Friday, November 23, 2007

Under New Management

We recently read that "you don't own a Boston Terrier, it owns you". Our experience this week suggests that is true. Our new owner, Beans, arrived on Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

We met Beans at the farm where she was born and raised, south of Akron, Ohio. She comes from good stock - her father was a champion at the Westminster dog show in 2003. (The cat is not related.)

Several members of Beans' extended family were on hand to say goodbye.

Back in Indianapolis, there were lots of new things to sniff and explore.

It was a long, tiring day for a little puppy.

On Thanksgiving day there were several new laps to sit in...

...and to nap in.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

A Perfectly Good Word

Last Friday I was reading the "Leisure" section of the Indy Star and learned a new word. I found it in an advice column called "Tell Me About It"*, by Carolyn Hax ( ).

The word was "twitterpated".

How it was used: "Idealistic, definsive and twitterpated are three states of being that, on their own, make people resistant to outside opinions."

I thought it was a made-up word, and made Mary look it up. She found a citation in an online dictionary. I can't find the exact same listing today, but did find several references, including the Merriam-Webster Online Open Dictionary:

(adjective) : under the influence of springfever, enamored, dizzy with fascination. "Nearly everybody gets twitterpated in the springtime. You get weak in the knees. Your head starts to whirl. Before you know it, you're knocked for a loop!" -Bambi —Bambi, Disney, 1942

So maybe it's a word that was made up in Hollywood, but then so was "supercalifragelisticexpialidocious". I don't remember the exact dialogue, but either Dick VanDyke or Julie Andrews said that was a perfectly good word.

(*"Tell Me About It" by Carolyn Hax (, published in The Indianapolis Star, Friday, September 7, 2007, Leisure section p. 27.)

Sunday, September 09, 2007

What Friends Do

This morning I read an interesting article in the Indianapolis Star about a new social networking site called "" It's aimed at people who want to organize a team of friends and relatives to support an individual in need through illness or other life-changing events.

I visited their site, , and found it to be simple and easy to navigate. Registration is free. It was created by a family here in Indianapolis. While I hope none of us need this service anytime soon, it's a link I'm going to keep.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

New Roof, New View

In January we moved to downtown Indianapolis. It's been a great change - we left a big, suburban house for a small urban condo. It has been a beautiful spring in Indiana, and we have enjoyed getting out and exploring the sights and activities that Indy offers.

Here's the view from our new roof - a great place to watch the sunset and unwind at the end of the week.

More posts to follow, with pictures and some narrative about the fun we're having in downtown Indy.