V-Day 2011

Feb. 14th, 2011 10:36 pm
avanta7: (Joy)
Valentine's Day 2011
Are we cute, or what?
avanta7: (Phoebe)
Chloe, on the left, and Phoebe, on the right, take their rest on my blocking squares. Rotten critters.

Cuteness times two

But seriously, how can I get mad at faces like this?
avanta7: (Default)
...because it's La Madame's birthday! Happy day, [livejournal.com profile] madame_urushiol! And because I know this is your favorite, I present to you once more...

Thong Man!

P.S. Did you get your package?
avanta7: (Phoebe)
...to get a non-fuzzy picture of a fuzzy puppy in perpetual motion...

The following is the best that I can do to show you the two Poms in a single shot.

Phoebe and Chloe 2

Phoebe and Chloe 4

Phoebe and Chloe 3

Spouse kept their attention with bits of roast chicken while I did my best to catch them standing still.

Here are a couple more:

Cuteness overload

Quizzical Chloe
Because one can never have too much cuteness.

Phoebe expresses her opinion of Chloe
This is what Phoebe thinks of the new addition.

Long live the Queen
And Jacquenetta is none too thrilled either.

Mote is under the bed as usual.
avanta7: (Default)
Chloe 1
Meet Chloe.

My sister brought her to me early yesterday morning, as a very early birthday present. Spouse was still in bed, so I carried her into the bedroom and put her on his chest. "See what [Sis] brought me? It's an early birthday present." He opened his eyes. "Not another damn dog." I stood there and let the puppy lick his nose. "Not another damn dog," he repeated. She licked his chin. Big sigh. "Okay."

Chloe 2
We went through multiple names before settling on Chloe. First she was Portia, then she was Rhea, then Clio, finally Chloe...of Greek myth origin, rather than Shakespearean like the rest of the critters*, but acceptable nonetheless. (Chloe is another name for Demeter, aka Ceres.)

Chloe is four months old, she weighs about 2.5 lbs, and Sis said she didn't expect her to get any bigger than 4 lbs. As little as Phoebe is, she'll be the big dog on the block at 6 lbs.

Speaking of Phoebe, she is soooo jealous. She has been very clingy since Chloe arrived. We've petted her and loved on her and paid her as much attention as we can, given the constant vigilance a non-housebroken chew-happy puppy demands. The cats watch Chloe with wary attentiveness and unhappy kitty noises, trying to figure out if she's a pet or an overgrown rodent. She returns their attention with a fierce puppy growl and an occasional charge at the nearest feline. She's been swatted at least once for encroaching on Jacquenetta's personal space.

Chloe has a bad patella on her left rear leg, a common genetic defect among Poms due to many years of inbreeding. That leg won't support her weight, so she limps when she walks and doesn't use it when she runs. When she gets big enough, she may be able to jump onto the sofa, but we've been cautioned not to let her jump off and risk breaking that leg.

She's about to blow her puppy coat and become really ugly for several months, but this time next year she should be well on her way to her full adult coat. Eventually she'll be as fluffy and full-coated as Phoebe.

Queen of the Sofaback
*Phoebe is of Greek myth AND Shakespearean origin. In Greek myth, Phoebe is the daughter of Uranus and mother of Asteria. In Shakespeare, her name is alternately spelled "Phebe"; she's a character in "As You Like It."
avanta7: (Zombies)
Tuesday night I auditioned for the next Theatre of Gadsden production, Night of the Living Dead. Last night I got an email informing me I had been cast, not as a shambling non-speaking zombie, which is what I expected, but as Helen Cooper. An actual part with an actual name and more than three lines! Hah! Definitive proof I haven't lost my acting chops. (When I was given such a teeny role in M*A*S*H, I worried. Now I can stop worrying.)

But because zombies are involved, I must once more share this photo taken a few months ago while walking through downtown Gadsden.

avanta7: (Peachtree)
The almost finished dining room
The trim needs painting, and the drapes have yet to be ordered; even so, I love this room.
avanta7: (Sunshine)
Spouse and I had a fabulous time over the weekend. Friday morning bright and early we threw the suitcase and the dog in the back of the car and sped away to the coast, arriving in Seaside just in time for lunch. After checking in at the motel, we found our way to the wharf and had a good old time watching the harbor seals play and taking an old-fashioned romantic walk along the beach.

Cut because this is where the photos start )

Saturday, and the Aquarium )

Back to the motel again for a nap (hey, we're middle-aged; we get tired!) and then down the coast a bit to Pebble Beach and a cruise along 17 Mile Drive, which is arguably California's most famous stretch of road and home to arguably California's most famous tree, the Lone Cypress.

Lone cypress 3

Unfortunately, it was late late afternoon by the time we arrived; most of the light had gone and the fog was coming in, so very few of the shots I took were any good. But I took this weekend's favorite shot of Phoebe and spouse at one of the overlooks.


Sunday, and Santa Cruz )

This was a thoroughly lovely spontaneous getaway. We may even make this trip our Labor Day Weekend tradition.

More pics on Flickr. They might even be organized in a day or two.
avanta7: (Happy Dance)
A few weeks ago, I received an e-mail asking me to submit the following photo for inclusion in an online guide to Sacramento:

Fountain Face #3

Today I received a follow-up.

Hi [insert real name],

I am delighted to let you know that your submitted photo
has been selected for inclusion in the newly released
seventh edition of our Schmap Sacramento Guide:

Cesar Chavez Park

If you use an iPhone or iPod touch, then this same link
will take you directly to your photo in the iPhone version
of our guide. On a desktop computer, you can still see
exactly how your photo is displayed and credited in the
iPhone version of our guide at:

Cesar Chavez Park

Finally, if you have a blog, you might also like to check
out the customizable widgetized version of our Schmap
Sacramento Guide, complete with your published photo:


Thanks so much for letting us include your photo - please
enjoy the guide!

Best regards,

Emma Williams,
Managing Editor, Schmap Guides

Woot! I have a published photograph! Which was taken with the old camera, BTW. Wonder what I can do with the new one?
avanta7: (Phoebe)
The animals have been just too cute lately, and I've been a little snap-happy. Plus Phoebe went to the groomers, so she was especially adorable. Therefore, I am forcing you to bask in the cuteness.

Three Little Monkeys. )

Before the beauty treatment. )

I'm a bowhead. )

There are more on Flickr, should you care to subject yourself to further adorableness. *sigh* I wuvvums my widdle wuv-muffins.
avanta7: (Default)
Saturday morning, I met [livejournal.com profile] whytraven and a few of her Markeroni friends for the Markeroni Unconvention in downtown Sacramento. Not being a Markeroon myself, I was essentially along for the opportunity to visit with Whytraven rather than for the purpose of snarfing any historical markers. Still, I took part in the picture-taking of the state Capitol and its environs because...well, just because it was a beautiful day and we saw some beautiful sights.

Like this one:

The Great Seal of California

And this one:

Art Deco Portico #1

You can see the rest of the set here.
avanta7: (Default)
You probably haven't noticed, but I skipped the last two years. That's because we didn't put up a tree in 2006 or 2007. Gee, avanta, depressed much? This year is a better year. And thus, the tradition returns.

Behold the loveliness! )

So, there you go! Oh, and the annual Christmas Carol poll will be up shortly.
avanta7: (Usual Suspects)
As is our custom, the girls all gathered on the first weekend of December for the annual retreat, when we leave our families behind and rediscover the bonds we forged so many years ago in school. Some of us have been friends since we were 11, all of us have been friends since we were 15. We laugh together, cry together, share joys and sorrows, triumphs and tribulations, and always always always go for a hike alongside the ocean. Here are a few of the photos:

Behind a cut because the first one is HUGE~ )

You can see the whole set here.
avanta7: (ArtFlash)
I finally uploaded the good pics that have been taken over the past couple of weekends. 21 so far, 29 to go.

A few examples under the cut )

See the rest here. More to come soon.
avanta7: (ArtFlash)
Ever heard of Stitch & Pitch? Neither had I until this year. Essentially, a bunch of knitters, crocheters, and other needlework fanatics do their best to take over a ball park on a given night. And July 17th was Stitch & Pitch Night at our local minor league franchise, the Yuba Sutter Gold Sox. We ladies who frequent the Sew-So Shop (and those spouses who were brave enough to be seen with us) descended en masse at the stadium and had ourselves a grand time watching the Sox beat the sox off of the Sacramento Legends while making a little progress on our works-in-progress.

Stitch & Pitch Night #2

Let's see, what else? Phoebe went Hollywood one night a couple of weeks ago:

Phoebe goes Hollywood

And I got flowers on my tootsies today:

Flower pedi, again

And such is the substance of my life. *beam*
avanta7: (Phoebe)
A dog and her bone
Don't mess with the pooch, especially when she has a new rawhide chewie to defend.
avanta7: (Audrey)
Now, it's no secret that spouse is somewhat younger than I am. But how much younger I apparently never knew....until this package arrived in the mail yesterday.

18th Birthday?!

Oh. Dear. Heavens. Considering we've been together over 9 years, I almost literally robbed the cradle! Or at least the schoolyard.
avanta7: (Default)
Yesterday spouse and I drove to Ft. Bragg for an adventure. Our first adventure was discovering that on Highway 20, 180 miles does not mean a three-hour drive. It's a four-and-a-half hour drive, over twisty curves, through mountains and ranchland, by Clear Lake and across the Russian River. A beautiful drive, nonetheless.

Once we arrived, our first order of business was lunch. Then we found our way to Glass Beach and went for a walk. Here are just a few of the photos I shot.

Surf and rocks #8

My two favorite things


More photos can be found here.

[livejournal.com profile] rendiru was right. Ft. Bragg is gorgeous, and deserves far more time and exploration than our day trip allowed. We didn't have time to go to the Botanical Gardens, or visit the antique stores or craft stores, or historical downtown, or really see anything other than Glass Beach. I want to go back. I want to stay a few days in one of the nifty little bed and breakfast inns and really explore.
avanta7: (Santa)

Merry Christmas to my LJ Family
May all your hopes and dreams come true in the New Year
avanta7, spouse & Phoebe

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