The Crazy Suburban Mom: 2012-08-19

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Everything I know I learned from my Greyhound, #3

According to Lee Livingood, in her book Retired Racing Greyhounds for Dummies:   "Before the 1980s, nearly all racing Greyhounds were killed at the end of their careers. In the early 1980s, reputable industry people and public attention combined to focus attention on this problem. 

At that time, some conscientious breeders were already placing their Greyhounds in good homes at the ends of their careers, but there was no organized effort to do so. At one time, it was estimated that 60,000 Greyhounds were being destroyed each year. By the early 1990s, the industry began to provide estimates of the numbers of adoptions based on their records. In 1991, approximately 52,000 Greyhounds were born, but only 7,000 were adopted."

Decades later their future after a racing career is uncertain but I have hope this will change with increased awareness and adoptions.  Many people continue to think 'puppy' when they contemplate adding a dog to their family and others aren't willing to adopt a dog with health issues caused by a career ending injury (Most dogs aren't injured).

Ventura came to us with one surgery already and within the first year, he had three more.  Clearly he  wasn't the most adoptable dog in the lot but I wouldn't trade him for anything.

This picture was taken within half an hour of walking into our home.  We hadn't planned on taking him home and I'm sure it wasn't on his radar that day... but Ventura taught me... 

 No matter how bleak things look, today may be the day you meet your best friend ever.

For more information on greyhounds visit Greyhound Friends of NJ and their list of adoptable greyhounds is here.


Friday, August 24, 2012

Randomness and my Filofax

What follows is an extremely random Filofax post.  I don't even know how to classify it...

I love these post it page markers, I have so many I needed to store them in a labeled container...  Actually a old Filofax box but, same difference.  

If you've never been to  Yozo craft it's an amazing source for all things adorable, cheap and stationaryish.  But go when you have time because once you're there you may never come out.

My favorite translucent arrow tabs...


I got these at Barnes and Noble and if you live near one, get some of these.  They are very bright and really catch your attention.  They are classified as bookmarks in the sense that you can use them to highlight text but still read what's under them.   Definitely will re-buy these... probably again and again.


They have the right hole placement for an A5 and if you wanted to keep them in the front it would be perfect but I kept moving them day to day.  Eventually it was a pain so I washi-taped the holes, repunched them and then cut a slit for easy removal.  I'm not sure if all that was necessary but the backing is cardboardish and I didn't want it to shred.


This is the beginning of a project.  You'll probably think I'm really weird but here goes...  I buy old wool  clothes to felt and make new things from.  Normally things like wrist warmers, mittens...  Pot holders. Crafty things.  I find mostly sweaters  but I couldn't resist this aqua color so I'm in the process of making a wool Filofax Insert out of someone's old skirt.  

I know.  Weird.  I did warn you.

My plan is to attach something to it (as yet undecided what) so I can carry pens and pencils and then embroider it.  

Not a clue how this will pan out but I did get holes in it.  The Japanese Book Punches really do punch through everything...  (more about them here)


And since there is no rhyme or reason to this post anyway....


Is it just me?

Or does anyone else find the Filofax boxes crazy attractive?  I mean look at the graphics.   

I would so love a Filofax embossed with the same designs that are on the boxes ...

...à la The Baroque

It doesn't even have to be leather or on the inside, I'd be happy to buy a Filofax with the box graphics in a Domino..

Although not an Apex.

You do have to draw a line in the plastic somewhere.


Dunkin' Dounuts Coffeelicious Mug Up Promotion

 Two seconds after lifting my head off the pillow I want a hot cup of coffee ... Every single morning...365 days a year...Without fail. 

Setting up my coffee maker is the last thing I do before bed (I even take it  on vacation)  because I'm not all that functional at the crack of ridiculous.

Coffee is my best friend and bookends my day.

When I heard about Dunkin’ Donuts “Mug Up” promotion I got very excited. All you have to do is take photo of yourself and your favorite mug, then upload it here.

The grand prize is  a $10,000 Grocery Gift Card, a one-Year Supply of Dunkin’ Donuts Packaged Coffee still my java lovin' heart... and Giant Dunkin’ Donuts Mug.  

Sure wish  I could enter because that looks like the perfect size mug for me in the morning! The “Mug Up” promotion ends on August 26th and that's only 2 days away so go now!

  Since I'm not eligible, I'll  just show the coffee sparing y'all the image of me at Ridiculous O'Clock. 

 No one deserves that hot mess etched into their brain forever.

Serious yummage...

Did you know Dunkin' Dounuts coffee is available in grocery stores? 

I did, in fact that's what in my Javanormous  coffee mug.  To help you find Dunkin' Donuts coffee near you check their  seek and enjoy link (a store finder)  here so you too can start your morning in the best possible way.    

This Coffeelicous promotion ends on August 26th so click on over to the Dunkin’ Donuts Mug Up site and upload your photo today! 

If you win please let me know, I'll be jealous... but very happy for you!

“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Dunkin’ Donuts packaged coffee and received product samples and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.”


Thursday, August 23, 2012

Everything I know I learned from my greyhound # 2

Perfect as Ventura is to me,  he bears a lot of physical scars.  From the registration tattoos in both ears that greyhound puppies get at about two months of age, to several large V-shaped many bear, to his contracted, twisted right back leg; a sad reminder of Ventura's career-ending untreated break.

But physical appearance is only one side of beauty and Ventura taught me...


People who love you know how beautiful you are.

For more information on greyhounds visit Greyhound Friends of NJ and their list of adoptable greyhounds is here.


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

A few more Printable A5 Inserts

I ordered some A4 Clairefontaine paper over the weekend.  Hopefully that will put an end to the unpredictable way the inserts print.  In an effort to calm my nerves I made a few more...

They could be used as phone/address inserts but I didn't put a title on them; I like them a lot and might just want to use them as to-do sheets...

Yellow vintage desk phone...

And a second version of this one.

And a  pink one.

I kind of love this one.

If you try any of them please let me know if they are successful for you.  They were made in A5 size but if I can get this to work I'll make other sizes.

Clicking on them should get you a full size image, I can also send you the file.  I would love some feedback on these!


Monday, August 20, 2012

Everything I know I learned from my greyhound #1

Ventura was four years old when we adopted him and only a few months off the track, he raced longer then most.  Racing greyhounds aren't treated as pets but commodities.  They generally don't know their name; someone may call it out during a race distracting the dog.  And they spend most of their lives crated (up to 20 hours a day).

According to the ASPCA Greyhounds live "at commercial racetracks, the dogs spend the majority of their lives in confinement—stacked in double-decker cages in warehouse-style kennels for up to twenty or more hours per day. The cages are just large enough for the dogs to stand in. Most of the enclosures are not heated or air-conditioned, causing the short-coated dogs to suffer during severe weather temperatures. Many dogs suffer from fleas, ticks and internal parasites."   

It's a lot to overcome but Ventura taught me...

  It's never too late to have a happy childhood.

For anyone who wants more information on greyhounds or is interested in adopting one, here is some information from Greyhound Friends of NJ. The List of adoptable greyhounds is here.

What follows is from website info page:

The greyhound is the oldest domesticated breed of dog and was the once the pet, hunting dog, and friend of the ancient Egyptians, Romans, Greeks, and the Medieval European Aristocracy. They were buried with their owners in Egypt, depicted in oil paintings of European nobles, and their ownership was restricted to the aristocracy in England. It is only recently that they have been used in the gambling world and destroyed when their careers were finished. Today, thousands of young, healthy dogs are killed annually because there are not enough homes for them.

Greyhounds begin their racing career at about 18 months and if they have not shown winning ability within their first 3 races, they are finished. In the United States they can be raced up to 5 years old, but most dogs coming off the track are 2-3 years old. They are used to living in large kennels with many other dogs and are not housetrained, although they have learned to go to the bathroom outside rather than in their cages. They usually housetrain easily using "crate training" (see information on accompanying page). They are the athletes of the dog world and are usually healthy although underweight by pet standards.


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