keeping an eye

i decided to work from home today so i could keep watch on jones. i could hear his stomach gurgling this morning after i let him in before breakfast.

breakfast (and dinner last night) consisted of cooked jasmine rice, chicken broth, and blue diamond senior chicken (which they get every day anyway). i didn’t see if he pooped this morning, but i wasn’t impressed by the one on our afternoon walk. i’ll spare you the deets, but i’m still hoping it’s just a dog stomach bug that somehow merle didn’t get.


it was raining, nay, pouring on tuesday, so i couldn’t walk the dogs after work. i made sure they went out for a second to pee since they’re both pretty good at holding #2 for a time. when we got home tuesday night, jones had made a mess in the living room. he managed to get poop almost everywhere on the hardwood and even stepped in some. i cleaned up and didn’t get mad at him.

today (thursday), i got a text from rodney, “where’s the spray you used to clean up runny dog s#!t?” to which i responded, “uh oh.”

so, either something is stressing him out, i need to let them out once again right before i leave, i need to work from home longer during the day, or he’s sick.

tonight, i’m going to make some white rice and pumpkin for him for dinner. he’ll probably hate it, because it’s not meaty.

i really hope it’s a situation that will pass quickly.

another one on the books

the crowd at wilson’s was a bit much on friday so we went to check out the atwood (formerly known as mr. roberts) cuz someone i know is now the manager. it’s pretty nice inside, at least compared to the last time i was in there (birthday week, three years ago).

i was happy to find out that the pool table is only $1, probably because it’s not a bullseye table, so we got in a few good games.

we went on home for dinner and some programs. we finished the good place so i thought i’d see if rodney would like deadwood.

saturday morning we did some grocery shopping and then rodney went to pick up our houseguest. we hung out with his sister and her boyfriend most of the afternoon, not before squeezing in jurassic world 2, then headed back over to a cookout at his sister’s house. after a few adult bevvies and a lot of baseball on the t.v., we came home and went to bed pretty late. 

sunday was a little lazy with brunch and some fallout and then to wilson’s for the bears game. rodney realized they probably weren’t going to do very well, so he asked if he could play music and the only other bears fan in the room got upset and left.

i wasn’t in the mood to make dinner, so we ordered burrito drive. thankfully, they remembered to put everything in the bag this time.

signs of fall

the annual lutefisk dinner invitation showed up yesterday and it (always) falls the day before dst. some years it’s below 0º and some years (like last year) the broken heater in my car was annoying enough for the short trip to barneveld.

the lilac leaves are starting to turn, which just reminds me that it was so cool this spring (SNOW ON MY BIRTHDAY) that it never had a chance to blossom, so all we could smell was peachy.

the sunrise and sunset times on my weather app are slowly creeping toward each other.

football and thoughts of thanksgiving and the holidays are more prominent.

at least i’m happy.

and just like that

the willy st fair has come and gone and this marks the end of summer (in my brain). the sun is setting noticeably earlier and it’s (thankfully) staying dark later in the morning.

we had a late night on friday, which included heading over to the sundown saloon to give that a whirl. we played a little pool and had a couple of drinks.

we attended the fair both days and i even got a little dancing in at the beats stage on saturday, but the sun was pretty relentless, so we didn’t stay too long. on sunday, we walked down from mickey’s to the wort stage (at the farthest end of the fair) to hear a couple bands, but the sun was out in full force again so we slowly made our way back to the car, stopping at the wisco to catch a bit of the game and taking a break outside of plan b next to tiffany’s tent.

an aside: my appetite hasn’t been real strong these past few weeks so i looked up the nuvaring side effects again and it lists, “appetite and weight change” as one of the possible effects. since i was worried it would be in the other direction, i’m not complaining, but i do need to keep an eye on it.

new roaster

you may remember that the roaster i use at least four times a week broke after a little over a year of use. in order for my pampered chef hookup to give me a free gift for the inconvenience, i had to wait until labor day weekend to order a new one. it arrived a couple nights ago and had its inaugural roasting last night.

brand new stonewear

since the chicken takes a little longer than the veggies, i season it and put it in the oven for about 10 minutes.

avocado oil, stubb’s green seasoning, and third ward from penzey’s spice house

the 10 minutes gives me time to chop up the veggies and to tell jones that he should get out of the kitchen cuz he doesn’t have thumbs.

“you eat with your eyes first!”

i spray the veggies with more avo oil and top with salt, pepper, and third ward and everything goes back in the oven for 35 minutes.


i check the thickest piece for temp and dinner is served!


all summer, i’ve been hanging out at wilson’s. and if you only know one thing about wilson’s, it’s that there are 28 tvs (give or take) and some form of sports is on every one (except the one that sandi leaves on cnn).

to be funny, i yell, “first down!” at a base hit or raise my hands like the refs for the extra point kick and yell, “gooooooal!” i even refer to ryan braun as aaron rodgers sometimes because i think it’s a hoot.

well, it turns out that rodney’s affiliation with the chicago teams is not a popular one, which makes wilson’s an annoying place to be when the brewers or packers are playing.

so, i bought a tv antenna. and we watched the bears v packers game from the comfort of the couch and about 80% less yelling at the tv. 

lookin’ forward

i’m excited for this weekend; probably because we have nothing specific planned. i kinda need a few things at costco but not really, so i may postpone the trip until next weekend. 

a wilson’s friend gifted us about 30 bluegill filets which i am more than excited to turn into fish tacos. we’d like to have him over for them for dinner as a thank-you, but he’s old school, so he may not appreciate the taco aspect of fish tacos. i said i could serve them “deconstructed” (and then i laughed) because it would sorta be like a fish fry except the slaw would be pickled red onions and the dinner roll would be a couple tortillas. we’ll see what he says about it. 

i need to put vacuum to the couch because it’s still covered in cat hair and we’ve had the windows open the last few days and i’ve been unable to breathe through both nostrils at the same time. thankfully, i bought an 8-pack of kleenex from costco the last time i was there.

since merle gets a lot of photo love, i thought i’d share some pics of jones with his turkey toy.

jones playing with “robert”
robert, a.k.a. “bob the gobbler”

fleeting time

pretty soon it’ll be the willy st fair and summer will be officially over!

we had a house guest this weekend, and also simon and beth’s backyard labor day party. that was a hoot! the mosquitoes were terrible (as expected) and everyone was dancing around trying not to get bit. i didn’t put on any repellant and i think i was in the same boat as everyone else, just with less deet.

we had sunday brunch at mickey’s with rodney’s sister and her boyfriend and, exhausted from the weekend, i laid down to nap at 7p and woke up around midnight. i guess i needed the rest.

on monday, we scooted off to milwaukee for my first miller park game. i donned a cubs shirt that i bought a couple months ago as a goof.

not being prepared for the weather, we sat in the back of the van watching our car neighbors grill out in the rain. once it let up a little, we hiked to the stadium and got ourselves inside. i had bought tickets a couple months ago in the nosebleed section, but we never left the entry-level floor cuz there are a million places to stand where you can see the game better. drinks were outrageously expensive, but i figured i should treat myself to a “double shot mason jar drink” for $19. yes, $19.

i gave the mason jar to a wilson’s friend who likes the brewers.

having thought ahead, i took tuesday off of work for some recovery time. we had lunch at mickey’s and walked up to ace so i could replace the tiny swiss army knife that was donated to miller park security. then headed to wilson’s for what turned out to be a pretty interesting afternoon.

we called it an early night and both got a lot of sleep to head back to work today. except, i woke up with kathryn hepburn’s voice and my own stuffed sinuses.

my boss said to make sure i didn’t have whooping cough because the brewers whooped the cubs last night (11 to 1). i guess i’m that gal now.