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February 15th, 2004

dog dens

Heh, I have an L-shaped desk in my home office, and a little space heater to keep me warm when I'm working in the winter. Ajay has a little dog bed that I usually put on a chair; he hops up and lies down to snooze so he can be close to me while I work.

I had the idea to move the dog bed to the hollow formed by the L of the desk, next to where my legs go. I thought he might like having something a little more den-like (dogs don't like sleeping where they think they can get snuck up on) and also to be closer to the space heater since he seems to like it a little warm.

He went right in there and lay down and went to sleep and I haven't heard a sound out of him since. I even forgot he was down there until I moved my foot and brushed up against him. So score one for good canine psychology and pampered pets.

on being sick, and English grammar

I thought I was just having a reaction of some kind to the cassia bark oil that I used earlier in the week (turns out that was aromatherapy-strength oil so I shouldn't have been putting it on myself at all), but it appears as though I've caught a cold. It's not been too bad to control so far, using relatively few drugs, but I'm going to take it easy tomorrow and probably stay home and rest some, work from home some. Thankfully, I have no meetings scheduled tomorrow.

I just had to refresh my memory about the verbs lie and lay. In a previous entry I wrote "...Ajay went right in and layed down..." and I realized "layed" is not a word, but I knew that both laid (the past tense of lay) and lied (the past tense of the other verb lie which means to tell an untruth) weren't right either. Turns out the simple past tense of lie (to recline or rest) is lay. No wonder those two words are so often confused.

So it's "...Ajay went right in and lay down." Looks wrong, but it's right. I usually have a pretty good intuition for what "looks right" and "looks wrong" in English, but it's failing me here. Perhaps it's the cold medicine, which is making me kind of loopy. Kate said she could tell I was drugged up because my eyes are glazed.



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