Thursday, June 30, 2011

What I read in June!

It's time for my monthly round up post.  This month was a good reading month, especially since I discovered audiobooks that can be downloaded straight to my iphone.  I've been spending a lot of my driving, sewing, and work time listening to books that I normally wouldn't have time to read.  With links to posted reviews, here's what I read in June:

Dominance by Will Lavender
A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
The Art of Forgetting by Camille Noe Pagan
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen
A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin
Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers
The Girl Who Was On Fire edited by Leah Wilson
Little Bee by Chris Cleave
Mr. Chartwell by Rebecca Hunt

The boring statistics:

Books read this year: 51
Pages read: 18,068
Money saved by reading books I own, books I got from the library, or otherwise free books: $469.29

I recently updated you all on my family, but I give just a few more details of what we've been up to this month.  And by that I mean bore you to death with long descriptions of what our dogs are doing.  Last week we had both puppies neutered (yes, at 14 months, and yes, this is standard practice for giant breeds).  Since they were already under anasthesia for the neuters, we also had their stomachs tacked (again, something giant breed specific, but, in short, it prevents bloat, which is a common cause of death in giant breed dogs).  Stomach tack surgery is much harder on dogs than simple neuters, so the puppies had a two week recovery.  For the past week and a half they have only been allowed out of their crates for potty breaks and short walks.  Basically, they are climbing the walls.  Their stitches will come out on Saturday and they'll be able to play and get baths, both of which need to be done desperately at this point. 

Although he hasn't been able to do any training since the surgery, Chief will still be taking his Canine Good Citizen test in two weeks, so we'll be training hard after Saturday.  The CGC is enough for him to start doing therapy as a reading dog or in hospitals and nursing homes in our area, but we will also go ahead and get his Therapy Dog International certification at the end of the summer.

Dexter, on the other hand, has been having some issues with his good citizen behavior.  He escaped from the vet the other day and ran through the connected PetsMart causing general chaos and panic.  Apparently the innocent shoppers didn't expect to be confronted by 150 lbs of galloping black fur and paws.  Little children screamed, women ran, Luke and I and the vet tech chased him through the store - it was a disaster.  Obviously, we've need to put some time into the recall training with him.  And never show our faces in the store again. 

In our life outside of the dogs (Ha!  Who am I kidding?), we've spent a lot of time with my family.  Sugar Bear is planning her wedding, so I've been trying to help her as much as possible and Buddy graduated from high school and has started planning for college.  I'm working on redecorating our library/living room as well.  So far I've done throw pillows, a slip cover for the piano bench, and book covers for my decoration books.  I still need to finish sewing the curtains.  OH and my USB scanner came, so I've been busy cataloging all my books in LibraryThing.  Once I finish I'll give you my final total of all the books in my house.  Anyone want to take a guess?  I'm thinking at least 1000.

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