Today was the big day that Petits Fours Pet Boutique finally opened for business, offering everything from organic food and risque t-shirts to Italian leather leashes and plush pink Cadillac doggy beds. The place has come a long way in a fairly short time. Check out the before and after pics. Better yet, if you have a cat or dog, go check out the shop itself. Or, double better yet, even if you don’t have a cat or dog, go by the shop and load up on accessories and THEN go get yourself a puppy. When I swung by early this afternoon to drop off her lunch, Fondy reported no unforeseen problems – with the possible exception of a woman who kept testing out the pet furniture by sitting on the various chairs and sofas, leading Fondy to come up with the following warning label: “For Dogs/Cats, Max 40lbs”. Apparently, things got crazy-busy later in the day, so much so that Fondy likened it to my chocolate party crowd.
Oh, and speaking of chocolate, I dropped by Monde Chocolat on my way home and picked up a varied selection that I’ll be offering/“testing on” some of the crew later this week. Among the exotic creations to be enjoyed: White Nougat with Red Nuts, Grey Poppy-Cherry, Cashew + Pineapple, Cheese-Walnuts-Grapes, Sour Cherries with Sesame, Hempseed + Mocca.
It’s nice to be back home for a change with nothing to do except finish up A Clash of Kings and launch right into A Storm of Swords (and ignore the two people who came knocking at my front door this afternoon who looked like Mormons but may have been real estate agents or, quite possibly, Mormon real estate agents). I brought both books to set with me this past week and was amazed by how many people recognized the titles and told me how much they had loved the series. One voracious reader, Sean, suggested a book by author Wilbur Smith titled “River God” – epic historical fiction. Anyone read it?
Today’s pics: More Harmony, Petits Fours Pet Boutique for all your petly needs.
Video: Click on the date for Genii Jerry (a.k.a. Extra’s Jerry Penacoli).
Let’s play catch up with the mailbag –
Danielle writes: “I was wondering if you wanted to look at my Story Arc idea for Atlantis.”
Answer: I’m unable to read either fan fiction or fan pitches. Sorry.
Edward4th writes: “WOW you have a DRIVER?”
Answer: Only when I’m headed to remote forest locations. Larry is not only a professional driver, but an expert in weaponless bear/cougar/wolverine combat.
Anonymous #1 writes: “Will the opening credits for season 4 change from last year’s?”
Frostfox writes: “I didn’t win fanartist either (I have two Hugo’s, where would I put a third? 🙂 ) but my friend’s Geri, Lee and Randy won for their fanzine, Dave won fanwriter (as per usual) and Patrick won editor, so it’s not all bad news.”
Answer: Well, congratulations for being nominated. And, I agree. Three Hugo’s would be gauche.
Mrs. B108 writes: “1)Can we expect Teyla’s pregnancy to have an emotional impact on the team’s dynamic? 2)Will we be surprised at the truth behind the Athosian’s dissapearance?”
Answers: 1) Yes. 2) Depends. How easy do you surprise?
Voodoolizzy writes: “Ever had a Thai massage?”
Answer: Nope. I’m more of a Swedish massage type of guy – you know, the type of massage that doesn’t leave you bruised and in excruciating pain.
Diamond-Raven writes: “I had a question concerning your end of things. How do you guys manage to stick to your budget when you’re writing scripts?”
Answer: Some episodes are bigger and, thus, more expensive than others. But, at the end of the year, things even out and so long as we the overall season budget has not been surpassed, then all is well (a.k.a. – We get to keep our jobs).
Lorr54 writes: “ I’m sure that even the blanks used in the weapons cause a lot of noise. Do the actors have any kind of hearing protection?”
Answer: Cast and crew are provided with ear plugs for the shoot ‘em ups.
Tatinha writes: “Would be wonderful if we had some pictures and videos about episodes that will be aired in the season 4’s first half”
Answer: There are pics of the first half episodes in previous blog entires.