oh it’s a hard life living when you’re lonely*

so i really can’t wait for the semester to end so that i can have a 9-5 schedule every day of the week. the dog has such a hard time with tuesdays and wednesdays, because i go in late on tuesday and can’t giver her a good walk on tuesday nights. mostly i’ve noticed this on wednesday mornings when we go to the park is she is completely and utterly unruly, barking at everyone and everything in sight. it drives me nuts.

but when we take a good walk in the morning and go for a park-walk in the evening, she is happy as a clam, not unruly, and plays well with others. this morning (it being wednesday) we headed off to the park for a quick game of fetch before i headed to work. when we got there, it was filled with other dogs. normally, she’d sniff a bit, maybe play with one or two of them, and then be happy playing fetch. this morning? no way. she was little-miss-protecty-dog. what does that mean? it means that she positioned herself between me and any other moving thing out there and barked her fool head off, warning whoever it was to BACK OFF.

sigh. i grew up with labs. they were neurotic, of course, but in such different ways. but i wouldn’t trade this one for the world.

if you’re a philly person, you might be interested in reading the latest philly weekly cover story – i’m SO glad i found my pup when i did, and got her out of there when i did. seems like morris animal refuge is having some serious PR problems. go read it now – link only good this week.

* props to anyone who can name that song lyric!

japanese prints

my mom was a flight attendant for many years with northwest, and flew to japan a lot back in the 60s and 70s. one time when she was there, she purchased 4 prints of various scenes. she’s gotten 2 of them reframed for me, and they arrived yesterday. i’ve only unpacked one so far, to see if i remembered it from the house growing up (i didn’t, but i remember her descriptions of the other 3, so when i open the next one, it should be a wonderful trip down memory lane.)

at any rate, i’m trying to figure out who the artist was who did the prints. they’re just gorgeous. if anyone has a clue how to research this, please drop me a comment and let me know.

this is the first print, the signature/mark, and the title. if anyone can decipher kanji, that would be most helpful too!

Mouse Question

Okay, I have a very weird (gross) question. I’m trying to get the mice that live in my house to … um … “relocate”. I’ve had a lot of success in blocking up mouseholes in the kitchen with steel wool. All the places I’ve blocked up that way are now mouse-poop-free.

HOWEVER (and this is where the gross part comes in), under my refrigerator is still a mouse-pooping-ground. I’ve stopped up all the holes under there, to no avail.

My question: Is it possible for mice to take up residence in the inner workings of the refrigerator? And if they have, how do I get them to … um … “relocate”? Do I have to get a new fridge?

Oh god, I am SO grossed out. Yuck.

the guest house

this being human is a guest house
every morning a new arrival

a joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor

welcome and entertain them all!
even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
he may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

the dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

be grateful for whoever comes,
for each has been sent
as a guide from the beyond