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Alex and Belle March 9, 2009

Posted by smooregasbord in Around Town.
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paula-sullivan_bald-eagleFriday I was stuck in a crapload of traffic on the GW Parkway. I look over to see folks on the side of the road armed with cameras and huge telephoto lenses. I’m thinking, “Are they seriously taking photos of the traffic jam?!” Clearly, I was having a moment of mental muddiness.  I turn my head in the direction that their lenses are pointing to see a huge bald eagle perched just above her nest.  A nest that appears to be the size of a coffee table wedged in a tree on the edge of Belle Haven Country Club’s Golf Course.  These two eagles have been dubbed Alex and Belle and are currently incubating eggs that were laid early last week. You can see amazing photos here and here.  I got a chance to see them several times over the course of the weekend. With names like Alex and Belle, I feel like I’m part of my own little Disney love story. Photo Source: Paula Sullivan.

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Empire of Fur March 8, 2009

Posted by smooregasbord in Family/Home, Pets.
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pledge-fabric-sweeperYou know how there are those pesky things in your house that you will try absolutely anything to get rid of?! Pet hair is that pesky thing for us. We have a dog and two cats, and they leave hair “tumbleweeds” floating throughout our house and a not so gorgeous fur coat on our couch. We are vacuum maniacs and big fans of Dyson! When I saw the commercial for the Pledge Fabric Sweeper, I figured why not give it a shot. It’s basically the same concept as those red velvety lint brushes from the 80’s. I thought it might be a quicker alternative to whipping out the vacuum for every stray animal hair. I have to say that it works pretty good…not perfect, but good enough. The only crappy thing about it is that once it’s full you have to toss it; however, it takes a lot to get it full. At the rate we’re going, I figure it could take a good month to get a toupée’s worth of hair.