Category Archive: India the Pom

Jan 24

India in the snow

Here’s India in the snow:
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Sep 25

a splendid birthday…

…is comprised of:

  • the guy at Starbucks saying “That’s not you!” upon seeing the picture on your credit card, and upon being told that it, in fact, was me, only *20* years ago (in college) saying “WOW. You look much better now!”. And giving me a free mocha.
  • a delicious lunch out with new work colleagues at Sandwich in Chapel Hill (a restaurant I’ve been meaning to try forever) — grilled cheese with shaved beef and prune preserves — yum!
  • a delivery to my office of my favorite flowers (gerber daisies and roses) that were sent by aklikins
  • bonus mid-afternoon birthday cookies from work folks
  • cards and presents (from dtnorman and Adrian’s parents and sister and my aunt and uncle) in the mail (one of the presents from my Dad was a tiny remote-controlled Mini Cooper… as it turns out, I don’t have a puppy after all, I have a cat!! You should have seen her trying to catch it and batting it around!)
  • dinner out with aklikins at Rue Cler — more yummy!
  • presents from aklikins — including a new laptop with a touchscreen that is *neato* (and I just want to play with it now!!). And a remote-controlled WALL*E (who falls over rather drunkenly a lot, which is funny) !! And lots of other really swell stuff!!



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Jan 02

(only three holidays too late)

Herself, in her spider getup.  :-)

India the pomeranian in her Spider costume

India the pomeranian in her Spider costume

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Dec 18

India, walking for a treat

Ignore me sounding extremely silly. Focus on the puppy. So cute, the puppy. :-)


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Dec 04

A pomeranian, post-bath

A silly video of India after her bath, doing the “snorgling” thing:

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Oct 02

Puppy love

Does anyone know of someone who will either (a) come stay in my house while I’m away to take care of India or (b) board her in a non-caged setting (she can be baby-gated in a room, but her “Granny”, a.k.a. my mom, has put the kibosh on kenneling her in a standard kennel).  This does *not* have to be an official boarding service…someone who does it on the side would be great.

She’s “piddle pad” trained (though I would keep her on a tiled area if you’re away) and isn’t difficult, really.  Very affectionate little beastie, too.

The immediate need is from this Friday afternoon (10/5) to this Sunday (10/7) and the weekend after (10/12-10/14), but I also would like to know someone for future aways…

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Jul 05

Is it bad that I use my puppy as a portable wet vac?

I just lifted the pup off the floor so she could lick up a little milk I spilled on the arm of my desk chair at home.  Is that a bad thing…?

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Jun 10

Stories & truths

There are a lot of things that I say about myself that — in my head, over a long, long span of time — have become somewhat apocryphal.  The allergies thing was a good example of that … I’d spent so long telling people that I had atrocious allergies that I’d started to believe I was exaggerating.  Going back to the allergist and hearing him say that I really do have some of the worst allergies he’s seen reminded me that things I’ve said about my allergies were’t exaggerated for the point of good story-telling (not that I don’t do that too), but were, in fact, grounded in reality.  (Oh, the shock).

I had another one of those things happen last night.  I tell people I have a distinctive laugh (in fact, I think it’s been part of my personals ads), but again, over time I’d come to think of that as an overstatement … based on comments people had made, sure, but not necessarily “reality.”

There do exist some old recordings of shows (in very tiny venues) where there’s lots of back and forth banter and audience participation and whatnot and you *can* hear my laugh in those.  But in the past several years I’d written that off as bad data, in that the people who were telling me this were good friends who, of course, would recognize my laugh… I could recognize theirs in the same sessions, so no biggie, right?

One of those shows was by Tim Easton, perhaps my most favorite singer/songerwriter ever.  I had a chance to go see him last night (for the first time in three years, probably?), and I was surprised, amazed and pleased as punch when, post-show, Tim came out to talk to folks, spotted me, smiled and said:  “There you are!  I could hear you laugh and was so glad you were here!”

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May 31

More sad

One of my friends (John, who pulls together the music jams I sing with sometimes) just lost a pup to cancer.  It’s strange to me because I’ve never “attached” myself to dogs before.  I couldn’t have one, so there was no point in wanting one and so I just mentally distanced myself from the whole species.  Now that I’ve got India, I’ve found my whole puppy universe has blossomed and I pretty much love all dogs.  There are dogs that are more “my type”, for sure, but I’ll be darned if I won’t sit around and watch dog shows these days.

So the news about Minor hit me hard.  He’d always been John’s-dog-who-made-me-sneeze, but somehow in the last year I’ve grown to appreciate what an amazing bond he and John had and what a generous spirit Minor had (allowed all these *strangers* to come in his house every month and make a ruckus!).  His passing was not unexpected, but I don’t think it makes it any easier.

My heart goes out to John, who has lost two dear pup friends in the space of a few short months.

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May 14

Perhaps a change is needed…

So I’ve gotten in the habit of telling India “No!” when she’s barking and she shouldn’t be (…though I do wish I had to tell her less often…working on that).

I set Roo to cleaning this afternoon, and just now returned to the bedroom to find him beeping at me (the “I’m full” beep).  So I took the dustbin out and started to empty it in the trash… Roo continued to beep (’cause now he had no dustbin) and I’ll be darned if I didn’t tell *my Roomba* “No!”.

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May 07

If you’re bored…

A few pics of India are entered into the local news channel’s pet photo contest.  There are three — feel free to shower her with “paws” (the voting icon).

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Dec 08

My puppy is *famous*

Check out The Daily Puppy!!!

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Dec 07

India, some more

So, I found some more “baby” pictures of India, and finally got around to uploading some of the ones I took this fall. They’re here (and on the following page of the album).

She and I are about to go on a major undertaking — her first plane trip. The normal Christmas confusion (who’s going where when to see whom) seems to have been resolved, and (I think) the plan is that Jeff and I’ll head to Charlotte on the 15th for the Annual Normal Family Dysfunctional Christmas Shindig (aka the ANFDCS), then on the 22nd Jeff’ll head to Oscoda (Michigan) to see his people, while I’ll head back to Charlotte to have more quality time with my people (including the non-Norman side of the family). The puppy will go with me, and from Charlotte she and I will fly to NYC (geep! first plane trip!) to meet Jeff on Christmas Eve. We all will be there from Christmas through New Years. This should be, if nothing else, novel, as I’ve never travelled with Little Girl before. (But just think! There’s an entire state that hasn’t seen her cuteness yet! ;-)

So meanwhile back at the ranch, I’ve got two weekends left to figure out how to travel with India; finish shopping, pack and wrap everything; pack my own gear (which is always — and in spite of the intricate planning systems I have — way more stressful than it needs to be); find an outfit for the ANFDCS; and in general somehow find a way to get in a Merry Mood. I’m working on it….

Here, help me out…

What are your favorite Christmas/Winter Holiday Carols/Songs? (Choose 3)
Jingle Bells
Winter Wonderland
Oh Holy Night
Carol of the Bells
Silent Night
Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
Oh Tannenbaum
Oh Little Town of Bethlehem
The Holly & The Ivy
Va-hoo Gloray (the one the Whos down in Whoville sing)
You’re a Mean One, Mr Grinch
The David Bowie/Bing Crosby Version of Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth
Arrogance’s version of Little Drummer Boy
Deck the Halls
Frosty the Snowman
Do You Hear What I Hea
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
The Barenaked Ladies/Sarah McLaughlin version of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”
Hark the Heralds, Angels Sing
Joy to the World

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Oct 30

Vampire puppy

I thought you might want to see pics of India in costume from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation walk on Saturday:

Needless to say, she was a huge hit amongst the youngsters (and adults for that matter) at the walk.  We walked the whole three miles (ok, except for the last couple hundred yards, when I carried her), and got tiny pieces of hot dog as a treat at the end (more accurately, I got two hot dogs, and shared tiny pieces with her).

Thank you again for your generous contributions — together we raised more than $600 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation!

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Oct 27

Last chance to help out! (and apologies for asking again…)

First off — THANK YOU to all the folks who’ve donated already!

I’m sending out one more “pleeeeease” to the universe  (or at least those of you who’ve got the dubious distinction of being friends) and asking again for your support for my walk in the JDRF Walk for The Cure (TOMORROW! Sat. Oct. 28th!).

As an additional incentive (or perhaps just because it amuses me), I’ve decided that I’m walking in costume (Draculette) and that my wee pup India will be walking (/bouncing) with me, dressed as a bat.

In my Martha-ness, I’ve handmade her little wings (which I daresay are TEH CUTE!), and, of course, I am planning on toting her should she become plum tuckered.

So, why don’t you join me!?  Heckle me!  Support me!

Please visit my Walk Web page if you would like to donate online or see how close I am to reaching my personal goal!

Thanks in advance!

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