Thursday, August 23, 2007

Anything goes: What's on your mind today?

I was wondering what goes on in a dog’s mind. Been very curious about this for days so looked it up. This is what I found:

The question calls to mind cyberneticist Stafford Beer, writing in a 1970s edition of New Scientist “Man: ‘Hello, my boy. And what is your dog’s name?’ Boy: ‘I don’t know. We call him Rover.’”

The boy’s reply reveals his belief that his dog has a mental image of itself (which he assumes to include a name), but at the same time confesses his inability to penetrate the dog’s psyche. And he’s right: the short but unsatisfying answer to the question above is that we don’t know what goes on in a dog’s mind.

Between two and 16 weeks old, puppies learn the social rules that shape lifelong behaviour. (...) In dogs, this same confusion can be seen in the way dogs direct social dominance and play behaviours toward humans—in effect, treating people as if they were dogs. Likewise, livestock-guarding dogs, such as those protecting sheep, are trained for their jobs by removing them from their mothers at just a few weeks of age and allowing them to grow up with sheep as their companions. The sheep are then forever recognised as family and are socialised with and protected as such.

After 16 weeks, this period of rapid learning and adaptation ends, and the social skills the dog has are pretty much set for life. This is why it is so important for puppies to have intimate contact with people from the time they are born. Traditionally, we adopt pet dogs when they are eight or nine weeks old, right in the middle of this period of social development, and proceed to lavish them with attention and experience through to the end of that 16-week period. The result is that the dog in the question above sees nothing at all odd about her tall, hairless pack-mates.

I was also going crazy trying to find a good AND normal Tabule Salad recipe. It’s incredible how people manage to ruin perfectly good dishes by adding all sorts of ingredients that only complicate and mess up recipes! (Cucumbers, for crying out loud?)

Thought I’d share this wonderful Lebanese salad. It’s great for summer days, a light dish for either lunch or dinner, low on calories and cholesterol, incredibly tasty and great to take to parties (people LOVE it!).

Tabule (Arabic Salad)

1/2 cup fine bulgur wheat (cracked wheat)
2-3 large ripe diced tomatoes
4 bunches of chopped parsley
1 bunch of chopped green onions
1/2 bunch of chopped fresh mint or 3 tablespoons dried mint
1/2 cup vegetable oil or olive oil
3 lemons, juice of
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper (optional)
  • Soak bulgur (cracked wheat) in water and drain.
  • Place bulgur in a large bowl and add juice of one lemon to bulgur and mix. Leave bulgur sitting until water and lemon juice is absorbed (around 45 minutes).
  • Add all remaining ingredients to bulgur and mix well. Add more lemon juice or salt if desired.
  • Serve over fresh lettuce leaves.

So, what’s been on your mind today? Anything goes. *g*


28 comment(s):

Blogger Isabella said...

Trollop thanks for the info and the recipe!

As for what I'm thinking today, I am confused and I'm sure as to what dress to buy! I'm going to a wedding next month and I've been thinking of something like this. I'm running out of time and I have to look very pretty on that wedding!

8/23/2007 01:49:00 PM  

Blogger Isabella said...

I mean I'm not sure.

8/23/2007 01:50:00 PM  

Blogger Pepper-Anne Doty said...

I always wonder what my dog is thinking, sometimes I am scared to know. Today my mind is consumed with colors...paint, draperies, rugs, all that bs! I always thought it would be fun to design my own house, but now that I am doing it I am terribly overwhelmed. If anyone has any suggestions about decor for a 110 year old historical home...I would love to hear them!

8/23/2007 02:09:00 PM  

Anonymous Terrie said...

what i've been thinking today is not very different from what i have been thinking about for the past few days or rather weeks.. months perhaps!

lately, i've placed most of my thoughts on religion. i know it's weird to think TOO much about religion. after all, most of us are "BORN-something" and it's either we stick to that religion for the rest of our lives and "practice" it without understanding it completely (probably due to the reason that our parents/siblings/relatives/etc are practicing the same religion) or we'll just end up as freethinkers.

well, as for me, i don't have a choice but to learn up about my religion and my boyfriend's religion because if we were to take things to the next level (marriage) i will have to convert. some of you might think it's weird (and that i'm crazy to even be thinking about changing my religion or rather my belief just to get married) but from the place i come from, it's a must. it's a law in my country.

i'm not learning up the other religion just because of marriage. there's this part of me telling me that this other religion is rather credible. and so is my current religion! hence the confusion *grrr*

so, after a period of time i will need to decide and then i will know if i can actually marry my boyfriend. sigh. after which (if i were to choose to change my religion) the next thing i'll be thinking about would be how am i going to break the news to my parents and siblings and relatives.


8/23/2007 04:42:00 PM  

Blogger Jordis Juice said...

That I could just go home and sleep... zzzzzzzz

8/23/2007 05:00:00 PM  

Blogger Jordis Juice said...

Terrie, what is your bf's religion if you don't mind me asking. :)

I have a Catholic friend who had to convert into Islam to marry her bf. I guess it's like turning your back into something you have always believed in for love.

8/23/2007 05:04:00 PM  

Anonymous donna said...

i'm with jordis, wish i could take a nap, but my sleep cycle is all off so am slogging thru til a reasonable bedtime hoping to not find my eyes popping open 'round midnite again.

when i do sleep i'm dreaming these multi-plotted not really nightmares, some of them i even wake up laughing, but still disturbing kind of dreams. so i wake up exhausted.

it's probably because i got off my exersize schedule. or maybe i need trollop's salad it sounds good.

any house decoration or religion questions are just way beyond this bleary brain today. but all the best.

isabella, i think the blue dress is faerie-lovely, do you care if it's not an autumn color?

8/23/2007 06:20:00 PM  

Blogger Sunny said...

I found this on the net a while back and thought it might help you understand better what your doggie is thinking.It never gets less funny!! (Sorry it's so long but You'll forgive me I hope!)

Classic: Excerpts from the Dog's / Cat's Diary

Excerpts from the Dog's Daily Diary:

* 8:00am: Dog food! My favorite thing!
* 9:30am: A car ride! My favorite thing!
* 9:40am: walk in the park! My favorite thing!
* 10:30am: Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!
* 12:00pm: Lunch! My favorite thing!
* 1:00pm: Played in the yard! My favorite thing!
* 3:00pm: Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!
* 5:00pm: Milk bones! My favorite thing!
* 7:00pm: Got to play ball! My favorite thing!
* 8:00pm: Wow! Watched TV with my master! My favorite thing!
* 11:00pm: Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!

Excerpts from the Cat's Daily Diary:

Day 683 of my captivity: My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and myself are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength. The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the floor.

Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates what I am capable of. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a "good little hunter" I am.

The audacity! There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of "allergies." I must learn what this means, and how to use it to my advantage.

Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow -- but at the top of the stairs.

I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released --and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously retarded! The bird has got to be an informant. I observe him communicating with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. The captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe....... for now...

8/23/2007 08:08:00 PM  

Anonymous Carmen said...

Isabella that is a beautiful dress. Very elegant.

8/23/2007 08:53:00 PM  

Anonymous Carmen said...


Sunny I really needed that laugh!!!

8/23/2007 09:00:00 PM  

Blogger Vanessa said...

Trollop, this reminds me of Snoopy, the most intelligent dog ever. :P

Pepper Anne, good luck with decorating the house!

Izzie, I think that dress is lovely. I like the color, very refreshing looking.

Sunny, that was funny! Thanks for sharing!

8/23/2007 09:12:00 PM  

Blogger Danielle De Barbarac said...

Trollop, thanks for the enlightenment and that salad looks down right delicious.

Now is anyone going to see The Nanny Diaries? I liked the book but I'm not sure about the movie adaptation.

8/23/2007 09:31:00 PM  

Anonymous Terrie said...

Jordis, my bf's religion is also Islam.

What do you all think? Is it wise to turn your back on something (in this case, RELIGION) that you've always believed in for love?

He loves you. A lot. Treats you like a princess and all that stuff. But at the same time, you think there could be someone else out there who could do the same... or not.

At the end of the day, it's just a risk you've got to take, isn't it? But the real question is, what would you do?

8/23/2007 11:53:00 PM  

Blogger said...


(Hurricane Dean = very inappropriate thoughts from me, such as how would Dean Winchester use "Rock You Like A Hurricane" to pick up women? "Dude, I'm like a force of nature.")

Also, Bruce Springsteen and Scott Summers.

8/24/2007 01:28:00 AM  

Blogger December/Stacia said...

I am thinking about writing. I have been thinking about it, I am still thinking about it, I will continue to think about it forever, amen.

Also about going home and how I want to. Also about the cleaning that needs to be done in this house. And so on.

8/24/2007 05:42:00 AM  

Blogger Jolie said...

Thinking of getting a hair cut but can't decide on which style. I remember Victoria's hairstyle but that would be a lot of maintenance. Argh! I wish i have a millionaire soccer player for a husband and I can spend his money on things like paying people to blow dry my hair and keep it beautiful and shiny!!!!

8/24/2007 06:35:00 AM  

Anonymous karamia said...

Terrie, wow. You are in such a tough position. I thought about converting away from my religion once, which up to that point I didn't even practice much. Then I realized I could not give up the beliefs that I have always had. I couldn't give up the God that had always been there for me. So, instead my original faith became stronger. I decided that I really believe what I believed and started learning more about it and really figuring it out. I am still figuring it out. LOL. :)
Anyway, off my pulpit. Only you know what the answer is (I totally sound like my grandma).

Today I am wondering what I will do without my kids, as they have gone to visit the grandparents. Maybe go to the yarn shop or get my toes done!! Something I can't do with them here. Or maybe I'll lure my hubsand home from work and pop open some wine......

Or maybe all 3, tee hee

and Isabella, that dress is wonderful,

8/24/2007 12:03:00 PM  

Blogger Lollie Rose said...

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8/24/2007 10:22:00 PM  

Blogger Lollie Rose said...

Terrie, I remember Charlotte from Sex and the City when she said to Harry, "I left Jesus for you!" Not that I'm saying you'd do that, I just think converting to another religion for the sake of your man is probably one of the hardest things to do. Good luck. :)

8/24/2007 10:23:00 PM  

Blogger Vanessa said...

I have to do laundry and clean the house and do some grocery shopping. Ackk. If only I have a maid.

8/25/2007 10:03:00 AM  

Anonymous Ollenska said...

I have been thinking of visiting London. I have never been there but I've always wanted to. I want to see the good sights, the good looking men and then go to Paris for Christmas to see my insane friend who lives there.


8/25/2007 01:27:00 PM  

Anonymous Terrie said...

Lollie Rose, thanks.. I'll need it =)

8/25/2007 04:55:00 PM  

Blogger Aradia said...

Dear Terrie,
It all depends on your BF and his culture. In some Muslim cultures you don’t have to convert to marry a Muslim man (you just say a prayer to make your marriage acceptable by Muslim’s law) and then you can practice your own religion. It is especially easy if your own religion is Christianity or Judaism (an originally samic religion). But if your BF and his family are very restrict about practicing Islam and expect you to practice it, you may have some problem.
What I caution you about is cultural differences. If you are from a western culture and your BF has grown up with middle-eastern Muslim culture, you may have to think about his family and their influence more seriously.
At the end, doesn’t matter what culture or religion you are from, if you love each other enough you can work it out but if you have doubts or think you are making sacrifices, don’t get married. Sometime in future all these doubts and problems will come out and it won’t be pretty! Better wait and find some one who loves you for who you are without expecting you to change anything about yourself.

8/25/2007 06:06:00 PM  

Blogger Jolie said...

Terrie, if he treats you nice and he loves you and you love him, if you don't have any doubts of you loving him and he feels the same way, there shouldn't be a problem because you will work things out.

8/26/2007 02:30:00 AM  

Blogger Harlot said...

Good advice from Aradia. I think in every relationship there should be a compromise. You should be willing to do it, and he also. You can't always get what you want but neither should you always give. A relationship is, as they say, a two-way street. It must be balanced. But the thing, i think, is NEVER give up something that makes you happy because you will end up resenting each other.

But if you think about it, you should never ask your partner to sacrifice something that makes him/her happy.** If he/she is happy, that should make you happy as well. Isn't that supposed to be the point?

**I'm talking about reasonable stuff here and not things like a dude who wants to swing when the girl is obviously not into it. :/

8/26/2007 02:50:00 AM  

Anonymous Terrie said...


I totally understand what you mean when you speak of culture differences and yes, it is tough. And I know that in certain countries, converting when you marry a Muslim man is not necessary but THAT is a culture too because in the true Islam, husbands and wifes must be Muslim for their marriage to be legal.

Back in my country, there are Muslims who do not practice the true way of a Muslim because they are not strong believers but my BF and his family are.

Actually, it's not the cultural differences that I'm worried about. I roughly understand his culture because although we're of different religions and cultural backgrounds, we are both living and have been living for more than three quarter of our lives in a multi-cultural country. But neither am I worried about the fact that my BF and his family are strong believers of the religion.

I'm going through a "seeking" period. There are too many questions I need answered from both Christian and Islamic point of views. My faith has somehow wavered through the test of time and now, I'm left with nothing but confusion.

I've mentioned in the first comment I posted here.. I'm not going to convert because I want to marry him and neither will I convert just because I think that is going to make me happy. I'm only going to convert when and IF I believe in his God as he does. So, please understand that it is not my BF who is trying to change me. But it is ME trying to understand the religion and their practices.

My problem is in finding the true God because when I compare Christianity and Islam.. they are alike in so many ways and YET so different! I just don't know how long it's going to take me to search but I hope I will find out soon because I don't think I will be able to search for much longer.


He loves me and I love him and he treats me really nice. The only thing I doubt.. polygamy! In his religion, polygamy is allowed for men. I've spoken to him about it and yes, he has previously told me that he will not, will NEVER take another wife but then again, things can change through time! And IF that time were to come.. I cannot object! Truly, will you or can you even think about trying to learn and accept this theory? I can't!


There should be a compromise but in the case of converting, he really can't do it. He is not allowed to do so in our country. I mean, if he truly want to.. I'm sure there are ways but.. it's going to have to be either one of us, doesn't it? So when you say compromise, it's rather useless for the both of us to convert out of our own religions. There has to be one to remain. I can't be an Atheist because I truly believe that there is a God.

I don't know. After having said all the above.. I'm thinking maybe, just maybe my BF and I are not meant to be together in the first place.

8/26/2007 03:47:00 PM  

Blogger Harlot said...

Terrie, what i mean by compromise in this is, IF YOU decide to convert, what are you going to get for it? For example, were i to convert into Islam, i don't fucking care if my husband is allowed to have as many wives as his dick could support, i DEMAND to be the FIRST and ONLY wife. Islam women (please correct my terms if i'm wrong as i'm not familiar with them) might be okay to share their spouse but even if i convert and start to practice their religion, NO WAY i will share my man.

One of my best friends in college married a Muslim. She converted. I think she was too in love at the time that she forgot to ask some things for herself. They are happy but i know there are things that she wished she had settled first with her then BF before she converted.

8/26/2007 04:28:00 PM  

Anonymous Terrie said...


You are right. There are many things that I would love to settle with my BF now for JUST-IN-CASE moments in the future IF I were to marry him. Haha. But you know, when I think about it... for example the polygamy issue... even if he agrees with me not to marry another... IF he later on decides to marry another... there really is nothing that I can do! Yes, he promised me... but the government, the Islamic community will be on his side (IF the case is to go public) AND... did you know that Muslim men can actually have other wives without the consent of the first wife? Which means, he can actually start another family without me knowing about it until... (well, if he intends to keep it a secret...) until the day he dies.

But of course, there are many other things that I would love to ask for myself. I will remember to do that IF this relationship can continue it's journey to another level. Thanks for the advice. I truly appreciate it.

8/27/2007 03:08:00 PM