Another July is over, thank goodness! Have I mentioned to you guys that I DO NOT LIKE summer? I don't. I know it's happy, sunny, party time for most people, but not for me. For me it is so hot you want to curl up under a rock and die time. My skin does not cope well with sunlight. And, for all my love of (almost) all things southern, I do not love the heat or humidity. ALSO, Reader Friends, in addition to being so hot you can barely move, it's light outside all the time. When it gets dark at 6:00, I feel totally justified in coming home from work, putting on my pjs, and getting in bed to read for the rest of the night. When it's light outside until 9:30 and I can hear children playing and neighbors grilling, I feel like I ought to be doing something other than laying on the floor with a book and some pets. But because it's so hot, I can barely make myself put on pants in the morning, much less DO something. Why can't it be light outside when we have temperatures that make you feel like taking a walk or eating on the porch instead of just taking cold showers and laying under the ceiling fan?
In other words, June and July down, only two more months of extreme heat left. Then we'll just go to normal heat. And maybe in December it'll get cold. Despite the fact that I feel like I should be doing things other than lazing, I've still had an excellent reading month. Chalk it up to refusing to make plans with anyone because it's too hot to leave my house and my blessed air conditioning. This month I read:
State of Wonder by Anne Patchett
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin
Confessions of a Prep School Mommy Handler by Wade Rouse
Jefferson's Demons by Michael Knox Beran
A Dance With Dragons by George RR Martin
Caught by Harlan Coben
Bad Mother by Ayelet Waldman
One Nation Under Dog by Michael Schaffer
Small Town Sinners by Melissa Walker
Book of Lies by Mary Horlock
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
Total read in July: 12
Total read this year: 63
Total pages read this year: 22,385
Money saved by using the library, reading books I own, and reviewing: $630.19
And now for the family update:
There's not much to tell - we spent a lot of time just hanging around at home this month, which was good for our budget and for our health (have I mentioned how I feel about the weather?). Dexter finished his first agility class and has now moved on to an intermediate class that focuses on teeters and tilts or something like that. Our pets? Spoiled? Never! Every dog obviously NEEDS a teeters and tilts class, just ask Luke. It's for his hips or something like that.
In sad news, Chief did not pass his first round of testing for CGC and Therapy Dog International. It had nothing to do with his obedience or his sweetness, though Here's the thing: I let Chief get into a habit of sitting in my lap (he puts his back legs in my lap and front feet on the ground). Since I'm little and he's giant it looks really cute and plus, I love those puppy snuggles. It's precious right ?(this was back in the spring, he's got another 20 lbs on him now and another inch or two)
But it turns out that sitting in my lap was not Chief's way of saying "I love you mommy" to me, but "This is MY mommy - back off!" to other dogs. It's never been a problem before, but now that Chief is entering his difficult teen years, it has become an issue. So Chief took his CGC test and passed and went back to his spot out of the way to let the other dogs have their turns. And while we were waiting I let him get in my lap...another dog came up and I was petting/playing with the other dog, and Chief barked at him.
Barking at other dogs/reacting to other dogs in any way is an automatic fail if it happens within the testing area. So even though Chiefey passed on all his obedience and interaction with people, his bark ended up failing him. He's retaking the class though (and not allowed in my lap around other dogs) and should be back to form by September. My personal opinion is that if he weren't such a big boy with such a big bark that it would have gone unnoticed, but of course we understand how scary his barks could be to others. Hopefully, with a little more growing up and no more excuses to be territorial with mommy, he'll be all set to do reading therapy by this fall!