Archive for the ‘Animals’ category

Dog sitting again

February 5, 2011

Let’s hope my sister doesn’t get stuck in another land this time. At the moment she’s in Puerto Rico, soaking in the 80-degree weather sans humidity. So far Jack has been superb, with one exception. I won’t get into the messy details of that incident, but I will focus on the good stuff. He let me sleep in (a change from last time I watched him), he hasn’t barked (another change), and he continues to be extremely loving and playful. Here are some pictures I took this morning:

Gotta love the tongue!

So cute!

In between fetching toys

Checking out the toys in his bed

Up-the-nose shot (I'm so mean! haha)

He turns 2 years old tomorrow! I think doggy ice cream is in store!

I love my pig paper towel holder

November 17, 2010

I bought it about a month ago at an apple festival near Syracuse, New York. It’s handcrafted and oh so cute (as you can tell). I’m currently using it in my kitchen; every time I grab a sheet of paper towel I smile!

I love hedgehogs

October 1, 2010

So I bought this clock. It’s hanging in my family room:-).

i-love-hedgehogs

Isn’t it too cute for words?

Some funny French expressions

September 21, 2010

Because I don’t currently have much of an opportunity to use my French, I instead subject my boyfriend and various friends to the English versions of my French expressions. They sounds quite ridiculous, but that doesn’t bother me.

Here’s the first expression:

  • “I have the ants.”

When the French have a body party that’s asleep, they say “J’ai les fourmis,” or “I have the ants” in English. It sounds hilarious, but I can see why they’d say this. A body part that’s fallen asleep kind of also feels like it’s been invaded by ants. It’s like there’s a bunch of ants scurrying around inside of your body.

Here’s the next expression I anglicize:

  • “I am a poor pilgrim.”

When a French person is feeling like a loser, either after doing something stupid or befalling a negative circumstance, he or she says “Je suis un pauvre pélérin,” or “I am a poor pilgrim” in English. One time a Frenchman called me a poor pilgrim immediately after I had gotten caught in the pouring rain, broken my umbrella, and dropped my book into a muddy puddle.

I suppose this expression also makes sense. Pilgrims likely faced many obstacles on their way to the holy land, some of which probably made them feel pretty uncomfortable, frustrated, or hopeless. They were poor pilgrims!

The next expression is:

  • “He gave me a rabbit.”

When a man stands a girl up, the girl says “Il m’a posé un lapin,” or “He gave me a rabbit.” This one really doesn’t make sense to us English speakers, and I would reckon most French speakers don’t know the origin of the expression. I found several explanations, but this one made the most sense to me. It says that “rabbit” used to signify “the refusal to pay.” It was, for example, used to explain the act of traveling (say, by train) without paying. The expression was “voyager en lapin,” or “travel like a rabbit.”

I’m not sure why a rabbit reference was used for someone who didn’t pay, and not a reference to a bird, turtle or squirrel. Maybe because rabbits are especially sneaky.  But anyway, I guess the French then started saying “Il l’a posé un lapin,” or “He gave her a rabbit,” when a man didn’t end up paying a prostitute. Basically the man “gave her a refusal of payment.” The expression evolved over time, and now means someone didn’t respect a planned rendezvous.

Photo credit: www.flickr.com/photos/cplapied/1278788003

A fun-filled Saturday

September 13, 2010

On Saturday I visited the New England Aquarium, took a Boston Harbor Sunset Cruise, and made a stop at the Boston Sail Loft, a nautical-themed bar on the water.

What a great medley of water-themed activities! I had never done any of these things before. Here are a few pics I took during the day:

Psyched for the day

This funny scarecrow is on the way to the Davis Square T stop.

The penguins were fun to watch, especially the little ones who fall onto their stomachs while landing from a jump.

Loved this fish

One of two sharks in the aquarium's biggest tank

I liked this sea lion room. What a great view of the sea lion pool and Boston Harbor in the distance.

The start of the sunset cruise

View of Boston from the ship

At sunset we saw crews fire a cannon off the USS Constitution.

Boston at night

The Boston Sail Loft had free Oreos at the bar! What a creative touch!

European volcanic ash impacts Watertown resident

April 20, 2010

Haha, I thought I would write my blog post’s title as a typical newspaper headline.

So, yeah, I have been pretty affected by the volcanic ash in Europe. I mean, not as much as some people, but certainly in my own way.

My sister is visiting Ireland with her boyfriend, and is probably stuck there until Saturday. That’s a week later than she had planned on coming home.

This delay means I am stuck in Natick, Mass. for another week, dog sitting. Don’t get me wrong, I love Jack (her chihuahua), and love having a place to myself (normally I have roommates, as nice as they are). But gosh there are way too many strip malls around here. And watching a dog is hard work!

The toughest part, I would say, is having to take out the dog first thing in the morning. Because my sister lives on the fifth floor of an apartment complex, I must go down the elevator, down the hallway, and out to some green space on the side of the building.

It doesn’t take too much time to get there, but it’s so tough first thing in the morning. Ideally, when I get up the first thing I do is make my breakfast and eat it. It puts me in such a better mood.

But when I have to walk the dog first, that also involves getting dressed before eating. Call me selfish, but all this pre-breakfast work is tough!

Other than that I really shouldn’t complain. But I will be ready to go back to Watertown when the ash has subsided.

Image from www.flickr.com/photos/hanszwitzer/4524129088

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New shirt, new dog

April 13, 2010

This past weekend I went to Syracuse, NY to visit family and friends. One of the highlights of the weekend was buying this retro Syracuse Chiefs t-shirt:

My new Syracuse Chiefs shirt

I love the shirt so much, and am wearing it for the second day in a row!

In other news, this week I am dog sitting Jack, my sister’s dog. He’s a 1-year-old black and white chihuahua.

I took these pictures of him this morning:

Jack the chihuahua

Jack doing the Michael Jordan

As you can see from the second picture, he has a strong resemblance to Michael Jordan. Maybe he’ll be good at basketball one day.

Anyway, Jack is so so so cute. In addition to his good looks, he’s the most sociable and well behaved dog you’ll meet. As I type he is calmly sitting on my lap. One of his favorite things to do is lick your hand. He also likes to sleep at your feet, be scratched behind his ears and on his belly, and lie in the sun.

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