December 16, 2017: Dogs, Monkeys, And Condos!

Stage 2 of The Suji Experiment was a rousing success.  While our frenchie, Lulu, settled in nicely at the dogsitter’s (ignoring my goodbyes and disappearing down the hall seconds after dropping her off), Suji was a little more uncertain (attempting to follow Akemi out the door when we turned to leave).  But, by all accounts, her overnight stay was a success.  She stuck close to Lulu and was fairly quiet – until later that night when she became quite vocal about her displeasure in not being allowed to sleep on the bed.  When we picked them up, she was so thrilled to see Akemi that she peed all over her coat.  Lulu, meanwhile, left grudgingly. All in all, this bodes well for Stage 3, a multi-night stay, should we decide to head to L.A. in January or (Dare I say it?) Japan.

We took the opportunity to fly in to Montreal for the day and resume our condo hunt.  Ideally, we’d like to find a place in condo but finding something we really like has been challenging.  Montreal, surprisingly, offers a lot more options at a lot more value.  We checked out about a half dozen places, and there was one we really liked.  We’ll revisit when we’re back in town next week and, if we’re still feeling it, maybe put in an offer.  Who knows?  If the price is right…

Some of the highlights from our recent visit…

December 16, 2017: Dogs, Monkeys, And Condos!

Sis and mom.

December 16, 2017: Dogs, Monkeys, And Condos!

Kona thinks she’s a lapdog.

December 16, 2017: Dogs, Monkeys, And Condos!


December 16, 2017: Dogs, Monkeys, And Condos!

I’m on the edge of my seat.  It’s do or die time for my Snow Monkeys as they take on The GOATS in fantasy football league semifinal action.  I have the better team, but injuries and luck, both good and bad, have a way of swinging fate.  I’m still agonizing over my lineup.  Hopefully, it’ll all fall into place tomorrow and, next weekend, we’ll be securing our first championship since 2011.  Great memories, right?

Snow Monkeys Win! Snow Monkeys Win!

13 thoughts on “December 16, 2017: Dogs, monkeys, and condos!

  1. Looks like Kona IS a lapdog to me. If she fits, she sits. 😉

    Poor little Suji. I loved your description of Lulu. Our son never suffered from separation anxiety either. He started school at four and just took off without a glance. That made me feel better.

  2. Why do big dogs always think they fit on our laps? Do they see humans as that big? Maybe we’re all giants to them.

  3. So glad to hear that Suji got along pretty well at the sitter’s. Once she gets to know the place, she’ll be even better. I love Lulu’s attitude! “See ya later!”

    Mom and Sis are looking great!

  4. Congrats on the Montreal outing and “Operation Suji Sitting”. Hope you are able to take that well deserved trip/trips!

    Went to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi yesterday. It still brings out the kid in me, taking me back to 1977. May the Force be with you!

  5. I had forgotten that your family is in Montreal area. It is beautiful there. I married a Canadian August 2016 and am in the process of immigrating. We are building a house in Casselman ON by a builder out of Gatineau QC, Joroma Construction. —Slam

  6. Condo / housing situation in Toronto is just ridiculous.Sorry to hear still no luck with finding something suitable. But glad to hear the dogsitter situation is progressing relatively well.

  7. I absolutely adore your babies. I’m in love with Suji, as she reminds me so much of my dearly departed Soph.

    If you ever, ever, EVER need a pet sitter (can you tell I’m begging?) to watch your little monkeys, please consider me.

    I am a professional house and pet sitter, full time Uni student, English tutor, and genealogist-in-training.

    I’d be so flattered to be considered.

    Suji and Lulu….so sweet. <3



  8. So happy to hear ‘The Suji Experiment’ had a pleasing result (bar the expression of relief on Akemi’s coat!)
    Your Mum n Sis’ are lookin’ good 😁 and always love seeing Kona – such beautiful eyes!
    Hoping that by the time you see this Snow Monkeys are Champions! 🏆

  9. Mom, Andria and Kona are looking well. Glad to hear you may have found a place you like. Can’t wait to see what you get Akemi for Christmas this year to make up for not taking her for a romantic alone time weekend in NY.
    Yeah yeah. Okay. Sahwee. I know. Timing and work. Just couldn’t resist givin ya at least a teensie weeny hard time ’bout it. 😁 Go Snow Monkeys!

  10. Totally did not read that as ‘condos’ in the title…


    Your mom is looking great! Hope she is well. 🙂


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