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Maybe She Was Driving To The Police Station

There's a high school down the street from my office. You never know what you're going to see.

On my drive home one day, I watched a young driver turn out of the school parking lot. She slammed into the SUV in front of her and put her hands to her head, probably thinking something like OH NO, OH NO, OH NO. I felt bad for her, especially with her classmates everywhere. Some were pointing. Some were laughing. Scarred for life, right? Well, the poor girl made things much worse.

She put her car into reverse and pulled around the SUV, trying to drive away like nothing had happened. I didn't feel quite as bad for her anymore, what with her brazen criminal ways and lack of smarts on display. At just after 5pm, summer school had just gotten out, along with most of the many offices along the street. She was caught in a traffic jam! Knowing this, she still tried to drive away.

The driver of the SUV pulled over, got out of her car, and slowly walked around the car that had hit her,…

Sad Jack Russell

Pica has been dreaming about the posh new bed she's going to win, leaving her nights on the cold, hard floor behind her. What a mean mom and dad she has! ;)

Our little troublemaker is behind in the competition though. If you have a free moment, please pop over to my Instagram to like Pica's contest entry. I think she's beautiful.

Thank you! Thank you! (One from me and one from Pica. She's very polite like that. We raised her well.)

(Is it super obvious we don't have kids?)

A photo posted by Kitty Deschanel (@kittydeschanel) on Jul 10, 2016 at 7:05pm PDT I know I'm biased, but just look at that face! She could be a model, that pup of mine.
P.S.
Don't tell Pica, but we're totally going to make her share her new bed with Biscuit. Mean parents, I tell ya.

P.P.S.
With this post titled "Sad Jack Russell", I'd hate for you to be disappointed to have clicked the link, only to find Pica beaming that mischievous smirk of hers. If you're mean like …

Caption Contest!

You know how cute weird it is when you come downstairs and find your husband asleep on the couch? Mine truly believes in sharing everything 50/50.

"Move over, Dad."
Have a better caption? Leave it in a comment below! (And, yes, our house is trashed right now. We'll clean the next one.)

Construction Week 4 - Muuuch Better!

Remember all those terrible rocks I told you about? Well, right after my last construction post, we stopped having to worry about digging up giant sandstone boulders. Because once we got through all that annoying, expensive sandstone...


...we hit a solid sheet of GRANITE. (*sob*)

But guess what? Just a few days later, the world's best construction crew had everything taken care of.

Whew!
I know I should be a home-building expert by now, but that's at odds with my naturally cheap frugal ways. Sexy Nerd has explained to me again and again why we couldn't just build the house on top of the granite and it makes sense every time he says it...but it's not like the giant slabs of granite were going anywhere, right??

I understand...not really.
At the beginning of the week, we had mountains and mountains of dirt.
But by Saturday...
...they'd all disappeared!
Sayanora, you &*%#ing rocks.
During week 4 of construction, I also got to meet a few more of our neighbors. They …

Sexy Nerd Quote Of The Day

"I'm going to beat you with this frozen loaf."
Muttered after I finished the last slice of thawed bread and didn't take a loaf out of the freezer.
Yeah, he looks like a nice guy, but mess with his stockpile of bread and you'll incur the wrath of Sexy Nerd!
*I'm a bit worried that someone is going to read this and email me information on women's shelters. Really, he hadn't had his coffee yet and I laughed hysterically after hearing this. Sexy Nerd is not the type to "beat" anyone.

Bad News! Construction Weeks 2 and 3

Everything went so smoothly during our first week of construction, clearing trees and dirt faster than we'd imagined, that we began to expect the entire process would be much easier than everyone had said. People have been voicing their concerns to us ever since we purchased our lot. Clearly, though, everyone else was wrong.

Ha!

First, the good:
(Keeping with the theme of our last two weeks of construction, this part is brief.)

Five years in, we finally brought Pica and Biscuit to see their future home. After many attempts to get them both to look at the camera, this was our second best result. Small dogs = small attention spans.
Close enough. 
Thus ends the "good" portion of this construction update. On to the bad.

Oh, it's so bad.

GIANT ROCKS!!! (Oh no!) 
There were barely any rocks found during the first week of construction, but with only a small section of earthwork to go, the crew hit rock, rock, and more rock.
Special equipment had to be brought in, all at…

Gouda 101 for Cheese Simpletons: Recipes and Pairings

If you're a cheese simpleton like me, you might see this post and wonder "What does Gouda taste like?" It has a strong, rich flavor. I think the best way to describe it is that Gouda tastes fancy. Old Amsterdam is an aged Gouda cheese made of cow’s milk.  Compared to a younger Gouda, it has a harder texture, more deepened color, and a more intense flavor.

Have you ever made a sandwich, only to have your slice of cheddar add pointless, wasted calories because you can't taste it among all the other ingredients? This isn't a problem with a slice of Old Amsterdam Gouda. It pairs famously with simple ingredients, like fruit, chocolate, and nuts. What sells it for me, however, is the fact that Old Amsterdam Gouda can take an everyday food and dazzle it up.

A glass of Riesling or Cabernet Sauvignon would also be a nice compliment for this cheese. Fancy.

Imagine this: You and your honey are in the woods, just the two of you, having a romantic picnic. Your sweetie…