Please excuse the mess. I'm in the process of moving to a new server and new blogging software. It'll be a while before this place gets to be looking like normal again.
Monday, December 05, 2005

Other than my wedding, I don't think we had had family pictures taken since I was 8 or 9. My friend Kerry of K & R Photography took pictures of us all this weekend. Here are a few of the rough proofs:

Kelly • 06:58 AM • (1) Comments
Thursday, November 24, 2005

A Thanksgiving filled with firsts. First Thanksgiving in the new house. First time we've hosted Thanksgiving. First time using our new dining room table. First time using our good china and silverware.

Happy Thanksgiving!

The beautiful flowers from Mom and Dad Gifford
Kelly • 06:38 PM • (2) Comments
Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Our first snow in the new house. I thought we were just going to get a few flurries tomorrow morning, but the grass is covered already.

Kelly • 09:45 PM • (1) Comments

So I'm leaving my house this morning, feeling like I've forgotten something. Cisco's giving me this look like "what do you mean you're leaving me." (Which probably means he'll tear something up today.) I'm cruising along to work (my 55 minute drive took me all of 20 minutes today -- thank you to everyone who took today off), called the vet to get some tick preventative (we've pulled 3 ticks off of Berkley in the last couple of weeks), so over all it was a very productive morning.

I get to work, and I'm getting everything out of the car and oh look, I forgot my purse! So I have

DOH! We're off to a great start.

Of course I had to call Chris who after a good laugh agreed to take me out for lunch.

And in other randomness for this morning...

Happy Day before Thanksgiving!

Kelly • 08:13 AM • (1) Comments
Friday, November 18, 2005

Here are some of the pictures from last weekend. Click on the link and then use the next arrow to scroll through them:

Kelly • 04:42 PM • (1) Comments
Saturday, November 12, 2005

Berkley got his first Novice Standard Preferred Leg today! This weekends trial was in Leesburg and they're never that close to home so I figured it would good experience for him to get used to being in his crate and yes, he still did have to stay in his crate and behave when I came to get Cisco (we had major issues with this the first time I took them both to a trial). And if he was a giant pain, it was close enough I could take him home. Well, he did great! He dropped a bar and had weave issues in Jumpers, but did beautifully in Standard. Not only was it his first leg, but it was a clean run and he got first. Whoo Hoo!

Now Cisco, is another story. We had moments of brilliance and then we'd spaz out. Oh well tomorrow is another day...

Kelly • 06:12 PM • (1) Comments
Saturday, November 05, 2005

It's been a while since I've updated this. Lets see... My hair is now brown. I hadn't been happy with my last couple sets of highlights so I really didn't want to pay to have them touched up and my roots were coming in dark, so I went dark -- maybe I can get away from coloring my hair. probably not.

Last weekend Cisco qualified in Starters Pairs and Jumpers at the TAG trial in Sterling.

The first week at the new job was overwhelming. I started off the week in tears and ready to quit, but now it might be ok. I'm going to give it a chance. We'll have to wait and see how it goes.

Starting work on the family calendar this weekend. Thanks to everyone who sent in submissions.

Kelly • 11:33 AM • (1) Comments
Friday, October 28, 2005

for submissions for the Stracensky Family Calendar. If you haven't mailed 'em out yet, gotta do it today. The goal is to actually get the calendar out on time so if I don't have it next week, it's not getting in.

Kelly • 08:58 AM • (3) Comments
Saturday, October 22, 2005
Not done, but it's a start. Figured I'd change it up a bit.
Kelly • 05:15 PM • (2) Comments

Mom and dad have left Oklahoma. This is what they write:

We're in Nashville - on our way home (finally!!!!) Was able to use the wireless set up provided by Chris tonight - but couldn't locate any wireless networks in Oklahoma!!! Mom will give you a call on Sunday - we'll probably be home late tomorrow.

8 days until the due date for the 2006 Stracensky Family Calendar. Please remind any family members who may have not checked this blog lately (or ever).

And I'm up early waiting for the guys to come back and touch up the stain on the door. It's raining today, so I don't think they're going to get both the stain and the poly done today and I think it'll probably take all day for the stain to dry again. Ugh. Also LoJack is coming out to verify something with my car. They'll be here between 8 and 12. Cisco and I are heading out to help Kathy with an agility demo. Actually I might bring Berkley too, he could use the practice and she might need a dog to help administer the CGC test. Even though they've both passed, Berkley is definitely the better demo dog.

Happy wet and rainy Saturday! Oh and I turned the comments back to letting anyone comment. Hopefully I won't get too much spam, we'll see what happens.

Kelly • 08:58 AM • (2) Comments
Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Just some randomness:

  1. Dad's visiting his mom, that's why the family website hasn't been being updated daily. I think he took along his laptop hoping to find a hot spot and be able to get on and update it occassionaly. Maybe they don't have hot spots in Oklahoma? I hope he's having a good time out there.
  2. 11 days and counting until the pictures/recipies/submissions/whatever are due for the Stracensky Family Calendar. That's not a long time. So if you're sitting on your submission, better put it in the mail. Otherwise I fear we'll have the same picture of my brother eating his first birthday cake for every month. No offense Dave, but I'd love to see more of the family included! If you need my address, send me an e-mail.
  3. I've got a new job! Yay! It's going to be more responsibility and back into doing what I enjoy web development! I don't start officially until the 31st of October, but they've asked if I could start working on somethings now, so my official/unofficial start date is today -- they'll count today as my first day of employment even though it's only part time for the time being. I'm thinking this will be a great opportunity, I hope I'm right.
  4. Two friends lost dogs last week. My friend Kathy lost Ladybug who had gotten so weak that should could no longer get up on her own, so they had to put her down. And my friend Robyn's mom lost Pipen, a 14 year old poodle that was killed by another dog. My heart goes out to both of them.

Kelly • 10:40 AM • (1) Comments
Sunday, October 16, 2005

They were back on Friday with our new door to stain it. Well Friday ended up having a lot of moisture in the air and the stain never dried. We ended up Friday night with a single screw being the only thing to keep the front door from opening. As the stain started to dry, we noticed a bunch of areas that are going to need to be touched up. So hopefully in one one day we can get the stain touched up, the door poly-ed, and all the walls and trim touched up too. But the color is a lot closer to the original color.

They also had to replace the hardware as the previous painters managed to sand off the finish. Well, we had already replaced the hardware with a better set than what the builder installed. Fortunately, they ended up replacing it with the better quality stuff than what the house came with. (The builder is billing the painters.)

Friday Cisco's official NA certificate came in the mail. And his pictures are finally online. I haven't decided what, if anything I'm going to get. You can find them on Karen Hocker's Website. Go to this page and scroll down to the bottom, the one's that say Cisco are him.

Kelly • 04:26 PM • (1) Comments
Friday, October 07, 2005

We took Berkley to the internal medicine specialist yesterday. Our vet suspects that he may have inflamatory bowel disease. In her exam yesterday, she said he looks great: his coat looks great, his heart sounds great, everything feels good, and he's got great muscle tone.

She told me that we seem to be doing a fairly good job controlling everything with food and that we'd want to get our money out of the procedure and don't want to do it until he's having a episode. Based on our conversation, not only does she recommend the endoscopic biopsy that our vet recomended, but she also recommends doing a colonoscopy.

She sent us on our way with instructions to add a little fiber to his diet (either canned pumpkin -- not the pie filling or unflavored metamucil) and to call and schedule the proceudre if/when things flair up again.

Kelly • 09:36 AM • (1) Comments
Wednesday, October 05, 2005

I've been looking multiple times a day at Karen Hocker's website hoping that the photos for the Golden Retriever National Speciality Agility Trial have been posted.

I'm really hoping that she managed to get a good picture of Cisco. We have such great pictures of Berkley Tien Tran from the Bernese Mountain Dog National Speciality Agility Trial that we'd love to have something close of Cisco. I'm still debating about getting the Superman Cisco picture from Stewart Event Images.

Kelly • 10:16 AM • (1) Comments
Sunday, October 02, 2005

My Maid of Honor, Kelly got married yesterday. I couldn't be happier for her.

Here we are half way through the reception. I ask chris why he didn't tell me I had make-up under my eyes (happens every time I wear mascara). He said he thought I was just really tired. Ummmm... thanks Chris.

He lovely bridesmaids. Gotta love the flowers done by my friend Gerry at Petal's Edge

Kelly and Matt saying their vows.

Cutting the cake.

The candy buffet was a big hit. The tags were something I added to the press sheet when we ran the invites. They came out really nice.

The obligatory everyone who went to High School together picture.

Kelly • 08:48 AM • (1) Comments

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