Category Archives: Pets

Bambi Got Lucky

So, I almost hit a deer yesterday morning on my way to work. FUN RURAL LIVING FACT: it’s usually better to hit the stupid deer than to swerve, so I closed my eyes (much smart! very safety!), braked as much as I could without locking up, and managed to stop mere inches from its derpy little deer face looking at me like, “What is even happening right now?”

It was not unlike this.

It was not unlike this.

As I careened toward the little guy, the only thought going through my head was, “NOOOO NOT MY PRETTY NEW CAR!” I’m sure there are a number of more appropriate thoughts I could have been having. Like maybe, “Please don’t let it come through the windshield and break my face,” or, “I really don’t want to kill a cute furry animal today.”

Whatever, I’m shallow.

I’m pretty lucky that I’ve lived in the country for seven years now and haven’t hit any large animals, although plenty of squirrels, birds, skunks, raccoons, and even a rogue hedgehog have all made the fatal mistake of running in front of my tires. One time, I was doing about 80 mph on the freeway when a bird hit my roof rack, ricocheted off at lightning speed, and cracked the windshield of the car behind me. Apparently I am a monster, because instead of feeling bad for the little dude I was like, “Hey! Real-life Angry Birds!”

In other news, I’ve managed to wrap all of my gifts except for one, which is slowly making its way over from Poland. If it doesn’t get here before the 24th as promised, I’m going to have to look up some nasty Polish words to leave on a certain Etsy shop’s comment section.

Also, if you receive a gift from me that looks like it was wrapped by Edward Scissorhands, this is why:

Are you done wrapping your gifts yet?

December Photo Challenge Day 17: Lock Screen

If you haven’t noticed, I’m basically just doing this December photo challenge when it’s convenient for me and I can’t think of anything else to write about. Today’s photo is of my lock screen (note to my grandma: It’s a thing on smartphones):

Lock Screen

Dave kind of lucked out here – a few days ago, this screen was a picture of him drinking a Miller High Life while wearing a blonde 80s butt rock wig.

I was kind of afraid to put up the tree this year – due to major space constraints, we’ve only had a little 2-foot tree in the past and Dave assured me that Whiskers would make it his mission to destroy a big tree. Turns out, he really enjoys hanging out under there. He did get pretty pissed when I started putting out gifts, but I cleared him a spot in the front and he got over it. Occasionally we’ll catch him trying to eat a sequin off the tree skirt, but after the gray paint incident we kind of stopped giving a shit about any antics that won’t result in major property damage. Pick your battles with cats, is what I’m saying.

High Five for Friday


My nephew turned two yesterday, which is insane because I’m pretty sure it was like three weeks ago that I was meeting him for the first time. I wasn’t able to fly out for his party this weekend, so my mom and sister are under strict orders to text me pictures every 10 minutes. I seriously couldn’t love that little face any more.

Whiskers Rug

Whiskers loves our new living room rug.


My September Birchbox arrived and I can’t even tell you how excited I am about those Wine Wipes. My teeth stain really easily, and after spending several evenings at the wine bar running to the bathroom every 10 minutes to make sure my smile wasn’t bright purple, I just started ordering whites so I wouldn’t have to worry about it. I much prefer reds, so I’m hoping these guys actually work. There is definitely some wine drinking on the agenda this weekend, so I’ll be back with a full review next week!


We had a couple stormy nights this week, and I spent them curled up watching Harry Potter on my laptop. I can’t believe how little the actors were in the first movie, and also how they all seemed to avoid the child-star syndrome. And thank God for that because I could not handle seeing Hermoine Granger hump a foam finger.


It was cold enough yesterday morning that I could bust out some outerwear. This striped blazer is so amazing – it’s made of sweatshirt material so it’s super comfortable, but it’s structured enough that I feel fine about wearing it to work. I bought it at Target last year — this year’s version is just as cute AND comes in a dark maroon color in addition to the black.

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Camera ready

I have been shopping around for a DSLR for some time now, mostly so that the pictures of food in my recipe posts will no longer look like piles of inedible slop. I finally picked one up last night – I went for the Nikon D3100 – and took advantage of the warm spring evening to head outside and play around with it a bit:

04.23.13 Cactus

04.23.13 Whisky

04.23.13 Dandelion

04.23.13 Smoke

High five for friday

04.05.13 High Five

1. Mid-week raspberry margarita. OK, two mid-week raspberry margaritas. Two jumbo mid-week raspberry margaritas. Followed by a long island iced tea. What, it was a stressful week.

2. My new go-to outfit: pencil skirt and plain tee.

3. Whiskers really wanted to be in my fake tan fail picture.

4. Grapefruit in a jar. Lazy grapefruit lovers UNITE.

5. Easter See’s.
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High Five for Friday

March 22 High Five

1. My grandma gave me an entire bag of York miniature hearts for Valentine’s day, and I’ve been eating one daily as an afternoon pick-me-up at work. It looks like I’m on schedule to finish the bag before Easter, just in time to make the switch to Cadbury Mini Eggs.

2. Warm Irish soda bread and coffee for breakfast every day this week.

3. Corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day! I made it in the crockpot using this recipe, and it was delicious. The cabbage and potatoes were not neon green in real life, as my camera phone would have you believe.


5. Whiskers couldn’t find any blankets, so he snuggled up under Dave’s pajama pants for an all-day nap.

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