Saturday, August 23, 2008

Puppy Emergencies & Lack of Sleep

Well, just look at this he not adorable??? He is such a sweety and has the cutest personality. He also had a belly button hernia that had to be repaired with surgery on Friday...his 3 month birthday!!! He's fine but has 3 inch cut in his belly and needs to stay quiet for the next two weeks. I don't need to tell you how difficult it is to keep a 12 week old puppy quiet...especially since he and his sister like to wrestle all the time!!! He's not sleeping well through the night (still!!!) I am still sleep deprived and my allergies are bothering me so I feel like a walking zombie these days!

Kimi is a great big sister and just a big puppy herself. It's so funny to me that this is one of her favorite spots in the house. When she's really feeling playful, she'll drop her treat filled Kong toy from up here because when it hits the floor all of her treats come out. Smart girl!!!
Other than doggie stuff, it's been normal around here. As usual, we are constantly in a state of travel planning. We have a couple of trips coming up that we're excited about.

Labor Day weekend I am heading here with my best friend, Suzanne, who lives in Virginia:

We did a girls' trip to NYC a couple of years ago so this time we're targeting Chicago! I'm sure there will be plenty of good food and shopping while we're there. Suze is putting together a list of things that she wants to do/accomplish while we're there. All I want is to spend quality time with her and get some sleep. The thought of three nights in a nice, quiet hotel room is more than I can stand!!
In October, Dick and I are heading here, with Scott & Nancy, friends from Florida. Dick & Scott share a birthday week so we are celebrating together this year.

And we're going to see:

This will be my 3rd time seeing this show and it's awesome!!!! Sally and I saw it when we were there for market last year then I brought Dick to see it because I knew he'd love it. We tried to get Scott & Nancy to join us then but they had a grandchild on the way so it was impossible, but we talked them into joining us in October. I can't wait. If you haven't seen it, it's a fun, fun show...and we normally hang out at the Revolution Bar in The Mirage before the show. Last time we were there, there was an awesome DJ spinning some fun tunes.
Last but not least, for 2008, we are heading to my hometown in Louisiana for Thanksgiving.

We are packing up the truck and the two pups and driving home. It's not a bad drive - about 19 hours - and with the price of airfare, rental car there and putting two dogs in the kennel, it's easier for us to drive.
Hopefully, we won't see any of these:
but I bet we have some of this. This is Boudin, a cajun sausage type food, but rather than just meat inside, it's stuffed with a rice and spicy meat mixture. It is my all time favorite cajun food.

And this is Dick's favorite cajun food...cracklins. Basically it's pig fat fried in pig fat...okay, it's a little more appealing that's like bacon with the fat on it, fried and highly seasoned...okay, that probably didn't make it sound any more appealing but trust me, they are a tasty treat----and when cooked perfectly they are nice and crunchy (perhaps bad for your weight and cholesterol and your arteries)!!! Throughout the years, I've found that you either love them or you hate them and in general...most men love them!!! They go especially well with a nice, cold beer.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

A New Adventure

photo by Filippo Fior
Can you guess where this? Well, it's where we're going May 23, 2009!!! Yep, it's funny...Dick thinks that I plan my next vacation while I'm still on vacation...LOL. Not true, I've been home 3 months now.
Yes, it's true...Italy again in 2009. This time with friends from the East Coast...I'll keep you posted on the details. I am so excited I can hardly contain myself.
On a puppy note. Whew, I forgot how exhausting having a puppy was...and how much sleep I was deprived during Kimi's early days in our home. Cody is adorable and sweet, but he only sleeps until 4:30. We can get him to lie down for about another 45 minutes but by 5:15/5:30, he's whining & barking and ready to be up and playing with his big sister. I am so tired!!!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Gone To The Dogs

Happy Sunday. Have you had a good weekend? We've had a great weekend!! Friday night we went out to dinner at a local Italian place that we both like (Zamparelli's in Lafayette, CO). Sorry, Robin, no pics but we split the antipasto plate which was delish...lots of dried tomatoes, salami, mozarella, etc. Dick had the chicken marsala while I had the gazpacho that I love!!! I adore tomatoes and fresh gazpacho is the perfect summer meal for me. I also had two grapefuitinis....more delish with fresh grapefruit juice...yum yum!! After we got home, we sat in our front yard with our dogs then a couple of neighbors dropped by, we opened a bottle of wine and sat around "visiting" with the neighbors and the dogs. A Friday evening doesn't get much better than that for me.

Saturday, Dick finally got the neighbors' go kart up &'s Dick & Derek, our neighbor, getting ready for the test run. The kids had a great time playing on it all weekend.

Saturday we spent all day putting together our new patio chairs!! Exhausting. I had some errands to run, baby gift to buy and a short trip to Hobby Lobby for more craft stuff!!! Today, spent the entire morning putting together the patio table, pulling weeds, watching the Formula 1 race on TV and napping (yep, I said napping...and did I mention it has been HOT here??). Sunday afternoon and I am just exhausted...ready for some down time in my craft room before I settle down in front of the tv and watch my DVR shows!!

Here's weekend puppy pics for your enjoyment. Kimi really looks huge next to him and she is. He's a little chewer...anything close to his mouth and put those teeth on it!!!

This picture is misleading because Kimi had been terrorizing him for awhile....when he finally got himself unpinned from her, he was up & barking at her like crazy!!

Boy, is he a cutie. Kimi is also a beautiful pup but he's very cuddly and would just like to lay around with his plushy toys if she didn't keep stealing them!!!

Have a happy rest of the weekend and a good week!

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