Con: The hours were 5pm-3am. Oops.
WE GOT A PUPPY.
Her name is Beatrix Clementine, and she is wonderful, sweet, rompy, and lazy, not to mention adorable and pretty stinky.
And our puppy is not even the most awesome thing that has happened to us this August.
My old grad school friend Maegan who entered the program with me, shared an advisor, and celebrated graduation with me (and actually finished 2 years faster because she came in without an MA and has written not one but TWO books since 2009) came o town for a radio appearance and book signing and we got to hang out, and it was WONDERFUL.
In a less epic but just as enjoyable turn of events, we enjoyed more sweet summer nothingness while waiting for our next round of exciting visitors.
I took Dorothy and Cooper to Target, and it cost me $8.90 in Starbucks brobes to get them in the damn cart. These 2 will NOT be contained.
YES! A CAGE FOR THE BABIES! BRILLIANT!
Kate and her lovely family came over for dinner and playtime on their way to vacation in Michigan. It was so fun to meet them in real life. The kids all got along famously, and her 4 are way, way, way better behaved than my 4. I think we need to schedule meet ups every year!
Dorothy and Cooper were particularly hard to handle. Cooper was looking for a specific toy that he called a beep beep and was actually a crane that carries a magnetic pile of rods (?) that he kept losing and screaming "PIECE" about. SO FUN. Dorothy got hangry.
Beatrix is 1/4 English bulldog and 3/4 French bulldog. The breeders call these dogs "mini bulldogs" but of course that's not a real thing. But you know what it is? REALLY ADORABLE. As you can see, the puppies from her sister littler 2 weeks younger than she is are mostly white, but some are red and white like English bulldogs. I think Beatrix's coloring is perfect.
And we all just played with her, watched her eat IN her bowl, took her for a ridiculous circus of walk, etc.
We noticed that gnats were swarming her in the yard, so we gave her a bath, which she found exhausting.