On dog groomers: Pupperazi

1 Jan

Last Saturday, I finally got home after a great trip to Ohio (and a very horribly delayed flight with United).  I picked Panda from his “foster home”, and after a whole day of traveling, we were home.  Unfortunately, his harness was kept on too long during his stay (I wanted to do that actually cos it takes forever to put that on him!), and his hair got matted around the harness.  I tried brushing it and picking it, but he wouldn’t stay still for that.  It hurts, I’m sure!  Now, this was a Saturday night, close to midnight.  One of my usual groomers is close on Sundays, and the other doesn’t open until noon.  I, of course, don’t want to wait that long.  Plus, I wasn’t even sure if there was a groomers available Sundays in that place.  So, I fiddled around the net and found Pupperazi.  I searched for reviews, and though they were little, most were great.  Plus, they open at 9:00 am on a Sunday.  I called the place, Christine told me to bring Panda in; and, as long as I don’t mind her possibly keeping him for a while, she will look at working on his matted hair.   I liked how she sounded on the phone.  It seemed like she was really concerned about the matted fur, cos she said that it’s uncomfortable for the dogs to move when it happens.  When I got there, there were about two or three other dogs in the pen.  It was a pretty big place for a groomers; pretty, spacious and new.  They traded places with the scrap booking store a few doors down.  She took a look at Panda, and told me she’d work on him.

Three hours later, I got a call to pick him up, and he looks good as new.  He wasn’t even shaved!  I love it!

Fully groomed Panda

Fully groomed Panda

His nails were trimmed pretty close too, although it wasn’t filed the way I like it, it didn’t scratch me.  I’m thinking I have a new go-to place for Panda’s grooming needs. Woot!  Plus, they carry Panda’s dog food: Blue Buffalo.

3436 Tampa Rd.
Palm Harbor, FL 34684

Store Hours:

Tue: 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Wed – Fri: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sat – Sun: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

On movies to watch, part 1

25 Dec

I initially wanted to include Les Miserables and Django in this list; but I have decided that this should only include the top ten movies I want to watch next year, 2013. I’m hoping writing about it would help me remember (I have bad memory, whut?!) lol. Anyway, in no particular order (other than I searched and found them first), my movies to watch include:

1. Much Ado About Nothing

The reason for me wanting to watch the movie is pretty obvious. I love most things with Joss Whedon. I loved him since Buffy, all the way to The Avengers movie. With the exception of Dollhouse, I have pretty much watched everything he’s been associated with. Having Nathan Fillion (Capt. Malcolm of Firefly and Serenity), and Alexis Desinof (Wesley of Buffy and Angel) helped a lot. More specifically Fillion, actually.

From what I understand, it’s a modern-day, black and white (to give it a film noir feel) Shakespeare play with the men as classy mobsters. They’re going the way of Romeo & Juliet (the one with Leonado diCaprio and Claire Danes), who talked Shakespearean the whole time.

So far, it’s been slated to be out by June 7, 2013. Keeping my fingers crossed!

2. Gangster Squad

In spite of its’ really bad name, Gangster Squad looks very interesting. Starring Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin, and Emma Stone, the trailer looked really good. It’s based on a real-time mob boss, Mickey Cohen. According to their website:

Los Angeles, 1949. Ruthless, Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) runs the show in this town, reaping the ill-gotten gains from the drugs, the guns, the prostitutes and—if he has his way—every wire bet placed west of Chicago. And he does it all with the protection of not only his own paid goons, but also the police and the politicians who are under his control. It’s enough to intimidate even the bravest, street-hardened cop…except, perhaps, for the small, secret crew of LAPD outsiders led by Sgt. John O’Mara (Josh Brolin) and Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling), who come together to try to tear Cohen’s world apart.

After watching Boardwalk Empire, and seeing the likes of Rothstein, Capone and Nucky; I have developed a love for mobster-related shows. Having Emma Stone in the movie doesn’t hurt either. After Easy Aand Zombieland, I have developed lesbian-love for Stone. Her voice is just so husky-awesome! I don’t mind sitting through any of her movies.

Movie is set to show on January 13, 2013; so this would probably be the first movie we’ll see after the new year.

3. World War Z

I read the book, so I have high expectations for this movie. But it seems like the internet is ganging up on lowering any expectations that this movie may be as good as the book.

First and most important of all, they changed the plot. While the book was more of a series of interviews by Gerry Lane, a U.N. employee asking about how the apocalypse began, how humans dealt with it, and how the survivors are dealing with it; the movie seemed to be more about Brad Pitt as Lane, still a U.N. employee, and preventing the apocalypse from happening.

Second, they have fast-moving zombies. I don’t like fast-moving zombies. I’m a traditionalist. I like my zombies slow and lumbering, with no deductive reasoning skills. Yes, fast zombies are scarier; but it doesn’t make sense! Zombies are supposed to have a non-functioning frontal cortex. They basically function at a primitive level, whose only concern is to eat. They are also actively decaying, and can’t possibly be moving too fast either. Anyway, I digress.

It looks like the movie is supposed to be out by summer of 2013.

To continue with the rest of the list tomorrow.

On an early Christmas trip to Marion, OH

24 Dec

View out front -Troy, OH

One of the most interesting houses in residential Urbano -Urbano, OH

One of the most interesting houses in residential Urbano -Urbano, OH

Street view -Marion, OH

Street view -Marion, OH

I have never seen a drive thru gas shop store in Florida, ever!  I think it's amazingly convenient -Marion, OH

I have never seen a drive thru gas shop store in Florida, ever! I think it’s amazingly convenient -Marion, OH

Where the Christmas party fun happened!  Interesting flash effect. -Marion, OH

Where the Christmas party fun happened! Interesting flash effect. -Marion, OH

Merry Christmas everyone!

Merry Christmas everyone!


Wishlist 2012

22 Dec

Because Christmas is close, and I like to remember what I like. Also I have nothing better to do. I know I’m very predictable with my choices.

Take Your Piccadilly Coat

Lauren Moffatt The Sun Will Come Out

Mulberry Scones Coat

Sony MHS-TS20 8GB Bloggie Touch Camera

Sony HVL-F58AM Digital Camera Flash

Polaroid Dive Rated Waterproof Housing Case for Sony Alpha Nex 3 with 18-55mm Lens

Polaroid z2300

NARS Sheer Lipstick in Petit Monstre

NARS blush in Orgasm

On visiting Troy

21 Dec

Today is officially the boyfriend’s last day before the Christmas holiday break.  Tomorrow we shall be off to Troy, OH (weather permitting) for some family fun, and most likely snow.

Downtown Troy

Downtown Troy

Hello Troy, little one gas town. Lol.  It’s not bad actually.  There’s a few grocery stores, and a lot of commercial and local restaurants.

K's burger: old-fashioned but yummy burger and milkshake joint

K’s hamburger shop: old-fashion, but yummy burger and milkshake joint

And this would be home of the yummy almost-homemade-like burgers.  I love this place!  We always try to go here whenever we visit Troy.  I like ’em with chocolate milkshake.

K's cheeseburger and chocolate milkshake

K’s cheeseburger and chocolate milkshake

*Some days I think I should not go for a 1,000-word-per-post.  I write too much.

On puppy grooming

20 Dec

Meet Panda.  panda behaveYes, I know, he looks adorable.  He is almost 7 months old, and is actually very sweet.  But he can be a little devil too at times.  I blame myself partly at this,  I am not a very disciplined mom.  I would let him get away with things, and leave most of the disciplining to the boyfriend.  So far, his best accomplishment is that he’s potty trained.  No accidents at all for almost two months now.  We think he’s a bit smart; unfortunately, he uses it to get in trouble.  He never seems to forget where you last dropped your food, or figure out a way to sneak somewhere he’s not supposed to.  Shredding things also seem to give him joy.

He loves people.  Absolutely adores them.  He jumps too high, and gets all excited whenever he sees someone.  So far, we have worked on getting him to just sit still while someone goes in and out the door.  Of course, once they’re through the door, it’s still a little hard to contain him.  Generally, he’s still a work in progress.  Hopefully, I can get him trained once I start working full-time again.

But let’s get on to grooming.  He is one tough pup to groom.  He bites your when you try to brush his hair, or lift his paw, or cut his hair.  In fairness, he doesn’t bite hard.  But it still gets annoying.  So I understand that he really isn’t the best customer.  We usually give him a bath once a week (unless he somehow gets filthy mid-week); usually on Sundays after his trip to the dog park, where he initially bathes in mulch and other dog saliva.  I use Avoderm puppy formula, and it definitely lasts for a week.  He also gets his hair brushed daily cos it gets tangled at times, and it will be too much work if it gets matted.  I would fix his nails if I could, but that actually scares me.

So far, we have been to two different groomers.  He goes  to the groomers every three to four weeks, depending on their availability, and the length of his coat and nails.  The first one is A Pet Spa Grooming, about 5 minutes away from where we live.  It was a decent place.  They seem very friendly, and the place is clean.  My problem is that they don’t file the nails too well.  Panda comes out, and his nails are still sharp.  His clean smell also doesn’t last too long.  After a few days, he starts to get stinky.

panda copy

The other place we would go to is Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming.  I love Melissa (I hope that’s her name)! She was nice and warm and extremely patient with Panda.  She also files his nails really well.  The only problem I have is that they’re a little further (about 15 mins away, so it’s not to bad), and they charge $15-20 more than the other place.  I went there the other day just to get his nails filed, and this other lady worked on him; and she was bad.  The nails were hardly filed at all.  And given how much jumping and running he does, I almost always gets scratched accidentally.

Would I go back there?  Most definitely.  I think although more expensive, it’s worth it.  But I would probably make sure that I book him with a groomer that I actually like.

On my history with yoga

19 Dec

pandabear copy

Let me start this off by saying, I love yoga.  I mean, I’m not the type who attends classes all day, chit-chat with the teachers, or hang  out in the studio; I go in and out once my one class is done, and I thank the teacher at the most.  I love yoga because it is the only form of exercise I will tolerate.  I don’t run, I don’t do machines, and I hate weights.  Obviously, I’m picky.  But I do want a workout.  So between yoga and Pilates, I chose yoga cos it’s cheaper.

I almost always look for a yoga place whatever town I get assigned.  My first yoga place was Journeys in Yoga in Tallahassee.  I would always attend the power yoga once a week, and some other random class when I can.  The power yoga teacher was awesome!  I wish I could remember her name.  She was really good; and even though I started with a jelly belly, I seriously believe her sessions made it a lot stronger.  She had a very challenging core workout; and regardless of class size (which is sometimes a lot!), she takes her time to attend to each and every one in her class.

The second place was at Trinity Yoga in New Port Richey.  I like the small class size, but the class schedule didn’t work well with mine.  I also found the classes to sedate. In fairness to them, I was only able to attend vinyasa classes cos of my work schedule; so I can’t really be a good judge of the place.

Then I tried Bikram yoga (hot yoga) at Heat Yoga & Fitness in Clearwater.   That was my first Bikram.  I loved it and hated it at the same time!  My first session was tough.  The room was set to about 105 degrees Fahrenheit, and again the workout was very challenging.  Then again, you probably can make a lot of things challenging if you do it in a hot stuffy room.  I tried hot power one time and almost fainted.  It was just too much!  After that I would only do hot yoga, and ballet yoga.  Some of the teachers were good; they explain things well and do a good job of showing what they want done.  It would have been better if they provided more tactile feedback to correct forms, and suggest alternative positions.  Some of the teachers sounded like they just memorized their script.

My favorite yoga studio was South West Orlando Yoga.  Gerry was a great teacher!  I would attend his vinyasa classes, and he would explain things, and give everyone sufficient cues to improve our form.  Our classes were always small, which I love.  The classes weren’t boring either.  He loves to chat, and make the practice more personal.  This might have been the only class I’ve been to where I actually chatted with people in the room.  This is the most I miss in Orlando.

Right now I’m trying out A Yoga Village in Clearwater.  I’ve done a few classes -Hot Yoga with Mable, Alignment & Deep Stretch with Lisa, Kundalini with  Ram Gian Singh, Ashtanga with Sydney, and Power Yoga with Linda.  Except for a hot yoga session with another instructor (whose name I forgot), I like this place.  I love Linda the most though.  She had so much energy, and I really like teachers who give feedback.  And she gives them in boatloads!  Her power class was fast and flowing.  A lot of sun salutations and some inversions.  Lisa’s class was pretty good too; while not as strenuous as Linda’s, I like how the session flows.  There’s a lot of focus on holding positions and rotations.  I just don’t like huge class size.  And while I am not really into meditation too much, the Kundalini class which used gong during savasana was interesting.  I might just do this at least once a month.  It focused more on quieting the mind, and really just focusing on what you’re doing.  I don’ really like those type of classes too much; but sometimes it’s a nice change of pace too.  The class also gave my quads a work out.  All in all, the place is great cos it offers a lot of classes, and different teachers.  My only issue is that it’s more expensive than the places I usually go.  Hopefully, I can afford to stay.

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