Category Archives: Ollie the cockapoo

Readathon: update and mid-event survey

We’re over halfway through and I just finished my third book. What We See When We Read (Peter Mendelsund) will change the way I read FOREVER. It is a remarkable piece of writing/art and I will return to it often. Anyone who reads seriously, writes, watches films based on books, or thinks about perception will enjoy it

Here is a random two-page spread.

What We See When We Read by Peter Mendelsund. pp 154-5
What We See When We Read by Peter Mendelsund. pp 154-5

But more about me, LOL.

After I finished my last book, I fed my doggie and hit the shower. I got into one of my caftans. (My mother put me on to the Nanso brand of Finnish loungewear. I have a long-sleeved one for winter and sleeveless for summer.) I spritzed on some Orange-scented perfume, a gift from my French goddaughter, for the aromatherapeutic effects, and mixed myself a martini.


For supper I had a big bowl of chilled cooked shrimp, cocktail sauce, and more strawberries. It was kind of a red-themed meal. And them some jujubes for additional colour.


And speaking of colour, my next book up will be Tory Burch: In Color by Tory Burch. It’s a sort of coffee table book and I’m probably not all that interested in Tory Burch, but it fulfills a Goodreads challenge task AND will take my mind off the chaos that is my house at the moment by having me look at her house instead.

Mid-Event Survey

The Readathon peeps have created a little survey for participants to answer, so here’s mine.

1. What are you reading right now?
Technically, I am between books. But starting Tory Burch: In Color by Tory Burch now.

2. How many books have you read so far?

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamieson. I pre-read a few pages and I’m going to love this book.

4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
Just my dog, Ollie, bouncing for his dinner. I fed him.

My readathon pal dozes beside me.
My readathon pal dozes beside me.

5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
I have been pretty light on the chocolate. That may change as we move into the night time hours though.

Ollie’s first report card: “good job!”

Ollie, cozy in front of the fireplace.
Ollie, cozy in front of the fireplace.

Ollie is the darling cockapoo we adopted in the spring. He is a dream dog, although incredibly bonded to me hence “separation anxiety” is the deal I got with him. He basically follows me around the house all day and if I’m gone for any length of time, has a bit of a “seizure” when I return, jumping and yelping and spinning in circles.

We successfully left him with our older son when we travelled for two weeks. He went to work every day with Alex and they clearly bonded as well, as Ollie was a bit sorrowful when Alex returned him to me when we got back. So, basically he’s a serial monogamist.

We did a trial visit at a neighborhood doggie daycare for those times when I need to be away from home for more than a few hours. They kept him for an hour and he was apparently growly and not happy. They required another visit where Ollie was be better behaved before they could take him as a boarder/day care client.

Friends of mine who have a basset hound recommended that I try Parker Pet Care, an organization that they have used for years. Parker offers a free trial day, so I signed Ollie up for last Friday and dropped him off in the morning. The staff there are simply lovely and I felt good about leaving him in their care.

When I picked him up, I got a “report card” along with a couple of doggie treats in a gift bag.

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How cute is that?

I’ve booked him for a day of care while I’m off to Burlington on Wednesday. I’ll be asking for a “Cuddle Time” upgrade.