1 Cat, 3 Dogs

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I have a 14 year old cat named Cooter. He has his own room where he can be crotchety and skittish in peace. I go in the room and spend time with him, but he normally hangs out near the window and watches what’s going on outside. That window faces the side of the neighbors house where she grows a bunch of plants, including nice flowers. He comes out of the room sometimes, but in short spurts. He spend most of his years not being around dogs, so I figured he would feel uncomfortable being forced to be around my boyfriends three dogs. He has two Boston Terriers named Frankie and Delilah.

Frankie is 10 and has long face flaps. He looks like he should be wearing a top hat with a monocle. Or maybe a dog version of an old heavyset man in a blues band. Most of the time he moves around slowly, begs for food, and snorts and farts a lot. Delilah is 8 and missing a few screws. Her breath smells like a dumpster. You can usually find her laying around, licking the couch, snorting and farting, and making her rounds in the house to steal from all the other dogs food dishes.

The third dog is Woody. He is some sort of weird chihuahua mix. My boyfriend inherited Woody from his Dad. He doesn’t know exactly how old Woody is, but he is pretty much blind in one eye, almost deaf, and is missing most of his teeth. His breath stunk badly because his teeth were decaying, and eventually he would yelp when he tried to eat kibble. My boyfriend paid to get most of his teeth pulled and that fixed his breath, but now his tongue is almost always hanging out. Sometimes it feels all dry like an earth worm that’s been sitting out in the sun. Woody has also lost his ability to jump on the bed. One can only guess he has doggie arthritis now. He sometimes likes to get away with peeing in the house, so extra measures must be taken to prevent that from happening.

This picture was taken on a day where Cooter came out of the room and all dogs were in the living room. How they all happened to be perfectly spaced out and looking at the camera is both a mystery and a miracle. Plus, Cooter was meowing. And yes, the coffee table is a mess.

 

Vacation

Vacation was fun! It was very hot and humid, and we even had some thunderstorms and rain later on during the week, but it was fun!

We started at the Six Flags in New Jersey, there were some pretty great rides there. It’s a pretty decent sized park! Some of the rides that stood out to me were Nitro, El Toro, and Kingda Ka. I was telling myself I wasn’t going to go on Kingda Ka because of the height and the speed of the launch, but of course my guy was going to coax me. It was our first day really being out in the east coast humidity and heat. It was crappy but it broke us in for the rest of the week.

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We went to Six Flags in Maryland the following day. There wasn’t that many people there and there was pretty much no lines. There wasn’t too many rides there. Today is September 8th, however, and it’s the last day the coaster Apocalypse will run, forever. We could tell it was an old coaster and it’s time for it to retire, but it was nice to try it out at least once.

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I would have to say our favorite ride from this park was Superman. I have been on different versions of Six Flags Superman rides, and this one was the very best. Nice big coaster, kind of like the Nitro coaster we went on the day before.

The next day we went to Busch Gardens, and that park is beautiful! I enjoyed all the upbeat background music from the different countries. It felt like a fun little fantasy land. There were a lot of great rides there. The food was also great! I really loved Invadr, Alpengeist, Apollo’s Chariot, Verbolten, and Griffon! We went on Griffon three times, and then there was a sudden change in weather. Thunderstorms showed up. There was announcements that the rides would resume as soon as things were safe. We wandered around a bit and and waited, and ultimately decided to call it a day. We were happy to have gone on every ride except for the virtual reality one.

We really enjoyed Busch Gardens and wish we could have stayed a few hours more, but weren’t sure the rides would start again and plus we had over an hour drive to get back to our hotel. One thing we were stressing on was the weather forecast for Friday, the day we planned to spend at King’s Dominion. It was supposed to be thunderstorms all day! There was even rain planned! We didn’t wait that to ruin our park visit, especially since our hotel was across the street from the park. But we woke up the next day and checked the weather…only cloudy skies! It was just perfect! It was still hot but there was less sun, so it was nice.

King’s Dominion was another great park! I liked Flight of Fear because it was a neat indoor coaster. I also liked Twisted Timbers because it has the same wooden coaster/twisted steel track like Discovery Kingdom’s Joker or Magic Mountains Twisted Colossus. That style of coaster is one of my favorites right now. Twisted Timbers wasn’t better than either of those two, but I did like the upside down twist on the first drop!

I would have to say the greatest coaster there is Intimidator 305. My guy was hyping it up so hard, so I knew it was going to be extraordinary. He seemed nervous to ride it, so of course that made me feel anxious. It’s a pretty extreme ride, and the most intense moment is the first drop, followed by this big curve, where the g-force hits you. I saw black and got disoriented for a moment, it was that insane. I have never greyed out on a ride before! After that moment passed, I saw stars and things went back to normal. But I was caught off guard by that. My guy experienced pretty much the same thing. We went on it three more times after that, even riding in the front. I greyed out each time, but not as bad as the first time.

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We stayed at the park all day and got our fill. The next day was a coasterless day. We went to visit the tomb of an unknown soldier, the botanical garden by the nations capitol, got rained on, visited an art museum.

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We flew back home on Sunday. I almost finished the last book I was reading during the long flight home. We were happy to be back home to regroup with our animals and the dry the dry heat and dry clothes. But we are already planning our next coaster trip.

 

 

 

Vacations begins in less than 24 hours!

One more work shift and the weekend begins…and the beginning of my vacation! We have the weekend to clean and pack, then we get the plane early Monday and fly to the east coast! Next week we will go to four roller coaster parks in four days! Ones that we’ve never been to! Two differed Six Flags, Busch Gardens, and Kings Dominion!

We are going to be doing a whole lot of walking and it’s supposed to be very hot. I am not looking forward to the heat there. But I am looking forward to fun times and taking a lot of pictures.

I am a bit concerned about my back, though. If I could describe the problem I am having, I’d say my arthritis is acting up again, and it’s affecting my lower back in my hip area. It’s so annoying. I haven’t even been going to the gym because if it. I can’t even get comfortable in normal positions lately. I just started taking some Naproxen, so let’s see if that helps!

Too Late to Say Goodbye – Ann Rule

It took me a while longer to get through this book. This one is actually a true story and it was pretty intense! I had never heard of this case, so I went into it not knowing anything, and also played on the suspense by not peeking at the pictures in the middle section to see actual pictures of the people this book was written about. Nor did I sneak on the internet to find out anything. I was determined to read first.

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It was a very interesting read. The author was very descriptive and detailed. I was so curious to see the pictures in the middle section of everyone that I plowed through the first have of the book. One thing about seeing the pictures-there was a bit of a spoiler that got blown. There was still other mysteries that had yet to be discovered, but I kind of wish I hadn’t found out the outcome of that particular thing just yet. I did put the book down for the majority of the week. I was determined to finish it this weekend, though, because I wanted to know how the rest of everything played out. I also have a lot more books to read!

I really enjoyed the part at the end when the detectives were working so relentlessly to obtain crucial evidence. It was very suspenseful. I’d like to know if there’s any good documentaries about this case, or any movies made. Very good book, very sad case.

 

Memory Card at the Bottom of the Pool

I bought a cheap waterproof digital camera over a year ago. Only yesterday, I found out it wasn’t really waterproof. I originally bought it to use for a mud run. The quality was alright. I didn’t take too many pictures that day. The second time I used it was over a year ago when we went to Florida. There was a fancy pool at the hotel we stayed at. I never transferred those pictures to my computer out of sheer laziness. The camera sat in my desk since then.

We went to a friends house to go swimming yesterday, so I grabbed that camera and checked to see if the batteries still worked. I had to change them and noticed there was some battery crust when I opened the hatch. I wiped it off and put the batteries in, seemed to work just fine. I took several underwater pictures, everything seemed fine, until it wouldn’t turn back on. It ended up turning back on, but it appeared there were no more pictures on the memory card. Also, it said “memory card full” when I tried to take more pictures. I opened the battery hatch again and there was water inside! I stupidly pressed on the memory card and it ejected and flew into the pool. It landed right beneath me, and I was sitting on the ledge at the 6 foot area. I tried to get it a few times but couldn’t really see underwater and I kept floating back up. I was ready to give up and leave it there, but then I looked online and found that the memory card should be fine if it dries off and my pictures will still be there.

After half an hour, Jenson was done eating pizza and I asked him to fish the memory card out for me. I wrapped it and put it in my backpack. I tried it out when I got home and everything was fine! The pictures I took yesterday at the pool, the pictures from the pool in Florida, and there was also some pictures I forgot about from an old cell phone! I was glad I didn’t give up and leave the memory card in the pool, assuming it was ruined! I wouldn’t have had these pictures, and many others.

New Laptop!

I was using my old, crappy desktop computer recently and got a notification from Mozilla Firefox that they will no longer be supporting Windows Vista starting in August. I got my computer eight years ago, refurbished. I didn’t take care of it too well, so it’s really slow. It’s due to be replaced, especially now that no browsers will be supporting Windows Vista.

So I ordered a laptop!