Ch ch ch changes…

…What a crazy past few weeks. We’ve had a lot of unaccomplishments recently. Mr. Bowser has graduated….

Behold the graduate

from his intermediate doggie class. He was also named as “most improved” so we were really proud. This is a really spoiled dog, folks, So his accomplishment makes us proud.”

In other news, Trev is doing great in his job. Marjee took a new job, but not entirely leaving PBS. She still works as a consultant there, and in the mean time, is taking a role in shaping the direction of educational games.
Stuff around us is changing too…the season is amazing here!

My week as a single puppy parent

Mr. Trevor is off in Portland this week for a conference and a quick visit with his father. That means I’m managing my last full week at PBS along with two puppies. It is amazing how labor intensive they are! I certainly feel the work when Trevor is around, but somehow the calculus is such that minus Trevor they become quadruple, rather than simply double, the work. I’ve also noticed that their dynamic is somewhat different when Trevor is not around. For instance, I took Bowser for his obedience training yesterday and he was very vicious toward other dogs(it is as adorable as it sounds). The trainer thinks Bowser is extraordinarily protective of me, so without Trevor around, I saw a different side of Bowser. He was a maniac, but it is hard to take a 7lb killer seriously. Especially one with such a pretty coat.
Anyway, it has been nuts. I’m either cleaning up an unspeakable mess or trying to get someone to stop chewing on something. They are a handful. The thing is, as all dog lovers know, moments such as the one pictured above more than make up for it. I’ve been sick this past week and on my days home from work, they curled up next to me and were my partners in rest and recuperation. I would walk with them to China and back in a heartbeat.

It is official

I’ve accepted an offer to be the Director of Digital Media and Technology at the National Geographic’s JASON Project. It is a great chance for me to get involved with science media, especially science education games.

I am really going to miss many of the folks at PBS. It is always hard to leave friends and talented co-workers behind. That said, this is an amazing opportunity.

Winter pups

Trevor and I were able to spend some time in Milwaukee and Chicago for the holidays. The drive over was pleasant, and while we got a beautiful snowfall….
…it made the ride back home sort of rough. Plus, we had a young pup who was used to Virginia snow, which is different from WI and Chicago snow…

…so he had a little bit of a learning curve with his otherwise very successful training. Seeing Bowser interact with other dogs (or try to interact with other dogs who might not be interested in him) convinced us that he would do well with a buddy. For some time I had my eye on a pretty little lady who was rescued from a puppy mill, just like Bowser. So we welcome little Zelda, who will be 4 months old next week:

Zelda is half Pom, like Bowser, but she is also half Pekingese. She looks more like a Peke as you can see in the picture above, after her first bath. While she needed a bath, Bowser expedited the need for the baths because he got himself into something STINKY after a trip outside. Here is Zelda after she dried off, being a daddy’s girl:

As you can imagine, we have our hands full now that our family doubled in size, but we’ve also been having a blast. The two have such different personalities and they make us laugh. They tire each other out in a way that we humans can’t. It is good to see their progress as they grow into good canine citizens.

Trevor starts his classes again this week, and we look forward to our birthday season and the emergence of spring.

Bleh- meat pies

Anyone who has known me for about 24 hours knows that Tim Burton is my favorite Director. His new movie looks amazing, but Trevor has a policy against movies involving, well, cannibalism. Anywho- I did get to cut my own trailer for the movie, and I must say, allowing me to do so absolutely whet my appetite enough to try and get Trevor to change his mind. Enjoy my foray into trailer-making 😉

Meet Bowser

We are are excited to debut our newest family member. Bowser, is a 5 month old pomaranian. It was quite a adventure to get him, traveling to the border of West Virgina and Ohio. Here is a bit of footage of him being a puppy.

Coming to terms with the end of October

Holy Crow-where did the time go? Trevor and I had a whirlwind of a month. We booked our florist and reception/ceremony venue. We’ll be working with Urban Sense florists in Milwaukee and the wedding will be at the Milwaukee Public Museum.
We were really happy with the folks we met at both places and are confident that they will be great to work with. We are trying to involve our friends and family in ways that will showcase their talents. More on that later, but I do want to plug a new website set up by our friend Lisa, who will be making our guest book. Check out her gallery as her work is stunning.

After that, we were able to vacation a little at my parents’ cabin in Crivitz. The weekend was a blast and we are so grateful to everyone who braved the trek up there and missed a few folks who were unable to make it this year.

Aunt Kath Drops In

Last weekend my god mother dropped in here are some of the photographic highlights.

We caught a performance art thing at the Kennedy Center.

And passed a few notable buildings on the way to dinner.

Then we went back to our house to call it a night.

The next day we stopped off at the farmers market to pick up some lunch.

And then we stopped by my office to show my god mother where I work.

and then we visited the Occoquan craft fair. (It was very cute)

All in all it was a great weekend!