Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Yes We Can!

Wema for First Dog!!

Seriously, doesn't this dog belong in the White House?

Wema is originally from Southern Minnesota and although she appears to be the cutest, friendliest, most hypo-allergenic dog ever, her owners had to surrender her to the Martin County Humane Society. Wema is real. (One of my friends volunteers at that shelter and can verify that Wema is a sweet dog that should have a new family.)

Dear Diary endorses Martin County's selection and urges you to vote for Wema for the White House! I have no idea where we can vote but the nice people at the Martin County Humane Society are hoping to get the word out on their candidate for First Dog. Blogsphere, are you with me?!

I think she deserves a new home...a big place with a big lawn and tons of staff.

But that's just my opinion.

Vote for Wema!

*Dick & Jane also endorse Wema for the White house

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Monday, December 01, 2008

A Moment of Thanks - A Thanksgiving Wrap-up

Obviously, I'm thankful for my friends, my family, my dogs, my home, my job, my Miu Miu shoes. With that in mind, here is what I was most thankful for this holiday weekend:

As you've read by now, Regina has created some unbelievable holiday hats. I'm thankful that she allowed me to share in her fabulousness and I was able to model my very own pie fascinator at our modest dinner for 41.

I'm thankful no one caught me in the bathroom taking headshots of myself.

I'm thankful for untraditional Black Friday sales at Wildfiber, A Mano, Giant Robot, Cusp and J.Crew. Not that I bought anything at the above stores, I'm, uhm, just thankful for them generally.

I'm thankful for the 3 pies I was able to score on Friday night. I made a call to my dealer (aka the scene of our Thanksgiving) for a piece of leftover pie and was sent home with 3 pies and homemade ice cream. (OK, the ice cream I lifted, but whatever, I left the other flavors behind.)

I'm thankful that I still have two dogs after one of them allegedly ate about 3 lbs of turkey off the kitchen counter on Saturday. Not that I'm naming names or anything...

I'm thankful that I live with a chef who felt the need to make mashed potatoes, Waldorf salad, and soup to go with the last of the turkey I was able to salvage from the above-mentioned turkey incident.

I'm thankful for two days of errands, dog walking, left-overs and knitting with nowhere really to be, no time to really be awake, and no tight fitting pants really to wear.

Now, I need to be thankful for a treadmill.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Updates and random stuff

Really this should be titled guilt about not blogging but whatever...

On the craft front: I'm in the middle of a few projects (crochet, knit & counted cross-stitch), I need to block a finished project (knit) and hand-finish another finished project (felted knit) so I haven't had anything pretty to show you lately.

On the food front: I had lunch at Craft today and that was nice, not mind-altering, but nice. The maple bacon ice cream was good but tasted mostly vanilla, in case you were curious. In other food news I'm on a mission to eat at BLD and Nickel Diner. If anyone wants to help with this issue, I'll be available Halloween weekend.

Oh, the SCV and the SFV are on fire and I'm a smidge scared that my breathing will shut down like it always does. So this can be my official l.a.-is-on-fire-again post that I seem to do every year. Because of the winds and their unexplainable fear of the winds, my dogs are passive aggressive to each other because they both want to sleep in my bathroom and neither of them want to make room for the other. (Yes, I used two clauses starting with 'because' in one sentence. You'll be ok.) Why the bathroom is so much safer than their dog beds 10 feet away is beyond me. But, they obviously know something I don't. So there's that.

On the internets front: I just entered 2006 and joined Facebook. I'm so hip its unsettling. Though, I will say that the facebook is interesting in the personas that develop on that site. Obviously we all show different sides in different situations, like work, social, interwebs, etc... but facebook is fascinating in how the application gets people to share much more than they would, lets say, on a blog or MySpace. Speaking of facinating, did you see the CNN.com write up of The Oxford Project. If you're looking to kill a few hours, pull up a chair and start reading.

So, that's what's going on right now.

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Getting a little too close to home

So we all remember the pet food recall last year. That was a big one. Then I learn that there's a smaller one...which in the scheme of things isn't a big deal except that ITS THE FOOD MY DOGS EAT. So not cool.

Luckily, we don't shop at Albertson's and we haven't bought their food at Costco for months. (That and the food we had bought at Costco is long gone.) Anyways, here's the recall information.


DATE: August 12, 2008

NUMBER: 08-43

CONTACT: Suanne Buggy or Lea Brooks - (916) 440-7259

SACRAMENTO – Dr. Mark Horton, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), today warned consumers not to feed their pets certain bags of PEDIGREE® Complete Nutrition Small Crunchy Bites because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella, which can cause serious illness in humans as well as in dogs and cats. People who do not adequately wash their hands after handling the contaminated pet food may expose themselves to Salmonella.

This recalled product, manufactured by Mars Petcare US of Franklin, Tenn., was sold in Albertsons in Southern California in 20-pound bags with Lot Code No. 830BFCAT02 and Best By Date of 07/2009 and at Costco stores statewide in 52-pound bags with Lot Code Nos. 831BFCAT02 and 830DFCAT02 and Best By Date of 07/2009. The lot code is located on the back of the bag. There have been no reports of human illness associated with this product.

This product should be properly discarded in a secure container. Consumers can return the product to the store where purchased for a full refund.

Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Some pets will exhibit decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Animals can be carriers with no visible symptoms and can potentially infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

A list of safe pet food handling tips can be found at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Web site: www.fda.gov/consumer/updates/petfoodtips080307.html. Pet owners who have questions about the recall should call 1-877-568-4463 or visit www.petcare.mars.com.


Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Before and After is Fun for Everyone (Part III)

Damn, two posts in two days. I'm on fire! Someone stop me! Seriously.

Backyard before:

Backyard After:

Overgrown trees & bushes look so much better when you have grass leading up to them. We were amazed with the improvement!
And, you know what the punchline is to the backyard after picture?
Wait for it...
The dogs aren't allowed to step foot on it.
I know, right?
Dick has already filed several complaints with his union representative. Don't worry, the pups being banned from the yard is not permanent. We just need the sod to take root before we let them loose. (Mom let them "walk" on it after the guys were done and Dick took of running and kicking up some of the strips of sod. We were able to put all of it back, but it was a good lesson in appropriate sod behavior.) In the interim they have access to the patio and they get about 4 walks a day.
In addition, we left "Dick's alley" without sprinklers or sod so that he will still have an area to dig and get dirty and just be a bad boy dog generally. Dick's alley is the area of the yard that parallels the patio. Its one strip (not seen in the picture) that has never had grass or sprinklers and yet a few bushes have lived on. In fact, it was a favorite haunt of our retriever Maggie. She would clear out a spot under the bushes for a cool place in summer. Dick has decided to revive this tradition and not only has hiding spots for toys under the bushes but has a few digging holes he likes to nap in.
With all this evidence, the union has declined to press formal charges against us.

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Monday, July 14, 2008

Summertime & the livin's easy

A little background:

I have two dogs, Jane is 10 and Dick is 8. Jane's arthritis has progressed to where she's very mobile and still causes trouble but doesn't want to go on walks. She takes vitamins and medication and we need to cook for her to try to keep her weight up and her digestion normal.

I have a bathroom that's currently under construction (by me, scary to think, I know) which, if I can't fix it, I can't take showers in there. The water leaks from the shower (no, not the pipes, we checked, scientifically I might add) and onto the 1st floor. I hope to be done by this weekend and back using my shower by the following weekend.

We just rebuilt (thankfully not by us, we hired actual professionals) our patio that was, uhm, super broken. It cost a bunch of money (totally reasonable and they did a incredible job) and well, yeah.

[work, ringing phone.]

"This is Jenna."

Mom: "We have a problem."


"So I was sitting outside on those new chaises we bought."


"Just enjoying the day and Jane comes out."

"Is she ok?"

"Yeah, she's limping a little but fine. That's not the problem."


"So I'm sitting there and she comes up next to me and curls around me on the chaise."

"So, that's the problem? The dog wants to sit on the chaise?"


"Yeah, you've got a problem. Need anything at the market?"

"Nope, I just went."

"Ok, then I'll see you at home later."

Yeah, dog didn't need to be rushed to the vet. Ceiling didn't come crashing down. Patio is still as fabulous as the contractor left it. No, the problem is that the arthritic dog wants to sit on the new 50% off chaises we just bought at Target this weekend. (BTW, all of their patio stuff is 50% off...if you need anything, now is the time to buy.)

Yeah, nothing changes your priorities like having a summers off from work.

Maybe I need to rethink my career. I dig problems like that.

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Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Happy Birthday Dick

No, really, it is Dick's birthday. Its tough to imagine that we've only had him for a little over three years. And yet, in those three years he's really changed. I know that might sound silly but for anyone who has rescued or adopted a dog that wasn't a puppy, you know what I mean.

As the years roll on their personality emerges. We didn't have this phenomenon when we adopted Hanna or Jane as they pretty much came out of their shells within a few weeks of moving into Chez Radomile. But, not Dick. Our shy loving little boy has earned his baddog#2 badge with great honor.

Dick version 2.0:
  • He loves all people, large and small. He digs kids and babies and they get away with far more with him than I ever could.
  • He's very conversational on walks as he feels the need to bark at every dog that we pass. Of course his tail is wagging, but that really isn't the point. He just needs to let them know he's there.
  • He has learned how to counter surf. (Thanks, Jane.) So when something goes missing, we can no longer just blame Jane. We have two baddogs to contend with.
  • He's really well-behaved at parties at the house. I mean, his head is at table level and yet no food disappears. But, if you're not a dog person, watch out. Jane has taught him the all-important guest lean whereas they both lean on the one guest that doesn't care for canine company.
  • He loves to go for walks. When its time for his walk, he will push you towards his leash. If you're not careful, he'll push you down the stairs. However, I've taught him the all-important "go" command where he and Jane run full-speed down the stairs ahead of me. Sadly, I can't teach this to gramma and every morning I hear her outside my room telling him to stop pushing her as they walk down the stairs.
  • He's become quite the digger. He can do both one paw and two paw digs, depending on the digging situation...quite the talent, let me tell you. Though, thankfully, he now likes to dig the hole and fill it back in.
  • He's afraid of large treats he's never seen before. Seriously. Jane is happy to "help" him with the treats and show him how they are to be dealt with. I'm guessing the bully stick I left him is still in his food dish. Unless of course Jane figured out a way to move hers and his. She's crafty. She just might have.
  • He likes A/C but hates fans. Even if its 100 degrees in my bedroom, he'll leave if I turn on the fan.
  • He likes to "finish" Jane's breakfast, though, truth be told, Jane can move him out of his own food dish as well and he just lets her. Thankfully, no food agression has emerged.
  • He's gone from a skinny ex-racer to a phatty chowhound who sticks by your side whenever you're in the kitchen, hoping for a tasty morsel to fall into his range. (We can thank grandma for this. She "drops" quite a bit.)
  • And, lastly, he enjoys playing dress up. Jane would rather poke her own eyes out than have us put clothes on her. But, Dick just loves it. Maybe he's reminded of his racing silks.

Happy Birthday Dick!


Monday, April 28, 2008

Walk for the Animals!

Or jog, whatever, I'm not judging.

I've been to this event before and its quite fun. It raises money for all sorts of pup rescues, which is always good. I even brought the kids with me a few years ago and they were oddly well-behaved. I think Dick understood that *all* the dogs there were rescues like him so there was no reason to bark. And really, Jane just likes people, and dogs and good things to smell so she was happy.

Todd & I will be there....join us? Ain't no party like a dog party.*

*Whatever, it sounded good in my head.

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Friday, January 04, 2008

Haven't see the Ark yet

but I can report there is water falling from the sky at a quick pace.

Weather people have been forecasting the second coming of Noah for the last few days. He was supposed to be here yesterday in the first of three storms that were all supposed to meet up together. But, Noah's late to his own party. Instead, sadly, we had all these newscasters scattered all around the city in rain gear with no rain. So, they all had to cover the Britney meltdown. I'm sure that's why they all went to journalism school and put in the long days they have over the years.

But I digress, RAIN RAIN RAIN. Most people, those not from L.A., don't think we have seasons. But, we do. Spring, Summer, Fire, Flood. Obviously, right now we're starting flood. Once everything burns then it gets wet and falls down and that's not good. Then you have people who can't drive on a good day but put some WATER in their way and all hell breaks loose.

But, the rain also brings drama to Chez Radomile. When you live in a house built in 1927, it has its quirks. But, more importantly, when you have two greyhounds accustomed to dry weather and a large backyard at their beck and call, its an even bigger issue. Jane feels the same way I do about restrooms, they should be clean, private and warm. So yeah, her little wet square of grass in the backyard isn't doing it for her right now. As luck would have it, I'm only out of the house for a few hours a day so I can talk her through how to be a dog and actually use the little girls room when its wet out. A mother's work is never done.

So for all the SoCal kids, I hope you're keeping dry and warm.

So for all the non-SoCal kids, I hope you're keeping dry and warm. I guess there is weather in places other than L.A., eh?

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

'nite Molly


Monday, June 04, 2007

Happy Birthday Dick

Seven never looked so cute.

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Monday, March 12, 2007

Rollin' with the homies...

Seriously, you'd never know that these two had just suffered the trauma of standing at the vet's office for 2 WHOLE minutes to have 3 stiches removed from Dick's head. They were the ONLY dogs there and Jane's only purpose was to keep Dick calm and yet she was shaking like they were going to take a kidney.

Drama queen...no idea where she gets that from.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Maybe I'm feeling better

'cause everything was interesting today. Of course, I also planned a trip to Vegas & the Grand Canyon so that might have something to do with my mood.

Today I saw something that I also saw yesterday.

Yeah, that's right. Recognise the mad photoshop skillz...no, I didn't see the same truck both days; they had different license plates.

Do you remember the Blackwood? Its a cool looking but utterly useless pickup. I remember seeing this at the L.A. auto show years ago. (s.ly has the pics to prove it.) The truck didn't sell too well which is why I'm surprised to see two of them in two days. If I remember correctly, the bed liner doesn't allow for actual use since it scratches so easily. And why have a truck this pinstriped-pretty if you're just going to scratch it up.

I have Phoenix shopping tips, ramblings about L.A. traffic and the announcement of a new drug (to me), but I'll save those nuggets for another day.

Instead, I bring you the gratuitous puppy shot. Seriously, she is just the cutest thing ever.

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Monday, February 19, 2007

So NOT cool

Ok, first of all, for the record, you haven't fed me. So, taking pictures of me from outside of the house is just not cool. I don't care how cute I look up here. Second of all, taking me to the vet and then leaving me there for HOURS is so not acceptable.

Now that we've done the crazy lady who types for her dog routine...

On Friday I was told that a specific vet was working at my beloved BHSAH on Monday. Apparently there was a miscommunication (i.e. someone didn't read the schedule when talking to me) and that doctor wasn't taking patients Monday morning. But, because BHSAH rocks, they offered to sit on Dick for a few hours so the doctor could look at him when he was available. We took them up on their offer. And, when I say we, I mean me with no agreement from a very annoyed greyhound.

After a few hours and a couple of in depth exams, it was decided that Dick's 5th toe and 3rd eye need to go. And when I say 5th toe and 3rd eye I mean two growths that need to be removed before they get dangerous. We've been watching the 5th toe (located on his leg) for about a year now. Its behaving badly these days so after 2 rounds of antibiotics, its time to say goodbye. As for the 3rd eye...it appeared last week and has been growing pretty rapidly. So, that's going to run away as well.

Think happy thoughts for baddog #2 on Monday 'cause he'll be back at BHSAH for his procedures.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

A Picture is Worth 11 Words

Ok, so that covers work.

Fast forward to dinner time...its about 6:30pm and Dick & Jane and I are out for our nightly walk. Its quiet out. Eerie quiet. Weird quiet. Dick is on high alert, I'm a little freaked out and Jane is just fine, limping along sticking her nose everywhere it shouldn't be. It was like a scene out of a Stephen King novel. Here we are in the middle of this HUGE city and its just silent out, no movement, no noise. Either the world is ending or everyone is out to dinner. Jane, as taught by the zen-master Hanna, knows everyone is out to dinner. Dick & I still aren't so sure.

Happy Valentine's Day - - - hope yours was filled with pretty flowers, yummy treats and lots of people and/or dogs and/or cats to love and torment.

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Sunday, January 28, 2007

Oh the Horror!

So, I could write about the unmarked parking lot behind Jack Sprat that you would never know was there unless you were told, in a speakeasy sort of way, since that's how parking in L.A. works....rumors and innuendo.

I could write about my new expensive take-out habit (see Jack Sprat reference above). I could talk about my knitting or my new Ott Lamp. No, what truly motivates me is my dog being bratty about putting on her pj's. Yes, I did just put dog and pj's into the same sentence. See, I have very skinny, very fur challenged animals (a.k.a. greyhounds). So, when the temperature dips down, they get light coats to wear. My room is mostly windows so we're a little insulation-challenged around here. And, since they won't sleep under blankets and I've caught Jane on more than one occasion tucked into a little ball shivering, they kids get coats.

Now, Dick is a weird one. He likes to wear stuff. So he isn't my issue. Jane, the gimpy old girl who finds all clothing offensive no matter what the purpose, is my drama queen. I wish I could have gotten a picture of the look she gives while I put the coat on her. But, this will have to do.

Oh the torment this one must endure. And yes, please note that princess sleeps on top of two beds since one does not do for the princess. She had hamburger mixed into her kibble and has her own custom covered ottomans to lounge on during the day thanks to gramma. Also, please note her lovely coat courtesy of the raffle at the NGLA picnic. If you have the means, I highly recommend you attend....a good time was had by all. I'm hoping to go stalk the Giley Girls again this year.

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Saturday, January 27, 2007

New Babies

The shower was good...lots of baby stuff for the mom'n'dad to be. But, as people took pics of people at the party and the happy parents opening gifts, I was very busy taking pictures of myself holding the newest baby in the family.

Isn't she cute? She's going to be huge, seriously.

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Sunday, January 21, 2007

On a Lighter Note

Enjoying the newly elevated temperatures...

But not amused at me taking pictures of him enjoying the newly elevated temperatures...

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Friday, January 19, 2007

That doesn't look very comfortable

but Jane's happy.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

A little fuzz goes a long way

Yeah, she's fuzzy but I just couldn't resist taking a picture of Jane with that odd look on her face.

I was sitting on the other dog bed reading through the Sunday coupons eating dinner. Don't look at me like that. Its totally normal to sit on a dog bed eating dinner and reading through a paper from 3 days ago. Yes, we have tables and chairs. I was talking to Mom. Whatever, it makes sense. Stop looking at me like that.

Anyways, so I'm sitting there with Dick sticking his head under my arm reminding me in his oh so subtle way that his dinner is late. I mean, obviously I forgot since I'm eating and he isn't. In walks Jane, plops down on her bed and just gives me a series of the oddest looks. I think she was just basking in the glow that it is to be Jane since she's had a good Jane day. In her amazing Houdini-esque way, she was able to not only steal a box of croutons but also get out her coat. The croutons fit her usual M.O. so that's not really anything to write home about. The coat, however, is another accomplishment. I mean, we're talking a double strip of velcro and a hood. And this is with a bad leg that's really bothering her in this weather. So, despite the leg, it was a good day to be Jane.

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Saturday, January 13, 2007

Warning: Vicious Attack Dog

If you go to the ranch, you'll be facing this. I know. I feel the fear through the net. You shake just looking at this wild creature. And then there's the dog holding that odd red & blue tennis-ball-for-feet creature.

Yup, upon our arrival, Laslo was at his appointed back gate station guarding the ranch from evil. When your home is gated you must bark to let all that pass know you are in charge of the property and all neighboring properties. As we all know, bicyclists and construction workers are very threatening.

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Friday, January 12, 2007

Love Muffin

Yes, this is the original love muffin. Isn't he cute? He has lots of ribbons and trophies and even won a chair...seriously. I don't know why he won a chair since its like a director's chair and its not like he can sit in it. I mean, why win something you can't even use. This dog show business is an odd one.

But yeah, the muffin of love doesn't like to stand still to have his picture taken so I'll try to get a better pic of him up. I mean, for a champion, he should have the best.

This is his sister...

Super cute and a total ball o' terror when she's excited to see you. Let me tell you, 150lbs of excited to see you can be a wee bit bruising. There are no two better guard dogs on the planet. You could put me into an unlocked house in any neighborhood and I'd sleep through the night.

But yeah, love the puppies...

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Monday, January 08, 2007

I don't get it...

Where did Christmas go?

Sorry Dick, we had to put Christmas away.

Tonight we took down the tree. Yes, I know, its like a week later than everyone else. But, you have to have a pretty-much-dead-Christmas tree to have a regifting-post-holiday-nothing-homemade potluck. I mean, duh. Where would you put the presents?

But yeah, the regifting-post-holiday-nothing-homemade potluck is over so its time to get the fire hazard, eh, tree out of the house. Gramma was kind enough to help. So, that was cool. Tomorrow I put everything else away and the holidays are officially over.

But remember, the season isn't over until Mother's day. And with Michele back in town, who knows if we'll even end the season there. I foresee much change; I think 2007 will be an interesting year.

And if you understood that last paragraph, you know me WAY too well. And if you don't, stick around. This could get interesting.

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Sunday, January 07, 2007

The Many Faces of Jane

She looks like she's sleeping. She's not. But, she does want you, dear viewer, to think that. This is her f-you face. Its not cold. There's no reason for her to be curled up like this. But, if you ask her its a whole other story.

Stupid mom. She works all week and then disappears ALL WEEKEND. Yeah, she feeds us and we played yesterday. BUT SHE LEFT...FOR HOURS. And then nice people were petting us for about an hour last night. But she's been GONE ALL DAY TODAY. When gramma's gone, mom's supposed to be HERE. And she wasn't. So piss off. I'm not even going to look at you.

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