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No dog, new friends, DIY
Didn't get the dog. My property manager told me it would be fine, but she didn't bother to call the shelter and confirm until it was too late; the shelter, in the meantime, never told me what the cutoff was for hearing back from the property manager. For some reason I was REALLY distraught about it. I was trying to talk to my next-door neighbor about something entirely unrelated when the sight of his dog made me break down in big, honking sobs. How mortifying is that?

I really don't know that I can bring myself to go through the shelter adoption process again. It's one thing to have a stranger come over and inspect your living space, not a pleasant thing but one I could handle, but the total disregard for the applicant is more than I really need when I'm trying to do the right thing by going to the shelter instead of a nice, convenient, no-questions-asked backyard breeder. I know they go on and on about how the animals are their #1 priority (meaning: we couldn't care less about people), but I have so many friends who won't even consider adopting from a shelter because they don't want to be treated like criminals, and I fail to see how that helps get animals into loving homes.

In better news, the new friends just keep on coming! The latest is Anne from upstairs, a sort of unofficial leader in our little building community, who does development work for USAID and has fascinating stories about her travels in remote areas of the world. We bonded over a bizarre situation with a middle-of-the-night noise complaint. Then she turned up to try out a couple of my yoga classes and I was able to convince her to sign up for the rest of the session.

The Mr. and I are trying to choose the paint we'll use on the new house in NC over Memorial Day. Right now the walls are a scary assortment of eggplant, mustard, mallard, and chocolate, and we need to paint at least the living room, dining room, and master bedroom before we move our things in. I'm looking for a nice, soft periwinkle for the bedroom and a warm sort of dove-gray for the living and dining. That shouldn't be too hard, right? The weird thing is, we're trying out colors on the Internet visualizer-thingies, but no matter how sober and muted a color looks in the individual onscreen chip, when I try putting it on the wall of the sample room it comes out Easter-egg bright. Bleargh! The best I've been able to come up with is "Icelandic" and "Grayish", or perhaps "Proper Gray", from Sherwin-Williams.

If any of you out there have any housepainting or DIY experience, I will welcome any tips and tricks you might have to contribute. We are total newbies at this. I'd especially like to hear any recommendations for primer and how to apply it.

Current Mood: okay okay
Current Music: "Lá de longe", Tribalistas

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florafloraflora From: florafloraflora Date: May 17th, 2006 10:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the kind words, KF. You sound like a dog-insider who has really earned her stripes and knows all the tips and tricks of the doggy community. I'm a bit too bitter right now to jump right back into the doggie search, and I've heard the breed rescues can be tougher than the shelters. I haven't given up all hope, though, and I'll be sure to keep your advice in mind when I do jump back in.
inkognitoh From: inkognitoh Date: May 17th, 2006 08:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Really sad news about the dog, I'm sorry to hear that. You must be heart broken after having built up all that expectation and made room for him (mentally and physically) in your lives. I guess it sounds trite to say something along the lines of 'it wasn't meant to be' but it wasn't you know. Not this dog, not right now. It can only mean something more wonderful is coming to you. That's what my hopelessly naive world view suggest's anyway :)
florafloraflora From: florafloraflora Date: May 18th, 2006 11:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, man. I'll take any and all encouragement I can get here. For some reason I'm not shrugging this off like my usual hard, cynical self. It has really gotten to me, probably because everything else in my life is so weird. So I'm happy to believe that it wasn't meant to be and that something wonderful is coming. That's got to be it.
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florafloraflora From: florafloraflora Date: May 18th, 2006 11:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Buffra, my friend, you are the painting MASTER! I bow before your staggering expertise.
zemarkable From: zemarkable Date: May 26th, 2006 05:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
i know this was posted quite a while ago, and *mercy* i hope i'm not opening a wound
hesitates, then blunders on
but i feel so strongly that you're absolutely spot on about the shelters!
fine, ok, some people are idiots who should need licensing for making their own babies much less trying to adopt an animal, but the great majority of people who want to adopt from a shelter are people just as loving and caring as the volunteers -- if not *more* sensible and practical.

it is too damn hard to get a pet ... and yet they say there are too many pets that need homes ... and yet, and yet ... what a cycle.

my situation is that i neither rent nor own my home, and they are completely inflexible when it comes down to the Paperwork.
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