Saturday, February 28, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
"Ujima". I don't know the significance of the title yet--hence, further research to do. This postcard illustrates the national unity and common interest in the war. It also shows how westernized society is.
"Children Holding Japanese and Russian Flags" is a little confusing right now. I'm not sure if it's a cops and robbers type of game. Maybe it's just showing how involved the children of Japan are. I'm also interested to see why the one kid is holding an American flag.
"Mother and Child Giving Soldier a Send-Off" This shows the common interest all Japanese citizens have in the war. It also illustrates the homefront for the first time in media.
"News From the Seat of the War" Same message as the previous one, but different depiction. Shows that everyone is waiting for a letter. Helps to inspire national unity.
We decided that it was time to test Mija at a real park. Rock Canyon Park is HUGE and bowl shaped. We wanted to see how she dealt with it on and off the leash. She LOVED it! Two ginormous black beautiful poodles (they were really good looking. JT's decided that if we ever get poodles we must have two black ones)came racing down the hill to play with Mija. She did NOT like that. It over-stressed her and she began to get aggressive. I was soooo upset. I was hoping that on top of the normal training, we would not have to deal with anti-agression training. It's a little hard to do without a second dog to practice with. Looks like we're going to have to do it anyway. Mija had a lot of fun once we distracted her. She never ran away from us off the leash either! We have progress!!!!
Thursday, February 19, 2009
February 18, 2007
February 18, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
After we finished painting, we sat back on the couch to finish the rest of the movie. Suddenly, we heard a loud crashing noise from the next room! We were shocked by the sheer volume and didn't have time to collect our thoughts before the perpetrator made herself known: Snickers. She came RACING at top speed through across the living room. She was running for her LIFE! We found out why. Following Snickers into the room was my Valentine's Day balloon. She had taken a liking to it and had dragged it into the office earlier in the day to play with. We are guessing that in the midst of the lighthearted play she wound the string around her leg. Suddenly the fun balloon was an evil demon chasing her down!!! IT WAS HILARIOUS. She was running away from a balloon that was attached to her back leg. She tried to lose it in the living room and took off under the television. We saw her exit out the other side, finally free of the balloon. She wouldn't come out of the office again for a while! JT and I sat there in stunned silence, looked at each other, and then burst out into uncontrollable laughter!!!!! Ahhhh good times.
We had sooooo much fun! The snow kept coming down really hard and the sky was grey. We were IN the mountains and we couldn't see them! We made our way to a clearing and had a lot of fun riding the snowmobiles around. Walking through the snow was REALLY hard and sometimes I'd take a step and be in up to my thighs again. I let myself fall off the machine into the snow a few times because it was easier than trying to step off of it. Well, eventually we had enough of the cold and realized that as bad as the meadow was geting, the roads would be getting worse. We got downhill safely and enjoyed a Valentine's Day cookie with Darren and Adria before heading home for a quick nap. It was after 5pm by this time.
I had forgotten to get together supplies for a Valentine's Day dinner so JT called Outback. That was impossible with a 2 HOUR wait! We ended up calling ahead our order to Cafe Rio and JT ran out to grab it. Yummy!!!!
We then pulled out our kitchen table and set it up in the living room. We put in What Happens In Vegas and painted a mug and cereal bowl for each other. So much fun!!!!
Afterwards we headed out at 11:30 pm for strawberry smoothies from Sonic! From start to finish, our Valentine's Day was amaaaaaaazing!
Friday, February 13, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
On another note, we had decided to sell with APX alarm systems this summer. This week we found out that we will be going to Little Rock, Arkansas! I'm not thrilled about being in the midwest for the summer, but my experience with Missouri in July tells me that I can at least handle it. I think we are mostly excited for the drive down there though! We will be driving through Colorado, Kansas, and Missouri. I have family in all three states and JT has an awesome aunt and uncle in Kansas. We plan on taking some time to visit. Being the nerdy history major, I am REALLY excited about Little Rock because of its historical significance with the civil rights movement. Little Rock Highschool is where the 9 African American students (the Little Rock 9) agreed to integrate into an all-White school as a result of the Brown v. the Board of Education ruling from the Supreme Court. The school, parents, and even city officials refused to support it and President Eisenhower ended up having to send in the National Guard to protect these kids from their own community! I can't wait to visit and see what kind of digging I can do around in the local libraries!!!!!
Monday, February 9, 2009
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Yesterday evening we noticed that Mija wasn't listening to me...at all. It was like all the obedience training applied only to JT. That was weird since I have been helping to train her. Yes JT takes her out on most of her walks, but I take her out once for every 3 he does. Apparently that isn't enough. So once I chased her down, I put her on the leash and took her outside for a good strictly guided walk to reinforce my dominance. It worked like a charm. It was just after dusk. It definitely wasn't light outside, but it wasn't pitch black.
I turned left with Mija at the next street and got engrossed in a sign barring pets from a neighborhood I had planned on walking down. Confused, I reoriented myself and was about to walk on when I noticed a man to my right on the other side of the street. He was anywhere from 5'10" to 6', wearing jeans, an orange shirt, a huge black winter coat, and a black baseball cap. He was standing on the front porch of a townhouse. His clothes were a little too big for me to tell whether he was fit or just lean. Anyways, he just stood there looking. I ignored him and continued walking straight.
When I reached 800 East (one street away from our house) I turned left. I planned on making a big square back home. The street wasn't well lit and the only residents I saw the entire time got into a car and left. It's a long street. It wasn't long before something caught my peripheral vision and I saw the same man across the street from me again! He was calmly walking so I wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt. I thought it was a little weird that he happened to turn down the same street, but if he lives nearby he could've just been going to visit a friend. All the same, it made me uncomfortable.
I stood a little taller, took firmer control of Mija, and looked confidently ahead of myself (while keeping very aware of my peripherals). I'm naturally paranoid and this situation was not helping. I remembered a safety cop once saying to be sure to take note of anyone else in the area. The last thing a girl needs is to be caught in an ambush. I looked over my shoulder and saw no one there. I didn't hear anyone behind me the rest of the time. The man across the street was still walking, and he was in perfect step with me.
Remembering further training, I picked up the pace to a light hurry. His pace picked up similarly and we continued neck and neck down opposite sides of the street. My mind began to run through the logistics. Here's a look at what went on in my head in the flash of milliseconds:
I began to feel like the possibilities of this being a coincidence were growing less and less probable. I began to run through scenarios in my head of possible actions to take. I could have taken out my cell phone and called JT. I decided against this because safety cops say that cell phones can distract more than help, depending on the situation. A woman talking on the phone to a friend is less aware and easier to sneak up on. I wanted full reaction time. I pulled my phone out of my pocket and held it in my hand--I was ready to call JT or 911 at an instant. The man was across the street. I knew I would have enough time to take off running and call before he reached me. My plan was the same if he was armed. A moving target is better than a sitting duck. Like I said, I'm paranoid and I ran through every possible scenario. If the man were to attempt to enter the street between us, I planned to immediately call out to him and firmly request that he stay on his side, stating that he had made me uncomfortable. If he took another step forward he would have clearly defied a warning and I would have run and called 911. However, police profiling labels most stalkers as predators in search of easy prey. They want the person with the least amount of fight and confrontation. Simply confronting a possible stalker will usually throw them off. This is another reason I reinforced my demeanor when I became suspicious. Predators prefer weaker looking individuals who are distracted and looking down at the ground. I pay a lot of attention in class.
Now that you're all probably convinced that I'm paranoid (see? I told you.), let me tell you what happened to my emotions. Angry doesn't even cut it for how I felt. Livid and enraged is more accurate. At this point I had picked up my pace again and was almost jogging. He changed his pace and kept up with me. If he was indeed a sick predator, I was angry with him for daring to even THINK of attacking me. If he was just playing around with me, I was angry that he would even THINK that doing this was funny! Either way, I was sooooo ready for confrontation. I was surprised with how enraged I got. I was shaking. I wasn't even scared. JT says that this was a combination of adrenaline and my tendency to take things like this personal.
At this point I decided on one last test and I abruptly stopped and told Mija to sit. The man kept walking but now he was glancing over his shoulder every so often. I had enough of this. I continued walking and soon reached the edge of the street. He turned right and I turned left onto one of the busiest side streets of BYU...the street I live off of. I got home and asked JT not to panic, and told him the story. He began to quiz me up and down about the guys appearance, where I was, what house I was in front of, etc. I did well for the most part but realized that I still had some work to do.
So there is my looooong and dramatic story. If there's a moral, I guess it's to pay attention in self-defense and safety classes you attend. In the future I've decided to call JT as soon as I get suspicious and to remember address and the shoes they were wearing. Live and learn.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
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