Pup in a Chariot, and Other News

posted on Jun 7, 2011

I thought I’d celebrate this lovely Tuesday with some pictures of the absolute cutest thing ever.

This weekend Eric and I were gifted a darling red wagon and we had an immediate use for it; The aging Yellow Beans no longer has to use his tired legs to get around the park!  He’s just about 14 years old now, and although he insists on going to the park with us every day, it’s become quite apparent that he’s a senior.  And so, fluffy pillows and blankies in place, the baby seal made his inaugural tour around the park, to great success! He loved it!  We stopped a few times to let him walk, and then when he looked tired we put him back in.  This pimp look on his face is for reals.  He really feels like a champion getting pulled around by his people.

I just can’t get over how cute this is.  It’s so helpful for me and Eric, too, because we no longer have to walk at a snail’s pace, and we can walk much farther if we want to.  Next stop is the B Street Trail!

And in other news, Eric started a brand new job yesterday!  Like, a jobby job.  In an office.  With coworkers and a water cooler.  It’s going to be quite a transition for the both of us.  I’m used to getting interrupted five times a day with requests to watch You Tube videos of people singing the My Little Pony theme song and junk like that.  Needless to say, I feel a bit lonely without my hubby.  I mean, we’ve both been working from home for two years now.  Sigh.

On the plus side, we now get up at 5 am (wait, that’s not the plus part), and since Eric leaves at 6:30 (gasp!), my coffee has kicked in by 6 am, leaving me plenty of time for blogging before my work day starts!  This means blog posts whenever I feel like it!!  Posts about cashmere yarn sprinkled with German glass glitter?  No problem!  Posts about the f-ing amazing vintage table cloth I just bought at Goodwill?  No problem!  Posts about finding and destroying slugs in my baby garden?  NO PROBLEM.  I love it.

And now, a last look at a baby seal in a chariot- have a super day!



Happy March!

posted on Mar 1, 2011

I’m pretty thrilled that there’s snow outside today, because it means one more day of this:

Snuggling Up Cozy Style

posted on Dec 21, 2010

I’ve been an absentee blogger for a few days now!  My family flew in for the holidays so I’ve been spending most of my time showing them around town, cooking cold-weather meals, gossiping, baking, and wrapping presents.  Although most of my giant family is still back home, I think this may be my favorite Christmas ever ^===^.  So now I’ll get back to baking, chatting, and making Christmas cheer!  I’ll return to regular posting shortly, complete with lovely new tutorials, interviews and general adorableness!

A Foggy Autumn Morning

posted on Oct 30, 2010

A magical blur like this greets me just about every morning, and I love it.

Halloween Front Door- Phase 1

posted on Oct 11, 2010

Halloween is absolutely, positively my favorite holiday of the year. Usually it revolves around a three-months-in-planning party and very intricate decorations, but since we’ve just moved a thousand miles from all friends and family, this year we’re just going for a family-friendly decorated yard.  No need to terrify any toddlers to tears or make their parents hate us.  So here are a couple of pictures of phase 1 of our spooky house decorations.  I made ample use of our mountain of fallen leaves, which line the walkway in elegant heaps, plus our giant spider is happily wrapping bats into his web. Dollar store spider webs do their job admirably, and our bleeding skull candle illuminates our little skull pansies.  There’s also my dead floral arrangement, thank you very much, and some random gargoyles and candles. In a happy coincidence, the previous owners left us a rickety porch floor and “distressed” white picket fence (not pictured), which really ups the creepy points I think!  Phase 2 will involve more gothification, maybe some blood, and maybe some dry ice.  I’ll keep you informed!

Real Men Bake

posted on Sep 23, 2010

I’ve been meaning to share with you all that Eric has been baking fresh bread almost every day!  He has officially regained his baking confidence after an unpublished baking incident back in California (which I am never to speak of).  Boy howdy am I happy to have a bake master in the house once again.  The ancient Sunset Bread book has been dusted off and is now beautifully covered in flour and water spots.  Eric’s latest favorite is something that Sunset calls, “Paine Francais”, whatever that means in the bread world.  Who cares what it’s called,  it is so scrumptious and so fresh and warm . . . yet another reason to love autumn.  And as a symbol of his love for me, Eric has been adding adorable little decorations to the bread like this one-

Aww, isn’t that cute?

What a night.  I’m just now recovering enough to talk about it.  Our atrociously ugly bathroom light fixture is, as it turns out, not only a sin against aesthetics, but it is also electrically unsound.  Last night sweet cherub Eric stepped into the bathroom and flicked the switch on- POW!  ZIP!  SPAT!  The hideous overhead light fixture exploded.  Ex-plod-ed.  Esploded. Because the ceiling in the bathroom is strangely low, that explosion must have been extra scary.

There was smoke, there was more smoke, the fire extinguisher was much more complicated than it should be, and then more smoke, panicking, etc.  Eric turned off the fuse, or whatever that action is called when you make power go off from the magic power box.  Long story short, we did not have to call the fire department or use the fire extinguisher.  Thank God.

We decided to sleep downstairs because we really don’t know how old the smoke detectors are in this house.   After a couple of episodes of X-Files (season 1!) we turned in,  2 of our 3 doggies smooshed onto our noisy air mattress.   I really wanted to leave them in their dog cubby, but there’s no way they’d passively cuddle up in the doggy den while mommy and daddy slept a mere ten feet away.

It always seems like it’s going to be okay at first when we have house guests and the pups have to sleep with us.  They snuggle down under our covers, all sleepy eyed and innocent looking.  Just when I’m feeling like “tough cookies, they need to sleep in their den”, they lick their little sleepy lips or push their noses down into the pillow or something equally adorable, and I’m totally incapable of moving them downstairs. But then around 1 am I remember why they sleep in their den.  It’s called PEE.  Either they do pee somewhere and I wake up at 3 am to scrub it, or I just wake up every thirty seconds, thinking they’re going to pee. Naturally Eric sleeps right through all of it.  Last night was no exception, pee scrubbing included.  You can imagine what an angel I was when I finally got out of bed at 7 am and innocent little Eric slept on, completely oblivious to the pee smell, the loud scrubbing noises, my feet stomping, or doors slamming.  Sigh.

There is something good in this post, I promise.  In my sleep-deprived and incredibly irked state this morning I thought it would be a good idea to focus on a little baking.  I got to work out my frustrations in that dough, boy did I!  And here are the delicious results.

Raspberry, apricot, and strawberry jam and butter cookies!  I got the recipe HERE and it was incredibly simple and I already had all the ingredients!  The deliciousness almost makes up for the lack of sleep.

Oh yes, and as for the light fixture, we cant’ seem to get an electrician out til Saturday!  One of the joys of living in the country!  I guess that means candle lit showers and tooth brushing for a couple of days, a-la-old school!

UPDATE:  We  found an electrician to come out and take a look at it the same day.  He rigged up a quick new socket for us until he can come back and rewire everything, plus install a steam vent and new vanity lights, which will happen next week.  So we didn’t have to do any flashlight showers after all!