Monday, March 3, 2014

Slow Sunday, with Buddha Delivery

Olga got her outing to the park yesterday morning, which was fun as always. She ran and ran, but we're still experiencing a marked absence of squirrels so she didn't have the added excitement of squirrel-chasing. She had to settle for her Kong toy.

At one point, as I was throwing her Kong, a young guy walked up with another staffy dog on a leash. He pointed at Olga and said in an indeterminate European accent, "I know zis dog, she is Olga." My first rather self-congratulatory thought was that he recognized her from my blog or photos on Flickr, but no -- turns out he works for the dog-walker. He went on and on about how much he loves Olga. His staffy, meanwhile, was a somewhat ill-mannered youngster named Mr. Darcy ("I did not pick ze name," he said) and when Mr. Darcy got too rambunctious with Olga she gave him a piece of her canine mind. No blood was shed, but it was beautiful to watch Olga assert herself. Jane Austen would have been proud.

I spent the afternoon reading and taking a nap while Dave went to a haircut appointment, and then we went to a somewhat numbing dinner with our next-door neighbors. It wasn't their fault -- I was tired. I think I was still recuperating from Saturday's long walk. I slept like a log the last couple of nights, too. At least the post-China jet lag has finally subsided.

We didn't watch the Oscars -- they're on at 12:30 a.m. here, and as I understand it they're only available on cable, which we don't have. So I caught up by reading about them this morning. I'm happy that Cate Blanchett, Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto won top acting awards -- they all did terrific jobs. I haven't yet seen "12 Years A Slave," though, so I have to withhold judgment on that one.

(Photos: Earl's Court, on Saturday.)


Ms. Moon said...

I watched the Oscars. You didn't miss much.
I'm glad Olga has a fan club.
That guy with the Buddhas? LOVE HIM!!!!

ellen abbott said...

we didn't watch. never do. those buddhas must be made of plastic. I have one similar to the one in his hand and it weighs at least 60 pounds!

Linda Sue said...

Man! Christians have it easy, wearing little crosses on fine gold chains, Jews- tiny star of David- but look at the weight of being a buddhist! Olga is famous! Olga is Queen of everything. Your previous post re: your LOOOONG walk exhausted me- had to go to bed after that!

Reya Mellicker said...

Olga's fabulousness is the talk of London. Cool.

Buddha delivery - wow.

Nancy said...

Mr. Darcy gets his ass handed to him, ha! Anyway, pretty soon your identity might get lost in Olga's. Everyone will know her name; few will actually know yours. Ah, goes with the territory.

Honey, on your way home can you stop and get a loaf of bread, a gallon of milk, and two buddhas?

Gary said...

I saw the pics of the man with Buddha and thought, "Him handsome" (it is a phrase a former student used to say and it stuck with me).