Waffles, Twinkie, & Scotch

When I checked out my dashboard, I noticed that 30 people viewed my site today, which is about 2-3 times more than normal, especially on days that I haven’t posted anything. I realized that it was because this picture had been posted to Corgiaddict.com with the caption of (loebick.com for more pictures of Waffles, Twinkie, and Scotch). People have been coming here to view the Corgis, and I haven’t posted many pics of them lately. So here’s a newish one of all three for all you fellow corgi fans!:

From left to right: Scotch, Waffles, and Twinkie (aka the blur in the background)
From left to right:
Scotch, Waffles, and Twinkie (aka the blur in the background)

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DeSoto Falls Hike

Today was absolutely beautiful. Greg and I had nothing better to do (naming today a “Lazy Sunday”) so we decided to go for a hike to a new place. Neither of us had been to the DeSoto Falls recreational area, so we decided to go there. It wound up being a nice leisurely hike through the woods.

DeSoto Falls is named after the Spanish Conquistador, Hernando DeSoto who apparently ran around aimlessly in through the woods of northeast Georgia (citation needed). The rec area actually has two waterfalls, the creatively named “Upper Falls” and equally imaginative “Lower Falls.” After passing through the picnic area and cross a bridge, you come to a fork. Right goes to the Upper Falls (3/4 mile), left goes to the Lower Falls (1/4 mile). We went to the upper falls, and then on the way back to the deciding zone, we decided that the hike hadn’t been long enough, so we went and saw the Lower Falls as well. All in all, we hiked about an hour. It’s a decently easy hike. The walk to the lower falls can be a teeny bit steep in a small area and might challenge someone who’s not in good shape, but there are nice benches that line the trail for anyone who needs a breather.

(click on the thumbnails to view larger images)

Dahlonega Literary Festival Used Book Sale

You may or may not know that I am a member of the Dahlonega Literary Festival organizing committee. I’m the website and social media person (Whatcha Readin’ Wednesday? yeah, that’s totally me!). Anyway, to drum up a bit more publicity for an upcoming fund-raising event, I’m cross posting on my personal blog. We will be hosting a used book sale on July 4th (as part of family day celebrations) in Historic Downtown Dahlonega, GA. If you’re a local and would like to donate books to the cause (all proceeds go towards funding the 2014 DLF), check out the info at the bottom of this post!

DLF LOGO (no glases)



4th of July Used Book Sale

When: Thursday, July 4, 2013
10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: Dahlonega’s Historic Square

Come browse and find some books to add to your collection and support a wonderful festival. All used book sale proceeds support the

10th Annual Dahlonega Literary Festival

A Book Lover’s Paradise!


We need as many used books as we can get: paperback or hardbound, children’s books, cookbooks, fiction or non-fiction. If you live in or near Dahlonega and have any you would be willing to donate to help us keep all the festival events FREE, please contact Arienne Wallace at ariennewallace@windstream.net.  So, please go through your bookshelves and clean out your “I’m never going to read this again” stacks!

Pets are our Babies

Research now supports what I’ve known for years, that dogs are very much like having children. The unbelievers can poopoo the idea all they want, but us crazy dog people now have our baby-talking* backed up by SCIENCE!

For the official research article: http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0065296

For the dumbed-down, Readers Digest version: http://www.today.com/health/turns-out-our-dogs-kind-are-our-babies-study-6C10435423

*Oddly enough I don’t baby talk babies or children…Only furry, cuddly things. 

Crossroads of Twilight (Wheel of Time 10): A Review


Crossroads of Twilight is the tenth installment of Robert Jordan’s epic fantasy series, The Wheel of Time. And it is by far the weakest book in the series as I’ve read them so far. There is no big reveal or battle of the ages. Its 680 pages are filled with little more than filler story, politics, and grumbling.

 Like the Wheel previous books, Crossroads follows a Rand al’Thor, Elayne Trakand, Perrin Aybara, Mat Cauthon, and several others. It seems that one of the main ensemble is missing from each book. In the case of this volume, it’s Nynaeve who is suspiciously missing from the story. And really, Rand is practically himself. After they’ve cleansed the male-half of the power, they must have taken an extended nap.

Elayne is pregnant with twins (Rand’s of course) and putting up a political fight to become Queen of Andor. Perrin is trying to rescue his wife, Faile, from the Shaido at the same time she tries to plot her own escape. Egwene, the rebel Aes Sedai, and an army are camped outside of Tar Valon, poised to attack. Mat is on the run from Seanchan-controlled Ebou Dar, all the while trying to keep Tuon, a Seanchan royal he accidently kidnapped, hidden. And there are, again, several other chapters that are told from some random character’s point of view.


While not bad, per se, Crossroads was boring. I do wish to continue the series and finish it. I need that closure. But getting through this particular installment was a chore.

3/5 Stars

Workout Stats: June 10-21

June 10, 2013

  • MS (Muscle Strengthening): 30 minutes
  • Cardio: 35 minutes

June 11, 2013

  • MS: 0 mins
  • Cardio: 15 minutes

June 12, 2013

  • MS: 30 mins
  • Cardio: 15 mins

June 13, 2013

  • MS: 0 minutes
  • Cardio: 15 minutes

June 14, 2013

  • MS: 0 mins
  • Cardio: 30 minutes

June 15, 2013

  • MS: 0 minutes
  • Cardio: 90 minutes
  • Went for a hike!

June 16, 2013

  • MS: 0 mins
  • Cardio: 00 minutes
  • Gardening and mowing–pulled muscle ensues

June 17, 2013

  • MS: 30 minutes
  • Cardio: 15 minutes

June 18, 2013

  • MS: 0 mins
  • Cardio: 15 minutes

June 19, 2013

  • MS: 30 minutes
  • Cardio: 55 minutes

June 20, 2013

  • MS: 30 mins
  • Cardio: 15 minutes

June 21, 2013

  • MS: 0 mins
  • Cardio: 20 minutes