The family has been enjoying a summer kickoff by living the good life in the Tri-Cities since school let out for the summer.
I've been kicking off my summer with a lot of hours at work followed by many miles of running and many conversations with dogs about how annoying their barking is.
Here's a quick recap of my summer so far. Every day is pretty much the same.
Wake Up to dogs barking. 4:45 a.m.
Discuss the obvious fact that the dogs are barking at each other and there is no legitimate threat... morning sunlight is not a threat.
Announce that breakfast isn't until 6:15 a.m.
Back to bed and listen to the dogs discuss whether my Teva hat hanging on the doorknob is considered a threat or not.
6:15 a.m. Feed Chuckles the big dog food. Feed Apricot the plain dog food for little dogs. Feed the white dog the little dog food in a bowl of water so she thinks it's cereal & makes the other dogs jealous.
Feed the hamster.
Feed Bacon & Eggs (T's two frogs)
Feed Polly & Esther (A's two frogs)
Feed Grumpy (A's Beta fish)
Yep 10 mouths to feed. Unbelievable.
Dogs run around shouting obscenities at anything that moves. Or doesn't move. Or might move.
7:40 a.m. Everyone back inside for nap time.
Me, off to work, praying that somebody comes by during the day to let the dogs out & to play with them.
Mid-afternoon: Receive text message.
Say a quick prayer that my family has a safe trip home... soon.
6:00 p.m. Head home. Dog's won't answer phone.
6:45 p.m. Dinner. x10
Listen to discussions about whose turn it is to randomly bark through the night and whose turn it is to require a false-alarm midnight emergency pee.
Midnight Bed time.
Repeat.... 4.5 times.
Image Credits: Apparently some dog in the UK who can text and some website called 'theoatmeal'.