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Happy Halloween Everyone!

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Indi Friday

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Such a stylish dog!

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Finally!

Today is the day!

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No more w!

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Hello HOPE & CHANGE!

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Indi Friday

january-2009-005-copy-mediumIt is no secret that Indi is treated like a princess in every way.¬† She has all the comforts in life that a dog could have, I would say she lives a pampered life. There is only one aspect to this pampered life that is not very pampered though…bath time. When we first got her she was being washed every week, no joke, because she just smelled after a few days. It took us a few weeks but we figured out that she smelled because her food was not agreeing with her.¬† My little baby has a very sensitive stomach and she can’t handle too much fat, so we had to put her on a type of dog food that has a low amount of fat. Once we found the right food for her, an almost $50 $60 a bag holistic delicacy made with trout and sweet potatoes, everything fell into place nicely.¬† So nowadays she gets a bath once a month.

Bath time is nothing fancy. It is as simple as “hose meet Indi. Indi meet hose.” We usually wash her in the back yard as she shivers out of fear that the water might bite her or something.¬† All this is well during most months when it is nice outside. But in the past couple of months it has been cold.¬† So Indi and I have been rebelling against the house rules and I have been washing her in our bathroom.¬† She still shivers and I have way too much fun blow drying her!!!

I think the picture above says it all: “Mommy, can I get out now? Are we done yet? I don’t like this. Is it really necessary to take pictures now??”

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This morning the orginal post that I published last night was met with a somewhat sarcastic “Nice post.” I was told that my “tone analysis” was way off base and it was not at all accurate. Well, that’s why I came up with the genius TONE analysis.¬† So I encouraged J to write his own version of how things took place to post along with mine.

So below is J’s version:

Standing in the dairy aisle at Costco:

Woman: “They don’t have mozzarella. We can just use the other cheese we have at home.”

Man: “Yeah we can go through the ones we have and get it next time we are here. We have plenty of cheese at home anyway. Is that OK?”

Woman: “Sounds good. Yeah we do have enough at home.”

Half hour later at TJ’s while checking out:

Woman: “You got Mozzarella.”

Man: “Yeah, I’ve got it covered. I remembered.” Said with great pride with much emphasis on the “I” parts while pointing to self. Actual thoughts: ‘See I pay attention to what you say and try to remember what we are shopping for.’

Woman: “I just thought we were gonna go through the ones we had at home.”

Man: “Oh.” Pause.¬† “That’s right.” Actual thought: ‘DOH!!¬† It looks like I don’t pay attention or remember what we are shopping for. ‘

Woman: “I am so glad YOU had it all covered!” Chuckles. Giggles.

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New WordPress Stuff

I would like to say that I had an angry reaction a few days ago when I saw the new and improved dashboard. This is the second time that it has completely changed during the past year that I have been blogging.

I have been figuring this whole thing out and adapting to the change. It started to grow on me and I now like the whole design so much better. You know what makes it awesome? The fact that you can customize the dashboard.

The whole QuickPress thing is not to shabby either…for short posts like this! ūüôā

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World,

I did it. As of right now, this moment on November 30th at 12:50 am I have 50,135 words. I did it! I am officially one of the winners at NaNoWriMo!! WOOOHOOO!!

Today it was marathon writing. I started with 40,000 words and my butt was attached to my chair all day. I am so excited and I just can’t hide it!!!

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I was listening to NPR this evening and they were talking about prop 8. It was an interesting argument that I had not heard of before. I knew that mostly Hispanics and African-Americans voted yes on prop 8, but I had not heard about it being broken down this way.

If indeed the accusations are true, then I would really like to know where all the money donated to NO on Prop 8 went. I especially find it sad that she received information in the mail to vote yes on the prop 8 frequently, whereas she did not once receive anything encouraging people in her neighborhood to vote no. To think about it, to the best of our knowledge, we did not receive info about neither here in San Peepee.

The interview was done by Talk of the Nation and you can listen and read about it here.

Op-Ed: Why Black Voters Didn’t Fight Prop. 8

Talk of the Nation, November 10, 2008 ¬∑ Writer Jasmyne Cannick argues that black voters did not join the fight against California’s same-sex marriage ban because the white community failed to effectively communicate with the black community.

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Interestingly enough my blog, which to the best of my knowledge has two readers J and Donna, has received in the past 24 hours a whopping 150 hits.  My best day before today was a fine day in June where i had 49 people who graciously stopped by, and the numbers never have made it that high since.  Interestingly, many have stopped by because of my post on Proposition 8. As of this second here are the statistics:

Proposition 8, 315 views

Who Killed Taste Spotting?, 260 views

Khoresht Ghaimeh Рone of my favorite Persian dishes, 244 views

Insane!!!

Now moivng on to serious business. Needless to say I am dissapointed about the outcome. Clearly, to some, love and equality don’t matter.

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I am pretty proud of myself, I read 5 books from June through August. I was a frequent visitor of our local library. I was browsing through the mystery books, as I needed something different to read and came across David Handler. I ended up reading three of his books. I like mysteries, but I have to admit after the third of one of his series, they kinda became predictable.

I then picked up a Thousands Splendid Suns which I read in two weeks. It was yet another awesome book by Khalid Hosseini. I loved it, it was amazing and intense. I love the way he writes he just sucks you in. I took the book with me when we went backpacking and pretty much spent a whole afternoon reading. It was the most relaxing experience ever.

The last book that I read this summer I found by chance. I picked it up because it was by a Persian author. I have been reading more and more books by Persian authors in the past couple of years. Caspian Rain by Gina Nahai was a little too much for me. While fiction it focused on religion too much, precisely the tension between Iranian Jews and Muslims. I have had my share of that in high school and I am done with it.¬† I kept on reading the book in hopes that it would get better…it never did.

I am back for yet another semester of school. I am finishing a certificate in Rhetoric and Composition. I like it and I am enjoying the experience very much. So reading for pleasure is going on a little vacation until December rolls around. I love reading!

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