Archive for December, 2011

Preparing for Pi

Pi at the shelter

So Christopher talked me into looking and here’s who I found. We named him Pi, like the mathematical symbol. I found him on the shelter website the day before Christmas and was disappointed to find that the shelter was closed; it was also closed on Monday, which caused me a bit of anxiety. So on Tuesday morning we sauntered over to the shelter and found a line; our hopes were that no one else was interested in the floppy-eared pup and as it turned out, no one was. However, he was not available for adoption until Wednesday. We received an official blue paper with his ID number on it and were told to come back. Bright and early on Wednesday morning we were again in line at the shelter door and eagerly presented our official blue paper, after which we were taken to his cage. We went into the play enclosure and he was brought in to us. We romped for a moment before Christopher grabbed him and carried him to the counter, where we announced that we were adopting him. A shelter official promptly appeared with a menacing hypodermic which we discovered contained an identification chip; the soon-to-be our pet was tagged, we paid, and he was whisked off to the vet for checking and neutering. We pick him up tomorrow.

So what does a soon-to-be family of a dog do with nearly 24 hours of free time before he arrives? Shop, of course. Off to the home improvement store to find substitutes for the pieces of fence which disappeared due to Santa Ana winds. Off to the pet emporium to buy far too many things including puppy food, a puppy bed for the crate we already have, harnesses, leashes, collars for the bling of his nametag and chip ID badge, the aforementioned nametag (engraved with our name, contact number and his name of course) toys, puppy-rearing magazines since it’s been years since either Christopher or I have had a puppy, pee-pee pads, odor and stain remover, and I can’t remember what-all else. We are well-stocked for Pi’s arrival tomorrow.

Hopefully he’s ready for us.

Thursday, December 29th, 2011 Animal Chronicles No Comments

Christmas, 2011

Yep. It’s been oh, a century or so since we’ve had updates here. Life has mysteriously continued to thrive on the planet, despite the fact that we’ve been generally absent from the blogosphere. Funny.

It’s Christmas 2011 and time for that end-of-year update. We managed to slip back East for a couple minutes this summer; go figure we’d land in Philly during the heatwave. I don’t think I’ve ever dropped that much sweat in my entire life, but I digress. It was great seeing family and we stayed with my mom, who was probably glad this strange troupe of California bulls-in-a-chinashop left her home relatively intact at our departure. She lives a quiet existence and we took over her livingroom (Khalil slept there) and her extra bedroom, plus our electronic stuff was in the corner of her dining room and we asked for a decently-sized area in her freezer so we could bring back the usual accompaniment of goodies that are not sold west of the Mississippi. Speaking of frozen goodies, remind me to tell you of how we set the TSA in a fit at Philly Airport with a frozen log of pork roll…We saw a bunch of Sistrunks and a few Berrys, not to mention a handful of Salem-ites to whom we claim no formal familial affiliation (y’all who were at the park for music–you know who you are…). We participated in a good old-fashioned car chase too; it happened on our way to Salem through Bridgeton and it’s too good of a tale to put in writing, so the next time you visit San Bernardino be sure to ask one of us to tell you about it.

As the roses continue to bloom in our yard, the kids are getting older and we are getting…I don’t know what we’re getting. Forgetful, perhaps?

Speaking of getting, we are still working our way up to getting a dog. Photos will be posted once a suitable animal is found (and to be clear, suitable means he or she won’t kill or be killed by the three feline people who already co-habitate at the Neal abode).

As far as follow-up stories, Christopher is still working with KCAA radio. Khalil is going to be 17 in March and I am counting down the days to his 18th birthday. I’m still at Azusa Pacific University but am working on the Azusa campus this year instead of at the Center as I’ve done since 2007. Learning continues for us all, but no new degrees in the house this year.

That about sums it up for now. ┬áBe well and enjoy life. We find that it gets shorter every day, so you better get your jollies while you can and leave misery somewhere else. It’s tough sometimes, but all we can do is try, right? Until next time, we’ll leave the light on for ya.


Wednesday, December 21st, 2011 Annual Updates No Comments