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Happy VD

14 Feb

When I was in college, I earned my beer tuition money by working at a grocery store. While there, I had a brief stint helping out in the floral shop during Valentine’s Day. When we would write-up customers’ orders, we would abbreviate “Happy Valentine’s Day” with “Happy VD.” Then my boss started calling it “Happy Venereal Disease Day.” For some reason, this memory always pops into my head on Valentine’s Day. 🙂

I got some Valentine’s flowers from my sweetie at work today. 😀

(Please excuse the mess of papers on my desk in the background. I have a bit of a hoarding problem.) Hopefully my lilies will be open when I get to work tomorrow.

Cy had a fun V-Day at daycare today. Check out these valentines they sent home with him. So cute!

(Sorry about my tragic looking nail polish. I put this super sparkly nail polish on and now it is a total bitch to get off!)

Sadie, on the other hand, is her own valentine. She’s single and loving it. 😉 Or maybe food is her valentine. She does seem to have a long-standing love affair with food. Here she is giving me her best “I’m super cute and sweet, don’t you want to give me some food?” look.

How are you celebrating VD?
Valentine’s Day, that is. 😉 As for me, I have a date with this little book I ordered on Amazon that came in the mail today.

Oregon vacay, here I come!



12 Feb

I feel like I was super accomplished this weekend. Yesterday, I started the day by doing some work outside, cleaning up our patio.

Cy helped me. 😉

Later in the day, we look the kids to the park. We all had a lot of fun at the park. We went to a park that we’ve been to before, but haven’t been to in a while, so it was something new for the kids, plus it has nice walking trails for mom and dad. Sadie seemed really excited to be there – more so than she is at some other parks. We started calling her “Fun Sadie” because she almost seemed giddy there. She was running and playing like when she was a young pup. To be honest, sometimes she is miserable to take to the park because she would rather stand in one spot and eat rabbit turds all day than go on a walk, but this time she had a little more pep in her step. 🙂 Cy had fun too because we let him off leash when there was no one around. He was running around like a mad man and had a total blast.

It’s too bad Sadie can’t go off leash also, but her recall (aka listening) skills are not the best. Cy, on the other hand, comes when called, even with distractions. This is mostly our fault for not giving Sadie as much training as we have given Cy, but the girl does have an extremely stubborn streak that seems to be inherent and nothing to do with training.

We went back to the same park again today and Cy had fun chasing a tennis ball and Sadie had fun stealing and hiding the ball from her brother. 😉

Yesterday, I also did step one for my DIY art project for our dining room.

Yes, I know it is “safety cone orange” and that’s just how I like it! 😉 This place needs a pop of color!

The hubby and I just got back from an early Valentine’s dinner at Cucina Enoteca. Love that place! And love my sweetie. 😀

A Dog’s Life

31 Jan

Like a lot of women, I tend to carry my stress in my neck and shoulders. Whenever I’m stressed, my neck and shoulders tighten up. Sometimes it happens before I can even recognize that I’m stressed. Today was one of those days, so as I sit here with a heating pad on my neck, I’m thinking I need a dog’s life.

This, ladies and gentleman, is how my furry kids spend their days:

Snuggling with friends

Going for walks

Playing with friends

Taking a snooze

Sharing with friends

And did I mention playing with friends?

But, alas, I’m a human and not a dog, so maybe I will de-stress by planning my spring vacation. We’re thinking maybe Oregon this year. Beer and nature, here I come! 😉

A Classic Fail

19 Jan

It was a rough night in the Cabs and Dogs household last night. The younger furry kid woke up several times during the night with barfing and, umm, you know, that other thing that often comes with barfing. 😯

Just like a kid daycare, doggie daycare doesn’t take sick kids, so luckily I was able to work from home today so I could be here with him in case there were any more “incidents.” There were, in fact, a few “incidents” and there was also a lot of this:

For dinner tonight, I made Iowa Girl Eats’ Superfood Salad and, as luck would have it, someone suddenly felt a lot better when I was trying to make dinner. Just like a kid, he wanted to play, he wanted to eat and he wanted to go to the bathroom. 🙄

This salad was really good. It was also a lot of work. In fact, it totally violated my rule of chopping no more than three veggies per recipe. 😉 I doubled the recipe too because I wanted to have leftovers for lunches, so that meant double the work. I also made a classic cooking fail – I totally underestimated the size of bowl I would need.

I got about half way through the recipe and my bowl was totally heaping full and I couldn’t really stir it. D’oh! 😳 So then I had to bring out the big guns:

A bowl normally reserved for making stuffing on Thanksgiving had to be busted out on a random Thursday night.

It fits!

That’s much better!

Then it was time to get my eat on because I was seriously tired after making this.

What’s more important to you when cooking – convenience or deliciousness? I would say I fall somewhere in the middle on this one. I’m definitely not willing to work too hard for a weeknight meal, but if it’s a special meal or on a weekend, then I’m willing to get down and dirty for yummy food.

*Note: I did make a few modifications the original recipe: I did not use corn and I used maple syrup in the dressing instead of sugar.

My Life Is A Commercial

10 Jan

So I mentioned in my last post that I maybe, sorta, kinda want to try for a baby this year. Well last night, when hubby and I were watching the BCS National Championship Bowl Game, we saw this commercial:

Then hubby says, “That commercial spoke to me.”

“Oh really, so you want to build a fighting robot?” I say.

“Actually I do,” he says. 😛

Yeah, I don’t know what happened to me, but suddenly when I look at a baby, I no longer see a screaming poop machine. Instead, I think aww, I want one! After nearly seven years of marriage, I think some, including me, may have thought that this feeling would never strike me, but somehow, someway it has. 😀

Speaking of kids, one of my furry kids did the craziest thing tonight. I’ve always known that my Cy guy is a seriously strong chewer, as in he can’t have any stuffed toys because he tears them apart in 2.2 seconds. Well tonight he proved just what a strong jaw he has. I was making dinner and he was laying on his bed chewing on a bone… or so I thought. I turned around to see this:

HE SPLIT THE BONE IN HALF!!! This is a real bone and he split it in half! I immediately checked for missing teeth, but luckily they were all there. This kid never ceases to amaze me with his antics! 😉


Alright, so is anyone else on the baby bandwagon with me? Did it hit you all of a sudden?

You Know What They Say…

23 Nov

Bad things happen in threes.

Yesterday, I came home from work early because I wasn’t feeling well and I found this:

That would be my brand new Sonicare toothbrush shredded into a million pieces! There goes $140 down the drain. 😦 I had literally used it twice, so that’s $70 per brushing. My reaction was pretty much like the mom in this video. I just kept repeating “oh my god! oh my god! oh my god!”

I immediately knew who the culprit was – this guy:

Hard to believe that such a sweet face could be so naughty!

We just recently decided to let Cy have more freedom and stay out of his kennel when we were gone. He is older than Sadie was when we started giving her more freedom and we had left him out two other times before and he was a good boy. Well apparently the good boy invited his evil twin over to play!

After I got over my initial shock, my thoughts immediately turned to what if he had eaten some of it? I called our vet and she didn’t make me feel much better. “If he bit the battery, he may have burned his mouth,” she said. So I checked him out and luckily he seemed fine. Knock on wood, but he seems to be acting fine and I think he would have shown signs by now if he had eaten anything.

So let’s recap, shall we? My 2011 has consisted of:

1) Breaking my leg
2) Major water damage in our house, and now
3) $140 toothbrush destroyed by a crazed puppy

Let’s just hope that means the three bad things are over and we can move on now. At least I won’t have trouble finding something to write about in my Christmas letter this year. 😉

Anyway, Happy Thanksgiving Eve!!

I’ll be sure to post a report on all my Thanksgiving buffet eats!


What do you think of Christmas letters? I write one every year. I know some people think they are dorky, but I think they are fun and sometimes funny. 😀