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Scattered Daschunds: JusJoJan Day Four

Welcome to Day Four of Just Jot it January, where, for a month – well, we jot. Whatever. However. Wherever. Whyever. It’s graciously hosted by Linda G.Hill.

Today’s prompt,Daschund, comes to us from Morgaine 620 (Bee Halton) who’d love a visit! Pop on over and say hi, if you’re so inclined.

I can’t fit today’s prompt into a Trip and T’Pol story. I mean, I probably could, but I generally only write the stories I feel, and, at the moment, my favorite inter-species couple are concerned with kittens and loss rather than weiner dogs…

Sorry – my mind’s off in many directions today. It’s been busy and a little disorienting. There hasn’t been as much coffee as I really need to offset that.

And it is cold outside. Not a little cold – we’re talking 7 degrees Fahrenheit, just after dark….which wouldn’t be a particular issue for me if I’d spent a typical Monday cozy and warm in the house (daschund, by the way, means ‘badger hound’ – these little guys can be tough!).

But instead, I needed to get up and moving not so long after I woke up. My daughter had an appointment for some booster vaccinations, and, after, I had agreed (before I knew that it was going to be so cold out) to take them to use their Christmas gift cards...

My daughter, who loves the snow (but, with this cold, we’ve only got a half inch or so on the ground), needed a new pair of winter boots, in addition to wanting more Littlest Pet Shop items. I needed more mundane items there – paper clips, 2016 calendars, the only pens I like to use for hard-copy revision notes (I’ll be doing a lot of revisions this year – something like a revision boot camp that I hope I will learn a great deal from.), picture frames for the grandparents (eventually, there will be pictures, too!), laundry detergent and fabric softener, and coffee creamer. I know, exciting list, right?

Anyway, my daughter is a Littlest Pet Shop officianda…she and her two best friends have complex ongoing games and stories. They prefer the older models to the newer ones, and they’ve all become experts at finding great deals on Ebay – including the risk of ‘fakes’, because apparently there are disreputable sellers, particularly in Hong Kong, who display pictures of real LPS characters, then substitute with counterfeits. Scandal in tiny plastic toys – who would’ve thought?

Annalise got a pack of those in the mail today. She wasn’t terribly disappointed – she likes customizing her pets, and these are perfect for that. A couple of them are quite cute.

She bought tiny props for her pets – a movie set, and a fast food set, and a blind bag – a character in a opaque plastic bag…a bit of mystery, because you don’t know what you’ll get until you open it.

So what does any of this have to do with daschunds? Well, tangentially, the other day, Annalise told me that now she and both of her friends (collectively known as the Swag Girls since a camping trip last summer, when they all bought glittering newsboy caps in assorted colors) now have LPS daschunds.

This type of information is sometimes crucial, in the lives of ten and eleven year old girls. By writing it here, I’m a bit more likely to remember the daschund connection, should the need arise.

By the way, it’s now nearly 9pm, and an utterly unbalmy 3 degrees Fahrneheit. If you’re somewhere warmer than me (like, at the moment, Greenland!), enjoy. If it’s colder where you are, I wish you cozy comfort!

Well, that’s my jotting for today. Read more posts here, and join in if the spirit moves you! =)


I am myself. I own my life, and live with three other people who own theirs. My intention is to do only those things that bring me joy, and to give myself wholly to those things I do. Writing has been my passion throughout my life, and this will become the home for my writing life...because it brings me great joy!

5 thoughts on “Scattered Daschunds: JusJoJan Day Four

  1. Well done you! The Dachshund creeped up on me everywhere I read ;-). And a huge “awwwwwwwwwww” for the video. Just can’t help it: I love a good old sausage dog :-).

    Thanks for the shoutout. Its much appreciated!

  2. Love the idea of just jotting! Also love how organised your daughter is — what a great way to use the internet to source rare items and learn to tell real stuff from fake goods. And all the stories they must be weaving with those LPS creatures… 🙂

    1. She’s organized in an expansive and 11 year old kind of way. =) Both of my kids are discriminating consumers, and usually research what they’re most passionate about.

      And, yes – she’s been a storyteller forever – she started talking at 10 months, and had paragraphs by 2, which was how old she was the first time she folded a tiny piece of wrapping paper in half, then opened it up and ‘read me a story’.

      She’s narrated her play since she was about three. I remember I used to do that, only I had less freedom to do it aloud.

      She likes to film her stories on her Fire, so some last longer than playtime.

      And since one of the other Swag Girls lives nearly an hour from us, and the other in a neighboring state, they do a lot of their joint play via Skype. It’s fascinating to see how these three always-unschooled girls are incorporating their own questions and tribulations and images of growing up into their play. Even though they all live in very stable, peaceful families, they’ve pondered alcohol and drug use, infidelity and faithfulness, abusive relationships. and more through their play.

      Before the LPS, it was Monster High. And themes from Welcome to Night Vale (a Lovecraft-styled podcast they all enjoy) have crept into the stories. Not to mention the fashion and props…

      All this (and much more) from a little plastic, and a lot of imagination.

      I’d love it if you came and jotted with us, Deniz! =)

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