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crysania4
crysania4
Crysania
Mon, Jul. 7th, 2008 11:33 am
Fourth of July in Vermont, part 2

After lunch, the kids headed out on a train ride and David and I decided to go out on our own with Dahlia and have a relaxing afternoon. We knew that hiking was going to be a bit much, since Dahlia had had a lot of exercise and little sleep, so we opted to take it easy. We ended up at the Burgess Cemetery. David wanted to take some pictures of the gravestones with his new camera. It turned out that the entire cemetery was enclosed with a stone wall, so we let Dahlia off leash again. She wandered around, managing to get in the way of many of David's shots (I swear she's a camera whore!), and spending a lot of time wandering around where I was. At one point, a woman on a bike came into the cemetery and Dahlia rushed down to see her. The woman said she wasn't sure if she was going to growl or wag her tail. DUH. All you had to do was look at her to realize what she wanted. A pat on the head or back or something. Dahlia's body language always reads "hi come pet me I'll love you forever if you do!"

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We had a nice dinner of hotdogs and hamburgers (ironically not on the grill as David's mother decided that wasn't healthy...sad!). And then we all relaxed for the evening. It was nice and quiet after the kids went to bed!

Sunday morning we wandered up yet again to the playground to play some fetch. The kids all accompanied us this time and got involved in throwing one of her toys (since we couldn't find the baseball or the tennis ball of previous times). She was absolutely adorable carrying the toy up with her. We just handed it to her and she carried it almost the whole way.

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When we got back, David and I decided to take a little break from the kids and head up to Minard's Pond (a man-made pond that's the basis for the town's water supply) and walk in the woods. It was quiet and deserted, so we once again opted to let Dahlia off leash and see how she did. She was AWESOME! She stuck by us and when she wandered away a bit I'd call to her and tell her not to wander too far and she actually would turn to look at me and wait or come back to us. She's a really amazing dog.

The pond...ignore the lens flare. I forgot my lens hood!
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Giving Daddy a kiss:
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Slurp!
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Dirty nose!
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Back in the water
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The kids and David had lunch when we got back (I bowed out because I just don't like ham!) and then we were on the road. Of course, they had to do a few more silly things to poor Dahlia.

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Then we all headed out (the kids to the petting zoo, David and I to home). We stopped at our favourite ice cream/burger shop so I could get something to eat. Unfortunately, I got ignored. It was really annoying. I'm standing there, waiting to order and everyone ELSE is getting waited on. Finally when the owner said "go wait on that woman in the hat" (please note: I was NOT wearing a hat!) I threw my hands up and left. They tried to call me back through the window and I just wasn't having any of it. They really pissed me off and turned me off to the place. Luckily for us, we ended up going to this little kind of shanty "village" and had BBQ chicken and ice cream. The owner was an AWESOME guy. He helped get Dahlia out of the car, served her water before he took my order (he LOVES dogs), and then gave me a few piece of chicken to feed to her. Really nice guy. Good food and cool people. We're glad we stopped there!

The ride back was uneventful and we arrived home around 8:30pm. Long weekend, but a lot of fun!

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a_kosmos
a_kosmos
Scheherazade is my patron saint.
Mon, Jul. 7th, 2008 04:42 pm (UTC)

I love the photos of her in the cemetery and the one with the blue fuzzy bone.

Sophie has new friends.... the new neighbors have two Jack Russel terriers and they have a good time running up and down the fence together. Last night they completely wore her out!


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stubberella
stubberella
Lisa Eskra
Tue, Jul. 8th, 2008 04:25 pm (UTC)

lol @ Dahlia giving the stuffed animals a ride. C-U-T-E!

And it's unsafe to cook burgers on the grill? She's not another person who thinks, "Oh noez, BENZENE! I'm gonna get teh CANCER!" Is she? I mean, I'm a chemist and I want to smack people like that.

Edited at 2008-07-08 04:26 pm (UTC)


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crysania4
crysania4
Crysania
Tue, Jul. 8th, 2008 04:28 pm (UTC)

I'm going to guess that's what it's about -- something about the charcoal and blah blah blah. Dude I LOVE my stuff all burned on the grill. It just isn't the same as cooking it in a PAN.


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stubberella
stubberella
Lisa Eskra
Wed, Jul. 9th, 2008 01:01 am (UTC)

I remember all the talk a few years back about grilled foods being carcinogenic because it makes a teeny tiny amount of benzene. Compare this to smokers who load themselves up with carcinogens every day. Or people who sit out in the sun or go tanning. It's absolutely insignificant.


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