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"About as much fun as a bag of weasels"...when I first saw this Irish adage, it made me think of the life of a writer: sometimes perilous, sometimes painful, certainly interesting. My paper journal has always been called "The Bag of Weasels." This is the Bag of Weasels' online home.

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Life has been busy lately in the rather random sense. I've taken lots of pictures over the last week, during our various excursions, and finally have the chance to upload and post them.

Last Saturday, Bobby and I went to the Capitals Game, and it was a special tribute for Alex Ovechkin (my favorite pro player) winning the Calder Trophy last season as the best rookie of the year. For attending the game, we got commemorative coins.

Of course, being an Ovie fangurl, I had to take the camera and take teeny-tiny pictures from way up in our nosebleed seats. We were literally next-to-last row. The award was given across the rink from us. Nonetheless, given all of this, the pictures turned out fairly well.

Bobby took these of the Verizon Center and the Caps warming up before the game started, while the lights were still up.



They were playing the Atlanta Thrashers. Caps are in black; Thrashers are in white.

In the picture below, Donald Brashear is the far left. Alex is in the #8 jersey above him. No idea who the other two are.







The ceremony began, and Ovie was given his trophy. His parents and brothers were there too. (Awww.) The tall guy in the center (in the hockey outfit) is Alex. His family is to the left. Various NHL goons to the right.





Alex holding the trophy and posing with some NHL goon.



Alex posing with NHL goons.

Coincidentally, while taking my tiny blurry pictures from high up in the dark, another flash went off right as mine did, and it was enough to add a good deal of light to the picture.



Sadly, this is ten minutes before the game starts, Ovechkin is the team's star and most beloved player, and yes, attendance really is that bad. What I wouldn't have done (aside from paying astronomically) to have one of those front seats!

They had some nice messages for him on the Jumbotrons.





It was a good game, but the Caps lost in overtime to the Thrashers, 3-2. And there was this annoying woman seated directly in front of us who--for some odd reason--hated Olie the Goalie. Whenever Olie would let up a goal, she'd start shouting about how he sucked and someone else should be in the goal and blah blah blah. Yeah, He's a freakin' Olympian. WTF. We are doomed, I think, to sit near annoying people at Caps games.

But between periods at the Verizon Center, they have entertainment called Mites on Ice where little hockey players come out and play against each other. It is riveting and fascinating! I love Mites on Ice! It takes the little guys five minutes to skate the length of the ice, but hey, it's high-quality entertainment!



Incidentally, we were resigned not to go to the Caps game this weekend. Then Bobby found out that it was Federal Employees Night, and we could get very good seats for $25.

Yeah. So guess who's going to the Caps game this Saturday?

Yesterday, Bobby and I decided to take a walk before it got dark, so we went to Patapsco Valley and tried out a short little trail called the Peaceful Pond trail. The leaves are really starting to change around here, and the reflections on the water were beautiful.













Then, last night, I finally realized how to use my digital camera to photograph my fish. rhapsody11 requested a good picture of Celegorm, our bala shark, and I was finally successful! I also snapped Mack the Knife.

A while back, Bobby and I decided that we needed to move Mack to a community tank since he was being bullied in the cichlid tank. Of course, we didn't have a community tank, so we bought one just for him...and he adjusted in the meanwhile to the cichlid tank.

However, after a few more days, he was hiding again in the cichlid tank, so we did move him, and he is successfully adjusted to the community tank. There, he rules the roost...or small ornamental castle?

A few days after that, we had an odd drop in pH in the cichlid tank, and half of the cichlids died before we could move them to the community tank while fighting the pH back to manageable levels. So we're left with Finwe, Amrod, and Amras. Maedhros, Maglor, and Celegorm--being non-cichlids--didn't even have to be moved and are fine.

Funnily, Mack didn't mind the cichlids one bit when they were in his tank.

The cichlids are back in their tanks now, and everyone is healthy and fine. Meanwhile, Maedhros the Catfish is huge. When we got him, he was about an inch-and-a-half long. Now he's close to four. He comes out of his cave, and it's like the monster surfacing from the deep. All of the other fish scatter. I was feeding them the other day, and Maedhros devoured ten cichlid pellets in one swallow. I tried to take a picture of him, but he's shy and darted back into his cave whenever he saw the camera.

The other day, Bobby and I were watching a movie, and when we turned off the TV, Maglor the Plecostomus was attached to our moving diver, riding the lid to the chest up and down. Crazy fish.

Rhapsody, these two are for you. They are Celegorm our bala shark, who is appropriately active and hasty (though apt to be chased about by Finwe, Amrod, and Amras). Maglor is still shy, but I'll get the little bugger one of these days.





These are the infamous Mack the Knife, who is elusive and hard to photograph. Bobby picked him out, and at first, I thought he was the ugliest fish I'd ever seen. He is a black ghost knife. Now, I think he is probably the most adorable. Certainly the most interesting, seeing as he regularly swims upside-down and backwards (or both at once!) and he also has the cutest white blaze on his face....

Anyway, this is what I could get of him in pictures.











I should point out that the skinny end with the white stripes is his tail. He's an odd-looking fish.

These are pictures of the sharks and gouramis (with some little guys around too) in the community tank.






Finally, over the past few days, I have been working on carving the first pumpkin of the Halloween season. This year, I managed to get my grubby paws on a book of challenging carving designs, so I tried what I thought to be the easiest of the designs to get warmed up. It took two days of work, totally close to four hours, but those who know me know that I love to lose myself in tedious, meticulous work. It's very relaxing to the mind, like meditation only with tiny saws. *sigh*

Of course, in the Annals of Dawn's Stupid Injuries, I can't work with sharp and pointy things for any length of time without doing some terribly stupid injury to myself. True to form, I accidentally cut the nose off of my carving and had to pin it back in place with a toothpick. Naturally, I stabbed myself under the fingernail with the toothpick not once, not twice, but three times before realizing that it would not be pushed in with my fingernail and deciding to hammer it with the saw handle instead.

Other than that, no injuries to report, and the carving turned out lovely!





I haven't forgotten my memes either for atanwende and sirielle. I just have to face the idea of unearthing my models from my closet...and my shoes too! I hope to post them sometimes next week.

Also, I owe about a dozen people comments. I haven't forgotten them either; there just aren't enough hours in the day (and too many of those hours I have restricted Internet access. Bleh.)
  • That is an impressive pumpkin. Did you design the wolf yourself?
    • Thank you! I did not design it myself. It came from my Xtreme Carving Pattern Book. Next year, I hope to start designing some of my own, but as I'm still a relative newby in pumpkin carving, I've set aside this year to practice some more advanced patterns.
  • Piccies, piccies, piccies... I wubs piccies!

    YAY!

    Nice jackolanturn!
  • That... is a real... as in a real fruit? vegetable? (-what- exactly is a pumpkin anyway?), but that is really a real life pumpkin?

    *is wowed*

    Go you!!!!
  • Whoa. That carving is hella-cool! It's like one of those things you see on TV or in books and scoff, "Yeah, like someone actually DID that."

    Will you be designing Jesus-themed sand castles next?
    • *snerk* Would you believe I'm terrible at building sandcastles?

      But thanks about my pumpkin! It's really not as hard as it looks, if you have the right materials. Needless to say, I didn't use a ballpoint pen and a steak knife like we did as kids. ;) The saws are tiny and allow for a lot of precision; it just takes gobs of time.

      But if you have the time, it's really not too hard.

      (Incidentally, I had to laugh at your comment "Yeah, like someone actually DID that" because the Xtreme Carving Pattern Book from which this design came has all of the designs on pumpkins on the cover. But it's obvious that the designs are computer-generated because they're all on the same pumpkin. Same stem, same blemishes. Cheaters.... Incidentally, if you enter their design contest, computer-generated designs are not allowed. You must photograph a real pumpkin. So cheaters and hypocrites!)
  • Mack is so cute! *squee* :D
    • I think so too! He's like a cross between a fish and an eel, and once you get over how weird-looking he is, he's quite endearing!
  • Gorgeous pond pictures! If only I could will them into jigsaw puzzles...:) They also look similar to the pond picture that I used for the heading image at teh muse journal...Sort of. Maybe not. *shrug*

    And whoa! That is some impressive pumpkin carving. Is your Finrod wary of it? ;P
    • Hey, if you ever find a way to convert them into jigsaw puzzles, you're more than welcome to use them!

      And whoa! That is some impressive pumpkin carving. Is your Finrod wary of it? ;P

      Thanks! That's why I was late getting online because I was messing with tiny saws and pieces of gourd. ;)

      Finrod was on the balcony last night, as you know, and *it* was on the balcony, and they seemed to coexist, though as you know, he was too busy trying to break back into the apartment or pee off the balcony...perhaps he didn't notice?
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  • Gorgeous pond photos, and a very impressive pumpkin - but I like the fish pictures the best. ;-)
  • *hearts the pond and fishies*

    I like the look of Mack in the second pic. He's so slim and sharp, like a knife (well, yeah). And then there's the pumpkin, which made me blink twice and say, "OK, she actually did that?" because mostly the complicated designs look wayyyy too... complicated.

    On another, random, completely unrelated note, my English teacher tells me that the sentence "I'm not allowed to stay up past ten o'clock." is grammatically incorrect, and should be "I'm not allowed to stay up after ten o'clock." The second is obviously right, but I'm not sure why the first is wrong. She also tells me that "I like study." is correct, when it sounds weird to me. Your opinion? :)
    • I like the look of Mack in the second pic. He's so slim and sharp, like a knife (well, yeah).

      Lol! The name fits then!

      Mack is the coolest fish. His coloration makes it hard to capture just how cool he is. Maybe one day I'll take a little video with my camera, though this would require me to actually learn how to post video....

      But instead of having two fins at the bottom, he has one huge fin that ripples constantly and lets him swim really fast--forward, backward, upside-down....

      Yeah, he's cool. ;)

      And then there's the pumpkin, which made me blink twice and say, "OK, she actually did that?" because mostly the complicated designs look wayyyy too... complicated.

      It's not so hard with the proper tools, but it does take a long time. From start (cleaning seeds) to finish (sticking a candle inside), this one took about four hours. It's such fun, though, that it's worth it.

      On another, random, completely unrelated note, my English teacher tells me that the sentence "I'm not allowed to stay up past ten o'clock." is grammatically incorrect, and should be "I'm not allowed to stay up after ten o'clock."

      Hmmm. My intuition was "But of course--'past' is not a preposition!" But I looked it up on Dictionary.com, and apparently it is, and time is used as a specific example of it. I don't see why using one preposition ("after") should be superior to another preposition ("past") when the meanings are basically the same.

      I will say, though, that it's possible that traditional English teachings do not teach "past" as a preposition. I had to memorize prepositions in my days as a schoolgirl, and that was not one that I'd learned. So it may be that this has entered usage later or has a more "slangish" feel to one who is a very traditional grammarian. Or that is my intuition. :)

      I also looked it up in The Little, Brown Handbook, and "past" is listed as a preposition appropriate for time and place.

      Personally, given my knowledge of English and modern usage, there is nothing wrong with using "past" as a preposition indicating position in time.

      She also tells me that "I like study." is correct, when it sounds weird to me. Your opinion? :)

      "Study" can function as a noun, so this certainly works. I can say as a native speaker of American English, though, that this usage would hardly ever be heard over here, and you'd probably get an odd look for saying it. Even "studies" in the sense of, "My studies are difficult this semester" tends to feel a little obsolete, at least in terms of American English. I can't speak for English English. ;) It's nothing that would bother me, being a bit of an old-fashioned speaker myself, but "I like study" would feel awkward even to me.

      Though, technically there is nothing wrong with it. And again, it might be something that a person preferring a very traditional usage might prefer.
  • Oh Hockey! Yay! I know for you it's part of your normal daily life, but you always talk about it so casually while for me it is omg Dawn went to a NHL hockey game!!! Nice pictures :)

    But oh my! Look at that pretty Bala Shark! It is that you say he's hasty and active, because you caught him in a very quiet moment. Or so it seems. Very shiney Celegorm, no wonder he's being chased ;)

    Mack has pretty colours too btw :) But the pumpkin carving.... simply amazing Dawn.
    • I know for you it's part of your normal daily life, but you always talk about it so casually while for me it is omg Dawn went to a NHL hockey game!!!

      The shame of it is that, in this area, next to no one appreciates having the Capitals a half-hour train ride away. We have two of the most talented young players on our team, and the arena is only ever half-full. It's so bad that they will sometimes offer $5 tickets, trying to entice people to come out.

      If Ovie was in Canada or Europe...you wouldn't sniff at those tickets.

      I often think that, twenty years from now, when Ovechkin is hopefully being named as one of the legends, I'll be able to say, "Yeah, I went to see him play nearly every weekend!" Now, I just love every moment that he's on the ice. My eyes have a magnet for that #8. ;)

      It is that you say he's hasty and active, because you caught him in a very quiet moment. Or so it seems.

      I had just fed them. ;) So he was sitting and waiting for the pellets on the surface to drift down to him.

      He is a really pretty fish, and he's growing so big! I think of how tiny he was when we first got him. Now he's about 8 cm...and he is gorgeous under the lights with those shiny scales!

      Mack has pretty colours too btw :) But the pumpkin carving.... simply amazing Dawn.

      Thank you! It's not as difficult as it looks, I swear. This was only my second detailed carving.

      Mack is the fish closest to my heart. (Does that sound weird, or what? :^P) Mack and Maedhros the Monster from the Deep. That catfish is huge; you can nearly hear the other fish thinking--as they swim away as fast as they can--"Hell, no, I ain't messing with him!" :^D
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