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I was sitting on the couch the other evening watching a television show…Roxy was laying by my feet snoring when the UNDERDOG commercial came on. Underdog apparently is a beagle. Who knew. Anyway…during part of the preview for UNDERDOG the star beagle says “GIVE THE DOG YOUR FOOD”. I about spit my water across the room. It was as if they were channelling Roxy right there.

I did a lot of research before I got Roxy. I read that beagles were hard to housetrain…which didn’t bother me because at the time I was totally expecting Roxy to be an outside dog. I read that beagles could be obstinate. I read that beagles were barkers. I read that they were smart, followed their nose, were diggers, had a penchant for rolling in smelly stuff, and LOVED food. The thing that worried me the most? The barking/baying thing…as I live in a residential neighborhood and the next door neighbor…hates noise (children, dogs, a pin dropping past 10:00pm).

Well after living with Roxy for FIVE YEARS (can it really be that long already? Seems like just yesterday she was small enough to climb up me and sleep on my head…or my neck…which she did often as a puppy) I can tell you that I never expected her to be like she is. Roxy was extremely easy to housetrain…and is most definitely NOT an outside dog. Roxy is kind of prissy for a beagle…and doesn’t like to get her paws wet, which makes bathtime…hell. Roxy has an incredible sense of smell…and can find a crumb the size of a pinhead under five pillows. And speaking of pillows…Roxy loves them…and insists on planting herself smack in the middle of them because while you may think that the bed is yours? Really it is hers but don’t worry she will share it with you…on most days. What is really kind of weird? Is rolling over in the middle of the night and seeing her laying on her back with her head on your pillow, her paws in the air and snoring like you wouldn’t believe.

Roxy is very independant…and would rather not be futzed with or manhandled. She is like me in that respect. She isn’t a good listener and doesn’t like the word no. She can not go outside without a leash unless you watch her very closely…or if you are my dad…because even though she is my dog…she worships the ground my dad…and brother walk on. She loves men…in general actually…and prefers the male vet in the practice. She LOVES to go for walks and if she even thinks you might be heading for the leash basket she gets excited and starts prancing around excitedly. She loves to play fetch but only with tennis balls…and she would rather play with these tennis balls I bought her that squeak. Rubber balls? Nope. Must have that tennis ball feel to it.

Roxy is extremely smart and can do tricks as long as there is a food reward involved. I work with her very very hard. She got the basics fast. Sit. Stay. Shake. Then we moved on…she can now: lay down, shake other paw, balance a treat (or a ball…or a rib) on her head, she can do a “little woof” which is a whispery bark, she can kinda crawl, she can “Sit pretty” which is basically sitting up like a meercat, and her newest trick “BIG YAWN” which basically is her opening and shutting her mouth like she was yawning in rapid succession…so basically she looks like she is talking with no words coming out. She also understands that she has many names. Roxy. BeagleButt, Beag, Beagle, Sweet baby, baby, and monkey or monkeybutt. She also knows that Cody is NOT her name but my brother’s dog and that if she hears it, it may mean he is getting something that she is not…so she investigates.

She also learned that if she takes her back hip and hits the kitchen cabinets just right…she can pop them open. We baby proofed them with superstrong magnets…yet she has still figured out a way to pop open the cabinets. So we started having to put her dog treats in a sealed container and no food in the low cabinets. We learned not to put things like chicken bones in the under sink trash…the hard way (thank god for emergency vets). Roxy is a typical beagle in that she is a “chow hound” and she loves food. When she was 7 months old we learned not to put pizzas on the kitchen table…as she pulled down an entire pizza and proceeded to start to try to eat it. Roxy eats her dinner so fast that it is scary and we now only give it to her in little portions because we are worried she will choke herself off.

Roxy also has an incredibly expressive face which lends a very human quality to Roxy. If we are talking about something bad Roxy has done and look over at her…she will give you a dirty look as if to say…how dare you speak of me like that. If she does something bad (like go through the bathroom garbage and scatter it all over) and someone says “what did you do?” She will sulk off like she is sorry..and after awhile come lick your hand as if to say…do you forgive me? If you are sad or sick she will lay by your feet to let you know she is there for you. She will lay ON your feet if she thinks you are cold…whether or not you are actually cold. And Roxy knows when it is 5:30 pm because she will come and put her paws on your legs or chest and then stretches and nonchalantly yawn so that you know she is there…and then gives you an intesnse…”can you please…GIVE THE DOG SOME FOOD” look.

(Roxy’s Don’t Mess with Me I am Eating Look).

I watch the superbowl every year…but I must admit that mostly I watch it for the commercials (and the scores to check my pools). It’s not that I don’t understand football…I understand it for the most part- it just doesn’t hold my attention very much. Anyway, I thought a majority of the superbowl commercials sucked big time this year. Bleck.

As you probably know, I tend to watch the Sunday (or Saturday Night) Nextel Cup races…that holds my attention. But even if it didn’t I find the commercials to be FAR more humorous than the superbowl commercials. So…without further a do…here is a nice little listy of my five favorite (and two honorable mentions) Nascar commercials:

  1. The Kasey Kahne Rabid Fan Girls Allstate commercials (there is a whole series of them)
  2. Tony Stewart’s Sunoco “You can’t take Tony Stewart to the Grocery Story” Commercial
  3. Kasey Kahne’s Sunoco “You can’t take Kasey Kahne to Dinner” Commercial
  4. Dale Earnhardt Junior’s Budweiser Crazy Mutant Desert Guys Commercial (this is the extended version they played during the superbowl…)
  5. Ryan Newman/Carl Edwards/Jimmie Johnson/Kasey Kahne Phantom Gillette Commercial.

Honorable mentions:

  1. Chevy Impala INFIELD commercial
  2. (oldie) Jeff Gordon Out of Gas Nextel Commercial

Well I am now officially blind as a bat. My new eye doctor was able to convince my new vision insurance that contacts were medically necessary for me because my prescription  is so strong.

This is good because it means that they pay for an entire year of contacts instead of just an amount towards the years worth (which roughly works out to about a third of a year).  So yey…but boo because now I am officially blind as a bat.

Well I have to say I was so excited to see Tony up front during the first what, twenty laps or so? And then…that finish? What a finish!!!! I was on my feet and I was in my own house! I couldn’t tell who won…I was like play it again…play it again!!!! Gimme a different angle…and I thought the Daytona 500 was a close finish!

Anyway…for those not in the know Nascar.com let people check out their service RaceView during the race on Saturday for free. I was curious, so I tried it. I was at a slight disadvantage because I couldn’t see the television from that computer so I occasionally had to run back and forth if I wanted to know exactly what was happening…or I heard the announcers talking excitedly. I found the animations to be fairly accurate as to what was happening on the tv for the most part…the exception to that is the pitting. When the cars are pitting they aren’t in the pitstalls exactly right…and when they are being jacked up the cars look like they are spinning in the pits…it was a little disorientating…at first I thought there was a big accident in the pits so I ran out to the TV to see…but no…just pitstops. Plus I think they should have little animated people run out and service the cars…I mean if the cars can have those gps things in them why can’t the different crew members have them implanted in their helmets? I definitely don’t think I could rely solely on RaceView without TV…the excitement just isn’t there for me…not to mention I like to hear the commentators banter back and forth.

What I loved about RaceView? Was being able to eavesdrop on the radios. I LOVED that part. It fascinated me to no end! Of course I find pitstops fascinating to no end on the TV so why wouldn’t the radio communications be exciting? I started off listening to Junior (because my dad was standing over my shoulder going lets hear Junior, lets hear Junior). Then I said…look I have to listen to Tony…so I listened to Tony…and got to hear about the accident as it was happening which was very cool. Other than that…Tony and his crew don’t talk much on their radios…although after the accident- I guess all the crew guys have little radios on too because you could hear them calling for different tools and parts. Then Tony went to pull his car behind the wall and I guess someone led him astray and he had to back out of the one area he pulled into (the Busch garage if I remember correctly) and was having trouble getting it going again and Denny Hamlin’s crew was going to help push him and he didn’t want NO part of that. That humored me. Sounded like something I would say!

After awhile of listening to Tony’s crew work on his car I moved over to Clint Bowyer’s radio. He and his crew chat a lot more than Tony’s crew. Clint always wanted to know where Teammate was…and was constantly reading off numbers that I assume were engine temps? Water temps? oil temps? they sounded like some kind of temperatures anyway. They were very chatty. Once Tony was back on the track I listened to him some more…but still they were fairly quiet. I figure that it is a personal thing…some people probably need the chatter to keep them focused and some people do not want the chatter…and find it distracting.

I would probably utilize raceview for the radio chatter, if my computer was set up in the same room as my tv.

What is that nestled next to the ice and Dryers (Pineapple Coconut Ice Cream…it rocks)?

That would be Kasey Kahne. Yes you read it here first Kasey Kahne is in my freezer…or he was. He didn’t last long…

I found them to be a bit too sticky for my tastes…I think it was all that caramel.

Lisa’s Scrapping MI-5

“I know. I know. Just what you wanted. An MI-5 about scrapbooking! As you all know, I am a scrapbook consultant for Close To My Heart. Our summer catalog features five new paper collections. I will give you a brief description of each collection, and you tell us a story, a thought, a song, or whatever else you can think of that somehow ties in with the collection (title, theme or color).”

1) “Route 66”. Travel themed paper with plaids and polka dots. Colors include Clover Meadow, Cranberry, Moonstruck, and Sunflower.

I love to drive. I haven’t gone on many road trips lately because well…the Rav is still acting up on me and frankly I don’t trust her. I have a road trip in approximately 3.5 weeks….it has been planned several months in advance and tickets to certain events correlating with said road trip have been purchased…so what am I gonna do? Well…BFM totally found me an awesome rate on a rental car. So good infact I upgraded myself to a FULL SIZE! I really want to get an IMPALA but I bet I end up with something much more hideous. I just pray it isn’t red. I hate red cars.

2) “Majestic Blue”. Nautical themed paper with sailboats and compasses. Colors include Bamboo, Crystal Blue, Desert Sand, and Outdoor Denim.

I love to take pictures at the ocean on foggy days…which are plenty around here. I haven’t done it lately though…I think I will have to try for some new pictures. You can check out my last photography session at the beach on a foggy day here on flickr though if you want to.

3) “Expedition”. Safari themed paper with leopard print and leaves. Colors include Autumn Terracotta, Bamboo, Olive, and Sunflower.

Bill said a Ford product…which is what I thought initially too. Then that got me thinking about the time that BFM and I decided to rent a Ford Mustang Convertible and cruise down to Santa Barbara (3 -4 hours away) with the wind in our hair. Well the rental place ran out of the convertible mustangs…and we ended up with a Ford Escape (a small SUV) not quite what we had in mind. It was blue. We did go to Santa Barbara…but no wind blowing in our hair. We had an expedition at the zoo there…and visited the beach and the wharf…and downtown and then drove home. Fun times.

4) “Let’s Get Together”. Picnic themed paper with flowers, stripes, and dots. Colors include Breeze, Buttercup, Cranberry, and Garden Green.

Weirdly enough…this makes me think of AEROSMITH and the song Come Together which makes absolutely NO sense to me at all lyrically but I still like the song…(how odd huh?). I mean…what the hell does this mean:

He wear no shoeshine

He got toejam football

He got monkey finger

He say I know you, you know me

One thing I can tell you

Is you got to be free

Anyone? Maybe it’s just better that I don’t know what it means.

5) “Floral Tapestry”. Very feminine floral theme with flowers, stripes, and dots. Colors include Garden Green, Orchid Bouquet, Twilight, and Vanilla Cream.

The first thing I think of is the Rick Nelson song Garden Party…probably because of the whole Garden Green. I love that song– my favorite lines:

But it’s all right now, I learned my lesson well.
You see, ya can’t please everyone, so ya got to please yourself

The second thing it makes me think about is the band Cream which makes me think of the movie Almost Famous, one of my favorite movies.

He has his best qualifying effort today discounted because rain stopped qualifying and they were not able to fit in all 53 qualifying runs.  Apparently when that happens- those who qualified don’t get counted and the race grid is the points grid. That has got to hurt– all that effort and you don’t get into the race.

Tony may be the driver I call mine…but…that just sucks because Michael has been having a not-so-good year.

The fill-in

(The MI-5 seems to be MIA…but as soon as I have it I will do both this weeks and last weeks)

1. On a hot summer’s day iced tea is my favorite thing!
2. When I think of summertime fun, I think of the boardwalk.
3. Rocky Road is my favorite flavor of ice cream.
4. My new favorite drink is Peach Iced Tea.
5. One of my happiest summertime memories is sitting in a boat out on a lake fishing with my grandpa…just him and me…the summer of 1986. It was one of the few times we spent time like that where it was just the two of us.
6. The best place to watch fireworks (or submarine races) is from the beach!
7. What are you doing this weekend? Tonight I’m looking forward to fajitas, tomorrow my plans include laundry and watching the race and Sunday, I want to relax!