Monday, January 31, 2011

Menu Plan Monday

Nothing better than starting off the week with my menus planned & my grocery shopping done!  Since I'm so dang organized (hahaha!), I thought I'd link up to I'm an Organizing Junkie's Menu Plan Monday.  If you want some great menu ideas, click here to see who else is playing along this week.

London Broil with Balsamic Sauce
PW's Crash Hot Potatoes

BBQ Chicken on the grill (gotta love winter in Florida!)

Ben has Drum Lessons & Youth Group...we will grab something in between

PW's Quesadillas de Camerones
Mexican rice

BBQ Chicken Pizza

Date Night!

Super Bowl Cuban Sandwiches & other fixin's

Thursday, January 27, 2011

You Capture: Happy

I realize that if the current trend continues, I will have to rename this blog, "Bentley's Blog".  I can't help it, although Mr. B is many times a pain in the rear, he is undoubtedly very photogenic.

This week's You Capture topic is "Happy".   Now that I've (almost) forgiven Bentley for his little adventure on Saturday, I have to admit that in the midst of all the chaos, I really wished I had my camera with me, because let me tell you, that was one HAPPY dog!

But since I didn't have my camera with me on Saturday,  I'll share with you some of the other Happy Puppy shots I captured this week:

 Because of all of the wet weather we've had here in Florida this past week, we actually relaxed our usual "No Bentley Ball in the House" rule one morning.  

He seemed to know that if he "spazzed" with the ball as he normally does, the ball would go back outside.

I'm so happy he was able to relax & enjoy his ball time.

Just before another storm rolled in, my Bens were able to spend some time outside together.

I love to see these two together!

What a cute puppy!

and what an even cuter boy!

To see more You Capture photos click here.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

22 (or Bad Dog!)

Okay, remember yesterday when I was feeling sorry for this guy?

Today?  Notsomuch!

Now that our yard is a little drier, the pup & I got in some fun ball time this morning.  

As we do every morning. 

And noontime.  

And afternoon. 

 And evening.  

(this dog gets plenty of exercise & attention is what I'm getting at)

Later this morning, after Ben had left for the morning, some dumbass I left the front door open a few seconds too long & he went into escape mode. 

I don't know if you can tell from the pictures but Bentley is a BIG dog... and a fast dog.  His legs are long, his stride is quick & he has energy out the ying-yang.  I'm short, chubby & my legs are pretty short.

And I have no energy.

Thankfully Michael was home.

Off we both go!  

This is a GoogleMap of our street with our house marked with the A:

Here goes Bentley, stopping, of course to "mark" every few feet... 
just long enough for us to almost get to him.

If we run, he runs.  
If we call to him, he laughs.

Do you see where he ended up?!  In our neighbors backyard.  

Our neighbors who we've never met, btw.  Thankfully Mr. Neighborman was friendly & invited us to "Come on back" to to catch our canine friend.

With 3 of us chasing him, he began to really get going...

See those red xes?  Those would be the doors to Mr. Neighborman's pool enclosure.

Yep, you guessed it.

Perfect!  I stand at one door, Michael stands at the other.  He's trapped!


Bentley Thatpainintheassdog runs right THROUGH THEIR SCREEN
 ENCLOSURE and kept on going!!!!


By this time Mr. Neighborman is obviously kind of sick of our Marley & Me Escapades & he proposes to open his OTHER gate.  So Michael stands just outside that gate ready to go... 

Unfortunately, Bentley Thatpainintheassdog snuck on by & continued his adventures.  As we continue our chase, Mr. Neighborman waves at us & smiles, "Good luck!" he says.


 After half an hour of calling, chasing, laughing & cursing, which at some 
points involved Michael trying to cut Thatpainintheassdog off in his truck, 
Thatpainintheassdog finally got tired. 

 He hung his head & surrendered to Michael of his own fruition.

I'm pretty sure it was the best morning of Thatpainintheassdog's life.

He will be dreaming of it for years to come.

I will start looking for a good obedience school on Monday.


Friday, January 21, 2011

21 (or Sad Dog)

We've had a lot of rain here the past couple of days & our yard is nothing but mud & puddles, so we've had to take Bentley on long walks for exercise instead of letting him play with his ball outside.

So he sits and stares.  For. hours.

Until he gives up.  And lies down.

With a great big "Woah is me" sigh.

Poor puppy!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

20 (or You Capture-Circles)

This week's You Capture theme was Circles.  I decided to photograph the "circle" I spend the most time with these days, Bentley's ball.

Bentley's gross, disgusting ball.

That we throw a billion times a day.

Here's the "ball graveyard" in the corner of our yard.

 Bentley won't touch these balls anymore.  I really need to throw them away.

He's "serially monogamous" with his balls.  

Right now this orange one is his favorite.

To see more of this week's You Capture Challenge photos click here.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

19 (or Not Fair!)

My sister-in-law & nephew came into town this past weekend.  While they were here, Megan was playing around with them & my camera.  She captured these beautiful shots of the blue-eyed boys.

Gorgeous.  Eyelashes.
Wasted on boys!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

18 (or Say It Ain't So!)

Regis is retiring.

I have watched Reege ever since college.  I planned my college classes around getting to watch "Host Chat". I DVR it everyday, even though I usually catch it as it's aired.  When our local station stopped airing it live this fall, it threw my whole lives schedule out of whack. 

 Sad, I know.  

I will miss him.

Monday, January 17, 2011

17 (or As Heard Around Our House)

While watching Arthur on Netflix with Ben:

Me:  Recognize her?
Ben: No, should I?
Me:  She's Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz's daughter.
Ben (not really caring):  Oh, cool.
Me:  And she's in that show...
Ben: What show?
Me:  You know, that show we like.  She plays the friend of the mother who dates the son.
Ben:  Huh?
Me:  You know, the show we like about the dysfunctional family.
Ben:  Modern Family?
Me:  No, it's an older show.  You know that show they are going to make into a movie, then they aren't going to make a movie, then they are going to make the movie.
Ben:  Mom, use words.
Me:  You know, the show with Jason Bateman.
Ben:  Who's Jason Bateman?
Me:  You know the show!  There's a mom with a name then this lady plays her friend who isn't really her friend who has the same name.  And she dates the lady with the name's slow son...
Ben:  Arrested Development?
Me:  Yes!  Arrested Develpment!

I would like to say this conversation is highly unusual.  But unfortunately, it happens in some form or another every day.  Why are words so hard?

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Saturday, January 15, 2011

15 (or Bull!)

Not trying to be difficult. But I'll always be a Taurus.


Just sayin'!

Friday, January 14, 2011