Finally, I Speak


I know, it’s been a while. I’m Puppy Dog Blue and this is my blog.

So I’ve been a little busy. I’ve taken lots of pictures and posted almost all of them. I know that I need to take some more, or I didn’t take any during the Cowboy’s playoff loss, but that’s okay.

So many times during the day I find myself completely without organization and not knowing what to do. In fact, I regularly spend a day just putting out fires, which is the antithesis of being productive or getting things done. I really love to be organized during the day, and now I’ve found, via Lifehacker, David Seah’s daily organizer. Save this sucker to your hard-drive and print one every day before you start the day. Fill in your appointments and think of 3 or four big tasks you want to accomplish that day and fill those in too. As the day goes on, start filling in the blanks of where your time goes, a phone call here, answering email, surfing the internet, whatever. You’ll be shocked and surprised by the time you spend.

I also find it amazing, that he’s broken down the day at minimum of 15 minute increments, and usually, it takes at least 15 minutes for me to complete a task, whether it be something simple like reading an email.

For instance, I read the email, check the bill to make sure that the other attorney didn’t already receipt for this email, reply to the email, print the email, find the file, acco the email in the file, and finally, send a message to my assistant or senior attorney about the email. Anyway, I think this is a great tool for those of you who seem to think that your time slips away, if you keep it up, this will let you know where your time goes.

Since each one of you are on a computer, when was the last time that you cleaned up your hard drive, defragged stuff in your computer, and stuff (via Lifehacker). Everyone knows by now that you don’t have to pay for anti-virus, that most of this stuff is free and really well done. Email me if you have questions.

This is for those of you who have CD’s who don’t need them anymore SwapaCD (via Lifehacker, again).

We are no longer doing our taxes, but if you are, here’s a good place to start (via GRS).

13 photographs that changed the world (via Kottke).

I’ll try to be a little more personal next time around.

New Year’s Eve 2006

Ashley T. organized a wonderful dinner out for New Year’s Eve at Four Winds Steakhouse, just down the road from Terrell in Wills Point. I had heard about this place and I was very excited to go (as an aside, I should go ahead and state here the following: Duk, we will go here when you come back around to Terrell).

The wine was flowing.


Photo from the loft.


Our group.


At the bar before the feast.


The smoldering Hetty.


Ashley F. and Miranda.


Nick and Leslie.


Hetty and Landy.


The exquisite Greggo and Courtney.


The steamy Stephen and Ashley T.


The delectable me.


This is the remnant of the on-bone rib-eye that Justin F. and Ashley F. had.


Ashley F., Ashley T. and Miranda.


Christmas 2006

I didn’t do a very good job of taking pictures of the whole family this year and I didn’t take any pictures at the , but took a couple pictures of the dogs.



My wife and her mother believe that dogs love these stuffed animals that squeak or honk. I know it’s a little gory, but here’s what’s left of a rooster, legs and a head. I know, it’s graphic, but it’s the truth.


Blue and Zoey, enjoying their Christmas prey.


Other remnants of said turkey, avert your eyes.


Christmas was wonderful and too short. This time of year always seems like the holiday season is too quick and I’m reminded that I haven’t had any significant time off since the Colorado vacation.

I know that PDB has lacked for content recently and I blame Double T Nation. It’s gotten to the point where the only television that I watch is sports. I’ve even stopped watching some of my favorite programs: The Office, Scrubs, My Name Is Earl, Heroes, etc. I don’t know if that’s good or bad, it’s good from the standpoint that I’m not spending my time in front of the television, but it’s bad because I spend all of my time in front of the computer. Pretty soon, I will lose any and all references to pop culture phenomenons or quirky sayings on hit television shows.

I think that eventually, I’ll find a happy medium, as Duk said last weekend, I’m all jazzed up about the Double T stuff that it will eventually lose it’s luster. Not to mention, it’s the football offseason, and once basketball is over, I’ll be left to write about college baseball? How will I fill the time, how will I keep my readers interested? So many questions and so few answers.

Nevertheless, I’ll keep plugging on forward, realizing that this may become more of a photo blog than anything else. I will always continue to take pictures, I can promise that.

Which reminds me that we should all start encouraging my beautiful and wonderful wife to allow me to purchase a new sweet and totally awesome digital SLR camera. A subtle email to her wouldn’t hurt.

2006 Christmas Party

The 2006 annual Christmas party was controversial and fun all at the same time. Richie was boycotting the gift exchange because someone thought it best not to celebrate baby Jesus’ birth with sexual gag gifts. Despite Richie’s vocal protest, we managed. We were in the Hetmer’s new home, along with high a definition Maverick game in the background. I ended up with a Wheel of Fortune video game bought by Stephen. Ryan H. was not too fond of this gift, however, I knew that someday it would be complete gold. Miranda received a Starbucks coffee mug, some toffee cookies and a new Starbucks mug. Enough with my banter, onto the pictures.

Richie, Ashley F. and Chris, enjoying HD goodness.


Holly, her brother (I forgot his name) and Landy gathered by the Christmas tree.


Brandon and Janelle.


Miranda and Leslie R.


Tony R. relaxing and, despite his potential misgivings, his first appearance on Puppy Dog Blue.


Max and Cash, I always forget which ones are which, but that’s them.


Courtney, Greggy, Tony (remember, he was in the chair), Holly’s brother, and Ryan H.


Ashley T., Ashley F., Richie, Chris and Courtney.


Ashley F., Courtney, and Greggo.


We begin the gift exchange and Ryan is hugely disappointed by the infamous Wheel of Fortune video game. Little does he know, he’ll be giving up the best gift.


Landy, Caylie and Matthew. Matthew seems unimpressed with some sort of liquor and glasses to boot.


Ashley F., overly excited about a Starbuck’s gift card.


Wow, I can’t believe Ashley F.’s luck, of all the presents she could have picked, she picked the one she wanted. What are the odds?


Miranda properly choosing her gift, from the floor.


Courtney and Greggo enjoying something that I can’t remember right now.


The most beautiful woman in the room.


Tony R. discusses some sort of gift exchange with Ryan and Holly.