Monthly Archives: April 2013

Photography and Some of My Favorite Pictures – Tobey and Lillian Edition – Part 2

Editors note: I had this post written and ready to post and somehow ended up deleting it. I apologize for the delay in posts.

This is part 4 of my ongoing series of some of my favorite photographs that I’ve taken. If you are new to the blog, the previous posts are: Favorite Pictures, Dog Edition, and Tobey and Lillian Part 1. I encourage you to check them out and let me know what you think. I tend to take a lot of pictures of the pups because of how much they mean to my finance’ and I (we met at the dog park so without the pups….). Anyway, without further reading, I present part 2 of my favorite Tobey and Lillian photographs.

The first picture was taken at Christmas in 2011. Everyone was getting ready to open presents. We gave Lillian hers first so she wouldn’t be running around or scared by all the commotion. She didn’t leave her bed until the bully stick was finished. I love the look of pure joy on her face as well as the vibrant color.


The next picture is of Tobey running at full speed. Nothing makes Tobey happier than running at full speed. When he comes back, you can see the pure joy on his face. My finance’ and I think he would be a horrible hunter in the wild because he gets so excited when he sees or starts chasing something that he starts yelping in a really excited high pitched sound. What I like most about this picture is that you can see the pure force and speed. Another cool difference between the two pups… when Tobey runs, he puts every ounce of energy and passion into it… when Lillian runs, she is graceful like a gazelle and is much faster than Tobey. The contrast is really cool to witness.


Tobey absolutely hates baths. I can’t stress that enough. Giving him a bath is a two person job. One to make sure he doesn’t make a run for it and another to clean him…. However, when my niece was visiting and bath time came… all of a sudden, he got really jealous of all the attention she was getting. The look on my niece’s face is absolutely priceless. I don’t think she knows what to make of this big gray monster. I like to think this was Tobey being protective as weimaraners are some of the most loyal dogs there are.


The next picture was taken in a field near the house. I call it ‘See No Evil.’ I’m not sure what they thought they had, but they were fascinated with whatever it was. I like the whimsical nature of this picture. There are a million captions that could be made but really captures the friendship between the two weims.



If you any comments on the pictures or want to drop a note, please feel free to use the comments section.  

Tobey Surgery & Update

Yesterday I took Tobey into the vet to have 7 tumors removed (all turned out non-cancerous) and to have his teeth properly cleaned and examined. The surgery for the tumors went well at first and all incisions were done without exterior stitches or staples. The tooth exam went a little worse. He had one tooth that was fractured and needed to be extracted so I had that done.

All-in-all, things went really well and were positive until he started waking up. He became obsessed with licking the wounds and banging around in the crate. In fact, he reopened three of the incisions to the point where the doctor ended up using staples to ensure the wound didn’t worsen and to stop the bleeding.

Tobey was really excited to see me and anxious to get home. This was the second time that he ever rode in the new car…. unfortunately for me, there was still a little bit of blood coming from the newly opened incisions and he ended up getting some blood on the seats. Thankfully, the seats are leather so I was able to clean it up, but I still managed to get flustered by the entire ordeal and have a decent amount of anxiety.

Since he was licking so much, I had to go to Petpeople to get him a soft-cone. The vet had provided a hard-cone, but it wasn’t working for him. He was literally bumping into everything. The sales person was wonderful and helped fit Tobey for the right size and make sure it was set up properly.

Today he’s been much better and I haven’t used the soft-cone at all. He also his energy back and is constantly wanting to go outside and play. It’ll still be 10-14 days before we can get the staples out and start running again. Pictures are below.


This is Tobey after reopening the wounds. You can see the shaved skin and some powder the doctor put on to help stop the bleeding.

IMG_20130425_162152This is the cone they sent Tobey home with. I didn’t realize that he had his paw stuck in it. Eventually, he laid down so I don’t think it was hurting him too much.



Tobey in his soft cone. The first picture reminds me of this. Poor guy didn’t know what to do.


We eventually got him to lay down in his bed and he started to relax.



Another picture of Tobey showing two of the incisions.


This last picture is the tee shirt I wore today as a sign of solidarity with my little guy. As I mentioned above, he is doing much better today and is back to barking at anything that moves and any dog that walks by.

If you have any comments about any of the pictures or want to wish Tobey a speedy recovery, feel free to drop a note in the comments section.





Before and After – Camry Edition

This is the final odometer reading from my old Camry. Also notice the check engine light is on. The final tally is 192,296 miles without anything major needing to be repaired. The 2001 Camry was absolutely amazing and dependable. I couldn’t have asked for a better car.


Contrast that to my new car (named Wattson). A brand new 2013 Camry Hybrid. I took ownership with 6 miles on the car. I could not be more excited.


If you have any car stories or want to leave a note, please feel free to drop a note in the comment box below.

What’s New with Mark?

I’m continuously amazed how fast life can go sometimes. I was listening to the great Dr. Drew the other day and he mentioned how the only universal constant between any culture at any time was that the older the person got, the faster time seemed to go. The last couple of weeks have flown by. The Better Half and I had our engagement pictures taken a few weekends ago and they came out Amazing. Britt Larkin did an amazing job and we even have some pictures with the Weims.

In major news for me, I’ve purchased a new car. My existing Camry has over 192,000 miles on it so it’s definitely time to upgrade. One of the things I remember my grandpa telling me was that he never had a new car. Now this isn’t the full truth because he bought many new cars over his lifetime, but all of them would go to my grandma. This isn’t a surprise considering my Grandfather was the most amazing person I’ve ever known. I’m sure he always wanted my Grandma to have the latest safety enhancements and to not have her worry about the car breaking down. I think the same way but I always remembered him telling me. I think because of this, I want to purchase my own new car before I get married. I purchased the Consumer Reports winner of the mid-size car with the lowest cost of ownership… the Toyota Camry Hybrid. I’m really really excited. I pick up the car tomorrow. It’s supposed to have 4 miles on it, which is crazy. This will be the third most expensive purchase of my life (2 previous houses being numbers 1 & 2). I’ve already come up with an awesome name for the car. Since it’s a hybrid and relies on the battery, I’m going to name him Wattson. More on this to come.

Lastly, my desktop recently crashed so I was scrambling to purchase a new machine. I chose to purchase a laptop because I like the portability. I bought an Amazon Warehouse Deal for a Samsung ultrabook, which means it was a return, but was 50% of the price of the exact machine new. I couldn’t be happier with what I received. Everything I received was in pristine condition other than the original packaging. Thanks to Carbonite, I didn’t lose a single file and moving everything to the new computer was seamless. I could not recommend Carbonite more.

Minnesota Twins – Mid-April Thoughts

I love baseball and I love the Minnesota Twins. I remember growing up in Minnesota and my parents taking me tons of Twins games at the Metrodome. I remember reading the Star Tribune every chance I could reading the box scores and collecting baseball cards. For the second year in a row, I’ve purchased the package so I can watch every out of market game (I’m still confused how Pittsburgh is considered a local market in Columbus, OH, but the idiotic black out rules are another post). So far I’ve either watched or listened to on the radio all but one Twins game this year. Below are my quick-hit thoughts.

  • Burt Blyleven (one of the Twins announcers) is absolutely horrible. I’m not sure how much more I can take.  In today’s broadcast, he went on a rant how he doesn’t believe in sabermetrics. For those unfamiliar, sabermetrics is a way to look at baseball beyond the normal statistics of batting average, wins and saves and assign more meaning statistics to determine a players true value. The fact that Burt is against this shows how out of touch he is with the game. It’s even more ridiculous because without the advanced statistics, he wouldn’t have had a chance at the hall of fame. Burt makes it painful to watch the Twins with the sound on. This is equivalent to the middle ages to someone saying they don’t believe that the world is round or a world war 1 fighter saying he doesn’t believe in jet planes. I don’t understand how obtaining knowledge is a bad thing and the fact that he is ‘against’ it…. good lord…. I’m at a loss for words. Get him out of the booth. This could be an entire series of blog posts my disdain for Burt.
  • Anthony Swarzak is still super depressing to watch pitch. He looks like he’s miserable any time he enters the game or warms up. For my initial reaction to watching him last year…. click here
  • Joe Mauer is amazing. It is an absolute joy to watch him play. He’s currently in the zone getting a hit in 7 of his last 8 at bats. It’s ridiculous to think that some people in Minnesota continue to boo him whenever he comes to the plate.
  • The pitching staff has looked good so far, but I have a feeling it’s going to go south once the weather warms up.
  • Since the team isn’t going to make the playoffs, a part of me wishes Ben Revere were still with the team. Even though it was it was the right move to make for the long term health of the Twins, there isn’t a more exciting player than Ben Revere.
  • Aaron Hicks has looked lost at the plate. I like that the Twins have moved him down in the lineup and really hope he pulls it together because he can be a piece of the rebuilding. I think perhaps he could benefit from some time at AAA, but at this point, the Twins aren’t going to win the division so as long as he doesn’t lose all confidence, what difference (other than service time) does it make if he stays with the Twins.

If you have any Twins thoughts or want to rant about how horrible Burt Blyleven is, please drop a note in the comments.