Monday, April 27, 2009

You can lead a dog to water, but you can't stop her from laying in the trough...

We had a great weekend and were able to relax and get some things done around the house. I must be getting really old and really boring, because that's how I measure success the number of things crossed off the To-Do list. I was lamenting to Brent how boring I was getting at dinner on Saturday night. He immediately disagreed because he is well trained. Later that night when we drove home with a car full of patio furniture that we really had no intention of purchasing, I realized he was right. Unpredicatable...yes, boring....not all the time.

Let me explain. We're going on our third summer in this house without real furniture in our great screened-in porch. I've stalked conversation sets, as they're called, online for many months. So when we went to Target to look, and there happened to be a set on clearance being discontinued, it seemed like fate to me. Brent spent yesterday evening putting it together and it's shaping up to be a great summer!

We walked with Rachel, Justin and Charlie at the Mutt Strut at the track yesterday and were lucky to meet Baby Liam briefly at the gate. I stole a picture of us from Emily's blog since I didn't get one of us together.

Charlie is hot!

Oh my word, the Mutt Strut is a riot. I couldn't stop laughing in the beginning. You've never seen so many dogs in your life. Bonnie was overstimulated and acted like a maniac, but not worse than normal I'd say. She kept waiting for dogs coming up behind us so she could walk beside them. Another trick up her sleeve was walking right in front of someone (usually Rachel and Justin) and then coming to an abrupt stop and laying down on the concrete.

My favorite was when she decided to lie in the water trough. Just her size! Everyone laughed. Yup, that's my dog, folks. The one laying IN the water. The spazz.

Tips for TET -
Making its first appearance on my blog is a Stevenson Tip for TET (tough economic times). I heard that Aldi is a great place to pick up good produce for cheap, so I checked it out myself yesterday. I bought: 2 lbs. of grapes, 1 pineapple, 1 bag of kiwi, 1 container of blueberries, and a quart of strawberries. Guess how much I paid? Just guess!

$20 - you're too high.

$15 - still too high.

$10 - lower. Yes, I said lower.

$8.49. Can you believe that???? And it's good fruit!

Another tip - rent your movies through Redbox. There are about 5 Redbox stands within 3 miles of our house that rent movies, even new releases, for $1. You also get a free movie for each new registration, so depending on how many email addresses you have, you may be set through the summer. We rented "Burn After Reading" which I liked even though it was pretty dark.
All in all a pretty cheap weekend for us, except for the furniture and all.


Emily said...

I love it that she just ploped in the water! So cute! Wish I could have walked with you guys...maybe next year!

Emily said...

P.S. - Plopped -

Rachel said...

You got some good pics! I don't think non-mutt strutters understand how bizarre it is to see so many dogs in one place at one time!

ashley said...

i think miss bonnie just wants to make sure she's the life of the party :)

totally jealous of the great deals you got on the fruit! i hate that produce is so expensive!