Wednesday, December 30, 2009
  Look what we found!
Amanda was here this past week. Saturday, she wanted to go rummage saling. We didn't have any luck, but on the one street in search of a sale we found this:

See how, like, her whole leg is just a mat of fur?

Yep, a scruffy, dirty little white dog. I went over to it and it ignored me, so I got down and did the play bow and it - she - ran right over to me. I picked her up and we went knocking on doors but no one answered even though it was a weekend and there were cars everywhere. I found a kid walking down the street looking as if he was headed to work at a fast food joint. He said he had never seen the dog before.

Soooo... What else? We took her home.

I gave her two baths and the water ran brown. Then Chris helped me trim all the mats off her fur. It was crazy... her ears were literally twice the size they should be due to the fur matting together. Inside her ears, she had dreadlocks. She had poop on her butt, huge burdocks stuck in her fur, big mats everywhere, eye boogers the size of quarters... ooh, and fleas! Yay, fleas!

The Humane Society has no record of anyone reporting her missing and she isn't microchipped. Chris at first had said to put up signs in the neighborhood, but he realized what I did quickly - that if this dog recently "belonged" to anyone, they were not taking care of her AT ALL. So screw them.

This is her after three baths, an hourlong grooming session, and multiple follow-ups with me using scissors to cut off pesky tangles as she chewed rawhides:

SHE IS SO CUTE. I love this dog. :)

SHE IS SO CUTE. I love this dog. :)

I want to name her Daisy, but someone is coming to look at her tomorrow so I'll give that lady the honor if she decides to take her home.

A little about her:
She has extremely white teeth, so I think she must be young.
She is extremely sweet.
She is really playful. She bounds across the pool deck if you call for her, dragging a rawhide in her mouth.
She is very happy-go-lucky. What a difference from when I brought Maggie home! So she may have been neglected, but it doesn't seem like anyone's been mean to her. She snuggles and lets you lay her on her back and all sorts of cutie goodness.
She is extremely patient - she sat still so well for us to trim her down, and during the ensuing catch-fleas or cut-out-tangles sessions, she has sat completely still for me. None of MY dogs would do such a thing.
She's a perfect size. Small enough to pick up and hold and snuggle on your lap, but not so small that you have to worry you'll, like, break her or something. About 15 lbs?
She was waaaay too interested in the cats when she first arrived, but as of the second day she was here she was moving to the side to let Kitten have her food. Yes, she is scared of cats now. :D Not so much Oreo yet though..
She sleeps in weird positions. Draped over the back of the couch, for example, or smooshed between my leg and the arm of the chair.
She is not potty trained, but we're working on that. No accidents in the house today! We're crate training. No fun, but necessary.
When we have not watched her carefully, she has chosen multiple rugs and carpets to do her business on. We have a wood floor, chica - go on that!!!

Whoever gets her is going to be really, really lucky. I'm jealous!
  working away at the pet photography thing...

Daisy the cutie bulldog, originally uploaded by estacey.

how cute is daisy? :)

Oy to the World...

Better view

Happy Holidays!
Thursday, December 24, 2009
  i have been buuuusy!
working on my site, blog, proofs site.... still not close to being up & ready to go but closeR.

i did a shoot for by's boss today. she has more animals than us - 2 horses, a miniature donkey(!!!), two tortoises, seven dogs(!!!), and four cats. she lives out west where you can get lots of land and i'm jealous.

i did just pics of the daddy's favorite, a bulldog named daisy. cuuute. just finished processing a bunch and uploading them. overall i am not all that happy with them, but at the same time it was a good first shoot i think. i had never met a stranger to shoot their dog before. it was like an hour before sunset, so that would've been good, only the skies gloomed up and it was pretty dark. that sucks. and the dog was difficult in a few ways so i didn't get the variety i wanted, but not all dogs are going to be easy so it was good. i am looking forward to practicing more. before i used to dread it.. fear of failure. but now i think i have a LITTLE confidence and it has made me want to try harder... i feel like i am learning a lot and have a lot to learn so have nowhere to go from here but up. and that'll take work and practice!

in other news, amanda got here tonight. poor kid had such a bad time flying by herself for the first time. but she's here and hopefully her luggage will join us tomorrow.

tonight at the pet store i am surprised i didn't get kicked out. i had a bit to kill between shoot & airport so went to the store to get a treat bag. some lady was buying a bunny for her kids. a CUTE ADORABLE TINY baby bunny. of coures the store guy was telling her a bunch of b.s... they were picking out rabbit shampoo when i walked over there, for chrissake! that and he tried to lie and say the bunnies were already spayed. already spayed my ass. but i tried to make the lady understand that you need to spay & neuter rabbits and you can litter train them (she had no idea) and that it makes keeping them way more pleasant, AND that she could make sure she integrates the bunny into their lives rather than just leaving it in the cage. i hope it works out for them. i honestly just worry so much... a life in a cage by yourself is just no life, you know? so i hope that's not what they give that little sweet girl.

okeeeee, time for bed. early for me but i got a niece to wake up for now!
Tuesday, December 22, 2009

I love my new iMac. LOVE., originally uploaded by estacey.

Monday, December 21, 2009
  Look what I got for an early Birthday gift!!!

OMG! this computer is so cool.

So my Dell laptop from the Valentine's before last is a total piece. I blame it on Vista. I have had to restore that thing SO MANY TIMES. The last time was just before I went to Wisconsin. Then, just when I got back, the keyboard all but stopped working. I could still type letters, but no ENTER or DELETE or SPACE or ANYTHING else.

I weighed my options, talked about it with Chris, negotiated (Chris doesn't believe on buying on credit, but that was the only way I was going to swing a new computer) and he wound up offering to get me a new computer for an early birthday-and-Valentine's-Day gift. (Yes, he likes to spread things out so he doesn't have to worry about a gift for X holiday. The funny thing is usually he ends up getting me something else and tacking it on. This year for Xmas it was the lens, then the iPhone, then got a GPS too. Even though when I got the lens it was accompanied by a stern warning that it was IT for Christmas, or mostly it anyhow. Which I was fine with!)

He DID make me admit I am spoiled before he ordered it. I agreed. I honestly did not expect him to BUY ME A NEW MAC when I sat down to talk to him, depressed about my laptop situation. The fact that he did? Awesome.

So! I am super happy. It came today. Took about 2 minutes to set up, literally... so different from PCs. And voila! I'm back in business. But no Photoshop. Gotta figure that out still.

I really LOVE this computer. We all love new gadgets, right? But once I went to the Apple store, I was in love. The 21.5" screen is HUGE. Seriously. Beautiful. I started looking at PCs just to compare, knowing how much more you pay for a Mac... but once I started looking at them, I was like NO WAY. They would have served me fine, I'm sure, but I don't think it would've been special to get a new PC. This, on the other hand, had me waiting at the door for UPS all day.

Anyway, Amanda comes tomorrow! Woo! Then it be Christmas.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009
  holy shit am i cold
seriously. it's like 10 out there. my feet have been frozen since i had to scrape the car windshield at about 2 p.m. and it's been downhill from there.

i've been in Wisconsin for nearly two weeks now. i came here because my sister got in a car accident and needed some help with her kids.

Kelli's article

she broke her pelvis in a bunch of places and also her collarbone. she is doing really well, considering.. hobbling around pretty fast on her walker and stuff.

anyway, i stayed there a couple of nights, then came here to kamille's for the weekend, then back to kelli's for four days and back here for the weekend.

it was an unplanned trip and i really would have preferred not to come home.. i have stuff going on at home and i hate leaving my babies and it's fucking december! but it was definitely nice to get to see my family a little. make the best of it, you know. and macy's birthday party was yesterday, so it was nice to finally make one of those - she had three before this that i missed! overall, though, i think this trip has cemented why it's a good thing i live 1500 miles from here... i'll just leave it at that.

this is my niece kalia:

I miss taking baths in the sink

doing her hannibal impression:

Kalia channeling Hannibal Lecter

this is what she looked like the LAST time i saw her:


i also met my sister's dog, sofia:

My sister's pug, Sofia

she was a puppy mill breeder before she was rescued and adopted by my sister. she's adooooorable.

i have other pics but they're uploading now, sooooo.... lata!
Thursday, December 03, 2009
  Is Macy hilarious or what?

She rode her trike to the store today. She insisted someone was going to steal it so threw a fit about getting to ride it into the store. That's what I captured here. After I snapped this pic I had to grab the back of her coat and pull her back out.

She was yelling, "Everyone's doing it!". Mmhmmmmm.

A character, this kid.

I'm Stacey. I'm a 31(!)-year-old Wisconsin girl living in sunny South Florida. The highlights in my life are my lovely boyfriend, my aloof cats, my adorable/adoring stepdogs, my two lumbering tortoises, select family members, being outside, being underwater, taking pictures, yadda yadda. Stay tuned for lots of babbling!

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States


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Making a difference

A small boy lived by the ocean. He loved the creatures of the sea, especially the starfish, and he spent much of his time exploring the seashore.

One day the boy learned there would be a minus tide that would leave the starfish stranded on the sand.

When the tide went out, he went down to the beach, began picking up the stranded starfish, and tossing them back into the ocean.

An elderly man who lived next door came down to the beach to see what the boy was doing. Seeing the man's quizzical expression, the boy paused as he approached. "I'm saving the starfish!" the boy proudly declared.

When the neighbor saw all of the stranded starfish he shook his head and said: "I'm sorry to disappoint you, young man, but if you look down the beach, there are stranded starfish as far as the eye can see. And if you look up the beach the other way, it's the same. One little boy like you isn't going to make much of a difference."

The boy thought about this for a moment. Then he reached his small hand down to the sand, picked up another starfish, tossed it out into the ocean, and said: "Well, I sure made a difference for that one!"

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