Sunday, May 27, 2012

Blog hop: Play

Welcome to the Blog Hop. 
I hope you can join in the fun.

In case you are new... or as a reminder:

Each week I post at least one prompt.
Respond as you wish on your blog or in a comment.
Or, just link your blog to mine if you
care to share something else about yourself.

The part I like most is having blog hoppers
complete their blog posts (or comments) 
by asking a question of us.

I am really enjoying answering your questions,
and look forward to seeing other responses, too.
I think it's a great way to have a conversation of sorts!

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Hobby Horse Blog Hop Prompts - Week 14:

1. Imagine that you are once again 8 years old. You have just received the best present, ever. (Ponies and pets are not included on the gift list!) What is it?

Ok, so based on the release date, I must have received this gift when I was 11 or 12, not 8, but I would say it was one of the coolest gifts I received as a child (besides my pet lovebirds of course). 
One of the first e-book readers ever. via the Buxton Collection (a cool site documenting revolutionary technological devices)
 I have always loved to read, so having a library of books only a dial-up connection away seemed completely amazing to me. I think one of the books I had on it was Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. However, figuring out how to download and buy the books was rather complicated, the selection was limited, and the device had a big battery pack on the back that made it uncomfortable to hold while laying in bed, so I can see why this early model didn't catch on. In recent years, I received a Kindle as a gift, which is even more convenient, but I haven't totally abandoned good old paper books.

2. What kinds of toys do your animals enjoy playing with?

I don't have any pets right now, but until a few months ago, I had a Betta fish named Fausto. He was a well-educated fish who lasted almost all 4 years of my college career, and one summer (when I had way too much free time on my hands) I taught him tricks. Unfortunately the only video I took of him swimming through hoops has long since expired on the FlipCamera site, but I have witnesses and I swear it happened. Fausto was an Olympian.
Very distinctive coloring.
A note Fausto left for my roommate once.
3. I know you have seen some sort of recreational activity on TV, or in real life, that you would just love to try. What is it?

Foxhunting!!! I have dreamed about it since I read Rita Mae Brown's foxhunting murder mystery series (when I was 12 and probably too young for it, but whatever). 
via Rita Mae Brown's author page
The problem is the expense of joining a club and properly attiring myself. Oh yeah, and having a horse that is up to the challenge. And getting myself up to the challenge, though I'm sure I would begin with just capping for one day with the hilltoppers. So for now, this is a long-term goal that I am looking forward to.
My question:  What is your favorite game to play with your animals?

I thought of this because my boyfriend was joking that if he ever gets a cat, it's going to like me more than him because he was raised by his mother's bevy of cats and thus would be competition for the cat. He wants attention only when he wants attention, and as a kid he always played "tag" with his cats, AKA chasing them around the house and probably scaring the crap out of them. If you've ever had a couple cats that tear around the house at 3am for no apparent reason, you get the idea.

I used to have a Malamute/Husky mix (he was adorable, but I won't be able to retrieve my pictures of him till Tuesday) that I would make jump courses for on my lawn. I think for me, the most fun is training animals and I see that as a kind of game. My horse in high school was a champ at "Stay," and he would not budge even if I left his stall door wide open.


  1. I love the whole laser vs kitten game. Endless hours of entertainment.

  2. I'm so glad you joined the Blog Hop! Isn't amazing how technology keeps changing?
    I had a Beta fish - I intended to give him to a co-worker, but Hubby liked him, so he lived with us until he got a bit overheated on our move from SC to CO. Well, either that or sea sick!
    Hunting is great fun. I would recommend that you look into participating with a capping fee. I believe that most hunts have lower fees and require less formal wear during cubbing season.

    I cracked up when you said you made your dog jump courses. I did the same with my Golden Retriever. She also had to let me pretend to pick her 'hooves'!
    Tucker loves playing tag. He likes me to hunker down and try to touch him as he flies by.

    1. Yup, I hope to continue blog hopping when I have time!

      Foxhunting is on the back burner for now...since I'm just starting out on my own, there's not a lot of cash for nonessential new endeavors. Thankfully I have the good luck of knowing people whose horses I can ride for fun.

  3. I love that your fish has neater handwritting than I do....

    What's 'capping'?

  4. See Living a Dream's post is when you pay a "capping fee" to a hunt club you do not belong to so you can hunt with them for a day. Price varies widely depending on whether it's a weekend or not and which hunt it is--I've heard anywhere from $50 to $200 in the Maryland-Virginia area.

    I have a link to some foxhunting terms if you click the word "hilltoppers" above.