Thursday, September 8, 2011

Tell Me Thursday #8

Crooks and Crazies

Guess what? We hit 20 people linked up last week. I'll be doing a drawing over the weekend and will contact the winner. I think more people have been playing than have been linking up, so as per usual don't forget to link to my blog in your post, and then come back here to link back to YOUR post.

This week's questions (my apologies - I'm not so much into digging deep this week. I promise to get back to more thought provoking subjects next week):

1. What is the biggest thing that grossed you out over the past week?
2. What do you feed your dogs?
3. If you could move anywhere where would you live?
4. What is the funniest thought that occurred to you (or thing that happened to you) this week?
5. If you couldn't have your breed of choice what would be next on your list?

I'll have to come back and answer as I have time today. We had a death in the family over the weekend and with evertything that's been going on time is sort of sparse at the moment. But you guys should stay tuned... there will probably be a chicken story in here somewhere.

My answers (editing to add):

1. What is the biggest thing that grossed you out over the past week?

Well... I farm-sat for Julie over the long weekend. I think pretty much by now my feather-phobia is pretty well known, but in case you don't know... I'm skeered of chickens. Anyway, there were two chickens sitting in nest-boxes when I went into the chicken house (shudder) to collect eggs on Sunday. I needed to get the eggs from under them, which meant I was going to need to put my hand under them. I took a stick in there thinking I could just poke the chicken with the stick and while she was distracted I could steal the eggs.

This sort of worked. The first chicken pecked the stick (I screamed like a little girl every time she pecked the stick) and stood up. But she didn't come out. So after she stood I walked out of the chicken house.. and she jumped down to get some chicken feed.

SCORE! I jumped in and collected her eggs. Ok, more like walked carefully around the throng of chickens at my feet, but whatever.

The second chicken was NOT moving. She pecked and pecked and I screamed and screamed. FINALLY I just stuck my hand in there. She pecked the stick and she pecked me, and I chanted "Oh god oh god oh god" and got the eggs out. Thinking I might have missed one I put my hand back in there. This leads me to my grossest thing of the week (and it's not what you think):

I touched her legs. I literally almost threw up on the spot. Chicken legs are not cuddly. They're scaley and... just... ew. Gross. I don't know how I ever thought I could actually catch and kill a chicken when just feeling their feet makes me want to hurl.

Second grossest thing was that I kept rapping my head on their perches in the chicken house. I now probably have chicken disease in my forehead.

Oh, and Sandy? Sandy stood there and watched. I'm sure we all wish she had videoed.

2. What do you feed your dogs?

At the moment Diamond Naturals. I rotate around, and I like to I try to get them onto something that is NOT a Diamond product. But really it's the best bang for the buck I've found. Sometimes I add in some canned food, cottage cheese, sardines, eggs, mackeral, ground lamb, or whatever. But I'm careful with the add ins these days as I often work long hours and try to avoid potty problems. When money was better and before P&G bought out Natura I rotated with Healthwise or Innova Adult when I could.

3. If you could move anywhere where would you live?

Ireland. Or Scotland. Or Wales. They call to me. I still have family in Scotland, and I'd move there if I could. I'd have myself a lovely little cottage and sheep. And an old cast iron claw foot bathtub.

4. What is the funniest thought that occurred to you (or thing that happened to you) this week?

I'm not feeling the funny much at the moment so until I can think of something I want to go with gross again. When I stepped outside this morning the entire neighborhood reeked of human vomit. I literally almost gagged. It was SO strong that I went out in my PJs and walked the perimeter of my fence to make sure nobody had barfed on my fence. I never could find the source of the smell, and when I went back out an hour later the smell was gone. But it was NASTY.

Editing to add that Ginger has now supplied me with my funniest thing. This is the face she makes when I go to open her mouth to pop a benadryl in there. I KNOW it looks like I'm doing that to her but I'm not. Earlier she started doing it before I even touched her.

Yes, you fans of TurdiTude may thank me now.

5. If you couldn't have your breed of choice what would be next on your list?

Why, a Papillon of course! Actually, probabably about 15 Papillons. I'd be a pap hoarder. I'd be a little old lady with tiny dogs stuffed in my dresser drawers. For reals. If I couldn't have a Pap I might want a really big galoof of a dog. A fluffy one. One that doesn't drool much though, cuz I'm not a big fan of drool. OH! Wait! Maybe I'd have one of those dogs with the dreadlocks. They rock, and you can wear them like a hairpiece like the dude in that commercial does.

And when it's time to bring the sheep in I'll send my Papillon out to get them.

I'm totally holding out for the paps stuffed in my dresser drawers.

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Katy said...

Wow. Am I first?

Katy said...

Hey! I just read your answers!! So sorry to hear about the death in your family. I hope you are doing okay.

Laura Carson said...

You're number 1! :)

Thank you - I'm doing OK. We lost my great-aunt this week (I'm running out of great aunts here lately) and she was quite the grand dame.

Then there was the whole social awkwardness to contend with, but I navigated that one OK I think.

Laura Carson said...

Techno assist:

1. copy the code to the button
2. Start a post on your blog - paste the code in (if using blogger go into "edit html" mode - you can go back to compose after that).
3. Link back to my blog in your post.
4. Come back to my blog and enter your name and link to your blog post into the Mister Linky widget at the bottom of my post.

Voila! Thanks for playing. :)

Jaenne said...

Sorry to hear about your loss...

Kristi said...

I wonder if there could be a TLC show about Pap hoarders? They seem to be covering all the other fringe lifestyles - why not Pap hoarding? Extreme Pap Hoarding? My Secret Pap Addiction? I Didn't Know I Was Pap Hoarding?

manymuddypaws said...

Done. :)

Ellie said...

I'm playing for the first time :)

Anonymous said...

Sorry about your great aunt. ;-(

I think I got the link and stuff right this time.

Catalina said...

My first time playing - this was fun!

Belle and Dozer said...

First time on here, thanks manymuddypaws for showing me!

Anonymous said...

this is fun, hope I got it right

Doniene said...

Hey, Laura!!! Great week!! I'll be catching up on all the others.


Two Dogs, One Camera said...

I am sorry for your loss :( But as always, thanks for the fun game! It seems to make my work week go by just a bit quicker :)

Julie Poudrier said...

I managed to get 'er done. I'm loving Tell Me Thursdays. And yes, I laughed at your chicken story till I cried.

Julie Poudrier said...

And look at that! I'm Lucky 13.

Laura Carson said...

JP, what's even funnier that I didn't mention was that it took me close to ten minutes just to work up my nerve to poke the chicken with the stick cuz every time I'd get the stick near her she'd try to peck and I'd scream and jerk the stick back.

Laura Carson said...

Many thanks for the condolences.

Kristi - love the Pap hoarders show idea. It would be WAY too easy.

Jaenne said...

LOL @Laura's chicken story! You would have never survived at my Gram's house...she had a Bantam rooster that would attack you...we would always go in her cook with a metal would whack him with it...and he would still come at you! Thank goodness that little bastard finally died! :-)

Robin said...

Love the chicken story. So sorry to hear of your loss.

Hope everyone has a great week with many funny stories to tell.

Mara said...

Very sorry to hear of your loss.

Your stories are awesome!

Julie Poudrier said...

I'm beginning to think Laura should be begging me to farm sit all the time--just so she can keep the chicken stories coming!

I'm beginning to sense a book in this! ;-)

Doniene said...

Better late than never - condolences for your loss.

I'm with Julie - a chicken book!!!

What happens when Julie and I become neighbors and you have to farm sit and gather eggs at both places!!! We WILL install cameras!!


Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear about the aunt:(

My sister loves chickens, but I'm with you... they're kinda creepy!

Anonymous said...

Yay, my first time playing along. It was fun!

Ann said...

What? What? #20!!!!

Sorry to hear about your great aunt. Take care, Laura!

Knotty Dogs said...

#22! Is this a record?

Laura Carson said...

Up to 25 now, and I think that's a record. :)

Thank you all for the condolences. And thank you for such great responses - they make me feel a little better. :)

L said...

I'm playing a little late - time zones make it hard for me to get the questions in time!

Laura Carson said...

No worries - I'm a flexible kind of host. :) I don't usually close up the widget until Tues of the next week, so everyone has a chance to jump in if they want! :)

Doniene said...

Wow!!! WTG - this has proven to be very fun. Do you find yourself reading everyone's post and forgetting what dogs go with whom and who said what? WOW


Laura Carson said...

I usually remember who is who and which dogs belong to whom - but I don't always remember if I've commented or not.

Sometimes it sort of runs together though.

Steffi said...

Ireland - great choice!! You know what is even grosser than touching chicken feet? Eating chicken feet - my husband had a conference in China once and they served it to him once in a restaurant! He so did not eat those nasty feet - EWWWW!!!

Laura Carson said...

Yeah, no, not eating chicken feet. Here they label them "chicken paws" at the grocery stores. As if that makes them less gross. As if that's even possible. bleurgh

Is it freaky that I keep watching the Zippy/sheep video and laughing like a loon?

Erin O said...

I love Tell me Thursdays. It is really fun to see what people come up with. Tanks for the entertainment.