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Smelling very yummy

I know Chuck isn’t in this photo, but this was Coco’s first bath and can you even believe what a teddy bear this dog is? And thank god she is or I would have to strangle her when she wakes up at 5 AM and wants to disco dance.

First leg

We just arrived at a hotel in the middle of nowhere, somewhere halfway between Salt Lake City and San Diego. We had planned to stop here, just a bit sooner in the day than two hours after Leta’s bedtime, but another snowstorm hit Utah last night and getting the car out of the driveway this [...]

What part of GROWL does she not understand?

Coco very much wants Chuck’s bone, and Chuck very much does not want her to have it. Keep in mind that we can count on one hand the number of times Chuck has barked in his lifetime. Also, Jon and I just got a wild hair and decided that we desperately need a break from [...]

Oh my God

BYU students demanding that Gold’s Gym stop being so damn sexy “Some college students in Utah County are calling some music videos pornographic, and they are trying to get a health club to take them off its screen.” Oh, dear. The list of their demands includes “no rated R movies or sexually explicit or racy [...]

Owl piggy bank

This is a piggy bank that I bought for $4 on clearance at Urban Outfitters before Christmas that I thought we could use to teach Leta how to start saving money. Because all those nickels that I give her for making Mama a hot dog are starting to add up, and soon she’ll be able [...]

Working for a living

We’re just beginning to train Coco — she already knows how to sit, shake her paw, and she’s got FREAK OUT down pretty well. Getting her to lie down on command and stay in that position are the next lessons, and after that we’ll teach her to roll and pose calmly for photos. Today we [...]

Home remedy

Jon’s head is perpetually congested, and last month he took a round of antibiotics for an ear infection. His ears started to fill up again, so he decided to try an over-the-counter remedy that involves dripping some sort of peroxide mixture into his ear canal and then stuffing it with tissue. When Leta saw him [...]

Washing our mouths out with soap

Jon: “Leta, what book do you want to read?” Leta, pointing to the one tucked next to her bed: “This one, Daddy.” Jon: “Harold and the Purple Crayon?” Me: “That’s CROWN, Jon. Remember? Crayon is pronounced CROWN. So it’s Harold and the Purple CROWN.” Jon, steam shooting out both ears: “GODDAMMIT, WOMAN. I really wish [...]

No matter how they toss the dice, it had to be

I know it isn’t normal, but both Jon and I take Leta to school every day and together pick her up in the afternoon. Leta is the only kid accompanied by both her parents, and instead of making fun of her for it, the other kids have come to expect the two of us to [...]

Jade plant

This is one of two jade plants that I bought at Ikea that I have sitting on the kitchen table. They’re really odd looking plants and resemble an illustration you might see in a Dr. Seuss book, whimsical but still elegant. The vases are from the