My weirdos are back, featured as number two on this list of Shibas being cute, funny, and bad: http://thechive.com/2014/12/20/shiba-inus-are-many-things-but-mostly-weird-29-photos/
Saturday, December 20, 2014
I got up early this morning and hiked up to one of my favorite spots in the city: Runyon Canyon. I felt like I was cheating on my dogs… They would absolutely love to join me in an off-leash park in a canyon like this one!
We don't see a lot of cactus growing in Kansas City!
They made me think. In Kansas City, the seasons are so harsh that we don't see a lot of homeless people. In LA, they are prevalent. And we had several who came and hung out with us throughout the event yesterday. Since we weren't busy, I talked with them.
They shared interesting stories: one woman who was 50 years old said that she has seven kids, and 14 grandkids. She used to be a choreographer and dancer. Her skin looks so good that she didn't look her age. She told me she was religious about using Roc. An older gentleman claimed to be a pretty famous blues harpist. He showed me pictures on his phone of him surrounded by groupies at some of his gigs, and even a billboard with his name on it. Every other word was an expletive.
Life in LA is certainly very different than I'm accustomed to, and especially people like this. I don't yet know why we met, but we did, and I was glad to have the experience.
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Of course, my favorite part of day one was our very first customer of the day… I looked up to see my sister pushing a stroller with little guy Aaron, and big guy Sean riding along. Kelley's neighbor, Shirley, came along. Not only was Sean the first kid in Los Angeles to get to talk to the elves at Northpole, because it wasn't yet busy, he got to talk to not one, but all three elves!
The rest of the day was fairly slow, as many kids in LA are still in school. We expect the next few days to be crazy busy, so it was nice to have a day to get everything figured outI had brought a few snacks with me, but I walked upstairs for a quick lunch overlooking the plaza at Cho Oishii sushi.
I had a tiny joiner moment while I was eating lunch. A cute, older Japanese couple walked by and the man quietly said something to his wife, not expecting that I could understand.
What a great first day, and I'm looking forward to two more!
Thursday, December 18, 2014
! Photo above was taken upon arriving in LA. Below, upon leaving Kansas... We got 2-4" of snow overnight. And I happen to be one of maybe four people in KC who like the snow--love it, actually--so I was THRILLED to wake up to it. But let's be honest... This is NOT a black & white photo. Kansas winter color is not always stellar. LA is in full glory.
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014
I talked my friend Amy into traveling to run a half marathon together. This will be my fourth, unless I run any before then. And likewise, this will be her first. She is understandably excited and nervous, just as I was last year when I was anticipating my first half.
I wanted to get her a meaningful Christmas gift, and of course I thought it would be fun to do something related to our impending run, to give her confidence. So I found a small box and typed up dozens and dozens of training tips and power songs. There were so many I could barely fit them all in the box! It made me realize how much I have progress in my own running in a short amount of time.
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My little friend Kyra went to her new foster home, with my good friend Kathy, last night. There is little other choice, since Aki suddenly decided that this house isn't big enough for two girls. Kathy fostered both of my dogs, as well as both my friend Jen's dogs. She is extremely experienced and kindhearted, and will be an even better foster home than I was. I am happy for Kyra. I wish her the best in her journey towards true freedom, her conquering of heart worms, and of course on her sixth birthday, which is tomorrow.
Meanwhile, I had some problems to address in my own household. Joni came by on Saturday and spent several hours with us, walking around the neighborhood and retraining Aki. Her chief issue is that she highly dominant and wants to control other dogs, and she is fearful of small children who rush her. Both could potentially be serious issues, so we are putting a stop to it now.
I have seen the pinch collars, also called prong collars, and like many, assumed that they were cruel. After being taught how to use one properly, not only do I think they are not cruel when used in the proper manner, they are a secret weapon that helps the dog quickly understand what the trainer is looking for and respond accordingly. Aki needed something to help interrupt her overactive mind when we approached a strange dog, and understood the exercise almost immediately. She wore the collar with only a couple of corrections. I was amazed at how quickly and easily it works, and it gave me a huge amount of confidence that we will conquer her issues.
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Friday, December 12, 2014
A string quintet that plays everything from Mozart to Radiohead? Find out when Sybarite5 is coming to your town & see them. They're accurately described as, "Classically trained to rock your f***ing socks off!"
Christy nabbed the tickets to see these guys at the folly theater, and M'kiylah and I were the lucky benefactors. I'm a fan of stringed instruments, particularly the violins and cellos, so this was a real treat. The Radiohead things came out of left field since I had not done my homework on this group. It made for a neat experience to know so little about them going in: just that they were a modern string quintet from New York. In actuality, there was so much more to them than that.
The group met at a music festival in Aspen, and hails from the far reaches of places like Boston, New York... And Argentina. Their name came from the ancient Greek city of Sybaris known for their outrageous pleasure seeking, and indeed the group plays whatever they love. Eclectic and delightful in every way.
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014
It was a big hit before it was even complete: she began to climb it immediately! Hopefully it will keep her attention for a long, long time.
Or, I could just keep wrapping Christmas gifts and shipping them. She seems to like the boxes even more. Maybe I'll just cover the entire house and carpet and empty boxes…
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Bad days are just part of human life. But today's was epic. Here is my crazy, stream of consciousness drawing I did on the bus this morning to describe mine.
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Monday, December 8, 2014
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First off, two drawings inspired by real life. Today I brought a grapefruit for lunch. A particularly sour grapefruit. Which I love. But it's fun to draw myself with my face turned inside out.
I drew this one last week on the bus. It was below freezing outside, and I swear they heat on the bus would rival that in Hades. I seriously didn't think that I would survive it.
I drew this one inside a card for a friend whose family is going through a particularly difficult time. I hope their days get brighter.
Last one requires more explantation. I paid Facebook for a one-week promotion of my art page, www.facebook/JenRareyArt. I have been trading emails with a Facebook representative, but it sure appears to me that Facebook screwed up. Instead of my ad being targeted to six countries which I was prompted to select, it was only promoted in South Korea. Suddenly, I have hundreds of new friends in Korea!
While this is of course wonderful, I was hoping to gather more of a worldwide following. I'm hoping Facebook will do the right thing and turn my ad back on for the other countries. But make no mistake, I welcome new friends, wherever they are.
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