Hi Inderific. We agree that the graphic is shockin…

Hi Inderific. We agree that the graphic is shocking and almost unbelievable. Zillow currently has 480 homes in Oakland listed as foreclosure sale or auction as of today (April 20, 2015). You can Google that info from any city by pulling up 'Zillow + Foreclosures + Name/City'

What the 'blue dots' can't show you is the full number homes that are bank owned by not on the market right now. Banks have been forced to release just a portion of foreclosure homes at a time in order to control the market some (the pricing, actually)

Here's the link to the Oakland sales:
http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/Oakland-CA/fore_lt/pmf,pf_pt/13072_rid/days_sort/37.835276,-122.159986,37.747236,-122.303495_rect/12_zm/
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Nov 8, Dogs that catch their own fish

Some dogs prefer fish over meat, but trying to catch a salmon is a nice hobby for every dog.


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Excited dog shows amazing discipline during dinner time — VIDEO
Dogs get excited over a lot of things: owners coming home, cars driving past and especially their food getting ready. However, not all of them are able to control their excitement like this dog can. In this 42-second video uploaded by Justin Tokarsky
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Eleven 'dog fighting' pit bulls rescued from basement
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A pat on the head

A pat on the head by a stranger for this little Cavalier who has been tied up, in the shade.  He is more interested though in watching his owner, who came back for him almost immediately.
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Sheltie X 4

Gorbio village has four new residents … well, five if you count the owner! These four beautifully behaved Shelties seem at home already on the old cobbled streets.
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Links I Love, Right Now

Last week when I posted the first ‘Links I Love, Right Now‘, I explained that it was in the spirit of my old ‘Friday is for Favorites‘ series, which I specifically stated I would not be bringing back. I also had no intention of making ‘Links I Love’ (which was truthfully a sort of last-minute post idea anyway) a regular series. However, it was one of the highest traffic posts of the past month, which I’m assuming (hoping?) means you guys liked it. And I really liked putting it together. Therefore, I’m thinking I will continue to do it every now and then – maybe once or twice a month at most. As long as it feels right, man.

Although I think a roundup of my favorite links/things in a given week is normally best suited for Fridays, we’re heading out of town this afternoon for a short trip to our favorite quick summer weekend getaway destination, Lake Geneva in Wisconsin. Robbie is going to be on the road with the band for all of Father’s Day weekend, so we decided this would be the perfect time to celebrate early with a mini vaca. It’s sort of a thing for Chicago area people to visit Lake Geneva in the summer months – I went at least once a summer as a kid, Robbie and I have always visited once or twice a year, and last summer, we took Essley for her first time. (You can see some moments from that trip here. She looks so tiny!) I’m really looking forward to seeing how she likes it now that’s she’s a little older. There’s a whole lot of rain in the forecast so I’m not sure how much beach time we’ll get in, but we’re pretty good at seeking out fun regardless of weather or circumstances. I’m not allowing myself to bring my laptop or camera (I’m gonna be fully present for this one, damn it), but knowing myself I’m sure there will be at least a photo or two from the trip on my Instagram.

And now that I’m done rambling, here are some links I love, right now:

This woman saved two dogs from being killed and then posted this on Craigslist. She is my new hero.

Who wants to buy this dress for me (as seen in image at top of post)? My birthday is only 6.5 months away…

Dads watching their own kids are not ‘babysitting.’  Amen. Robbie and I are equally Essley’s parents. We each spend time working and raising/taking care of her, alone and together. He isn’t ‘babysitting’ when he’s with her and I’m gone any more than I am when he’s gone. I can’t wait until this outdated way of thinking disappears.

The coziness level of our bed has grown exponentially since we got this quilt (in silver gray) earlier this week. Garnet Hill rocks.

I had tacos at a restaurant in Austin, Texas a few years back with a main ingredient of fried avocados. I basically died. And while browsing Bon Appetit the other day, I found this recipe. I am so making these.

I love those albums that contain lullaby versions of rock songs for babies. And as of this week, one has officially been made for the band my husband stage manages. Get your very own right here.

This sweet story of a joey koala and his mama – oh my heart. Excuse me, I’ve got something in my eye…

10 changes to make in your 30s that will set you up for life-long success. Adhering to #7 over the past couple of years has genuinely changed my life.

Dazed and Confused has a sequel coming out, which now has the official title of ‘Everybody Wants Some.’ Alright, alright, alright!

I wish I’d had this great piece on surviving bed rest during my final weeks of pregnancy with Essley.

My best (male) friend is getting married in California in two months, and Essley and I are both in the wedding. I need to find a lavender colored dress for Ess, and in my search stumbled upon this super cute kids clothes shop on Etsy. (I still haven’t found the perfect formal dress though; if you have suggestions, I’d love to hear them!)

These ice pops. (Pineapple. Cilantro. Blackberry.Vodka. I don’t even like cilantro but I still want to make these, because duh.)

I hope you have a great rest of your week and weekend! See you Monday.

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The most misused words in the English language

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Legend launches scathing attack on current state of wrestling

Legend launches scathing attack on current state of wrestling
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Greenwich Library presents cult films, biz programs and more in June
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Keeping TV Marketers Apace With Change
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