Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Day 2!!!...

Okay, I'm not going to post every day of Bella's life, but I had to post some pictures today...

Well, I went shopping this morning for couple/few hours. I went to four different stores in order to try and get the best deals. Well, after going to get food and a dog carrier I came back with a few extra things! :)

I got Bella a cute sweater and coat, but when I came home I found that they didn't fit at all, so I took it back and got an even better (and bigger) sweater and the same coat, but bigger. :) The coat is a little too big, but the sweater is so cute on her!

Here's her pink and brown coat...

Here's Bella sporting her new sweater...

Here's a side view of the sweater. It has X's and O's all on it.

The fact that some are big and some are small reminds me of Nacho Libre.

Here's her new harness. It's quite large, but I want it to last a long time.

Here is Bella's harness and leash hanging on my wall.

Bella wanted me to stop taking pictures and just play.

She has such a cute puppy face!

She loves playing with the leaves!

I love when her ears flop when she runs! :)

Mom decided to take some pictures of us together!

Last, but certainly not least...

Grandma had a fun idea to put the dog on our horse, so this is for all my nieces and nephews!!! I love you guys!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Meet 'Bella!'...

Isabella Grace

Well, here are her first pictures! :) Sorry it took me so long to put them up!

She is so much fun! I can't wait for you to meet her!

I can't wait for you all to meet her!!! :)
Thanks for an early Christmas present Parents!!! She's soooo cute!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

One more thing...

I just remembered another experience I was going to add to my last post...

Yesterday morning our Principles of Learning teacher came in while we were working with our rats and wanted us to help her solve a problem.

She said that her daughter (age 13 or 14) is in a Home Ec type class and does not like it at all. She has not been doing the homework and has been getting a D in the class. Our teacher doesn't care about that particular class, but doesn't like the grade. She made her daughter give up her phone and said she couldn't get it back until she got at least a C in the class.

Anyhow, now her daughter still isn't handing in homework and she doesn't think she'll be able to pull up her grade. She can't back down, but at the same time she wants her daughter to have the phone for convenience sake.

So, my last piece of advice... choose your battles wisely. When you do pick a battle to fight don't back yourself into a corner like that and then make sure you WIN!

There is nothing more frustrating to a chick (rat, dog, horse, or possibly even a child) than a teacher that isn't consistant!

Thanksgiving break!!!

Well, I am officially on Thanksgiving break! I have loads of homework to do before the break is over, but I thought I'd take today off (being a Saturday and all), especially since I had to take two exams on thursday and one on friday and my brain is a little tired.

Well, in my nutrition class we are just learning about food safety. There's a lot I could say, but it isn't the most exciting use of blogspace. However, if you have any questions I'd love to answer the ones that I can (having taken a similar course three times before now).

The main things I would recommend are:


Every home (especially those with the elderly, young children, or pregnant women since they are the more at risk for getting illnesses from food) should own a simple dial thermometer and use it correctly.


If you enjoy eating cookie dough or cake/brownie batter (especially for those at risk as mentioned above) buy pasturized eggs. These could be used for home made egg nog as well! :) Tis the Season!

Dates on foods ("best if used by" or "best when opened by") are completely ambiguous when the food item is opened (depending on what it is) somewhat prior to those dates; remember that freezers do not kill bacteria, let alone a fridge. So, you count from when you open the item, not from what the date says (unless, of course, the date has passed).

Okay, enough of that....

In my Principles of Learning class we have learned all about reinforcement and how amazing it is in teaching.

Well, we started with chicks. The chicks took a lot of patience! However, once you got a hang of them it wasn't as hard to have the patience.
This is not a picture of my chick, because I forgot to take a picture.

Then we switched to rats. I felt as though I had to learn patience again, but I really didn't. They have more room to roam and so the control is harder to gain. However, once again, you really do get the hang of it.
These are both pictures of my rat. He's doing lots better now days. I got him trained in the skinner box (with pressing levers) and in the maze over the past week and a half! Big progress! :)

We still have the rats, but are also learning about bigger animals. We were able to learn about training horses. They are hard because of how big they are, but it's still pretty much the same process as with the chicks.

We also had the opportunity to help assist the Psych 111 class while they were training their chicks. This was a rather interesting experience! I didn't feel like I was helping to train chicks, but that I was training the students!

In class we took a couple days to watch this movie:

Disney's The Miracle Worker (2000)

If you haven't seen it, you should rent it! They have so much of what I've been learning in my class in that movie (uses of reinforcement, patience, skinner box and all)!!

Okay, now for my last piece of advice (if that's what you can call all this), is to Enjoy the Process! Whether you're training a chick, a rat, a dog, a horse, or a child, you need to learn patience and then enjoy every minute! If you use reinforcement correctly you will save them a lot of frustration and you a lot of time in the long run.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Happy Birthday, Grandma!!!

Yesterday was my grandma Craner's birthday, so I decided to take her a little something. For those of you who don't know, my grandma and I have been talking about how we're "basically on our way to Australia" for the past few years.

Disclaimer: In order to truly appreciate the meaning of the phrase above you will need to have watched this:

...and read this:

Well, for my grandma's birthday I got a grand idea to give her some fake airline tickets for our trip! :)

After searching on the internet for a photo of a ticket and then using my mad 'photoshopping skills' in my very simple Paint program...

WellI hope you all have pleasant dreams of beautiful sunsets and whenever you have a 'terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day'... just remember that I'm basically on my way to Australia too! :)