Random Fridays: The Raccoon Fight

Last night, about 1-2am I woke up to alien like sounds. First there was some hissing, then some clicking, and then some noises that sounded like cicadas almost. I was very disoriented and had no idea what was going on. After waking A up to see what she thought it was, she told me it was a raccoon fight.

The noises they make are so bizarre – I cannot even really duplicate them in any way. I do not know how many were out there but it sounded like there were some fighters and a posse. If this happens again tonight- I am going to have to record the audio…it was so wild!

A Moment Outside

Last weekend Amy, Evan, and I went to some friends’ lake house. We had a nice encounter with some deer (much better than the bear I encountered in my parent’s back yard this summer)

Camp Greyhound Summer 2007

Once again I am watching our friend’s two greyhounds and decided I needed to get some video of the action. It has become harder and harder to make them run together because our dog (the fawn) has increasingly got more competitive (more comfortable) with her friends. Enjoy. PS – Gopher got his name for his buck teeth which I could not seem to capture.

Where Are the Cicadas?

There has been plenty of cicada talk here in the midwest concerning the 17 year cicada. The news covered weddings being rescheduled, teachers at school were making “cicada hats” with their students to try and lessen the scariness of the bugs, and of course, the great Walter E. Smithe commercial. No sign of the bugs yet, but I did want to share the insane commercial for a local furniture chain. Yes – furniture. These guys have a great sense of humor!

a day of birthdays.

Salsa

A quick post to wish my youngest cat – Salsa – a happy birthday (and the iMac) I have been swamped the last few days but think I have figured out how to properly set up MediaWiki to use user permissions without having to hack something together. Now to get some time together to implement it. 😉
[tags]Salsa, iMac, MediaWiki[/tags]

time to take a big deep breath.

The last week has been absolutely crazy.

  • I had a house full of house guests from Thursday until Sunday
  • Amy and I brought Ava to her new home on Saturday where she has a 14 year old greyhound sister as well as a beagle too
  • Huge storms here on Sunday/Monday…so strong our front door (glass/screen) swung way open and shattered)
  • Ookles is no longer a secret and I have tons more to do!
  • I fought, once again, to get my SSL cert in order with Apache and mod_ssl (damn IE and the ciphers)
  • Network Solutions had an outage this morning for two hours
  • My iPod died…well sort of (more later)
  • In typical Jen style…when I am busy, I redesign, so jappler v14 came out
  • I missed Pita’s birthday 🙁 (April 1)

I seriously need a vacation!!
[tags]Network Solutions Outage, Ookles, dead iPod, jappler.com[/tags]

ava update.

Well, it is coming up on three weeks now that we have had Ava. She has been a joy to have and we are excited to say Greyhounds Only has most likely found a permanent home for Ava. I realize I do not post enough pictures, so I am going to try to do a better job from now on. Enjoy the updated pictures!

Triscuit and Ava Ava Triscuit Triscuit and Ava
[tags]Greyhounds Only, Trscuit, Ava[/tags]

from the train.

On my way into work I thought about how better to allocate my time so I can fit in time to relax. (sad, I know) I ended up thinking I could save some time at night by blogging on my way home on the train…so here I go.

The last few days have been challenging. Ava, my foster greyhound that I took in, is causing me to break out in hives. I had been taking benedryl to control it but that left me extremely drowsy and unable to work.
I got a perscription today from my doctor to help with this and hope that I can go through the weekend without having an allergic reaction.

Other than Ava giving me hives, she has been a wonderful dog. She snuggles, is very personable, plays fetch like a champ, and gives my own greyhound a run for her money. Triscuit is trying to figure out the fetch concept and has made me laugh in the process.

Anyone looking for a low maintenance dog breed that will come into your home pretty well trained…consider a greyhound.
[tags]greyhounds[/tags]