-A mostly true journey of a girl, her man and their three kids; all trying to live harmoniously in a house somewhere in Utah. Names and exact locations may be changed in order to protect the grouchy.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Secret Subject Swap- May!


It's MAY!! Time for the SSS! Sunday is Mother's Day. It is supposed to be sunny and in the 80's! Wha? I know, right? Magnificent.


If you're a regular reader, you know that the Secret Subject Swap is a collaboration between various bloggers. We receive secret topics from a blogger in an e-mail and put our own spin on the subjects. The 12 blogs participating this time are listed at the end of this post. Go have a look and leave a comment. It will make my our day! :)

My Secret Subject this month was:  Tell me about your day.  From someone else's point of view.
It was submitted by: www.eviljoyspeaks.wordpress.com  She's on FB and Twitter too! Go to her page and hook yourself up :)

Here, dear friends, is a look at a typical day in my life...as told by Henry and Lila, my dogs. I figured they'd be as good as any one to describe to you what goes down here. They are the only ones with me 24/7.

Henry and Lila, it's all yours. Be kind. Remember, I feed you.
Henry: What should we say? Huh? Huh? Where should we start? When do I get to talk about mama? Huh? Huh?
Lila: Henry. Chill. I am 49 years old. She's not our real mother. We're doing this for purely selfish reasons. "Mom" just made gravy ice-cream. If we get this over with, it will be all ours. Let's see....


Lila: Mom's Day starts off the same. She says she is a morning person, but I'm going to go ahead and disagree. She fights getting up. Let's face it. The woman loves her sleep. Maybe that's why we love her...

Henry: I start to smell the coffee pot and know it's time for our food too. Get up mom! Get up! Are you ready? Huh? Let's get up!
Lila: Yes, please take your time, dear woman. It's not like I'm wasting away or anything...


Lila: After breakfast, it's chore time. Mom does the laundry and sweeps up all of our dog hair. She loves that so much she does it about three times every day. Today, she decides to bake cookies for our brother's teachers. I hope they don't want the recipe; those things came in frozen balls out of a box.. I'm surprised she took the time to divide them before throwing them in the oven. I only sound like I don't care because we're not allowed to eat chocolate. The next time the woman makes dog biscuits, I'll be sure to write down the recipe.


Henry: Mom went to get the mail. Where did she go? When is she coming back? Why can't I see her? Will I still get a snack? Are you going to look at me?


Lila: Calm down, brother. she's right there. Taking pictures of our sadness. How dare she think us missing her would make a nice photo op? I'm very upset right now. I need a nap. Let the woman clean while we sleep. Quick! Off to the sofa!


3 hours later......Mom decides to sneak downstairs to practice yoga. Without us.


Lila: She won't miss her Swiffer at all, will she? What? You don't think I did this, do you?



Henry: Lila said to tell you I did this...


Mom is cooking dinner, so we are wrestling with each other til she tells us to stop.


Lila: You know, the woman has 4 bathrooms. She cleans them all. She's always complaining about the family missing the seat and that she has to clean up their mess. They still get to pee in the house! Henry poops on the carpet and we both get sent to the bedroom. Life is so unfair. I may run away. After dinner.


Lila: No, We're not in jail. We get the whole top two floors of the house. Mom is down in her shop working. If we sit here long enough, she'll miss us and come up. She'll probably give us steak, but probably not. Dang milk bones...

Henry: She'll be right back, Where did she go? I can't see her! Who are we looking for  again? Did you say steak? Hmm?


Lila: I bet you guessed. No steak. Only lonely bowls of Puppy Chow. Mom tried to slip us some beef chunks from the stew, but it felt like an empty hug. Don't get me wrong, I ate it. I'm not a fool.
Henry: We got food and water and special beef! I love life! I think I'll sleep.


Lila: Oh yeah! Our favorite time of the day! Walking with mom rocks. I'm kind of slow, she's kind of slow...
Henry: I can't believe we're going to walk! I love to walk. I love to walk really fast. You said I could lead this time. It's almost dark. Let. Us. Gooooo!


Henry: That's it Lila! Move those trunks!
Lila: Wheeeeeeeeeeze.


Lila: All right. Mom said she had to write her blog. That's fine. I don't know why Henry is up here. He has a very nice bed on the floor with my name on it. If mom would just take the time to give me my belly rub, we could all move on and get our own stuff done.


Lila: Yeah. So thanks for coming. We'll get up tomorrow and do it all over again. After mom checks her work and makes sure all of her computer friends are comfy for the night, she'll slip under those covers and I'll be able to lay across her like the letter T. If she will just finish....That's right, Mamacita, close that window out. And that one. And your mail. If you hit that FB button, I'm going to start howling like there's no tomorrow. I need my shut eye....Come on, you can do it....

Henry: Hey dad! You, taking the pictures. You smell like food. Did you bring snacks? Are they for me? They are! I knew it! Can I have some? Why is everyone so tired? You want to watch basketball? Come over here. Show me some love!

Lila: Eh. Good night, peeps. 


Thanks once again to Evil Joy Speaks. That was a fun topic :)


If you are interested in joining us for the next Subject Swap, you can visit its creator, the wonderful Karen @ Baking in a Tornado. You can also read all about the swap by clicking on the SSS icon on the side of my blog.

Don't forget to check out this month's talented participants!

Baking in a Tornado                       
Chewylicious                   
Just a Little Nutty                    
follow me home             
Evil Joy Speaks             

Happy " Go Outside, Already!" Day, friends
-Michele

46 comments:

  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE this view from the dogs!!!! :D

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    1. THanks, Stacy. They rule our home! xox

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  2. I love this! This was funny and they are so cute! I'd be afraid of what my animals would say about my day! :-D

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    1. Trust me, I edited out all that they wanted to say...Hahaha. That would be frightening if they really could tell what goes on here. They'd be best sellers and I'd be on the 5 o'clock news!

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  3. Oh my goodness, are those pups ever cute! Also, you get a big cookie for the fact that your pj's match, I can't even do that with my socks these days. I can see your dogs live the hard life, they look like perfect partners in crime. This was a very cute idea. I would be in so much trouble if my cats could speak, yet I doubt they would be as witty as your dogs.

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    1. Cookie for matching pajamas! Woo Hoo. I live in my pjs. They had better match. You wouldn't believe how well the dogs get along. I can't imagine if we only recused one. Their personalities are totally based on the other dog. As for witty dogs, well they get that from their sister and brothers. XOX

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  4. I love how the dogs each reported on your day from their own perspectives and with their own personalities. But you really had me laughing with the Swiffer thing! XO

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    1. Swiffers every where! Can you imagine? Ack. Poor Henry. He gets blamed for everything because he is young and not smart enough to flee the scene. I know it's not always him..

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  5. Great post, shellybean! The dogs are adorable, and they for right in with the family. Lila is definitely the one who wears the pants in this dog relationship. Henry on the other hand... He's definitely something;) I can't imagine what our dogs think of us.. Watching Jo jump around playing Jedi, and Chris watching YouTube videos all day. I'm sure they've learned the term 'blog' by now. But mainly, I think they probably accept the fact that we are the hands that slip food under the table, tell them not to jump on our bends, but end up Falling asleep at the end of our feet. They were definitely meant for our family!
    P.s. the 1st picture is awesome! You're such a photographer!!
    P.s.s. how is your favori.... Middle child?! Miss his awesome hilarious wonderful sense of humor. Did he take that awesome picture?!? Probably...

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    1. Why thank you, Aligoose! You are a part of this family; of course the women wear the pants. I'm sorry about that first phot. Everyone, that was ALEX'S Instagram photo!!! It was lovely and served the perfect purpose. Hmmm...the middle child...let me think. Oh yes. He stopped his homework to edit this post. Wasn't that awesome? I'll have to remind him of that again later.
      You are equally awesome for commenting on your old mother's blog. <3 you.

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  6. I am so happy that Lila and Henry have joined your family. I often wonder what our Daisy thinks of all the goings-on in our household. I know she is an old an wise soul with an unending amount of patience.

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    1. It's like kids, Ann. It's hard to remember life before them. I think God was kind and good by not giving our precious pets voices. I would be in so much trouble! In all seriousness, our new fur babies have brought calm and emotional therapy to the people in this house. I'm beyond grateful....even when they're eating my cleaning supplies.

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  7. I love this!! I'm such a sucker for animals. This was such an excellent point of view. I wonder what my legion of fur people would say if they could. I might want to invest in some extra treats before they start spilling the beans. ;)
    Love the picture of Henry defending the eating of the Swiffer. Classic! :)

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    1. Tho dogs have made all of our family complete. I definitely have my bribe-worthy treats on hand at all times! Poor Henry. I know personally it was Lila. It just makes Henry all the sweeter for taking the fall. Lila loves him for it :)

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  8. This is FANTASTIC!! And the pictures are perfect. I always wonder what my dogs are thinking when they watch me all day long...now I think I know! You captured the differences in your little doggies' personalities so well. This was a great way to handle your prompt question-- I love it (laughing hard about that cookie comment.) Btw--I have the same laptop--Apples are da bomb!!! Love you!!! XO

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    1. Thank you Marcia, I'm all done crying from reading your beautiful post. Ugh. It was perfect. The dogs are like the kids. no two personalities are alike. As for the Apples? We are a Mac house ALL the way around. :)
      Love you too, mami! xox

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  9. I'm so happy you added doggies to the family and they look like they have been there their whole life...Shel I love reading your blogs, you are very talented Lady! have a great weekend!


    Brenda :)

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    1. Brenda!! It is always so good to see your name on the blog. I've missed you and don't see you on FB any more Where did you go? From one dog lover to another; I'm so glad you were able to read this post! I miss your guts, woman!

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    2. Well my dear, I always read your posts. But unlike you I am not the writer and have trouble writing replies, but like a fly on the wall I'm always here. I have given up on facebook to much trouble with silly people...But Love love your Blogs....Keep up the good work...

      Brenda

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    3. The fact that you keep reading makes my day. You were such an important part of my world those last few years in Michigan. You helped me with Alex when I didn't have a clue! Sorry about your FB, I've hidden a time or two myself. Know that I love and miss you very much <3

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  10. I loved this!!! This was awesome! You did a great job. The younger dog can't concentrate lol. So funny

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    1. Henry has ADD like the head of this household...We are all over the place! Thanks for commenting. I'm so glad to get to meet new swap pals!

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  11. This is hilarious. I love your approach! And the dogs are beyond adorable (esp Lila).

    I DO have to wonder: HOW do you sleep with Lila on top of you? She's a husky one, eh?

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    1. Hahhahahaha! Lila is HUGE! Between she and my husband, sleeping is pretty ridiculous. I usually find a tiny sliver of bed between the two of them... Lila is old and wise...she has me all figured out. :) Thanks for commenting. I absolutely love your blog. I'll be checking in on you soon! :)

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  12. OMgoodness! SO. MUCH. CUTENESS.

    I always sit and think what my dogs voices (all 3) would sound like. And what they would say about ME! Now I'm thinking, no. ;)

    Seriously want to come visit you. And the puppies. Oh, and the man and kids too. Someday, I guess.

    Love this my F.F <3

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    1. I'd absolutely love that, Nick Nack. In fact, I absolutely NEED that. It's been a hard little while, for sure. We need to gab soon. @the dogs. I always tell the kids about how Fuzzy used to smile at us. I loved that dog. Thank GOODNESS HE couldn't talk. Hahahaha!
      Love you.

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  13. Thanks for answering my prompt! I love it!!!! And the photos are beautiful! (And you're a rock start - I only sweep like once a day...)

    Love love love - I can hear my puppy talking like Henry and my older Shadow talking like Lila - exactly.....

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    1. Thanks for the prompt. It was the first time I received one where I knew exactly what I was going to write about. I'm ANYTHING but a rock star-I just hate carpet. WHen I can fill the canister from dog hair, I go a wee bit crazy. Eh.
      I'm now going to have to stalk your blog looking for your dogs. I've decided I quite Love dog people :)

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  14. Wow, seeing it all from their perspective I must say our dogs have a great life even if they don't always get steak to eat in bed. Good job on including the wheeze from Lila but you left out the snoring! She took the crown from me for the loudest sleeper in the house. They should be very complementarity of their Mamacita since she does take such good care of them. Great pictures and a great post!

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    1. Yes, their lives don't "suck". We're pretty fortunate to have them in our home.
      I want a steak to eat in bed too! The snoring can't be talked about at the present time...I'm exhausted, man!
      Thanks for finding the time to write this. I know your days have been long ones...<3

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  15. Double M... "Pete & Re-Pete" (H & L) look like they have just fit right in. It's amazing what love will do for an animal. Cute story... While reading it, I just can't help but think of my old crew of four, and now there is just Toby, but they were always fun & entertaining.

    Enjoyed!!! Have a great weekend. Happy Mother's Day. Always Smile, Slu

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    1. Slu, Henry and Lila made themselves quite comfortable right away :) They have made our family closer (It's us against them!). I'm hoping they will be around for years. They make for good blog material.
      Send our Mother's Day wishes on to Donna. I hope your weekend is a wonderful one.
      Always Smiling, MM

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  16. Hilarious. I've often wanted to write about life from our dogs' perspectives, but now I'd be too embarrassed to try and follow that.
    p.s.I have learned so many new things from just reading your sidebar. Thanks!

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    1. You are too funny. I must know what your dogs have to say! Explain the sidebar. I hope you are learning only good things!!

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  17. this was just awesome babe, I always wondcered what my Balboa thinks about all of us. I can only imagine... LOVED IT....

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    1. Thank you, girl. I'm always so glad to see you've stopped by the blog. Right now the dogs are hoping I haven't written about them. I just got back from the grocery to find the garbage strewn all over...... :(

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  18. Beyond cute! Loved reading this :) It WAS fun joining in the secret subject swap.

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    1. Aw, thanks so much. I hope you sign up again. It's fun getting to know new bloggers!

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  19. I WANT A DOG!!! *throws epic fit*

    I love how you did this. It was very clever. Good job!

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    1. I want you to have a dog too! (Rolling right along with you!)
      Thanks, girl. Sometimes I feel as if I'm reaching a bit too far... Hahaha
      xox

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  20. Sounds like you have great days with your pups. They are so cute.

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    1. They have added a completely new dynamic to our home, Dawn. It's been busy, but wonderful.

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  21. I love your posts! We are heading down the dog route when our building work is finished - help, help, help!!! I know I will end up walking , poop picking, feeding , brushing up the hair ( 3 times a day cus I love it not) - a mum's job ?!! I shall need advice ...... XXX

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    1. Thanks, CLaire. I can't wait until your addition is completed and you get that dog. It's a pain in the butt sometimes, but your children will be over the moon. All the advice you'll never want to hear...it's always available right on this blog! XX

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  22. Aww!! They're just adorable! I love how doggies always look mournful if you're out of their sights for more than 3.5 seconds!!

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    1. Roshni, they learned how to pout from the children....or was it me? Hahah. Their faces are full of personality. Lilia, the big dog loves to smile. I'm sure she's panting, but she looks like she's giggling.

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