Thursday, February 9, 2006

See my new hit counter?

Here's Sadie in another of her favorite spots, under the table.

I finally gave up on AOL's hit counter and went and got my own.  I chose the tiniest one I could find.

It was bitter cold this morning, and since we were going shopping, we skipped our walk, which we rarely do.  I wanted to go back to Pennies and, hopefully, find a bargain-priced coat.  The coats they had left were indeed bargains, but there wasn't much selection after several days of clearance sales.  Across the street at Sears, though, I found a suitable one for $29.  Nothing fancy, but it'll do.

We ate Italian at Zio's, our first time there.  I'd wanted Olive Garden, but it wasn't in the vicinity.

Now, let me share some "fat person" mentality with you:  Cliff and I have been doing great at buying one meal, asking for an extra plate, and sharing the meal.  However, having never been to Zio's, we had no idea what size portions we'd get.  So we both caved in and each got our own meal.  As if we'd have starved had the portion not been enough to fill us up.  I mean, we could have come home and eaten something else if we were still hungry after the meal.  Fat person mentality.

So, we'd both gotten about halfway through our meal (huge portions) and realized it was too much.  In times past, being full wasn't a reason to stop eating, but we've come a long way, baby.  We'll both have Italian for supper tonight.  And yes, the next time we eat out, we WILL split one meal.

Sadie was in the house alone for about five hours, and she was so happy to see us.  Mandy never acted like this, and I'm still getting used to being the cause of such tail-wagging joy.  Mandy, in fact, didn't wag her tail as far as I can remember.

Our morning walks are the highlight of Sadie's days, and I started feeling guilty that she hadn't had her run in the pasture.  So I left Cliff watching "Cops", and the dog and I had our exercise.  She ran circles around me; if I walk two miles, she must get at least double that.

Good news:  My friend Joanna, with whom I spent a week in 2004, is coming to visit  me the first weekend in April!  She's one of the wonderful people I've met on the Internet who has become a real-life buddy.  She showed me around Washington, DC, so I guess it's my turn to show her around my pasture.  Actually she's anxious to see the people and critters I talk about in my journal; and I'm anxious for her to meet them.

17 comments:

robinngabster said...

A tail waggin dog is good for the soul!!!  What did you and Cliff have to eat? Did they serve bread and salad llike the Olive Garden?

deslily said...

how nice your friend is coming for a visit!  When i lived in CA i met a few friends that i had made via the computer and i was never disappointed.. i still have contacts with them..

i think Sadie's tail wagging is showing you just how much she needs you!  animals don't seem to have to work very hard to wiggle their way into our lives do they?!

ksquester said...

I love Zio's. I always order my own meal and take home leftovers. Something is wonderful about NOT having to cook again for the next meal. I am glad your friend is coming for a visit in April.   Anne

redpoppy007 said...

she is such a pretty dog.  i know she is a keeper.

bnanajm said...

I can't wait to come and meet Sadie and Blue.  Oh yeah, I'll be so happy to see you too.  I really am excited to be coming.

ora4uk said...

Like Sadie...our Max just gets giddy when we come home....tail goes flapping and eyes light up....and she jumps up into the chair because she knows it is hard for me to bend over....LOL....I think Sadie and Max would have good times together....and have a nice visit with JoAnna......Hugs from KY...Ora

cyandfayedavis said...

We've resorted to sharing a meal also.  Just can't eat like we once could.   What a lucky friend to be invited to your pasture.  I know it is more inviting than Washington.  I would want to see the cabin, the railroad track and the river.

chat2missie said...

I'll say your counter is small! LOL
Missie

artloner said...

Of course she's glad to see you! Your hands smell like garlic bread! LOLLL She loves you, Doodus. ;)  No comment on the "fat person mentality".  I think I have it.

xoxoxo,
andi

artloner said...

ps: what's that little red guy there on the floor???  MieMoe picks out the red ones too.  LOLLLLL

andi

csandhollow said...

She sure has wormed (I mean wagged) her way into that heart of yours!
I love Italian!

naturegirlfromny said...

You got so lucky with Sadie, some dogs come with such bad habits.  I like eating out too and usually have to bring the rest home.  Alot of resteraunts up here don't like sharing.  Hope you have a great visit with your friend.  Linda

ajoleblon said...

Sadie looks very "at home".  

shayshaydc said...

That Sadie is something else!! http://journals.aol.com/shayshaydc/Golfaholic
Sharon:)

siennastarr said...

Sadie is so darn cute!!  

I need to get a new counter too!  AOL started mine back at 0, so I just got rid of it.  

I hope you and your friend Joanne have a wonderful visit!  

Jackie

mutualaide said...

Oh I think it is so nice you will have a visitor!  Hit counter?  What hit counter?  Mine has been reset so many times since I started my journal that although I keep it there, I'm not sure why!  Love that dog.  She really is adorable.

mutualaide said...

Nevermind.  I found it!  So tiny!