I know some of you have already seen this on Facebook, but it is simply too cute not to re-post.
As a bonus, I give you the Kid Quote of the Day from Tim’s first day back after Christmas Break:
Kid: “Are we going to learn about the Boston Tea Party?”
Mr. Tim: “Yes.”
Kid: “But I hate Sarah Palin!”
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In other news: Happy Birthday, Gary!
Ben may not go as crazy at mealtime as Smalls does, but there is one thing he gets all up in my case about: Cereal Milk.
Every morning I eat my cereal while catching up on my email and reading a few blogs, and when I’m finished I let the dogs lap up the extra milk in the bowl. Sometimes I finish my cereal before I’m finished reading emails and the dogs are forced to wait for their morning treat until I decide to get up and put the cereal bowl on the floor. This drives Ben crazy. He stares me down, jabs his nose into my leg, and does everything he can to let me know that he’s getting impatient.
When I finally get up off the couch and take my bowl into the kitchen, my goodness, it is exciting. It’s all both dogs can do to sit patiently at the kitchen entrance until I’m satisfied they’ve earned their milk.
And the bowl is clean less than 3 seconds later.
In case you were wondering . . .
Yes. Ben is still sitting on Smalls.
I come home for lunch most days, which makes the dogs positively ecstatic. After they’ve finished their welcome home dance and gotten their fill of outside, they’re perfectly happy to settle down and hang out with me while I eat.
When I get ready to go back to work, I have to get Smalls back into her corner. But first, I usually have to get Ben out of the corner.
It’s almost as if he’s trying to keep me from locking Smalls away again so the two of them can play all afternoon. If I wasn’t certain that leaving Smalls free in the house unattended would result in mass destruction, I just might be convinced by that little puppy face.
I don’t know if you guys have noticed, but there have been a lot of dog posts around here lately. Like, a lot a lot. I’ve tried to break up the dog posts with non-dog posts, but even on what I consider a good blog week these days, I only manage two non-dog posts. And those “good” weeks can be few and far between. Most weeks I’m lucky to get one non-dog post hammered out. With two guaranteed dog posts per week, the dog-to-actual-content ratio around here is getting disturbing.
So, since it turns out that I am not such a good at-home blogger (one of the troubling side effects of having a satisfying, enjoyable job that keeps me from spending all my time at work blogging), and I’m not happy with 50% or more of my blog content being about my dogs, it’s time for a change. I’m going to go back to only one dog post per week, and then hopefully I can re-claim this blog for myself.
Ben, never a fan of change, is naturally skeptical about this idea. He’s a little concerned about sharing his weekly time in the spotlight, and he’s not sure he’s ready to part with his charmingly absurd post title “Wednesday-Bensday.”
To help Ben get used to the idea of sharing his Wednesdays with Smalls, we won’t be implementing these changes immediately. Smalls is only 5 weeks short of celebrating one full year of Smalls Sundays, and I think it’s only fair that we let her finish out the year. Come February 9, however, Smalls Sundays will be no longer.
To address Ben’s other concern, I need your help. I know I want to keep my weekly dog posts on Wednesdays, but I’m not sure what to do about the post name. I really like Wednesday-Bensday, silly as it is (Ben is, after all, a very silly dog), but I don’t know if I can reasonably keep that name when I’ll usually be writing about both dogs (and some weeks may not mention Ben at all). Unfortunately, I’m having trouble coming up with an acceptable replacement name.
So, tell me — what do you think these new two-dogs-in-one posts should be called? If you have a fabulous idea for a new post title, let me know. If I get a bunch of good suggestions, maybe we’ll have a vote sometime in the coming weeks, and maybe the person who suggests the selected name will get a prize. Or, if you think I should just keep calling it Wednesday-Bensday, regardless of how often Smalls is featured, let me know that, too.
I very much appreciate you guys helping Ben come to terms with this change. Almost as much as I appreciate you helping me re-claim my blog from my dogs.