Flying Dog Saturday

Lenten Thanks, Day  4

I thank God for Cassie the Corgi, who came into my life as if guided by a Divine Paw. Who would imagine ever finding such a charmer at the dog pound?

Utterly exhausted by three days and nights of fighting with the unholy Blackboard, I repaired to M’hijito’s house with Cassie the Corgi in tow, looking for company and someone else to do the driving. From there we went to our favorite overpriced gourmet grocery store, where Cassie and I claimed a table in front while M’hijito went in to get himself a sandwich and me a vast plastic cup filled with iced green tea.

Cassie likes to socialize. Oh, how this dog likes to socialize! And of course because she’s so hopelessly cute, every passer-by in town has to stop and coo over her. While we were waiting for M’hijito to emerge from the expensive depths, we had to love up every kid, every old lady, and every DINK who wandered past. And, amazingly, they had to love her back.

Moving on to Baker‘s, our favorite nursery, we wandered from one end to the other of several acres and then we began to tire. So, the humans put Cassie inside a shopping cart and rolled her around, which she didn’t seem to mind.

So we’re standing in a long line to check out, our attention wandering, when Cassie gets tired of sharing her space with a bunch of tomato plants. All of a sudden she’s in the air and flying out of the cart!

Incredibly, she landed on her feet and did not get hurt. I couldn’t believe she was OK! You’re not even supposed to let these dogs jump off the sofa. What with their short legs and their long backs, they’re prone to injuring the spine and neck if they jump or fall any distance.

What possessed her to take flight is unclear. Neither of us was paying much attention. I think a lady in the line was doting on her, and she felt the need to pursue a new admirer. M’hijito thinks she just wanted out of the cart.

So there’s another small mercy to be thankful for.

A much larger mercy: my client who lives in Japan checked in to say she and her family are OK.

She works for a university in the vastness that is Tokyo, at which of its three campuses I’m not sure. But I assume it’s the one closest to the ocean, since that’s the one that teaches the social sciences. The images coming out of Japan are terrifying. It was a great relief to learn she, her husband, and their child have come through it all safe.

We can be thankful for our blogging friends, too. Have you been following Donna Freedman as she blogs her way around the U.K.? She’s posted one interesting story after another after another. Better keep an eye on Surviving and Thriving as long as this is going on.

Frugal Scholar also has generated a series of interesting articles: a rumination on strategic defaults, a discussion of flex spending accounts, and an awesomely delicious-sounding recipe for colcannon.

Money Beagle holds forth on a particularly outrageous facet of our amazing health care system. Roger that, friend!

At Out of Debt Again, Mrs. Accountability learns the official term for a type of budgeting she and I both indulge in.

Among her usual daily bouquet of frugal leads, Bargain Babe includes a link to an interesting article on what’s driving up your energy costs.

Money Crush proprietor Jackie has launched a new blog! Check it out here.

At the Digerati Life, guest blogger Kosmo holds forth about the importance of having a properly executed will, using the story of the battle over author Stieg Larsson’s estate as a cautionary tale.

Jim at Bargaineering asks a question I’ll bet no one has ever asked you before!

Over at the Ultimate Money Blog, Mrs. Money describes a discussion with Mr. M over low-rent toilet paper.

101 Centavos relates some interesting observations that show the day-to-day effects of the economic slowdown on the world around us.

My Journey to Millions features two particularly interesting articles this week: guest blogger Les Roberts reflects the extent to which the Credit CARD Act has had short- or long-term benefits for consumers, and Evan addresses the question of whether it’s a good thing to stipulate how inherited funds can be spent.

Welp, speaking of Cassie the Corgi, it’s time to get up and feed her and me. Then it’s back to the Blackboard Wars. Later!

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Revanche March 12, 2011 at 11:14 pm

I’m worriedly impressed that she managed to launch herself out of the cart – I’d be clipping her in so she can’t get out next time!

Donna Freedman March 13, 2011 at 3:36 am

Thank you for the links. My favorite adventure thus far is the Frenchman invading the ladies’ room, aka “Potty animals.”
The other night it was a French guy snoring in the bunk above (luckily I can sleep through most things). This morning it was a bunch of still-drunk footballers (I think) roaring and singing at 7:30 a.m. — and I had promised myself to sleep until 9 a.m. after about six hours of walking around Windsor yesterday. Some things even *I* can’t sleep through. Sigh.
And a couple of nights ago some smarmy little stripling came on to me in the hallway, twice, and tried to follow me into my room. Eeewww. Haven’t written about that yet, but I probably will.
Even so: Hostel life is suiting me (and my pocketbook) just fine.

101 Centavos March 13, 2011 at 4:47 am

Thanks for the link Funny. I followed that link to the overpriced grocery store, and the first photograph in the rotation was a glorious one: a chunk of Parmigiano Reggiano, black figs, and red wine. My word, but that’s good. I pampered my Petit Negri fig tree (bush) over the winter, mulching the pot over and making sure it survived the insanely cold weather we’ve been having. Hopefully in the next few months I’ll be able to recreate that photograph.
And that is one cute doggie.

Evan March 13, 2011 at 5:19 pm

I am really glad that your friend in Japan is alright, I only knew one person over there and it was a brother of the boss so I just checked in with him and all is well also. Such a terrible Tragedy.

Thanks for the mention.

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