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Z is starting to relax and get more comfortable with us. She still startles very easily and is shy around people, but not animal aggressive or fearful of other dogs. The thundershirt helps her when her anxiety is really bad, and we've picked up some excellent books referenced fearfuldogs.com. We are slowly learning her triggers and body language. My sister has been doing a lot of clicker training with her and she is very trainable. She is s super sweetheart and loves to cuddle. Our very quiet home seems to be a good fit for her. I haven't been able to get a lot of good pics, but I thought I'd post some of the better ones I have gotten.

Pics below the cut )
alee_grrl: Tree branches silhouetted against a full winter moon. (moon)
I am currently in the middle of finals, which is why I have been scarce. I had two take-home finals last week, and have two in class finals this coming week. I have yet to figure out why I find take-homes more stressful than in-class exams. I'm a bit odd that way I suppose. I'd rather have the "prep for a day or two and then throw out as much info as you can in a three or four hour period while answering the questions asked" stress than the "here's your final you have x amount of days to finish it, how on earth do I know I've covered everything" sort of stress. I particularly dislike take-homes that are given a 24 hour deadline. Because of my Lyme I often sleep 12 hours a day or longer. Knowing this I knew I had to finish the damn take-home before I could go to bed because I might not wake up with enough time to finish it the next day. It was a class where I wasn't sure how to prep prior to opening the exam, which started the countdown. The take-home was open book and open notes, just no commercial outlines or study materials. So I did my research/review while I went. Damn thing took me ten hours (with breaks, lots of short breaks). Then I crashed for a day.

My second take-home was slightly less stressful as I was more comfortable with the material. I had a bit of a "these questions are more narrow than I expected based on midterm questions" worry. The final covered mostly topics since the midterm rather than topics from the breadth of the course. This wouldn't be worrisome except for the fact that the midterm was ungraded and anonymous (we got amazing feedback in written form). The grade rests solely on the final. But I guess we all did well enough on the midterm that she felt we understood the issues covered because the final did not deal with those issues at all. This final took me about eight hours, with a couple of very long breaks (grocery shopping took at least an hour). Both are turned in, which means they are out of my hands and I can only worry about them in the vague "I hope I do okay" sense rather than nitpick them to death until the last day they were due. Now I can switch gears and start prepping for my two in class finals (one Tuesday, the other Thursday). Then I will be done for the semester! Yay! After that I will have exactly one year left of law school, which is exciting and utterly terrifying all at once. I will get to walk in May with the rest of my class, but won't get the actual diploma til December of 2013.

We're finally getting a bit of snow here in Vermont. It's been a ridiculously mild winter so far with more rain than snow. It's supposed to warm up enough to turn into wintry mix, and I kind of hope we get a blast of colder air to prevent that. I'd rather the snow at the moment, especially since I'm not the one who has to shovel it. ;) My awesome neighbor has a contract to do that. Anyway I took some pics this morning. Not much snow on the ground yet, but it was pretty. The pics were all taken from indoors with my cell phone, but they were pretty enough to share. I have some lovely views. :) Pics under the cut. )

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