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On a foggy weekend

On a foggy weekend we went to the park. Pluto was the most happy about it.

On a foggy weekend with Pluto

Of course there was a lot of snow, it was cold and the sun was nowhere in sight. But, it was fun. No matter what the conditions are you cannot be gloomy when you have a dog that enjoys everything around him. A dog is a bundle of joy.

I can honestly say we need all the joy and happiness we can get.

It was also a good opportunity to take photos. I really do miss our one day trips to different places. They were the best mini vacation we’ve had and we always managed to take beautiful pictures.

There weren’t many attractions (now that the holidays are over) and not many people in the park (because of the weather). It was pretty quiet.

A statue in Tei Park

But that meant more space for us to play around with Pluto. We meet other people that owned a labrador, but one just took our breath away. It was a 3 year old white labrador. He was beautiful, very friendly and HUGE!

Pluto with a fellow labrador

Of course, our Pluto is the most beautiful labrador in the world just by being ours, but there are certain dogs that just wow you. One of those specimes is the white labrador named Khan. Besides its beautiful coat and impressive stature, he was really smart.  His owner showed us aa few tricks, one involving a simple command “Police”.

Basically, we are not allowed to walk the dogs without a leash in the park. There are patrols in all the parks that will give you a ticket if your dog is not on a leash. So, this guy has come up with a new command: his dog will run away (with him) whenever he hears the word “Police”. That’s pretty ingenious.

I know we should all follow the rules, but it’s not fair considering a lot of people with small dogs get away with it. Just because a dog is of a bigger size, that doesn’t mean it’s aggressive. In fact, in our neighbourhood the most aggressive dogs are the smaller ones.

Anyway, I hope Pluto will grow up as big as Khan and be as smart. I have found a role model for him. Until then, we shall stick to our ball games.

Here's the ball! Pluto

So, a lot of things can happen on a foggy weekend, you just have to keep an open mind even when the weather is bad.

Out and about

We’ve been out and about, doing our business. Johnny always at work, me with the two bastards (doing house work and job hunting).

We’ve settled into a new routine. While I do enjoy slacking around, there’s been a bit off too much slacking for me (7 months to be more precise). I am happy that the job market started moving a lil bit.

On Monday I’ll have my first interview. I know I should be happy for this, but I am not. It’s not that I don’t want to get back to work, it’s more that I do not want to get back to work in a certain field. Either way, I decided that I will go and see what they have to offer and if it’s enough to renounce my sanity.

Until then, I shall be out and about with Pluto. I love dog walking. I cannot believe how many people I’ve meet and how many friends I’ve made, just because I have a dog. I also noticed that when we just walk around, Pluto looks a bit down. But, if we meet other (playful) dogs or we just play with a ball, he is the most happy.

Pluto feeling majestic Pluto with his ball Pluto out and about Pluto staring at his ball

I hope that this weekend I will have the chance to take him to the park. There are a lot of dogs there and I’m sure he will have lots of fun. Until then, we shall play on the back streets, making sure no cars come our way. I guess that’s the only disadvantage of having a dog in the city.

Family day off (updated version)

In 2013 I posted a picture with our small family. It was the official family day off picture!

Family day off

I really love this photo. It represents us 100%. And ever since we got Pluto I wanted to re-create the photo. The new photo didn’t turn out as nice as the old one (since you can’t see my legs which are under the blanket) but it is a family photo nonetheless.

Family day off photo (updated version)

I was reading, Johnny was playing GTA 5 and the two furry bastards were just relaxing with us. I really do love it when all of us can share the bed and get along. Usually, the Pluto and Marlanu’ are wrecking the house, Johnny is out on errands or doing stuff on his PC, and I browse the Internet to amuse myself (or job hunting).

I will have to wait for summer or at least spring to get the same type of photo as the original. It will be a couple of months but it will be worth the waiting. Until then I am sure I will add more photos to my collection. After all, there isn’t a day where Pluto and Marlanu’ have their photo taken.

It’s nice to look over old photos and see how much they’ve grown, how we’ve changed or how things around us have changed. I guess, since we didn’t have many pictures of us as kids we are trying to make it up. They are our precious moments and I’m sure we’re cherish them in our old days.

The Chronicles of Narnia

This year I’ve set the biggest reading challenge so far: 100 books. Am I showing off? Well if I finish it, I might. But, I actually want to see if I can do it. I really want to do it. So, I’ve started with on of the series that I’ve been trying to read for the last couple of years (but never got to it): The Chronicles of Narnia.

On the Internet, there are many views in which order the books should be read. Now, I’ve just followed the list on the back of the books I have. So, I’ve read them in the following order:

- The Magician’s Nephew
– The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
– The Horse and his boy
– Price Caspian
– The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
– The Silver Chair
– The Last Battle

The Chronicles of Narnia: Magician's Nephew The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the WardrobeThe Chronicles of Narnia: Horse and His BoyPrince Caspian Voyage of the Dawn TreaderSilver Chair Last Battle

It makes a lot more sense to read them in this order, since they have a certain continuity, rather than read then in the order they were published.

I did enjoy each and every book of this series, but my favorite by far was “The Horse and His Boy“. I liked Shasta and Aravis more than Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy. Shasta and Aravis felt more like real children than the main 4 siblings. I actually remembered trying to read this book (The Horse and His Boy) when I was in school. It brought back some obscure memories of my younger version, hiding in my room trying to read and understand what I was reading, at the same time.

Yes, this usually happens to people that read books that are not in their native language. Still, I am glad I’ve come a long way since those times and that I was able to enjoy books. I am glad that school has not taken this joy from me.

It is a beautiful series to enjoy, especially during winter time. It’s a nice series to read in the evening, before going to bed.

It’s very enjoyable, and it gives one some nice dreams.

Pluto and Marlanu

Pluto and Marlanu'

Sleepy time for Pluto and Marlanu’.

It seems that my two furry friends, Pluto and Marlanu’, started getting along. I cannot describe how much joy these two bring me.

I actually feel like a proud mother that needs to show them off, even if I am fully aware it is annoying. After all, there are so many pets out there, probably with owners that have better photography skills than I do.

Yet, I feel there are no two pets alike. And I also feel, that no one has a labrador retriever as Pluto or a cat like Marlanu’.

Marlanu' and Pluto Marlanu' and Pluto relaxing away

As one might say, they are my precious.

Why the sudden need to gush over them? Because I can. That and because they really do bring out the best in me and John, they make our days better and because they love us at our worst as much as they do at our best. I hope, they will have a great life and many adventures with us.

I also hope, that one day I will print out those albums that I’ve been working on for the last couple of years (for Marlanu’) / months (for Pluto). Not many people have their photographs printed out these days, but I love them. I love arranging them all over the house, or in lovely albums that I can show to close friends.

Hopefully, I will get my chance till the end of this year. That means I still have 11 months and 22 days left to make it happen.