Thursday, January 23, 2014

Has it been two weeks??


So sorry! I am still alive, barely. The last two weeks have been a whirlwind... first, wrapping everything up at my old job, taking care of the puppy, then I got sick, sleeping, sleeping, sleeping. Puppy biting everything. Puppy housebreaking. Puppy needs attention. More attention. MORE ATTENTION!! Why are you looking at your phone? I will bite it! BITE BITE BITE! Whine whine BARK! Throw the ball, THROW THE BALL!!!

Loki is living up to his name. Jay says it's all my fault.

No, I will not eat the rest of my food, I want to play. I will grab your pant leg and pull. Don't even think about folding laundry! I will steal your socks.

You will take me outside, I will pee. Then I will come inside and pee again, just to spite you.

It's a damn good thing the little bastard is cute, because I have wanted to strangle him nearly every day. No more puppies. Ever.

I've equated it to having a rabid two year old on crack with ADHD and VERY sharp teeth.

People are like, "Awww, it's just like having a baby."

Umm, no. At least a baby takes lots of naps and wakes up crying every hour or two. You feed it and change its diaper and it goes back to sleep. With a baby, you don't have to keep taking it outside in 10 degree weather and 6 inches of snow. And then wait for it to go potty. And repeat once every hour or two.

This little jerk takes maybe two naps a day, half an hour each, and you'd better nap while he does. I try to wear him down by taking him to the park. He'll take a mile or two mile walk, start to whine when he gets tired. He'll sleep in the car for the five minute ride home, wake up, then proceed to run around like a crazy dog, biting pant legs, fingers, and anything else he can get his sharp puppy teeth around.

When we're home, he wants to play constantly. He will play fetch for hours. He does not have an off switch. After a half hour or 45 minute play session, I will want to take a break. You know, to eat. Cue the whining. And the barking. And the biting. And the chewing. GAHHH!!!

I don't know what to do! I feel bad locking him in his crate, but he just won't sit still and chill out with me. Toys only pique his interest for a few minutes, then he's off on his next adventure of chewing power cords and table legs.

So let's just say that my week off hasn't exactly been relaxing. I've also been studying for my Series 7 exam. Talk about dry material... it's a bit like reading the phone book. Oh well, at least I'm making progress. My test score has increased by 2 points so far this week.

So that's what is going on. I probably won't be blogging quite as much until my life gets back under control. Once the puppy is housebroken and once I pass my Series 7 exam, I will be blogging much more frequently!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Loki is here!

We tried to get Loki to choose his own name. Jay threw a treat on the floor, and so did I. We decided that whichever treat he ate first would be his name - Jay's treat would be Cinder, mine would be Loki. 

So of course he ignored the treats until Jay pointed them out. He did point his out first, but Loki ate my treat first. I think it was more of Jay giving in than anything. So I guess this means that our first child will be named Cinder. :-P

Cinder had been growing on me, but I still think Loki will be a better fit.

Picking up Loki at the airport... poor little guy. Took us a while to figure out the correct Cargo space. For the record, if you are picking up a puppy from BWI that flew Delta, you will go to Building B, Door 26 or 27. The chick in there was jamming out to some Evanescence and bore a strong resemblance to Amy Lee. Maybe she took some time off from touring to work pet cargo?

He refused to come out of his crate into the cold, or to step onto the cold parking lot. Ultimately we put the kennel into the back of the car with the seat down and his bed in front of it. As soon as I buckled up, he came right out and sniffed around his bed. Guess he is not a fan of the cold!

Home safely!

Loki loves his new Kong toy

Loki in puppy jail. He got stuck under the table and couldn't figure out how to get out. It was ridiculously cute.

Last night he hardly cried at all, probably because he'd had such a rough day and was tired. He went to bed at 10:30 and started whining to go out around 5:15 this morning. No accidents in the crate, either. So far, so good!

All of that said, I'm pretty tired today because I woke up at the slightest noise. I was worried about waking up to take Loki out during the night. Turns out that I had to pee more times last night than little Loki!

Tonight we are having our first visitors and tomorrow we are going to the vet!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Almost Wordless Wednesday, Puppy Video Edition

Arriving at BWI via DTW tomorrow afternoon, January 9th. The ground transport fell through, so puppy is being flown to us.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Naming Pup

When we have kids, I have no idea how we will ever decide on a name. This is the first time we've ever named anything together, aside from Fanny the Forester. This dog naming thing is turning out to be very difficult.

Speaking of our little guy, he may be delayed a few days because of the weather. We might still be getting him on Thursday, as I had originally posted, but I haven't had an update since last night. It sounded like the transport company (hereafter known as Kyle) was hoping to get him to us by Tuesday evening, but I think that Thursday or even Friday is more likely. When I talked to Kyle last night, he was stuck in the snow a quarter mile from his house, waiting to get towed out.

Hopefully the weather will cooperate!

So Jay has his heart set on Cinder. He thinks it's a cool name since he's Mr. Fireman. 

I don't have my heart set on anything yet, but I'm betting that Jay will win with Cinder, just since he loves it so much and none of the names so far have really screamed out at me.

Here is the list, in likelihood of actual names:
  1. Cinder
  2. Loki
  3. Cerberus
  4. Bacchus
  5. Gandalf
  6. Sazed
  7. Kelsier
Jay wants to narrow it down to two choices and have people vote. So I'm pretty sure that Cinder will be the pup's name. 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

25 Things for 2014

Happy New Year!

2014 will be an exciting and challenging year, but I am up for it!

My biggest goal has to do with my new job. I have to take a big scary test and it means that I am going to have to study my ass off and have no social life for the first few months. But once I pass it, life should get a little easier. I expect my new job to be challenging and rewarding, but the test will be the worst part.

Some of these are from my 101 list, so that I actually complete them on time. 
  1. Pass the Series 7 exam.
  2. Housebreak our dog.
  3. Finish the fence.
  4. Plant a garden.
  5. Finish at least one closet of the two unfinished ones.
  6. Rearrange upstairs bedrooms.
  7. Find pet-friendly accommodations.
  8. Take a road trip with our dog.
  9. Go on vacation somewhere new.
  10. Do something that I'm afraid of.
  11. Blog at least twice a week (or 104 posts for the year).
  12. Spend more time around the water (sunning, diving, swimming, boating, or sailing)
  13. Try paddleboarding.
  14. Actually send out Christmas cards in 2014.
  15. Get my wedding ring re-sized.
  16. Come up with new savings goals & reallocate funds.
  17. Spend a weekend in NYC.
  18. Swim 1000 yards (I might finally accomplish this)
  19. Frame and hang at least one of my photos.
  20. Start foyer photo wall.
  21. Spread some of Dad at Martinak. Maybe on his birthday.
  22. Stay in better touch with relatives.
  23. Log at least 365 miles, walking or running. One mile each day (totally doable!)
  24. Complete an obedience class with our pup.
  25. Throw an awesome dinner party.
What's on your list?