Thursday, February 9, 2012

Tell Me Thursday 2012 - #6

Crooks and Crazies

Yet again I'm sort of dragging myself over to blog today. Life has been seriously crazy this week. First, for a report on the van situation... all we know so far is that the head gaskets are definitely blown. We don't know yet about the heads or the block. I have my brother's SO's Camry, and I will be taking all six dogs in it this weekend to farm-sit. Oh yes, the Crazies go to the Circus. I'm actually having the shakes just thinking about it, but I think I have it all worked out.

This week's questions:

1. Robin wants to know what your ideal number of dogs is?
2. Lora wants to know if you find that your dogs are better or worse after time off from training?
3. What is your favorite power tool? What power tool do you wish you had?
4. What did you want to be when you grew up?
5. How many of your friends are not "dog people"?

Additionally, if you have questions you'd like to see posted and you don't play, or you don't usually link up, feel free to email me (my email is enabled on my profile).

... and my answers:

1. Robin wants to know what your ideal number of dogs is?

My ideal number usually ranges from two to four. It depends on the day and how frustrated I might be. My personal dog limit is six. I have six. When I'm out walking dogs in a public place with other people my dog limit is two.

Some friends and family think I don't have a dog limit, but I promise I do. Ultimately I'd like to get down to four. I think when the two that pass first go I'll not replace them. But I don't want to think about that today.

2. Lora wants to know if you find that your dogs are better or worse after time off from training?

This depends on the dog, and what I'm wanting to get out of the time off. For Linc, if I've been working him a lot he tends to get better with time off. Actually, both Nick and Linc tend to be latent learners, so giving them some time to think between times that they're worked (if I'm trying to train something) usually results in them "getting it". I've found with Linc that if I'm having issues with him usually time off makes him better.

With Nick I've found that time off makes him full of himself. Unless I'm LOOKING for him to be full of himself (when he was younger I DID want some more of that) the time off for him is... meh. It's not that bad, because it doesn't take much for me to get him back, but it could go either way for him.

3. What is your favorite power tool? What power tool do you wish you had?

I'm ashamed to admit this, but I don't own a power tool. Yeah, whatever. Does a weedeater count? I don't think so. I wish I had a cordless drill. I'm all the time thinking about things I could do with one of those. I'd also like a chainsaw on a stick. You know, so I could get it stuck again like that one time.

4. What did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a gymnastics coach. Or a choreographer. It was what I wanted as early as I can remember. Now I just want to be something else. Anything else than what I am today.

5. How many of your friends are not "dog people"?

Um... somewhere between very few and none. I don't have many friends that aren't dog people (and those would fall into the inactive friend category). Even most of my friends from work are dog people. I guess it's just a testament to the culture that surrounds the dog world in general. I think maybe it's just like how people with kids tend to be drawn together... I don't really have any friends with kids (that aren't dog people). That's not to say that I'm a dog snob, but most of my family doesn't get me... and most of them aren't dog people, even though many of them have dogs. If that makes sense.

Happy Friday tomorrow everyone!


Joan said...

My truck died a few weeks ago. My son in law had taken the old "93" buick we had bought for my daughter's first car, to work on it. So it wasn't running either. Not that I had ever used it, its just been sitting in the year since we bought it. I had to borrow a mini van from a friend to get by for the two weeks it took to fix my truck and the buick. No money hindered the fixing. Fortunately my daughter married better than I did and my son in law had both truck and buick fixed within 2 weeks. And at his expense I might add. I'm driving the buick now as it gets better gas mileage. I can totally relate to having no working vehicle Laura. That was a hard two weeks for me. The van I borrowed had lets just say a vast number of things wrong with it and took a lot of time to get going. No heat, no working windows, leaked antifreeze and oil, window would freeze up inside and out and could not be cleaned. Again no heat so no defrost..oh and sorry I forgot this was just a comment..whoops!

livin life said...

OMG you are living your cougar dancer you! Take about dreams coming true...."choreographer" indeed. Don't you just love how life imitates dreams. Now about your Just Over Broke situation.....maybe you will become a famous cougar dancer...we can make on-line training. :)

Laura Carson said...

Lora, yeah, now to get my own class going. I've been remiss in that department. I remember choreographing routines for my teammates (gymnastics - floor exercise) and I remember helping to interpret and teach some of the compulsory routines. I LOVED doing that stuff.

And Joan, thanks for understanding. It has been VERY stressful, even though it's working out OK. We knew this day was coming, but it still sucks.

Doniene said...

Boy I was talkative today! Hope you were in a "nosy" mood!!! lol Good questions, thanks for hosting!

Steffi said...

Bummer about the van... hope you hear some good news on it soon. And try to take a picture of all the Crazies in the Camry :)

And one more random thought - I'm pretty sure that a chainsaw on a stick stuck in a tree would scare the crap out of me!

Happy farm sitting this weekend!

- Steffi

Kelly said...


Ferreh Hiatt said...

Good questions this week! It was fun to be back and playing again!

Laura Carson said...

Doniene, I'm definitely in a nosey mood. Always am.

Steffi, I'm ON it!! I was planning to take a series of Crazies in the Camry photos. Oh, and the chainsaw in a tree? It was a mess. Not so much scary (I was able to turn it off) but more frustrating. I had to get my brother to come get it out! Pathetic.

Mara said...

Woo-Hoo! I actually made it on Thursday this week!

Hope you have a great weekend farm sitting!

Jaenne' said...

Almost forgot to link up! Have fun farm sitting!

Bonnie said...

I HATE car problems! I hope and pray that the van can be healed!

Pippin, the Gentle Pup said...

How's that handsome Linc?

Unknown said...

I made it in under the wire too! Woohoo!

Two Dogs, One Camera said...

I'm back! I've been super busy lately but I made it this week! Oh how I've missed TMT :)

Ann said...

Link. Posted with pix and a promise to drug you up, if needed. Also, a slam to Facebook. What more do you want?!

And, grateful to my '06 Kia minivan with 120K on it! Hope that works out for you soon, Laura!

Barbara said...

Sorry about the vehicle ting. Hope it works out!

Good luck with the transport this weekend!

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Doniene said...

Hey Laura, I was reading this blog
and she (don't know her name) posed a very good question. I think you should consider it, as I would really like to know what our little segment of the dog world thinks about it! Hope you had a great weekend!

Laura Carson said...

Sorry folks, I'm way behind. I managed to forget my computer over the weekend, so now I'm playing catch up.

Unfortunately I also did not get dogs-in-camry photos as my camera was with my computer. But I'll try to make a word picture.

Thanks for the link Doniene, good question! (I think that's Janet's blog)