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Monday, July 7, 2014




Hope everyone had a great weekend and all my friends in the states were able to stay out of the emergency room over the 4th of July. The weekend moved much faster than I did, so my grand images of me getting 3 weeks worth of work done in 3 days didn't exactly happen. But it worked out because other things got done and mostly spending time together simply took over - which is way better than tackling projects anyway. We had a nice and mellow 4th celebration. It was just me and M+L, I wasn't sure how our puppers Marla would handle fireworks, so we stayed close to home and kept our fireworks small and simple. Ironically, however, while Marla is afraid of shadows and garbage trucks and leaves and flies and trash cans and wind and sun and rain - she wasn't the least bit put off by the crackling and whistling and booming sounds of fireworks exploding all over the city.  But it turned out to be just perfect, besides I wouldn't call myself an overly patriotic person, I definitely celebrate the 4th more as a welcoming of summer and sunshine and that we did. We went for a long walk in the blistering sun, dipped our toes in cold water from the hose and had the traditional fare of hot dogs/potato salad/watermelon/ice cream, of course ending it all with some fountains and sparklers and, my personal favorite, smoke bombs and snakes. 

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  1. Marla sounds just like our beagle Lucy. Scared of balls and garbage and napkins on the ground and doors opening and doors closing and cutting boards and the shower, but not thunder. ;) We did go to the emergency room on the 4th! But well before any firework shenanigans. Whew! Patriotism is a funny thing. All my neighbors put out flags (we never replaced our 13 colony flag after it finally shredded) and I'm more like: go read the Declaration of Independence, let's grill some burgers!

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    1. thunder doesn't bother marla at all either! still i thought fireworks might spook her a bit, but she loved just sitting outside in the grass as if nothing was going on at all.

      so glad neel is okay! and that it wasn't firework related, a friend of mine was at a popular spot and saw someone get pretty hurt when a firework malfunctioned. scary stuff.

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  2. Glad you got moving on some other things over the weekend. I have been using the weekends to furiously clean instead of relax and I think it all caught up to me on Sunday - I couldn't budge an inch from my couch. Aren't animals funny? I found out this weekend that Ryon is scared of trash cans. People whizzing by on trucks, bikes, with dogs - no problem. A trash can that doesn't move or make any noise? Scariest thing on earth

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    1. it catches up with me too. that's why i am so good at starting projects . . . finishing them is another story all together. but this is something i have to finish, using our third bedroom for a make-shift landfill is not going to work for me for very long! animals are so funny aren't they. but then i guess we are too. i never think twice about walking around amongst people (the scariest animals in the world) but put in a thick of trees and all i can think about are bears!

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  3. Sounds like a lovely family weekend! We sort of forgot about the 4th--- I guess that happens being expats…

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    1. i hope to be an expat someday! though i might still have to find some watermelon and sparklers on the 4th :)

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  4. Christine, the photo with the balloons is incredibly beautiful! I like your mention about not considering yourself overly patriotic. I'm not either, and as our national day is on the 1st of December, I usually use the occasion to welcome the holiday season. :)

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    1. thank you so much. it's a funny thing lighting all these fireworks. they are pretty i can't deny that, and celebrating is always good . . . but the 4th here is, well, so american. and as an american myself, i can still have a laugh at poking fun at these stereotypes, but getting wasted and blowing things up . . . in an ideal world independence days and the like should really be more mindful thinking of "how can we make this an even better place? and how can we learn from our mistakes?" but for ringing in the season, i am all for that. xo

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  5. i always have such grand plans for long weekends too, but time together always trumps that. your low-key celebration looks to have be perfect and i'm glad your pup handled it better than mine {she trembled and panted in the bathtub the entire night - it's her least favorite day of the year}.
    that image of your little one - face in hands - entranced by the sparkler is magical.

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    1. oh your poor puppers! i really expected ours to be the same but she didn't seem to even notice, in fact she seemed more relaxed than normal.

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  6. July 4th also happens to my my anniversary, so J and I always joke that on our first date there were fireworks ;) And that every year since, the fireworks are in our honor. Oddly this is the first year I didn't watch them on tv! I just realized that. It's illegal to sell fireworks in PA (at least it still was a few years ago) so everyone goes across the bridge to NJ to buy them and set them off in the street, haha. Your photos are so sweet. I love how spellbound M/L looks in that one top right photo! Brave boys (and Marla!)! xo

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    1. well, happy anniversary! i remember that now that you mention it. how ironic that fireworks are banned in PA! we only have really small fireworks here, but across the river washington sell the big ones, so that's what most people do. i quite enjoyed our little fountains this year, the 'rule follower' in me was happy - no worries about getting a ticket or heaven forbid starting a fire on someones roof! xo

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  7. Looks like a spectacular weekend. We had no fireworks as they are banned here in San Diego because it's so dry but I'm enjoying seeing everyone else's firework photos. :D

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  8. I think I'd love Marla. flies are definitely more scary than fireworks :)

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