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After the Easter Party…

Canyon’s first trip down a slide!


Doggie Easter 2010

I love Doggie Easter. I would have to say that it is near the top of my favorite holiday list. Hmmm. I was just saying that for saying’s sake so let’s make a list to check and see if that is true.

Laurie’s Top Favorite Holidays
1. Winter Solstice
2. Halloween
3. Doggie Easter
4. Beltane
5. 4th of July (if we can spend it in Minnesota)

Yep. Doggie Easter is totally in my top 5.

This was our 6th year at the Doggie Easter Egg Hunt in Horner Park. It’s that rare opportunity for dogs and their owners to do all the things people do with their kids at Easter. Dress up, look for treat filled eggs, have an Easter parade… I did feel bad when we first arrived and a dad was there with his little boy and girl. He asked where the egg hunt was and I had to explain that it was for dogs, not kids. Sorry! I said they could look for eggs only they would be filled with dog treats and not candy. The kids just looked confused and a bit sad.

Lilo is usually the most elaborately dressed of the pooches. Most get by with store bought dog outfits or bunny ears but there are also a lot of cute doggie sundresses and easter bonnets. While a lot of the dogs wear fun costumes when it comes to the owners it’s usually me, John and this other woman who really get into the spirit of it all. I find it funny that I kind of think of her as crazy but I think we are cool for doing it. Hmmmm. Might not want to think about that.

Lilo’s butterfly costume and our spring wear won us an easter basket filled with dog treats and toys. I’ll say it. We really, really like to win. We really, really do.

Our favorite part of Doggie Easter, besides the winning, is the family portrait with the Easter Bunny. Last year was kind of a bittersweet Doggie Easter because while I was finally out of the hospital Canyon was not. That portrait seems a little empty.

But this year was perfection!

Full set of photos here.


So The Other Day in Photography Class…

We were experimenting with studio lighting and put together an impromptu photo shoot…

I found a rainbow feather duster…

Hair is always fun…

Then I saw a roll of duct tape…

And a styrofoam head…


Sometimes A Simple Walk In The Park Feels So Good


“I don’t really look at myself as the kind of person who craves attention, but I’ve never been to therapy so there’s probably a lot of stuff about myself that I don’t know.”-Weird Al Yankovic

When I was about 10 or 11 years old I started spending my Sunday nights listening to Dr. Demento on KQDS. It aired around midnight and I would sit with my little tape recorder machine in front of my little radio, recording the show so I could replay it over and over. I would learn all the songs, like “Harry’s Jockstrap”, “Please Mr. Custard”, “Pencil Neck Geek” and “Marvin, I Love You” I would memorize comedy routines like George Carlin’s “Ice Box Man”, Eddie Murphy “Ice Cream Man” and Cheech & Chong’s “Ear Ache My Eye”. I knew every single word, voice and nuance of Shel Silverstein’s “Smoke Off” years before I ever new he wrote poetry and books for kids. I still know all the words.

“In the laid back California town of sunny San Raphael
Lived a girl named Pearly Sweetcake you probably knew her well
She’d been stoned fifteen of her eighteen years and the story was widely told
That she could smoke ’em faster than anyone could roll…”

It was on Dr. Demento that I first heard Weird Al Yankovic-“My Bologna”, “I Love Rocky Road” and “Another One Rides The Bus”. My 11 year old self thought he was the cleverest thing ever. By the time “Weird Al Yankovic in 3-D” and “Dare to Be Stupid” came out I was already a huge fan. I was so hooked on MTV that the songs and videos were even closer to my young, pop culture fed heart.

He played the Head of the Lakes Fair in Superior, WI the summer before I hit 8th grade. Chris Kempton and I went to see the show and loved the full on set and showmanship of “Like A Surgeon.” A woman in the audience must have loved it too, because she left her kids for Weird Al. My mom worked for Social Services and told me that a woman went to the concert and then got on the bus with Weird Al and disappeared off into the starry Wisconsin night, leaving her kids with an unsuspecting babysitter. She didn’t return for weeks.

That story has stayed with me all these years. How do you explain to a kid that mommy ran off with Weird Al Yankovic? The lead singer for Kansas or the bassist for The Charlie Daniel’s Band maybe, but Weird Al? I guess he made her laugh.

Sorry, I have never seen UHF.

Tonight John and I watched this on Funny or Die-

If they really made this movie would that woman be in it? I like to think she would be a blonde, braless and wearing a white tank top and acid washed jeans. Her name would be something like Crystal or Tammy and she could be played by Lisa Kudrow or Megyn Price.

I would watch that movie.


John’s Birthday Day

Another sunny day to enjoy in Chicago.

We got to the park and found this crazy pile of candy under a tree. I have seen people dump food for raccoons and squirrels before but who did they think was going to eat this? The Lollipop Guild?

The unnatural park finds continued. Lamest grafitti ever. “Thug Life” spray painted on a poor innocent tree.

Canyon wanted to be bad ass too…

But we all know that John and Canyon are not very thug like…

So they made it “Hug Life”!

I totally want to get some paint and turn that T into a flower or something cute.

The geese would totally like that…

We continued John’s birthday with dinner with Jim & Melissa. Excellent day for an excellent man.


While The Men In My Life Nap…

After the Nature Center and lunch a nap was the logical next activity. John and Canyon went down but then I felt bad for Lilo being cooped up all day so she and I headed to the lake for a sunset run/walk.

The waves were crashing up and along the cement shore line. It was kind of like the Dancing Waters at the Belagio. Minus the music, lights and gambling.

Thanks to a tree for holding my camera for this one…


It’s Like Drinking Tree Blood- The Maple Syrup Festival

Sunday we went to the North Park Nature Center for the Maple Syrup Festival. I always feel so proud of myself when we get out of the house and do something fun.

We made necklaces out of wood and string.

Walked the trails and learned about tree sap. It’s like human blood the volunteers explained. So basically we were drinking tree blood out of little paper cups.

Mmmm, tasty tasty tree blood.

Full set of photos here.