Sunday, July 22, 2007

Getting Ready for Another Vacation (100th post!)




We took Scout over to a new place to stay while we are gone from Monday to Friday on vacation this week. I'm anxious: we have always taken her to stay at her trainer's house before, which didn't seem like a "kennel" or anything like that. Once or twice, one of Husband's terrific sons has stayed here and looked after her. So yesterday and today I cooked rice and ground turkey, and packed up the other things she eats into daily portions, and worried about whether she would get sick (sometimes before, she has gotten sick in our absence). I miss her already. The place is called "Dog Days" and it's in kind of a warehouse district (actually, it is a warehouse, of sorts), but when we got inside they had it all fixed up with big areas for dogs to play in, and an evening "relax" area. She started playing with other dogs right away, so that made me feel a little less anxious. But, as I said, the house is quiet -- I'm looking for a head to scratch, and it's just not there.

We are only going to be gone a few days, but we're "Leaving on a Jet Plane" tomorrow morning, so I'm packing -- mostly shorts, this time -- not so many books either, because we'll be doing some sightseeing. I have been to this place before, but basically just driving through. So I'm excited to be getting a better view. Husband has never been there before.

This is my 100th post. At one point, I thought when I reached 100, I would explain the origin of the cartoon of me on my blog, or go on and on about why I chose "faith in community" for my blog title, or some serious and weighty thing like that. But it just turned out that 100 coincided with getting ready for vacation again, and missing Scout, the wonder dog, whose tale will continue, I promise. (4 Biblical Marys WILL be back, as well... I'll do some jotting on vacation.)

In honor of my 100th post, though, I wonder if anyone can identify the place where I am headed. Whoever guesses, or guesses first, will get some sort of prize (a postcard?). How about that?



And have a glass of wine, or a margarita, or a cosmopolitan, or something, in honor of making it to 100.
Cheers!

13 comments:

Jan said...

Diane, Congratulations! Have fun! That place sounds like a nice one for Scout.

All I can think of for the picture is that it reminds me of a mesa that Georgia O'Keefe painted sometimes. New Mexico?

lj said...

A cosmo sounds nice. Happy 100th!

I wish I knew the place. I don't know where you're going either, but since New Mexico has already been guessed, I'll say Utah. Not very specific, eh?

Barbara B. said...

Congratulations!!! Happy 100th!!!
I'm going to guess around Scottsbluff, Nebraska.

P.S. an after-thought said...

Utah? The place where Butch Cassidy was?

Marsha said...

I haven't a clue as to the location in the picture but I hope you enjoy the vacation. Congrats on your 100th post.

Kievas said...

Congrats on #100, and enjoy the vacation. No clue on the picture either, but it reminds me of Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Hot Cup Lutheran said...

happy trails to you... until we meet again.... I'm guessing Steam Boat Rock? but Barbara had a really good guess with Scottsbluff there... but I didn't seem Chimney Rock? looks good to me... I'll sip my Coke in celebration of your one-double-0 post!

mompriest said...

I see sage brush, so I'm guessing Wyoming? If it were too close, you'd drive...but since you are flying out of the Minneapolis area it has to be further than a days drive (ie the Dakotas, or even Nebraska)...I'm guessing someplace in Wyoming...or Arizona...

well, wherever you are going I hope you have lots of fun!

Diane said...

The winner is.... Jan! (how about that, on the first guess)... we just arrived and I'll post later this evening, but if Jan would like a postcard from whereI am, just e-mail me and I'll send one. Now, I'm going to nap, and then we're going to start sight-seeing.

mompriest said...

Cool, Jan - you go girl!

Diane, wow, have fun fun fun!

Presbyterian Gal said...

Congratulations on the 100th and have a great time on your vacation. Your sweet dog is gonna be just fine!

Serena said...

Congratulations on your 100th post ... and vacation blessings!

Rowan The Dog said...

Dear Scout,

I can't believe your guardian went on vacation without you! Bummer. Lindy did that to me once. The good thing is that you can milk it for a lot of guilt-treats and make-up petting when they get back.

I prefer to go along with Lindy. But, at my dog hotel, there are other dogs that I can boss around and play with and the humans there are real nice. There's lots of stuff to jump on too. You are guaranteed to get pets at a dog hotel. Plus, there's unlimited barking. The humans totally allow it. And, you never know what's going to happen next: A new dog visitor, taking a walk, getting a treat. It really is pretty much fun... Just don't let your guardian find out how much fun you are having. Make the guilt work for you.

Love,

Rowan