Routines and Dogs #sol14

There are certain routines we follow in our house.  Most of them are self-imposed by the humans.  But a few?  Those were decided by the suspects below:

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Sure, they look sweet and innocent.  “But they can’t talk!  And they aren’t as smart as humans!” you might be thinking.  If that’s the case, you probably aren’t a dog owner.  Because these two have the humans of the house completely trained.

See, we feed the dogs dinner around 6:30pm.  Usually, though, it’s just that- around 6:30pm.  It’s convenient for us because the dogs are otherwise occupied while we are eating.  But our dinnertime varies depending on when I get home, when Chris gets home, and what I’m making for dinner.  But Dublin knows when it’s 6:30pm.  And as soon as the clock hits 6:31pm he is standing in front of me, barking.  He will even herd Chris or me into the room where the dog food is kept, as if he is reminding us that we have to feed him and Bailey.

“Feed me, human!  You are one minute late!”

11454297503_e27946e4ff_hBut that’s not the only nightly routine the dogs have decided.  Chris and I walk the dogs every night after dinner.  It settles the dogs down for the night and gets us another nice walk.  The time varies but we rarely miss the evening walk.  The dogs don’t remind us about this very often, though Dublin or Bailey will sometimes let us know they need to go out to the bathroom. This one is a human routine.

After the walk it’s usually time to relax.  I freeze Kongs for the dogs to have a few nights each week (smart dogs need to work for their food so they get tired!) and we supplement with bully sticks and other chews.  At some point, both of them realized that the night went like this: dinner, nap, walk, TREATANDCHEWYTIME!

Now?

As soon as we walk back in from our walk, the dogs herd me towards the closet or the freezer.  They want their treats!  And if Chris or I dare to take a moment to take off our shoes?  Oh no.  Not happening.  We get herded into the kitchen!

Like clockwork, the routine happened tonight.  The dogs have had their bully sticks and are now napping, content on the couch.  Saturday night they didn’t  get a treat, because I am trying to teach them that there is no routine (so they stop bossing us around and expecting a treat every night).  But tonight? They got their frozen Kongs and they are satisfied.

A Day of Relaxation #sol14

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Unlike yesterday, I was able to hang around and do nothing today.

And it was glorious.

Chris and I did some shopping (not food shopping, though.  Too many crazy people at the store, preparing for the snow that doesn’t seem to be coming).  We walked the dogs a few times.  I slept late.  Did I mention that I slept late?  Most Sundays I teach an SAT prep class at 9:00am so I am up and out the door by 8:30am.  Today I had a reprieve and it was much-needed.

And now I have a little more of a reprieve.  We have a delayed opening tomorrow so I can sleep a bit later (no 5:45am walk!) but we will still get a day of school in.  Seeing as we have already lost two days of our spring break, I am quite pleased that we will be in school tomorrow.  It looks like the snow was pushed further south and we will only get 2-4 inches now.  Yay!

Now I am relaxing on the couch with Chris and the dogs, watching the Oscars.  I am waiting for my girl Idina Menzel to perform and I’m commenting on student Slice of Life blogs to pass the time.  Soon I will head to bed and the week will start anew.

 

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Slice of Life-Year Seven

In typical fashion, I’m writing my Slice of Life post minutes before the clock strikes midnight. Like Cinderella, I need to get home because I have a deadline. Unlike Cinderella, I have a smartphone with the WordPress app. Thank goodness, right? My students are participating in this year’s Slice of Life Classroom Challenge and I warned them I, much like them, am a procrastinator. But I will get my 31 slices done!!

I guess I’ll explain why my slice is being posted at 11:45pm while I’m driving home. (I’m the passenger in the car. No worries). Last night I was at the HTHS House Cup competition getting teary-eyed over my seniors (who I am so proud of!). I got home late, went up bed, and woke up at 7am. I was out the door before 8am, on my way to my middle school science enrichment class field study. My colleague and I spent 3 hours at the park with seven students who observed nature, created Eco-art, and played games. As a result, my Fitbit tells me I walked almost 9 miles today!

I got home at 1:30 and Chris and I took the dogs to another park where we walked the dogs 2 miles. Dropped the dogs at home and did our food shopping, in an attempt up avoid the crowds before tomorrow night’s snowstorm. Grabbed dinner, rushed home, ate, fed the dogs, walked them again, then changed for the night.

Notice I did lot say we unpacked the groceries. Oops. They are still in the car. Thank goodness it’s freezing out!

Left the house at 6pm, stopped for coffee, and drive an hour to Moorestown. The plan was to surprise Chris’ cousin at his high school musical. Mission: complete! The musical was great, Chris’ cousin was awesome, and now we are headed home. Where I will walk the dogs and promptly crash.

Tomorrow I have nothing to do. Yay!

*post will be updated later with links/visuals.

Threatened by Eliot Schrefer is Out Today!

Last month I reviewed an ARC of Eliot Schrefer’s new novel, Threatened .  Today is the day it’s released in stores and you must pick up a copy!

 

Here’s an excerpt from my review:

This is a book that will grab you by the heartstrings and leave you gasping out loud. Heartbreaking, tragic, and triumphant, you will want to reach into the pages and help Luc and the chimpanzees in turn. There are no easy answers in Threatened, and I think that’s what I love most about it.  It’s a story about tragedy, triumph, conservation, AIDs, eco-tourism, Gabon, imperialism, the past, and the future.

 

Perfect for high schools and middle schools, I’d love to see this read across disciplines.  It brings together language, science, ethics, current events, history, and so much more.  It will spark conversation and maybe even action.

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