Because…1) I’m exhausted after a really long and frustrating week (starting with an impromptu 14 hr round trip road trip this past weekend, 2) the weather is GORGEOUS outside right now, and 3) the Red Sox are on and KILLING IT tonight…I don’t really have a good project or witty tutorial to share with you. Bad blogger…bad. But I do have a little Goose video to share with you all. And you can just file this little video under Campbell randomness and epic shenaniganary. Seriously…look at the post tags…I literally have a category called shenanigans where you can learn about all the oddities that make us, US! Including a little tossing a tub out the window video. I wish I was kidding.
Anyway….back to the Goose video. Every work day, I come home on my lunch hour (I literally have a four minute commute…I’ve timed it) to play with the dog. Goose appreciates it. He licks my face to tell me that. As much fun as lunchtime play dates with the Goose are, sometimes it gets uber difficult to actually eat my lunch since he’s all “play…play…play…play….MOMMMM…PLAY!” So the other day, while Colby was also home for lunch, we came up with a new game…hide a cookie under a Frisbee in the kitchen and let the Goose go. Observe.
Why do I find this SO funny? Goose trying to get a cookie from underneath a Frisbee? HILARIOUS! Just me? Yeah…probably. Shouldn’t I find this slightly tortuous upon my fur baby?! Nope. I enjoy eating my salad in peace while he paws after the cookie. He loves it. And thank goodness our floors aren’t precious!
Pssst…So I pinky promise to knock off a few projects this weekend. No emergency trips across state lines…I swear. We’ve got a few projects to knock out for the bathroom, and…fingers crossed…we’ll be ready to let you in on a little secret/announcement next week! Curious now, aren’t you?! Or maybe not. Enough about us…what do you all have planned for the big week end?! Any projects? Dish!
If you’ve learned anything around these parts, it’s the following…(1) we love us a good DIY project, (2) we’re crazy about our pooch, Goose, even though he’s off the charts on the obnoxious scale just a little more obnoxious than Heidi Montag but a little less than Paris Hilton, and (3) I have precisely zero point zero willpower at Home Goods (remember the pink mirror from a couple of weeks ago?)! Anyway…the other day I was on a quest for a bathmat…somehow upgraded to a cart to pick up a few baskets to organize the bathroom, and then these guys just magically jumped into my cart.
It happens. Mermaids are magical like that. I picked up the trio of mermaid canisters for $19 (they were sold individually for $9.00 for the large one, $6.00 for the medium one, and $4.00 for the small one. At first, I didn’t know what I wanted to do with them…but then when I brought them home I had an epiphany moment…dog treat canisters to corral the dog treat mess going on in the metal cabinets in the laundry room.
Disclaimer…no, we’re not big fans of the old school metal cabinetry nor our dated kitchen. We bandaid-ed the space with some paint, but plans for a complete remodel are in the works…woot woot! Anyway…I know we have a Goose treat problem…but seriously…how can you resist a face like that!
Thankfully the canisters were food safe, at least that’s what the sticker on the bottom said. So hopefully Goose won’t start acting deranged or grow extra toes. Goose’s treats easily fell into three canister categories…fancy “Goose is a good boy” treats (the veggies from Beneful), the everyday treats (the Beneful dog crackers…which Colby also finds tasty…seriously…he loves them…I wish I was kidding), and the “good for Goose’s teeth” dental sticks.
And the entire time I was organizing Goose’s treats…he was “supervising” to make sure I was doing it correctly. Such an overbearing dog.
After filling the canisters, I plopped the mermaid trio on the counter beside the stove, which fit oh so perfectly in the space.
Although I’m not convinced that they’ll stay there since (A) they’re in the stove top splash danger zone where one should be aware of spaghetti sauce splatters and (B) they also are in the even more frightening “Goose can reach these” danger zone.
I’m sensing imminent doom for those canisters. We’ll see how Goose handles them over the next couple of days before deciding if we should relocate them. Hopefully we won’t be reporting in with any mermaid destruction.
Pssst…So what has “jumped” into your cart lately? I don’t think I’m physically capable of coming out of Home Goods empty handed. Just doesn’t happen. Or anyone else have an overtly spoiled fur baby? Or a husband that enjoys dog treats? Sheesh!
I love our dog, I really do, but sometimes he does stuff like this:
Look at him sitting there all innocent and smug looking. Yup…one of my favorite things in our house, my beloved orange lamp from Pottery Barn, is officially dead. Time of death 2:51 pm. And I cried. Like, CRIED cried and then I realized it was just a lamp and I would be okay-ish. Emphasis on “ish”. Colby thought a real person died when he found me balling my eyes out. You see (caution…I’m about to get all sentimental on you), it wasn’t just a lamp, it was a symbol of grownup-ed-ness. Those lamps were the first big girl apartment purchase I ever made. They were pseudo pricey (still on sale but at Pottery Barn), a big step up from my usual cheap plastic-ie purchases at the time, and I dreamt of having them forever. Sad face.
But let’s get back to the scene of the crime and see if we can crack this case wide open. You see…we have this dog…his name is Goose…and he is OBSESSED with squirrels and neighborhood children. He reminds us of the dog from the movie Up (you can check the movie clip out here). Needless to say, a squirrel came running up the driveway, which usually triggers either a high squirrel alert (slight whining at the window) or a full-on, stage 10 squirrel freak out. Let’s just say, the later happened and BOOM! Down went the lamp.
Here’s a little reenactment drawing that I put together for the crime scene investigators shortly after the great lamp crash. I wanted to be sure to get every detail down.
Foolish Goose and his awkwardly large puppy paws! And foolish Angie for spending the money her parents gave her for drawing lessons on candy instead. Those drawing skills would have come in handy for future lamp murders. Oh…and that’s Goose’s tongue hanging out of his head. He always has his tongue out when he’s going crazy!
Anyway, I couldn’t handle getting rid of the dead lamp altogether. I just couldn’t bear the thought of giving it a burial by garbage truck. So we scrapped it for parts. Colby stripped it of it’s electrical components and I kept the lamp shade. Our hoarder tendencies couldn’t bear to get rid of such treasures! We may end up making another lamp down the road, like maybe a wine bottle lamp?! But we’ll see. At least we have the parts to make it with now!
Pssst…Goose has 100% been forgiven for his lamp mishap. In fact, I take partial blame for putting the precious lamp so close to “Goose’s” chair and “Goose’s” window! Ha! Spoiled dog child!
Since yesterday we started the “long overdue trend” with finally finishing the wooden bookcase that Colby built over a year ago, how about another long overdue switcheroo?! This time it occurs in the kitchen…and with this sad looking dude.
That’s an iPod dock/clock radio. Colby and I are both big fans of music in the kitchen. It’s nice to cook and clean while rocking out to Pandora, even though I have to fight with Colby about whether or not Britney Spears radio is indeed a legitimate Pandora station. Anyway…this sad, disgusting looking radio has seen better days. He hailed from Colby’s bachelor days and he finally busted…no more iPod/iPhone dock. Insert sad face here. The little doo-dad broke off completely!
So I started shopping around for a new speaker for the kitchen and found this guy from West Elm (note…it’s now on clearance in your local West Elm stores).
And I love him! And shall call him Victor! Victor is a squirrel with a speaker in his tail. Victor also requires no plugging in or batteries (still not sure how that works) but it’s awesome for transport-ability and battery saving-ness. I feel so energy efficient-ie.
Victor’s usual home happens to be in the kitchen, but he often migrates around the house wherever I should be working. Sometimes he’s in the living room while I gild light fixtures…
And sometimes he hangs out with me in the parlor while I blog and pay bills.
Goose even loves Victor. They’re BFFs for life.
Confession time…it was because of Goose that I made Victor an official part of the family. West Elm had a few animal shaped speakers to choose from including a bear and a fox. But the squirrel hit home for us since Goose is infatuated with squirrels. Actually, it’s not so much that he’s infatuated with squirrels as he wants to chase them down to play with him. The squirrels aren’t fans.
You can’t even say “squirrel” in our house without Goose going into overdrive warp speed freak out mode. Well…if we’re being all truthful tonight, maybe it’s not just the word “squirrel” that gets Goose all hot and bothered. Maybe it’s because it comes out of my mouth more like “GOOSE! GET THE SQUIRREL! GO GET HIM!!” What?! I can’t help it!
The squirrel speaker set us back absolutely nothing since we used a West Elm 20% off coupon plus a Pottery Barn gift card that we still had from our wedding. But normally he cost $39 (but is currently marked down to $15 in stores now…hurry in while they last).
Pssst…Have you guys purchased any animal shaped iPod speakers lately? Or anything else that you’re puff-out-your-chest proud about purchasing? Or let your dog sway your purchasing decisions?
I’m just going to get right to this. I am WOEFULLY behind in tackling my 30 Before 30 list…woefully behind! Out of the 30 tasks on that list, I’ve only tackled about five of them and I only have about five months left to finish the remaining 25. Uh oh…crunch time! At least my grad schooling (a master’s in business administration) has taught me the fine art of procrastinating and whipping out amazingness at a moment’s notice. Can I tackle the remaining items on that list? Perhaps. In the infamous words of Barney Stinson…challenge accepted!
One of the tasks on that list was to learn how to shoot videos on my new-ish DSLR camera. I’ve had the camera for over a year and have just recently figured out how to shoot a video on it. Not a great video by any means, but a video. Since I went public on the 30 Before 30 project, and vowed to complete it before our dear readers, I should probably share the results of this task. So I present to you my sub-par efforts in video production (Steven Spielberg and George Lucas I am not), starting with the first video I ever shot. It’s of Goose “opening” his presents at Christmas. And yes, our dog child gets wrapped Christmas presents. I’m pretty sure he likes the wrapping paper just as much if not more than what’s underneath the paper:
The second video is a little more recent, from a few weeks ago after a snow storm. I know I tell you guys about a million times how crazy Goose acts, so here’s to mentioning it number one million and one, Goose is crazy. Here’s the evidence.
That dog cannot get enough snow shoveled into his face. Crazy fool. And this was a mild snow Goose outing for him too. You should see him run! And at full force! If only we could harness that energy for the greater good?! Goose will spend HOURS running down that path…back and forth, back and forth, back and forth, typically chasing squirrel.
And then there was yesterday’s video of Colby hammering in cut nails in our guest bedroom.
I think my video shooting skills are getting ever so slightly better. I don’t look down and find out I’m accidentally shooting my feet instead of the dog and I’ve learned to keep the expletives at a minimum, you know, to keep these flicks PG. Okay…more like PG-13. But I still have some work to do in the video recording front. And maybe even the video editing front.
And it wouldn’t be a complete 30 Before 30 list post if I didn’t share the full list and what I’ve checked off the to-do list so far:
Get Married(August 10, 2012)
- Go see the Timber Tina Lumberjack show in Bar Harbor
- Consider having children
- Join Colby for a romantic date night out
Learn how to use the video function on my Nikon DSLR(March 5, 2013) Purchase a big girl couch(September 3, 2012)
- Try surfing
- Track dow the world’s most amazing Sangria recipe
- Travel somewhere outside the continental US
- Run the Beach to Beacon road race
- Hike Cadillac Mountain
- Finish a quarter of the books on “The List”
- Go on a picnic
- Learn to sew
Bake Colby a birthday cake(August 19, 2012)
- Learn to knit
- Dig for mussels on the Maine coast
- Finish the yearly photo books
Make my own Christmas cards(December 7, 2012) Spend a weekend in Southern Maine(July 20 – 22, 2012)
- Go to an auction
- Send my mom flowers
- Watch all 10 seasons of Friends start to finish
- Explore Portsmouth, New Hampshire
- Cook through my recipe idea files
- Attend the infamous Brimfield antique show
Become a mug club member at a local bar(November 14, 2012)
- Organize the house
- Conquer Julia Child’s Le Boeuf Bourguignon
Host a yard sale(September 1, 2012)
Okay, so I lied. Eight down and twenty-two more to go. Wish me luck! I’m gonna need it!
Pssst…Do you guys have any video recording tips or tricks up your sleeves? Do share! I could certainly use them! Or any resources you find helpful for learning how to shoot videos or general DSLR help? I feel like such a camera spaz most days, but at least I’m tryin’!