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Silica gel is one of these things that I've seen all my life and I've never really understood what it does haha! So today I decided to find out!

If you didn't know, these tiny bags are put in stuff to absorb and control any excess moisture that could be damaging to the product. And I always thought it was very poisonous, since it clearly seas "DO NOT EAT" on every little bag. But apparently it isn't poisonous at all! It only says "DO NOT EAT" 'cause it's 1. not food, and 2. a choking hazard, especially for small children.

I also learned that you don't have to throw them out, you can use them for different things around the house. Such as saving a phone that has been water damaged or maybe keeping important documents or Christmas decorations free from moisture that could possibly ruin them!

So now we all know, once and for all!

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Fact of day 12: Reinhold Messner was the first man to climb Mt. Everest without supplemental oxygen!

Today we decided to go see Assassin's Creed. I realized half way through that I never knew what the Spanish Inquisition was. So I decided to look it up. However I decided that the fact of day 13 will be the more "general" Medieval Inquisition. Honestly I might have learned about this in school, it just doesn't ring a bell when it's explained in English haha!

The Medieval Inquisition was a series of Inquisitions (Catholic Church bodies charged with suppressing heresy) from around 1184, including the Episcopal Inquisition (1184–1230s) and later the Papal Inquisition (1230s).

Did you know?

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Today I made my "Bullet Journal 2017" video for YouTube! Pretty happy with how it turned out and the response so far has been nice. Love hearing other people deciding to try the BuJo system out.

For today's fact I thought I'd share the info on BulletJournal.com about how Ryder Carroll came up with the idea!

"Bullet Journal® (or BuJo® for short) was developed by Ryder Carroll, a digital product designer living in Brooklyn, NY. Through many years of trial and error, the system has evolved into the ideas presented here. He sees this as an evolving, adaptable practice meant to be self curated as you determine what works best for you. This website, in addition to serving as a thank you to our generous community, is a space where inspiration, organization, and general musings on mindfulness can live and grow with the support of our talented Bullet Journalists."

Interesting! I shall now listen to a podcast episode with Ryder.

https://www.relay.fm/penaddict/70

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I know there's a lot of puppy talk right now but I can't help that his birthday and veterinary check up were so close after each other hehe. Rascal got his 1 year vaccine today as well as a patella and heart check. Both are perfectly fine, and he also got testicle certificate so now we know most things we need to be able to breed in the future. :) However we will probably do a personality test as well before that day comes.

Since I didn't post yesterday's fact I thought I'd do a double today!

Did you know that luxating patella (that we checked on Rascal today) is a condition where the knee cap (patella) moves from it's normal position? This is not a good thing. So we're obviously happy that Rascal doesn't have issues with that!

Today I also met with my friend Emma. She is having a baby in about a month so we spoke a little about that.

Did you know that you are usually induced between 1-2 weeks over your due date? It varies depending on the hospital's policy but usually you don't go more than 2 weeks anywhere. Interesting!

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1. The two first things we taught Rascal when he came home with us was to sit, and to wait for his food (and snacks) until we say "go get it". These skills were followed by "lay down", "roll around", "bang!" (play dead), paw and high five. "Come here" and "stay" are and will be a work in progress for a long time I feel, and we kinda moved on from "spin around" after a few half assed attempts hehe.

2. Rascal loves to be chased. When he has a toy in his mouth, all he wants is for us to chase him and/or try to take the toy from him. All other games are so boring. Chase chase chase. And hide and seek is also a favorite. He loves to sniff his way to hidden candies and also finding us when we hide in the apartment. If/when we get our second dog in the future, I really hope that puppy loves to CHASE. That would be a match made in heaven.

3. Two of the biggest struggles we have faced with Rascal is his leash pulling and his jumping on people when they come visit or we visit them. With the jumping it's mainly been a struggle 'cause they humans we have been dealing with do not always listen to our instructions and give him attention for poor behavior despite us telling them not to. But we have become better at telling them and they have started seeing the benefits of listening to us as well. So Rascal has improved A LOT in a short time, which is really nice. Now it just takes him a few minutes to calm down once our guests have arrived (compared to the 20-30 minutes it used to take him).

As for the leash pulling it has definitely improved with some changes from us. Him not doing what we expect him to do is of course because we are not communicating our desires well enough in a way that he understands. But right now we're doing the "ask permission" technique, which is based on him seeking our eye contact and that being the "key" to getting his way. Every time he wants to pull towards something or sniff something he stops and "asks permission", which in the beginning always was granted (to teach him the idea) but now he knows he doesn't always get his way. :) He's still nowhere NEAR perfect, but walking him is not at all a frustrating struggle anymore.

4. The first time I cut Rascal's claws, a week after we picked him up, I cut too much and made him bleed. It was traumatic for us both, but mainly for me. I still hate cutting his claws but he's pretty fine with it. We try to do it once/week and reward him after we're done. It hasn't been a huge issue for him since we've been doing it pretty regularly. He always lays on his back in Sonny's lap and I cut the claws. Candy after every foot! :)

5. My absolut favorite thing about Rascal is when he's very cuddly, either during the day and decides to snooze next to me on the couch while I'm working, or in the evening when we go to sleep. He cuddles up to our backs under the blankets and snuggles his little nose into our necks and starts snoring.

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