Thursday, September 15, 2011

Tell Me Thursday #9

Crooks and Crazies

It's that time again! Time to tell me what I want to know. I am actually this nosey in real life, though I don't grill my friends. They just don't know I'm this nosey because I just let them think they're telling me because they want to. It's my evil plan for world domination at work. muahahaha

This week I'd like to know:

1. If you're not at the 2011 Sheepdog finals this weekend what are you planning to do?
2. One item you NEVER walk onto the trial field (any trial field, or training class will suffice) without?
3. Katy wants to know if you have a pre-run ritual that you observe?
4. How old were you when you had your first real kiss?
5. Bonnie wants to know what you do for yard mud control during the winter?

1. If you're not at the 2011 Sheepdog finals this weekend what are you planning to do?

I was thinking about hosting a "finals party" at my house for all of us who can't afford to go. But then it occurred to me that if we can't afford to go then probably we can't all afford to drive to my house to feel sorry for ourselves. So instead I'm planning to watch pretty much every moment of it on streamed video. WOOT! I also plan to eat lots of PB&J sandwiches. I'm going to turn into a PB&J.

So don't be calling me unless either a. the world is ending or b. you have amazing commentary cuz you're watching the streaming too.

Or maybe c. you have really good gossip that can't wait. Or if something is really wrong. And don't be coming over here unless you bring food. And diet dews.

I'm mostly kidding about not calling me. I'm not even kidding about bringing food if you show up on my doorstep though.

2. One item you NEVER walk onto the trial field (any trial field, or training class will suffice) without?

Sunglasses. I never ever walk onto the trial field, training field, or out into a pasture without sunglasses. The downside is that often I like to hang them on my shirt, which often tangles them up with my whistle/lanyard, and then I have to stand there and detangle. You'd think I'd learn my lesson.

3. Katy wants to know if you have a pre-run ritual that you observe?

I go to the porta-john. Repeatedly. Yes, really. Even if I don't need to go I think I need to go. Over and over. I also stand there and try to look like I'm cool and composed but inside... porta-john baby. I used to try to envision our runs but usually I got too creative and thought about train wrecks. I found that to be rather counter productive. So now I just sort of wander around and try to breathe and not throw up.

Oh, and I don't eat before a run. Even if I don't run until 5pm.

When I walk onto the field with my dog I play the theme song from the first Matrix movie in my head.

4. How old were you when you had your first real kiss?

Stop reading Mom.

12. It was gross. I get all ewwww just thinking about it. I'd rather never kiss again the rest of my life than have to endure THAT again. Oh wait! I'm already well on my way with the "never again" thing, eh? Yeah, no magic there.

5. Bonnie wants to know what you do for yard mud control during the winter?

I pretty much just hope for the best. I leave the yard alone but if it's wet out I line the kitchen floor (my back door is the kitchen door) with towels. If it's really, REALLY bad nasty out I let dogs in one at a time and towel off feet. Yes, that's a lot of feet. But hey... I have white carpet. Don't judge me. The white carpet came about when I had only one dog.

I'm thinking about throwing down some straw this year. I've tried mulch in other areas but for some reason my dogs just want to eat mulch. Weirdos.

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Pippin, the Gentle Pup said...

Wow, first! Our scribes wipe our feet too. I'm the only dog who recognizes feet wiping and so, when I see the towel, I come in and offer my feet and don't try to bolt through the house like some of my packmates. Or, well, all of my packmates. We have "white" carpet, too and everyone of us was in the pack when the people chose it. Only they know what they were thinking.

Kelly said...

Ok if you can again tell me how to put this on my blog I will do it as well......Now that I'm am slowly getting over my trauma :)

Laura Carson said...

Techno assist:

1. copy the code to the button (at the bottom of my post)

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. After posting, 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. :)

Laura Carson said...

Pippin, you are such a nice dog. I have to stand guard at my door or my entire pack will run amok. They should aspire to be more like you.

Kelly, I'm so SO sorry for the trauma girl. JP told me about it. :(

Kelly said...

Ok...I'm going to try to post....

Kelly said...

Hopefully I didn it right :)

Joan said...

Sorry I didn't have very good answers for these questions. I'll try harder next week ok?

Laura Carson said...

Joan, I think some groups of questions resonate, and some don't. Know what I mean?? No worries friend - just glad you played.

@ Kelly - you did it right! WOOT!

Anonymous said...

Got it done before work:) Yahoo!!

Steffi said...

Enjoy watching the Sheepdog finals this weekend. And now for a probably dumb question - have you ever seen non-herding breeds at trials or even at the Sheepdog finals? Or is it pretty much exclusively BCs?

- Steffi

Unknown said...

I played. Unfortunately I'm trying to work, work, work, so won't be able to visit blogs and comment, but I will get everyone's read, because it's lots o' fun reading. Now back to the grindstone....

Anonymous said... boss gave me some documents to review...doesn't he know that the finals are going on and I must be glued to my phone during the day watching for scores?!

Anonymous said...

Well I've realized I'm not one for rituals :) I had more of a ritual before I high jumped in track than I do for agility. Interesting.

Laura Carson said...

Steffi, I've not ever seen any non-herding breeds at ISDS style trials (which is what I do). I've seen a few non-border collies though - kelpies and an ACD once. That wasn't at the national finals though. Maybe someone who has been around longer than I have can answer that.

@Jaenne, that was rather inconsiderate of him. lol

@yeehaneeha - I had a lot of rituals that I did when I was a gymnast. Not so much for dog stuff. You know, other than go to the bathroom. lol

Anonymous said...

The sod is great as long as your okay with having to cut it, lol...and if your dogs won't dig it up...I had to block Zane from it while it took root because he learned that he could pull it up...

Doniene said...

Another great week, with lots of great answers. Such fun!!!! I'm just sad that there were no chicken stories - or is the book about to go to the publishers!!! lol


Kiyi Kiyi said...

The mud question was great! I got to use an old baby Tibby pic! Yay! Hate mud. Hate Snow. Love Summer. Too bad summer's over :(

Robin said...

I can't wait to hear what people say about mud control.

White carpet? That would last about 30 seconds before my husband dumped a pot of coffee or a jar of Ragu on it!

Judi said...

I've been so much happier since I ripped out the carpet and started trashing the already-trashed-which-is-why-it-was-covered hardwood floors. Old dogs liked the carpet better, but I can't imagine the horrors of dealing with incontinence on carpet.

(I'm Minnathered on livejournal, so named before I found out it's risky to name the puppy before she arrives -- Minna became Rory in short order because Rory is a hellion, in a good way)

Two Dogs, One Camera said...

Yay! I got in before the day is over! hehe :)

Ann said...

Finally!!! Whew! Got it in before this week's questions!

livin life said...

You must be tyiping today's questions while I answered last weeks ;) So tell me, how is Cougar Dancing Teaching Lessons going?

Laura Carson said...

Those mats look like a very nice solution! Thanks for the idea. :)

I have my instructor class on November 5th, and I'm SO looking forward to it. Wish it was already done so I could start teaching!

Monique said...

Oops, I forgot to link up :)

Laura Carson said...

Oh noes! There's still time this week. :)