Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Wordless Wake Up!!! Wednesday

Maisie shows off her upside down smile after waking me up before the alarm went off with her loud snoring!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Lazy Maisie - A Quartet of Indoor Weekend Activities

1)  Staircase snoozing

2)  Bully stick crumb hunting (post-bully stick eating, naturally)

3)  Chair napping

 4)  Under chin scritch leaning

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Snowy Saturday

It's snowing again, and we already have a few inches on the ground.  Although Maisie hates being outside in the rain, she doesn't mind the snow.  She loves digging up sticks hidden underneath the white stuff.

And then eating them (also known as "deathing" sticks, as we learned in not one but two of our favorite blogs).

As usual, Maisie spent plenty of time giving the yard a thorough sniffing.

Followed by a quick game of hide and seek (she doesn't realize how easy it is to find a black dog in the snow).

It also gave her the opportunity to practice looking adorable.

As well as a chance to try out her latest bad-ass strut, complete with side-eye.

Unfortunately for Maisie, we are suburbanites now...and the drying off process didn't exactly help maintain her hard-earned Chicago street cred!  ;)

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Sorta Wordless, Still Wednesday

Maisie waits impatiently at my feet while I simultaneously check email and try to get a decent pic of her!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

We Like Having a Yard


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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Wordless "Well Hey There Antler" Wednesday

Maisie was still sleepy-eyed after breakfast, but a few moments of antler lovin' helped wake up this little dog!

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Monday, January 2, 2012

It Takes a Village

We now live in Newton, a city of 85,000 people within thirteen different villages.  Our village is West Newton, but others are just minutes away as I discovered when I took a yoga class on Saturday morning.  Though it was only a five minute drive to the studio, it's actually in the village of Newtonville.  This system can be quite confusing!

Maisie and I took a little walk today to (and through) what is considered the West Newton town center.  We passed lots and lots of pretty houses on tree-lined New England-y streets along the way. 

The picturesque setting was only briefly interrupted by the presence of a sad, deflated Santa Claus.

It took us less than ten minutes to reach the main drag. After scoping out the courthouse and police station, I noticed that this giant church is also home to a Jewish Reconstructionist synagogue.  Interesting...

Next, we saw some cute little shops as well as the area's only independent movie theater.

There are several other stores on this street, and plenty of restaurants too (including Italian, BBQ and a deli).  This French bistro seems to be the fanciest option, with an ever changing menu featuring local ingredients.

This building previously housed the Railroad Hotel, originally built as a place where stagecoach riders could stop and spend the night.  It later served the same purpose for the railroad line to Boston and back.

I started to realize how much history there is around here when we walked past another historical site, this very old (and kinda creepy) graveyard down the street from my house.

Maisie didn't care about any of that, of course.  She just wanted to thoroughly sniff out every single tree.

And every fire hydrant.

And every leaf in the grass.

But I tried to focus on the new scenery.  I think there is beauty to be found here, if you look for it.

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