Saturday, April 28, 2007

AJ Kenniston is born!

I am officially an aunt today! Anthony Joseph (AJ) Nicholas Kenniston was born at 9.40 a.m., weighing 6 pounds 11 ounces, 19 1/4 inches in length. I got to hold him when he was just two hours old! It's amazing. He's the best looking baby!! Mom Meagan and Dad Joe are tired, but doing great. That's Anthony with little AJ.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Closet update

I DID IT! I finally cleaned out my closet and organized it! I never thought it would happen (neither did Anthony), so now my challenge will be to keep it cleaned and organized. It was a little disturbing to see how many clothes I had "outgrown". I guess that will be my next big long-term goal... get rid of some excess baggage. But either way, my closet looks great. I should have taken pictures before, during and after. I have a big pile of clothes to donate. I still have a few more things to put back in there, but it's pretty much there. Next: The guest room. My folks are coming in two weeks and I'd like to get that room ready for their arrival.

Friday, April 20, 2007


Shortly after I posted my last update, I saw someone slamming the side gate to my back yard shut, and my door bell rang. A police officer was standing out there. The first thing I blurted out was "Those aren't my dogs".

Let me back track a little bit... remember the dogs I wrote about in "Terrors in the Night"? I know they get loose and roam the neighborhood, and they always bark at the kitties outside their window, but they usually go away when we close the blinds and don't bother us. They also usually don't get into our yard when the side gate is closed. For some reason, maybe it was the rain, they decided to bash through the gate anyway, and the latch isn't very secure so it gave way. They left after a while, and I went out to close the door, and I made sure it was latched this time.

I heard a commotion outside, and a lot of barking, so I went to the kitty room to see what was going on. I saw the kids across the street from us shooing the dogs away. I guess they scared them enough that one of the dogs decided to squeeze his way in (the gate is warped), even though the door was latched. The other one kept running around trying to get into the yard every once in a while. I saw the other dog who squeezed in trying to get out, so I decided to brave walking outside to open the gate for him. He was as huge german shepard. His buddy was a pitbull. He started growling and barking at me when I got closer, probably because he felt cornered, so I slowly backed away and came back inside. After his buddy left, I went out from the front to get the gate open, hoping they would both get out, but the other one decided to come in, and they both just stayed! That's when the police officer came by.

He told me that they had tried to attack the kids across the street, and that they needed to contain them in my yard until Animal Control came. He asked if I knew who they belonged to, and I said that I suspect they belong to the folks two doors away from us. He told me that they would be contacting the owners, and I should just stay inside the house. So I sat in my living room, watching the dogs, and they must have sensed something, because the pitbull decided to dig under the fence to get into my neighbors yard. After a while, he tunneled his way through, leaving the shepard behind. So I went outside to tell the officer that, and he swore. He told me to just stay inside the house again.

I peeked outside the kitty room window, and I saw two police cruisers out on the street in front of my house and my neighbors house, and neighbors just peeking out through windows. Jeeze! I hoped the neighbors didn't think it was our dogs.

Anyway, Animal Control finally came, and man did they have a hard time catching the shepard! They kept chasing him all over and they finally cornered him on the other side of the house (I didn't see it), but I did see them leading him outside on that leash-thing that the AC officers use.

Then they went into my neighbors yard to corner the pitbull, but he kept squeezing his way back and forth until they used my wheelbarrow to cover the whole he had dug. They finally got him too. Man. And the owners never showed up the whole time.

When the officer came back to let me know that the dogs were caught, I asked him if the kids knew that the dogs weren't ours, for fear of retribution to our kitties. He said everyone knew who they belonged to, so I was told not to worry. I feel a little sorry for the dogs. They never bothered us, but I guess they crossed a line today when they bothered the kids. I hope they will be safe from harm where they are. Shame on the owners who let this happen to them! I took a picture of the dogs. What drama!

Disney Pin Trading

I didn't realize how big a deal pin trading was until this past weekend when we went to Disneyland (again). We walked through Downtown Disney and next to the pin store, there were these hard core folks with suitcases full of pins to trade! Man. There's even a pin trading etiquette guide I found online. I just buy pins that I really like. My friend Shirley found these really cute flip flop Minnie and Mickey pins for me (it was a pair), and Anthony found me my little green men pin this weekend. I was stoked! I just wear my pins on my lanyard that I have to hold my pass.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Working at Home

I have to say, when I worked at home on Friday, even though I got a lot done, I didn't feel stressed out at all! It must have to do with being in your own environment, or not having to dress up. It was a fantastic work day. I think I may have to convince my boss to allow me to work from home more often. It's a great idea... and less stress for me, and my work still gets done. It's a win-win situation for everyone. I don't have to spend hours on the road, and my boss gets a happier employee.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Terrors in the Night

So for the past week or so, I've been trying to figure out what's been making the dogs in our neighborhood bark all night long. At first I thought it was the full moon, but that came and went and the dogs are still barking like crazy. Two nights in a row, Milo and Oliver came home super late, and they came home terrified.

Easter morning, we had to get up early to get a couple of things done around the house before Anthony's family came over, so I set my alarm for sometime before 7. I was lying in bed, savoring the really nice cloudy morning, and I heard really loud barking right outside my bedroom window. I got up and peeked out through the blinds, and I saw a huge pitbull mix and a german shepard barking in front of my window. I think they're the culprits. Later that night, after Anthony's family left, I heard Onyx growling at the back sliding door, and the two dogs were in our yard! I got Anthony to secure our side gate, and I thought that was the end of it. We were getting ready for bed, when I heard this huge crash and scramble from the kitty room (yes, we have a spare room, and it's for the cats). I got Anthony to investigate and there were the dogs again, terrorizing the cats through the window! So we closed the window and the blinds, and went to bed.

Well, it happened again last night! Same crash, growling and spitting... Anthony had to get up again to close the blinds (we left the window closed). So tonight, we're just going to keep the window and blinds closed, so hopefully the dogs will leave our cats alone from now on. I'm curious to know if their owner lets them out, or if they are just escape artists. They seem to roam only at night, and not during the day.

Tuesday, April 3, 2007


We co-hosted a baby shower for my brother-in-law and his wife, who is due on the 27th of April this past Saturday. So I thought it would be a really neat idea to try to make our on party favors. So off to Michael's we went, and we ended up in the candy isle. I found the cutest little molds... a big teddy bear and some rubber duckies. So we bought two of each, plus all the tools and colors we needed. We also bought some cellophane treat bags and I found some mini clothes pins for the packaging.

We started this endeavor on Friday at about 8 pm. 4 hours, 10+ bowls of colored candy, 24 ducks and 6 bears later, we were done. I thought I used the wrong kind of chocolate, because it kept getting a bit melty everytime I handled it, but it was too late... we were commited. Anyway, after freezing it overnight, it looked like the candy held up ok!