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A Bloody Stump of a Foot

We had a bit of a drama-filled afternoon today. I stepped out of the shower, only to discover the floor drenched in blood!

Somehow, Pica had caught one of her toenails on her baby gate and ripped it right out. If she were a human baby, there'd surely be a lawsuit, right? Still, our poor little furbaby!


One gigantic claw
I held her steady as best I could. Jack Russell terriers don't really do "steady". There was always something twitching or shaking! Sexy Nerd applied styptic powder, which THANK GOODNESS we had on hand. If you have a pet, be sure to buy some of this. Ours came free with Pica's toenail clippers. In the 10+ years we've had her, we've used it only once before, when a nail was clipped a tad too short, and it stopped the bleeding almost instantly. This time, however..

...it kept bleeding...

...and bleeding...

...AND BLEEDING...

(Ack!)

After more than an hour of using my best wresting moves on Pica, and with almost all of our styptic powder gone, the b…

Goat Cheese Dip for Parties, Sandwiches, and Salads

Sexy Nerd's parents recently gifted us a fancy assortment of cheese from a goat farm near their home. Soon after, a certain someone said he hates goat cheese and wanted nothing to do with it. More for me! I turned the goat cheese into dip, which I served with tortilla chips and buttery crackers.

That same someone who hates goat cheese? Yeah, he pigged out on the dip.

Later, when I combined the leftover dip with milk to create a DELICIOUS dressing, the goat cheese hater enjoyed a gigantic salad covered in it.

Oh, and this same person who would never, ever eat goat cheese may have also made himself a sandwich on two different occasions, substituting my goat cheese dip in place of mayonnaise both times.

So, you know...
You're Not Fooling Anyone, Sexy Nerd!

Goat Cheese Dip with Herbs Original Recipe Source: Farm Bell Recipes at Chickens in the Road (Give them a visit - lots of yummy ideas!)
Combine the following: 6oz goat cheese feta, 2 C nonfat sour cream, 8 oz nonfat cream cheese,…

Lizard's Visit to the Pediatric Dentist

Recent posts from my office Facebook:

Thursday, 4/14/16 at 1:27pm
You might expect to hear rambunctious children at a pediatric dental office, but you've never heard anything like the shrieks that just came from our front office staff. Somehow, a GIANT LIZARD HAS GOTTEN INTO OUR OFFICE and he is scampering around underneath Marie's desk! In more than 30 years of practicing dentistry, this is a first. Only in New Mexico, right?
Thursday, 4/14/16 at 1:39pm We're not sure where he is at the moment, but are being extremely careful when rolling our front office chairs. In fact, new rule - no rolling the office chairs until the lizard is safe and sound!
Thursday, 4/14/16 at 1:49pm *This just in*
Danielle has named the lizard Bob.
(The lizard shown is not Bob, as Bob is still hiding underneath Marie's desk, much to her dismay.)

Also, the patients this afternoon are having a great time trying to find Bob, and an even better time exclaiming "There's a lizard!"…

Staples Coupon $30 Off a $60 Purchase

Happy Saturday, everyone! I had a wasted day, re-watching the Desperate Housewives series and napping, then went into manic-mode around 5pm to compensate for all the laziness. Since then, I've organized my closet, cleaned my shoes and sorted them into piles to keep, give away, and attempt to sell. Oh, and I made a scrumptious chicken and sausage gumbo with brown rice for dinner. Oh! AND I'm typing this while on the treadmill! I'm pretty sure the moral of this story is that you should never feel bad for indulging in a lazy weekend - you can always make up for it later.

Anyway, the point of this blog post is actually that I have a really great Staples coupon that expires TODAY and I'd like to give it away, rather than have it go to waste. First come, first served, so if you try to use it and it's still 4/9/16 but it doesn't work, someone beat you to it.

Staples: $30 off a purchase of $60 or more using promo code 6481 1030 8390 1477 The order can be placed online o…

Late to the Party

Hey, guess what?

Go to www.KittyDeschanel.com.


After years and years of blogging, I finally have my very own custom domain name! It wasn't as expensive as I thought (hooray for online coupon codes!) and it was easy to do. Well...eventually it was easy.
Funny enough, since Monday I have spent HOURS trying to figure out how to make my old site and new site work together. Then, reading the exact same instructions I've read a dozen times, this morning it seemed as clear as glass and it actually worked. Well...almost. For some reason, www.KittyDeschanel.com is working but KittyDeschanel.com is not, even though my Blogger setting specifically states that this should work.
*grumble*
Here's to hoping the magical internet fairies fix this little snag while I'm at work today. Have a great Friday, my bloggy friends!
*Update* I was hoping to type "Update - the fairies have worked their magic and my website is fixed. Thank you, fairies!" at the end of this post, but of co…

Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Your Home: Bad Real Estate Photos

Construction on our custom, mountain dream home should finally be finished soon, after only a million years. Can you believe it? That said, you may be surprised to read my days of browsing Redfin and Realtor.com are anything but over. Listing photos are a fantastic resource for decorating ideas! Unlike Houzz, which features image after image of too-perfect-to-be-real (hint: they're usually not) pictures, real estate photos show you actual homes (just like yours!) with decorating ideas that are functional for real life.

As much as I love finding a Pinterest-worthy home on Redfin, my guilty pleasure is the bad listings. Like, yell at the computer, what-were-they-thinking bad listings.

Here is one for the record books. Just try to keep a straight face while browsing through these listing photos from a home in Holladay, UT. And remember, the photos you are about to see are all from the same house. The last one will blow your mind.


The listing price is on the bottom of this post. See i…

Email From My Dad

Reading this made me feel a lot better. Also, my suspicion is that the problem with #9 is the cemetery sold my family plots, then re-sold the same plots to double their profits and it's finally catching up to them. I've made the best parts bold.

3:23pm 
I talked to Jackie and Andrew today.  They were at the mortuary with Grandma making the final arrangements.  Jackie said she is doing OK, and Grandma is doing as well as can be expected under the circumstances.  Here is my understanding of the sequence of events:

1.  They brought Grandpa home from the therapy place on Monday the 28th of March.  

2.  Andrew mentioned that he and a hospice worker gave Grandpa a bath sometime during this time frame, and that Grandpa hated it.  He also mentioned that Grandpa wasn't doing well and slept most of the time.

3.  Both Jackie and Andrew said that Grandpa had a really good day on Wednesday, the 30th as he seemed to rally.  Usually he complained about being too cold, but on this d…