telling dad that when he saw Lucky in the neighbor's bushes. When she saw Dad, she walked over to him and sat down at his feet. Mom and PlusOne were very relieved.

To give you an idea of how far Lucky went, she was about sixty feet east, and about sixty feet north of the backyard.

Silly dog! Oh yeah, mom fixed the gate latch.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Silly Dad

My dad is silly. How silly you ask? This silly.

That is him under the blanket. He went to a friend's house Sunday night, came home late, sat in the recliner to watch the weather and.... I'm sure you can guess the rest.

I am guarding him here. Lucky is snuggling, because that is what she does best.

Isn't my dad funny?

Friday, March 27, 2009

Fabulous Friday

It rained last night, but mom is not worried. She knows spring is coming, and soon she will see her beautiful iris. Okay, maybe not quite so soon, but sooner as opposed to later.
Mom wants me to thank you all for your supportive comments about her teaching. She is still amazed (and thankful) at all you wonderful bloggers out their who let us share our lives with you, and vise versa.
Have a Fabulous Friday!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Thursday Thirteen

As you know, mom teaches karate. Most times, mom assists the teacher. She is cool with that. She is good at that. Well, last night Mom was the main teacher. Her teacher was not feeling well, and mom got to run the entire class. She was really nervous. She did okay. Some parts she did better than others. As far as first times go, though, she didn't suck pond water, so she feels okay.

Anyway, here are Thirteen Things to remember when you have to teach a class. All by yourself. For the very first time.

1) Be calm and BREATHE!

2) Short answers are best, unless it is a really good question and then you share the question and answer with the entire class.


4) Teach to the lowest denomination.

5) Be aware of time.

6) Repetition and motion over speeches.

7) Run the form with them, do not leave them on their own.

8) Teach them the pace of the form.

9) Use the correct terminology.

10) You cannot help one student and keep the others idle.

11) The ENTIRE class is your responsibility.

12) When you are done with the talk, if it sounded good, then shutting up is okay. You do not need to keep repeating yourself.

13) RELAX!

Phew. Thanks for letting me get that off my chest. Mom needs to remember these for the next time. So she thought maybe she could share with you. If any of you are teachers, she would love any advice you have to offer.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

Mom got this from Too Cute Pugs. Aren't they a screech!

Mr. Karate looks pretty goodas Bruce Lee, don't you think?

Mom as Wonder Woman. If only!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Working With Eduardo

I am working hard for Eduardo today. I am snoopervising.

What am I snoopervising, you ask? Well, a while ago, mom stepped on PlusOne's Lego Star Wars toy. She has to rebuild it. Here it is in the process of being rebuilt.

PlusOne received this toy from his cousin without the instructions. A quick email to Lego & voila! 137 squillion pages of instructions.

And if mom can't find a piece, well, then she has plenty of spare parts to look through. Except for the piece that PlusOne put it in HIS SWEATHSIRT POCKET! Sigh! Beans!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Snow Squall Sunday

In the middle of the afternoon yesterday, mom looked out the window and saw big flakes of SNOW blowing all over the place. Lucky, being the "intelligent" pu that she is, decided to ignore it.

She is doing a very good job ignoring i, isn't she?

It stopped about 30 minutes later and the sun came back out. When mom went outside, there was no snow to be found anywhere. Weird!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Selvage Sunday

Auntie came over to help mom with a project yesterday. While Auntie was there, she discovered mom has lots of fabric with lots of selvage. Now, Auntie loves selvage with colored dots or printed words on it, so mom went through her entire stash and Auntie started cutting selvages off mom's fabrics.

If you're curious about the selvage bandwagon, here is one of Auntie's posts about it. Anyway, I think Auntie made out like a bandit, don't you?

She also wanted some of mom's fabric. Mom gave her some, but told her forget it on some of the others. ha ha

Auntie then made dinner. I didn't get any, but PlusOne ate one and a half chicken cutlets, and all the green beans mom put on his plate. I didn't even get any green beans. Phooey.

Then they watched Top Gear. One episode was about Communist cars, which apparently were and are still terrible, and the really thorough road test for the Ford Fiesta (this was hysterical). In the other episode the Top Gear crew go "caravaning" (this is even more hysterical). Mom thought of Pug Possessed on this one, because they have a camper and use it all summer. Unfortunately, the Top Gear crew are not very good at caravaning. They are, however, very good at starting fires.

Suffice to say, that everyone had a good time. Except for me. No chicken, no green beans and what do I care about selvages. Hmmmph!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

The Weekend

We're hoping for more of this, this weekend.

Friday, March 20, 2009

I'm Fabulous

Well, you knew I was, but it's official now. I am Fabulous!

Tweedles gave me this award. I am supposed to give it to people, but since mom has been goofing off, I will have to give it out tomorrow. (Personally, I think you're all fabulous, because you're pugs, or friends of pugs, but there are rules for these things, you know.)

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Signs That Spring is coming.

1) Dad doesn't have to wear his big heavy coat to take us outside.

2) The snow is disappearing.

3) The sunbeams are warming up.

4) And coming more often.

5) PlusOne isn't wearing his boots to school anymore.

6) Dad isn't wearing long johns to work anymore.

7) Auntie is having her "When when" contest.

8) We have been going for more walks lately.

9) Mom is dragging out the rug sucking monster everywhere.

10) Mom is picking up and cleaning up and throwing out like she's in a frenzy.

11) Mom is mentioning the dreaded "B" word (bath).

12) Mom is seeing posts of flowers more often.

13) Poppy Q is talking about fall coming. Poppy lives in New Zealand.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Tattle Tale Tuesday

This is what mom and PlusOne found when they came home from karate Saturday morning.

As you can see, there is a child proof safety lock on the door.

Apparently I am not a child, because I can get through it easily. I can also get the cover off the dog food easily, though I can't open the treat cans. Mom says I have been pigging out too much, so now I am on a diet. And there is a 1o pound weight on the dog food tin. :(

Monday, March 16, 2009

It's All Dad's Fault

Mom was going to get caught up on her blog reading tonight,

after helping PlusOne on a book report due today.

Except dad got mom interested in the new show Kings. It stars Ian McShane.

Mom has loved Ian McShane since Disraeli, on Masterpiece Theater eons ago. Memere and mom watched the series together, and they both loved it.

This is what IMDB said about McShane in Disraeli. "Disraeli was Ian McShane's career role and if this series is ever rebroadcast on Masterpiece Theater or some other venue, do not miss it."
So you can all blame dad for mom not blog reading yesterday. It's all his fault. Mom promises to catch up today.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Nice Weekend

It's supposed to be a nice weekend.

Here's hoping.

Friday, March 13, 2009

To Torture or Not To Torture

I decided against torturing mom, as most of my ideas would have gotten me summarily killed. (I did, however, escape out of the back yard on dad. I came back when he shook the treat can.) I also decided to give mom the "pitiful" look.

Isn't that a good look? It worked. PlusOne layered Beggin' Strips on my dinner and mom gave me lots of green beans and some chicken! Su-Weet!
But just so you get an idea of what I have to work with, here's Lucky trying to give mom a message. Do you think mom got it?

Nope! She vacuumed anyway. The things I have to deal with.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Thursday Thirteen

Guess what? Yesterday was MY BIRTHDAY! I turned FIVE yesterday.

And my mom forgot all about it! Can you believe that? So in honor of that grievous error, here are the Thirteen Things I am going to do to torture my mother because she forgot my birthday.

1) Poop on the floor in the bathroom so she steps in it when she gets out of the shower.

2) Keep her awake all night by bunny kicking her or pushing her out of bed.

3) Use her head for whapping target practise.

4) Barf up all my food right before she leaves for work, making her clean it up and be late for work.

5) Bark at everyone and everything.

6) Escape from the back yard. Maybe go see Monty.

7) Not come in when she takes me out. Do you know how hard it is to find a black dog in a big yard in the DARK?

8) Eat her supper when she's not looking.

9) Chew her purse, her thumb drive her cell phone and all her pens.

10) Run away from her when it is time for bed

11) Sleep with PlusOne instead of her.

12) Totally ignore her and only sit on dad.

13) Pee on the bed (her side), or on her karate gi.

What do you think? Is that enough torture for her forgetting my FIFTH birthday?

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Wordy Wednesday

Want to know what pepere's are good for?


I know I look guilty.

Don't ask what it is, cuz I'm not telling.