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I looked back on my journal — ten years now — and realized that I always fall into a posting hole post-WisCon. I intend to post about what happened and then don't, because WisCon generates so many complex feelings. Then I feel like I can't post about other stuff until I get the WisCon posts up, and then it's November and I can start posting again.

So, I promise no WisCon posts (which means I might actually write some) and an update on my current goings-on.

The weather is generally hateful. When it's hotter than 75° I avoid walking outside, as I'm more likely to faint in hot weather. I use my chair, but only when I'm traveling from one air-conditioned place to another.

So I mainly enjoy summer through the windows. Woe is me. At least I have a treadmill so I don't have to mall-walk, which I find the most depressing thing ever.

Bella continues to be adorable, while still letting go of her previous situation, 18 months after we adopted her. Now she's trying to "get away with things," something she was too cowed to even try for the first year. Here's an example.

We've trained her that a small towel is always an OK place to be, and we use that towel to give her temporary permission to sit on the furniture with us. Last week,

[personal profile] sasha_feather sat on the couch, and Bella rested her head to get ear scritches. Then she wiggled her left paw on Sandy's right thigh and right paw on left thigh. Then she somehow managed to get all the way up, with two paws on each of Sandy's legs. Technically in compliance, that dog.

A 16-week old puppy came for a visit, and Bella was so kind to her. She clearly wanted to do her standard chest-bump-snarl-run-resume cycle, but she delicately tested out each movement to see how the pup reacted.

this space would have some lovely pix, but I can't figure out how to upload them directly to DW. Whether I'm in HTML or rich text editor, clicking the image button prompts for a URL. 

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Date: 2017-07-20 12:24 am (UTC)
capriuni: Vanilla icecream cone, captioned "Simply sweet cool & good" (vanilla)
From: [personal profile] capriuni
Technically in compliance, that dog.

Smart, that dog!

Ya know... if "avoiding writing about WisCon" results in puppy-dog tales (and tails!), you have my permission to avoid WisCon all you need. ;-)
Edited (icon change) Date: 2017-07-20 12:24 am (UTC)

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Date: 2017-07-20 04:13 pm (UTC)
capriuni: A black field crossed by five parallel lighting bolts in blue, gold, green, red, and purple (Default)
From: [personal profile] capriuni
'Welcome!

*Scritches puppy ears*

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Date: 2017-07-20 01:20 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] hollymath
I have the same reaction to the opposite season, so I enjoy winter through the windows. Sorry you're stuck inside now, it's no fun.

Re: There should be some way for us

Date: 2017-07-20 03:02 pm (UTC)
hollymath: (Default)
From: [personal profile] hollymath
I have seasonal affective disorder: I'm utterly lethargic in winter and often my mood is very low.

Also on a practical level the dark is harder for me to get around in, so there are far fewer hours of the day where I can walk the dog, go to the store, do anything that involves being outside. I socialize less, I exercise less... None of this is going to help my mood either, I know.

I tolerate cold much less well than hot; I spend a lot of the winter uncomfortable and this also makes it harder to motivate myself to get outside.

Re: There should be some way for us

Date: 2017-07-20 03:14 pm (UTC)
hollymath: (Default)
From: [personal profile] hollymath
Carrying Sorrels to Manchester is my new favorite phrase! <3

Minnesota is definitely more cold (and I hate it there too) though less dark (I thought I grew up in a northerly part of the world but we get a good hour less of daylight in the morning and evening here around the winter solstice than I am used to).

And yes it's a different kind of cold: it's so wet here. It rarely gets cold enough to snow and honestly sometimes I wish it did because that would be less bad (or at least it would if people shoveled the sidewalks; there's a myth here that you're liable for injuries anyone incurs if you've made an attempt to clear the path in front of your property but you're not if you've just left the snow to be packed down into ice). The rain and ice along with the wind we often get here is worse than the crisp dry Minnesota cold.

And you get weeks of overcast winter skies here, regularly. I wouldn't mind the temperature so much if I ever saw the sun!

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Date: 2017-07-20 02:26 am (UTC)
umadoshi: (kittens - Claudia - green wall)
From: [personal profile] umadoshi
we use that towel to give her temporary permission to sit on the furniture with us.

What a sensible idea!

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Date: 2017-07-20 06:39 pm (UTC)
umadoshi: (kittens - Claudia - green wall)
From: [personal profile] umadoshi
The trainer suggested this technique particularly for travelers, so that your dog always has a familiar place to lie down.

Oh, that makes so much sense. ^_^

Well-trained dogs can do such nifty things!

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Date: 2017-07-20 02:40 am (UTC)
chanter_greenie: a cream-colored yellow Labrador lying at the top of a staircase, one paw draped over the top step (mellow yellow)
From: [personal profile] chanter_greenie
*hugs the lovely Bella dog!*

<3 for the you, too.

Re: Thanks!

Date: 2017-07-21 03:58 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] chanter_greenie
... Oh, dear. This is awkward and how. Bosco the lab was my big fuzzy waggy roommate and occasional literal lifesaver for eleven mostly wonderful years. He's been gone for almost four years now, and I still miss him like crazy.

*hugs Bella* <3 you, too. I know I said that upthread already, but given what I've just written, it bears repeating.

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Date: 2017-07-20 08:53 am (UTC)
luzula: a Luzula pilosa, or hairy wood-rush (Default)
From: [personal profile] luzula
I am imagining cute dog shenanigans in my head! : )

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Date: 2017-07-20 01:59 pm (UTC)
susanreads: my avatar, a white woman with brown hair and glasses (Default)
From: [personal profile] susanreads
I think you have to upload images separately (with the Dreamwidth tool in your sidebar) before you can insert them into a post.

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Date: 2017-07-20 07:32 pm (UTC)
bibliofile: Fan & papers in a stack (from my own photo) (Default)
From: [personal profile] bibliofile
Yay, doggiepost! Doggie shenanigans are fabulous, and Bella sounds like a very fine dog indeed.

Yes, WisCon stirs up complex feelings & thoughts, so much. I keep forgetting that I could journal privately (on paper!) instead/too.

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Date: 2017-07-22 03:57 am (UTC)
sasha_feather: Retro-style poster of skier on pluto.   (Default)
From: [personal profile] sasha_feather
I felt so honored that she wanted to climb into my lap. What a great dog.

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