1. I almost _________.
2. I finally _________.
3. I find _________ very interesting.
4. I have my doubts about _________.
My answers are below in bold. This is one of those weeks when my explanations accompanying my fill-ins are devastatingly long. I'm just feeling a bit wordy this week. My apologies. Feel free to skim read or skip the explanations if you are short on time.
1. I almost studied art and/or writing in college.
(I'm fairly certain I've mentioned this before. I've always enjoyed creating things, both in the form of drawing and writing. That's why art and writing were both in the running when I was determining what to study in college. In the end, though, I realized that in order to study either of those, I'd have to be heavily judged and graded on what I created. In my opinion, art and writing are largely subjective and personal endeavors, and I really didn't want to be taught and expected to use artistic methods that didn't fit my own style. So, I studied animal sciences in college instead, while keeping art and writing as my favorite hobbies on the side.)
2. I finally scheduled pup Astrid's annual exam.
(Astrid isn't even due for her annual until mid-July. I just get antsy and am one of those pet parents who likes to have her furbabies' appointments scheduled weeks in advance. I like having their appointments in my planner with plenty of time to spare. This also more likely ensures finding an available appointment time that doesn't interfere with my work hours too much. Astrid is always my first furbaby due for an annual exam each year, and then almost all the kitties' appointments follow soon after. My planner will soon be filled with upcoming vet appointments. For a couple more thoughts on Astrid's upcoming vet visit, see fill-in #4 below.)
3. I find other individuals' artistic styles very interesting.
(This perhaps sort of goes along with a comment I made in fill-in #1. As I said above, I believe art can be very subjective and personal. I fill my sketchbook with my personal style of drawings, just as I fill my notebooks with my personal writing style. No one else's style of creations will be identical to mine, and this intrigues me. What's more, I really enjoy seeing, reading, and overall experiencing how other individuals express themselves artistically. Not everyone's style will necessarily fit my taste, but I still find each individual style quite interesting in its own way. Art is like a whole other language sometimes.)
4. I have my doubts about Astrid willingly participating in curbside veterinary care.
(As mentioned above, pup Astrid has her annual exam in July, and our veterinary clinic thinks they might still be doing curbside appointments at that point in time. If that's their protocol, that's fine, because I don't get to choose their methods of operation. I will admit, though, that Astrid is very timid and does not often willingly go with strangers. This is generally a good thing, except in the case when she needs to be escorted into the clinic by a member of the veterinary staff rather than one of her usual humans. Astrid has never shown any aggression towards any human, but she will put on her very stubborn brakes, or she'll simply try to run away, when it comes to strangers. There are two veterinary technicians at our clinic that Astrid really likes, though, so if a veterinary assistant or other staff member that she doesn't know fails to coax 80-lb Astrid inside, I'll probably ask if one of Astrid's favorite technicians is available to convince Astrid to cooperate.)
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There's even more fun to be had today. Why? Because today is the day of the Pet Photo Fails! Blog Hop, hosted by Mudpie and Melissa of Melissa's Mochas, Mysteries, & Meows.
Our blooper queen Eddy is always ready for this day of outtakes. Today is no different. Are you ready for her bloopers? Yes? Good, because here they are.
I honestly love that Eddy snuck her snaggletooth into those bloopers. I love her adorable little snaggletooth so much.
Have a fantastic Friday!
Flashback Doodle of the Day
It would seem I just really enjoy drawing random rooms in random houses. I'm scribbling up doodles in home settings in the present time, and I was apparently doing the same this time last year. See?
Tip of the Day
Is your kitty or pup due for a veterinary visit these days? If so, make sure you know your veterinary clinic's current protocols, and then plan accordingly. After all, we're currently in the midst of a pandemic and times have changed. Is your veterinary clinic allowing pet parents inside the clinic with their pets? If so, make sure you know the protocols. Have a mask to wear if that's required, practice social distancing as instructed, and simply make sure you know and heed other protocols currently in place at the veterinary clinic.
On the other hand, is your veterinary clinic offering only curbside care right now? If so, make sure that you prepare for those circumstance. Have any kitty who is due for an exam in a sturdy carrier that you can easily and safely hand over to one of the staff members. If you're taking a dog on a leash, make sure their collar is on safely and securely, that their leash is sturdy and properly attached, and that any other necessary precautions are made to ensure a safe handover to the veterinary staff. Does your kitty or pup cooperate best with certain treats or a certain toy? If so, perhaps bring those with you and ask the veterinary staff if they'd like to take those treats or that toy with them for your furbaby's exam.
As you would for any vet visit, also try to have all questions and concerns ready before you get there. If you need to write down your questions, do so. If your veterinary clinic is only offering curbside care and your kitty has a lump, bump, or other similar concern that needs checked out, make sure you know how to tell or show them where it is so that they can properly examine it once they get inside with your furbaby. All in all, try to be prepared ahead of time, as that will make the visit easier for all involved.