Wednesday, December 29, 2010

* Snow Dog Holidays *

Christmas long weekend was an eventful mix of shopping, celebration, food and a Snow Dog Winter
Party. That's right, I had five friends and seven pups of all breeds and ages hang out at my house and the ravine Monday afternoon. It was an absolute blast, watching the "pack" bond, argue over toys and determine dominance. Mr. D and Ryley were arguing over spending time with Kiara . D and Kiara met first, in Dani's backyard and they had time to bond in my car on the way to the ravine. Ryley came next and the poor boy couldn't get close to Kiara without Mr. D talking back to him (seriously, Kiara girl, how do you get all the boys - teach me a trick or two!)

We enjoyed an hour and a half long walk, roll and race in the dog park before crashing on my living room floor with my new espresso machine and goodies. We ventured on a second walk once Stephanie K. arrived with two more beautiful dogs in tow!

More on this (and a slideshow) at the end of my post! First, for a brief look at the first part of the long weekend.

Kiara and I spent the 25th running in the ravine and then enjoying Christmas dinner at my parents' house. Turkey for her, veggie quiche for me and a long photoshoot trying to determine the best lighting settings for a dimly lit night and Christmas

Doggie Gingerbread Cookie! Ahh, Ferrero, how sinfully sweet.

Kiara, exhausted, peering through a window (left)
Lilo, Steph W's puppy, a few days before xmas, posing with Starbucks (right)

This year, our gifts to each other were donations to Charity - together, we donated to Hope Mission's Christmas dinner (for the homeless), groceries for a local Christmas hamper for less well to do families, The Support Network (suicide prevention, advertising department), Edmonton Down's Syndrome Society, Edmonton Inner City Children's Project society, the Stollery Children's Hospital) and Engineers without Borders.

Nevertheless, Xmas eve and Boxing Day were shopping days galore; all my boxing day finds bought me a brand new Nescafe Dolce Gusto, machine, the $100 alternative to the $1000 machine I really want (Silvia Rancilio, from Leva Cafe). No, it's not manual, but this machine does have 15 bars of pressure and creates a smooth blend of a latte, americano or cappuccino from an automatically brewed capsule. Of course, it won't replace my Biglietti I use every morning, but it's a nice addition to my caffeine machine family!

Also on the list of purchases is a Canon printer (not the colour laser duplex that seems to cost an arm and a leg), steam mop (for all Kiara's hair) and Janice and I's annual sweater and jeans (and desk calendar) spree at West Edmonton Mall. Other purchases include David Busch's A Quick Snap Guide to Lighting to help my photographic flair and a telephoto zoom lens that I am still debating I should add to my very bare camera bag. Image stabilized 70 to 300 mm, are you worth $500?

Hmm, a month with only two weeks of tutoring and more free time than I've had all year, and what do I do - study my photography course, run with puppy and shop!

Hey, I'm in Marketing; I have to be the ultimate consumer :)

Below is the best part of Snow Dog Party - the ravine run with Kiara, Mr. D, Aola, Ziza, Zoey, Ryley - Watson just came for a brief hello later on. It's a slideshow of the best of many snaps I took, to try to capture the snow in a light that's visible and not dark and gray! According to my instructor, a neutral density filter will help me!

(Facebook users, just click here to view or click View Original Post at the bottom of the "note". Just one click to see all the action! Be sure to click into the slideshow to see the photo titles).

Thank you to all the guests and puppies who came -and don't worry if you missed it, there will be more Snow Dog parties in the new year! Happy New Year's eve (almost) everyone! Thank you for reading my blog in 2010!

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Incredible pics!! All the doggies look so cute. I'm sorry I missed this amazing event. It seems like all the animals had a fantastic time. What a great idea!