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Happy August! assorted news

Happy August, everyone!

* First of all, I have some personal news about our Boston terrier, Virginia:

I just had to share this. To raise funds and awareness for the local chapter of the Humane Society, Lenoir-Rhyne College held a Cutest Pet Contest. Of course my husband entered our girl Virginia. Dogs and cats were allowed, and everyone on campus could vote. There were 26 finalists. And guess what we just found out? SHE WON!!!!!!! So here is the Cutest Pet Contest winner herself, in her winning picture:

VA 121

She's celebrating with cheese. :)

* Second, ithildyn passed along some great news for science fiction television:

"The creators of anthology series Masters of Science Fiction revealed the program was always meant to be a gamble of sorts, which they and ABC will soon see will either pay off or go bust when it premieres Aug. 4. The hour-long show, narrated by famous Cambridge University physicist Dr. Stephen Hawking, tells classic sci-fi tales by famed writers such as Robert Heinlein and Harlan Ellison, and features notable actors such as Anne Heche, Malcolm McDowell ("Star Trek: Generations"), John Hurt, Brian Dennehy ("Cocoon"), Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings trilogy), Terry O'Quinn ("Lost") and Sam Waterston. Directors include two Academy Award nominees, Mark Rydell and Michael Petroni, as well as Jonathan Frakes, best known to genre audiences as Cmdr. William T. Riker in Star Trek: The Next Generation. Read the entire article here."

Moreover, SFSite just posted detailed (and positive) reviews for the first two episodes in this Masters of Science Fiction series. You can read them here and here.

* Third, I've added pictures to my Flickr photo albums.

August rushes by like desert rainfall,
A flood of frenzied upheaval,
But still catching me unprepared.
Like a matchflame
Bursting on the scene,
Heat and haze of crimson sunsets.
Like a dream
Of moon and dark barely recalled,
A moment,
Shadows caught in a blink.
Like a quick kiss;
One wishes for more
But it suddenly turns to leave,
Dragging summer away.

- Elizabeth Maua Taylor



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Aug. 1st, 2007 02:02 pm (UTC)
Congrats to Virginia and her proud parents! ::g::

LOVE the photos of your house, VA, and Iceland. Wow! Some serious beauty there.
Aug. 2nd, 2007 01:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, on both counts! :)
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Aug. 2nd, 2007 01:43 pm (UTC)
YAY! She thanks you - especially for the cheese. ;)
Aug. 1st, 2007 02:08 pm (UTC)
Many congratulations to cute Virginia and to her loving parents.

Aug. 2nd, 2007 01:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much!
Aug. 1st, 2007 02:29 pm (UTC)
Of course Virginia won! Everyone loves Boston terriers - they really the cutest and the sweetest. Yay!

I'm really interested to see the Masters of SciFi series. I hope it's more consistantly good than Masters of Horror has been. MoH always seems so cheesy to me, no matter who's directing. :/
Aug. 2nd, 2007 01:45 pm (UTC)
Yay! Thanks. I couldn't agree more about Bostons. :)

I agree with you - I hope I haven't gotten my hopes up too high for the Masters of SciFi series. *fingers crossed*
Aug. 1st, 2007 02:38 pm (UTC)
Yay to Virginia! Of course she won - she is teh cute :o)

And the house is looking lovely.
Aug. 2nd, 2007 01:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much - on both counts! :)
Aug. 1st, 2007 02:41 pm (UTC)
Hooray for Virginia!!

Of course, was there ever any doubt who would win?
Aug. 2nd, 2007 01:46 pm (UTC)
LOL! Thanks so much! We didn't think so, but then again, we're a little biased. ;)
Aug. 1st, 2007 02:43 pm (UTC)
With a face like that, how could Virginia possibly lose? :D She's totally made me want a Boston Terrier. :P But with so many mutts already ...
Aug. 2nd, 2007 01:47 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you so much! She's our first Boston, but she's spoiled us now for any other kind of dog. I'm amazed at how many Boston rescues there are across the place - how could anyone ever give up one of these sweethearts?
Aug. 1st, 2007 02:47 pm (UTC)
Congratulations Virginia! Of course, they would have had to have been *insane* not to pick that picture. :)))
Aug. 2nd, 2007 01:47 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you!!! :)
Aug. 1st, 2007 04:30 pm (UTC)
Virginia (channeling the Pussycat Dolls): "Don't you wish your doggie was cute like me?"

Congrats, Virginia! And proud parents, of course. ^__^
Aug. 2nd, 2007 01:49 pm (UTC)
Virginia (channeling the Pussycat Dolls): "Don't you wish your doggie was cute like me?"

*cackles* Okay, I'm going to have that in my head all day long. That's a hoot!

Thanks so much for the congrats. She's very proud of herself. ;)
Aug. 1st, 2007 05:27 pm (UTC)
Hehe, congrats!

I really like that poem. It's very vivid.
Aug. 2nd, 2007 01:50 pm (UTC)

The poem seemed just perfect for the beginning of August.
Aug. 1st, 2007 10:20 pm (UTC)
well of course virginia won! (but mainly bc buster and bartleby were ineligible :) )

congrats to the whole proud family!
Aug. 2nd, 2007 01:51 pm (UTC)
LOL! Thank you so much.

(but mainly bc buster and bartleby were ineligible :) )

But of course. In that case, the competition would've locked in a perfect three-way tie! Either that, or everyone's heads would had exploded from the overload of cuteness.
Aug. 1st, 2007 10:23 pm (UTC)
She is, indeed, very cute. Look at those ears!
Aug. 2nd, 2007 01:52 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you! We joke that, if she stands in just the right position, we can pick up radio signals through her ears. ;)
Aug. 2nd, 2007 12:33 am (UTC)
Something was already on its way to you, and now that something has added resonance... *Twilight Zone tinkles*
Aug. 2nd, 2007 01:53 pm (UTC)
Oh wow! "Same wavelength" alert!

And thank you in advance. *hugs*
Aug. 8th, 2007 05:47 pm (UTC)
Squeeee! We just got your package. You are the very best. I love it! We don't have anything with this absolutely apropos "Obey the Boston" logo. We're in absolute hysterics over here, convinced the artist must've used our girl as a model. Believe me, nothing could be more perfect for our home.

Thanks a million for your thoughtfulness, my friend! *massive, grateful hugs*

PS. In so far as "harbor" can mean "such a body of water having docks," I suppose we almost have a harbor view. We're yards from the lake, which has a significant amount of boating, but the woods are so thick between our house and the lake that it can't actually be seen. If we could see through the trees (or, heaven forbid, cut them down), I suppose we would have a harbor view. Some of the people on our street do, I think. I suppose our address should be "Nearly Harbor View" instead! ;)

PPS. How are you doing? And how is little Evelyn?
Aug. 11th, 2007 06:21 am (UTC)
So very glad you liked the small pressie. I've been wanting to get something for you from this site since I stumbled across it. The name of it is a tad alarming, but the content is good fun.

LOL re your almost Harbor View - much better to have things such as these obscured by gorgeous trees! A neighbour who's building their house next door soon (a 2-storey brick monster...sigh - er, the house that is, not the neighbour!) was commenting on the HUGE and elegant elm tree we have in our back yard, on the border with another set of neighbours: "It's too big; it'd be better to get rid of it." OMG! He was otherwise a nice seeming man.

Everything here is peachy, if a little mad (which will be a permanent state, I feel). Evie's lovely to spend time with and I find myself becoming much more insular with wanting to be domestic and do stuff with her. Never thought I'd be saying that. Having a child has humbled me a lot; mostly because I tended to ride too many hobby-horses, pre-baby, about parenting and the horror of staying at home. Now, of course, I'm riding a bunch of hobby-horses about parenting and the horror of full-time work...oy.
Aug. 12th, 2007 09:42 pm (UTC)
Oh, I love the site! A world dominated by Boston terriers would be a better world, indeed. Or at least it would be a world overflowing with cheese treats and fuzzie blankies.

"It's too big; it'd be better to get rid of it." OMG! He was otherwise a nice seeming man.

Ack! I hear Ents crying. :(

Best wishes with the hobby-horse riding. ;) Seriously, I hope things work out so you can have the balance of parenting time and career time that works best for you. I'm sending good vibes and best wishes your way!

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