2012 in review

December 31, 2012 § 1 Comment

Thanks to the WordPress.com “stats helper monkeys” for putting together this lovely annual report for A.Hab.’s View (2012).

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 8,400 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 14 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Personally, I think there is some room for improvement. But a new baby and a completed terminal degree will keep a girl from her blog. 2013 will be better! Without having to write the dissertation, I will have more time to blog. Stay tuned for a more-consistently-updated A.Hab.’s View in 2013!

Please Post for Haiti: Pressing Port-au-Prince (via reinventing the event horizon)

January 11, 2011 § 1 Comment

Thanks to Kathryn McCullough for reminding us and encouraging us all to participate in some small way.

As many of you know, tomorrow is the one year anniversary of the Haiti earthquake and accordingly huge numbers of media and NGO big wigs are here in Port-au-Prince to commemorate the event.  The streets, still strewn with 95% of the original earthquake rubble, are more crowded and crazy than ever, which is saying a lot for a city whose roads boast potholes the size of swimming pools and mounds of debris that dwarf the SUVs that try to travel them … Read More

via reinventing the event horizon

Announcing new blog name!

January 3, 2011 § 3 Comments

So, the winner (sort of by default, lol) is my friend A.Mo. who offered the name “The World According to A.Hab.” I tweaked it a little, but A.Mo. gets full bragging rights!

Goodbye, A.Hab.’s blog, you most boring of boring titles!

Hello, A.Hab.’s View of the World! 🙂

Don’t forget to name my blog!

January 1, 2011 § Leave a comment

Remember that I’m looking to change the name of my blog this new year. Submit your ideas until Sunday, January 2nd, and I’ll select and announce the winning name on Monday the 3rd. Winner gets bragging rights that they named my blog! 😉

New Year, New Name?

December 31, 2010 § 6 Comments

As we get ready to embark on 2011, I can’t seem to shake the desire to change my blog’s name. “A.Hab.’s Blog” just seems…weak…lame…pbbt!

But I can’t think of a name for the blog that would really encompass what I’m all about. So, I’m turning it over to you guys. Please leave a comment with your ideas for a new blog name. They can run the gamut from deeply thought-provoking to “punny.” I’ll choose and announce the winner on Monday, January 3rd. Winner gets…bragging rights? Heh. Renaming my blog will not change the address, so let those creative juices flow.

All right, readers o’ mine:

Name my blog! 🙂

Training the world’s sweetest puppy

November 30, 2010 § 2 Comments

I have the world’s sweetest puppy. Perhaps that ought to be capitalized, a proper title.

Ms. Sophie-Anne: World’s Sweetest Puppy.

Annie: My little angel

This adorable little girl, full of sweetness and light, is driving me bonkers!

If you know me well at all, you know that my experience with animals as pets includes cats (since I was 18 months old), a lizard (an anole, to be exact), a hermit crab, two African dwarf frogs, and a turtle. When I married Robert, that’s when I got to add “dog” to my list of animals that have lived as pets in my home. I got Milton after Robert had already trained ‘im up. Yes, occasionally (sometimes more than occasionally), Milton ignores me and defers to his daddy…even if I’m the one giving the command. (He’ll glance at Robert as if to say, “Dad. Do I really have to sit?” Sigh.) But he is completely housebroken. And he generally leaves the two cats alone. And he sits for his meals. All things considered: he’s fully trained.

And then there’s Annie. Annie has been a challenge. A supremely lovely challenge, but a challenge nonetheless. Friends assure me that she is actually quite good for a puppy, especially for a shepherd/cattle hound puppy. She is energetic, but she calms down fairly easily. Sometimes she gets mouthy, but she’s learning “leave it” and “hush.” (Although, I swear she thinks that “leave it” means “cookie.” I believe this because when I command her to “leave” the cat alone, she does so but also runs over to the kitchen and sits primly, awaiting the cookie reward. Oops.) All things considered, I have fallen head over heels madly in love with this girl. Her sweet little face melts my heart. I just want to kiss her snout and soft ears and cheeks all. the. time. I try to respect her personal space (after all, I don’t want to create a monster with separation anxiety), but I can tell she likes the affection.

Taking a moment to reflect

And then there are days like today. We picked up Annie and Milton from boarding yesterday after they had been there for five days. Yesterday afternoon, she had an accident or two in the house, but generally she was fine. Today though? Today was much, much worse. I feel like I’ve shampooed our entire house (which is quite the exaggeration, but tell that to my nearly empty carpet cleaner). All told, she had five accidents this evening. There could be a couple of factors outside of boarding for five days. I had friends over, which might have been exciting and distracting for her. It was also pouring rain, which might have discouraged her in general from wanting to go outside. The two rebuttals to those possibilities are as follows: 1. Annie has learned to ring a bell by the door when she needs to go potty–she rings the bell despite there being one person in the house or twenty. The number of guests has never seemed to bother her before. 2. Annie is really quite good at going outside in the rain–she might need a little encouragement, but she will still go potty. (Milton, on the other hand….)

But, no matter how frustrated I got at her tonight, I couldn’t stay mad. We’ll just keep working with the bell and hopefully the accidents will decrease tomorrow.

Who can say no to this sweet, precious face? Don't you just want to kiss her?

Welcome readers, old and new!

November 16, 2010 § Leave a comment

Hello friends!  If you are reading this blog long after this post was originally published, it might seem odd to find a welcome message so long after the apparent first post.  The reason is simple: I moved my blog from Blogger to WordPress.com.  Because of the move, you may notice formatting differences from older posts to newer ones.  I apologize for the appearance–I myself find it unattractive–but I am working to correct it.

If you’re a reader of mine from Blogger: welcome to the new WordPress.com site!  The move was really a simple decision to make.  WordPress.com has much greater versatility in editing and formatting than Blogger has (at least, for my needs).  In fact, the only advantage Blogger has over WordPress.com for my purposes is that Blogger makes it easier to change fonts (sizes, styles, etc.).  I’m not really a great fan of WordPress.com’s default font (Cambria), but I like working with WordPress.com more, so I can forgive it the font situation.

So, welcome to the new location of A.Hab.’s Blog.  Here you’ll find posts on literally anything and everything that interests me (ranging from married life to our furry children to graduate school to teaching).  Maybe one day I’ll be a little more careful and pointed on my approach to posted topics.  In the meantime, the blog serves as both a way for my friends and family to keep track of my life while also affording me a much needed outlet while I complete my doctoral dissertation.

Thanks for stopping by!

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