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Japanese soup bowls

There’s a great local Japanese market a few miles from here where we buy Pocky and edamame and all of the ingredients Jon uses to make Jongolian Barbecue, and a few years ago I picked up these cheap soup bowls for the occasional miso soup I ate while sick and pregnant. Now I use them [...]

She’s back

We thought the anesthesia might give us two or three days of peace in the house, but this morning Coco was acting like that hysterectomy she had yesterday never happened. We’re supposed to keep her calm and immobile through the weekend, but I have no idea how we’re going to do that, especially since Chuck [...]

The hard winter calls for desperate measures

Jon actually took this photo a few days ago with our telephoto lens as these deer ate what is left of the grass in the yard across the street. We were back in the office when we heard Chuck barking, which means he’s either telling Coco to shove it or there is something we should [...]

The various voices of a miniature Australian Shepherd

Coco has earned several nicknames in the two months that she has been terrorizing living in our home. Among them: Gina, DAMN GINA!, Daffy, Cricket, That Awful Dog, and Coco Furrocious. That last one is actually engraved on her ID tag, and we like to think that if Coco were ever to take up a [...]


Rescued Iraqi dog coming to America (update: here is a link to a video of the story by the local news in San Diego [thanks, Jessica]) It’s just a news story, alas, and not a video about a Marine who saves a dog in Iraq, although I would like to see a dramatic recreation of [...]

Vintage decanter with matching glasses

Another find fromThe Green Ant (if you are an SLC local and haven’t been there, you are going to cry when you realize what you’ve been missing). I just love the shape and curve of these vessels, plus they are incredibly heavy and sturdy. I’ll probably fill this with bourbon, because when I was last [...]

Some much needed one-on-one time

Jon took Coco to the vet very early this morning and dropped her off for a festive day of vaccinations and removal of her reproductive organs. So when Chuck woke up and crawled out of his cave he wasn’t greeted with a projectile piranha aimed at his neck. We celebrated this rare moment of calm [...]

Catching up

Something strange and unfortunate is going on with Leta’s sleep schedule, and she’s now taking cat naps late in the day. Probably because during the night she wakes up at 2AM and won’t go back to sleep until 5 or 6AM. Every night. We’re walking a tightrope because we want her to try to go [...]

While watching an episode of “House”

Me: “Is that even legal? I didn’t know you could give half of your liver to someone who needs it.” Jon: “I didn’t either, but I guess that’s why they say the liver is so magical.” Me: “I’d give you half of my liver if you needed it.” Jon: “I’d give you half of my [...]

Retro Seth Thomas tulip clock

I found this at my favorite local antique shop, The Green Ant, and the moment I saw it I thought, yeah, we’ll be taking that home, thank you very much. It plugs into the wall and keeps the correct time, except my correct time is much different than the world’s correct time, meaning that the [...]