compelled to finish

Not much time to read or think or do anything except get a new site up - enough of it up so there is a there there because the newspaper ad is out on Sunday - my, that's today ... funny how sometimes doing the actual build of web pages is dreary because, to me, the design is the challenging part - but sometimes building web pages causes total flow, which is what hit me yesterday and today. Maybe it's because I really like the site. Or the client. Or both. But it happened for this site, Small to Tall Scholars, and the last one, Connecticut School of Etiquette.

Of course tomorrow I'll have to spend an hour with a broom sweeping up the dog's debris. She snatched just about every loose scrap of paper she could find and shredded each one. Trying to get my attention, or Stanley's attention - we'll make it up to her tomorrow. After I sweep. We should've named her Arthur Andersen instead of Ginger.

She'd barely begun to shred at this point.

Speaking of dogs, Stanley sent me this today (I forget where he said he got it - Langa List maybe?):

13 rules for being a successful dog

Visitors: Quickly determine which guest is afraid of dogs. Charge across the room, barking loudly and leap playfully on this person. If the human falls down on the floor and starts crying, lick its face and growl gently to show your concern.

Barking: Because you are a dog, you are expected to bark. So bark -- a lot. Your owners will be very happy to hear you protecting their house. Especially late at night while they are sleeping safely in their beds. There is no more secure feeling for a human than to keep waking up in the middle of the night hearing you protective bark, bark, bark...

Licking: Always take a BIG drink from your water dish immediately before licking your human. Humans prefer clean tongues. Be ready to fetch your human a towel. (Ginger prefers a big drink out of the toilet.)

Holes: Rather than digging a BIG hole in the middle of the yard and upsetting your human, dig a lot of smaller holes all over the yard so they won't notice. If you arrange a little pile of dirt on one side of each hole, maybe they'll think it's gophers. There are never enough holes in the ground. Strive daily to do your part to help correct this problem.

Doors: The area directly in front of a door is always reserved for the family dog to sleep.

The Art Of Sniffing: Humans like to be sniffed. Everywhere. It is your duty as the family dog to accommodate them.

Dining Etiquette: Always sit under the table at dinner, especially when there are guests, so you can clean up any food that falls on the floor. It's also a good time to practice your sniffing.

Housebreaking: Housebreaking is very important to humans, so break as much of the house as possible.

Going For Walks: Rules of the road: when out for a walk with your master or mistress, never go to the bathroom on your own lawn.

Couches: It is perfectly permissible to lie on the new couch after all your humans have gone to bed.

Playing: If you lose your footing while chasing a ball or stick, aim for the flowerbed to absorb your fall, so you don't injure yourself.

Chasing Cats: When chasing cats, make sure you never--quite--catch them. It spoils all the fun.

Chewing: Make a contribution to the fashion industry... eat a shoe.
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