And here is the final Face in the Hole picture (the cats don't want to degrade themselves): Jerry has transformed himself into 'Jerry Wayne'-he likes Westerns- hence Jesse James being so-called - see The Assassination of Jesse James by the coward Robert Ford. Jerry even has a poster of the film, but I won't allow him to put it up: ... I don't want Brad Pitt's eyes following me around the room !
I guess the longer days have made me want to be a bit more active, and as such I went to a Pilates class for the first time this evening. I have 'played' Yoga on the Wii Fit before, and enjoyed it, but at the same time not been entirely confident that I was doing the poses 100% correctly, so it was nice to go to a class where there was a real Instructor.
The hour went quickly. There was one exercise which I was particularly terrible at; holding a ball between your feet and then stretching your legs ;
(This morning Pepe woke me up at 6.15am. Normally I'd take her outside to do her business, and then try to go back to bed for a while. This morning I must have been on Auto-pilot and also started to get myself ready for work, so I actually have some spare time now!)
It seems that Jerry was also powerless to resist messing about on the Face in the Hole website, hence:
Here is a picture of me in Paris last year. Now Paris is famous for its cemeteries- or the famous people buried on them. However the one I was most interested to visit was the Animal Cemetery. I first read about it in a children's book my sister bought me called "This is Paris" :)
The Animal Cemetery is on the outskirts of the city - because of an old law (for hygiene) that said that dead animals couldn't be buried in the city. So it wasn't included on the maps in my guidebook . We enquired at reception at the apartments we were staying in, and the lady there had never heard of it either- we got quite a funny look, but she was ever so helpful :) Anyway we found it in the end...
Well it is about the time of year when we start to think about holidays... I'll find out how much my bonus is sometime these coming weeks which will give me an idea of how much we have to 'play' with...
But I think we would love to go to Paris. It would make it our third time in three years going! First time we went in April- for my birthday, last year we went in May- for our honeymoon-- the pic of Jerry on the sidebar was taken on the top of the Grande arch at La Defense !
It would be pawesome to take Pepe, but I think she still might be a little young and immature... She'd have to get a Pet Passport too! She has been microchipped and vaccinated, but I'm not sure if this includes against rabies, as we don't have rabies in the UK...?
We have stayed both times at Residhotel Imperial Rennequin, apartments in the 17th arrondisement. It's very exciting to think of going back there again, as we have gotten to know the neighbourhood so we would be able to really relax, but it's gotten kindof expensive there with the exchange rate
This weekend it was Crufts, but it wasn't show on TV. Last year there was a programme on about pedigree dogs saying that they are inbred and have congenital defects. More recently there was a programme on about puppy farms/ pet shops which showed "that in many cases, the paperwork is inadequate to prove a puppy's pedigree, or that it has been properly vaccinated." These places were selling sick puppies, and ones with docked tails which is illegal here in the UK.
> So isn't it better to get a pedigree dog from an accredited breeder? We put a lot of thought into getting Pepe (heck, she was expensive!), we didn't get her from the most convenient closest breeder, who over the course of our phone calls I ended up getting a bad feeling about, like she didn't care if I bought a puppy from her because there would be plenty of other people who would...
Anyway sadly a Pug didn't win this year, the prize went to a Sealyham Terrier, which looks like this:
*BTW the hard drive on Jerry's laptop went kaput last week, but has been replaced since. I've still not got around to reuploading my iTunes and all that other boring techy stuff
I was off on Friday, and Pepe got taken to the vets to have her stitches taken out! Done and done!
My sis also arrived for the weekend- it is her birthday tomorrow - (9th March.)
On Saturday our parent's came over and we went to GBK- Gourmet Burger Kitchen. I had the Blue cheese burger, which was okay but the blue cheese dressing wasn't strong enough for my liking!
Today I made Kate the birthday cake of her choice, which was Nigella Lawson's Chocolate pistachio cake. It was pretty easy to make, although I made a couple of mistakes along the way... but it turned out fine and tastes good :) She will have to take some home with her for her housemates as I really don't want to think about the number of calories there would be in the whole cake !