The Benefits of Dogs

You’ve probably heard that owning a dog can make you healthier and happier, not to mention more patient, but no one told me the affect dog ownership would have on my vacuuming expertise.

Trey and I (ok so mostly Trey, but he’s so much better at telling when the hose is clogged!) probably vacuum around 6 times more frequently than the average fur-less household, and that’s when it’s not shedding season (Confession: I totally made that number up since I have no idea how often normal people have to vacuum…). Not only are we vacuuming more frequently, but I actually know about my vacuum cleaner, like how to use all of the attachments and everything! I can also tell you that my vacuum probably operates above the safe decibel level…

So my point is: if you’re in the market for a new vacuum cleaner, ask your pet owning friends! They can probably list the pros and cons of their particular model with an impressive degree of knowledge and honesty (unlike the guy who comes to your door every other month ;-) ).

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Adventures in Cooking: New Recipes!

I am constantly impressed by food bloggers. First they concoct consistently delicious meals, and then they photograph them! Generally in good light and on pretty dishes, too! Now I don’t know how you feel after slaving in the kitchen over a new recipe, but I’m generally pretty hungry, not to mention anxious to see how it turned out. Food bloggers, however, put all of that aside. They pull out the nice dishes that perfectly compliment the colors of the food. They find the one window that still has some sun or maybe a nice lamp, and they ignore the pleas of their “but Mom we’re starving” family, while they carefully photograph the dinner they’ve worked so hard to prepare. Food bloggers, I tip my hat to you.

These pictures are from mine or Trey’s phone (whichever was closest at the time) that just barely captured a few of our meals before they disappeared.

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First up, legit sesame chicken. I’ve been making several “easy” or “healthy” versions of Asian food off of pinterest, but sometimes you just need the real thing. This chicken was marinated, deep fried, covered in a thick sauce, and quickly devoured with each delicious calorie left intact. Next time, I might even put in the effort to fry the rice too :-)
Recipe from allrecipes.com

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Next, we have my first ever salad-as-dinner, and if you think I made to much, you’re absolutely right. While Trey was willing to admit that it was a very good salad, he still didn’t want to have salad for dinner. He was a trooper though and ate two bowl fulls (washed down with a half a row of Oreos ;-) ). If you do like salad for dinner, however, this is a great Southwestern take on it, and the creamy dressing keeps it from being too healthy. Note that you probably don’t need an entire head of lettuce for two people, though.
Recipe from greensnchocolate.com

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And finally, an old classic for when I’m too lazy to make real dinner: crescent dogs. Take a hot dog, wrap it in a crescent roll, follow the baking instructions on the tube, and voila! Dinner! My Mom used to add cheese too, but I don’t like the way it overpowers the butter taste of the rolls :-) . Of course I think she also used to serve them with fruits and veggies, but let’s not get carried away here.

A Round Tuit

You know those things that basically live on your “to-do” list? Not perpetual chores like laundry and vacuuming, but stuff that you need to do and stuff that you want to do, but stuff that never gets done? Maybe you want to read that classic novel, learn how to crochet, or finally organize the filing cabinet? Well this week my list of “round tuit” items just got shorter by two.

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Part 1.

This is my laptop. I jokingly tell people I built it myself, because when I fried the motherboard of my original one in college, I was able to take the hard drive out of it and put it in my brother’s identical computer. It worked out really well since he had just bought a new mac, and he was happy to let me have this one. Well that was over three years ago, and for the majority of that time I’ve been meaning to clean out the hard drive. For the past two years I’ve been wanting to wipe it completely because so much crud had gotten built up, and it was definitely starting to slow down.

Until Wednesday night. I was quickly flipping through a google image search on daisies when I got the zigzag screen of death. Maybe you know what I’m talking about? It’s white with thin multicolored zigzags running across the screen? Anyway my first computer did that when the motherboard fried, but the “new” one would do it whenever I tried to watch netflix and it got overheated. So I force shut it down, mostly annoyed that my notes weren’t saved, and tried to reboot. Lights, fan, out. Lights, fan, out. It was all too familiar. Remove all power sources and drain any residual electricity. Plug it in, boot it… lights, fan, out. Lights, fan, out. It was most definitely the motherboard again.

Well, I guess I’ll never be cleaning out her hard drive. RIP little HP. We crossed oceans together, and you never once complained about your unethical work hours :-(

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Part 2.

This is a box from Millers. This box is almost a year in the making, and I’m super stoked about its contents. See I did what so many brides on a budget do; I forwent the wedding album from my photographer in favor of the digital images so that I could make my own. Does that thinking save you money? Yes. Does it usually end with a beautiful wedding album in your hands? No.

I was fully aware of the statistics. I knew that newly weds are usually busy starting a life together and making their own album easily lands on the never-completed “round tuit” list. I was also determined to beat the odds. My one advantage was that I was in the process of starting my photography business at the time, so I knew I would have to learn how to make albums anyway. Why not learn on my own album? And what a learning curve it has been! I probably tried out ten different design programs and looked at countless album companies all offering numerous options with a wide range of price points before finally finding a combination I love. Which is why I am so happy to introduce…

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… the Miller’s Signature Album! All of our wedding pictures were taken by the super awesome Kelly of Kelly Lane Photography and her lovely second shooter, Hilde Marie of Hilde Marie Photography. This album is also available for the same price with a leather cover and you can have your names and the date stamped into the front, but we opted for the custom printed cover on canvas.

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Isn’t the texture awesome?

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Ten inches square, full bleed, gutter-less printing… my heart melts :-)

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*happy sigh*

So what’s on your round tuit list? Pick one thing and make it happen this month! I promise it’s so worth it :-)

 

 

 

 

 

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