the smell of my desperation has become a stench

The hard life of a former political heavyweight

  • Love the site

    2004/10/05 at 5:46 am

    I was reading some of the old items under Chuck yesterday and laughing my head off! Lookin’ good!

  • Angie

    2004/10/05 at 5:47 am

    Vote Chuck!

  • Regan

    2004/10/05 at 5:49 am

    Oh, a doggy pictures! yay!

    My dog gives me that look, too. “yeah, I’m sleeping on the couch. what are YOU going to do about it?”

    Welcome back, Dooce! I hope much reconvening and relaxing was accomplished.

  • Tiger

    2004/10/05 at 5:51 am

    I think I’ve officially passed about 2 1/2 hours just sitting here reading. My kids are now 5 and 6 and IN SCHOOL ALL DAY!!! Free time has never meant so much. …and I haven’t laughed so hard in a long time as I have this morning. Thank you. Your daughter is positively scrumptious. I’m glad I did not visit on one of the days I’ve been having lately… y’know, where the hormones say “WE WANT ANOTHER BABY!!” And my mind/body says… “Um. I really don’t think so.”

  • jastereo

    2004/10/05 at 5:52 am

    ahh. so peaceful. Have a great trip!!!

  • jastereo

    2004/10/05 at 5:55 am

    I meant…Hope you had a great trip! Leta after the tub is the cutest thing ever.

  • King Poop

    2004/10/05 at 6:03 am

    I’d like to call that picture “The all-seeing eye of chuck.”

  • Manda

    2004/10/05 at 6:04 am

    Glad you’re back.
    I absolutely love reading your monthly newsletters. You can put everything into words what I want to say about my almost-eight-month daughter (not just now, but every month) You’re so talented. Leta will appreciate you having documented her life so well (especially when she has a baby!)

  • beachgal

    2004/10/05 at 6:10 am

    Yay Chuck!! I wish my dogs slept in a doggy bed. They prefer the bed. Damn spoiled brats.

    And yet another wonderful newsletter. You have quite a gift, Ms. Dooce. I hope you get a book deal of some kind, you would be awesome, and I would buy one for sure.

  • Brooke

    2004/10/05 at 6:29 am

    I wish my 75-lb monster was that small.

  • Mouse

    2004/10/05 at 6:44 am

    Chuk! I amm 1 gud dagg lik yew R. I haf bin riddeeng abot yew 4 1 lang tam. Yew R su lucky 2 git allat of trits. Nubuddy gif mi trits or fid mi or pit mi.

  • Eleni

    2004/10/05 at 6:44 am

    I’m a sucker for Chuck pictures! He looks so innocent but at the same time you can see the wheels turning in his head trying to conjure up something evil! =)

  • Seattle Bon Vivant

    2004/10/05 at 6:45 am

    That is one cute as a button dog, Heather! Those eyes! Lucky you!

  • Irrylyn

    2004/10/05 at 6:50 am

    Chuck is so cute! My dog does the same thing, but it’s usually when I turn the lights on in the morning, and I get the sleepy eyes and the “What do you think you are doing?” look.

    More Chuck pictures!

  • slick

    2004/10/05 at 7:04 am

    i ♥ chuck.

  • red

    2004/10/05 at 7:15 am

    omg – the new pics of Leta are so adorable. she just gets cuter and cuter!! hope you and jon had fun “reconnecting” and glad to hear that the Princess’ lack of desire to walk seems only to be more of a personality trait. woman, you have your hands full. 🙂

  • Michelle

    2004/10/05 at 7:22 am

    Chuck rocks the house. He definitely deserves a dog bone for being so handsome in that photo! My dog is now getting jealous of Chuck.

  • sab

    2004/10/05 at 7:26 am

    aww CHUCK!!!!!!!

  • Jessamyn

    2004/10/05 at 7:33 am

    Ha! Chuck is an excellent dog, I can tell.

    Also, I thought I’d let you know that my 7 month old daughter Katie was so delighted by the pictures of Leta in your latest newsletter that she laughed and laughed and laughed some more. Which just goes to prove: babies love Leta!

  • sarcastic journalist

    2004/10/05 at 7:49 am

    Chuck for president.

  • Chessy

    2004/10/05 at 8:28 am

    I don’t know if this helps, but I *refused* to walk when I was a kid. I wouldn’t even crawl. I just pulled myself across the floor like a one-armed snake. I wouldn’t even attempt to walk until I was two.

    I am 27, now, and I actually got over it. *wink* In fact, as punishment, my mother put me in dance when I was four and forced me to stay there all the way through college.

    Seek your revenge wisely.

  • robin

    2004/10/05 at 8:31 am

    Pig in the sty.
    What can you do?
    Scratch an itch.
    Roll in the ditch.
    Eat an apple for fun.
    Sleep in the sun.

  • Lindsey

    2004/10/05 at 8:40 am

    It’s a ‘ruff’ life!

    (sorry I couldn’t help it, I’m relegating myself to a time out for the rest of the afternoon as punishment for my sheer dorkiness and lack of self-control)

  • Kath

    2004/10/05 at 8:41 am

    …some people find contentment in a nice weekend away…others find it in reading an awesome blog about a family, a kid and a really cool dog..especially when the dog is Chuck!

    Thanks for filling my ‘Daily Chuck Need”, Heather. And I don’t think it is possible for Leta to get any cuter…her pix from yesterday’s post are just out of this world! Hey, dress her up as an angel, Chuck as an elf, and voila…Leta and Chuck Holiday cards…and please don’t forget us Menorah lighting Jews,ok???

  • diane

    2004/10/05 at 8:48 am

    Doggie picture + baby pictures = serious cute overload

  • Micki

    2004/10/05 at 9:02 am

    I don’t think Chuck is a bit like Cheney. Much more like Edwards. Yes. Youthful … yet cunning. Go Chuck!

  • Fenix

    2004/10/05 at 9:06 am

    Is that a shoe behind Chuck? A foot perhaps?

  • Jaimee

    2004/10/05 at 9:35 am

    Leta and Chuck are both too cute for their own good and I hope there was much reconvening, but please, please tell me about the sleep. Tell me there was much sleeping. Doesn’t anyone else out there with small kids want to know about the sleeping?

  • Nik

    2004/10/05 at 9:52 am

    The funniest shirt I’ve seen so far: “The only Bush I trust is my own”

  • JuJuBee

    2004/10/05 at 9:53 am

    I’ll watch the Chuckles for you next time you take a trip. I may keep him, but that would be a chance you’d have to take.

  • the mighty jimbo

    2004/10/05 at 10:02 am

    now i really need to go pet something. as only my roommate’s mom is in the house, i think i had better resist that urge.

  • contessa

    2004/10/05 at 10:36 am


  • patti

    2004/10/05 at 11:00 am

    Chuck looks exactly like the dog that my college housemate and I used to have. One of our friends lost her in UTAH! I would be suspicious were Chuck not a (former?) male dog. PS – her name was Boberry, if anyone has seen her…

  • hope

    2004/10/05 at 11:53 am

    Aw, what a cutie!

  • Nancy

    2004/10/05 at 12:05 pm

    Can you clone Chuck…I want one too!

  • iShane

    2004/10/05 at 12:26 pm

    Chuck’s a cute dog, but I think I can out-cute him…

    This is Dreyfuss.

  • Lauren

    2004/10/05 at 12:27 pm

    Is that a precious, paisley papasan purely for the puppy?
    Oh, poo poo.

  • Mir

    2004/10/05 at 1:00 pm

    I have officially hit bottom: I am jealous of a dog. No fair!

  • Christine

    2004/10/05 at 1:01 pm

    Chucky McChuckles, all curled up!

    Chucky McChuckles, such a wonderful pup!

    La-dee-dah. 🙂

  • Heatheranne

    2004/10/05 at 1:53 pm

    I have to comment on your “If he knows what’s good for him” post.

    Over the past couple years, I’ve gained about 20 pounds due to meds that I am no longer taking for that reason. I’ve lost about 5 pounds in the past 2 months.

    A few nights ago during dinner, I was complaining about the 15 pounds I still want to lose and my husband said “Honestly, I think you look much better now then you did when you were skinny.”

    We both started laughing because the instant it came out of his mouth, he knew he said the wrong thing and had this look of dread on his face!

  • Margaret

    2004/10/05 at 2:19 pm

    Is this dog a relation of Chuck’s? He looks similar. He was videoed at the dogs’ home letting his doggy friends out for midnight feasts.

  • pretendingsanity

    2004/10/05 at 2:28 pm

    She is so stinkin cute. Sadly, she has more hair than my 2.5 year old daughter.

    By the way, I don’t think I’m the only one who would buy a “Chuck for Prez” shirt.

  • maxigumee

    2004/10/05 at 2:33 pm

    I want to curl up like that. He looks so warm! 🙂

  • DG

    2004/10/05 at 3:03 pm

    Niiice doggie.

  • sivvy

    2004/10/05 at 3:06 pm

    We have a federal election in Australia on Saturday.
    Chuck for Prime Minister!

  • jules

    2004/10/05 at 3:13 pm

    chuck…. my hero…

  • Moxie

    2004/10/05 at 3:49 pm

    Chuck: “This women wont even let me sleep without that damn thingamabob flashing in my face. Just wait till she sees that I chewed up her Kerry doll too.”

  • Liz

    2004/10/05 at 4:12 pm

    OMG Chuck looks so handsome! I just love his compasionate eyes. Even if he is just the “former” congressman, I’m still voting for him!

  • Shiz

    2004/10/05 at 4:23 pm

    Chuck is BEAUTIFUL! I hope the trip was the most refreshing ever.

    I’m vacationing now, with other people. At this point some solitude sounds HEAVENLY.

  • Wendy

    2004/10/05 at 4:38 pm

    ooooooohhh! Pictures of the naked former congressman!(hello google!)He is so cute I just want to scratch him on the belly…Leta is so cute, but my god she looks like Jon. Are you sure you were in the room when she was conceived?

Heather B. Armstrong

Hi. I’m Heather B. Armstrong, and this used to be called mommy blogging. But then they started calling it Influencer Marketing: hashtag ad, hashtag sponsored, hashtag you know you want me to slap your product on my kid and exploit her for millions and millions of dollars. That’s how this shit works. Now? Well… sit back, buckle up, and enjoy the ride.

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