Thursday, November 15, 2012

PetPals: Blogger/Reader Program - Second Time Around

So here it is, my second month of participation in the PetPals Program. If you are not sure of what it is go to my first post for more information: 1st Post. The only thing that has changed is that you are paired with just one person now instead of two.

I ran into a small issue in the beginning with my partner not responding. However, let me just say that Jenna is more than willing to assist you with this if it ever happens to you. I was paired with someone else because their partner did not respond either. It was quick and with enough time to get the goodies and get them in the mail.

I was paired with a person named Jeremy. He has an adorable little puppy named Nora, whom I enjoyed shopping for. As for Toby, he seemed to think he made out like a bandit. He was definitely happy with the items Jeremy sent him.

Here is Toby staring me down as I hold the unopened the package.
When it arrived, he went nuts!

If you think I am exaggerating, I'm sure this photo shows you I am not.
Here he is trying to tear open the box with his teeth.

He received a very creative gift package. It was Thanksgiving themed! I just thought that was so neat and to be honest I never thought to do packages that way. (Thank you, Jeremy, for the awesome idea!) Toby received a turkey leg squeaky toy, a package of Natural Balance (Turkey, Duck, Chicken, & Pumpkin in a Gravy), a little tube of Natural Balance (Turkey), a very adorable little slipper squeaky toy, a package of PupCorn Cheese Flavored popcorn, a Lickety Stik (Bacon), and a little bouncy ball.

 The wonderful food selection he was sent.

I took a video of him with the turkey leg because it was just too funny not to. He ran all over the place just squeaking it over and over and over. It was so adorable!

His slipper, well, he carried that thing around with him everywhere he went. He even took it to bed with him! Our bed! (We have a California King so there is plenty of room for him to sleep in the middle of us between our heads. Also, after the whole spider thing I wrote about in my blog....well..."momma" doesn't want him sleeping on the floor at night!)

Toby with his slipper in our bed.

He's also enjoying the food. The popcorn makes a great snack for him and he loves his snacks (and food in general) The soft foods are great for me because I usually mix him dry and wet food together for his meals. You're probably thinking I forgot to mention the ball right? The ball, ah the ball, I cannot find the ball. I took it out and he played with it a couple of times then he would pick it up in his mouth and toss his head up and release the ball. He was doing that for a good few minutes then he was done and in my lap. However, we cannot find the ball. I know it will turn up somewhere, especially when he wants to try to find it, but for now it is floating around in the abyss of our home somewhere. (Update: As of just before posting this, the ball has been found underneath the bookshelf and he is now happily playing with it again.)

What a wonderful experience, once again! If you haven't taken part in PetPals yet, I definitely recommend doing so!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Voting is hectic

I'm taking extra classes this semester and it's proven to be a rather busy semester. I'm fine with that. It's what I wanted. I just didn't get to post this directly after I voted.

Did you vote? I did. I stood in line for 2 hours in a tiny warehouse-auditorium of a church. The line was wrapped around 3 times inside when I got there and by the time I was near the end to vote it was wrapped 7 times. Just picture a snake all twisted and wrapped inside a little box. Yes, that is what it was like. They were completely unprepared. I know this because one of the lady's doing sign in made a comment to another saying that she had never seen the lines like that before. The warehouse building was the type that they used for a gathering and had rooms attached to it but there were only 4 large fan/vents one on each wall and there was a large sliding door like warehouses usually have. Did I mention none of the fans were on? None. Did I also mention that the warehouse sliding door wasn't even open in the slightest? No, it sure wasn't. Did I forget to mention that it was hotter than heck in there? Yes, it was so hot people were sweating waiting in line. They had a few chairs along the outside areas of the lines but very few and none for the inner areas of the lines. If you had something like a knee injury you were very fortunate to have found a place to sit. However, they had about 3 rows of 5 chairs for the senior citizens who couldn't stand in line. I should mention that those chairs were only full the first 30 minutes I was there. The rest of the time those chairs were empty and definitely could have been used by everyone else. On to the voting machines....there were only 5. Only 5 freakin' machines. Well, most of the time. One kept breaking down and in fact there was a guy that was trying to use one that complained rather loudly that it wasn't calibrated well and he took out his phone to snap photos of it. They started in on him and how he couldn't use his phone but under these circumstances he was very adamant about taking a photo of the messed up machine because he felt it was not fair to let people continue to use it when it was selecting the wrong person.

It was completely frustrating to say the least. They really need to get their act together. It shouldn't take people 2 hours (and in some areas 7+ hours) to vote. I think more voting machines are needed in each voting place. I think they should all be furnished with water bottles, snacks, seating, and most importantly good ventilation! Do I ask for too much?

Monday, November 5, 2012