Sunday, August 23, 2009

Dog Training

I'm dog sitting for my sister this week because they're going out to Oklahoma. They have two dogs. An older dog, a yorkie/shizu mix named Riley and a much younger but fully grown German shepherd, Strider.

Strider has a lot of energy, and it near impossible to take on walks. He pulls on the leash and tries to chase EVerything. It's kind of an endless cycle because he never goes on walks, so he gets excited when he sees something that isn't the back yard, but since he does that, he never gets to go on walks.

So while I'm here by myself for a couple of days, I'm going to try and train him to at least walk a little better. I am not a dog fan, nor have I any experience in training dogs, BUT I got two books from the library on dog training. So we'll see. I also have some chicken that I may use as rewards.

Yesterday I tried to take him out a little bit. We walked back and forth in front of the house for a while. Whenever he pulled on the leash, I would turn and go in the other direction, to show that I was the one controlling where we were going. Of course, it didn't take long to start pulling. Then, after I felt that we were mkaing a little bit of progress, my niece comes running up with Riley, so Strider got all reexcited and I broke my flipflop trying to control him.

I haven't had the energy to try anything today. I did manage to get him to sit before I let him outside. He was being spazzy and jumping on the door, and I didn't let him out until he sat.

We'll see if we can make any progress tonight or tomorrow.


Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Movie Review!!!

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

I'm going to attempt to write about this movie without totally ruining it.

Perfume is the story of a man with an extraordinary ability. He has a very heightened sense of smell. Don't worry, you find that out right in the beginning.

The main plot is the story of this man as he embarks on his quest to make the ultimate perfume, but it comes at a high cost to the people of the city that he is staying in.

This is a very original story. Never seen anything like it before. It's a tad long, but it's worth it. Plus, the main actor, Ben Whishaw does an awesome job at protraying this character. He has very little dialogue, but he does an amazing job of using facial expression to convey what he wants, how he's feeling and what he's about to do.

This movie also stars Dustin Hoffman and Alan Rickman, who do an awesome job in their roles as well.

I definatly suggest this movie to anyone. It hovers on the edge of several genres, a little horror, a little action, suspense, and slight romance. Do it.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Charge for Necessities?

I went to Panara Bread this morning to get a bagel and coffee before the dentist (ha), and I saw an interesting sign on their cash registers.

Apparently in Michigan, it is now the law that any place that sells food and prepares food that is serves with knives, spoons, forks or NAPKINS must be taxed for. I asked the woman about it, because I was curious. Her attitude made me think that she thought this new tax was really stupid. She said that people will read that sign, and say "Well then I don't want any utensils!" Her quote "It's just the fact that we HAVE them."

She also blamed it on Granholm, which I laughed about.

I tried googling for a website with more information, and didn't get any immediate results. I'm also feeling really lazy tonight, so I didn't feel like searching further.

Are we really that poor here in Michigan? Oy. Time to move away?


Monday, August 17, 2009

Cartwheels and Urgent Care

I spent a good day with two of my best friends, Gert and Lisa today. We got food at a local restaurant in Brighton called the Yum Yum Tree, and after my chiropractor appointment, we hung out for the day playing scrabble and badminton (yeah, we're classy). Anyway, later on during the day, after trying to decide what to do, we tried to teach Lisa how to do cartwheels.

Unfortunately during the teaching process, Lisa rolled her ankle weirdly and we heard it crack, and she was down. She rolled on the ground a little, holding her ankle. At first, Gert and I thought she was faking, but she wasn't. So we got her some ice and a chair, and quickly decided she needed to go to urgent care. We took her there and got her in. Luckily, she only sprained it, but still. Cartwheeling? I guess there are worse ways to sprain an ankle, but I can't think of any right now.

There was a really rude woman there, who apparently hated her life or something. She was complaining very loudly about having to put a splint on Lisa's ankle.

Now I understand that we got there pretty close to their closing time, but I feel like if you work in the doctor, health sort of career, you should WANT to help people who are hurt or sick. It's what you're supposed to love to do. Now, sure I hated when people would go to jimmy johns right before we were ready to close, but I hated that job and it's NOT what I want to do. I feel that there is indeed a difference. I could be wrong I suppose. Don't know. Either way, Gert and I were offended listening to this woman bitch about these things, and I left the Urgent Care feeling a pretty annoyed.


Sunday, August 16, 2009

Update on Life

I haven't written anything in over a year. Go me. I think sometimes I just don't even know what to blog about. Some people are really specialized or really into one particular thing, and I have a wide variety of interests, none of which I am totally into enough to be an expert or anything close to it.

So I guess that's why this blog is so random.

But I like to write, so that's why my blog isn't a picture I stole from somewhere, and a random quote by someone else, not me. Those blogs are.... less than stellar.

My classes for the summer semester finally ended, so I'm chilling at my parents house right now, getting some time away from Kalamazoo and everything there. This semester really wore me out, but the class is over now, so everything is better.

I have a lot I wanna get done during my next three weeks before the fall (AND MY FINAL) semester starts.

Lots of crochet projects, lots of books, lots of movies- all need to be done, read and watched.

Also, hopefully an interview coming up soon for a job as a Master Control Operator at Public Media Network (where I am currently interning). Keeping my fingers crossed.

As for my love life, which currently does not exist, is dull. Still waiting for that one guy that can deal with me. Le sigh. But I don't wanna get into that right now.

Later for now.